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    The Merchiston Golf Academy returned yesterday from a very successful trip to Open Championship venues, Royal St George’s and Princes Golf Club in Kent. It was here the top ranked UK schools had pre-qualified throughout the year to compete for this years’ coveted National title.

    Round 1 was played at the Open Championship qualifying venue, Princes Golf Club; a fantastic and challenging links course that sits alongside the English Channel beachfront overlooking the French coastline.

    Merchiston ended Day One in third position, with Cameron and Daniel making their two best scores of 73,76 counting towards the team event. Conditions were tough throughout, with overcast skies and a cold wind making scoring tricky, and judgement of shot a real challenge.

    There was a real contrast in weather conditions in Round 2. Sunny skies, no wind and warm temperatures met the boys on the first tee at the famous old links, Royal St George’s. Daniel lead the way for Merchiston, with the young Scottish Academy golfer certainly showing what a talent he really is. At 14 years old, he took the course on! Had it not been for a few missed greens and a few too many three putts, a par round was in his grasp. He scored a solid 75 from another fine performance.

    Scottish Internationalist, Cameron was determined to put on a show and he certainly did. He finished with a fantastic 67, 3 under par round at St George’s. This was the easiest 67 too, as he missed 8 putts from inside 12 feet throughout his round. His game was sharp, aggressive and controlled all at the same time. Unfortunately, Cameron was pipped to second place by the very last golfer to come in!

    The team total on round two was 142, keeping Merchiston in third place for the tournament.

    Lyle fought hard as the third member of the team scoring 80,78 –  showing positive signs that his game is returning.

    Well done boys on another super performance.

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    Alan Murdoch