Devonshire Cup success ends a century of trying for Chapel Golf Club

Chapel Golf Club, scratch team won the Devonshire Cup.
Chapel Golf Club, scratch team won the Devonshire Cup.

Chapel Golf Club’s scratch team have finally picked up a sought-after piece of silverware after nearly a century of trying.

The team won the Devonshire Cup at the Derbyshire Inter-Club Foursomes Competition, played at Erewash Valley Golf Club, resulting in a final hole thriller against Breadsall Priory.

The competition has been running since 1921, with Chapel claiming victory at the 94th attempt - and in sensational style to boot.

The team won the cup with a combined score that resulted in a one-hole win.

Captain of the club, Bill Gill said: “I felt like Seve Ballesteros when he was Ryder Cup Captain.

“I hired a buggy for the day so I could follow all three teams and support them in their endeavours.

“It had been 45 years since a single club has reached the finals in all three competitions.

“I am extremely proud of all the players including those who took part in previous rounds to those who played on the day.”

Another victory was achieved by Chapel’s Division Two team in the Crompton Cup, playing against Chevin GC.

After the 15th hole the team could not be caught, leaving the opposition no option but to concede to Chapel.

Unfortunately there was no hat-trick on this occasion as Chapel’s intermediate team lost out against Burton-on-Trent GC in the Cartwright Cup.