Ashfield win English Schools’ title in tie breaker

Nottinghamshire’s Ashfield School broke a deadlock at the top of the leaderboard to win the English Schools’ Team Championship at Woodhall Spa yesterday (Tuesday 12th July). 

They won by the narrowest of margins, taking the trophy on countback from Thomas Telford School in Shropshire, and Northampton School for Boys, after all three had tied. 

Each team had amassed 74 stableford points from their best two scores. The previously discarded scores of the third team members were then counted to decide the tie and the 31 points of Sam Greatorex took Ashfield to the title. 

The team’s top scorer was Callum Thorpe, 16, who had 40 points and is heading for a reduction to his 18 handicap. Finn Nelson, the Nottinghamshire U14 boys’ county captain, scored 34 points off his nine handicap – despite injuring his ribs in a fall from his bike two days ago.

Greatorex, who plays off 11, was initially disappointed with his result. “I just thought I didn’t do my team-mates much good. But in the end it came down to the last man and a bad day became a good day,” he said.

The win was a great sign-off from school life for Thorpe, who is now set for a career in joinery. “It’s a big accomplishment to be the best in the country,” he remarked.

The picture shows the winning Ashfield team (from left) Sam Greatorex, Finn Nelson and Callum Thorpe with the English Schools’ Team Championship trophy. (copyright Leaderboard Photography)

Thorpe and Greatorex, 15, are members at Coxmoor, while Nelson, 13, belongs to Sherwood Forest. The players were accompanied by teacher Susie Anderson who is also a keen golfer and Sherwood Forest member – and whose daughter, Emma, won England Golf’s 2017 Young Volunteer of the Year Award.

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