Golfer Painter wins another Kestrel Trophy at Erewash Valley

William Painter (centre) receives the Kestrel Trophy from Karl Darby and Mavis Skelston.
William Painter (centre) receives the Kestrel Trophy from Karl Darby and Mavis Skelston.

Defending champion Will Painter held on to his title when Erewash Valley Golf Club held one of their most prestigious events of the season.

It was the flagship Kestrel event, whereby a field of competitive golfers from across the East Midlands played out an individual medal qualifying tournament, open to men and women over 18 holes and also featuring the ‘Quarry Challenge’ to score four or less on the course’s two quarry holes.

Painter, of Kedleston Park Golf Club at Quarndon, took the main prize after returning a gross score of 72. He received the Kestrel Trophy from Karl Darby, the captain of Erewash Valley, and also Mavis Skelston, a stalwart of the Erewash Valley club.

Darby and Skelston also presented a prize to the winner of the ‘Quarry Challenge’, who was Jack Marron, of Breadsall Priory Golf Club. His two birdies earned him a pot of £250.

The best net score of the day was 69, scored by William Wood, of Bulwell Forest Golf Club in Nottingham.

The weather stayed kind to the event, and a fantastic day was had by all. The club are now looking forward to staging next year’s Kestrel on Sunday, September 9.