Winning Students golfers to the fore at European Uni Champs15 September 2017
Six Winning Students golfers were involved in the business end of the EUSA (European University Sports Association) Golf Championships in the Czech Republic this past week as the Universities of Stirling and St Andrews competed against the cream of European student golf.
University of Stirling scholars Gemma Batty, Chloe Goadby, Sinead Sexton, Jordan Sundborg and Alasdair McDougall were all part of the successful men’s and women’s squads that retained their European team crowns which they also won in St Gallen, Switzerland, in 2015, whilst George Burns and his St Andrews teammates finished second in the men’s event.
Batty, Goadby and Sexton held off a challenge from Ireland’s Maynooth University to win by six shots whilst the men’s competition was a far closer affair with Stirling requiring a dramatic sudden-death playoff to beat St Andrews, where Sundborg defeated Burns, who had shot a stunning final round of 61, on the first playoff hole.
There were also individual medals at the tournament in Liberec, with Goadby spearheading the women’s challenge with an excellent performance but, despite being the only player under-par in the last round, the third-year Psychology and Sports Studies student fell agonisingly short by one shot to finish second, behind Maynooth’s Shannon Burke. Meanwhile, teammate Sexton, who was playing in her final university competition after graduating with an MSc in Sports Management, joined Goadby on the podium, in third place.
In the men’s event, second-year Sport Studies student, Sundborg, claimed third in the singles after a terrific final round of 63 while Burns, who is heading into his final year of an Economics degree, finished one shot back in fourth after posting the lowest round of the tournament on the last day.