Students gearing up for Open Golf challenge at The Belfry Golf Club

More than 60 students from across the country entered the first event of the AoC Sport Open Golf Championships at The Belfry Golf Club this week.

The prospect of playing at the prestigious PGA National Golf course ensured there was a high demand for places, with some students having to go on a waiting list.

The Belfry is synonymous with golf and has hosted more Ryder Cup tournaments than any other venue in the world.

Eight of the 18 holes on the PGA course feature water, giving students an excellent opportunity to test their skills on a demanding course.

Matthew Ellis, Golf Academy manager for FE and HE Golf, is taking a team of students from Hartpury College, said: “Playing in AoC Sport events keeps our players sharp and provides excellent opportunities to compete with fellow students.

“The Belfry has a rich competitive heritage so I’m sure the students are looking forward to lapping up the atmosphere this week.

“The social side of competing is excellent and although it’s a very emotional sport when things are not going well, there is always plenty of support, banter and fun to take the edge of poor performances. For those who play well it’s a great opportunity to win a title and when you win at the Belfry you are in good company.”

The event on Wednesday 6 November is the first of three taking place as part of the relaunched Open Golf Championships this year.

The first tee-off is at 9.20am and all players have just over 4 hours to complete the course.

Trophies or medals will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Men’s & Women’s Individual Gross
  • Men’s & Women’s Individual Net scores
  • Team competition (best 3 gross scores from four players from the same institution)

For more details and updates, including tee-off times, please visit the Open Golf Championship webpage.

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