DOUBLE SUCCESS FOR ASHBOURNE G.C. IN THE DRABBLE CUP AND SAYERS CUP
On Sunday 22nd May, Ashbourne Golf Club hosted two of Derbyshire Golf’s County competitions, The Drabble and Sayers Cups. The Drabble Cup is for teams of four, with each player playing as an individual, the best three medal scores counting towards the team total. The Sayers Cup is played for concurrently and is an individual competition specifically for the Captains of Derbyshire Golf Clubs.
Ashbourne entered four teams in the Drabble Cup and they competed against teams from eleven other Derbyshire Golf Clubs. In total, 99 players participated in the event.
The day culminated in a resounding success for Ashbourne Golf Club in both events. The Drabble Cup was won by the team of Barrie Ritchie (nett 68), Nick Hamblin (nett 69), Adam Randall (nett 71), with Peter Bembridge the fourth member of the team. It was an excellent all round team performance.
Ashbourne also claimed third place in the team event with the Beech Boys (Gary and Mick), Peter Lucas (a recent addition to the club) and Ian Ward making up the team.
In the individual nett scores Ashbourne occupied 4 of the top ten places - Barrie Ritchie in 2nd on countback, Gary Beech in 3rd on countback, Nick Hamblin in 4th and Adam Randall 9th.
This is the first time in over 50 years that the Drabble Cup has resided in the Ashbourne Trophy cabinet.
Ten Derbyshire Club Captain's competed in The Sayers Cup and the winner was Ashbourne Captain, Barrie Ritchie, who picked up his second winner's trophy of the day.
IRISH WEEKEND A GREAT SUCCESS
After the trials and tribulations of the last two years, it was fantastic once again for the club to host the team from Ashbourne County Meath on the weekend of 13-15 May. It was a great weekend, well organised and enjoyed by everyone who participated. The weather was glorious on Saturday, with some rain on Sunday, but the golf was played in great spirit throughout. There were a few bevvies and plenty of banter exchanged after the matches each day and the evening meal and entertainment on Saturday proved to be equally enjoyable.
Not only that, after four long years, Ashbourne Derbyshire was successful in reclaiming the Ashbourne Trophy. Leading 7½ - 2½ after Saturday's fourballs, the Sunday fourballs did not disappoint, winning 6 -4 for an impressive final result of 13½-6½.
Club Captain Barrie Ritchie was the proud recipient of the Ashbourne Trophy on Sunday afternoon and thanked all those who had assisted in organising and preparing for the weekend for all their efforts, as well as those who had played in the teams. It was also a wonderful weekend for members of both sides to rekindle past friendships and make new ones.
Click here for photographs from both days
GEORGE PADDEN WINS COUNTY JUNIOR SPRING MEETING
Ashbourne's George Padden had a very good round of golf in The Derbyshire Junior Spring Meeting at Mickleover Golf Club on Monday 2 May. This was a white tee competition, decided by the best nett score and George did not disappoint. Playing off his handicap of 16 he had four pars on the front nine and played three under his handicap, with a gross 40 nett 32. He managed a further three pars on the back nine but was slightly less consistent, coming back in gross 44 nett 36, two over handicap, for an overall gross 84 nett 68. Playing one under his handicap, especially on a less familiar golf course was a fine performance by any standards, and good enough to secure the winner's Trophy.
George was presented with the junior trophy by Derbyshire County President Cynthia Machent.