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Sports News – 29 September 2023

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Junior Ryder Cup

Kris Kim had an amazing week taking on the best young players from the USA as part of the European Junior Ryder Cup team. Following a phenomenal Summer where Kris won a number of nationally recognised junior tournaments – including one of the most prestigious Championships in Junior Golf the R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship – he was selected for the European Ryder Cup team as the top qualifier.

The Junior Ryder Cup was played in Rome at Golf Nazionale and the final day of the singles competition on the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club which now hosts the main Ryder Cup.

The first day saw the teams battle it out in two sets of foursome matches. In the morning Kris was paired with Lev Grinberg (Ukraine) and they tied their match. In the afternoon Kris was paired with Meja Ortengren (Sweden) as a mixed pair, going on to win 3 and 1. Kris and Meja again paired up on Wednesday to take on the USA pair of Yana Wilson and Miles Russell, once again they came out on top winning 3 and 2.

Thursday’s singles round moved to the Ryder Cup course, Marco Simone. Kris was in action against Miles Russell, a formidable opponent who won the 2023 Junior PGA Championship by seven shots.

Kris made an amazing start and was two up after two holes. He continued with birdies at the 5th and 6th hole to lead by four shots after 9 holes. The singles match was broadcast live on the Sky Sports Golf channel and the commentators were impressed with both players. In particular, Kris was mentioned as being one of the brightest prospects of the next decade. Kris won the 10th hole, followed by halving the 11th through to 14th at which point Kris’s lead of five holes could not be beaten, so he won the match 5&4.

Dr Chris Telfer-Mason, Housemaster of Fayrer, said: “The boys in Fayrer have all been supporting Kris and I know his year have been texting and wishing him well. It is truly inspiring for all his friends to see someone playing sport at an elite level on the world stage. We look forward to welcoming him back to College next week.”

Kris was unbeaten over the course of the three days taking 3.5 points from a possible 4 and helping Europe to win back the Junior Ryder Cup after over a decade with the USA winning it seven times in a row, with a score of 20.5 to 9.5

British Junior Golf Tour (BJGT)

Sophia Moores competed at Royston Golf Club and secured Gross 1st and Nett 2nd, returning home with the glassware. With one competition to go, next week’s major at The Springs Golf Club near Oxford, Sophia has secured her position in the Order of Merit Tour championship final to be held at Walton Heath New Course on 23 October.


Epsom College 1st XV 29-17 Trinity School 1st XV.

In what was rightly anticipated to be a hard-fought contest against Trinity, the 2022/23 National Cup finalists, Epsom delivered a performance that showcased their mettle and determination. The opening 20 minutes saw Epsom seize control of the game with objectivity and precision. Both Max Delamain (G) and Owen Beswick (G) scored tries off fast-paced and potent attacking play, which helped to set a venerable tone for the remainder of the game.

Regrouping after Epsom’s initial surge, Trinity applied relentless pressure on the home side. This effort paid off with a converted try just before halftime, demonstrating Trinity’s tactical acumen and strength of character. Despite occasional breakdowns in structure and patterns, Epsom never looked out of control. Tom Austin (P) deployed the backline to terrific effect and, along with William White (Fa), who ran some well-executed lines, scored early in the second half. Comfortable with the pace and physicality, congratulations go to 5th former William Leutert (Fa) on his debut. It was a most impressive performance from everyone and a thoroughly deserved win.

  • Tries: Max Delamain (G) Owen Beswick (G), Thomas Austin (P),  William White (Fa) , Sam Craddock (Fa)
  • Player of the Match: Owen Beswick (G) – everywhere all the time, turning over the ball at crucial opportunities – a true captain’s performance


A hugely successful run for Epsom netballers with 7 out of 8 matches won. The progress in the Cups has been strong, putting the teams in a good position for the forthcoming County tournaments in the coming weeks. View the full match reports on SOCS.