Saints tested in masterclass of student golf
Monday 07 March 2011
The University of St Andrews were tested in a masterclass of student golf as they welcomed the Scandinavian School of Golf to Scotland. The teams contested a matchplay event played over the Torrance Course in St Andrews.
Scandinavian Captain, Daniel Andersson described his enthusiasm to return: “We really enjoyed our stay in St Andrews. It was an opportunity to taste both the golf and the University and the Scottish hospitality was fabulous”
Play began with 3 morning fourball matches on the Tuesday. The hosts took the early lead, with Saints pair Cole Sedgwick and Matt Wheeler defeating Ola Johansson and Victor Flatau 4&3. Alban Lammens and Mik de Picciotto also began well, wining their fourball match against Daniel Andersson and Mikael Porss. Jon Corke and Freddie Edmunds lost 2&1 against Magnus Bruhn and Anders Larsson, who consistently proved their worth with superb golf throughout the tournament.
After the fourballs session, St Andrews held a slender 2-1 advantage.
Fading light saw the first 9 holes of the foursomes matches played on the Tuesday afternoon, before returning early the next morning to complete the matches. St Andrews continued their promising start to the matches, and at the close of play on Tuesday were up in 2 matches and down in 1. Testing play began at first light on Wednesday with winds gusting to 25mph and heavy wintry showers. The St Andrews team were confident, being accustomed to playing in poor weather. It was, however, the Scandinavians who used the weather to their advantage: winning the foursomes session 2-1 to level the overall match at 3-3.
With the match evenly balanced and everything to play for, the singles matches were to prove decisive.
Once again, the home teams started strongly and as the first matches reached the halfway point, the hosts were up in 4 matches and down in 2. However, as was the case in the morning matches, the visiting team rose to dominate on the inward nine and thwarted the best efforts of St Andrews. In the first match, Daniel Andersson made excellent birdies at the 14th, 15th and 16th to beat St Andrews captain Jon Corke 3&2.
Matt Wheeler also fell short in his efforts, losing a close match by 1 hole against Magnus Bruhn. Magnus showed great fighting qualities winning the last 2 holes when victory had looked certain to go to the hosts. Hope of a victory was restored when Alban Lammens recorded a point for St Andrews, producing some excellent golf to win his match comfortably against Ola Johansson. However, that was the only point that St Andrews won in the singles session, as Cole Sedgwick fell 2&1 to Mikael Porss, Freddie Edmunds lost 5&4 to Victor Flatau and Mik de Picciotto fell to defeat at the hands of Anders Larsson.
The final match score - 8-4 - was a testament to the skills and determination of the Scandinavian team.
Following the conclusion of the match, a presentation dinner was held. Organisers Debby Sargent and James Parker received a vote of thanks for their work in arranging the match. Player of the tournament awards were given to Anders Larsson and Alban Lammens who both returned a 100% record in their matches.
Cole Sedgwick, University of St Andrews Golf Bursar described his week “We had a fantastic time competing against the Swedes on the testing Torrance course. It is always a pleasure to compete with and learn from the very best”.
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