13 November, 2019

Course closures

No doubt you will all know that course is closed today November 13th and Thursday  November 14th.

11 November, 2019

Presentation Day November 9th 2019

There was to have been a 9 hole Texas scramble prior to the presentation but this competition did not take place due to the course being closed because of the very wet conditions. The photographs are courtesy of Dave Palferman.

Stewart Poole 2 day challenge Division 2 Runner up

Dilly Jones Winner 2 day Challenge Division 2

Martin Povey 2 day challenge division 1 runner up

John Kelty Vets Trophy

Mike Carnell  Seniors Trophy

Andrew Mitchell Seniors Match Play knockout runner up

Dilly Jones Seniors Match play knock out winner

Dilly Jones  AberShield

07 November, 2019

Seniors November Medal 2019

As the course was closed today November 7th the November medal will now take place on Novmber 28th 2019

06 November, 2019

Ken Lawrence Memorial Trophy November 5th 2019

Ken Lawrence Memorial Trophy November 5th 2019

This popular annual event attracted 46 members.  Format was individual stableford over 16 holes. Holes 16 and 17 were closed and hole 1 played as a par 3.The 11th hole was shortened and had a temporary green. Only single ride on buggies were allowed.

There were many donations for the raffle which was drawn after the results were announced.

Seniors Captain Don Wraight was unwell and unable to play. His place was taken by Club Captain Nigel Davies who officiated over the proceedings.

Results as follows:-
1.       Alan Bottomley with 34 points on countback. In addition to the Ken Lawrence Trophy he also received a bottle of malt whisky donated by the Lawrence family.
2.       Tom Pierce  with 34 points on countback plus a bottle of wine from the Lawrence family
3.       Mick Carnell 33 points plus bottle of wine from the Lawrence family
4.       John Kelty  32 points on countback
5.       Barry Dare 32 points on countback
6.       Stuart Leyland 32 points on countback.

Mick Carnell in 3rd place

Tom Pierce in 2nd place

Alan Bottomley having received the Ken Lawrence Trophy along side Nigel Davies and Ken Lawrence's 2 daughters and son.

As of today some £350 been raised (from entry fees and raffle monies) for the Royal British Legion. Once final amount is known it will be presented to a member of the RBL at a future date.

Below Steve Monk and Mike Healey hard a work sorting the monies out and preparing the raffle tickets.

03 November, 2019

Seniors November events 2019



Tuesday Nov 5th
Tally Draw -
£3.00 Entry plus raffle. Please give generously!
Nov 7th
NOVEMBER MEDAL (Stableford, Men Yellow Tees; Ladies Red)
plus 9-HOLE COMP.
Book in advance on Seniors Notice Board. See Don or reception for late entries
Nov 12th
Yellow Ball 4, 5, 4, 5
Thursday Nov 14th
Pairs Betterball
(Followed by Committee Meeting)
Tuesday Nov 19th
Seniors Winter League
(Round 1 of 6)
Top ten Stableford  scores receive League points 1-10
Thursday Nov 21st
Pairs – Both Scores to Count
Tuesday Nov 26th
Seniors Winter League
(Round 2 of 6)
Top ten Stableford  scores receive League points 1-10
Thursday Nov 28th
Tuesday Dec 3rd
9 Hole Texas Scramble
(Followed by Seniors AGM 12.00 Noon)
Thursday Dec 5th
DECEMBER MEDAL (Stableford, Men Yellow Tees; Ladies Red)
plus 9-HOLE COMP.
Book in advance on Seniors Notice Board. See Don or reception for late entries

31 October, 2019

Tango kitty competition results via Mike Healey October 31st 2019

Today's competition was played along the lines of a waltz (1, 2, 3 to score) except a fourth score was required so we called it a "Tango." 36 Seniors took part so numbers were perfect but weather not so. We had a little flurry midway through the round, which had not been forecast. To no avail - the stalwarts continued and the following teams took the prizes:

First:            Alan Bottomley, Keith Jones, Peter Thomas, Keith Hawthorn            83 points

Second:       Russ Adamson, Mick Carnell, Colin Brown, Malcolm Williams          82 points

Third:           Peter Taylor, Colin Evans, Harold Hughes, Ernie Williams                 80 points

30 October, 2019

Captains Newsletter October 2019

Clays Golf Club

Captain’s Newsletter : October 2019

Dear Member of Clays Golf Club

Firstly, I would like to bring everyone up to date regarding our recent Charity Day. 116 players took part in the competition and enjoyed an excellent carvery meal from Hayley afterwards. Apart from the people who played on the day, a number of members who weren’t able to take part made a donation towards the funds and some of our members sponsored either holes or the individual prizes. I and Malcolm Williams, member at Clays and Chair of the Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group, are delighted to report that a total of £3759 has been raised, with more donations promised. Malcolm and I would like to thank sincerely everyone for their fantastic generosity; we very much appreciate the support that we have received from members, families and friends leading up to the day. I will give details of the prizewinners later in the newsletter.

I mentioned in my previous newsletter that we will be holding Presentation Day on Saturday, 9th November. This will be a shotgun start team competition in the morning and all members are invited to take part but, particularly, our Honours Board Finalists. Following completion of the round we will announce the results for the morning’s competition and immediately go on to present the Honours Board trophies. Our Club President, Gareth Roberts, is currently organising the updating of the new Honours Boards ready for the big day. I very much hope that you’ll take part in the golf and stay to congratulate this season’s champions. The sign-up sheet for taking part is in Reception.

It has been a very difficult time recently for our greenkeeping staff with such heavy rainfall over the past few weeks and this has put back some of the course maintenance and development work that they had planned. Please give the staff priority whilst they carry out this essential work over the coming weeks and months. With current ground conditions, it is inevitable that large divots will be taken when playing a shot, deep pitch marks will be made as the ball hits the green and the sand in bunkers will become compacted. Please give some thought to supporting the greenkeeping staff and taking your fellow players into account by filling any divots as best you can, repairing any pitch marks on the greens and raking bunkers.

Some R&A posters will be appearing on various noticeboards soon with suggestions regarding Ready Golf and the pace of play. Please have a look at these and consider if there are any ways in which you can adopt any of the suggested points.

Finally, having held a very successful charity day, we would now like to turn our attention to raising funds for the club. The Club Council have discussed a number of ways in which we would like the club to develop and further enhance members’ enjoyment of their golf on the course. These include contributing towards the purchase of an air compressor, hopefully for installation sometime in the new year, and the possibility of a halfway house in the future. We have some social events in the next couple of months and we would aim to raise some funds for the club during those two evenings. There are a number of posters around the club with details of these and it would be great if we could sell sufficient tickets for them to go ahead after the disappointment of having to cancel the Cheese and Wine evening.

Thanks again for your ongoing support.

Have a good month’s golf.

Nigel Davies                                                                                       nigeldavies78@gmail.com
Club Captain                                                                                      
Club News :

I am delighted to pass on the news from Josh, our General Manager, that we now have 302 full members. Clays’ next goal is to push on now and reach 350 by the end of the membership renewal period in 2020.

Congratulations to the Clays Ping Mixed Team for coming 3rd in the Ping Wales Knockout Competition at Cotterill Park, Cardiff.

Congratulations to the Clays Ladies Team who won the Border Cup Challenge, a competition between Mile End GC, Henlle GC and Clays.

Congratulations to Chris Jones, our Immediate Past Captain, and to Russ Adamson for being outright winners of the recent Seniors Open held at Oswestry GC with a fantastic betterball score of 45 points in difficult conditions.

The Seniors played their last match against Mold GC away winning 5½  to 4½ . The Seniors have had a successful year in their Inter-Club matches, playing 11 matches, winning 7 and losing 4.

On Saturday, 23rd November there will be a Curry and Quiz Night costing £8pp. Tickets can be obtained from Hayley.

The club weekend Winter Turkey Trot competitions have begun and will continue on either a Saturday or a Sunday through the next couple of months, with a turkey, whisky and wine available to win each time!
These will culminate in the final Turkey Trot and Presentation to be held on Saturday, 21st December. Further details can be found in Reception. Please support as many of these fun competitions as you can.

The 'Clays Golf Christmas Draw' is now 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.

There will be a Clays Christmas Open taking 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. This is another event in which we are hoping to raise funds for the new air compressor that I mentioned earlier and your support would be very much appreciated.

Some members have mentioned to me that the bell by the 18th tee doesn't seem to be used very much these days, perhaps because of its location, and we have suggested having it moved to between the 18th green and 1st tee, in other words pretty much along the path that most people use to walk off the course. Josh has confirmed that this work is to be included in the greenkeeping team’s winter projects.

Just a reminder that we now have new scorecards and the stroke indices on some of the holes have changed which could well affect the number of shots available on these holes.

Club Results :

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

Seniors October Medal :
Division 1 :
1st           Tony Harcombe                   2nd       Dave Palferman                  
Division 2 :
1st            Steve Monk                         2nd       Ken Tieszen  

Thursday 5th September : Seniors 9 Hole Competition:
1st            Irwin Elkin                          2nd       Roy Jordan      

Club October Medal :
Division  1 :
1st        Iwan Bonds                 2nd       Richard Collier           
Division 2 :
1st        Gareth Roberts            2nd      Paul Stevenson

Past Captains & Officers Honours Board competition 2019 :
1st        Dave Palferman          2nd       Bob Brown

Charity Day :
Team Prizes :
1st        Phil Jones        Ant McAllister            Matthew Nicholas       Kevin Todd                     79pts

2nd       Paul Stevenson           Dave Riley      Graham Davidson-Clarke       Shaun Powell      78pts

3rd        Tony Jackson              Graham Bryne            Dave Reece     J. Atherton                      72pts

Individual Prizes :
            Nearest the Pin                        Maureen Elkin

            Straightest Drive                     Robin Holden

            Longest Drive                         Shaun Powell

            Nearest the Pin in 2                 David Boove

Dates for Your Diary :

2nd November                    Club Monthly Medal

7th November                    Seniors Stableford Medal

9th November               Presentation Day

12th November                  Seniors Ken Lawrence Memorial

                                                Club Council meeting

16th November                  Turkey Trot : South African Pairs

19th November                  Seniors Winter League 1

23rd November                  Turkey Trot : Pairs Greensomes

                                                Curry & Quiz

24th November                  Christmas Mixed competition

26th November                  Seniors Winter League 2

30th November                  Turkey Trot : Individual Stableford

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 Medalsholly

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

Course closures

No doubt you will all know that course is closed today November 13th and Thursday  November 14th.