It was a true international affair when golfers hit the course at Fairmont St Andrews, with 107 golfers competing. This year was also the first event in the inaugural R&A Student Tour Series.
The BUCS Golf Tour moves on to the Midlands Tournament. This takes place at Notts Golf Club in Nottingham 22 – 24 of September.
Hazel MacGarvie built momentum over the week before stealing victory with a stunning eagle on the 18th of the Fairmont’s Torrance course.
MacGarvie finished one shot clear of joint runners-up, Lorna McClymont (SRUC) and Stirling teammate, Chloe Goadby.
MacGarvie said, “I was a wee bit rusty in the first round but as each day progressed I felt my game got better. Especially today, with the weather and pin positions, I stayed patient, made sure I was going for the middle of the greens and taking the putts when I could. I’m glad I managed to close it out in the end.”
Hazel and her teammates Chloe Goadby and Nicola Slater also captured the Women’s Team title.
Laird Shepherd made a remarkable return to student golf. Having missed six months with a knee injury, he came from four shots back to win his own individual title.
Shepherd found himself four shots behind Stirling teammate, Robert Foley, with only six holes left to play.
Thanks to a mix of fortune, persistence and outright class – a highlight being a majestic 200+ yard approach to the last – the fourth-year student completed a thrilling comeback to win by two shots from Foley.
Shepherd said, “It’s nice to be back out on the course. I played well on the first day to get it going and from there on in, it was a bit of a grind to be honest.
“It was a good battle with Robert and managed to pull something out at the end to get it done. I’m really happy to be back playing and winning this has been a bonus.”
Laird and Robert with Jordan Sundborg and Jack Broun captured the men’s team title to complete the clean sweep for Stirling at their home tournament.