SALLY AND GILL GAIN 6TH PLACE IN PING NATIONAL 4BBB GRAND FINAL
On 3 September Sally Benn and Gill Lockwood travelled to The Thonock Park Golf Club at Gainsborough for the PING 4BBB Grand Final. Earlier in the season, over 7,500 pairs of ladies from 871 clubs across the country had competed in their qualifying rounds at club level, with the top fifty scoring pairs qualifying for the Grand Final. Sally and Gill had qualified from Ashbourne with a superb score of 48 points and were excited to be playing in the final. They were even more pleased to be in the prizes, picking up 6th prize after scoring 41 points. Thankfully their back nine of 22 points did enough to hold their position from three other pairs on the same score. More details in ladies section of the website.
LADIES VICTORIOUS IN COUNTY SILVER TROPHY FINAL AGAIN
The Ladies' Silver Team beat Chesterfield 31/2 - 11/2 in the Derbyshire County Silver Trophy final at Mickleover G.C. on 30 August. This was a fine team performance and means that Ashbourne has won the Silver Trophy again, after winning it in 2016. The team has been very consistent in recent seasons, having won the league and qualifying for the semi-finals for four consecutive years.
The team on the day was Sally Benn (Captain), Anne Weaver, Gill Lockwood, Anne Colwell and Sandra Maxwell. LIsa Gregory, Claire Batterham, Dee Gemmell and Jill Bainbridge have also made important contributions to the team's results over the season. More details on the Ladies' News, Results and Reports page of the website.
Reports of Senior Captains Away Weekend and Away Day
The Seniors Captain Ged Allan held his 2019 away weekend at Mottram Hall Golf Club in May and his away day at Sickleholme Golf Club in August reports and photographs of both events can now be found on the Seniors News, Results and Reports web page.
Today's Golfer highlights "The MUST PLAY Golf Course in Midlands & East England"
Issue 390 of 'Today's Golfer' (pp116-117) Ashbourne Golf Club is highlighted as the 'MUST PLAY' Course in the Midlands & East of England.
The edition's text reads:
Architect: David Hemstock (founded 1886)
Yardage: 5,977-6,303 (par71)
Green Fees: £30 midweek, £40 weekends.
In a nutshell... One of the county's oldest clubs though the current layout, plotted in the most picturesque of open countryside, has only been in existence since 1999. It boasts a collection of strong par 4s, including a thrilling finale with the last green sitting beyond a lake and guarded by a nest of bunkers.
To play well you need to ... Start well: the 1st is a demanding left dog-leg par 4 and your opening drive must be threaded between two well-placed bunkers. And get the upper hand on the "short" holes - the 198 yard 9th and 201 yard 16th are both little beasts capable of inflicting much scorecard damage.
You'll love ...The gorgeous views into Dovedale and the Peak District will long live in the memory, along with the quirky features (don't forget to ring the bell on leaving the green of the left dog-leg 5th with its sloping right to left fairway) and the USGA spec greens. "
This is a fantastic review from a national magazine
Well done to Richard Walker and his team.
FIVE LADIES CELEBRATE THEIR 8OTH BIRTHDAYS
Five lady members have celebrated their 80th birthdays this year. On 30 July, they celebrated their birthday milestone by inviting the ladies to a 9 hole texas scramble competition and a light lunch. It was a great opportunity for the ladies to get together and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. More details and pictures in the ladies' news, results and reports section of the website.