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Students from Cambridge Regional College (CRC) competed at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham last weekend, coming home with 2 bronze medals as they helped the Eastern region to finish in third place.
Isaac Rowlands and Oliver Rust took part in the golf tournament at the stunning Morley Hayes Golf Club in Derbyshire. The event, which kicked off the Championships on Friday morning and continued on Saturday, featured 36 male and 26 female competitors.
The event consisted of an individual men's and women's tournament and a men's and women's team event with 4 players in each team. The gold, silver and bronze team medals were determined by adding the scores of the best 3 players from each region over the two rounds.
Isaac and Oliver, both 18 and playing off a 4 and 1 handicap respectively, represented the Eastern region as part of a team of 4, coming 3rd overall and taking the bronze medal. The medals were presented by AoC Sport board chairman Mark White.
In the individual competition, Isaac and Oliver came 8th and 12th respectively, battling against athletes from colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland during the three-day event."
Isaac was delighted with his achievement, saying "I loved the tournament, I went into it hoping for a top 10, after finishing the first round in 18th place and to climb 10 places into 8th the next day was amazing, I've shown to myself that I have the talent and potential in this game, I want to use this experience to aid in furthering my future in the sport".
More than 1700 college students took part in the National Championships, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, at a variety of venues, including the University of Nottingham's David Ross Sports Village, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottingham Tennis Centre and Nottingham Hockey Centre.The athletes competed across 13 different sports, including golf, football, squash, hockey, basketball and cricket.
AoC Sport Managing Director Marcus Kingwell said:
"What a fantastic weekend we've had at this year's National Championships. Thanks to the hard work of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, volunteers, AoC Sport staff and, of course, the competitors, coaches and college staff, the past three days have been a resounding success."
"Congratulations to all who took part, we're already looking forward to seeing you all again next year."
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