GOLFING history was made twice over by two teams of students flying the flag for Birmingham at an international golf qualifying event yesterday.
The University of Birmingham students can boast the first ever women’s-only team to qualify for the World Student Matchplay tournament, as well as being the first university to have two teams qualify.
Held at the Forest of Arden Championship golf course in Meriden, the ladies team beat Cardiff men’s team 4-0 in the matchplay final to finish third overall and become the first women’s-only team to qualify.
The men’s team went one better and finished second overall after winning the strokeplay but missing out on the matchplay to the University of Central Lancashire in a sudden death play off.
The two teams will now head to Munich in June where they’ll compete against 24 other universities from all over the world in a 54-hole strokeplay qualifying competition to decide who progresses to the matchplay finals.
Team captain Andrew Smedley said: “I am absolutely thrilled about the success of both our Ladies and Mens team.
“The boys put in a solid performance to secure second place but the biggest congratulations must go to the ladies team.”