University of Stirling golfers swing into action with whitewash in Alyth

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University of Stirling golfers have enjoyed a successful start to the 2023/24 season – delivering a whitewash at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Autumn Trophy.

Golfers from Stirling – Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence – won both the individual and team events in the men’s and women’s categories at the competition in Alyth, Perthshire.

Golfer Ross Laird with the Autumn Trophy University of Stirling golfer Ross Laird won the men's individual event. 

Ross Laird won the men’s individual event, recording rounds of 74, 68 and 66, with fellow Stirling stablemates Alexander Farmer finishing third, Ben Brookes fifth, Will Coxon sixth and George Cannon tenth.

Stirling golfer Grace Bowen with Autumn Trophy. University of Stirling golfer Grace Bowen won the women's event. 

In the women’s individual event, Grace Bowen delivered three consecutive birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of her last round to secure the win (rounds of 73, 73, 69). Fellow Stirling golfers Ellie Docherty, Maria Toledo Bailey and Lottie Raymond finished second, third and fifth, respectively.

The men’s team (Brookes, Coxon, Cannon and Lachlan Reynolds) and women’s team (Bowen, Docherty and Bailey) won their events too.

Ben Brookes, George Cannon, Will Coxon, Lachlan Reynolds The winning men's team from the University of Stirling (L-R): Ben Brookes, George Cannon, Will Coxon, Lachlan Reynolds.

The Alyth competition came just days after Coxon finished in the top four and Lorna McClymont in the top five at the R&A Student Series in Spain. The next event in that series will take the students to Italy between 10 and 12 October.

Grace Bowen, Ellie Docherty, Maria Toledo Bailey The winning women's team from the University of Stirling (L-R): Grace Bowen, Ellie Docherty, Maria Toledo Bailey.

Dean Robertson, High Performance Golf Coach at the University of Stirling, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the way our season has started. To dominate at the Autumn Trophy just days after Lorna and Will finished in the top five in Spain is excellent.

“The players are looking forward to continuing to progress and compete in the coming weeks and months – and are excited for the rest of the season.”

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