Gold on the Old Course
Megan Ashley, 600 Club Performance Golf Scholar, won the historic Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s Local Clubs’ Gold Medal for the second time in two years!
Megan has worked extremely hard since originally winning the medal in 2020, not only winning the BUCS National Championships earlier this year with fellow 600 Club scholars but to return and win this gold medal for the second time is a huge accomplishment. Not only did Megan get to play the course, but she was also welcomed into the R&A Clubhouse in the evening for the prize presentations and drinks. This competition was played whilst the surroundings were set up for the forthcoming 150th Open Championships, a surrounding Megan will never forget.
Megan has reflected of her golfing achievements over the past year and has said “I’ve had a really great year so far, although things have been difficult to balance with University work taking a lot of time and effort – I’ve just finished 3rd year so only one more left! Despite this I was pleased to come away with a Top 10 finish in the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open at Royal Troon in mid-April. It’s probably my favourite event of the year, and we were so lucky to be back on the Old Course at Troon after two years – it’s another example of a great course full of history. Another highlight so far has to be winning the BUCS Matchplay National Championship down in Woodhall Spa with the rest of my University team. We all worked really hard over the course of the year playing matches against other Universities and it was great to see it pay off with the win. I was pleased for myself but even more so to do it for my teammates. I’m very lucky to have the chance to play with such incredible golfers and meet people from across the world – it’s one of the main reasons I love this sport so much.
Honestly, I’m just having a great time playing golf and competing in events, especially after the past two years… I’m excited to see what might happen next!