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Fab four celebrate top spot on charity day

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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ASHBOURNE Golf Club members Les Birkett, Simon Spencer, Richard Walker and Steve Waring won first prize at this year's annual Charity Golf Day at the Wyaston Road Club.

The event was run by the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Ashbourne, organised by Rotarian John Griffiths and Lion Alan Dyer.

It attracted 25 teams from as far afield as West Yorkshire to the Ashbourne Club and raised over £2,200 for Lions and Rotary charities.

The charities are once again indebted to all of their regular sponsors but in particular the Exton Trust, The Mulberry Bush Nursery and Cliff Lewer.

The Am-Am competition was very keenly fought in somewhat wet conditions but this did not prevent some excellent scoring by all of the top teams but head greenkeeper Walker was in particularly good form for the eventual winners.

With all four scores to count on two holes, the turning point came on hole 10 where the winning team had two pars and two birdies for a score of 12 points.

That contributed to a superb back nine of 50 points following their 47 on the front for a winning total of 97.

In second place with 93 points was the team representing Marshalls, from Elland in Yorkshire, led by Andrew Miller alongside Martin McCardle ,Neil Boyd and Lee Day.

Miller had a superb back nine including birdies on both the 16th and 17th, which was just good enough to beat two others teams on the back nine.

In third place were the 4D Tommy Tuckers – Michael Ford, Robert Jeffrey, Andrew Salt and Mark Evans from Trentham Park Golf Club, with Evans in particular in sparkling form.

In fourth place, also with 93 points, was the Sika Sarnafil team, captained by Ashbourne member Simon Griffiths with guests Rob Ward, Ron Lane and Barry Hawkins.

The teams finishing fifth and sixth also featured Ashbourne members with Claire Batterham and Hugh Stevenson in the Ibstock Brick team, while FuturePro included Tony East.

Nathan Lee one of Ashbourne's younger members, who is off to the USA in August to study and play golf, won both the nearest the pin and longest drive prizes.

The prizes were presented by the President of the Rotary Club of Ashbourne, Mark Parsons.

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