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Top three finish for St. Mary's pupil in Euro golf event

A student from St. Mary’s College in Crosby has just returned from Spain after achieving a top three place in the finals of a major golf tournament.

16-year-old James Rooney, a member of West Lancs Golf Club, finished in third place in the Andalucia Junior European Open which featured a line-up of over thirty of the UK’s top young golfers.

The St. Mary’s sixth former had previously booked his place in the finals of the event with an excellent performance in the northern regional play-off in Wakefield.

The Andalucia Junior European Open - which is was held for the seventh time this year - is widely believed to be the toughest test in junior golf in the UK.

The strokeplay event - organised in association with the Daily Express - was staged over five rounds at courses including Finca Cortesin, venue for the Volvo World Matchplay tournament in May this year.

St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “James has proved himself to be an outstanding golfing talent, so it’s no surprise to us that he is now competing and achieving excellent results at such a high level.”




Daniel Wade crowned National U15 Sailing Champion

Congratulations to Year 10 student Daniel Wade on becoming the National U15 Sailing Champion. 

Here is Daniel's own account of how he achieved his title success: 


There was a reason for my absence the first week of term and no I wasn’t playing truant. I was competing in the national sailing championships in South Shields. We stayed in tents at a campsite five minutes from the sea where we would be sailing.

On the Friday I sailed four times, twice for the under fifteens and twice for the under eighteens. The under eighteen race was first and we tried our best but came third in our category. The next race was the under fifteens and the wind had picked up a lot. I had a fantastic start and had a great race. At the last buoy we capsized and turtled but it was ok because we were a fair way ahead. As I got the boat back up the others had caught up and were now gaining on us. By some miracle we finished first and were at the top of the leader board. The next two races were even better than the last. I finished second in the under eighteens and first again in the under fifteens.

The next day was the last day of the races, I had to come first in the under eighteens to win the title and the leader at the time had to come third. I did come first but the leader came second and therefore I finished second in the under eighteens. I came first again in the under fifteens and therefore had won the title of under fifteen national sailing champion.

Daniel Wade (Year 10)

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