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Ashton and Lea Golf Club
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Following the advice of England Golf, the Club is pleased to announce that both the course and the driving range are now open to members only, albeit with strict procedures to be followed.
Hi, my name is Peter Hart and I am honoured and privileged to be the 2020 Captain at Ashton and Lea Golf Club.
I have been a member at Ashton and Lea GC for more than twenty five years, still enjoying my golf and finding the golf course as challenging as the day I started. I retired last year at the age of 64, and I am now finding more time to play golf, hoping to improve my game, and my handicap. Maybe not this year, as I look forward to my time as Captain representing Ashton and Lea GC.
Ashton and Lea is a fantastic, well run golf club with some superb facilities. The golf course in recent years has been in excellent condition and a true test for all golfers. I am sure the course will be as good this year and our grounds staff continue to do a fantastic job despite recent testing conditions.
The recently revived Tudor restaurant is now providing excellent snacks and meals. Try the excellent fare either before or after your golf game. The new driving range has been open for nearly a year and is proving a fantastic facility, available to both member and non-members.
Come to Ashton and Lea GC have a round of golf, taste the food, or try the driving range, and enjoy the excellent facilities, and of course, do not forget the friendly clubhouse and bar.
I look forward to playing some golf, meeting and chatting to our members and visitors during my year as Captain.
And finally, please support my Captain’s and Lady Captain’s charity for 2020 - the Alzheimer’s Society. This is a wonderful charity doing fantastic work, not just researching into a cure for dementia but also contributing to the support and care of people with dementia and their families in Lancashire. Please support the Captain and Lady Captain in raising funds during 2020 for this fantastic charity.
Hi, I’m Donna Gadsby and I’m delighted to be Ashton & Lea’s Lady Captain this year and look forward to some great golf and fun with the fabulous bunch of ladies who make up the ladies section.
I shall also be tagging along with Mr Captain, probably chewing his ear off about something or other. Poor chap.
A bit about me – I was born and grew up in Coventry, the middle child of three, with two brothers. I was always a bit of a tomboy and loved nothing more than falling out of trees, playing football and hurtling down the road on my blue and yellow roller boots. I did well at school, and despite having a bit of cheeky streak and the nickname of ‘Gobsby’ (from the teachers), I managed to stay out of any serious trouble! I left Coventry in 1991 to study psychology at Preston Polytechnic. During my three-year course, I grew to love the town and the friendliness of the people and I didn’t leave.
In my younger years I used to play women’s football at an amateur level. I was offered a trial at Everton, but being a Liverpool fan I was unable to take this any further (it was actually due to work commitments at the time, but I like to pretend it wasn’t!)
I started off as a forward and eventually ended up as a goalkeeper as I got older and slower! A back injury meant I had to retire at 31 and I took up running soon after, followed by golf in 2012. Initially Matt (my partner) and I played at Myerscough, but found that we wanted more from a golf club. After looking around and visiting all the clubs in the area we plumped for Ashton & Lea and joined in 2013. It’s a friendly club, with all the great facilities you’d expect including a strong men’s and ladies’ section. I’ve been well and truly bitten by the golf bug, and despite an ongoing injury in the past year, I’ve played as much as I could and enjoyed some good golf – and endured some terrible golf too.
I’ve now had ankle surgery and hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness soon. It’s going to be a busy year – Mr Captain and I are hoping to defend our mixed doubles crown (I say mixed doubles, I just went along for the ride last year, Mr Captain did all the hard work) and I’m looking forward to playing in and supporting the ladies’ teams.
As Mr Captain has said, we’ll be raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, carrying on from Bernard and Helen’s sterling work. Events we’ve got planned include a 160-mile coast-to-coast cycle ride with some of our members and I’m hoping to be fit enough to run a marathon in the Autumn. It’s a charity close to my heart and I thank you all for supporting our endeavors throughout the year.
I echo Peter’s comments about the club. Come up and play the course, visit the driving range or have something to eat in the wonderful Tudor’s restaurant.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of Ashton & Lea GC and of our captaincy this year.
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