7th March 2016 | In School News
Twins Win National Golf Title for Heath Mount
Talented Heath Mount twins, Max and Toby Shirvell, once again showed their incredible golfing talent as they won the National Golf Independent Schools Association Junior Schools Cup. Taking place at Sunningdale’s renowned golf course, 35 schools from around the UK took part in the tournament in a bid to be crowned national champions.
Having already tasted recent success, winning the prestigious Stowe Putter and having represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Ryder Cup, the boys added further silverware to the trophy cabinet by winning the National Golf’s Schools Team Title. As the 11-year-old brothers were competing against boys aged up to 14 years old, competition at the ISGA schools tournament was of an extremely high standard. With 5 holes to go the competition was wide open and a good finish was essential. Toby took on the challenge, brilliantly playing the final 5 holes in just one over, and Max provided some great golf throughout to score 63, just 5 over par. Toby finished fifth overall and Max second in the individual event, which combined led to a very well deserved and hard fought team victory and the prestigious National Team Trophy.
It’s tough at the top for the Twins, who continue to excel whilst balancing the requirements of school and sport, and by fitting practice in wherever and whenever possible. Heath Mount’s Director of Sport, Michael Naylor said: “As well as working hard in class, Max and Toby also represent the school in the football, swimming, rugby, cricket and badminton first teams, so time to practice is at a premium. In 2014 they won the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Badminton competition and were recently part of the Heath Mount’s IAPS swimming team bronze winners, so Toby and Max are used to succeeding. They have tremendous support from their family and we all try to support the boys any way possible. For example, the boys use the Heath Mount fields and even the long-jump sandpit to practice their short game during their lunch breaks!”
“Everyone at Heath Mount is extremely proud of the boys’ achievements and I am sure they are going to go on to even greater things. What makes it more impressive is that the boys are such fantastic ambassadors for the sport and the school – they are both polite, modest and clearly enjoy the whole experience of playing sport”.