KirkwoodGolf: Craig Chalmers made top 10 in World University golf in South Korea

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Craig Chalmers made top 10 in World University golf in South Korea

Some of the Great Britain golf  team showing the flag in South Korea. Left to right: Gemma Batty, Rob Macpherson (team manager), Henry Tomlinson; Hannah McCook, Mike Howard, Craig Chalmers,  Katie Bradbury, Farmer (assistant team manager).
In the men's golf competition at Gold Lake Country Club, Naju, South Korea, it was a good final day as part of the 26th Universiade in Gwangju with Craig Chalmers (Strathclyde and Cawder) adding a highly impressive 69 to his other scores (71, 79, 67, 69) to finish 

the week two under par and in a tie for ninth place. It was an excellent effort.

 Mike Howard (Edinburgh and Royal Birkdale) hit trouble early on 

today, but fought back valiantly. Although his closing 78 was not what he had hoped for, his first round 68 set the tone for the week and his final total earned him a very creditable 18th place (68, 73, 73, 78). 

Henry Tomlinson (Stirling and Royal Lytham) played his best golf 

of the week today. His one under par 71 meant he finished 38th overall but equally importantly he helped the team climb to a final position of fifth (behind winners Japan, runners-up France, South Korea and Thailand). 
All the team can be congratulated on their efforts in some of the most variable weather conditions a tournament can have seen - from typhoon to 100 degree heat to lashing rain, The boys done good!

In the women's competition, rookie Gemma Batty (Stirling and Powfoot) ended her first year as a student by finishing 20th in the World University Games. Today, Gemma added a 78 to her earlier scores and proved that if you are good enough, there is opportunity to compete with the best around (75, 75, 77, 78). 

Team-mates Katie Bradbury (Exeter and Cotrell Park) and Hannah McCook (Stirling and  Grantown-on-Spey) finished only slightly behind in 25th and 35th respectively. 

Collectively Team GBR Ladies finished ninth, behind a very powerful team from the home nation South Korea winning gold, runners-up Japan and bronze medallists USA. 
Team Manager, Dr Rob Macpherson, said "There is much for the team to be proud of, and the prospect of future medals is a hope and expectation for Chinese Taipei in 2017. 
"Craig Chalmers' performance to finish in the top 10 was highly impressive - as was the men's team performance - however, over the week, what is most pleasing is that every member of the team contributed to the scores. The players had an experience of a lifetime and performed brilliantly in some of the most trying conditions that can be imagined"

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