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More Chinese university students opting to study golf

Published on Sep 11, 2012 7:09 PM
Students under instruction at the Hebei Institute of Physical Education in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province. The institute is one of a small number of schools providing golf degrees in China. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - While some of his high school classmates are still experiencing difficulty finding a job, Mr Feng Jian has been just been promoted. He now manages 100 caddies at a golf club in Beijing, just 12 months after graduation, thanks to his four-year study of the sport.

Two months before the national college entrance exam in 2007, Mr Feng realised that his academic performance was unlikely to gain him entry to a high-ranking university. So the young man reasoned that his athletic abilities might give him a better chance at a sports college, where less emphasis is placed on academic ability.

The native of Xianghe county in Hebei province set about applying to become a golf major, a study that friends said was likely to offer a green light for future employment. He was accepted to study at Hebei Institute of Physical Education in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.

"I had no idea of the potential market for golf, but I fell in love with the sport almost as soon as I started learning," said Mr Feng. "Later, two years of internship at various clubs convinced me that golf would be my career."

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