Vandyke Students are National Golf Champions
An outstanding performance from Vandyke Upper School at Woodhall Spa clinched the 2018 NASUWT England Schools Team Championship title by 3 clear points from Gravesend GS, Kent. Leading the way were Ed Stephenson (38 pts) and Andres Valentine (38 pts) with Brandon Waddington (30 pt). All 3 players are Leighton Buzzard Golf Club juniors, with Ed finishing 2nd overall and Andres 3rd on countback, both 2 points behind the individual leader.
Vandyke had qualified to represent Bedfordshire as County Schools Scratch Team Champions. They competed against 35 other County Team Champions on the day before emerging as winners and National Team Champions. Consistent scoring by all three boys proved to be crucial in difficult, firm ground conditions and hot weather. Six birdies (four for Ed and two for Andres) including one for Andres at the last, brought the trophy home after a long wait as they were amongst the early starters.
It is quite often that I am invited to lovely events to celebrate student success. This is one of the great joys of the job. Coming first at anything is an achievement and I am sure we can all recognise that special feeling when we are fortunate enough to win anything. As I have said, coming first in anything, at any level is quite something. However these three Year 11 students came first in a national golf competition. They are the English school golf champions 2018.
They all play at the Leighton Buzzard Golf Club and so it is a unique double for the club and for Vandyke that the team’s three members are all from the same club and the same school. The celebration event attended by various dignitaries included the Mayor, who admitted to being a complete “non-golfer”, sinking a “hole in one” putt to his great delight!
Congratulations to Ed Stephenson, Brandon Waddington and Andres Valentine on their great achievement.