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MYERSCOUGH players are the best of British when it comes to college golf.

The college’s golf academy proved the point by winning the Inter-Collegiate Golf Tour national team finals, following their victory in the British Colleges’ Sport Finals a month earlier.

The event was held at Kings Norton Golf Club, in Birmingham, and saw teams from all over the United Kingdom competing after qualifying from their respective regional events.

On a calm, overcast day, the course was in superb condition and the softer than normal greens made for some excellent scoring from all the teams involved, but it was the six-man Myerscough team who dominated, comprehensively winning by 15 clear shots with an excellent total of 661 from the 27 holes played.

Chris Thursby was Myerscough’s stand-out performer, scoring level par for the 27 holes, with all the other team members scoring around par to leave the team plus-13 for the final and comfortable victors.

Myerscough College’s head PGA professional, Craig Lea, was delighted with the team’s efforts, and highlighted the effort made by the students in their practice as a big reason behind their recent success.

He said: “It is a fantastic achievement. The students have been working extremely hard with their coaches to produce scores as close to par as possible – even on their worst days – and this is really showing now in their tournament play.

“It really has been a great year for the golf academy, and shows that the philosophy we have in place here at Myerscough College is paying great dividends, and giving young golfers the opportunity to play at a high standard and even represent their country at under-18 level and beyond.”