Durham teenagers win English Schools’ with three-shot victory

Three Durham teenagers have combined to help Dyke House Academy in Hartlepool win the English Schools’ Team Championship over the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa.

14-year-old Jack Burton scored 40 Stableford points while 17-year-old Louis Westmoreland registered just one less to give the Durham school a three-shot victory on seven under par 79. 14-year-old William Skipp’s 35 points were discounted under the rules of the competition which allow for the two best scores out of the three to be counted.

Dyke House Academy’s nearest challengers were Graham School from Scarborough who were represented by Sean Burrows, Tommy Risker and Jack Northgraves and who registered 77 points to finish two points clear of the third-placed team from Matthew Arnold School in Oxford comprising Elizabeth Ball, Jakob Johnson and Freddie Whitfield.

“I’m over the moon,” said Dyke House Academy teacher Rhys Morris. “We played very well and thoroughly deserved our victory. We run an elite sports scheme at the school in which golf is one of five sports featured and the coaching the boys have been receiving from Graham Storm and James Harper at The Wynyard Club is definitely helping because we’ve done well in every competition we’ve played. We’re all proud of what they have achieved.”

Burrows from the Graham School in Scarborough won the Tom Ward Cup awarded to the player with the best individual points total. He accumulated 41 points to beat Ball from the Matthew Arnold School and Esme Hume from the Roundwood Park School in Hertfordshire on a card countback. Burton, Bedford School’s Wilf Rush, Wykham Park Academy’s Stanley Kay, West Exe School’s Reggie Reid and Lucy Moss from Queen Elizabeth Kirby Lonsdale all scored 40 points.

Image: Winning team from Dyke House Academy