On Friday 16th March 2018, sixteen primary schools from across the borough came to Merton School Sports Partnerships annual Year 5/6 Tri- Golf Competition at Wimbledon Park Golf Club. Tri-Golf is a modified version of golf that uses foam balls, a plastic putter and chipper. The competition is made up of eight stations; four putting and four chipping. The objective of the stations is to work as a team to score as many points as you can in five minutes. The winning team is the school with the greatest number of points after completing all eight stations.

The day was split into two heats, an afternoon and a morning heat. From this, the results of both heats were compared to find an overall Tri Golf Borough champion. The morning heat consisted of eight schools with ten students in each team. During the competition, all students demonstrated great team spirit and teamwork. Dundonald had a great start to the morning with a score of 264 in the Down the Middle chipping station. Wimbledon Park also achieved a whopping score of 264 on the Zoneball station, only just outscoring Bishop Gilpin who recorded 242 points, which should be highly commended. The Priory recorded the highest score of the morning for Drive for Show, Putt for Dough station. This station combines driving and putting which shows just how hard they had been working in both areas. St Mary’s performed exceptionally well in the Tunnel Ball station to show off their accurate putting skills. Blossom House displayed some excellent talent throughout their squad and were consistently strong in all stations, scoring particularly well in the chipping stations. All Saints were determined to represent their school well and should be very proud of their efforts, scoring consistently well in the putting stations. Throughout the morning though, Dundonald, Wimbledon Chase and Wimbledon Park were battling it out to get the medalling positions, however St Mary’s only narrowly missed out on finishing 3rd to Wimbledon Chase. Second position went to Wimbledon Park and our winners of Pool A were Dundonald with an outstanding total score of 1465. Congratulations to Mollie from Blossom House for winning our Refspect award after showing great sporting behaviour and respect to opponents, officials and for supporting her teammates.

In the afternoon, we saw eight new schools competing to be Tri Golf Borough champions. Haslemere started strongly, scoring highly in the Drive for Show, Putt for dough station to give them plenty of confidence for the remaining stations. Links were showing great promise and plenty of talent, as they got stronger and stronger as the competition went on. Hollymount were showing they meant business as they were scoring highly at all stations and putting pressure on the early leaders, scoring the second highest points tally for the Down the Middle station. Liberty were showing off their putting skills and racking up the points for their school, while Cricket Green were scoring particularly well in the chipping stations. Bond had a great day on the putting stations and came away with a fantastic total for Finders Keepers, A determined Poplar team flew out of the starting blocks reaching record-breaking score on many stations. St Teresa’s recorded high scores on many of the chipping stations and were determined to stay close to Poplar. However, the Poplar team proved too strong and came away with the gold medal after scoring 1728 points. Their ‘B’ team came close in second while Benedict managed to secure third place. Poplar were also named our Tri-Golf Borough Champions and will now progress to the London Youth Games where they will represent the Merton borough. Congratulations to Theo Richards, one of the exceptional sports leaders from Rutlish High School for winning the Refspect award in the afternoon heat.

Well done to all involved and a special thanks goes to Wimbledon Park Golf Club for allowing us to use their excellent facilities and the Rutlish Leaders for helping officiate the event.

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