Monaghan re­tains Kings­down crown

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Kings­down Golf Club held its two fa­mous tour­na­ments for the AJ Sharp and Jack Feltham tro­phies.

Held as two 36-hole com­pe­ti­tions over the week­end, the weather was dry and sunny, al­though con­di­tions were a lit­tle chal­leng­ing with a strong breeze. The for­mat of these com­pe­ti­tions was a scratch which has been held for over 70 years and the qual­ity of play was matched by the sig­nif­i­cance of the event.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ash­ley Monaghan was fast out of the blocks and fin­ished the first day one un­der gross with a five shot lead. The com­fort­able lead was trimmed back on the sec­ond day but Monaghan just man­aged to fin­ish two shots ahead of near­est chal­lenger Paul Dick­in­son to re­tain his ti­tle.

Monaghan was then un­lucky not to also come away with the Jack Feltham Tro­phy, a 36-hole nett event, as he fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Martin Ford with a com­bined nett 145.

Com­ment­ing on the qual­ity of play, Kings­down club cap­tain Phil Hodges said: “It was a high class field with some very good scores in de­cep­tively dif­fi­cult golf­ing con­di­tions, de­spite the sunny weather. A great day out en­joyed by all par­tic­i­pants.”

■ BATH Golf Club’s end of a very busy pe­riod of com­pe­ti­tions cul­mi­nated in No­mads Day on Satur­day. This medal com­pe­ti­tion was played in pleas­ant, dry con­di­tions with a firm northerly breeze sig­nalling that au­tumn had ar­rived.

Scor­ing wasn’t easy but a re­turn to form and an ex­cel­lent nett 67 from David Rush­grove proved too good as he won by seven shots from John Sharpe who beat Ge­orge Riley on count­back.

The on course staff are con­tin­u­ing their ex­cel­lent work, with main­te­nance on­go­ing all this week which has re­stricted ac­cess to the course with tem­po­rary greens in play un­til the week­end.

Ash­ley Monaghan, pic­tured left with club cap­tain Phil Hodges, re­tained Kings­down Golf Club’s cham­pi­onship ti­tle with a com­bined gross of 152

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