ASHBOURNE Golf Club ladies’ golf season got underway at the weekend as sunny and pleasant conditions made for good scoring in the first major competition of the ladies calendar, the Inaugural Cup, played in a stableford format.
Rachel Robinson (pictured) started where she left off last year with her first win of the season, scoring an impressive 39 points off her 23 handicap, which was reduced by two shots in the process.
She played to her handicap on the front nine but scored an impressive 21 points in the more difficult back nine, including pars at the third, fifth and 12th holes.
Anne Weaver was only one shot behind on 38 points and she played very steadily, scoring 19 on both the front and back nines.
The highlight of her round was the second hole, where her beautifully struck third shot pitched and rolled towards the flag and agonisingly stopped millimetres away to deny her an eagle three.
Gill Lockwood, in third place on 36 points, also got a birdie at the second and followed it up with another on the ninth.
However her round was not quite consistent enough as she had two none scoring holes.
The ladies’ teams have made a promising start to the season too.
Last Thursday, with snow still lying in some of the north facing areas of the course, the bronze team took on Chevin in their first league match.
Ashbourne were represented by Jean Bissell, Chris Perry, Marilyn Sumper, Angela Hunt and Rachel Jenkinson, who all received shots from their lower handicap opponents.
However, it proved to be a tightly-contested encounter, and with four matches complete the tally was two-all, with Rachel Jenkinson still out on the course.
She came in with a well fought two and one win, giving Ashbourne a pleasing 3-2 win overall.
The ladies have also progressed to the fourth round of the national Mail on Sunday singles matchplay team competition after two very close matches.
In the first round, Ashbourne had a bye, but faced Beedles Lake from Leicestershire in the second round.
Initially the match should have been away but unfortunately Beedles Lake had too many closed holes on the day of the match and as it had to be completed it was moved to Ashbourne.
With the score standing at 2 -2 after four games, captain Weaver came in with a win to take the match 3-2.
On Sunday, Ashbourne hosted Handsworth Golf Club in the third round and although this too proved to be a close encounter, the match was decided after the first three games as Lockwood, (4 and 3), Sandra Maxwell (3 and 2) and Weaver (2 up), all came in with wins.
Lisa Gregory lost 3 and 2, while Kay Jones had a close match, losing at the 17th hole 2 and 1.