English Golf Courses

Skins match brings club's past and present together

Kedleston Park celebrates successful 2013 with charity event backed by Senior Tour members

Kedleston Park Golf Club in Derbyshire played host to a skins match with a difference as over 300 spectators cheered on four current and former players who were battling it out in aid of charity.

Former head professional and current European Senior Tour chairman DJ Russell joined 2013 European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner Paul Wesselingh, current head professional and 2013 Lombard Trophy winner Ian Walley, and 2013 McEvoy Trophy winner Bradley Moore, in the 12-hole match, and the quartet managed to raise over £1,500 for worthy causes over the course of the day.

The match was the first time the club had staged such an event since 1995, when DJ Russell, David Gilford, Peter Baker and a young Lee Westwood took to the course.

The players played for a skin on each hole, with the amount on offer staggered over the 12 holes. There was £50 up for grabs on each of the first three holes, £100 on holes four-to-six, £150 between seven-and-nine, and £200 from holes 10-to-12.

It was Wesselingh who set the early pace with an eagle-three on the par-5 first, but resident professional Walley took control from the second hole onwards.

Winning his first skin on the challenging par-4 second, his birdies at the fourth, fifth and eighth holes were matched by Russell and then Moore, before Walley rolled in a birdie putt on the par-4 ninth to win seven skins and seal victory.

“The event was designed to mark the success of 2013; the most successful year in the clubs history,” said Ian Neal, Kedleston Park chairman.

“We were delighted to welcome both DJ and Paul back for what was a thoroughly enjoyable day for members, guests and visitors.

“It was fantastic to see so many people on the fairways supporting the event and to know that in both Ian and Bradley, the future of our club is in safe hands.

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