"Eh, aye, but I still need a calculator to add it up," says Jack McDonald when it is suggested he is an unlikely candidate to enter an incorrect scorecard, "but, at this stage of my degree, there are not many actual numbers involved now anyway . . . "
His subsequent explanation of the minutiae of his modules - best surmised by the phrase "difficult maths" - re-establishes his credentials as a scholar and education matters to the University of Stirling student, who is determined to combine his studies with golf until he graduates in two years' time. It is an ambitious aim, perhaps, but the Ayrshireman has been given the best possible chance to achieve it after being named as one of 165 promising student athletes who will be granted funding and academic flexibility through national sports scholarships Winning Students.
Established in 2008 - and funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling - it has gifted more than £2m to some 340 athletes, making it the third largest sporting support programme in Scotland. Eleven members of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were among the chosen scholars, while many more have already been named in Team Scotland for Glasgow 2014.
"It's made a huge difference," says McDonald. "Without it, I wouldn't have been able to play in some of the tournaments that I have this year, which means I might not have won the SGU Order of Merit. The university have been great because they've allowed me to spread my final year over two, so I've got time to work on my golf and travel to tournaments."
His game has caught the eye, too. Offered an invitation to last year's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, McDonald made the cut and found himself in a final-day pairing with Ernie Els, who would go on to win the Open the following weekend.
The South African made his way round in six shots fewer, but still felt the urge to apologise to the young Scot for the way he played on a day when neither produced their best golf.
"That showed me that I can do it, that I can play in that company," said McDonald. "Ernie was so chilled out and was asking me about my degree and saying he thought it was a great thing to do because it is so hard to make it as a pro. He really put me at ease and it was a huge honour to mark his card, even if I was nervous about adding it up right . . . "