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Captains Newsletter: January

With the slow but gradual improvement in the weather over recent weeks and more of a chance to play some golf, members’ thoughts will be turning towards the coming season. Dave Palferman, our Captain elect for 2020/20121, reports that the full calendar for the 2020 season can now be found on the Clays website. Members will notice that there are a couple of extra competitions labelled “Members Competition” this year. The aim of these two competitions is to raise additional funds for the members section to help finance improvements to on course facilities. The first of these competitions will take place on Saturday, 23rd May as a shotgun start. The format will be individual stableford, with prizes for the winners of Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Dave is urging members to support these competitions: your club needs you!

Dave has also placed a poster on the notice board in the foyer showing dates for the DGU competitions for the 2020 season. The first of these is the Spring Meeting at Abergele GC on Sunday 19th April. The entry sheet for this event is also on the DGU notice board. These are usually excellent occasions which are very reasonably priced. However, please note that payment must be made in advance by the date indicated on the sheet in order to confirm your participation on the day.

Also to be found on the DGU Noticeboard is the sign-up sheet for the Clays team to play in this season’s four DGU League Division 1 fixtures versus Rhos-on-Sea, Old Colwyn, Denbigh and Wrexham. If you are interested in taking part please put your name down, together with an indication of your availability for each match.

The Club AGM will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, 28th March. During the next few weeks the sheets will be placed on the club noticeboard inviting members to put forward proposals for consideration at the AGM as well as nominations for membership on the Club Council. Without people willing to play a part in the running of our golf club we would not be able to enjoy our membership of Clays. Please consider allowing your name to be submitted either for a role with a specific responsibility or as a general member of the Council.

One item which is currently being discussed by the Club Council is whether to renew our subscription to the HowDidIDo system. The renewal figure for the system is over £600 and, considering that this is a substantial amount which has to be taken from members’ funds, we thought it fitting that alternatives be considered e.g. Handicap Master, the system that was in place at Clays prior to HowDidIDo, costs considerably less for annual renewal. If you have strong views about this could you please let me know via email as soon as possible?

Finally, just a reminder that the Captains’ Dinner, which marks the end of Dawn’s and my year in office, will be taking place on Friday, 27th March from 7.30pm onwards. This is also the occasion when we will be presenting the cheque for the total amount raised for our charity during the past twelve months. Last year’s event was a great success with a special 3 course meal from Hayley and a disco and Dawn and I very much hope that you will be able to attend. Tickets priced at £25pp are available from Hayley.

Best wishes for a good month’s golf.

Nigel Davies                                                                             

Club Captain

Club News :

The DGU Jubilee Plate competition will again be running this season but, unlike previous years, we will not be holding a qualifying competition. Instead, anyone is invited to take part and enter their pairs names onto the sheet that will be found on the noticeboard.

During the next month the entry sheets for the 2020 Honours Board knockout competitions will become available in the foyer and upstairs. If you would like to take part, please note that the closing date for entries is 31st March.

I am pleased to report that the new Air Compressor is now in operation, alongside the path to the 1st tee to the side of the driving range. Thanks very much to everyone involved in bringing about this further enhancement to our golfing fun.

Dates for Your Diary : 

1st February                        Club Monthly Medal 

4th February                       Seniors Winter League 4 

6th February                       Seniors Stableford Medal 

8th February                       Saturday Winter Order of Merit 4 

9th February                       Sunday Winter Order of Merit 4 

11th February                     Club Council meeting 

15th February                     Saturday Winter Order of Merit 5 

16th February                     Sunday Winter Order of Merit 5 

18th February                     Seniors Winter League 5 

22nd February                     Saturday Winter Order of Merit 6 

23rd February                     Sunday Winter Order of Merit 6 

27th February                     Seniors “Nearly St. David’s Day” Competition

Club Results :

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

Club Medal (January):

Division  1 :

1st        Jason Hill                                            2nd        Paul Wallace Jones

Division 2 :

1st        Paul Jeffs                                           2nd        David Jones

Division 3 :

1st :      Keith Hawthorn                                  2nd        Harold Hughes 

Seniors January Stableford Medel

Division  1 :

1st        Alan Barnsdale                                   2nd        Keith Hawthorn

Division 2 :

1st        Dave A. Jones                                    2nd        Damian Atkin 

Seniors Winter League 2:

1st        Frank Rodenhurst

2nd        Chris Jacques

3rd        Peter Taylor 

Saturday Winter Order of Merit (18th January):

Division  1 :

1st        Andy Matthews                                  2nd        Kevin Scaife

Division 2 :

1st        Michael McHugh                               2nd        Chris Jones

Division 3 :

1st :      Richard Key                                        2nd        Harold Hughes

Seniors Winter League 3:

1st        Barry Dare

2nd        Mike Kalka

3rd        Peter Taylor 

Sunday Winter Order of Merit (26th January):

Division  1 :

1st        Kevin Jones                                         2nd        David Riley

Division 2 :

1st        Paul Wallace Jones                             2nd        Paul Stevenson