Golf team’s high standard
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 May 2012
Colyton’s golf team set off early on Tuesday morning to the cliff top golf course of Staddon Heights, in Plymouth, to play in the Devon schools’ annual team golf tournament where they ended up sixth of the 12 teams.
The team was George Seed (handicap 4), Kai To Li (handicap 10), Eddy Kerr (handicap 14) and Will Kerr (handicap 24).
With Seed being placed in the first trio setting off at 10am, all four boys quickly took to the practice greens to get their minds focused on the task ahead. Seed set the standard high, driving his tee shot 200 yards down the centre of the fairway in front of 100 spectators and fellow golfers. To Li, in the following trio, also sent his drive down the middle - putting pressure on Eddie and Will Kerr to keep standards high.
After six months out of the game, Eddy unfortunately got a horrible deflection off a tree and ended up in the bushes from the opening drive, giving him a very slow start to the round. Will showed how the opening hole should be played - scoring a par. As the boys went around the tricky course the pressure was building, as the golf was being played to a very high standard. Seed played a safe round, ending up finishing with a gross score of +8, which was the tournament’s lowest individual gross score by an u16 golfer and qualifying him for the regional rounds.
After a decent start To Li also played well and with his short game on fire he finished only five shots over his handicap. After a disaster on the first, Eddy Kerr showed much promise, scoring a birdie on the 12th followed by two successive pars, which left him on his way to playing level to his handicap. However, the last four holes left him eight over handicap for the day. Will Kerr showed he was back in business after recovering from a knee operation, scoring the best handicap score in the team and finishing two under handicap for the round.
Will’s performance stood out on this difficult course, as he was in a group of only seven golfers from the 50 that played to score under their handicap.
The boys also learnt a lot and the preparations now begin to challenge for the title in next year’s event.
In the team photograph from left to right:
George Seed, Year 10/aged 15 (from Charmouth)
Kai-To Li, Year 10/aged 14 (Seaton)
Eddy Kerr, Year 13/aged 17 & his brother William Kerr Year 8/aged 13 (West Hill)