In April, the HCS senior golf team travelled to Kent for the Independent School Golf Association (ISGA) U18 National final.
With 130 teams and over 350 players originally entering the tournament 19 area winners were invited to play over two days and 36 holes of golf. The Hampshire Collegiate School (HCS) team consisted of three players: Arrun Brar, Henry Sparks and Lewis Flood. Unfortunately due to other commitments Captain Jack Brar could not travel.
This year the event was held at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich. Being used as a British Open Course on a number of occasions and hosting some of the world’s best players it is one of the best and toughest courses in the UK, a true test for any aspiring young golfer. With narrow fairways, long rough and well placed bunkers it was not going to be an easy two rounds for anyone.
After round one Arrun Brar was leading the overall event. Playing in wind and rain, the conditions were about as tough as they could be. However, Arrun shot a magnificent round of 72, 1 over par. His usual cool, calm and focused golf manner put him in a very strong position for the final round. This, coupled with a respectable score from Henry Sparks left HCS in eight position overall and well within reach of winning the tournament on the last day of competition.
The final round was deceptive, despite the sunshine it was the wind causing the problems, which luckily dropped throughout the day. Henry Sparks shot a very respectable 77 to leave him in an overall position of 33rd in the country. However Arrun, yet again, played with composure and precision to shoot a 71, bringing him in as runner up. This is a fantastic effort for an U16 player to be number two in the UK. It also proves the strength of golf at HCS, with the team finishing 6th overall and reaching the national final for the second time in the last three years.
The team should be very proud of their efforts.