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June News Letter

 Ashbourne GC Newsletter

June 2018 (mid-month) EXTRA ! EXTRA ! 

Pro Shop Summer:- 7.30-17.30 ; Weekends 7.00-17.00 

If you have anything that you deem worthy of inclusion, please advise the editor - Ian McDarmaid, Sales & Marketing Director ( 01335 360781 or by letter/ note in my letter box in the Office. 

CLUB NEWS Members must book in at the Pro-shop every time you play on the Course. 

You may be aware that Bernhard Sumper has resigned as AGC Operations Director at the end of May. We owe a great deal of gratitude to Bernhard for his tireless efforts in his role as well as the support he lends to other Directors in the running of the Club. He will certainly be a hard act to follow as he has been instrumental in ensuring the Club functions smoothly with our team of professional managers. Bernhard still aims to be hands on in some tasks especially in eliminating his enemy ... firstly, thistles & a close second, nettles. 

We are deliberating the role of his successor & thank those individuals who have shown an interest in supporting the Club in this role. 

The AGC Club EGM is on Thursday, July 26th when last year’s financial results will be presented. 

Equipment :- We have just taken possession of a new Toro Fairway Mower replacing the old mower & have taken the chance to improve the energy efficiency. We are consciously ensuring we have top quality working machinery that helps the efficiency of the Greenstaff. We can all see what an excellent job that they doing in the quality of the course. We have also procured a PROCOR Aerator of our own. Previously we hired an aerator in twice / year to improve the Greens & aprons. Owning our own unit allows Richard & his staff to use it more frequently, which should further improve the greens & its surrounds. 

The new Assistant Professional, Marley Najak has now started full time after doing his A levels in Sports Sciences at Aldecar High School. He lives on the Heanor/Marlpool border. He is being sponsored by ‘Bunker Mentality’ golf clothing, who are based in Nottingham & he does a blog for them as well as wearing their Clothing. He started playing golf at 4, 13 years ago. He is presently the Junior Captain at Breadsall Priory with a handicap of 4. He comes from a sporty family with his Dad playing golf off 5 & his younger sister is already showing good golfing promise after just starting. He is looking forward to playing in AGC Club Matches. Please make him feel welcome & introduce yourself to him. 

The new Men’s Lockers look great. Only 1 is not taken, which is the Prize in a lottery at £1 a ticket for ‘a Men’s locker rent free for 5 years’ ( value £300-). Have a go in the Club Room. 2 


SOCIAL :- 100 Club draw 1st Peter Wood £100; 2nd Robert Newton £75; 3rd Gary Lambert £50; 4th Colin Walker £25. 

Irish weekend ( 11/12/13th May) Had a great bonhomie spirit as always. The Home team won the Golf 11.5 to 6.5 ( 1st day 5.5 to 3.5) & also won the darts on Friday night ( 3 to 1). The Saturday Dinner was an excellent menu from Mike & his team & a Karaoke followed ( there was even some singers in tune !). Ashbourne (Co Meath) GC presented Bernard Bembridge with a golf shirt, Captain Alan with a sweater & Frank McCabe with Honorary Membership ! Thanks go to Peter Bembridge for his exceptional taxi service for the Irish team based at Swinscoe. Full report sent out separately. 

Alan Mudie’s Captain’s Away Day ( 15th June) at Chesterfield GC saw 52 golfers take on a well prepared course with fast greens in fine though blowy conditions. Playing a full handicap stableford off yellow tees. A very successful & social day. 

Results Ged Allan won with 41pts ; Bernard Weetman; Stuart Smalley, Bernhard Sumper; Steve Bryan . 

Nearest the Pin on the 4 par 3’s :- Mick Beech; Ian McDarmaid; Steve Clancy & Simon Knight. 

Many thanks to Alan Keizer, who was the Starter & Administrator on the day. 

Golfer/Non-Golfer is on Friday July 13th ( shotgun start at 9.00 in the morning) Playing tickets £6/person which includes food. Book in at the Pro Shop & Spectator’s food is £5/ ticket available at the Bar. 

Presidents Summer Ball Saturday 14th July Choices of 4 starters/ 4 main courses & 2 desserts or cheese & biscuits plus Tea/coffee. £27.50/ person.. See choices on menus in the Clubhouse & book with your choices & money at the Bar. 


ROTARY Charity Golf Day Friday 29th June. Team Competition. Organiser John Griffiths. Special rates for Ashbourne GC Members. 

LADIES OPEN is on Sat 30th June £60/Team of 4 – Teams restricted to 2 Ashbourne Ladies. Tee times from 11.30am . Contact Anne Colwell. 

MEN’s OPEN Sunday 1st July with big prize money & shotgun starts for 4BBB (9am) spaces filling up quickly so book with Steve Clancy asap. 

SENIORS Team AM/AM Stableford Friday 6th July, Team entry £80/Team of 4. Only a few Tee times remaining . Entry Forms on the Seniors Noticeboard. Organiser Roger Dear. 

British Heart Foundation Friday 20th July. Team Competition. Booking Forms on Noticeboard Golf Organiser Terry Hunt 

SENIORS OPEN Wednesday 15th August 4-Ball Better Ball £30/pair. Only a few tee times remaining. Entry forms on website & Seniors Noticeboard. Organiser Dave Horsley.

Created: 19-Jun-18 11:42


The club hosted the Midlands Ladies’ Vets AM.AM. on 12 June. The day was a great success and was greatly appreciated by the organiser Andrea Stockdale and the ladies who played. Andrea emailed to say “A massive thank you to yourself and all your helpers for a wonderful day at Ashbourne Golf Club. Nothing was too much trouble and the welcome your ladies gave us was a lovely touch. All the flowers were super and the course fabulous. A great test of golf and a good challenge. Please pass on our thanks to the greens staff for the presentation of the course. Our ladies enjoyed the catering as well. I’m sure we will be back at some point in the future”.

Created: 16-Jun-18 20:37


Anne Weaver and Tony East won the Mixed Open American Greensome on Sunday 27 May. More details of prize winners can be found in the members' mixed section of the website and under the Opens Menu under Opens Overview

Created: 27-May-18 21:53


June Newsletter is now on the Members Section of the Website

Created: 27-Apr-18 15:51


A total of 12 girls and 15 boys aged between 6 and 14 years, attended the coaching day held at Ashbourne Golf Club on Tuesday 27 March and judging from the youngsters’ feedback afterwards, they found the day fun and enjoyable. This was despite the weather being rather cold and at times miserable.

Club professional Steve Clancy organised the day assisted by Junior Organiser Rob Redfern and a number of lady and gentleman members. It was extremely encouraging to see so many youngsters participating and enjoying themselves.

There was plenty of effort, enthusiasm and skill from the participants, who were divided into three groups and had the opportunity to learn and practise their putting, chipping and striking skills with different challenges on each of the three practice areas.  This was followed by lunch and then the most exciting part of the day, playing a few holes on the course itself. The children not only learned about the skills of the game, but also about safe practice on the course and on practice areas as well as some of the basic rules and golfing etiquette.

Pictured are a number of the children out on the course. For more pictures log in to the website and click onto the Junior News section.

The day finished with the the children giving very positive feedback about the day, after which they were all presented with a certificate of participation and a ‘goody bag’. The club is pleased to have provided such a successful and enjoyable golfing experience for everyone.

Steve and Ashbourne Golf Club are committed to providing opportunities for young people to play golf. With the addition of a 6 hole academy course and junior tees on all 18 holes of our golf course, the club has created an environment for young people to play golf on their very first visit to the club. For the first time in a number of years, the club has also formed a junior section headed by PGA Professional Steve Clancy and Junior Organiser Rob Redfern, with Steve holding regular affordable coaching sessions and Rob providing weekly competitions with the aim of seeing some junior golfers competing in the Derbyshire Futures Tour this golfing season.

As Steve says “Golf is a sport that can offer so much, especially to young people. It teaches great values of honesty and sportsmanship, along with providing fantastic competitive opportunities for those who wish to pursue them. A young person taking up golf is starting a sport which can last them a lifetime”.

Coaching at Ashbourne takes place every Saturday 10.15 -11.15am for just £5 and a new girls class will be starting on Sundays from 22 April. Memberships start at just £10 per year. For more information contact Rob Redfern on or telephone Steve Clancy at Ashbourne Golf Club on Ashbourne 347960.

Created: 01-Apr-18 15:35
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