Golfing bragging rights for two city schools at Abbey Hill competition

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STANTONBURY Campus and Lord Grey were celebrating last week having come top of the class in the annual Secondary Schools Cup held at Abbey Hill Golf Centre.

The schools were crowned as Milton Keynes champions in two events, with Stantonbury’s team of Liam McNeela, Jed Arksey, Joel Gosling and Charlie Barber picking up the 18-hole Main Course competition, and Lord Grey School’s triumphant team of Matthew Ashley, Zac Reeve, Adam Lardhi and Ross Andrews collecting the trophy for the Par-3 championship at Abbey Hill.

Twenty-nine children aged between 12 and 18 years from five schools in the area – also including Denbigh, St Paul’s and Pottersbury Lodge – took part in the competitions staged on Abbey Hill’s main course and the Par-3 short course.

The competition saw teams of four competing, with the best three scores on each hole counting towards the overall total score.

Stantonbury Campus (pictured above) shot an impressive 197 – a full 16 shots ahead of second placed St Paul’s who had 213, three shots ahead of third placed Denbigh.

The Par-3 contest was slightly closer with Lord Grey scoring 138, just two shots ahead of Stantonbury Campus who came very close to making it a double celebration.

The public pay-and-play centre’s expert PGA Professionals were also on hand to conduct free lessons for both children and their teachers.

Following the event there was also a fun competition between the teachers of the five schools over Abbey Hill’s Pirate Island Adventure Golf, an 18-hole themed course requiring only a putter to navigate the ball around the course festooned with obstacles, such as a huge signature ship and waterfalls, lakes, streams and islands, with rafts, treasure chests and cannons.