Swing back home helps Tantallon teenager Hill

Calum Hill
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Rising Lothians golf star Calum Hill is starting to show some form on the US college circuit – after using a January visit home to get his swing sorted by coach Alan Murdoch.

The Tantallon teenager has just been named as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Month – which is a notable achievement for the University of Louisiana at Monroe freshman.

“Calum is settling into college life in the States and beginning to show some form,” said Murdoch of the former Merchiston Castle pupil. “He was home in January, when we were able to do some much-needed work on his swing.”

Murdoch, Merchiston’s director of golf, said Hill had suffered from being thousands of miles from home and not receiving the technical support he’d become used to.

“He was really was struggling – hitting it sideways,” added the Kings Acre pro. “This sometimes can be the downside if pupils go to college in the States and there is no-one to look after your golf swing. These are talented kids and you can’t second guess with swing repairs – this is what happens sometimes and students must be very careful”

Feeling confident about his game again, Hill finished sixth in an event last week hosted by Louisiana Tech.

“Calum had a nice tourney with a top-ten finish and will learn from being in the hunt,” said University head golf coach, Walt Williams.

Meanwhile, Merchiston Golf Academy beat a Lothians Select 5-3 in a match at Kings Acre on Saturday that was reduced to nine holes due to gales.

Charlie Yuille, Andrew White, Leonard Walters, Kayau Siu and young Rory Thain, who beat Stephen Gallacher’s son Jack, were Merchiston’s points-scorers. “This was an excellent exercise and a great learning experience for our boys,” said Murdoch. “It really shows me they are developing as golfers, improving their skills and becoming all-rounded competitors.”