St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Why I Play a Sport Called Golf

I started playing because, when I was three or so, I used to go to a golf course and watch my Dad hit some balls. After a week of this intriguing ritual, I picked up a club (which was probably plastic) and started to swing the club, copying my Father’s swing. In the end I started to play more and more as a three/four-year old and then golf became second nature to me - I wasn’t able to imagine my life without golf.

One year, when I was around eight, I decided to take golf to a whole different level and that was firstly collecting a handicap*, then I took on the challenge of receiving a golf scholarship (this was at the age of nine), which was at a golf course called the Buckinghamshire. When I received the scholarship I was very excited! The achievement also made me more self-disciplined, therefore I was more strict with myself about how often I practised and I became more enthusiastic towards this wonderful game! This extra enthusiasm carried me through the county golf trials and gave me a place in the BB and O (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) county golf team at age of ten. Then, in the summer of 2014, I lowered my handicap to a pleasing 16.0.

By Nicky (Y6)

*the handicap system works by adding your handicap to the par of the course (the par of the course is the amount of strokes a professional golfer should play on a specific course) and the answer to that operation becomes your par of the course. You aim to get your handicap as low as possible. When your handicap is below 0 it becomes, for example, +4. When that happens, you are so good that the golf federation has to add strokes to your score! So if you scored 68, your score would become 72.