Thursday, January 26th, 2017 posted by LWGS
Last week over 70 students headed to the Iberostar Royal Andalus to utilise the fantastic golf facilities and receive quality golf coaching in the sunshine. The students had a fantastic time and really enjoyed training and playing in the sunshine and (mostly) warm weather.
After a long travelling day on Monday, Tuesday was a day for the students to get used to the warmer weather, the facilities and the courses. Wednesday came around all too quickly, with the our first match of the Ryder Cup against the Darren Clarke Golf School. Our students were on fine form and quickly dispatching the students from Ireland with a final score of 16.5-8.5 which included a fine performance from Sam Tawse who only had to play 12 holes after winning 8&6.
Friday saw a real rivalry between the two Lee Westwood Schools, with Essex looking to beat Cheshire. The match was played in great spirit and it was brilliant to watch some of our students on excellent form. The final score saw the Essex school complete an 18-3 aganist Cheshire. Special mention in this match goes to Tiger Adams who came back from 6 down with only 6 holes to go to get a half.
The second week was the Individual Winter Strokeplay 54 hole tournament, which was played in tough conditions with the wind playing a major role. The first round was played on a fairly calm day which saw some fantastic scores from our students with Dom Burgess taking the early lead with a phenomenal 2 under par round, closely followed by Ryan Craig with a level par opening round. Day two saw the students battle against some testing conditions with the wind increasing. The students fought on, with the finest scores coming from Ryan Craig and Harry Philippou, both posting a very impressive 2 over par leaving Ryan Craig in the lead by 3 shots from Dom Burgess. Going into the final day, the Essex school had 6 students in the top 10 with all to play for.
The final day forecast was for some high winds and even a slight hint of rain, however this never came to pass and the sun was shining for most of the day. Ryan Craig saw his lead cut early with a few errors in the opening holes. However, he managed to steady the ship and was leading by 1 with just the last to play. Ryan played the last hole very sensibly and made a par, with his nearest competitor making bogey, which was enough to see Ryan Craig win the trophy by 2 shots with a final score of +6 gross and Dom 4 shots back on +10 gross.
Well done to all of our students over the 2 fantastic weeks in Spain. They showed great team spirit and enthusiasm.
Many thanks to all the coaches and staff who made it possible, and a special mention to our volunteers who worked tirelessly for the entire trip to ensure the students got the best possible experience they could.
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