01 Mar 2019
Silverware for the Golf Team

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VI Millfield and Desert Springs European Schools Team Championships 2019.

The Gordon’s Golf team traveled to Almeria, Spain to compete in this European invitational event. Top Golfing Schools from all over England were involved in this event hosted at the Five star golfing resort, Desert Springs by Millfield School.

The team arrived three days early for practice and match play at the wonderful facilities at Desert Springs and also embraced the opportunity to play at Aguilon, a local championship course set in the mountains of Almeria.

The practice round on the Championship Indiana Course was also a great experience, allowing the golfers to get used to the course layout and speed of the greens.

After the tournament dinner on Sunday 17th February the Gordon’s team were ready to take on the course and the schools from all over England.

Playing stableford four-ball better ball, the team excelled on the first day with Evie and Jack Kircher scoring a staggering 43 points. Combined with Ava Bates and Alex Jakins score of 40 the team finished day one 5 points ahead of the field.

Day two then witnessed the young team managing to better their day one score of 83 points. They scored an amazing 86 points on a warm day playing alongside golfers from Lancing College. They were inspired by the competition that day with Evie and Jack carding 45 points, Ava and Alex 41. Much to the surprise of the tournament opponents, Gordon’s were now 12 points ahead of second placed Reed’s and Millfield Schools.

On Day three of the tournament, the team were very tired waking up at 7am for their last round of the tournament. Mrs Mathews woke them up with their daily yoga session and made sure the breakfast was plentiful to get them through the last 18 holes.

Round three was an individual stableford and medal competition with the top two team scores counting towards the final team total.

Gordon’s were paired with Millfield on the last day and the 9am shot gun start soon got the golfers focused on finishing strongly on the last day. Ava Bates carded an impressive medal score of 74 on the last day, recording 40 stableford points. Her playing partner Alex Jakins scored 35 points off her handicap of 12. The team score of 75 on the last day was enough to finish joint top with Reed’s in the individual competition. Adding this score to the previous results meant that Gordon’s completed day three with an incredible team score of 244 points, 16 points ahead of their nearest rivals Reed’s and Millfield.

The team won on all three days beating many teams from Reed’s, Millfield, Whitgift, Rossall and Lancing Schools and Colleges.

The Gordon’s Golf team were winners of the European Schools Team Championships. Evie Kircher collected to trophy as team captain and all of the players received their own individual cups.

Ava Bates won the Individual Full Handicap stableford competition on the last day beating all of the boys and girls in the field of 53 top golfers. She also won the Girls Medal competition by a considerable margin playing off handicap 8 and scoring a 3 over par 74. She also collected a beautiful trophy and more silver wear for the team.

Jack Kircher must be mentioned for his individual 42 points on day one and two. His golf improved so much over the six days away and has set him and the team up for a great summer ahead.

Evie played with great patience over the three days and always scored in the high thirties. She holed 26 pars over the 54 hole tournament and her diligence and resilience should be commended on a tough course with very fast greens.

The whole team played with courtesy and integrity over the three days of the tournament against very tough opponents. Mr Mathews thoroughly enjoyed watching and coaching the team over the six days and will be keen to take more teams to the tournament next year.

The Gordon’s Golf team:

Evie Kircher, Year 10- handicap 11.

Jack Kircher, Year 8- handicap 25.

Ava Bates, Year 8- handicap 8.

Alex Jakins, Year 11- handicap 12.