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The master in charge of golf, Mr Mark Schofield (firstname.lastname@example.org), offers golf on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, with fixtures generally played on Wednesdays or Sundays. Younger pupils are introduced to the sport in Curriculum Games. We welcome boys and girls from all year groups; however Third Form pupils tend to be kept busy with other commitments and only the most enthusiastic will be allowed to take part.
On Tuesdays, up to ten pupils from across the age range travel to Shrewsbury Golf Club, where PGA professional, John Richards, leads a group golf lesson. Shrewsbury’s golf driving range at Harlescott is a good alternative when the weather deteriorates.
This is usually a six- to eight-week course to introduce pupils to the game and develop their skills in the hope that they play on the golf course at Arscott, Meole Brace or Shrewsbury. The golf activity is subsidised but carries a termly charge (£25), added to the School bill, with golf equipment available for those starting out.
On Wednesdays, students with some experience and their own golf equipment have the opportunity to play at Shrewsbury Golf Club – a course about five miles from the School. Those wanting to practise, play or achieve a golf handicap can also become Junior members of the Club, at a subsidised cost (£60). They become members of the English Golf Union and receive public liability cover. There are about six to eight regular players and the School golf team is usually picked from this group.
Thursday golf is popular and forms part of the Fifth and Sixth Form Activity options. Dr Tim Foulger likes to give the players an experience of different courses across Shropshire.
On occasional Sundays throughout the year, we head to Little Aston Golf Club – about an hour away from School. A venue for many major amateur and professional tournaments, Little Aston is a fantastic golf course and very welcoming to Salopians.
The School enters a number of national golf tournaments each year, such as the HMC Foursomes, the ISGA Schools Matchplay and Schools Cup competitions. We also play friendly golf matches against Repton, Malvern, Ellesmere, Bromsgrove and Oswestry, as well as the annual Prior Cup versus Shrewsbury Golf Club – a competition dating back to 1920.
The School is also represented at various Old Salopian Golfing Society (OSGS) meetings, for example at Trentham, Worfield and Royal Liverpool Golf Clubs, and we always look forward to the OSGS versus The Schools annual golf event in May, at Hawkstone Park Golf Club.