The Golf College – National Champions
Trevose Golf Club, Cornwall
May 5th & 6th 2016
The Golf College have become National College Champions after the winning the National Finals, run by the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) and held at Trevose Golf Club in Cornwall.
The competition began back in September 2015, with colleges around the country trying to qualify for the finals by winning their respective areas. The Golf College entered an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team into their area with the ‘A’ Team winning the Gross league and the ‘B’ Team the Nett league. This meant that both teams qualified to go to the Finals to compete against the other area winners.
There was a total of 17 teams that arrived at Trevose Golf Club in Cornwall to compete for the title. Trevose was in excellent condition which is what you would expect of one of the country’s most exceptional links courses. It had previously hosted many big amateur events including the 2008 Brabazon Trophy.
The competition format was a strokeplay event played over 36 holes. Each college team consisted of 6 players with the best 4 scores to count on each day.
With the weather set fair for the 2 days of the tournament good scores were expected from the quality field that had been assembled and the Golf College didn’t disappoint.
The ‘A’ Team produced some outstanding play on day 1. Jacob Smith and Lauren Horsford both shot 70 but the player of the day was Mikey Doble, a first year student. He completed a first round of 67, 4 under par which was highlighted with a ‘hole out’ on his 16th hole from 118 yards for an eagle 2. At the end of day one The Golf College had a team score of -4 and held a 6 shot lead.
Day 2 saw more good weather and the Golf College ‘B’ Team launch a fight back after a disappointing first day. Player of the day for them was Jordan Mo’Thompson who completed a second round 68, 3 under par which would help the team finish 6th overall and move Jordan into 5th place in the individual.
The ‘A’ Team began Rd 2 in the same vein as Rd 1 with the first 3 players, Lauren Horsford, Adalberto Montini and Mikey Doble all under par thru 9 holes. Adalberto Montini would go on to complete a fine 67 which added to his first round of 74 would give him a third place finish in the overall individual.
Lauren Horsford would do even better shooting a second round of 69 to go with her first round of 70 to be the overall Individual Champion with a 3 under par total.
With those first 2 scores on the board the other teams knew the outcome of the tournament was not in doubt. Mikey Doble battled hard after a mid round wobble to card a 74 (for 4th place in the individual) and Max Jordan urged on by team mates birdied 3 of his last 5 holes to post a level par 71 and produce a -7 team total and a stunning 14 shot victory!!
After being runner up 3 times in the last 4 years it was a long overdue victory and the fact that The Golf College had 5 players in the first 8 of the individual standings showed how dominate their golf had been.