26 September, 2019

9x3 plus 9x2 and away match vs Mold September 26th 2019

Thank you to Stcve Monk  AND Malcolm Williams for the following reports

With 20 members playing an away match against Mold GC, a further 20 turned up at Clays to play a '9 x 3' plus '9 x 2' competition. After much rain in the week the course was wet and a little heavy, but definitely playable. Five x four balls competed.

1st - Stewart Poole, Graham Bryne, Mike Parks and Ken Tieszen with 95 points.

2nd - Andy Mitchell, Peter Taylor, Damian Atkin and Maelor Davies with 91 points.we beat Mold 5 and a half to 4 and a half away! Good win in excellent conditions. Please can you thank all those who've supported Ernie and I all season as it was the last match of the year!

Message from Malcolm in Madrid

We beat Mold 5 and a half to 4 and a half away! Good win in excellent conditions. Please can you thank all those who've supported Ernie and I all season as it was the last match of the year!

24 September, 2019

Captains Newsletter September 2019

Clays Golf Club

Captain’s Newsletter : September 2019

Dear Member of Clays Golf Club

In many ways, September marks the end of the season in that the Honours Board Finals weekend takes place during the month. However, looking at the club calendar for the next few weeks and months, there is still a lot of golf to play and a number of social events to attend.

I really enjoyed following the various matches during Finals weekend and seeing how the play developed. There was some great golf played throughout the weekend by all of the finalists and some very close results, which I’ll detail later in the newsletter. It’s a great achievement to reach one of these finals and all participants are to be congratulated, regardless of the final outcome.

We are going to adopt a different approach to the presentation of trophies this year in that we are not going to be having a Presentation Evening. Instead, we will be holding a Presentation Day on Saturday, 9th November. This will comprise a shotgun start competition in the morning to which all of the finalists will be invited, but of course everyone is welcome to take part. Following completion of the round and having refuelled with some refreshments from Hayley, Phil and Gaynor, we will then announce the results for the morning’s competition and go on to present the Honours Board trophies. The idea behind this is to maximise the number of finalists and other members attending what is one of our most important occasions. I’m aiming for the morning competition to be very low key with some fun prizes – and no entry fee! I very much hope that you’ll take part in the golf and stay to congratulate this season’s champions.

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, essential course maintenance work will be carried out over the coming weeks and I know that we will all be keen to support our greenkeeping staff at this very busy time. So many people have commented this year on the excellent condition of the course and it really is a credit to Mark and his team and a testament to the fantastic work that they have all done on our course over the past couple of years. I’ve included on the next page an email from the organiser of a society who visited Clays recently. When you consider that the members of the society came from some really top notch clubs, the message is even more heartening. Please note that the Greenkeeping Staff will have full priority whilst they carry out their work on the course.

Following a number of comments that I’ve received recently, I’m going to be putting together a poster which is meant as a gentle reminder of ways in which players’ etiquette whilst playing can help to make everyone’s time on the course safe and enjoyable. I’m sure that all players will see that these are just sensible points to bear in mind whilst playing and receive the suggestions in the spirit in which they’re intended.

Arrangements for the forthcoming Charity Day on Sunday, 13th October are gathering pace. It is really pleasing to see how many teams have already been entered but there are still a few tee times available and it would be brilliant if we end up with all slots booked. We are collecting entry fees in advance in order to help Hayley’s catering arrangements (please remember that a two course carvery is included in your entry fee) and your payment can either be made by cheque or via bank transfer. Please contact me if you would like more details. If any local business would like to advertise in the event programme that will be given to all players, please let me know as soon as possible. Remember that there’s a £900 prize fund to play for and a new Cryotherapy machine for the Maelor Hospital waiting to be purchased!

Have a good month’s golf.

Nigel Davies                                                                                       nigeldavies78@gmail.com
Club Captain                                                                                      
Email received from Kevin Sobers, Secretary of the Littlewoods Golf Society :
“Josh on behalf of Littlewoods Golf Society can I express our gratitude for the help, excellent service and of course the condition of the course on Friday. We all agreed that we had a superb day.

You should be very proud of everyone connected with the club but a couple of special mentions :-

To Hayley and the rest of the catering and Bar staff – the service and quality of the food was up there with the best we have had anywhere.

To Russ and the guys ferrying us back from the 9th green – thank you for your help in making the turnaround from morning to afternoon much simpler than it could otherwise have been.

To the Green keeping staff – thank you for producing a course in such a wonderful condition – I’m sure you had a little chuckle to yourself with those pin positions!

Thanks again and I hope Reg invites me to play there again next year.


Club News :

Congratulations to Stewart Poole and Damian Atkin who came 5th in the Welsh Seniors National Greensomes Final, held at Morlais Castle Golf Club recently, ending up only 3 points short of the winning score. Well done to both.

Best wishes to the Clays Ping Mixed Team (Don Wraight, Christine Evans, Dawn Thompson Byrne, Dave Riley, Jane Evans and Graham Davidson Clarke) for the forthcoming Finals Day of the Ping Wales Knockout Competition at Cotterill Park, Cardiff on 30th September.

The Blue Tees will be reinstated shortly in order to provide a course that could be used for Juniors, a quick social round, or anyone just getting into golf. Although this will not initially be a measured course, we will be producing a score card for players’ use.

Dave Palferman, our Vice Captain, reports that the Clays DGU League Team unfortunately lost away at Old Colwyn. Therefore, Old Colwyn win League Division 1 having won more individual games.

Clays’ one remaining pair in the DGU Jubilee Plate Knockout Competition, Martin Povey & Tom Pierce, were unfortunately knocked out of the competition by a pair from Denbigh GC, but did very well to reach the quarter final stage.

A “Team Day” was held on Sunday, 15th September whereby representatives from the DGU, Ladies and Seniors teams competed against each other. The Ladies team (including the Club Captain!!!) emerged victorious and have bragging rights for the year!

Tickets for the forthcoming Social Events can be obtained from Hayley.
First up is the Cheese & Wine evening with Quiz on Saturday, 19th October, with tickets priced at £12pp.

Congratulations to the Clays Ladies Team who came 2nd in the Challenge Shield.

On Tuesday, 17th September, the Seniors played a Home match against Hawarden Golf Club and won 7-0! Their next match, and final match of the season, is Away to Mold GC on Thursday, 26th September.

The DGU Autumn Meeting was held at Llangollen GC on Sunday, 22nd September with success for Clays members as follows :

2nd overall  Josh Green & Craig Yarwood with 43pts

Birdie 2s were recorded by:
Don Wraight & Martin Povey
Josh Green & Craig Yarwood (Clays)
Tom Pierce & Alan Barnsdale (Clays)
ErnieWilliams & Reg Peacock

Well done to all.

Club Results :

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

Results as follows  ...

Honours Board Finals Weekend :

Challenge Cup
Paul Lloyd beat Andy Matthews

Aber Shield
Dilly Jones beat Gareth Whitley

Aber Rose Bowl
Dawn Thompson beat Pauline Peacock

Flick Cup
Jason Hill and Paul Wallace Jones beat Mike Jones and Gareth Roberts

Seniors Pairs
Stewart Poole and Damian Atkin beat Dave Palferman and Clive Davies

Mixed Foursomes
Beverley Hood and Nigel Davies beat Dawn Thompson and Paul Wallace Jones

Scratch Cup
Josh Green beat Paul Lloyd

Seniors Matchplay
Dilly Jones beat Andrew Mitchell

Gem Trophy
Andy Matthews and Gareth Whitley beat Dave Palferman and Richard Collier

Ladies Betterball
Dawn Thompson and Jane Evans beat Christine Evans and Pauline Peacock

Quarterly Medal
1st        Stephen Hart               2nd       Reg Peacock

Larry Birch Memorial
1st        Martin Povey              2nd       Dave Palferman

Seniors September Medal :
Division 1 :
1st           Chris Jacques                       2nd       Alan Barnsdale                   
Division 2 :
1st            Stewart Poole                      2nd       Mike Drake  

Thursday 5th September : Seniors 9 Hole Qualifier:
1st            Mike Parks                          2nd       Bill Hughes      

Club September Medal :
Division  1 :
1st        Neil Owen                   2nd       Stephen Hart  
Division 2 :
1st        Gareth Roberts            2nd      Reg Peacock
Division 3 :
            1st        Beverley Hood           2nd       Barry Dare

Midweek Medal 11th September :
1st        Spencer Kearney         2nd       Beverley Hood

Ladies Allington Hughes Salver
1st        Julie Hanmer Price      2nd       Pauline Peacock


Dates for Your Diary :

2nd October                         Ladies Midweek Stableford Qualifier

3rd October                         Seniors Medal

5th October                         Club/WG Monthly Medal

13th October       Charity Day for Prostate Cancer

15th October                       Seniors Stableford Qualifier

                                                Club Council meeting

16th October                       Club Midweek Medal

19th October                       Cheese, Wine & Quiz

20th October                       Clays Past Captains competition

2nd November                    Club Monthly Medal

7th November                    Seniors Stableford Medal

9th November     Presentation Day

Upcoming Social Events
23rd November
Curry & Quiz
£8 (payable in advance)
Tickets available from Reception
6th December
Christmas Party!
Buffet & Disco
£12 (payable in advance)
Tickets available from Reception
19th October
Cheese & Wine
£12 (payable in advance)
Tickets available from Reception

Kitty competition September 24th 2019

Thank you to Peter Bowen for sending Derek this report.

Only 8 seniors turned up to play over 9 holes only. Weather been awful overnight and rain continued this morning.

Results as follows:

  1. Andy Mitchell   16 points
  2. Colin Brown 14 points

20 September, 2019

19 September, 2019

Las Vegas competition September 19th 2019

Glorious day for golf with the course in exceptional condition. Some photos of the day below. Results below kindly sent by Steve Monk.

In very pleasant conditions, 36 players competed in a Las Vegas pairs competition today. (Called Las Vegas because, compared to all other competitions, the scores consist of only big numbers!). Results were:

1st - Harold Hughes and Mick Carnell with a score of 713.

2nd - Mike Hollings and David Jones with 730.

3rd - Mike Parks and Club Captain Nigel Davies with 746.

4th - Andrew Mitchell and Ernie Williams with 751.

In the 2's competition run by Peter Bowen there were 2 winners both carding a 2 on the 2nd hole. They were David Jones and Harold Hughes.

Tom Pierce, Mike Drake and Maelor Davies on their way down the 16th fairway

Mike Drake about to play his 2nd shot to the 16th green

Mike missed the green and landed up in the green-side bunker

Mike managed to splash out!!

View from Derek's buggie up 7th fairway

Flowers by 11th fairway looking good in the autumn sunshine

Closer view of the same flowers

Mike teeing off the 9th

Maelor attempting to get a splinter out of his finger!!  Ouch

Today was the 86th birthday of Roy Jordan.  Don Wraight announced the event and so in walked Hayley with a cake with lighted candle. Congratulations Roy.

17 September, 2019

Statistics via Mike Healey on members September 17th 2019

Statistics kept since 4th April 2019 and presented at Committee Meeting 12th September
Type of Competition (inc. Kitty and Board competitions) Stableford Strokeplay Team
Total senior member turn out to date 435 398 696
No of Competitions under each format 14 9 21
Average senior members per competition 31 44 33
No of senior members played to date 91
No of senior members who have won at least once in all formats 73

Match vs Hawarden at Clays September 17th plus stableford kitty competition 2019

Don Wraight sent the following result

Team played Harwarden today and won 7 to 0
Great response on the course by all their members best they have been to.
Catering was also second to none

Mike Healey provided the following report

27 Clays seniors played a stableford kitty comp. and the results are as follows:

1st            Peter Bowen            35 points

2nd           Ian Ketland              33 points (countback)

3rd            Martin Povey           33 points (countback)

4th            Bob Brown              30 points (countback)

5th            Bob Jarvis               30 points (countback)

6th            Alan Bottomley       30 points (countback)

12 September, 2019

Pairs Better ball September 12th 2019

Thanks to Mike Healey for the following report.

50 Seniors turned out today for Pairs Betterball - almost not enough room on the golf course. The weather held despite a few light drops threatening just after midday. The winners were:

First:        Chris Jacques and John Kelty                        43 points

Second:    Peter Thomas and Alan Bottomley                 42 points

Third:        Maelor Davies and Pauline Peacock               41 points (countback)

Fourth:      Roy Jordan and Barry Dare                            41 points (countback)

Fifth:         Stewart Poole and Bob Brown                        40 points (countback)

There were no twos scored (at least by the members who had entered the competition). .

11 September, 2019

Individual Stableford qualifier including kitty competition September 10th 2019

Thank you to Mike Healey for the following report

44 seniors rolled up for an Individual Stableford Qualifier. The weather turned out quite warm despite the ground being fairly soft after heavy overnight rain. The competition was played under preferred lies on the fairway only. We also held a kitty comp in conjunction and the following players came through:

First -            Alan Bottomley                            35 points

Second -       Mike Healey                                 34 points

Third -           Graham Wright                             33 points

Fourth -         Mike Hollings                               32 points (countback)

Fifth -            Tony Harcombe                            32 points (countback)

Sixth -           Nigel Harris                                 32 points (countback)

Seventh -       Damian Atkin                               31 points (countback)

Eighth -         Dave F Jones                               31 points (countback)

Twos were scored by Tony Harcombe, Don Wraight, Mick Carnell and Mike Hollings - all on the fifth hole.

09 September, 2019

Thank you to all Seniors who provide results and photos for this blog

Derek would like to thank several members who have provided results and photos etc over the years

Mike Healey
Don Wraight
Andrew Mitchell
Nigel Davies
Peter Bowen
Tom McGrady
Mike Parks

IF I have left anyone out please let me know via dglyon9@aol.com

08 September, 2019

Nigel Davies sent the following results

Results as follows  ...

Challenge Cup 
Paul Lloyd beat Andy Matthews 

Aber Shield 
Dilly Jones beat Gareth Whitley

Aber Rose Bowl
Dawn Thompson beat Pauline Peacock 

Flick Cup 
Jason Hill and Paul Wallace Jones beat Mike Jones and Gareth Roberts 

Seniors Pairs 
Stewart Poole and Damian Atkin beat Dave Palferman and Clive Davies 

Mixed Foursomes 
Beverley Hood and Nigel Davies beat Dawn Thompson and Paul Wallace Jones 

Scratch Cup 
Josh Green beat Paul Lloyd 

Seniors Matchplay 
Dilly Jones beat Andrew Mitchell 

Gem Trophy 
Andy Matthews and Gareth Whitley beat Dave Palferman and Richard Collier

Ladies Betterball
Dawn Thompson and Jane Evans beat Christine Evans and Pauline Peacock 

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...