Double win for Exeter Uni

Exeter at the double

The high performance golfers stared their season at two national events the BUCS Golf Tour event at Little Aston Golf Club and the HPP men playing at Trevose, Cornwall at the 36-hole Westlake Trophy.

Little Aston is UK top 100 course and the first time any of the players had been to the venue they enjoyed a productive practice round with confidence not only aided by the quality of the course but the news filtering from Cornwall on the strong performances of the rest of the HPP squad.

At the end of day one the confidence levels were only heading in one direction with Alex Saunders producing a one under score, which was leading the female competition and first year James Blyth, the only male representing Exeter also leading with a level par score.

Whereas day 1 only consisted of one round, day two involved 36 holes and the added pressure of sun light issues at the end of the day. Alex Saunders continued her impressive play completing a wire to wire win, holing the winning putt in the dark to take the BUCS Tour win at Little Aston. Her nearest competitor played the first half of the last round in level par and a slip up by Alex meaning there was only 2 shots in it with 9 holes to play. Alex however maintained her composure, making birdies of her own to remove any hope of the field catching her. Geography 1st year student Sophie Stone after a poor first round had a fantastic last day with an under par score in the second round. This elevated her into third position, gaining some valuable order of merit points.

James in the last group played another great second round with an unfortunate lip out on the last preventing back to back level par scores. This still meant he was placed in third position. Half way through the last round he got within one shot of the lead but unfortunately slipped back to finish in fifth positon after strong finishes from the other leading players. This however completed a great event for the University of Exeter and continued James fine play in BUCS competition as he had an outstanding 10 and 8 win in his debut for the first team the previous week.

At Trevose Golf & Country Club the HPP squad had a fine tournament with Chris Williams, Joe Carmody-Firth all challenging at the top of the leader board. The standout performance was from Chris Williams who shot a six under 66 in the morning and followed that up with a 71 in the afternoon to take the prestigious Westlake Trophy back to Exeter.


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