Ellesmere College Golf Academy is enjoying continued success with its latest win at a national
golf event - the first to do so since the school's Golf Academy was launched.
18-year-old student and Golf Academy player Jonjo Ashbrook, beat off tough
competition to win the individual event at the Independent Schools Golf Tournament National final in Ayr, Scotland - with his twin
brother Charlie, also a pupil at the north Shropshire school, coming third.
In addition, the Ellesmere College Golf Academy team came an impressive
third overall, with 17-year-old Marcus Wildblood and Charlie Boys, 15,
competing with the twins.
It means the school is now ranked fourth in England
Head of the Golf Academy, PGA Advanced Professional Robert Ashbrook, said these huge
successes show the strength and depth of the Golf Academy at Ellesmere and how it is building each year.
He said: "We were up against all the schools that have golf
academies or play golf from around Great Britain so it was a great achievement
to finish a very impressive third in the team competition but also to have the winner and bronze
medal places in the individual
event. It is a proud moment for the school - I believe this is the
first time one of our academy has won a National event and this will help us gain
momentum for the future. Over the past few years the Academy has gone from strength to strength and are building on each success with a lot of interest from new
pupils each year. We have introduced new disciplines, a player
development pathway and compete in as many events on as many
different golf courses as we can. Of course, we give equal weighting to academia
too, so the students get the best of both worlds. We are a real force to compete with now making the most of
our facilities such as the indoor SkyTrak Golf Simulator and 9 hole CONGU rated golf course we have here at the school."
Rob, who also happens to be Jonjo and Charlie's
dad, said he was very proud on a personal level too. I am, of course, very proud," he added. "There's great competition between Jonjo and
Charlie and they really spur each other on. It's a great achievement for them both and
everyone around school is congratulating them now."
The team qualified for the three-day
competition at Dundonald Links this month by winning at Preston Golf Club and
then at the English final at Carden Park, Cheshire.
Ashbrook went onto to win the Shropshire & Herefordshire Youth Championship
at Llanymynech Golf Club by 1 shot in very touch conditions, the school hosted a Shropshire and Herefordshire girls
competition - and last year one leg of the European
Junior Tour was held at the school.
Some Golf Academy members are also part of the Regional
Development England Squad, and in June six
pupils will head to Warwickshire to compete in
their next competition.
For more information about the Golf
Academy at Ellesmere College visit : Ellesmere College Golf Academy
21st June 2022 Back to News