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Captains Newsletter: August

Gareth Roberts, Club President, hosted a successful President’s Day on Saturday, 24th August which comprised a shotgun start competition and prize giving. Congratulations to all of the prize winners, who are listed below in the “Results” section. Gareth is also delighted to report that the excellent sum of £126 was raised on the day for the Captains’ charity.

The Club Council have produced a New Members Welcome Pack which will be incorporated into the information that is given by management to any new members of Clays. If you would like a copy of the document, which contains information about the various sections of our club, obtaining/reinstating handicaps, club levies etc, then please let me know and I’ll email you a copy.

Over the next few weeks, members will be made aware of quite a number of changes that will be happening regarding the course. These will include new official course measurements from the various tees and alterations to some of the Stroke Indices, based on the difficulty of each hole as evidenced over the last two years using the HowDidIDo data. In addition, there will be revised wording of the local rules; e.g. the Red Penalty Areas that can be found on some holes. The Red Penalty Areas to the right of the 3rd and to the right of the 4th will be removed and we will look to mark more clearly with red posts and lines the remaining Red Penalty Areas to the left of the 4th, 5th , 13th and 15th. The Drop Zones on the 5th and 17th will be maintained and a Drop Zone on the 2nd will be introduced. The recent members’ survey also formed part of the discussion regarding the course – many thanks to those members who responded. Course maintenance is provisionally scheduled in for w/b Monday 23rd September. Please note that the Greenkeeping Staff will have full priority whilst they carry out this essential work on our course.

Before moving on to other items, could I please ask that members ensure that player safety is taken into account at all times? For example, signs are to be placed on the 13th regarding dangerous play when people are driving off from the 13th tee and possibly endangering either players who are still on the green or are on the 12th fairway. Also, care must be taken when playing in a mixed group when white/yellow and red tees are being used. Thank you.

The Council have also decided, based on the number of entrants in each division, to change the Handicap Divisions for Club/WG Medal competitions. The new divisions will be :

Division 1 :      up to and including 12 Handicap

Division 2 :      13 to 18 inclusive

Division 3 :      18+

I would like to give an update regarding the forthcoming Charity Day on Sunday, 13th October : We have almost completed raising sponsorship for all 18 tees and the £900 total prize money and we would now like to maximise the number of teams to play on the day. If you would like to put a team together, tee times can be booked in Reception. Payment can either be made by cheque or via bank transfer. Please contact me if you would like more details. Just a reminder that all of the money raised on the day will go towards the purchase of a new Cryotherapy machine for invasive prostate cancer treatment at the Maelor Hospital.

Finally, best wishes to all of the participants in the Honours Board Finals on the 7th and 8th September.

Have a good month’s golf.

Nigel Davies                                                                             

Club Captain

Club News :

Further congratulations to the Clays Ping Mixed Team (Don Wraight, Christine Evans, Dawn Thompson Byrne, Dave Riley, Jane Evans and Graham Davidson Clarke) on a great achievement to have reached the Finals Day of the Ping Wales Knockout Competition after beating Dinas Powis GC from Cardiff in the quarterfinal at Builth Wells recently. The semifinals and final will both be played at Cotterill Park, Cardiff on 30th September. I am sure that you will join me in offering them our best wishes for the day.

Clays hosted the DGU County Captains Day recently and it was again gratifying to hear so many positive comments regarding the course and club overall from visiting players.

Many congratulations to the following Clays members on their brilliant success on the day :

Richard Collier:           County Captains Day 2nd overall

Iqbal Shergill:              County Captains Day 3rd overall

Mike Jones:                 County Champion (H’Cap 6-16)

Patrick Whelan:           County Champion (H’Cap 17+)

Dave Riley:                 County Senior Scratch Champion

Dave Palferman, our Vice Captain, reports that the Clays DGU League Team made it three out of three wins with a convincing 6:2 win against Llangollen at home. If Clays can avoid defeat away at Old Colwyn on 1st September then we will be Division 1 Champions once again.  Fingers crossed for the team!

Clays now have one remaining pair in the DGU Jubilee Plate Knockout Competition,  Martin Povey & Tom Peirce, who now have a home draw against a pair from Denbigh GC to be played before 9th September.  Best wishes to Martin and Tom for the next round.

The Social Events calendar has been revised and we now have just three events before the end of the year :

19th October               Cheese & Wine evening with Quiz     Ticket price = £12

23rd November            Curry & Quiz Night :  Ticket price = £8 pp

6th December               Christmas Party (Buffet and Disco)   Ticket price = £12 pp

All of the above are payable in advance in order to help Hayley’s catering arrangements with tickets available from Reception. It would be very much appreciated if as many members as possible supported the above events.

Don Wraight, Seniors Captain, reports that a very successful Seniors Open was held at Clays on 8th August.

Some 112 players took part, 53 Clays members and 59 visitors from a range of other clubs including Malkins Bank, Shrewsbury, Henlle, Old Padeswood, Padeswood and Buckley, Moss Valley, Wallasey, Warren, Hoylake and 4 visitors from Southerness in Scotland, their 2nd visit to our club.

All of the above gave great feedback on the day and commented on what a fantastic course Clays has become. Clubs that participated have been emailed and thanked for their support and invited to the 2020 event, when it’s published.

Winners           Stewart Poole/ Damien Atkin (Clays)            46pts

2nd                    Terry Dodd / Gary Owen (Henlle)                 41pts

3rd                    Nigel Harris / Bob Jarvis (Clays)                    41pts

Nearest the Pin on 5th              Peter Watkins ( Shrewsbury)

Nearest the line on 10th           Alan Barnsdale (Clays )

Nearest the Pin in 2 on 18th     Duncan Lowndes ( Shrewsbury)

A big thanks to Russ Adamson who was on the 1st tee seeing players off and to the Seniors committee for their administration for the day.

Josh reports that there are 3 lockers still available for hire and also that trolleys can now be stored securely in the locker room for an additional charge.

The Seniors played a home match v Aldersey Green but unfortunately lost 2 ½ – 4 ½

Congratulations to the Clays Ladies Team recently had a Home win against St. Deiniol GC, Bangor.

From now on, a competition will be made available for entry on each Wednesday, either the existing Mid Week Club Medal, other current qualifying competitions (including Ladies Honours Board events) or a Shop Stableford competition.

The complete rebuilding of the 11th green, planned for the Autumn, is still due to go ahead as arranged.

Dave Palferman, Vice Captain, is organising a Team Day for Sunday, 15th September whereby members of the Men’s, Ladies and Seniors sections can take part in a mixed competition with members of the Scratch Team. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other members of our club who you may not have played with before. If you are able to play, please put your name down on the sign up sheet on the noticeboard in the foyer. 

Club Results :

Congratulations to those members listed below on their recent golfing success. 

Club Championship

Day 1

1st        Paul Lloyd                  2nd        Keith Jones

Day 2

1st        Paul Lloyd                  2nd        Neil Owen

(Great performance Paul!) 

Seniors August Medal :

Division 1 :

1st           Malcolm Williams                2nd       Martin Povey

Division 2 :

1st            Harold Hughes                    2nd        Keith Hawthorn

Thursday 1st August : Seniors 9 Hole Qualifier:

1st            Irwin Elkin                          2nd        Michael Parks      

Club August Medal :

Division  1 :

1st        Josh Green                  2nd        Craig Yarwood

Division 2 :

1st        Eddie Tudor                2nd       Gareth Roberts

Division 3 :

1st        Richard Key                2nd        Harold Hughes 

Midweek Medal 14th August :

1st        Iwan Bonds                2nd        Josh Green

Ladies Fan Jones Trophy

1st        Christine Evans           2nd        Marian Williams 

Neil Harden Memorial Trophy

1st        Mike Jones                  2nd        Alex Darlington 

Mixed Jubilee Plate

1st        R. Peacock / P. Peacock          2nd        S. Powell / A. Thomas-Williams

Seniors Two Day Stableford Challenge

Day 1 :

Division 1

1st        Alan Bottomley  33 points      2nd        Martin Povey  31 points

Division 2

1st        Dilly Jones  34 points              2nd        Fred Court 32 points

Day 2 :

Division 1

1st        Colin Brown  33 points           2nd        Reg Peacock  32 points

Division 2

1st        Dilly Jones  35 points              2nd        Stewart Poole  34 points 

Overall Result :

Division 1

1st        Alan Bottomley 64 pts            2nd        Martin Povey  63 pts

Division 2

1st        Dilly Jones  69 pts                   2nd        Stewart Poole 65 pts

Seniors DJ Bogie

1st        Damian Atkin                         2nd        George Hughes

Welsh Dragon Brooch

1st        Julie Hanmer Price                  2nd        Shan Stapley

President’s Day

Men :

1st        Mike Jones                              2nd        Mike Hollings

Ladies :

1st        Christine Evans                       2nd        Gaynor Gee 

Dates for Your Diary : 

1st September                    DGU League Team v Old Colwyn (Away) 

3rd September                    Seniors v Holywell (Home) 

4th September                    Ladies Midweek Stableford Qualifier 

5th September                    Seniors Medal

 7th/8th September            Honours Board Finals Day(s) 

11th September                 Ladies Allington Hughes Salver                                               

                                                Club/WG Midweek Medal 

15th September                 Team Day (sign up sheet on noticeboard in foyer) 

17th September                 Seniors v Hawarden (Home) 

21st September                  Club/WG Monthly Medal 

                                                Quarterly Medal 

22nd September                 DGU Autumn Meeting @ Llangollen GC 

24th September                 Seniors Stableford Qualifier 

26th September                 Seniors v Mold (Away) 

2nd October                         Ladies Midweek Stableford Qualifier 

3rd October                         Seniors Medal 

5th October                         Club/WG Monthly Medal 

13th October    Charity Day for Prostate Cancer