Student delivers the teas to golfers and sporting heroes

Jack Florence
Jack Florence

A events management student has rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s greatest golfers after landing a job at the Ryder Cup.

Jack Florence (19), from Bishopbriggs, was one of a group of City of Glasgow College students who were invited to play their part in the world-class sporting event.

He helped host a launch dinner which was attended by 1,500 guests, inclusing many members of both the Amererican and European teams.

The former Bishopbriggs Academy pupil, who is in the first year of his course, said: “I’m a keen golfer and couldn’t pass up the chance to work at the biggest golf event in the world.

“It’s given me vital experience and the chance to share my happy, welcoming nature with people from all over the world.”

Jack and his classmates also provided food and drink for VIPs at the tented village as the golfers battled it out on the fairways.

And there were other sporting stars around as well, including two footballers from Jack’s favourite team

He explained: “I’m a Liverpool fan so was really excited when I got to meet Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish. Working at the Ryder Cup was a humbling experience and I was blown away by it.”

Gordon McIntyre, curriculum head of hospitality at the college, said: “Although the college has been represented at high-profile events previously, never have we had so many students working at a single event.

“The group’s performance made me very proud to say that they were from the City of Glasgow College, and the effort and skills and dedication shown by the team was extraordinary. It also allowed them to see this style of catering and hospitality operation.”