Well, another competitive year draws to a close with the final of the Jubilee Plate being contested over Wrexham GC on 7th October.

In quite chilly and blustery conditions, pairings of Iwan Bonds & Ian Connell (Clays) and Gareth Roberts & Paul Stevenson (Clays) fought the first semi-final with Karl Williams & Keith Bevan (Llangollen) and Mike Shaw & Andy Slawson (Moss) competing for the other final placing. Iwan and Ian had a comprehensive win over fellow Clays pair Gareth and Paul, winning 8&6. The second semi-final was a little closer with Karl and Keith winning by 3&2.

In the finals Iwan & Ian continued their display of excellent play, defeating Karl & Keith on the 14th green, winning by a margin of 6&4. However the match for 3rd & 4th place was nip and tuck all of the round and even after 18 holes, the match was level. So, in approaching darkness Mike & Andy with Gareth & Paul set off down the 1st. Being still level after this 19th hole and darkness overwhelming the area, the referee decided to play one last hole and the pairs played up the 18th, aided by the lights of the clubhouse. Despite their best efforts, the hole was halved and the pairs decided to share the spoils of these runner-up placings, which we believe is the first time that there has been an "equal 3rd" in this event.

Congratulations are due to all finalists and our most sincere thanks go to Wrexham GC for hosting the finals at short notice.

Moss Valley stormed to a 7-1 victory at home to Old Colwyn in the final DGU league match of the season, which sealed them the championship and left Old Colwyn runners-up. Congratulations to the Moss Valley team. Final results and tables at

http://www.denbighshiregolf.org.uk/competitions/denbighshire-golfing-union-league/results-this-year

The result means that Wrexham and Llangollen are replaced by Abergele and Ruthin Pwllglas in the 2018 division 1.

The final four remaining pairs in the 2017 Jubilee Plate battled out the semi-finals and finals at Denbigh. There was some great golf played with John Leigh and Reg Peacock accompanying the matches in case of any issues of which there were thankfully none with all matches being played in a very friendly spirit.

The players and officials assembled bright and early in the morning consuming bacon baps whilst the draw for the semi-finals was made. Semi-final matches commenced at 9am.

The first semi saw the Wrexham pairing of Peter Bannister and Roland Jones pitted against Moss Valley’s defending champions Luke Parry and Les Waddell. Peter and Roland took an early lead but were soon pegged back and after 3’s on each of the last 3 hole on the front 9 the champions had established a 2 hole lead. Holes were swapped early in the back 9 but the Wrexham pairing missed a couple of opportunities to close the gap and the match finished when Luke & Les won the 16th to establish an uncatchable 3 hole lead.

The second semi involved Llangollen’s Lee Evans & Ben Swire against the Clays pairing of Jamie Green and Paul Stevenson. This was an extremely tight match with both pairings establishing then losing the lead and it was all square after 17. Jamie and Paul hit tree trouble on the 18th to leave Lee and Ben victorious.

Soup and sandwiches were enjoyed before the afternoon final and 3rd/4th play-off commenced with the final at 2 pm.

The final looked like it would be a very quick affair with Luke & Les playing the first 4 holes in a cumulative 3 under gross to take a 3 hole lead. However a great fight-back by Lee and Ben saw then establish parity when they won the 12th. However a disastrous 16th for the Wrexham pair saw the champions go dormie 2 up. Undeterred, strong play saw the Ben win the 17th virtue of his shot to take the match down the 18th which was halved. Luke and Les thus became the first pair to successfully defend their trophy in the 41 year history of the competition.

The third/fourth play-off was also very close with both sides holding the advantage at some time. The match was sealed when Jamie and Paul both hit trouble on the 17th which resulted in Wrexham’s Peter & Roland establishing a 2 hole lead to seal the match.

After an excellent dinner the Denbigh President Gwilym Williams briefly left the Denbigh Past Captains meal to welcome the players to Denbigh. DGU VC then thanked Denbigh for their hospitality and congratulated the 2016 champions on retaining their trophy (the first time this had ever been done in the competition) before presenting prize vouchers as follows

Fourth - £30 each - Jamie Green & Paul Stevenson (Clays)

Third - £45 each - Peter Bannister & Roland Jones (Wrexham)

Second - £70 each - Lee Evans & Ben Swire (Llangollen)

Champions - £100 each - Luke Parry & Les Waddell (Moss) who then thanked Denbigh GC, the organisers and their fellow competitors for making it such an enjoyable day.

Welsh Seniors Inter-Counties Championship

The inaugural Welsh Seniors Inter-Counties Championship was held at Ashburnham Golf Club on 18th & 19th September. Please follow links below for details of team and individual results:-

Team Position

Team Results

County Individual

Individual Gross Scores

Individual Nett Scores

Jubilee Plate

The semi finals and finals were played at Rhos-on-Sea on Sunday October 2nd.

In the semi-finals Abergele's John & Steven Hatcher defeated Clays Chris Jones & Paul Lloyd whilst Moss Valley's Les Waddell & Luke Parry defeated Wrexham's Lawrence Bayliss & William Baines.

Chris Jones & Paul Lead triumphed in the 3rd/4th pay-off and Les Waddell & Luke Parry overcame John & Steven Hatcher to become the 2016 DGU Jubilee Plate Champions.

Congratulations to them in paricular but also to the other 3 pairs who all played their part on the day with all matches played in a very friendly manner. Thanks also to the referees Maurice Berg and John Leigh and to all at Rhos-on-Sea for their hospitality on the day.

The inaugural Welsh Seniors Inter Counties Championship was held at Ashburnham Golf Club on September 18th, 2016. Please follow links below for detailed results.

County Team Position

Results - Team

County - Individual

Gross Scores by Player

Nett Scores by Player

The Old Colwyn pairing of Marc Brut and James Flynn won an extremely close event beating two Llangollen pairings with the same score on countback. Read more for Full report 

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