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Captains Newsletter: July

Firstly, Dawn and I would like to thank those members who supported us on our recent Captains’ Day and offer our congratulations to all of the prize winners. In spite of the number of members attending the event being much lower than in previous years, particularly for the evening, the fantastic amount of £608 was raised for our Prostate Cancer charity. Many thanks to those members, family and friends who contributed.

We have recently had a number of events at the club, including a very successful DGU County Captain’s Day, whereby members from other clubs have visited the course and it has been very pleasing to hear the many compliments regarding how the club and particularly the course have progressed.

As I have mentioned in a previous newsletter, our Charity Day will take place on Sunday 13th October, with all proceeds from the day going towards the Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group.  The Support Group proudly provide support primarily for those who have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer or are on the journey to recovery following treatment.  The invitations have since been widened to partners and their families. What is discussed remains totally confidential but it is held in a low key environment and stories and anecdotes are shared with empathy and humour. Rest assured the warmest of welcomes is provided for those who choose to join the group. Clays member Malcolm Williams is Chair of the group.

The format of the Charity Day will be teams of four players with best 2 scores to count. The cost of entering a team is £100 and this will include an eighteen hole Stableford team competition, an excellent 2-course carvery meal provided by Hayley and a range of prizes including, in addition to team prizes, individual prizes for Drives, Nearest the Pin and Nearest the Pin in 2. Please note that the competition is open to both men and ladies with competitive handicaps. We are hoping to have over 120 players on the day filling all 30+ tee times.

We are keen to raise as much money for Prostate Cancer as possible and  we  are  hoping  to  attract  sponsors  for  each of the various aspects of the day – the overall event, each of the 18 golf  holes, team and individual prizes and  for the  Event Programme, which everyone  will  receive  at  registration. As an example, the cost of sponsoring an individual hole is £50. This will enable the sponsor to place a banner/sign on each tee and to have a mention in the event programme.  I am delighted to say that we have already received interest from sponsors for 13 of the holes. In addition to sponsorship, we would be very grateful to receive any other support leading up to, or on, the day, including administrative support etc.

If  any member/company would like to sponsor a part of  this very worthwhile charity event  could  you please contact me at in order to confirm your interest/participation.

We have recently received a number of the Prostate Cancer badges to sell on to members. These can be purchased in Reception for a minimum £2 contribution per badge.

The Ladies Section have decided to adopt their own Guide Dog puppy “Monty”, whose photograph and details you will see posted at the club.

Finally, please note that the 2-Day Club Championship will be held over this coming weekend, 27th & 28th.

Have a good month’s golf.

Nigel Davies                                                                             

Club Captain

Club News :

Congratulations to the Clays Ping Mixed Team (Don Wraight, Christine Evans, Dawn Thompson Byrne, Dave Riley, Jane Evans and Graham Davidson Clarke) who beat St Giles GC at Royal St David’s Harlech in a thriller that went to the last putt on the last green to win 2-1. They are now into the last eight where they will play v Dinas Powis GC at Builth Wells on 3rd August. Best wishes to the team for the match.

The Clays Scratch team won their away match v Hawarden 4-1.

Dave Palferman, our Vice Captain, reports that Clays have 3 pairs in this year’s Jubilee Plate Quarter Final draw. Congratulations and best wishes for the next round to all. With regard to next year’s competition, instead of running a local qualifier competition, entry to the 2020 Jubilee Plate will be open to all Clays members who have paid their DGU Levy.

The Clays DGU Team won 4½ – 3½  at home against Wrexham on Sunday 30 June and will next play Llangollen at home on Sunday 4th August.

The Seniors played had two  home matches, beating Holywell 10-0 and Henlle 6-2. This result meant that Clays retained the “Chirk Trophy”.

Club Results :

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

Club July Medal :

Division  1 :

1st        Iwan Bonds                2nd        Graham Davidson Clarke

Division 2 :

1st        Andy Macdougall       2nd       Dylan Jones

Division 3 :

1st        Phil Mathias                2nd        John Murphy 

Midweek Medal 10th July :

1st        Marian Williams          2nd        Beverley Hood 

Seniors July Medal :

Division 1 :

1st          Chris Jacques               2nd      Reg Peacock

Division 2 :

1st           Damian Atkin            2nd      Mike Jordan

Thursday 4th July : Seniors 9 Hole Qualifier:

1st            Fred Court        2nd    Bill Hughes

Wednesday 10th July : 9 Hole Stableford Qualifier:

1st            Shan Stapley        2nd    Ann Young

Tuesday16th July :      Seniors Trophy           1st        Mike Carnell

Vets Trophy                1st        John Kelty

Dates for Your Diary : 

1st August           Seniors Medal   

3rd August           Club/WG Monthly Medal 

4th August           DGU Team v Llangollen (Home) 

8th August           Seniors Open 

9th August           DGU v The Rest competition     (Evening) 

11th August         Mixed Open 

13th August         Club Council meeting 

14th August         Club/WG Midweek Medal 

17th August         Neil Harden Trophy 

18th August         Clays Mixed Jubilee Plate 

20th August         Seniors DJ Bogie competition 

21st August         Ladies Welsh Dragon Brooch 

22nd August        Seniors Larry Birch Trophy 

24th August         President’s Day 

27th August         Seniors Stableford Qualifier 

28th August         Ladies Midweek Stableford Qualifier 

                                DGU Past Captains @ Clays 

1st September    DGU 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)