SENIOR MENS OPEN 2018
The 2018 Senior Mens Open took place on Wednesday 15th August with 200 competitors for the third year running. The winners were Ashbourne Golf Clubs Les Birkett and Andy Rogers with a score of 45 points and the winner of the nearest the pin competition on the 14th hole was Ashbourne Golf Clubs John Hammond who will receive a "Lexus" watch worth circa £300 from the sponsors of the Open "Lexus Derby". Follow the link on the Open Competitions page to see the full list of winners. The course was again in excellent condition and received wide acclaim from all the visiting players
JOHN TAYLOR WINS THE COUNTY SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP PLUS THE BEST AGGREGATE TWO NET SCORES SHIELD WITH STEVE ATKINS
Club Vice Captain and Seniors' Captain John Taylor shot an impressive gross 73 to win the Derbyshire County Seniors' Championship which was held at Mickleover Golf Club on 16 July. He had 39 shots going out, but played the back nine to course par in a round that included 10 pars and birdies at holes 5 and 18.
He received the Cyril Ibbotson Trophy and won a £120 Golf Shop Voucher. He also paired up with Steve Atkins to win the Best Two Net Score Shield.
John will go on to represent Derbyshire in the National Senior County Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa on 15-16 September, where he will play 36 holes over two days against all the other Senior County Champions In the country.
CAPTAINS’ DAY 8 JULY 2018
Captains' Day dawned sunny and hot was very well supported. A report and pictures can be found in the Men's Ladies' and Junior sections of the website.
Mens Open Results
ASHBOURNE GOLF CLUB MEN’s OPEN Sunday 1st July 2018
The Ashbourne Golf Club MEN’s OPEN with a Pairs Better Ball format was held on Sunday 1st July. The Event started with a 9am shotgun start for the 96 golfers playing on a glorious Derbyshire Dales morning under the watchful eye of the Club’s PGA Professional, Steve Clancy . The shotgun start allowed everybody to finish at a similar time so making for a full course & a full prize giving ceremony compered by President Bernard Bembridge. The winning pair scooping the £300 prize Pro- Shop Voucher ( £150each) were stalwart Club Members Les Birkett & Simon Spencer. Simon having only recently recovered from a severe heart attack was absolutely delighted & Les was happily peaking his game at just the right time.
The substantial Prizes ran to the 6th place:-
2nd Tim Hesketh & Andy Innes
3rd John Williams & Lee McLaren ( SandMoor GC)
4th Mark Burford & Andy Rogers
5th Darren Hooley & Dave Barrie
6th Mel Godfrey & Martin Murphy
Plus the extra prizes of :- The Longest Drive was won by Lee McLaren on the 8th with a 320+ yard Drive & Simon Whitehead ( Kedleston GC) on the 17th hole.
Nearest the Pin in One shot winners on the par 3’s were :- Paul Hambly ( Bakewell GC) on the 3rd ; Martyn Shinner on the 6th , John Stone ( Chevin GC) on the 9th; Mark Harrison on the 14th & Luke Dekonski ( Leicestershire) on the 16th .
Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 5th – Simon Griffiths.
A FREE JUNIOR ‘Get into Golf ’ coaching day is to be held on Thursday, 2nd August 12.00 to 15.00 for 11 to 16years old with Club PGA Professional & qualified Junior Coach, Steve Clancy. No experience or equipment required, just comfortable, preferably flat soled , shoes . Book with Steve Clancy to reserve a place on 01335 347960. Junior Golf Clubs are provided for use with the help of a ‘Derbyshire Foundation’ Grant .
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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.
MAJOR OPEN COMPETITIONS:-
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.