Golf

Golf is played by both girls and boys and is the only sport at Malvern that is played competitively in all three terms. Pupils can play and practice all the year round if they so wish, or can plan their golf around other sports and play for just one or two terms.

The College plays over 20 matches per year with most being played during midweek but there are also several Sunday matches - most notably in the North Gloucestershire Clubs League and versus the Old Malvernian Golf Society (OMGS) at Royal Porthcawl, Sunningdale and The Worcestershire GC.

Our home matches are mostly played at Puckrup Hall GC, where our pupils become junior members, and occasionally matches are played at other local courses.

One of the main competitions each year is the ISGA Matchplay Competition in which the College have enjoyed considerable success reaching the Regional Final in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and were fortunate to represent the Region at the National Finals in 2011 and 2013. The College also play in the ISGA Borders League where we were runners up in 2012 and 2013. At the end of each academic year the season concludes with our annual tour to the North-West of England where we play matches against Birkenhead School, Rossall School and Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby, which provides us with the opportunity to play several links courses including Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) GC, West Lancs GC and Formby GC.

Apart from during the winter months (October to February half term) when poor light restricts play to less than 18 holes, practice sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for all players. These can be as a group session with Mr Cox or Mr Cleal who run the golf programme at the College or with our PGA Qualified Coach Graham Hawkings who also runs a programme of one-to-one sessions each week for the more ambitious players.

Teacher i/c: John Cox

I took over as Teacher i/c of Golf in 2009. I started playing golf whilst at school and was Somerset Junior Champion twice. Whilst at Loughborough University I was a member of the winning team of the British Universities Matchplay title on two occasions and also represented my home county Somerset, at senior level. Although I have been a single figure handicap golfer for over 30 years for most of that time Golf played second string to Hockey where I played and coached at National League Level. Now that I have retired from Hockey I have been able to devote more time to playing and coaching golf and I hope we can build on the great success that the school team has enjoyed in the past three years, such as reaching the ISGA Regional Matchplay final five times and managing to win it in 2010 and 2013 thereby progressing to the National Final and finishing runners-up in the ISGA League in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Head Coach: Graham Hawkings

I have been attached to the College as Head Golf Coach since 2010, I pride myself on my bespoke coaching, where pupils benefit from the most innovative, scientific and proven coaching methods, ensuring both beginner and elite players are all guaranteed a fantastic learning experience. Along with my PGA "AA" classification I also have a Diploma in Sports Psychology from Newcastle College and a PGA Level 3 coaching qualification and have represented the PGA working at the Open Championship as a "PGA Swing Zone" Coach.

The coaching and playing programme is centred on each players’ needs and is designed to challenge and reward players at all stages. All young golfers have full access to the appropriate coaching programme and are encouraged to learn to play the game. I make use of a wide range of teaching aids which includes the latest hi tech G.A.S.P video teaching system.

I have always been a keen competitor from my early days as an amateur representing Worcestershire right the way through to present day competing regularly in senior golf tournaments a number of which are affiliated to The European Seniors Tour.