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Meon Valley Golf Club member Harry Ellis

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South Downs College Academy showed they could mix it with the big boys on a recent trip to St Andrews.

The six-man team from Havant finished eighth out of 24 teams in the British Schools & Colleges Tour finals held in testing conditions.

The students battled 45mph winds and driving rain on the Torrance course at St Andrews Bay.

And young talent Billy McKenzie showed his skills to suggest he’s definitely a talent to watch.

McKenzie, Scott Gregory, Ryan Grace, Jack Reekie, Alex Marine and Oakley Evans took on several of Lee Westwood’s Academy teams from around the country and specialist golf development colleges.

They finished eighth in the nett event and 12th in the gross standings, with the top four scores counting from six players.

The Lee Westwood College, from Cheshire, won titles in both events.

Merrist Wood’s Tom Neve grabbed the title of British Schools & Colleges individual champion.

But McKenzie’s round of 76 was just three behind the winner and saw him well inside the top 10 from 112 players.

He also picked up the order of merit prize for his consistent performances throughout the campaign.

South Downs golf organiser Kim Dobson said: ‘I feel we have played extremely well.

‘I’m very proud of their performances.’