Thursday 16th September 2021
Our first event of the 2021/22 season got underway in St. Andrews! Read the full report from the Stirling International, including photos from the event and full results!
The 2021-22 SSS competitions calendar began on the golf course for the 10th Stirling International 3-day event on 8th September 2021. Golfers from across the country and beyond made their way to The Fairmont, St. Andrews for three days of birdies, bunkers and of course – the unpredictable Scottish weather.
There was no shortage of action or drama across the course of the three-day event, which saw 96 golfers take part, from 19 different institutions across the United Kingdom and Ireland!
In the end, David Kitt (Maynooth University) climbed four places on the final day and came out on top in the men’s event, finishing on -12 one shot ahead of Ben Quick (Exeter University) to claim the title. Lachlan Reynolds (University of Stirling) completed the top three, finishing on -8 across his three rounds.
Nicola Slater (University of Stirling) won the women’s competition finishing on -7 and getting the better of her Stirling teammates Lorna McClymont (-5), Rachel Foster and Louise Duncan (both -4).
As it happened…
Day one of the competition started and finished with clear skies, beautiful sunshine, and all-round good vibes.
University of Edinburgh student Molly Lodge and Julie Westvik (University of St. Andrews) got the Stirling International underway at 7:30am. In fine conditions for golf, there was some excellent scoring on day one with nine out of nineteen golfers shooting under par. Rachel Foster and recently crowned Women’s Amateur Champion Louise Duncan, set the standard with scores of 4 under par.
The men’s competition got underway later that morning and they continued where the women left off with some more low-scoring golf. On his home turf – University of St. Andrews student – Adam Charlton shot a potential course-record breaking score of 63 to take a lead of 9 under par going into day two. At this point, the eventual winner David Kitt, carefully watching and waiting back in 11th position on 1 under par. From bright sunshine and idyllic sunrises, fast forward 24 hours and the scenery was very different.
The early morning haar from the North Sea came and quite frankly never left. There was still plenty of golf played, despite the challenging conditions, but after several stops and starts throughout the day, the eventual decision was made to postpone play for the remainder of day two.
That meant we were in for an action-packed final day – with a number of players coming out on Friday to finish their second round. Unfortunately, the haar returned on Friday morning and forced another delayed start, which consequently led to the Women’s third-round being cancelled due to a lack of available playing time. Therefore the women’s competition was decided over the first two rounds scores meaning Nicola Slater (University of Stirling) was crowned champion after shooting a fantastic second-round score of 69 – winning the competition by two shots.
In the men’s event, the students managed to squeeze in a third-round on Friday which proved dramatic – with the entire podium personnel changing by the end of the final day
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It’s the final day at the Fairmont… All our men’s golfers are now on the course for their final rounds!
As it stands:
– 7 Eoin Murphy (Maynooth Uni)
– 6 Adam Charlton (St. Andrews)
– 6 Harry Gillivan (Maynooth Uni)
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The lead constantly chopped and changed hands over the front nine holes, but with four holes to play Ben Quick had a two-shot lead over David Kitt in second. Many would assume that the lead would be too much to claw back but the Maynooth University student had other ideas – Kitt birdied the 15th and 17th to draw the two students level going onto the final hole at -11. Quick parred the 18th to finish with an excellent score of 66, but Kitt went one better picking up another birdie (his 9th of the day) to finish on 64 and win the tournament by a single shot!
Kitt’s performance helped Maynooth University claim the team event title with both their teams finishing the tournament on -15. The University of Stirling 1’s picked up the third-place prize finishing on -8.
In the women’s team event, there was no surprise that Stirling came out on top after the dominant display in the singles event from Nicola Slater, Lorna McClymont, Rachel Foster and Louise Duncan.
A special thanks to all the referees, volunteers, the Fairmont, R&A and BUCS for all their support throughout the event. As with all events, none of it would be possible without all the help from the staff and volunteers on the ground.
Up next in the golfing calendar we are heading to Alyth Golf Club for the Scottish Student Sport Autumn Trophy – if you haven’t already you can sign up here!
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