Matthew Myers wins BUCS Tour Finals & Order of Merit crownApril 19th, 2017
After a long season of qualifying tournaments Saints Golf took a record high of 13 players to the wonderful Prince’s Golf Club for the BUCS Tour Finals. With only the Top 50 men and Top 12 ladies qualifying from throughout the UK it showed the increasing strength in depth of the performance golf programme at the University of St Andrews.
For the players who had performed well enough in previous tournaments there was the added incentive of trying to tie up the BUCS Order of Merit title, this year named for the first time after the late Rob Macpherson.
The south coast of England was blessed with sunshine for the majority of the tournament, however brisk winds would show the true character of this classic links and test the shot making ability and ball flight control of all players. After 3 rounds the top of the leader board in the men’s event was tightly packed with five players at level par including our own Matthew Myers and George Burns. In the ladies tournament our consistent performers this year, Lieve van Veggel and Alexa Hammer, were scoring well but trailing the runaway winner, Sinead Sexton, by a considerable margin. Two strong final rounds of 71 (-4) by Alexa saw her race through the field and close out her year at 4th place in the BUCS Order of Merit
Teeing off in the final round both Matthew and George were acutely aware of what was at stake and knew that challenges would come from the quality of the players at the top of the leader board. As the front nine progressed both players were hovering around par for the day but it was Jack Rogan who was making a charge for Saints Golf turning in -2 and reaching level for the tournament, a fantastic turnaround after an opening 76. However it was to be 1st year Matthew Myers who would put aside the disappointment of several recent near misses in tournaments to make a surge of birdies around the turn and open up a lead on the field. Walking on to the last tee at 5 under par for both the round and the tournament the news filtered through the course that Andrew Davidson (Stirling) had gone on a run of four birdies in a row to reach 3 under and was in the clubhouse. Needing to produce a solid final hole Matthew did what he has done all year and that was to make good swings when it counts and after finding both the fairway and middle of the green calmly two putted for a 67 (-5) to secure a historic victory for Saints Golf. A closing birdie for George Burns gave a 71 (-1) and ensured a 3rd place finish which together with Jack Rogan gave Saints Golf three players in the top six.
By winning the Tour Finals Matt has achieved the treble in BUCS stroke play this year by also taking the SSS and BUCS Order of Merit titles. In only his 1st year at the University of St Andrews it is exciting to think what the future holds for Matthew and indeed the whole Saints Golf squad as hard work, belief and perseverance begin to pay off.
Director of Golf & Head Coach, David Watt, said that he was “extremely proud of not just Matthew but all the players, their team spirit and support for each other is infectious and is improving our performances on the course. Matthew has worked extremely hard all year and deserves all the praise, he never gives up and knows what he needs to do to achieve his goals, he is a great role model for others and along with George’s win in the Boyd Quaich last summer shows we are moving in the right direction.”
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