The very wet weather over the past couple of months has made it a very frustrating time for golfers and greenkeepers alike. Although many of us would have liked to have played more in recent weeks, I’m sure that you will agree that it is important to protect the course when conditions dictate that the ground would be damaged if play was allowed. Mark and his team got the course into such brilliant condition for us this season and it would be a pity for all their good work to be wasted now for the sake of a game. Fingers crossed for a long spell of dry, bright weather in December!
We held Presentation Day on 9th November and, although the weather intervened yet again resulting in the cancellation of the golf competition, the day proved to be a great success. I was particularly pleased that so many people turned up anyway, not only the winners and runners up but also the number of members who hadn’t won anything but still came to recognise others’ success. It really did turn out to be an excellent celebration of the 2019 season. I have listed all of this season’s winners in a “2019 Roll of Honour” later in the newsletter.
Our Curry and Quiz night took place last Saturday evening, 23rd and again the turnout was very pleasing. Hayley again provided us with delicious food and those attending were also treated to a short burst of karaoke from a club official! A great time was had by all with, as a result of a degree of success in Hayley’s “Play Your Cards Right”, some members ending the evening better off than when they arrived!
Our next social event is the Clays Christmas Party on Friday, 6th December starting at 7.30pm. This will be a buffet and disco plus some fun competitions. Tickets are just £12 per person, available from Hayley. All members, friends and families are of course very welcome.
I also just want to give everyone a reminder that the ‘Clays Golf Christmas Draw’ is currently underway in Reception at £2 a square or 3 for £5. First prize is a 7 day Clays Golf membership and other prizes include a large turkey, a bottle of scotch, wine and chocolates. Many thanks to all members who have already taken part.
I’ve mentioned in recent newsletters the possible purchase and installation of a new air compressor for members’ convenience. I’m delighted to report that this has now gone ahead, primarily as a result of the generosity of two of our members, Irwin Elkin and Richard Key, who have been instrumental in the initial purchase of the equipment. Many thanks to both. The establishment of a halfway house still remains an intention of the club and we will continue to aim to raise funds towards this over the coming months.
Finally, I would like to wish all of our members and their families a very Merry Christmas.
Nigel Davies, email@example.com
Club News :
The Clays Christmas Open will take place on Saturday, 28th December. This will be a Texas Scramble competition for teams of 3 or 4 players and teams can be mixed with Men, Ladies or Juniors off Yellow/Red Tees. Entry fee is just £6 for Members and £10 for Visitors. Prizes include meals out, rounds of golf at other courses and golf products from Ben at Fairway Golf.
On the 5th November, 46 Seniors took part in the annual Ken Lawrence Trophy individual stableford competition which also incorporates their Poppy Day Appeal. Prizes were donated by Ken’s family and Ken’s son Chris also played in the competition. All proceeds from entry fees and raffle sales were donated to the appeal and an excellent total of £350 was raised on the day. There will be a presentation to the Royal British Legion at a later date.
The Clays Christmas Mixed competition has been arranged for the 8th December. This will comprise a stableford betterball competition followed by a meal. Entry fee is £24 per pair to include the meal and prizes. Please contact Reception for further details and tee times etc.
There has been an excellent response to the Winter Golf Clinics that Steven Wilson will be running over the next few weeks, beginning Wednesday, 27th November. Many thanks to Steve for providing this opportunity for members to develop their game.
Club Results :
Congratulations to those members listed below on their recent golfing success.
Seniors Ken Lawrence Memorial :
1st Alan Bottomley 2nd Tom Pierce
Club November Medal :
Division 1 :
1st Dave Riley 2nd Graham Davidson-Clarke
Division 2 :
1st Paul Stevenson 2nd Michael Carnell
Division 3 :
1st : Harold Hughes 2nd Keith Hawthorn
South African Pairs Turkey Trot competition :
1st Michael McHugh & Paul Stevenson 2nd Iwan Bonds & Richard Collier
Seniors Winter League Round 1 :
1st Mick Carnell 2nd Ken Tieszen 3rd Peter Taylor
2019 Roll of Honour
Captains Day Iwan Bonds
Presidents Day Mike Jones
Clays Past Captains Dave Palferman
Captains Drive in (Men) Vic Mohun
Captains Drive in (Ladies) Jane Evans
Lady’s Captains Day Pauline Peacock
Fan Jones Trophy Christine Evans
Allington Hughes Salver Julie Hanmer Price
Aber Rose Bowl Dawn Thompson
Powells Jewellers Trophy Julie Hanmer Pric
LADIES BETTERBALL dawn thompson
HARCOMBE TROPHY best nett jane evans
LADIES CHALLENGE best gross jane evans
MIXED FOURSOMES PAIRS beverley hood & nigel davies
JUBILEE MIXED FOURSOMES PLATE pauline peacock & reg peacock
LADIES CHALLENGE BOWL pauline peacock
WELSH DRAGON BROOCH julie hanmer price
SENIORs GEMINI trophy peter almond & mike jordan
SENIORs BETTERBALL stewart poole & damian atkin
seniors DJ BOGIE damian atkin
Copperwheat Eclectic dave palferman
SENIORs 2-DAY CHALLENGE DIV 2 dilwyn jones
SENIORs 2-DAY CHALLENGE DIV 1 martin povey
VETS TROPHY john kelty
2019 roll of honour (contd.)
SENIORs TROPHY michael carnell
SENIORs CHAMPION dilwyn jones
FLICK CUP paul wallace jones & jason hill
GEM TROPHY andy matthews & gareth whitley
ORDER OF MERIT iwan bonds
Tom & Kathleen Jones Cup andi jones
T M DAVIES CUP mike jones
JCB SHIELD mark williams
NEIL HARDEN trophy mike jones
KAREN GRIFFITHS cup graham davidson-clarke
ABER SHIELD dilwyn jones
CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP paul lloyd
SCRATCH CUP josh green
ROWLAND CUP best nett patrick whelan
CLUB CHAMPION paul lloyd
Dates for Your Diary :
1st December Ladies 9-Hole comp & Christmas Party
3rd December Seniors AGM
5th December Seniors Stableford Medal
6th December Clays Christmas Party!
7th December Quarterly & Monthly Medals
8th December Christmas Mixed
10th December Club Council Meeting
14th December Turkey Trot : 2 Ball Texas Scramble
17th December Seniors 9-Hole comp & Christmas Party
21st December Turkey Trot Finale : Six Six Six
28th December Clays Christmas Open
2020 Happy New Year!
2nd January Seniors Stableford Medal
4th January Club Monthly Medal
7th January Seniors Winter League 3
Annual Handicap Review
11th January Saturday Winter Order of Merit 1
12th January Sunday Winter Order of Merit 1