Uni­ver­sity golf girls drive into his­tory

Team and in­di­vid­ual suc­cesses atYale event

Stirling Observer - - AMATEURS - Donad Mor­ton

Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity’s girl golfers have made his­tory after tri­umph­ing in one of the high­est-ranked col­lege tour­na­ments in the United States.

Chloe Goadby, Hazel MacGarvie, Gemma Batty, Emily Laws and Mir­ren Fraser se­cured top spot at the Yale In­ter­col­le­giate In­vi­ta­tional at New Haven, Con­necti­cut last the week­end, fin­ish­ing 10 strokes ahead of La­mar Uni­ver­sity from Texas.

The land­mark win is be­lieved to be the first time an in­ter­na­tional team has won a Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Di­vi­sion One tour­na­ment, the high­est level of col­lege com­pe­ti­tion.

There was also in­di­vid­ual suc­cess for Goadby, a third-year Psy­chol­ogy and Sports Stud­ies stu­dent, who led the field by three shots ahead of tem-amte MacGarvie.

It comes just days after Stir­ling’s men fin­ished one shot be­hind the win­ners at the Macdonald Cup, also held at The Course at Yale, when Robert Fo­ley fin­ished top of the in­di­vid­ual leader­board fol­lowed by his team­mates Laird Shep­herd and Jor­dan Sund­borg.

Coach Dean Robert­son said: “Fol­low­ing the men’s per­for­mance in the Macdonald Cup last week, team co­he­sion and su­perb prepa­ra­tion has helped the women’s team to this tremen­dous achieve­ment.

“Spe­cial men­tion goes to Chloe Goadby who was vic­to­ri­ous in the in­di­vid­ual tour­na­ment with a total score of two-un­der-par and who con­tin­ues to grow in stature in the women’s game. Hazel MacGarvie came a close joint sec­ond and is a mas­sive tal­ent wait­ing to be nur­tured.”

The com­pe­ti­tion ended pre­ma­turely when Sun­day’s fi­nal round was rained off. Stir­ling recorded a total score of 580, ahead of La­mar (590) in sec­ond and Delaware and Har­vard third with 594.

Goadby recorded a first round of 71 and a sec­ond of 69, giv­ing her a total score of 140, three shots ahead of team­mate MacGarvie.

Direc­tor of Sport at Stir­ling Cathy Gal­lagher said: “The sig­nif­i­cance of these achieve­ments can­not be un­der­stated. To win such a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion is a ter­rific feat and a tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work of all of those in­volved.”

Last month, the uni­ver­sity’s men and women’s golf teams re­tained their ti­tles at the Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (EUSA) Golf Cham­pi­onships in the Czech Repub­lic.

Num­ber one Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity’s fe­male golfers and coaches - left to right, Chris Pur­die (as­sis­tant coach), Emily Laws, Chloe Goadby, Gemma Batty, Hazel MacGarvie, Mir­ren Fraser and Dean Robert­son (head coach)

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