A trio of Bay House School students have stormed to victory in the recent Hampshire Schools Team Championships.
Patrick Bailey, Todd Laver and Noah Bradwell mastered the blustery conditions at Cams Hall Golf Club to claim the title and qualify for the national finals at Woodhall Spa in July.
It was blowing a gale on the day but they adapted to the conditions really wellKevin Maris
It’s the first time the Gosport school has entered the event but they posted a winning total of 74 Stableford points with two scores out of three counting in the competition format.
Their total was enough to see off their nearest rivals by four points.
And it was an impressive display from all of them with two 12-handicap year 11 students Bailey and Bradwell joined by year 10’s Laver, who plays off 13.
Bay House teacher, Kevin Maris – who is also an assistant professional at Gosport & Stokes Bay – believes the team benefited from their extensive experience of battling the breeze.
Maris said: ‘It was blowing a gale on the day but they adapted to the conditions really well.
‘They are members at Gosport & Stokes Bay and it’s always windy there.
‘So it played into their favour a bit more.
‘They all played really, really well on the day and deserved the victory.’
Despite already beating some of the local schools and colleges which run their own golf programmes, Maris knows his young guns will face a serious jump in standard.
The Woodhall Spa course in Lincolnshire is the headquarters for England Golf and the youngsters will get the chance to impress.
Maris said: ‘We’ll be going there to enjoy the experience but it’s a very tough golf course.
‘They will also be up against some of the top schools and college teams in England and players who are involved with the national squads.
‘They won’t have played a course at that sort of standard but hopefully they will play well and enjoy it.
‘It will be a good experience for them.
‘But they are all good, young golfers and there is no reason why they can’t perform well again.’