L-R Ignacio Mateo Fraga, Alex Keefe, Jake Ball, Toby Smith, Aistair Hess. Adam Tridgell, Georgia Staroscik, Harry Butler.
Golf: R&A Student Tour Series - France
Eight sub-scratch golfers travelled to Le Golf National in Versailles France to play in the year's second R&A student tour series. They played against the best university golfers Europe has to offer.
Qualifying for the event was the first challenge as the men's field was balloted with a handicap of +0.7 meaning there were 7 male golfers and one female representing Exeter. The competition comprised of three rounds in total, two around the Albatross course which was made famous in the 2018 Ryder cup, known for its punishing rough, large greens and many water hazards. The other was around the Aigle course which provided different challenges with very small tricky greens and tight fairways.
The first day finished with Jake Ball (2nd year) and Harry Butler (1st year) being T14 and Georgia Staroscik for the women being T6. The second day started with the player's first round of the Aigle course. Ready to bring their A game, Toby Smith had a cracking 4 under par round which bumped him over 10 spaces up the leader board. Steady rounds of level par, +1 for Jake Ball and Adam Tridgell respectively helped continue their journey. Going into the final day all players were looking forward to their final round on Le Golf Nationale's signature course. Due to the outstanding golf being played by the Swedes and Irish, a BUCS title was not quite within reach, but moves were ready to be made up the leaderboard. Alex Keefe shot a very respectable +3 in his final round to finish the week on a high. Jake Ball held a clutch Birdie putt on 18 to secure his T20 finish for the week. You can see the full list of results here.
The series continues in the new year and with the next couple of months for the players to tighten up their game aiming for a BUCS podium spot.
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Date: 31 October 2022