30th September 2020 — A clear five shot win by Gordon’s School golfers has brought the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) Schools Cup back to Surrey with a team score of 115.
Charlie Roper shot a 57 winning the overall gross competition at Sunningdale Heath on Monday. Alex Phelps came second, scoring an impressive 58 and winning the girls’ competition. While Sarah Mardani shot a 60 to finish in joint sixth place overall and third in the girls’ competition. The team also finished runners up in the handicap nett competition. Top golfing schools in attendance included Reed’s, Rossall, Wellington and Framlingham College.
Just three days earlier, the junior golf team finished in third place in the ISGA Junior Schools Cup in the gross competition with a score of 189. They won the team nett with an impressive score of 137 taking into account the player’s handicaps.
And the teams’ coaches Mr Mathews and Mr Balmer also scooped both the teacher’s awards at the senior and junior events!
In the Junior Schools Cup, Year 8 student Dylan Bannister won the boys individual nett with a cracking 89 playing off handicap 24. This left him finishing in ninth amongst many lower handicap golfers and gave him a course score of 65, seven shots under par for his handicap.
Felix Houlberg and Dylan Mumford also played well for the team with Felix shooting a net 72 finishing in tenth place.
Head of Golf at the co-educational boarding school in West End, Surrey, Mr Mathews said: “This is the first ISGA Title that the school has won since starting up golf three years ago and hopefully the start of many. To say that I am proud is an understatement. The team played consistent and competitive golf and deserved their success.
“The Gordon’s Golf squad is growing with another four golfers competing for the top places in the golf team. I am also delighted that our new Junior team did so well in their first ISGA tournament.”
Gordon’s golfers have enjoyed year on year success, last year becoming the Millfield European Open champions as well as reaching the finals of the ISGA Schools Cup.
Team member Estelle Ingram left the school in August on a golf scholarship to Ottawa University in Arizona. Two of the team’s current players have also accepted places at top golfing American Universities for next year. And Sarah Mardani, Alex Jakins, Charlie Roper and Alex Phelps have all been selected for the South of England Regional Squad this year.
The teams are coached by PGA Professional Pedro Lemos at Foxhills Golf Academy, who said they had given “a great performance”, adding that he is a “very proud” coach.