Promising golf players win medals in school competition

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A Culford pupil has emerged victorious in the National Prep School Golf Championship.

Culford School pupil Josh Izod won the U12 category of the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) Golf Championship in Shropshire.

The Year 7 student tamed the challenging Macdonald Hill Valley golf course and narrowly missed out on the overall championship by a single point.

Fellow pupil Henry Meadows also finished an impressive third place in the U11 category.

The Shropshire-based course provided an exacting test for young players who were required to demonstrate excellent course management and distance control.

The head of Culford’s Golf Academy and PGA Professional, Lawrence Dodd, said: “The boys played with huge smiles and the resilience required in competition golf will no doubt prepare them for their future in the game.

“We are now starting to get used to regular golf success at the school and that really excites everyone involved.”

There were 94 pupils from 37 schools who competed in the National Championships at Hill Valley Golf Club.

Competitors played the Sapphire Course, an 18 hole parkland course measuring just over 4,000 yards, and played to an exceptional standard.

Ed Smith, who organised the event, said he is already looking forward to welcoming more pupils next year.

He said: “Boys and girls of all ages displayed a lovely balance of determination, competitiveness and sportsmanship.

“Well done to all the pupils and a huge thank you to all the staff who helped support the day.”

Culford is an HMC co-educational school for boys and girls aged one to 18 with boarding available as well. It is situated in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland with a magnificent 16th-18th century mansion at its centre.

Culford is academically ambitious but with a focus on sport as well with an indoor climbing wall, a championship standard four court indoor tennis centre and an indoor golf studio with trackman radar technology.