THE BLOG USUALLY LEAVES notices of Ashdown members’ triumphs in domestic golf to internal posts. However there have been a number of special achievements over the last month that deserve to reach a wider audience.
First up, strangely, is not even an Ashdown member but rather a winner of one of the premier competitions in Sussex held at Ashdown. Joining such illustrious names as Bobby Locke, Frank Pennink and Michael Bonallack is 17-year old Jack Waymark (above) from Chartham Park GC holding the Winkley Smith Bowl. The young three-handicapper shot 77 and 71 in his two rounds beating Nevill GC member, Richard Fung-On by two shots.
Waymark had warmed up for his senior triumph by winning the RAFGC Junior Open for under 18-year olds with a gross score of 76 beating Matthew Baxter of The Emirates GC in Dubai into second place by a stroke.
Nearer to home, mother Sara King and her son Jack, walked off with the Family Foursomes trophy (see picture below) with a thrilling victory on the last hole over favourites Andrew and Oliver Smith who were trying for their third consecutive win.
The Sussex County LGA played the second round of its Beryl Pockett scratch medal competition at Ashdown comprising two rounds, following 36 holes played earlier in the season at Ifield GC. Ashdown’s Katherine Russell, won the day’s scratch contest with a combined score of 148 and finished runner-up in the overall 72-hole competition to Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe GC.
Not to be outdone the Ashdown men battled their way through to the final of the Gilbert Print Plate by beating Hollingbury Park in a sudden death shoot-out on the first extra hole at Seaford. Paul Powell-Jackson and his merry men will meet Haywards Heath GC at Ham Manor on Monday September 14th.
And finally, those Ashdown members who enjoyed watching a young Irish girl win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship held at the club in 2011, will be pleased to hear that same young Irish girl, Leona Maguire, has won the Mark H McCormack medal as the leading women’s player in the 2015 World Amateur Golf Ranking. Maguire, 20, almost won her first professional contest when she finished runner-up at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters held at the Buckinghamshire.
Well done and very well played!