Close competition for English schools’ titles

Dulcie Sverdloff

Dulcie Sverdloff and Calum Hannay are the new English schools champions – both winning their titles at The Kendleshire, Gloucestershire, with sub-par scores and by the narrowest of margins.

Dulcie, (image © Tom Ward) from Garon Park in Essex, was three-under par for the 36 holes and won on countback from the 2011 champion Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis.

“It’s great to win such a big title and to score so well,” said Dulcie, who was four-under for her second round. This is her second success of the year, having already won the British Colleges Sport national title.

Calum Hannay, from Mendip Spring in Somerset, was one-under par for the day and also won on countback, from Billy Spooner of Boston. Calum also saved his best for last, shooting two-under in the afternoon.

This was the first time an Avon Schools’ player has won the championship in the 32 years they have been taking part. The win underlines a successful June for Calum who has already had a victory in the South West Counties U16 Championship.

Leading girls’ scores
Par 72 CSS 71 72
141 Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park/Seevic College) 73 68; Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis/Millfield) 70 71
143 Inci Mehmet (Wentworth/The Tiffin Girls) 71 72
145 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted/Berkhamsted) 73 72; Shelby Smart (Knowle SGS Filton College) 69 76
146 Emily Mae Hall (Notts Ladies/Frederick gent) 72 74
148 Emily Coleman (Trentham/Denstone College) 72 76

Sverdloff, Keech, Mehmet, Hewson, Smart and Hall will represent England in the annual schools’ international against Scotland. Sverdloff, Keech and Coleman have been selected for the international against Wales. A place has been reserved for the English U16 schools champion.

Leading boy’s scores
Par 71 CSS 71 71
141 Calum Hannay (Mendip Spring/Blackwell) 72 69; Billy Spooner (Boston/Kirton Middlecott)
142 Andrew Horgan (Wentworth/Magna Carta) 73, 69; James Dobbs (Forest Hill/Hartpury College) 72 70; Chris Handy (South Moor/St Bede’s RC) 72 70; George Bloor (Cavendish/Chapel-en-le-Frith) 71 71
143 Liam Taylor (Sherwood Forest/Garibaldi) 70 73
144 Kieran Waters (Carlisle/Lee Westwood College) 75 69; Joshua Fletcher (Luffenham heath/Millfield) 71 73; Daniel Sutton (Walsall/Streetley Academy) 71 73
146 Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor/Hampshire Collegiate) 76 70; Steven Robins (Hull/Nolfreton) 73 73

The above boys will all represent England in the annual schools’ international against Scotland. Spooner, Horgan, Joshua Knight (Avon), Dominic Knight (Hampshire), Ian Stirling (Lancashire) and Mark Fosker (Suffolk) have been selected for the international against Wales. Places have been reserved for the English schools U16 champion and runner-up.