Myerscough and Derby claim honours at AoC Sport Open Golf Championship 2016
Derby College and Myerscough College 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.
Derby College enjoyed the best of day one, leading in all but the boys’ category, where Hartlepool’s Cameron Wallace was at the head of the pack.
And while Derby held off the competition in both the girls’ event and mixed net to claim honours at the end of the second day, Myerscough were the big climbers to take both the boys’ and team titles.
In the boys’ event, it was Callum Barrow who was named overall champion. His superior score on the back six saw him pip Derby’s Jamie Mcfaul and Wallace from Hartlepool, after the trio all shot gross scores of 143.
In the girls’ tournament, Derby’s Olivia Kelly led throughout to retain her title, finishing with a total score of 148, with her nearest opponent – Laura Morrison of Balby Academy of Sport – hitting 154. Ciara Kelly from Birmingham Met finished in third place, with 159.
The mixed net event was also a successful one for Derby, where Jamie Mcfaul claimed top honours ahead of Birmingham Met’s Tom Boulsdtridge and Olivia Kelly.
But in the blue riband tournament – the team event – it was Myerscough who came away victorious. Their team of Callum Barrow, Luke Stanford, Lewis Pownell and Jack Hawksby hit a total of 441 across the Kittocks and Torrance courses, pipping Balby Academy of Sport 1 by just a single stroke, and Derby College 1 who tallied 444.
“We are pleased with the results from St. Andrews, we witnessed some superb individual performance from Olivia, Jamie, Will Davidson, Josh Williams and James Wadsworth in particular, under very difficult playing conditions,” said Nigel Furniss from the Performance Golf Academy at Derby College.
“We are delighted for Olivia to have retained a national title and for Jamie to come so close in the boys’ event. These results have come on the back of some excellent preparation by the Performance Golf Academy students who have visited Roda Golf in Spain 2 weeks ago for warm weather training followed by an intensive week of shot making preparation last week lead by coach James Whatley at Morley Hayes.
“This will give all the players confidence as they prepare for their next ICT fixture at Retford Golf Club followed by the AOC Nationals Finals to be played at Close House Golf Club on 15-16 April. Derby students Olivia, Will Davidson (Breadsall Priory Golf Club) & Josh Williams (Chevin Golf Club) have all been selected to represent the East Midlands in the AOC Nationals.”