Records smashed at AoC Sport Open Golf Championships 2018

The 2018 AoC Sport Open Championships returned to the superb Fairmont St Andrews resort in Scotland this week, with Myerscough College, Hartpury College and Hartlepool College of FE dominating the tournament.

It was a record-breaking competition, which saw some of the best scoring in the Championships’ eight-year history in the team event and men’s individual competition. There was some great golf played and some exceptional performances.

Over the two-day Open, 34 golfers from around the country battled it out in the mixed individual nett, the boys’ gross, girl’s gross and the coveted Open Championship team prize.

Due to the ‘Beast from the East’ and the snowy conditions, this year’s Championship was delayed until May. The golfers arrived in St Andrews on Monday to be greeted with blue skies and bright sunshine – perfect conditions for the Championships to take place in.

Cameron Wallace

One golfer who excelled in the conditions was Cameron Wallace, of Hartlepool College of FE, who won the boy’s gross with an AoC Sport Open Golf record. He added a 2 under par 70 to his 69 on the Kittocks course for a 4 under par record-breaking total of 139.

Cameron finished two shots ahead of Jake Hibbert from Myerscough College, who finished with a score of 141. Luke Bartram, also from Myerscough College followed in third place with a combined score of 143.

In the mixed Nett competition, Cameron’s second-round score of 70 on the Kittocks course was enough to award him victory over Luke’s 76, even though they both finished with a score of 141. Daniel Tough from Birmingham Metropolitan College finished one shot behind on a nett of 142 to place third.

The Myerscough College team returned an 11 under par total for day two to record a score of 205 – a record for the AoC Open Golf Championships. Their day two score was 22 strokes lower than day one and with a total of 432, Myerscough comfortably took home the Claret jug.

Hartpury College finished runners-up, 13 shots behind, with Birmingham Metropolitan College in third place on 471. Luke Bartram returned an impressive 6 under par 66 to edge out team mate Jake Hibbert who had earlier returned a 5 under par 67.

Sophie Johnson

In the women’s gross event, Sophie Johnson bettered her second place finish in last month’s National Championships to pick up the top prize thanks to a 17-shot victory over her peer Evie Stone, who finished on 159.

A special thank you must go to all at Fairmont St Andrews for their hospitality and for letting us use their two great courses for the AoC Sport Open Golf Championships. Also, thank you to all of the staff and students who made the journey to Scotland to contribute towards what was a brilliant event.