Griffith University is accustomed to students earning their Masters. Now one of its most valued supporters has won the Masters.
Gold Coast golfer Adam Scott today (April 15) brushed aside years of close calls and disappointment when he won arguably world golf’s most prestigious major tournament, the US Masters.
The triumph is a particularly proud moment for Griffith University, home to the Adam Scott Foundation Sports Business Scholarship. The first recipient of the scholarship, business graduate Andrew Savins, was thrilled at Scott’s victory.
“Adam’s such a great bloke, so modest and generous. I saw him at Christmas and played a round of golf at Sanctuary Cove with Adam and his dad Phil,” Andrew said.
“Now that he has this win, I’m sure there’ll be other major victories to follow. He deserves them. He is an inspiration and not just on the golf course, but for the work he does for other people.”
Andrew’s scholarship allowed him to study at Griffith Business School through its association with the PGA International Golf Institute. The IGI’s marketing and student recruitment manager Josh Madden echoed Andrew’s sentiments, adding Scott’s win would inspire young Australian golfers.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Business (sports management) in 2010, Andrew is now assistant manager at the Brisbane Golf Club and has also returned to Griffith to do a Masters in Commerce.
Meanwhile, in winning his first major the 32 year-old Scott created history by becoming the first Australian to don the Masters’ coveted green jacket, sinking a birdie putt on the second play-off hole to defeat Argentine and 2009 Masters winner Angel Cabrera.
The victory also completed Australia’s ‘grand slam’ of major wins, with our golfers previously having claimed the British Open, the US Open and US PGA titles before Scott’s breakthrough in a tournament that had eluded us for 77 years.
The Adam Scott Foundation helps disadvantaged and underprivileged Australian youth, a cause arising from its founder’s recognition of the gap between his own good fortune and those not so privileged.
“As I have travelled the world playing professional golf and experiencing many favourable situations, it has also become apparent to me just how many people are suffering, disadvantaged and lacking opportunity,” Scott told Griffith.
“I believe that the giving of an opportunity may be one of the greatest gifts of all, be that an opportunity for a single experience to a sick child or a chance to follow a dream that may otherwise be unattainable.”