HOME golfers Mark Burford and Mark Wild emerged victorious at the head of a field of 58 pairs in the Ashbourne Golf Club Lexus Open Challenge Cup.
Cancelled in May following overnight rainfall that flooded the putting surfaces, the day proved perfect for scoring, with temperatures reaching the predicted 24C and a light westerly breeze.
Sponsored once again by corporate partners, Lexus Derby, the event attracted players from neighbouring clubs, and as far a field as Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
The winning pair carded an eight under par 63 and were presented with the trophy by club captain Peter Flinn.
Burford and Wild secured their winning margin with an eagle on the penultimate hole when Wild holed out from 25 feet to give the Ashbourne members a two-shot cushion and an unassailable lead.
Other notable achievements included a closing eagle on the last hole for another local player, Tom Winbow, which helped secure second spot with Liam Tyler, and a brace of twos on the par threes for both Simon Griffiths and Gary Beech.
In their acceptance speech, the winners praised the efforts of the groundstaff for presenting the course in such a magnificent way and paid special thanks to Tony Broadhurst, match and handicap chairman, for organising another very successful event.
For more competition information or membership details contact club manager and PGA professional Andrew Smith on 01335 347960, or email ashbourne.