Hilton College on golf tour

2011-08-02 00:00

HILTON College undertook a golf tour to the United Kingdom with 16 boys ranging from Grade 8 to Grade 12. They competed against some of the best UK Golf Schools and experienced playing on the best golf courses Scotland has to offer.

Hilton won three of the four matches played against stiff English opposition. They narrowly lost their first match on tour against Tonbridge and then went on to beat King’s School, Canterbury, Wellington College and Whitgift School from London.

The boys were honoured to be hosted on courses all ranked in the Top 100 courses in the UK, namely the Berkshire Golf Club, Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club and the London Golf Club, home to the European Open on the European Tour.

Golf was the primary reason for the tour, but it also had educational benefits. The boys enjoyed the sights of London and a day at Thorpe Park, before travelling to St Andrews, the home of golf. The boys played Crail Golfing Society (the seventh-oldest course in the world), Kingsbarns Golf Links (co-host of the Dunhill International) and then all the St Andrew’s Links Golf Course. The highlight was the privilege of playing on the Old Course at St Andrews, and Mike Ryan, the 2011 Hilton golf captain, excelled with a 68 in a strong wind.

The boys impressed all with their golfing talent but more importantly with their off-course manners and gentlemanly behaviour.

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