Myerscough College has claimed the top honours at this year’s AoC Sport Golf Open Championship at Fairmont St Andrews.
The two-day event saw 68 players from colleges throughout England and Wales competing across four tournaments; the girls’ gross, boys’ gross, mixed net and team event, with Myerscough claiming both the boys’ and team titles.
In the boys’ event, it was Myerscough’s Callum Barrow who was named overall champion, while in the team event – it was Myerscough who came away victorious. The College’s team of FE students Callum Barrow, Luke Stanford, Lewis Pownell and Jack Hawksby hit a total of 441 across the Kittocks and Torrance courses, to win by a single stroke over 36 holes.
Craig Lea, Head Academic Professional at Myerscough College, said: “We’re very pleased with the results and there were some superb individual performances under very difficult playing conditions.
‘’These results have come on the back of some excellent preparation and should give them confidence as they prepare for their next fixtures.’’
‘’It was the fourth time Myerscough College have been crowned National champions in the last seven years which is a fantastic achievement for our FE students, who have worked extremely hard throughout the coaching programme for the last 18 months.
‘’We had a strong team and made sure that we played to our strengths. Not only that, but when something went wrong they could react and knew how can we deal with situation as the tournament unfolded. They all individually couldn’t have done any better, and it shows their real progress made over time they been here.’’
From the successful Myerscough team, Callum and Luke already making it into the England representative squad, while Lewis has been selected for Lancashire boys and Jack for his home county of Buckinghamshire.
The group are now preparing for the national finals at Southport and Ainsdale next month, an event that Myerscough won both last year and in 2012.
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by Dave Salmon