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Wess' opening act

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Paul Wesselingh (right) opened the new covered practice bays at Ashbourne Golf Club.

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PAUL Wesselingh officially opened the new covered practice bays at Ashbourne Golf Club.

Wesselingh, who won the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit last season, cut the ribbon and struck the first ball at this new facility.

He continued to entertain the members with a short clinic and anecdotal stories of life on the Seniors Tour.

Wesselingh, former head professional at Kedleston Park, qualified for the European Seniors Tour in 2011, won 'Rookie of the Year' in 2012, and secured the 2013 'Order of Merit' in emphatic fashion at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.

Ashbourne GC have built four covered practice bays.

Andrew Smith, PGA Professional and club manager, said "We are delighted with the new practice bays.

"They have been some two years in the planning and we see them both as a benefit of membership but also gives us the opportunity to attract and retain new members.

"We have strong ties in the community and our coaching staff go in to the local schools and deliver the Tri-Golf and Golf Extreme sessions. We hope the new facility will encourage people to have a go and consider one of the flexible membership packages.

"We support the Golf England 'Get into Golf' campaign and 'Play in May' and offer free adult and junior golf coaching.

"With funding from the Derbyshire County Golf Partnership, there will be more extensive coaching programmes delivered by PGA Qualified Professionals."

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