During February Half Term, the Lancing team travelled to Spain to take part in the European Schools Team Championships. Captained by Upper Sixth Former Oliver J, and also comprising two players from Lancing Prep Hove, the team performed admirably in its first ever tour. The total field was made up of 86 golfers from other schools; competition was stiff, with both male and female players having handicaps as low as +3.
The tournament was primarily a team stableford event with the best two scores from the pairings being added up to get the final total. The standard of the golf was at times excellent, with many shots living long in the memory: Charlie G on the 7th hitting off the desert to within six feet for birdie, Ollie J for his unflappable accuracy off the tee with the hybrid (just don’t give him a 9 iron), James J for his arrow like ball flight off the par 3 boxes, George G draining numerous putts late on in rounds for vital points, and last but by no means least Thady W for a sublime up and down on the 17th. With the five players having completed three tournament rounds in three days, and Mr Crowe having walked over 48 miles around the course in support, it was a fantastic trip. Result of the week was Charlie G (top Lancing points scorer) shooting an excellent 77 on the last day to finish in the top ten of a very tough field. Bring on next year’s tournament!