Derby College A team held on to their lead to win the Midland Region of the British Schools and Colleges Golf Tour at Northants County Golf Club to qualify for the National Finals.
Derby College tied with Moulton College to maintain a half-point advantage and take them through to the National Finals, to be played at Princes Golf Club in Kent on April 23-24.
Sam Flannery led the way for Derby College, playing a solid round to shoot a level par 71-2-69 over the testing Northants County golf course.
Flannery narrowly lost out in the individual Order of Merit by four points to Harry Woan (Moulton College), who shot a best of the day one under par 70 to lift the individual title.
Fellow Derby team members Greg Tickell returned a 75-0-75, Charley Mycock 78-6-72 and Jordan Barker (Kedleston Park GC) 78-4-74
Flannery and Tickell both qualified for the player’s championship, also to be played at Princes Golf Club in April.
The Derby A Team, are all part of the Performance Golf Academy Derby player training programme, based at Morley Hayes Golf Complex.
Programme manager Nigel Furniss commented: “The team have performed well to win their league against some strong opposition from the other colleges.
“Sam and Greg in particular have been the backbone of the team’s success. We now look forward to the finals at Princes Golf Club in April, which I know the players will thoroughly enjoy and give it their best shot. It would be a huge achievement for us if we could lift a national title.”
The format of each event is: a team of six players represent each college with the best four scores from the six to count. The leading college earns six points, second place five points, third place four points, fourth place three points, fifth place two points and sixth place one point.