Matthew Myers wins BUCS Tour Finals to claim BUCS Order of Merit 2016-2017
Wednesday 10 May 2017
After a long season of qualifying tournaments Saints Golf took a record number of players (13) to the renowned Prince’s Golf Club for the BUCS Tour Finals this week. With only the Top 50 men and Top 12 ladies qualifying from throughout the UK it illustrates the increasing strength in depth of the performance golf programme at the University of St Andrews.
For the players who had performed well enough in previous tournaments there was the added incentive of trying to tie up the BUCS Order of Merit title, and become the British individual stroke play champion.
The south coast of England was blessed with sunshine for the majority of the tournament, however brisk winds would show the true character of this classic links and test the shot making ability and ball flight control of all players. After 3 rounds the top of the leader board in the men’s event was tightly packed with five players at level par including the University’s Matthew Myers (Physics) and George Burns (Economics).
Teeing off in the final round both Matthew and George were acutely aware of what was at stake and knew that challenges would come from the quality of the players at the top of the leader board. As the front nine progressed both players were hovering around par for the day but it was Jack Rogan (International Relations) who was making a charge for Saints Golf turning in -2 and reaching level for the tournament, a fantastic turnaround after an opening 76. However, it was to be 1st year Matthew Myers who would put aside the disappointment of several recent near misses in tournaments to make a surge of birdies around the turn and open up a lead on the field.
Walking on to the last tee at 5 under par for both the round and the tournament the news filtered through the course that Andrew Davidson (Stirling) had gone on a run of four birdies in a row to reach 3 under and was in the clubhouse. Needing to produce a solid final hole Matthew did what he has done all year and that was to make good swings when it counts and after finding both the fairway and middle of the green calmly two putted for a 67 (-5) to secure a historic victory for Saints Golf.
A closing birdie for George Burns gave a 71 (-1) and ensured a 3rd place finish which together with Jack Rogan gave Saints Golf three players in the top six.
By winning the Tour Finals Matt has achieved the treble in BUCS stroke play this year by also taking the SSS and BUCS Order of Merit titles. In only his 1st year at the University of St Andrews it is exciting to think what the future holds for Matthew and indeed the whole Saints Golf squad as hard work, belief and perseverance begin to pay off.
In the ladies tournament our consistent performers this year, Lieve van Veggel (Bimolecular Science) and Alexa Hammer (International Relations and Management), were scoring well but trailing the runaway winner, Sinead Sexton (Stirling), by a considerable margin. Two strong final rounds of 71 (-4) by Alexa saw her race through the field and close out her year at 4th place in the BUCS Order of Merit.
The BUCS Tour Finals, whilst predominantly an individual tournament, also gives teams the opportunity to qualify for the European Championships in the summer. With the aggregate stroke play results being taken after 72 holes, our ladies team of Marie Danielsson (Management), Alexa Hammer and Lieve Van Veggel finished in second place and our men’s team of Bjorn Bojesen (Arabic and Management), George Burns, Peter Kerr (Chemistry) and Matthew Myers claimed first place, with both teams therefore qualifying to represent BUCS in the Czech Republic in September.
Director of Golf & Head Coach, David Watt, said that he was “extremely proud of not just Matthew but all the players, their team spirit and support for each other is infectious and is improving our performances on the course. Matthew has worked extremely hard all year and deserves all the praise. He never gives up and knows what he needs to do to achieve his goals, he is a great role model for others and along with George’s win in the Boyd Quaich last summer shows we are moving in the right direction.”
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