Hartpury golf student George Bryant has won the English and Welsh Championships after a thrilling finish.
George, who is studying a BA (Hons) Sports Business Management degree at Hartpury’s Golf Academy, held his nerve in a play-off to win the prestigious competition – part of the BUCS Golf Tour – at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club.
Starting the final round one shot off the lead, George fired a two-over-par 74 to finish on 288 over the 72 holes, the same total as James Hamilton (Loughborough University).
After they tied on the first hole of the play-off, George edged out his rival on the second to take first place and make it a winning start to the championship for Hartpury, who had entered the event for the first time.
“It means a lot to be able to win the first BUCS event for Hartpury,” said George, who studied a Level Three Extended Diploma in Golf at Hartpury before his current degree course.
“It is a great start to the year for me and gives me a lot of confidence to be able to win a great tournament in a strong field.
“Hartpury has helped me a huge amount in the last three years. It has allowed me to improve as a golfer in every way possible.
“Every kind of help has been available to me from nutritional help to psychology and many other areas.
“As well as the experience Hartpury has offered me in terms of regular high-level competitive golf. There's been no limit to the amount I've been able to improve.”
George, who lives in Exeter and whose home club is Staddon Heights in Plymouth, added: “Over the next three years I plan to continue improving as a golfer and continue competing and winning BUCS events whilst also completing my degree and having fun doing so.”
Hartpury Golf Academy has a proven record for developing elite golfers, with several graduates on scholarships with leading US universities.
Its facilities include a driving range with swing studio and simulator, and a short-game practise facility.
Picture credit: BUCS