The season hots up for Hartpury’s golfers after Spanish excursion

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Hartpury’s golfers continued their preparations for the business end of the golfing season, honing their skills in the warmer climates of Spain ahead of some key competitions.

Thirty-one of Hartpury’s golfing students took to the greens at Desert Springs resort recently to get in some practice ahead of the final stretch of their season. The first and second year Extended and Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Golf) students prepared for the upcoming season at the resort.

Students were able to take full advantage of the excellent facilities at the resort in Almeria, with unlimited use of the putting green, driving range and short game facility. By utilising the practice facilities students were able to develop their game over the course of the trip.

Matthew Ellis, Hartpury’s new Golf Academy Manager, is hoping that the five-day trip to Spain will help give his players the edge ahead of some crucial games. He said: “This marks the fifth trip of its kind to Desert Springs and it proved very popular with our golfers.

“While out there everyone gets the opportunity to play a lot more golf than they would do back on home soil and the facilities are fantastic - it has done wonders for everybody’s game. I was impressed by the attitude of our students while we were out there, they took it seriously as a training camp and will reap the benefits going forward.”

A full round of golf was played each day with daily competitions organised to enable students to gain some match practice and have a chance of taking the honours in the medal competition. Second year students dominated the scoreboard, utilising their course knowledge from the trip last year, but Alex Giles showed she was one to watch as the leading first year.

George Bryant, who is a second year student on the Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Golf) course, triumphed overall in the competition. He narrowly edged out Matthew Ellis to win the gross competition and finished a close second to Lewis Bullard in the nett. He said: “It was a faultless week, from the great practice facilities to the quality course, and I felt very welcome for the duration of the trip.”

Paul Johnson, lecturer in Extended and Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Golf), added: “It was another great week for our students and was a fantastic opportunity for our players to improve their game. Hopefully, as in previous years, it will provide a launch pad into another winning season”.

In last year’s British Schools and Colleges National Finals Hartpury won the nett team event and they also finished close runners-up in the nett team event at the Intercollegiate Tour Finals

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