A talented golfer from Burghley Park has hit the jackpot after being awarded a scholarship at Colorado State University in America.
Sanjay Nithiyilingam, who was last year’s juniors captain at Burghley Park, has been selected for the programme and will be based at the foot of the Rocky Mountains about 100 miles south of Denver.
Sanjay has been a Burghley member for all of his playing life, being part of the Lincolnshire Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14 squads, as well as the England Under-16 team.
He had a top three finish in the 2017 Junior European Open, and claimed the Club Championship at Burghley last year, beating the rest of the field by 11 shots.
Sanjay said: “I’m really excited about joining my new colleagues in the summer.
“I want to thank everyone at Burghley Park for the support and encouragement they’ve given me over the years.
“I’ll make sure I look in and update everyone on my progress whenever I’m back home.”
Burghley Park’s club captain Bill O’Driscoll was delighted that the teenager had been given the chance of a lifetime.
He commented: “Sanjay is a talented and committed young man who has represented the club with distinction.
“We all wish him well in this exciting new phase of his life and look forward to watching his golf career evolve.”
Sanjay will come under the watchful eye of Colorado State University director Josh Koschke who is looking forward to working with the new recruit in August.
Koschke said: “Sanjay adds another very talented European player to our very deep roster of highly experienced players.
“He’ll gain very valuable advice and experience from our seniors and his fellow countrymen who have accomplished so much here at CSU.
“Sanjay has been very successful in competitive golf for many years and will only get better when he arrives to our strong programme.
“I will be looking for Sanjay to compete for a spot early and often next year on a very deep senior team.
“He’s a very hard worker and committed to pushing himself as hard as possible to be successful at this level.
“I’m happy to add such a great young man from a very supportive and caring family to our programme and am sure he’ll do great things here at CSU.”