Laurie Potter carded a 68 in his final round to claim fourth position overall.

Stirling performance for Exeter golfers

British Universities and Colleges Sport Golf Champions Laurie Potter and Chris Johnston proved their abilities at the 3rd annual Stirling Golf Invitational, at Dundonald Links from 7-11 September.

British Universities and Colleges Sport Golf Champions Graduated scholars and Graduated scholars proved their abilities at the 3rd annual Stirling Golf Invitational, at Dundonald Links from 7-11 September.

116 hopefuls from across the Home Nations and Ireland travelled to Scotland alongside visitors from as far afield as the United States and Canada for the 54 hole, three round strokeplay tournament hosted by the University of Stirling.

An impressive performance in wet and windswept conditions saw Johnston claim 17th position whilst first team captain Potter carded the joint lowest round of the tournament (68) in the final to finish fourth overall, just one shot short of a podium finish..

Irish Amateur Champion Cormac Sharvin (University of Stirling) took the top honours, with Scotland’s Connor Syme and Scottish Amateur Champion Zander Culverwell rounding off the top three.

Potter commented: “It was a great start to the 2013-14 season for the Exeter golf team with two top twenty finished in a top international event.”

The Stirling Golf Invitational provided a perfect opportunity for Exeter’s players to test their skills in preparation for the European University Championships from 16-21 September. The club were specially selected to represent Great Britain in the championships which sees University teams from across 61 different countries compete. Potter added: “We can certainly take a lot of confidence into next week's tournament in France knowing that we are playing well and with Welsh International Katie Bradbury and absent first team regular Danny Vallis still to come back in the team I think we've got a great chance of competing strongly against the best in Europe next week.”

Currently ranked number one in the UK, the University of Exeter Golf Club has enjoyed an incredibly successful 2012/ 2013 season. The first team claimed the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Southern Premier League title, took gold in the National Championships and will be hoping to continue their run of form going into the new season.
Performance Golf Manager Craig Townsend praised the team’s performance. He said: “This year our golfers have really stamped their authority as one of the strongest University Golf Clubs in Britain, and hopefully next week will be able to perform equally as well on the European stage. We have been taking great strides to improve our golf programme here at Exeter and the results we are seeing are evidence that we are going in the right direction.”

Date: 13 September 2013