It’s been a great year for Myerscough College’s F.E golf students, with both individual and team success on the course to add to the programme’s growing reputation.
Myerscough has qualified for next week’s national finals of this season’s Intercollegiate Tour (ICT). The College field sides in both the ‘gross’ (scores from scratch) and ‘nett’ (scores with handicap added) leagues, with Myerscough A winning both competitions. The students involved are all on the Level 3 BTEC Golf Studies programme.
As well as the team events, players from all teams compete in an individual Order of Merit, with the top ten qualifying for national finals. Myerscough student, 18-year-old Callan Barrow, from Blackpool, topped the Order of Merit. Callan joins Jack Hawksby, Ross McCarthy, Lewis Pownell, Mark Hyde and Luke Stanford in the Myerscough team for the nationals, while Alex Forrest and Nicola Wainwright have qualified in the individual order of merit ladies competition.
Craig Lea is the Head Academic Professional at Myerscough College and said: ‘’The Myerscough team have won five out of five trophies at national and regional level so far this academic year and will be looking to add 2 more at the ICT Finals next week. It’s an outstanding achievement by all involved.
‘’Our regional season has come to a conclusion with some highly successful results.
‘’We have a proven track record over a number of years now of the programme here is working. I’m sure that in five years’ time we’ll have a number of players making it big.
‘’We’re just starting to see the fruits of our programme and have an increasing reputation. We have the right processes in place, do things right and the success we’ve had already nationally and at county level builds awareness of what we’re about as a coaching programme.
‘’It takes time and patience – here at Myerscough it’s all about giving students the best opportunity to be the best they can be.’’
The national finals – which Myerscough have already won in 2015 and 2012 - take place at Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club next Tuesday & Wednesday, 26/27th April.
It’s already been a successful season elsewhere for the golfers. Earlier this year Myerscough College claimed both the boys’ and team titles at the AoC Sport Golf Open Championship at Fairmont St Andrews. It was the fourth time Myerscough College were crowned national champions in the last seven years.
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by Dave Salmon