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Inter Collegiate Golf Tour

Inception of the Tour

In the summer of 2007, a meeting was held by staff representing a number of golf academies at colleges in the UK. The purpose of the meeting was to devise a high standard golf competition, to rival the college golf competitions in the USA, for the UK’s growing number of colleges running high quality golf programmes. It was agreed that the competition would be a college golf tour named ‘The Intercollegiate Tour.’ It should consist of several rounds played in regional leagues between October and March, leading into a grand final for the winners of each region.

In 2008, the Intercollegiate Tour (ICT) held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) with representatives present from colleges across the UK. It was agreed that in addition to the gross and nett team events that had been in place during the inaugural year, an individual order of merit should be maintained in each region, with the top players from each region competing at an ICT Players’ Championship.

By the 2009-10 season, the ICT had grown to include 37 different teams, divided into eight geographical leagues, representing colleges and schools throughout the UK. 16 teams qualified for the Third Annual ICT Team Finals, played over 27 holes of Stonebridge Golf Club, with over 80 players competing at the ICT Players’ Championship at Longcliffe Golf Club.

With the interests of the student golfer at heart, the ICT has grown to be the UK’s leading college golf tour for both teams and individuals and 2010-11 is gearing up to be the most exciting and competitive tour to date.

Aims of the Tour

The Intercollegiate Tour (ICT) is a not-for-profit organisation set up and run by volunteers. It was established to provide a high quality golf competition for student golfers and college golf teams at the growing number of colleges running golf academies.

An important part of the educational programmes (e.g. AASE) run by these golf colleges include tournament preparation. It is therefore an essential component of the education of these golfers to have golf competitions that all the student golfers can access during their courses.

The regional component of the ICT is played in the close season, excluding the months with the worst weather, to allow student golfers to compete at a time of year when golf competitions are very limited. The ICT is aware of the volume of golf that young talented golfers are asked to play, and does not wish to compound this problem. Therefore, the only events that take part during the traditional golf season are the Team Finals and the Players Championships.

Having these two sets of finals is an important component of the ICT. They help to provide the necessary motivation for the competing players during their regional competition and provide showcase events for the best golfing talent at schools and colleges in the country.