Hartpury students win national golf titles in stunning style


Hartpury College students have been crowned multiple national golf champions after producing a series of stunning performances.

Members of the Golf Academy at Hartpury clinched team and individual titles at the Intercollegiate Tour (ICT) finals at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire and the AoC Sport Championships at Morley Hayes Golf Club in Derbyshire.

At the ICT finals, the A team comprising Matthew Millar, Joe Buenfield, Evan Lewis, Max Strudwicke and Abraham Forsyth won the title by a record-breaking 33 shots.

As well as winning the gross prize, the same team also won the nett prize to complete a memorable double, while Sophie Johnson won the girls’ event by a staggering 14 shots.

Matt Ellis, Golf Academy Manager at Hartpury, said: “The A team had gained a 17-shot advantage after round one, which they extended in round two by another 10.

“In more tricky conditions in round three – the final day – they gained another six and in all they finished under par for the three rounds, which might be a record.

“We won the event last year, so it was great to retain the title, but I’m still a little shocked by the margins of victory for both the A team and Sophie, who also played tremendously well.”

Continuing the Golf Academy’s rich vein of form, there were further successes for Hartpury students at the AoC Sport Championships.

Julia Kerrigan won the girls’ title as well as the team title with Ffion Williams and Evie Stone, while James Freeman, Joe Buenfield and Max Teixeira won the boys’ team title.

Matt Ellis added: “We’re proud to have such talented and committed students within the Golf Academy at Hartpury and we’re delighted that their hard work and dedication is being rewarded with so many fantastic performances.”

Golf students at Hartpury – one of the UK’s leading specialist education providers – have access to a wide range of facilities on campus, including a 10-bay indoor range, a 5x4m indoor putting green, a USGA short-game area and an outdoor artificial putting green.

Golf students can also access local courses and professionals on a regular basis, including the facilities at key partner Tewkesbury Park Golf Club.

Their practice sessions are tailored around their academic timetables to help them fulfil their potential in both areas.

Hartpury College, which has more than 1,800 students, was awarded Ofsted Outstanding in all areas in June 2018.

Offering a range of A-levels, including English Literature and History, and diplomas, it is one of the UK’s leading land-based, sports, equine and animal colleges, with the campus covering more than 360 hectares.

Picture: Boys' team winners James Freeman, Joe Buenfield and Max Teixeira

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