National champions

Dyke House Academy’s Jack Burton, Louis Westmoreland and Will Skipp teamed up to win the English Schools’ Team Championship at Woodhall Spa.

The Durham-based teenagers were led by Jack, 14, with a score of 40 points as 14-year-old Louis scored 39 points to give the Durham school a seven under-par total and a three shot victory. Will, 17, returned 35 points, which was discounted with the two best scores out of the three to be counted.

Dyke House Academy’s nearest challengers were Graham School from Scarborough, who finished two points clear of the third placed team from Matthew Arnold School in Oxford.

Durham Boys captain Will said: “I have played for the team since year seven and I am now in year 12 so it’s nice to have gone all the way and won.

“We have reached the final before but couldn’t play in it, so it is nice to have been able to do that after six years. I knew I was playing well coming into the event and I knew Jack and Louis were doing well too so getting the win is a great feeling.”

Dyke House principal Adam Palmer said: “It’s a fantastic achievement that we are incredibly proud of. It’s proof that with hard work, dedication and a desire to improve that truly amazing things can happen. We talk to the students all the time about the importance of hard work and all three of the boys epitomise this with their golf. I’m sure they’ll look back on this achievement and be very proud.”