Prudhoe and Northumberland County golfer Daniel Shevill (pictured) is to resume his studies at a US college rather than tackle the tough European Tour School. Danny has been offered a full scholarship to return to Midland College in Texas where he was studying in 2008 and a member of the victorious National Collegiate Championship team.
This reverses a trend of young UK golfers taking college places in the USA, often at considerable expense, only to return early having discovered that life there didn't match up to their expectations.
Generally, the best opportunities are at US universities for top quality golfers with strong academic qualifications.
The 20-year-old former Under 14 Scottish Stroke Play Champion is enjoying a successful 2009 season having captured a number of county, league and major amateur competition titles.
After seven events in the ten-tournament ZFL Golf 'Green Jacket' Series he lies second, having already won two of the 36-hole scratch tournaments, and it's no secret that he wants to win the series.
Having recently entered the 2009 European Tour School, Shevill has now withdrawn following the offer from Midland College.
He said: "I was really excited about going to Tour School and going head to head with the pros. However, completely out of the blue, Midland contacted me and offered a fully sponsored scholarship.
"My coach in 2008 has been tracking my progress this year and wanted me back. It was a no brainer and I have accepted as it will benefit both my academic studies and my golf."
Midland College wanted Shevill to return in September but with the ZFL Golf Series and club representative tournaments still up for grabs, an early return to the US presented a problem.
He also wants to improve his current +1 handicap to a strong +2 before the end of the 2009 season so that he can enter major tournaments such as the Amateur Championship in 2010.
Danny, who will fly out to the US in January and stay until December, added: "I am very lucky to have been given this further opportunity by Midland and I am very grateful to them. I'll work hard on my studies, fitness and golf, and hopefully help Midland to secure some more honours including winning the Nationals again!
"Overall, this will give me an even better foundation for maybe having another crack at Tour School next year."
Midland College Coach, Delnor Poss, said: "Daniel has had a great 2009 season and he was a valued student when studying here in 2008. As a result we have offered him a full scholarship. This would include us paying for books, tuition, fees, room, meals and a round trip airline ticket."
Midland College was established in 1972 and has trained over 150,000 students, won 20 national championships in sports and produced 192 'All Americans' including golfers Ken Ferrie, Lisa Ball, Chad Campbell and Andrew Coltart.