Sep 16 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
UNIVERSITY of Stirling golfers were crowned European champions following a clean sweep of honours in Slovenia.
The locally-based men’s and women’s players won the respective team titles at the second European Universities Golf Championship.
Sports Studies student Graeme Robertson finished five shots ahead of team-mate David Booth to win the individual title, while Harriet Beasley edged-out Stirling fresher Hannah McCook by one shot for the women’s crown.
Robertson and Booth were followed home by team-mates Alex Culverwell and Jack McDonald, who finished tied third. Bobby Rushford finished 21st.
In addition to Beasley and McCook, Stirling’s Jordana Graham ended the contest in fourth.
Robertson (23) declared: “I’ve had a really good season this year and felt confident going into the event.
“It was a tight course and you needed to be straight off the tee, which was perfect for me – everything came together, with that wee bit of luck too, which you need to win a tournament.”
Robertson finished second in the SGU Order of Merit and will represent Scotland at the Turkish Amateur Open later this month.
In Slovenia, the Stirling team was supported by men’s coach Dean Robertson and women’s coach Lesley Mackay, as well as sports performance manager Raleigh Gowrie.
Coach Robertson said: “The result in Slovenia was the culmination of a year’s hard work and Graeme really flew the flag for the university, and for Scotland.”