Hill crowned champion at ISGA National finals
Merchiston Academy pupil wins individual event to claim third win in six months
SCOTTISH schoolboy Calum Hill was celebrating after he emerged victorious from the ISGA Schools National Finals. It was a third win in six months for the 17-year-old Merchiston Castle School pupil, and his aggregate score of level par over 36-holes was enough to take the title.
In extremely windy conditions, the tournament took place on the Princes and Royal St George's golf courses in Kent where the recent under-18 Scottish player's scores of 71 and 72 afforded him a two shot cushion as he won the individual competition.
“I am absolutely delighted with the ISGA British Schools victory; this was a good field with some of the country's top juniors. I have to thank Merchiston Golf Academy for running an incredible golf programme in Edinburgh,” said Hill, who has also recently won the ISGA Scottish Open and the R&A Exeter Team Invitational.
“Under the tutelage of Alan Murdoch, my game has been taken to a different level. Alan has helped me technically, instilled a belief and taught me how to compete. Golf Fit coach Craig Tumblety, who works with all of the Golf Academy boys, must take a huge amount of credit too. I have worked with Craig for four years which has been invaluable.”
Hill is a member of Merchiston's Golf Academy, which was set up with the aim of helping develop young golfers through a progressive system. He is now set to play his golf in the USA after signing a letter of intent to enrol at the University of Louisiana.
The team competition was won by Haberdashers, who defeated the favourites to take the title. Haberdashers trailed Bedford after the first day's play but won by two shots after excellent rounds by Haberdashers' William Aldred and Amar Vaghela carded a 71 and 74 respectively.