ASHBOURNE Ladies' bronze team were beaten by Tapton in the semi-final of the bronze league play-offs at Erewash Valley Golf Club.
Tapton had a strong team with their lowest handicapper playing off 21 and the highest off 26.
This meant the Ashbourne players all received shots.
Despite fighting all the way, and receiving three shots and two shots respectively, both Chrissie Purrett and Rachel Jenkinson lost their matches 3&2.
Surya Dickinson fought exceptionally hard to recover from two down to being all square on the 18th.
Her match had slipped to being the last home and Surya thought she would have to play on to produce a result, only to find that the overall match had already been lost.
Jean Bissell had an impressive 8&6 win against an off-form captain, while Angela Hunt played well but eventually lost 4&2.
Tapton won 3½ to 1½ in a match that was played in excellent spirit.
Ladies' Club competitions have continued in earnest and the second ladies' major competition, The Cubitt Cup, which is played over two medal rounds, was closely fought, although the scores were less than spectacular.
Anne Bourne, playing off 18 handicap, recorded a reasonable score of net 76 in her first round but felt that she would need to improve on this in her second round to be in with a chance of winning.
Anne Colwell and Chris Perry, who carded a very good net 71, were in pole position after the first round and Jill Bainbridge was a contender on net 75.
Unfortunately they were unable to capitalise on their first round lead.
Chris carded a net 82 and finished on net 153.
Jill also finished on net 153 after a second round net score of net 78.
Anne Bourne with a second round of net 76 managed to secure victory by only one stroke with an aggregate net 152.
Anne Weaver had a fine round to win the Past Captains' Trophy, a bogey competition.
It was a consistent performance which included an excellent birdie at the par 5 12th hole and a final score of -1 which brought her handicap down one stroke to 12.
Gill Lockwood, who also got a birdie at the 12th as well as on the fifth hole, was runner up with -1 and Chrissie Purrett was third on -2.
In the Thursday Stableford 6, Angela Hunt had the stand out round, scoring a superb 40 points off her 28 handicap.
This included a brilliant eagle three on the par five eighth hole for five points and she reduced her handicap to 26 in the process.
Three players finished on 33 points with Sandra Maxwell runner-up on count back from Chrissie Purrett and Hilary Knott.
Rachel Robinson was the winner of Sunday Medal 5 on count back from Anne Bourne, with a net 74 off her 21 handicap.
Three pars and a fine birdie at the par three 14th were highlights of Rachel's round.
Gill Lockwood took third place on count back from Anne Colwell both on net 75.
Hilary Knott played very well in Thursday Stableford 5, when she scored an excellent 39 points. Her round included five pars and a birdie three at the tricky fourth hole. Ruth Sinclair took runners-up spot with 35 points.
Ashbourne Ladies' Open Trios Competition was held on Friday. The course was in excellent condition and the weather generally good, although the last few teams unfortunately finished their rounds in heavy rain.
The two best stableford scores counted on each hole and the winners on the day with an impressive 87 points were Sandra Maxwell, Gill Lockwood (Ashbourne) and Cynthia Machent (Matlock GC).
Sandra also won the straightest drive on the second hole.
Runners-up with 84 points were Anne Bourne (Ashbourne), Pamela Hedley and Carol Gladwin (Matlock GC).
Pamela also won nearest the pin on the 14th hole.
Third, from Chatsworth Golf Club, were Aileen Churchill, Heather Hibbs and Danielle Banks and fourth with 70 points were Denyse Hall, Surya Dickinson (Ashbourne) and Val Corker (Matlock GC)
Before she presented the prizes, Ashbourne's lady captain Sandra Maxwell thanked all those who had helped to make the day run smoothly.