Aberdovey GC Celebrates

It’s been a busy summer at Aberdovey Golf Club, culminating in an enjoyable ball celebrating the club’s 125th anniversary.

In July, the top amateur golfers in the men’s game in Wales competed in the Welsh Amateur Championship, which was the tenth time the championship had been played at Aberdovey.  The club was the original host of the Welsh Amateur at its first recorded playing in 1895. 

The condition of the course was widely praised by all competitors and the championship winner was Jack Davidson, of Llanwern Golf Club, who beat Tim Harry of The Vale Resort in a 36-hole final. Jack has since been selected to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup team.

The annual Ladies’ and Men’s week competitions in August saw a large number of entries across all the events and this year,  two teenagers were victorious in the Club Championships.  18-year-old Harriet Evans won the Rieben Gold Medal for the best 36 holes with a score of 153 gross in the Ladies’ section and 17-year-old Connor Jones won the Wright Cup (Men’s Club Championship) on the fourth play-off hole against Sion Coleman and Marc Davies, all of whom were tied on a gross score of 147 for 36 holes. 

The Ladies’ Section were thrilled to win the North Wales Challenge Shield in August, having been undefeated (7 wins, 1 draw) in their matches against clubs in North Wales.

Finally, on Saturday 12th August, the club celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1892 by holding a grand ball in a marquee set up on its practice area.  240 members and friends attended and enjoyed an excellent evening starting with a champagne and canapes reception, followed by a four-course meal and dancing.

The guest speaker, Mr. Adam Ruck, great-grandson of one of the club’s founders, Colonel Arthur Ruck, and an established journalist with the Daily Telegraph, spoke of his family’s early days at the club.  Using nine flowerpots for holes, Colonel Ruck made a course and introduced golf to a handful of locals, relatives and friends, including his brother-in-law Frank Darwin (son of Charles), and Darwin's son Bernard, later to become the founding father of golf writers.

Aberdovey is no stranger to hosting top level amateur events.  In May 2018 it will host the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play Championship and annually hosts the Welsh Seniors’ Championship.

Visitors are welcome and membership packages are available by contacting the club on sec@aberdoveygolf.co.uk

Posted: 29/08/2017