A warm, but breezy, day met the competitors on the 1st day on the 2022 Boyd Quaich. It was fantastic to see the competitors teeing it up again after the tournaments two year break due to COVID. Scoring was low, which was testament to the high quality of golfers in the field. Players gathered from thirty three Universities from all over the world and it was Ethan Mangum who ended the day on top after a stunning 6 under par round of 66 on the Old Course. The College of William and Mary student made five birdies and an eagle and will hope to replicate his fine golf tomorrow when he takes on the New Course.
He is closely followed by Noah Brunner and Eoin Sullivan from Edge Golf College and Trinity College Dublin who each posted a 68 on the Old Course. The low round of the day on the New Course came from Thomas Savill (University of Exeter). Savill made five birdies en-route to a 68 (-3) and will be hoping to go even lower on the Old in round two. Nineteen players sit at par or better and will all be hoping to take advantage of the light winds tomorrow morning.
The players switch courses for tomorrow meaning it is all to play for to make the 36 hole cut at lunchtime tomorrow. Round three will commence after lunch and will see the top 30 players battle it out on the New Course to put themselves in the best possible position to make a move on the Old course in the final round.
A beautiful morning awaited the players on Day 2 of the Boyd Quaich. The players made the most of the conditions with the cut eventually falling at +5. The top 30 players are set to battle it out on the New Course from 15:28 this afternoon. Ben Fuller (University of St Andrews) posted the low round of the day on the New Course by shooting 66 (-5). Meanwhile on the Old Course, Andrew Whitford (University of St Andrews) and Ronan McCrory (Ulster University) posted matching 69s (-3).
Overnight leader Ethan Mangum (College of William and Mary) maintained his advantage heading into round 3 with a round of 71 (Even) on the New Course. However, with University of St Andrews pair of Andrew Whitford and Ben fuller only one shot behind him, it is all to play for with 36 holes left to play.
The breeze picked up for round 3 on the New Course in the 2022 Boyd Quaich. The low round of the afternoon went to Eoin Murphy (Maynooth University), who carded a 67 to leave himself two behind the leader. Murphy made a flying start by making six birdies in his first eight holes.
University of St Andrews student Ben fuller continued his fine display by carding a two under par round of 69 in the last teetime of the day. That round leaves Fuller with a two shot advantage heading into the final round on the Old Course. Ethan Mangum, the leader from both rounds one and two, carded a 73 to leave himself still within touching distance for tomorrow. Best of luck to all the competitors as they embark on their final round of the event!
The players set off bright and early to begin their final round on the Old Course. By the turn there were plenty of players who were in contention for the lead, with six players tied on six under par heading into the last nine holes. The low scoring continued and it was Connor Rochon (University of St Andrews) who posted the low round of the day thanks to a 66 (-6). This saw Connor finish the tournament on -3 and in a share of 5th place. This was a very strong end to the season for Connor, who has enjoyed consistently high finishes in both the R&A tour series and the BUCS tour series events. We wish him all the best as he graduates from St Andrews and continues in his golfing career. This finish also capped off a great event for the University of St Andrews 600 Scholars who had three of the top five finishers.
The drama came all the way to the 18th hole, where Ben Fuller (University of St Andrews) held a slim one shot lead over Eoin Murphy (Maynooth University). However, Murphy made a closing birdie on the famous Old Course to take the win after tying Ben Fuller on -8. The win was confirmed thanks to countback based on best last round (Murphy 69, Fuller 71). Robert Cannon (University of Limerick) also closed out a strong week shooting a 69 to finish in 3rd place on -5.
After the conclusion of the final round, the players enjoyed wonderful hospitality from The R&A. The organisation have been a great support to the tournament again this year and we are very thankful to them for everything they have helped us with this week.