Monty Scowsill, 1st team captain
Exeter Golfers make their mark on the BUCS Student Tour 2017-2018
With 9 top 3 finishes in the BUCS Student Tour events from University of Exeter Golfers and 4 men and 3 women qualifying for the Tour Finals Exeter produced strong individual and team results across the 2017-2018 season.
The BUCS Student Golf tour comprises of 9 qualifying events held across the UK. These tournaments allow the best student golfers to compete for places in the season finale – the BUCS Golf Tour Finals. BUCS points are awarded to the winners of the men’s and women’s Macpherson Order of Merit. The winner receives the accolade of individual stroke play champion.
With the 1st of the BUCS Student Tour events being held in St Andrews in early September Dan Lane and Nicholas Colomer were the only Exeter golfers to make the cut amongst a strong Scottish contingent. In the 2nd event, The Midlands tournament, held at Notts Golf Club, James Blythe was the top finisher for Exeter men’s team and took 3rd place with Harrie Llewellyn being the highest placed Exeter female finishing in 6th. At the Midlands tournament, Sports Scholar James Blythe claimed the best finish of the Exeter entrants taking 3rd place. Exeter followed this up at the Northern tournament with a 1, 2 in both the men’s and women’s events. On the men’s side Sports Scholar Bradley Scott took the title with Sports Scholar and 1st team captain Monty Scowsill in 2nd place. For the girls Sports Scholar Emily Toy took the win with High Performance athlete Synne Foss Budal in 2nd. Monty went on to continue his run of 2nd places at both Fife and the West of Scotland trophy producing a consistent performance across the BUCS tour events which was rewarded at the BUCS finals. Monty finished ranked in 2nd place on the Macpherson Order of Merit with 478 points, losing out on the title by just 1 shot on the final day of BUCS finals at Woodhall Spa. The women also continued their run of good form with another victory for Emily Toy at the English and Western Championships with Claudia Ovens also taking 2nd place. This made it 2 BUCS Golds from just 2 events for Emily Toy which was a fantastic achievement and 100% record.
As well as individual successes the University of Exeter Mixed 1st team won the Premier South League and got to the semi-finals of the Championship Knockout Cup eventually losing to a very strong Stirling side. The University of Exeter Mixed 2nd team reinforced this result and showed the strength and depth within the University of Exeter Golf Club by finishing runner up in the Western 1A league and taking the silver medal the BUCS Trophy final, narrowly missing out against St Andrews in a very tight match that finished 5-4 in St Andrews favour.
Reflecting on his performances this year 1st team captain Monty Scowsill commented “"It's been an extremely successful golf season both individually and as teams. For me finishing in the top 5 in all 5 BUCS Student Tour events I played in is something I’m proud of this year. Both the 1st and 2nd teams repeated their success of last year, making the finals weekend held at Ganton GC, Yorkshire. Despite the 1st team losing it was to an extremely strong Stirling team, who bolstered 5 international players in their 6 man team. The 2nd had a much closer encounter with University of St Andrews 2nd. In search of retaining their trophy from last year, they were unfortunately edged out 5-4 in a nail biting encounter. However, a BUCS semi-final and a silver is something to be proud of and we strive for Gold next year! "
With her 1st podium finish on the BUCS Student Tour this year High Performance Golfer Claudia Ovens added “Golf this year has reflected that of my first year with lots of success for EUGC in the individual and team BUCS events. It is great to represent a great club and be part of an amazing team”.
Golf is one of the 9 focus sports at the University of Exeter and part of the High Performance Programme. All High Performance athletes have access to a comprehensive support services package including S&C, physio, workshops and performance lifestyle support as appropriate.
Date: 8 May 2018