Flooding affects long-awaited Bedfordshire Schools scratch golf championships

Image: Roisin receiving her two trophies by Mrs Gemma Gibson (Bedford Girls School Headmistress) and David Sweetnam (BSGA Secretary)

Bedfordshire Schools staged the first County Championship anywhere in the UK since the Covid lockdown struck all sports last March.

The 2021 County Schools Boys, Girls and Team Scratch Championships were held during half term at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands GC but were sadly reduced to a 9 hole competition due to bad weather.

43 players from 18 different schools across the county met to compete for the five scratch titles; the final results affected by strong winds and several torrential heavy showers that created challenging conditions during the day.

Eventually all the players were called off the course, due to heavy rain and a lightning claxon, after the last group teed up on the 11th hole. Flooded greens and fading light for those last groups concluded the decision to finish for the day.

Roisin Scanlon (Bedford Girls), who plays off a 3 handicap at Bedfordshire GC continued to show her progress and talent as the Year 8 student.

She retained her Under 16 County Schools title for a third successive year, as well as the Under 18 title for a second time. She shot a front nine 42, to beat Sommer Chan  from Linslade Academy by two shots.

Roisin will go forward to represent Bedfordshire Schools at the NASUWT SE Schools Under 18 Championships and also in the NASUWT England Schools Under 16 Championship in June and July 2021.

Roisin is pictured receiving her two trophies being congratulated by Mrs Gemma Gibson (Bedford Girls School Headmistress) and David Sweetnam (BSGA Secretary)

In the Boys Championships, Wootton Upper School had an outstanding day winning the Team Championship ahead of defending Champions, Bedford School.

Aidan Abbott (35), Connor Tallentire (36)were well ahead of Bedford’s Freddie Tucker (40) and Jack Peters (39) total of 79.  taking the title for only the second time since 1979

Abbott took the Under 18 Boys title and Connor Tallentire, the Under 16 Boys title, completing a unique triple clean sweep never achieved before.

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