Derby College students, Olivia Kelly (Erewash Valley Golf Club) & Jamie McFaul (Oakmere Park Golf Club) won National Titles this week at the Association of Colleges Sport (AOC) Open Golf Championships played at St. Andrews.


For Olivia, a member of the Welsh National Ladies squad, it was a case of sweet success as she defended the title she won in 2015 to add to the 2015 Inter Collegiate Tour (ICT) Players Championship and her growing list of national collegiate victories.


Jamie McFaul had a great 2 days returning the lowest net score with a total of 135 for a 7 shot winning margin over Derby College team mate Olivia Kelly and Tom Boulsdtridge of Birmingham Met. Jamie shot an excellent level par gross scores of 71 on the Kittocks and 72 on the Torrance courses, playing off 4 handicap, to tie the Boys Gross event only to loose on a card play off.


Although Jamie played well under his handicap he commented: “ I played some really solid golf over the 2 days but felt I should have won as my putting let me down with five 3 putts in round 1 over the Kittocks Course. The preparation work we did last week at Morley Hayes with coach James Whatley really helped me to control the ball flight in the testing windy conditions.”


Olivia came out on top in the girls section of the annual AOC Open Golf Championship played last week over the Torrance & Kittocks courses at the world famous Fairmont St. Andrews resort in Scotland.


Played over 2 days in testing winds and in extremely cold temperatures Olivia returned 70 over the par 74 Kittocks Course and 78 over the Torrance course for a winning total of 148. This gave Olivia a 6 shot-winning margin over the runner up Laura Morrison from Balby College to see her crowned AOC Girls Open Champion for 2016.


Olivia commented on her victory; “ I am really delighted with this win, to defend the National Title I won in 2015 is really thrilling. My goal for the week was to remain patient and allow my golf to do the talking, it really paid off as I played some solid golf in very testing conditions.”

11 students from Derby College made the journey north of the border to compete in the prestigious AOC Open Golf Championship.


The main event of the championship is the team prize and Derby College 1st team managed to secure 3rd place with a score of 444, 3 strokes behind winners Myerscough College with a score of 441. Derby held a 2-stroke lead after day one of the team event over last years champions Balby College, but just couldn’t quite produce the goods when it mattered on day 2. The team event sees the best 3 gross scores counting each day out the four players.


PERFORMANCE GOLF ACADEMY DERBY programme manager Nigel Furniss commented;

“We are pleased with the results from St. Andrews, we witnessed some superb individual performance from Olivia, Jamie, Will Davidson, Josh Williams and James Wadsworth in particular, under very difficult playing conditions. We are delighted for Olivia to have retained a national title and for Jamie to come so close in the boys event. These results have come on the back of some excellent preparation by the Performance Golf Academy students who have visited Roda Golf in Spain 2 weeks ago for Warm Weather training followed by an intensive week of shot making preparation last week lead by coach James Whatley at Morley Hayes.”


“This will give all the players confidence as they prepare for their next ICT fixture on Wed 16 March at Retford Golf Club followed by the AOC Nationals Finals to be played at Close House Golf Club on 15-16 April. Derby students Olivia, Will Davidson (Breadsall Priory Golf Club) & Josh Williams (Chevin Golf Club) have all been selected to represent the East Midlands in the AOC Nationals ”.


All the Derby players are members of the PERFORMANCE GOLF ACADEMY DERBY programme, run in partnership with Derby College. The programme is having a positive effect on the students and their golf preparation resulting in winning National titles and gaining International honours.


Derby College look forward to their next ICT fixture at Retford Golf Club whish sees them leading their league in pursuit of a place at the National ICT finals to be played over 54 holes at Southport & AInsdale Golf Club on 25-27 April.