Loretto Golf Academy were celebrating in south-east Spain as they successfully defended the Desert Springs and Millfield European Schools Team Championship crown.

The competition, organised jointly by the exclusive Desert Springs Golf resort and Millfield School, was an open event to all schools in the UK, and attracted 61 players from schools all over the United Kingdom such as Bradfield, Whitgift and hosts, Millfield.

The Team Championships got under way at Desert Springs Resort on February 14, with a practice round on the Championship Indiana course, providing all players the opportunity to experience Europe’s first and only true desert golf course in preparation of the tournament rounds.

And the following day, the tournamnet got underway on the Indiana course, where the teams played four-ball-better-ball pairs stableford points for team rankings.

Team Millfield 1 led the way with 76 points, four-under-par, followed by Loretto 1 on 73 points, one-under, while Millfield 3 were third, level par with 72.

Loretto 2 made a marked improvement on their first round total the following day, gaining 83 stableford points, 11-under - the best score of the day.

And Loretto 1 maintained the pressure on the top end of the field by securing the second-best stableford points score of the second round, 79.

That meant the leaderboard had a different look after day 2, with Loretto 2 leading the way, followed by Loretto 1 in second place.

The team event went to the wire though, with Whitgift 1 in impressive form throughout, but the title was decided between Loretto 1 and Loretto 2, who were only seperated by one stableford point going into the final round.

Loretto 1 were first to complete their round, recording a score of 128 stableford points, meaning that all that was left for Team ‘Loretto 2’ to do was to ensure they could to the same to claim the trophy.

Loretto 2 were up for the challenge and staved off any late challengers by posting a score of 130 points to ensure that they were crowned champions.

Ryan Scott, PGA coach for Loretto Golf Academy, said: “The golf was excellent and a very valuable experience for Loretto Golf Academy in preparation for the 2015 season.”