ACES student Basti Tames the Beastly Bear Trap in Florida

Sotogrande International School ACES  student, Sebastian Collins or “Basti” to his friends, took another step closer to achieving a Scholarship to a Division 1 University in America by finishing 9th (which included a Hole in One!) in the Junior Honda Classic, played at the prestigious PGA National Golf Resort in Florida.

PGA national, designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus hosts the Honda Classic, one of the top ranked tournaments on the PGA Tour and in the world. It is known to have one of the most iconic and toughest series of holes in all of golf, with holes 15, 16 and 17 forming the intimidatingly known “Bear Trap”.


PGA National Golf Resort – Florida

Going down the par 5 18th, Basti selected a 5 iron from the middle of the fairway, flushed his approach shot straight at the pin and pitched it in the hole lipping out for an eagle! Leaving him a tap in birdie to finish his tournament off in style. Quite the compliment to his Hole in One earlier in the same round!

Basti is part of the Academic Centres of Excellence in Sport (ACES) Programme, specifically designed to provide a “Pathway to the USA” for talented sports people such as Basti.




Aces comprises of a partnership between the Jason Floyd Golf Academy, Sotogrande International School and Athletes USA who’s sole aim is to improve golf and academic performance in order to achieve amazing scholarships to Universities in America.

American University, simply put, is the pinnacle of college sport and education in the world, producing countless world class professional athletes and business people in every sport and every industry imaginable, meaning achieving a scholarship and attending a university will put anyone in a fantastic position to further their career in sport and in life.

For more information about the ACES programme, please contact Lorne Burns on or

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