Truro College Golf Star takes National Honours
Following a successful league campaign the Truro and Penwith Golf Academy, that play their home fixtures at Tehidy Park golf club, recently qualified for the ISGA British Schools and Colleges National finals held at the prestigious venue of Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire. Colleges from all over the United Kingdom qualified for the event, with many of the UKs leading young golfers coming together for the two day event. Colleges included the Lee Westward academies, Darren Clarke academy (from Northern Ireland) and The Golf College participated in the two day competition.
Ganton Golf club has for over a century been the venue for championships and important matches, it is one of only three British courses to host the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup. Playing at Ganton, gave the Truro and Penwith students the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of the game's great Champions.
After a long nine hour journey and practice round on the Tuesday, the Championships got under way with a number of excellent performances from the Cornwall students, Alex McHugh came in with a fine score of 77, one under par for his handicap and Charlie Scorse a 78, four under his handicap, but college captain Harry Hall led the way with a one over par 74, including a fine eagle at the par 5, 9th hole, but this still left him four shots of the lead overnight and the Nett team lay in third place.
The standard of golf improved from all the teams on the Thursday with many of the golfers achieving better scores than the previous day, Alex McHugh followed up his first day score with an even better 76, to finish in fifteenth place, but there was none better than Harry Hall, who shot an excellent three under par 70, which was the best round of the day and gave him victory over the 118 individual competitors and the title of ISGA National British Schools and Colleges champion.
Harry has been working with the colleges 'elite' strength and conditioning coach, Jamie Willcocks and is finding this of great benefit to his overall understanding of fitness and personal development. Harrys win follows his recent British Colleges National championship win at Bath, where Harry was representing the South West, and has become the first Cornwall student to hold both titles simultaneously.
Harry Hall with his trophy and prize for becoming the ISGA National British Schools and Colleges Champion 2014.
Other Truro team members also improved, but it was not enough as Truro and Penwith College finished in sixth place out sixteen colleges participating; this was a very creditable finish considering the opposition in the tournament.
Truro and Penwith College were represented by from L-R Alex McHugh, James Scott, Jake Finn, Liam Miller, Harry Hall (Capt.), Joe Miners, Jamie Crocker and Charlie Scorse.
John Presswell, co-ordinator of the college golf academy said, "Considering the distance we have had to travel, I am extremely encouraged by this result and proud of the way the lads conducted themselves on and off the course and to finish in a respectable position and only four shots of winning".
He added, "We have had tremendous support from the college management and governors for this event and also our plans for future golf development. A special mention must go to Harry as he has showed what an outstanding competitor he is, coming from four shots behind to win and put himself and Truro once again on the sporting map nationally".
Anyone interested in the college golf programme or supporting the programme should contact John Presswell on 01872 267073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org