On Mon December 17 2018, by Amanda Godwin
Salesian’s boys and Gordon’s girls teams are new Southern Schools Invitational champions
Out of 40 competitors, 20 teams and 12 schools, new names emerge as the team and individual champions at Reigate Heath, but Reed’s and Gordon’s schools claim the most winners.
The Southern Schools Invitational, supported by specialist insurer Hiscox, has again showcased the region’s up and coming junior golfing talent, and for the first time a girl delivered the best individual performance.
Celebrating its third year, the unique schools golf tournament is played around Reigate Heath Golf Club’s iconic nine hole heathland course. The competition is based on two players per team, each playing nine holes with their combined stableford scores counting.
With a winning total of 23 points combined, Salesian College’s Jeremy Brown (playing off 7 handicap) and Nathan Woodham (off 6) are the new Southern Schools Invitational boys’ scratch team champions.
The new girls’ scratch team champions with a total 22 points combined are Sarah Mardani (off 5) and Alex Phelps (off 7) from Gordon’s School.
The winning individual scratch scores were even more impressive. Reed’s School swept the board with Sasha Crocket winning the girls’ event with a very impressive 17 points, three more than her Reed’s School colleague Joseph Gould who won the boys’.
In the handicap tournament, the girls’ team of Sophie Mardani and Evie Kircher from Gordon’s School won with a near perfect 35 points. In the boy’s event, Reed’s School picked up yet another trophy thanks to Shaunsuke Murase (off 13) and Joseph Gould (off 12) who won with a combined 28 points. Salesian’s Alex Dobbin won the boys’ individual with an excellent 20 points, while Sophie Mardani (off 21) from Gordon’s School won the girls’ with 19 points.
John Warbey, club treasurer and the driving force behind the Southern Schools Invitational, said: “Thanks to both the wonderful generosity of specialist insurer Hiscox, and to the administrative expertise of our club manager Amanda Godwin and her assistant Claire Taylor-Benson, I’m very pleased that Reigate Heath has once again been able to host this unique and successful tournament for school golfers.”
He continued: “I’m delighted to see girls as well as boys competing so impressively around our heathland course. There were some outstanding individual performances this year, and we are all looking forward to seeing if these can be matched or even surpassed next year.”