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AoC Sport Ryder Cup Format turns Blue

29 April 2024

North of England Ryder Cup Format Winners 24 resized

This April saw the return of the AoC Sport Ryder Cup format competition return for its second year. After the South team won the inaugural trophy the North team had a point to prove as 24 players descended on Beeston Fields Golf Club in Nottingham.


Both teams were made up from the best six available GROSS players and the best six available NETT players from the two AoC Sport Qualifiers earlier in the year. The South team was led by Mark Wheeler (Itchen College) and Matt Ellis (Hartpury College) and the North team was led by Rich Miller (Durham Sixth Form) as both teams battled it out with 24 points to play for.

The day started off with Fourballs better ball for the first 9 holes. After a flying start for the South team going 3-0 up the tail end of the Northern boys pulled it back to 3-3.

Following this was a Foursome alternate shots in the same pairings for the back 9. After a toughly fought match the scores again were 3-3 meaning the teams went into the singles dead level on 6-6. The race to 12.5 was on.

After a few pairing changes the singles began in the afternoon for the final 9 holes just as the weather took a turn for the worse. The large down pour of rain suited the North team as the front pack took an early lead in the singles claiming 3 points. A South fight back was on managing to half a few holes and gain the odd victory but the Northerners hung on and came through with an overall majority winning the cup 13.5-10.5.

After a fantastic day and a great advert for college golf the North team take home the cup for a year as the South will start to prepare their fightback for next seasons event.

North Team (Blue)

Alfie Baldwin (Middlesborough College), Harry Caygill (Middlesborough College), Sam Elves (Durham Sixth Form), Callum Brown (Durham Sixth Form), Tai Naylor (Wath), Jonty Butcher (Wath), Presley Allott (Derby College), Matt Edwards (Derby College), Sam Jacklin (Derby College), Adam Wood (Derby College), Dylan Graveling (Wath), Brandon Swords (Wath)

Manager: Richard Miller (Durham Sixth Form)

South Team (Red)

Mark Hewlett (Hartpury College), Ben Cox (Itchen College), Oli Rogers (Brockenhurst College), Josh Jones (SGS College), Abby Dymott (Itchen College), Callum Hook (Merthyr College), (Stevi Cozier (Itchen College), Cassius Blake (Hartpury College), Sam Hathway (Hartpury College), Joshua Potterton (Itchen College), Harry Naughton (Itchen College), Beandon Perrett (Itchen College)

Mangers: Mark Wheeler (Itchen College), Matt Ellis (Hartpury College)