Ladies Vice Captain Elect for 2019 is announced

Welcome to Janet Thomas from Chevin Golf Club who is appointed as Ladies Vice Captain Elect for 2019 and therefore the Ladies County Captain for 2020.

Janet is a great individual, has significant experience of County Week set up and has played for the County Seniors for a few years.

She has great leadership skills and has held positions of Ladies Captain and committee chair at club level and will bring significant experience and focus for the Ladies County Squad.

Janet has a wonderful sense of humour and is excellent company and is already working with Captain Judy and Vice Captain, Janet as she prepares to take up her formal position at the AGM in February 2019.

This is a great appointment for Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Golf - New President

Pictured is the new Derbyshire County Golf President, Paul Longden.

Paul took office in late February and will be the President for a two year term. He is a member of Buxton and High Peak Golf Club currently playing off a handicap of 6.

After taking office, Paul said he was a proud Buxton and Derbyshire man who was looking forward to serving golf and his County well.


We are delighted to report that Craig Longmore has agreed to be the County Welfare Officer.

Craig works full time in a safeguarding capacity and will be a valuable asset to the Company.


Club Support Officer (Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire and

are pleased to inform you that Sophie Jackson-Wylde has accepted the position
of Club Support Officer and she shall be joining us on Tuesday 24th October
2017. Sophie has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Law, previously
worked for JCB and is an elite level sports women in 3 sports.  We are
looking forward to her joining our team.


Congratulations to the Team and Individual winners of Scratch League 2017  

  • Div 1 Champions - Horsley Lodge 1  
  • Div 2 Champions - South Chesterfield   
  • Div 3 Champions - Mickleover 

  • Div 1 Individual Winner - Dan Housley
  • Div 2 Individual winner - Sam Smith
  • Div 3 Individual winner - Andy Keeling


Jonathan Marriott from Ormonde Fields and a few of his friends noticed that on HowDidIDo there was a competition to raise funds for prostate cancer .

By simply paying a £5 entry fee, they were entered into an eclectic competition, based on qualifying rounds at their Home Club. Nothing more to do than to just play golf, scores were automatically uploaded after the Club Competition was closed.

Jonathan has just finished in the top 10 and now qualifies to play in the final which takes place at the Donald Trump course in Aberdeen on the 4th to 6th of October.

Good luck Jonathan


Yesterday saw the semi-finals and Final of the Derbyshire Schools' Matchplay Golf Championships at Matlock GC.

Some superb golf in the semi-finals saw Louie Cole from Brookfield and Adam Wood from Dronfield progress to the Final, Louie defeating Tom Allen of Belper School by 6 and 4 and Adam defeating Imogen Rafferty of Trent College by 3 and 1 in a match that saw both play the back 9 holes in just one over par.

The Third Place match went to Imogen by 3 and 2, again playing great golf to defeat Thomas, who must have been left wondering what hit him yesterday!

The Final was a truly topsy-turvy affair with Adam taking the early lead but Louie replying with a birdie on 2 to level things up. Adam edged ahead again with some great golf and after 8 holes was 2 up having dropped only 2 shots to par – off a 13 handicap!

Back came Louie with wins on 9 and 10 to level things up, and he looked like taking the lead on 11 after Adam went out of bounds. This wasn’t to be as a couple of mistakes handed Adam the hole. Undeterred, Louie levelled things up on 13 and then took the lead for the first time with another birdie on 14. Two superb pars followed on 15 and then a great par on 16 from Adam saw him level the match again. Both parred 17 and so to the last hole with the match tied. Drives to the right and in the semi rough left them both about 130 yards to the green. Adam knocked his ball on to the back of the green about 20 feet away from the flag but Louie’s ball took a ‘flier’ and pitched over the green, leaving a very difficult pitch back. He narrowly failed to get up and down and Adam two putted to win a great match and with 5 pars on the last 5 holes deservedly become the County Schools Matchplay Champion.

Well done to all who qualified for the event and especially to all who went through to yesterday’s finals day. All the matches were played with great spirit and were a real credit to all involved.

Pictured: Louie on the left and Adam on the right.

Click here for full results

Thanks to John Barker for the excellent match report.


Imogen Rafferty (Breadsall Priory) is the new Midland Under 14's Girls Champion of Champion!

Hannah Morrison (Chapel-en-leFrith) almost made it a double in the Under 16's Girls Champion of Champions, but lost out on countback to Georgia Pritchard from Staffordshire.

Both girls competed in the Midland Champion of Champions at Coventry Golf Club on Sunday 10th September after qualifying at the Junior Championship at Erewash Valley Golf Club in August.


The men's 1st team came 2nd in the Midland League after an amazing final day of league matches.  

With Warwickshire winning all of their matches all other counties managed to win 2 matches each!   It came down to the number of games won and Derbyshire took 2nd place with just half a point!

Well done lads!!

Click here for League Table


Luton Hoo - Wednesday September 6th

Eighteen golfers, including Debbie Deakin - Mickleover Golf Club,  from across England have beaten thousands of fellow amateurs to qualify for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am.
The 18 amateurs won their places at the national finals of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy at Woodhall Spa, run in partnership with England Golf and open to winners of club competitions.

Now, they’ll tee-up at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire on September 6 and the best team there will go forward to the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House, Northumberland, on September 27. There, they could partner Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia or another household name of the European Tour.

The qualifiers, aged between 14 and 60-years-old, survived sunshine, driving rain and lightning to complete the women’s final on the Hotchkin course and the men’s on the Bracken; both among the best courses in England.      With the British Masters supported by Sky Sports now only one round away, competitors will be looking to continue their golfing stories by following their dreams.

The individual winners of the two finals, John Newall from Hazlemere Golf Club and Rebecca Webb from East Berkshire Golf Club, were also crowned England’s male and female Handicap Golfers of the Year.      John, playing off a handicap of 11, said: “The whole experience has been incredible. The giant leaderboard, the facilities, the professionalism, everything. Bridgestone and England Golf have created a competition to give us little guys a chance to live like a professional. They have basically allowed us guys to chase our own dreams.”

As John and Rebecca, a six-handicapper, celebrate their individual successes, the other qualifiers will now begin preparing for the Bridgestone Challenge. They include Gill Kapka, who overcame a knee injury to compete, Barrie Harding, who hit a debut hole-in-one in practice, and 14-year-old Hannah Golding, the youngest golfer in the competition.      Bridgestone Tyres’ consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We’ve seen and heard many stories of success in the tournament - bringing the Chase Your Dream Trophy to life for all abilities and ages.”     “All golfers have been on an incredible journey, starting months ago at their respective club events. They are now just 18 holes away from a round with a European Tour star at the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.”

The qualifiers from Woodhall Spa who will play in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am are:

Women, pictured top: Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire Golf Club), Gill Kapka (Cleethorpes Golf Club, Lincolnshire), Francesca Leach (Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Ashlee Tyrell (The Rayleigh Club, Essex), Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), Debbie Ricketts (Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset), Debbie Deakin (Mickleover Golf Club, Derbyshire), Mandy Holden (West End Golf Club, Yorkshire), Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall Golf Club, Staffordshire).

Imges copyright Leaderboard Photography
News from England Golf


Last week Three of our County Players turned Professional. We wish them all the best in new careers.

BRADLEY MOORE (Kedleston Park), ETHAN ROCKLEY (Breadsall Priory) and ALEX SMART (Horsley Lodge)


Playing against 5 other counties, the 2nd Team only lost one match and that was to the League winners Warwickshire - who won all their matches!

"All lads have given 100% and have committed their time and effort to the county, I am proud of each and every one of them and we all look forward to next year"
Wayne Mayo, 2nd Team Captain.

2nd Team photographed at Maxstoke Park v Warwickshire

The Midland League consists of :
  • Warwickshire 
  • Derbyshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire & Herefordshire
  • Worcestershire

For match results and league table - click here



For the first time since the competition format became the 6 Counties - Derbyshire win the Title!!Playing at Worfield Golf Club, Shropshire the ladies had a tough match against Nottinghamshire.

Click here to read more

Orr Cup - Derbyshire Open


Congratulations to Midland Champion, Ryan Wesselingh for winning the Derbyshire Open 2017

Ryan (Kedleston Park), who won the Midland Amateur Championship in June and the next day was in play off with Matt Housley for the Amateur Championship at Chevin in June this year, took the lead in the morning round by just 1 shot, with a gross 69 (2 under par), Dean Hibbert (Professional) and Mark Parker (Burton on Trent) were close on his heels with a round of 70. Two of the other Professionals, Chris Rippon and James Whatley (twice previous winner), were again just 1 shot back both sitting at even Par. Cameron Long (Burton on Trent) was 2 over for the morning.

So it was anyone’s game as they started the afternoon round, Long shot an impressive 3 under taking him into the lead with a Total of 140, his lead was short lived as Wesselingh came in 1 under to take the Championship with a gross 139 – just 1 shot!

This is the first time Ryan has won the Derbyshire Open Championship, but he is continuing in his father’s footsteps as Dad, Paul, won it twice (2008 & 2011).

Junior Champions 2017

Congratulations to Ethan Rockley and Lauren Sabin on becoming Derbyshire Champions 2017.

Ethan and Lauren will now represent Derbyshire at the England Golf Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa in September.

The other Junior Champions are:
  • Boys U18 and overall Champion: Ethan Rockley (Breadsall Priory) 
  • Boys U16 Champion: Daniel Heaslip (Breadsall Priory)
  • Boys U14 Champion: Thomas Allen (Chevin)
  • Girls U18 and overall Champion: Lauren Sabin (Shirland)
  •  Girls U16 Champion: Hannah Morrison (Chapel en le Frith)
  • Girls U14 Champion: Imogen Rafferty (Breadsall Priory

    Click here for full list of winners

Men's InterClub Foursomes

Congratulations to Breadsall Priory, Erewash Valley and Horsley Lodge for winning their respective divisions.

Click here for full draw and results

Ladies Trophy Winners 2017

Cavendish win Silver Division & Mickleover win Bronze Division
Click here for match report

Derbyshire Ladies reach Final

Thursday 24th August 2017 at Worfield Golf Club

Ladies County 2nd Team Finals

Derbyshire Ladies have reached the Final of the England Golf’s Midland North Region (MNR) County 2nd Team Tournament.
The 1st Team compete in the MNR County Week, held in June each year. To provide experience for this, the Ladies 2nd Teams in the Region, compete in a 6-County tournament. The MNR region consists of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire & Lincolnshire.  
For the 2nd Team tournament, the region is split into East & West, Derbyshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire being in the East.
The three Counties in each sub region compete to find the winner, who then play against the winner of the other sub region in the final, to find the best County in Midland’s North Region.


Home pts Away pts Home pts Away pts TOTAL
DERBYS  vs Shrops  vs Shrops  vs Staffs  vs Staffs 5 26½
STAFFS  vs Shrops 7  vs Shrops 8  vs Derbys 4  vs Derbys 22½
SHROPS  vs Derbys 1½   vs Derbys ½  vs Staffs 1  vs Staffs 2 5

Home pts Away pts Home pts Away pts TOTAL
NOTTS  vs Leics 6  vs Leics 2  vs Lincs  vs Lincs 6 19½
LINCS  vs Notts 3  vs Notts  vs Leics 7  vs Leics 2 15½
LEICS & RUTLAND  vs Notts 7  vs Notts 3  vs Lincs 7  vs Lincs 2 19


Catrin Russell - County Champion for 4th time

During a fiercely contested 3 day Championship at Breadsall Priory, Catrin (Chevin Golf Club) won the title by beating Kim Bradbury from Cavendish

Click here to read match report and full results

Bradley Moore to play for England

in the Men's Home International at Moortown GC

 Bradley Moore, 19, (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) reached the last 16 in the English amateur and was in England’s winning team in this year’s international against Spain. Individual results include top tens in the French Open and the prestigious Avondale Amateur in Australia. 

The team will take on the challenge of Ireland, Scotland and Wales as they bid to regain the Raymond Trophy, which they last won at Ganton, Yorkshire, in 2013. Since then, Ireland have been the champions.

The round robin matches will be played from Wednesday to Friday, 16-18 August. On the first day Ireland will take on Wales while England will play Scotland.

Moortown has a world world-wide reputation as a championship course. The club hosted the first Ryder Cup tournament on British soil in 1929 and over the following decades has hosted over fifty professional and major amateur events.

The other Team Members are:Jake Burnage, 22 (Saunton, Devon), Dan Brown, 22, (Masham, Yorkshire),  Todd Clements, 20, (Braintree, Essex),  Jack Gaunt, 25, (Drayton Park, Staffordshire),   David Hague, 21, (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire),   Josh Hilleard, 22, (Farrington Park, Somerset), Matthew Jordan, 21, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire),   Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 20, (Trentham, Staffordshire),  Tom Sloman, 20, (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset),  & Will Whiteoak, 23, (Shipley, Yorkshire) 

Hannah Morrison (Chapel-en-le-Frith)

through to TWO National Finals!!

Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-leFrith Golf Club, aged 15, has secured her place in two England Golf Championships.

The Abraham Trophy
This competition is to find England’s most improved girl golfer, on the basis of handicap reduction.

To enter they submit their six best net scores, in relation to standard scratch, returned between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017. The best scores from each of eight regions qualify for the 18-hole national final, which will be played off current handicap. 
The National Final will be held at Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire on Monday 7th August 2017

Then on the 8th/9th & 10th August (same venue), Hannah will compete in the

England Girls Under 16's Championship

A maximum of 96 players will contest this 72-hole championship.  the full field will play 18 holes on each of the first two days.  Then, the leading 40 players and ties will qualify for the final 36 holes on the third day.Good luck in both events Hannah!

Olivia Kelly - Queen of Clubs

Friday 21st July 2017

Olivia Kelly from Erewash Valley wins Midlands North Region's Queen of Clubs Competition with an amazing Gross 73.

Well done Olivia!


It started out as a fairly normal day, nice weather and all that, lots of players in the County were preparing to play golf - many playing for Derbyshire. 
It ended up being a fantastic day for Derbyshire with many good wins!

Derbyshire Schools come 3rd with youngest team!!

Midlands Schools Championships – Ingon Manor G.C.

Battling display by Derbyshire youngsters at Midlands Schools golf event

A Derbyshire Schools’ Team, consisting of 4 boys and 3 girls, the youngest ever assembled, represented their County at the Midlands Schools Championships at Ingon Manor GC in Warwickshire. 

The team have been sponsored by The Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs and Derby University. 

The whole squad only included two players higher than Year 10. They played superbly well to finish third in both the boys and girls events

The full team were as follows:

Dani Hoof, Derby College
Sam Potter, Trent College
Dan Heaslip Ripley Academy
Henry Hayward, Chellaston School
Harriet Evans, Trent College
Mia Eales-Smith, Eckington School
Charlotte Hazelwood, Frederick Gent School

Further details
  • Team – best 3 from 4 scores am and best 3 scores from 4 pm for Boys and best 2 from 3 for girls
  • Individual – top 10 boys and top 5 girls get to represent their county and the Midlands at the English Schools Championships at the end of June
In the morning round both squads got off to a great start, punching well above their weight, with the boys joint first and the girls 3rd, but only two shots off the lead. For the boys a 74 from Dan Heaslip and a 73 from Sam Potter left them well placed with the best score a 72. The best score for the girls was Harriet’s 74, again only 2 shots off the lead. As the afternoon wore on, they began to tire a little but eventually did really well to finish third in both the boys and girls events.

All 7 did very well, but notable performances were from Dani Hoof who finished on 149 and was 6th and Daniel Heaslip who was 7th on the same score. Amongst the girls, Harriet was 3rd with 150 and Mia 5th with 159. Mia, Dani and Dan will now go forward to the National Schools event at The Kendleshire in 3 weeks time. Sam Potter is second reserve. Harriet is unavailable due to exams.

John Barker
Secretary, Derbyshire Schools Golf Association
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