It is a bitter-sweet time of year for our Upper Sixth Form boys as they bid farewell to their teachers and friends, and say a final goodbye to the familiarity of the school grounds. However, as one chapter of their life closes, a new one opens, and their emotions are mixed with feelings of excitement and anticipation as they await their exam results and prepare for university.

This is exactly the story for school golf captain Finlay Cummings as he approaches his final exams. However, Finlay has the added euphoria of ending his school golf days on a high after notable success in three major competitions over half term.

First was the South of England Schools Championship, accompanied by teammates Lawrence Jeffreys, Alex Robins, Jack Peters and Aidan Abbott at Leighton Buzzard. All boys put in sterling performances considering the blustery and rainy conditions. Finlay played one shot over par and achieved an overall score of 72, placing him in sixth place overall. Finlay is now first reserve to play in the National School’s Championship on 28 June.

A few days later, Finlay went on to play in the Bedfordshire County Championships – by all accounts this was one of the best county championships in recent years, with all golfers playing to a particularly high standard. Finlay missed out on first place by just one shot in the mens’ championship.  However, Finlay was delighted to be crowned champion of the Colts (U25). As a result of his excellent performance, he has been selected to play on the men’s team for the East of England ‘Six-man’ Competition on 10 July.

Plus, there is still more to come. With the HMC National Finals on 1 July there is no taking his foot off the pedal. In fact, with an unconditional offer (with a conditional scholarship) at Harding University, Arkansas, USA, Finlay has no intention of slowing down – in fact, quite the opposite.

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