Welcome To FirstPointUSA - Lewis Bryce-Maynard

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We'd like to welcome golfer, Lewis Bryce-Maynard to the FirstPointUSA family! We caught up with Lewis to ask him his thoughts on his future with FPUSA and his outlook on student athlete life in America. †1. Where are you from? I am from Spey Bay, Morayshire, Scotland  
  1. Your†sporting background?†
When I was younger I used to take part in a lot of after school sporting activities such as football, tennis and Badminton. I loved football when I was younger. I captained the school football team and†when I was 10 years old, a scout watched me playing football and asked me to play for the Scottish premiership team Ross County. I trained with Ross County in Dingwall (which is about a 2 hour drive from my house; 4 hour return journey) 3 times a week and played left back and left midfield positions when we played our league matches at weekends. My dad is a very good golfer and he properly introduced me to golf when I was about 13. This quickly became my passion. After leaving Ross County at the age of 13, I started to play golf daily. Initially I was awarded a handicap of 54 to enable me to play in the junior competitions. I reduced this to 24 after three months. I have played golf every day, since I started playing, after reading an article, which said you†need to practice sport for 10000 hours to get to a professional standard, as this is something I am striving to achieve. Currently, I am playing off a handicap of 4 and aim to reduce this to 2 or below by the end of this golf season! Last year I won the Moray golf club junior open scratch section and the Cullen junior open scratch section and came second scratch in the Moray schools competition. I have been Spey Bay Golf Clubís scratch junior club championship 2 years in a row. I also captained Spey Bayís junior team in the pennant league and we got to the final in our first year. I play for both the Spey Bay menís team and the Moray junior team. I am a member of Moray golf club, the Nairn golf club as well as Spey Bay. I have taken part in national events such as the Scottish boys match play and the Scottish u16s open championship. I am in the north district squad and I receive coaching from David Torrance (PGA coach) of Nairn Dunbar golf club.
  1. Your previous education?
I currently attend Milneís High School in Fochabers. I have just sat my SQA national 5 exams in Biology, Physics, Business, Maths, English and Geography and await the exam results. When I return to school for my 5th†year, I will be studying 5 subjects for my Higher exams in 2017: Maths, biology, accounting, geography and business  
  1. What makes you want to go and study in the States?
I want to study golf in the USA as it is recognised as the primary and best place to study golf, enabling someone to become a professional golfer! Most of the best players were once on a golf scholarship in the USA. Having looked into it, nothing in the rest of the world compares to what American universities offer. In addition, to the golf coaching, I will also receive an excellent education and experience a different culture.  
  1. What are you looking forward to the most about training and studying in the States?
I am looking forward to the excellent coaching and the amount of golf, which I will be able to play, to improve my game. I am also looking forward to the excellent golf facilities that the universities have to offer which I can practice on, meeting new people and enjoying a different way of life to what Iím used to. I am also looking forward to playing on golf courses in America, as they will be very different to the Scottish links courses that I play on all the time  

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