Stirling golfers crowned best in the UK 

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Lorna McClymont and George Cannon have been named the best of Britain’s student golfers, as the University of Stirling scholars have finished top of their respective BUCS Tour Order of Merit. 

The British Universities and Colleges Sport’s ten-event tours came to a close in Blairgowrie this week, with Stirling’s Maria Toledo Bailey and Will Coxon finishing in second place. 

It has been a highly successful season for McClymont, who has triumphed in five events and is looking forward to competing in the Arnold Palmer Cup this summer. 

The 22-year-old from Dumbarton said: “It is still early in our season, so winning the Order of Merit is a real confidence boost as we look ahead to upcoming events. 

“It will be my third time there – and there’s nothing that compares to it. I was part of a winning team in 2019 and 2022 – and hopeful we can make it three.” 

The third-year Sports Studies student won the Stirling International, Autumn Trophy, Scottish Student Championships, the Tour Finals, and the R&A Student Tour Series event in France this season. 

Lorna McClymont in action. Image credit: The University of Stirling

On the Men’s tour, Cannon won the Stirling International and the West of Scotland en route to leading the final Order of Merit standings. 

The 20-year-old, who is only in his second year at Stirling, said: “To win the Order of Merit gives me great confidence going into the international season, knowing that I can compete against the top amateurs in the world.

“Ultimately, my plan is to try and turn pro and see if I can make it – but that’s a while away at the moment.”

Cannon has a busy summer ahead, as the Business student prepares to compete in some of the UK’s top amateur events, despite playing in Stirling’s third team just 12 months ago. 

Dean Robertson, Stirling’s Head of Golf, added: “To win the BUCS Order of Merit in their respective fields, particularly given the high standard of opponent, is remarkable. 

“Lorna and George are deservedly at the pinnacle of UK student golf, and their success is testament to their talent, hard work and passion for their sport.  

“I am incredibly proud of their efforts, and the efforts of all of the golfers on our high-performance programme, and look forward to seeing what we can achieve together next season.”

Featured Image Credit: The University of Stirling

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