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University of Bath Golf Team, minus team captain Gillian Kinnear who took the photograph
University of Bath Golf Team, minus team captain Gillian Kinnear who took the photograph

Press Release - 19 October 2005

University golf team wins national tournament at St Andrews

The University of Bath Golf Team this week won the team championship in the first of a four-tournament series that goes toward the British University Sports Association (BUSA) Order of Merit.

The margin of victory in the two-day competition, which finished on Monday 17 October, was seven shots - in a system which took the best three scores from each university in competition over each of the two courses.

In the individual championship Ross Jones was runner up, with a total of 143, and Andy Shakespear was fourth with a total of 144.

In the women’s individual championship, Gillian Kinnear was placed fifth with a total of 158.

“I am delighted with a victory in the team championship and the performances each of our players,” said Kinnear, who is captain of the University Golf Club.

“It is fortunate, however, that we had enough men to make up a team, because women were not allowed to be part of the team. Good job, I’m not Michelle Wie.”

Until this year, the University Golf Team’s performances have been disappointing with the only highlight being Gillian Kinnear’s victory in the 2004 BUSA Women’s Individual Championship.

But now the University has strengthened its commitment to golf and has employed Dr Simon Jenkins as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sports Development & Recreation and a former associate coach of the English Golf Union, to facilitate its development.

He has worked closely with Gillian Kinnear and Jim Galley, the General Manager of Bath Golf Club, to stimulate the development of golf at the University.

A key factor in the recent development has been the arrival of Ross Jones (+1) and Adam Meads (scratch), who are both students on the new Foundation Degree in Sports Performance and recipients of Talented Athlete Sports Scholarship (TASS) funding.

“The results from St. Andrews will help us in our bid to gain funding from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body, who currently fund eleven university golf programs across the UK,” said Dr Jenkins.


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