Matlock Golf Club hosts prestigious tournaments

Club captain Ian Marr is pictured with Matlock Open winners John Beardsley and Jamie Cluer.
Club captain Ian Marr is pictured with Matlock Open winners John Beardsley and Jamie Cluer.

Two competitions have taken centre stage for one of the busiest weeks of the year at the Matlock Golf Club.

On Sunday, the Matlock Open took place with players fighting it out for the prestigious 1930 John Smedley Visitors Cup.

On a dry day and with the course in excellent condition, all top three places were taken by Matlock members.

Winners were John Beardsley and Jamie Cluer with 42 poits, second were Dave Insley and Jimmy Fletcher on 42 points and third were Nick Kay and Chris Parker on 41.

Best mixed pair was the captain Ian Marr and lady captain Louise Jones, while nearest the pin on the 18th with two shots was won by Brian Taylor.

The English regional final of an almost 50-year-old competition, the Australian Spoons tournament, was held at Matlock GC on June 3.   

Fifty pairs from the six counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland competed for the title.

The winners, who will go forward to the national final in September, were Kerry Variava and Joanne Smith of Charnwood GC Leics. Second were Raili Turk and Denise Morley from Matlock GC.

In the inter-club matches the past captains had their annual visit to Shifnal Golf Club, competing for the 2013 Presidents Challenge Trophy, losing 6 -3.

The Spondon Team D had a 4-3 win away at Shirland Golf Club with Les Mooney winning the last match after 4 extra holes.

The captain’s team played Stanedge Golf Club at home winning 6 -0, whilst the seniors entertained Ashbourne at home managing a 6-1 win.

The ladies Silver team won against Chatsworth 3-2, and the Bronze team won 5-0 against Tapton.

In the in house competitions the men’s Medal No4 results were: Div 1 - Chris Roome 72(66), Div 2 - Craig Murphy 81(69), Div 3 - Tony Booth 86(69), Div 4 - Alan Butler 85 (66), veterans Stableford - Alan Turner 35 pts.

Meanwhile, Keith Carl and Mark Midgely both shot holes in one during the week.