TALENTED golfers from Tudor Grange Academy Redditch showed their prowess on the course to clinch a superb third place in the 2014 England Golf National Schools’ Team Championships.
On July 8/9 Mr Tranter and Mr Hall took the Tudor Grange Academy team to Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire to compete in the national final, having seen the lads qualify for the occasion by virtue of winning the Worcestershire County Team Championships in April.
The Redditch youngsters were now vying with 34 other teams for the title of national champions.
After a successful practice round and noting all aspects of the course, the Tudor Grange team of Harry Nicholls, Josh Wood and Owen Kitching were confident of performing well.
All three were in the first three groups off and were determined to post a high score to challenge the opposition. By the halfway mark all three students were scoring well and were encouraged to maintain their high standards on the back nine holes by both Mr Tranter and Mr Hall.
By the time Nicholls had completed his round he had scored 37 points and was the individual tournament highest scorer. With Kitching and Wood following behind Tudor Grange knew a score of 32 would put them in first position and, with Kitching on 30 points after the 16th, they had high hopes.
As Kitching played the 18th, word had come through that he was already on 33 points and, as he birdied the last, he completed his round with 36 points to take Tudor Grange into a clear lead.
All the lads could do now was wait as one by one the other competitors completed their rounds. As the day went on, two teams outscored them and they finished tied for third position overall, with the winning team on 77 points and Tudor Grange on 73.
Head of PE Mr Tranter said: “The whole experience was one the students thoroughly enjoyed and they were a credit to both themselves and the school.
“Not to win was a disappointment, but to finish third nationally was a major success and we are immensely proud of all our students’ achievements.”