A HEREFORDSHIRE golf course has been named in a shortlist for the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award.

Kington GC are one of five finalists in the category at the 2020 Golf Environment Awards.

The GEAs, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, recognises golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice.

Ecology consultants spent August and September visiting qualifying clubs that applied for the awards before painstakingly whittling them down a list of finalists.

Kington have been named as finalists and will face competition from Warrington, Saunton, Effingham and Nairn Dunbar Golf Links.

The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on January 22, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate.

Golf Environment Awards judge, Rowan Rumball, said: “This year was exceptionally difficult, and we have had some amazing and very worthy entrants. I have seen some superb projects and many clubs are now looking beyond the confines of their own club boundaries.”

Ross Golf Club's series of monthly winter stableford competitions, from which ultimately emerges the winner of the Club's 2020 honours board major Barnfield Trophy, saw two days of competition.

The top 12 performers qualify from each of the five rounds so that a 60 player start-sheet will contest for the Barnfield Trophy title on March 28, next year.

The November stableford competition played on the yellow course kick-started proceedings and the significant contrast in weather conditions clearly favoured those taking part in the Sunday event which witnessed just 70 members taking part overall.

The rain free Sunday certainly suited 16 handicapper Richard Osborne, whose 41 stableford points score included four pars, and saw him finish number one on the combined final results table.

The remaining top 11 qualifiers were representative of most sections.

Robin Darling, Ross Seniors Champion in both 2017 & 2018 finished runner-up after carding a highly impressive 40 points score.

Teenager Leo Powell's took third with a 40 points haul.

Meanwhile, Matty Dobbs completed a memorable weekend after being awarded the highest honour at the Ross Juniors Annual Awards Ceremony in the John Gabb Trophy he also qualified.

Meanwhile, Ross Golf Club's new lady captain Mary Smith held her Lady Captain’s Drive In.

Despite the inclement weather, Smith proved to be a very effective captain to her team of Vice Captain Sally Fycun, Ruth Kirchmeier and Nadia Stirling, as they won the competition with an impressive 44 points.