Golf club honoured for contribution

Matlock GC
Matlock GC

Matlock Golf Club has been honoured for its contribution to Derbyshire Schools’ Golf programme.

The club has hosted the County Schools Matchplay Championships, together with two Midland Championships, free of charge for the past decade.

Chevin Golf Club, in Duffield, was also recognised after hosting the Derbyshire Schools’ Golf Championships free of charge for the past 25 years, allowing more than 4,000 young golfers to compete.

More than 200 competitors, who have competed in the tournaments, have gone on to represent Derbyshire, with a number also gaining England Schools’ honours, including five – Clive Radford, Richard Fletcher, Stuart Davis, Lisa Walters and Melissa Reid – who have captained their country.

Representatives from both clubs were presented with special awards by Derbyshire Schools’ Golf Association secretary John Barker,

He said: “In the true spirit of supporting junior golf, neither club has ever asked for a penny. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and all those youngsters who have taken part would have been denied the chance of excellent competition.”

Mr Barker presented engraved trophies to Peter Beardsley and Bob Whyld from Matlock Golf Club (pictured) and Steve Rogers and John Rawson from Chevin Golf Club.

The Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association (DSSA) is responsible for school sport in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Sport is a county sports partnership, which works with a range of partners including Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, NHS Derbyshire County and Sport England. It is a partnership of partners working together to improve the lives of the people in Derbyshire.