31 August, 2016

Seniors events and Competitions September 2016





Thursday Sept 1st  

Tuesday Sept 6th
Also Away Match vs HOLYWELL

Wednesday Sept 7th

Thursday Sept 8th
Strokeplay / White Tees
Tee times on board – for late entries please see Don Wraight
Tuesday Sept 13th

‘9 x 3’ plus ‘9 x 2’
Also Away Match vs HAWARDEN

Thursday Sept 15th
D J BOGIE Competition
Individual Bogey (Re-arranged)
Honours Board Comp – Tee times on Board
Tuesday Sept 20th

Also Away Match vs MOLD

Thursday Sept 22nd

Tuesday Sept 27th

(4, 5, 4, 5)

Thursday Sept 29th


Tuesday October 4th
Match vs Upton (Home)
Players not in match book a Tee

Thursday October 6th
Entries in advance via sheet on Notice Board

Waltz Competition August 30th 2016

Today we played a Waltz competition. 34 played in 2 x 3 balls and 7 x 4 balls. Results were:

The 3-ball division was won by Peter Lynch, Peter Fey and John Kelty, with 73 points.

In the 4-balls, winners were Tony Owens, Rodney Evans, Dave Palferman and Reg Taylor with 79 points.

Runners-up were Stewart Poole, Ray Jones, Malcolm Williams and Fred Court with 75 points.

26 August, 2016

Larry Birch Memorial Trophy August 25th 2016. Individual Stableford over 17 holes

This annual event was held over 17 holes.The 2nd hole closed and still has work being done on it.

1. Colin Brown 38 points on count back.

2. Bob Jarvis  38 points

3. Stewart Poole  37 points  on count back

4. Bob Brown 37 points

5. Ron Roberts  36 points

6. John Kelty  36 points

7. Roy Jordan 36 points

8. Dave Palferman 35 points

After the results were announced Colin was presented with the Trophy by Nigel. It was a very memorable day for Colin as it was his 43rd wedding anniversary as well. Congratulations to Colin and Caryl.

3 Members shared the 2's competition namely Dave Jones, Dilly Jones and Tom Pierce. All 3 had a 2 on the 5th. Thanks to Cliff Evans for sorting this competition...great job.

23 August, 2016

Trial Bogey competition August 23rd 2016

Today should have been the annual DJ Bogey competition but as only 17 holes were in play this could not be played and will be postponed to a later date.However it was decided to play a "trial bogey" competition over the 17 holes. Hole 2 was out of action and photos below show the work being done on that hole.

Results as follows:

  1. Barry Dare  +4
  2. Harold Hughes   +4
  3. Nigel Harris  +4
  4. Frank Rodenhurst +3
  5. Mike Parks  level
  6. Ernie Williams  level

   2's were carded by Malcolm Williams on the 12th, Tony Harcombe on the 5th and Keith Jones on the 12th 

The weather today was very hot with temperatures during the day of about 25C and later this rose to 29C in Gresford...phew!

Photos of the day below. The first few show the work being done on the 2nd

Alwyn Williams and fellow players putting out on the 1st green

Looking back towards the work being done on the 2nd

Joe White opted to play his ball off the artificial turf on the path of the 7th fairway

Joe White's team on the 13th green

Dave Palferman doing the honours announcing the winners

Barry Dare after receiving his 1st prize money

The following photos were taken and kindly provided by Cliff Evans...

18 August, 2016

Seniors Texas Scramble August 18th 2016

Texas Scramble over 17 holes(2nd hole out of action) 43 members took part.

1st  Mike Turner, Phil Hughes, Tom McGrady & Mike Hollings 54.2

2nd Barry Evans, Maelor Davies, Chris Jacques & Tony Owens  55.5

3rd Andy Mitchell, Dave Jones, Barry Dare & Peter Fraser  56.8

16 August, 2016

Shifnal Open Monday August 15th 2016

Dave Palferman kindly sent the following videos taken on the day. I think all viewers will recognise each player?

Seniors Individual Stableford August 16th 2016

There were only 17 holes open today with 2nd hole closed


  1. Bill Kelleher   36 points
  2. Irwin Elkin  34 points
  3. Bob Brown 33 points
  4. Andrew Mitchell  32 points
  5. Don Wraight  32 points
  6. Noel Jones   31 points
  7. Roy Jordan 31 points
  8. Malcolm Williams 31 points

     There were two 2's carded today....namely Roy Jordan on the 12th and Gary Campbell on the 5th

     Video below shows Dilly Jones teeing off on the 4th

     Photos and videos taken on the day below:-

Dilly Jones about to tee off on the 1st

Dilly picking his ball out of the hole on the 3rd. He chipped in from quite a long way off the green thinking it was a 3 but a recount indicated a 4 for 3 points!

Bob Brown, Cliff Davies and Tom McGrady putting out on the 8th 

Cliff Evans who did not play today did a great job and along with Fred sorting out the cards etc

Tom McGrady's lunch...yummy!

11 August, 2016

Bonus ball August 11th 2016

Explanation of scoring for Bonus Ball (previously called Yellowish Ball).
This is played as a stableford competition, ideally in 4-ball teams.
At every hole all four stableford scores count towards the team total, and a 'bonus' score is added. The bonus score is derived as follows.
At all holes on the front 9 of the course (holes 1 to 9 inclusive), the lowest stableford points score from the 4 team members is added as the bonus score.
At all holes on the back 9 of the course (holes 10 to 18 inclusive) the highest stableford points score from the 4 team members is added as the bonus score.
Some examples:-
On Hole 1, say, the 4 players record scores of 6/2, 4/3, 6/1, 5/2. The bonus score is the lowest of these, i.e. 1. So the team total for the hole is 9.
On Hole 7, say, the 4 players record scores of 5/2, 6/2, 5/3, 7/0. The bonus score is the lowest of these, i.e. 0. So the team total for the hole is 7.
On hole 10, the 4 scores are 4/4, 6/2, 5/2, 6/1. The bonus score is the highest of these, i.e. 4. So the team total for the hole is 13.

On hole 17, the 4 scores are 3/3, 4/2, 6/0, 5/1. The bonus score is the highest of these, i.e. 3. So the team total for the hole is 9.


Results from today August 11th
1. John Kelty, Joe White and Harold Hughes   161 points

2. Dave Palferman, Martin Povey and Nigel Davies  158 points

3. Ralph Hardy, Eifion Jenkins, Alwyn Williams and Irwin Elkin 155 points

After the results were announced Nigel then presented Barry Evans with an additional prize from the Seniors Open. Barry was nearest the pin on the 5th on the day and had received a £5 prize but Nigel presented him with 12 golf balls as below..

10 August, 2016

Clays Seniors Open AUGUST 9TH 2016

A large number of contestants took part and thanks must go to many members of the Seniors Committee ensured the day went well.

Results as follows :-

(Clay's members  unless otherwise stated)

1st Tom Pierce & Frank Rodenhurst 40pts (Count back)

2nd Colin Brown & Nigel Davies 40pts

3rd Ralph Hardy & Phil Round (Prestatyn) 39pts (Count back)

Nearest the Pin (5th) Barry Evans

Straightest Drive (10th) Nigel Harris

Nearest the Pin in 2 (18th) John Lewis (Ruthin Pwllglas)

Two players had 2s:
Barry Evans
Frank Rodenhurst

Nigel and Colin working hard in registration

Raffle prizes kindly donated by members

The starter Russ announcing Mike Kalka, Bill Kelleher and Chris Jacques as Derek takes the photo
Nigel Davies, Colin Brown, Don Wraight and Steve Monk prior to teeing off
Fred Court presenting 2nd place players Colin Brown and Nigel Davies
Nigel presenting the winners Tom and Frank
Nigel and Frank

Bill Kelleher teeing off on the 7th after coming off a birdie on the 6th

Various winners below:-

08 August, 2016

Yellow ball golf rule via Fred

8/8/2016.         It is surprising to hear that confusion still exists in the scoring system of “Yellow-Ball”. Last time played, one of our players was convinced he was entitled to a free drop from a ditch.
Rules were clarified because of such issues way back when Roy was our Senior Captain. The simplest way to remember is: -

Provided they have not taken any penalty strokes, a nominated player doubles their Stableford score on the hole during play of their turn as “Yellow-Ball”.
If they take a penalty stroke, their nomination as “Yellow-Ball” is cancelled for the hole in play and the subsequent holes they were allocated, instead they record normal Stableford score for their play.

A penalty stroke is any stroke applied in normal play under the R&A rules, Lost ball; Ball unplayable; OOB; moving a ball rest; deflecting a moving ball; grounding your club in a hazard; etc, etc. the Sheriff.

04 August, 2016

Seniors Medal August 4th 2016

Division 1
3Palferman, David82 - 12 = 70Division 1 - Winner11.8
4Peacock, Reg84 - 13 = 71Division 1 - Runner-Up13.0
5Kelleher, William Bill84 - 12 = 72Division 1 - 3rd11.6
6Adamson, Russ78 - 06 = 72 Lowest Gross Score6.2

Division 2
1Stokes, Graham93 - 25 = 68Division 2 - Winner24.1
2Court, Frederick Wm95 - 26 = 69Division 2 - Runner-Up24.7
8Jordan, Roy92 - 20 = 72Division 2 - 3rd20.3
9Evans, John Clifford95 - 22 = 7321.5

An observation today on the 3rd green. What a difficult pin position. It proved VERY difficult for both Mike Turner and Joe White who under normal circumstances having hit a straight forward 5 foot putt were disappointed to see their balls stop just by the hole only to then see it role back down the green back to where it started...this happened a couple of time for each of them!!

Below some photos taken on the day:-

Barry about to start his round on 1st tee

Mike Turner after dropping his ball off the path on the 7th just about to play his 3rd shot to the green

An interesting picture was sent in by Tom McGrady who saw the following in the pond on the 17th. Tom wondered if a Senior was still attached to it!!!

03 August, 2016

Rules regarding hole 16th and hazards/drops etc

Confirmation requested on the location your Ball should be dropped when your ball comes to rest in the ditch hazard beyond the 16th Pond.
The answer depends upon the flight of your Ball. The diagram shows two flights of the Ball 
The first crosses the boundary of the pond at point “A” and enters the ditch from the pond. The penalty drop in this case shall be on the Line “AA” or from where last played (stroke and Distance).

The second flights the pond and lands on the other side of the pond then bounces into the lateral hazard at point “B”
First you must be virtually certain the ball landed before bouncing sideways into the hazard.

As the ball last crossed a boundary of a hazard at point “B” you may using this point as reference, drop a ball within two club lengths of “B” (either side of the ditch), not nearer the hole, or play stoke and distance. If you know your ball landed over the pond but you have not witnesses your Ball’s entering the lateral hazard, and you are unable to locate your Ball in the hazard you must assume your ball could be elsewhere in the rough or hedge “Stroke and distance” is your only option. The Sheriff  

02 August, 2016

Pairs Betterball August 2nd 2016

26 entered Cliff Evans twos sweep with three achieving 2s .Stewart Poole on the 2nd hole .Ernie Williams on the 5th and Maelor Davies on the 12 hole.

Results via Steve Monk below

32 players competed in a Pairs Betterball kitty comp, with another 8 playing in rounds of the Seniors Pairs knockout.
In the kitty comp, winners were:
1st - Stewart Poole and Mike Drake, with 46 points.
2nd - Kim Harcombe and Ray Jones, with 43 points.
3rd - Mike Kalka and Chris Jacques, with 42 points.

4th - Ernie Williams and Mike Turner with 40 points (on countback from 3 other pairs on with 40 points).

Cliff kindly provided the following 3 photos.

Seen on the 17th

Barry Evans 

Roy Jones

Pairs Betterball August 2nd 2016

26 entered Cliff Evans twos sweep with three achieving 2s .Stewart Poole on the 2nd hole .Ernie Williams on the 5th and Maelor Davies on the 12 hole.

Cliff kindly provided the following 3 photos.

01 August, 2016

Seniors events for August 2016





Tuesday August 2nd

Wednesday August 3rd

Thursday August 4th
Strokeplay / White Tees
Entries in advance via sheet on Notice Board
Tuesday August 9th
Pairs Betterball – 90% H’Cap

Get someone to make up a pair with you and enter at Clays Reception Desk
Thursday August 11th

Match vs Denbigh (Home)
Players not in match book a Tee

Monday August 15th

Tuesday August 16th

Thursday August 18th

(followed by a Committee Meeting)

Tuesday August 23rd

D J BOGIE Competition
Individual Bogey
Honours Board Comp – Tee times on Board
Thursday August 25th

The LARRY BIRCH Memorial Trophy
Individual Stableford – Enter via tallies on day
Tuesday August 30th


Thursday Sept 1st


Seniors 9x3 and 9x2 August 13th 2020

    Another scorcher today and the weather wasn't bad either! 38 senior members took part and the banter began to flow from the first te...