With the final fixture completed we can now announce the results for this year.

Division 1:  Winners CLAYS  :  Runners up MOSS

Division 2:  Winners WREXHAM  :  Runners up LLANGOLLEN

Relegated from division 1 to division 2 are Abergele & Ruthin-Pwllglas

Many thanks to all 10 clubs for continuing to make this a great annual event; long may it continue

         

An enormous "Thank You" to The Vale of Llangollen GC for hosting our Autumn Meeting in such a splendid manner. 60 pairs competed which is more than a 50% improvement from the same event last year.

In constantly changing (and challenging) conditions the course was prepared to an excellent condition and despite some easy pin placings, very few pairs managed to exceed 36 points and with only 9 birdie 2's!

As with most events, local knowledge played a vital part and eventually winners were Graham Davies and Tom Price from Llangollen with 42 points. Following them closely were S Clarke & G Jones from Denbigh with 41 and another Denbigh pair, Huw Parry and Garry Morgan again with 41 but poorer back nine. Concluding the prizes were another Denbigh pair of M Shaw and A O'Loughlin with 40 points and finally Llangollen Captain Kev Walsh with partner Dave Griffiths, 40 points but poorer back 9.

So, thank you to all competitors for making it a special day and it was great to see so many of you supporting the clubhouse and staying for the presentation.

Keep a watch for these events in 2019 and lets try our very best to get even more players to share in these great tournaments. Remember - the larger the field the greater the prize vouchers.

It was my honour to be part of the Denbighshire squad competing in the Welsh Seniors Inter-County Championships at Llandrindod Wells.  Thanks must be given to the other five team members; Kevin Walsh, Paul Johns, Karl Livingstone, Neil Brannigan and Adam Houston.

This was a two-day event but due to horrendous rain, 2nd day was, literally, "washed-out" and eventually cancelled.

The Championships were therefore decided on the results from Day 1.

This meant that Denbighshire player Neil Branningan from Vale of Llangollen Golf Club won the 'Championship Stableford' prize with a magnificent Gross score of 72, less 6 handicap and 39 points on what was his very first visit to the course.

Neil Brannigan Seniors Winner

 

Neil was followed closely by another Denbighshire and Llangollen player Karl Livingstone with a 73 gross, less 5 and 37 points.

The overall team Championships was won by the ever-strong Glamorganshire fielding a couple of Welsh Internationals.  The Denbighshire team were placed mid-field and well done to them for competing so well over what is an extremely difficult and punishing course set in the hills high above the town.

If we ever return we shall discard our electric trolleys and instead hire some mountain goats.

By rotation, the event moves to Glamorganshire in 2019 so we look forward to participating on a course with a more level ground surface.

The DGU Autumn Meeting was held at Llangollen on 24th September 2017

Thirty eight pairs competed in this annual event which took place in good conditions on a well turned out course - many thanks from the DGU to Vale of Llangollen Golf Club for their usual help and efficiency in hosting this event.

As usual the competition was extremely close with only 1 of the 6 scores of 41 points featuring in the prizes. Those 5 pairs returning 41 points but missing fourth prize on countback were as follows:-

Paul Lloyd & Paul Williams (Clays - 22 points on back 9)

Pete Evans & Les Waddell (Moss - 20 points on back 9, 14 back 6)

Mike Shaw & Andy Slawson (Moss - 20 points on back 9, 13 back 6)

Andrew Wright & Andy Brown (Abergele - 20 points on back 9, 12 back 6)

Charlie Roberts & Neil Spencer (Moss - 18 points on back 9)

After a welcome by VLGC Vice-Captain Kevin Walsh, County Captain Ray Ledsham presented voucher prizes to:

Fourth - Graham Davidson-Clarke & Dave Riley (Clays - 41 points, 23 on back 9 - £20 each)

Third - Huw Salisbury & Mike Blythe (Rhos-on-Sea - 42 points - £40 each)

Second - Gaz Davies & Alex Darlington (Clays - 43 points - £55 each)

First - Luke Parry & Andrew Thomas (Moss - 44 points - £75 each)

Winners (who were the only prize winners present) responded appropriately, before County Captain closed the proceedings by praising Vale of Llangollen for their course and hospitality and thanking them and DGU Secretary for organising the event.

Tuesday September 5th saw the annual DGU Presidents Day competition take place at Abergele GC. This is the 21st time it has been held since being instigated by LVP Gwyn Lewis in 1997 and is contested by teams from each club normally consisting of their President, Captain, VC and Secretary if available. Teams are also normally submitted by the DGU Captain, DGU Officers, Denbighshire Past Captains Society and DGU Presidents guests - although this year, due to exceptional circumstances, there was no Ruthin Pwllglas or DGU Officers team competing. Only club teams are eligible to win prizes in the main competition for the Presidents Cup.

The weather was appalling as the first team tee'd off at 12:30 but thankfully improved with the rain stopping about 13:00, although there was no sun until the final few holes. As ever Abergele provided an excellent course for the competition with some very challenging pin positions on some holes. Thanks from the DGU to the greenstaff on turniing out a course in excellent condition.

The main competition (team event best 2 scores to count) was incredibly close with 5 teams separated by only 3 points. The par 3 competition (all scores to count) was also keenly contested being decided on countback.

An excellent dinner was enjoyed by all in the evening accompanied by the appropriate consumption of alcohol. Master of Ceremonies LVP John LLoyd Jones then introduced the Abergele President John Percy-Hughes who welcomed everyone to Abergele. President Tony Harcombe then addressed the meeting thanking Abergele for hosting the event at relatively short notice and providing such an excellent venue and service. He also exorted all clubs to try much harder to support DGU events - the Autumn meeting at Vale of Llangollen this year and those planned for 2018 - asking them to actively promote amongst their members rather than just rely on the noticeboard. This was then followed by the presentation of prizes as follows:-

Ball sweep - each receiving 8 balls, Mike Shaw (Moss Valley) and Geoff Keenan (Vale of Llangollen) for 2's on the thirteenth and, particularly noteworthy, David Rawson (Presidents guest) on the par 4 fourth.

Nearest the pin on the second winning bottles of wine - George Smith (Vale of Llangollen) 17'1" (it was quite windy and not many balls on the green!)

Par 3 competition - winning bottles of wine the Presidents team with 35 points winning on countback with a better back 9 than Vale of Llangollen.

Presidents Cup - first 3 winning vouchers provided by the President.

fifth Moss Valley 85 points - they were congratulated on their triumph in the Welsh Team Handicap finals at Celtiv Manor

fourth Aberegele 86 points

third Old Colwyn (last years winners) also 86 points but with a better back 6.

second Rhos-on-Sea 87 points

first Vale of Llangollen 88 points - in adition to being presented with the Presidents Cup and winners vouchers each member of their team received a medal commissioned by LVP Gwyn Lewis (who unfortunately was unable to be present at the meal) in recognition of this being the 21st anniversary of the event. The winning team thanked all who had contributed to hosting the event at Abergele and the competition organisers in their acceptance speech.

County Captain Ray Ledsham  then responded to the Presidents address castigating the Secretary for not warning him in adbvance that this was his duty, and his team members for their poor play!

After the raffle of bottles donated by each Club (raising £225 from which a contribution to the catering staff was made) DGU President Tony then brought a very enjoyable day for all attending to an end, wishing everyone a safe journey home.

Sunday September 3rd saw the annual DGU Mixed competion take place at Old Colwyn. The weather was not at it's kindest with a stiff breeze and squally intermittent showers throughout the afternoon.

Disappointingly only 18 pairs were entered, with the event only continuing due to the 11 pairs entered by Old Colwyn themselves which included a late replacement pair after the Plassey pairing of Presiden Wyn Mostyn and his daughter were forced to withdraw at short notice following an accident on Friday when Wyn forgot his age and started cavorting on his grandchilds scooter and finished up vaulting the handlebars and sustaining broken glasses, black eyes and bruised ribs. Best wishes to Wyn for a speedy recovery and looking forward to the pictures from his Presidents day on Saturday.

The other 7 pairs comprised 6 from Clays and 1 from Llangollen.

The 18 pairs were distributed over the 9 holes in good time for the 1pm shotgun start after a convivial gathering in the clubhouse over coffee and tea and the odd pint. Despite the conditions some excellent scores were returned with all players playing off the ladies scorecard and ladies receiving a +3 handicap adjustment.

To make up the numbers it had been agreed that 2 Old Colwyn pairs containing a junior be allowed to enter with a reduced entry fee in recognition that they would not be able to win prizes. Bothe these pairs had amazing rounds with junior Fion Morris partnered by Rich Tolten scoring 50 points and junior Connie Roberts partnered by Alun Evans scoring 48 points. Congratulation to both juniors who by all accounts carried their adult partners and are names to look to for the future.

After the competition all players sat down to an enjoyable meal in the clubhouse - thanks to the catering/bar staff for their hard work. This was followed by the prize presentation.

Old Colwyn Captain Paul Roberts welcomed all the players to Old Colwyn and then DGU VC Reg Peacock (standing in for County Captain Ray Ledsham who was attending an inter-county match) firstly apologised for the poor representation from the majority of DGU Clubs and then presented vouchers to the first 2 pairs (not containing a junior) as follows:-

Second place vouchers of £25 each to Clays pair Dawn Thompson and Jon Roberts with 44 points beating Old Colwyn pair Peter and Lady President Barbara Brasenall on countback.

First place vouchers of £45 each were presented to Old Colwyn pair Annika O'Connor and her father Jim with Annika thanking the competition organisers and caterers.

Reg concluded by thanking all at Old Colwyn for hosting the event and, in particular, their Secretary Alun Evans for all his assistance. The prize draw raffle ws then conducted ending an excellent day enjoyed by all who took part.

MATCH REPORT

BRECON & RADNOR SENIORS v DENBIGHSHIRE SENIORS

AT BRECON GOLF CLUB

8th September 2016

Our last match of the current season was against Brecon & Radnor. After travelling for many hours we arrived at Brecon Golf Club, the sun was shining and the views all around the nine hole course were magnificent. The course which is situated on the edge of Brecon Beacons national park was in excellent condition.

We were all given a very warm welcome from the home team and after light refreshments we were ready to start. The wind was blowing strongly which provided a challenging test for both teams, with local knowledge playing its part over the first nine holes, we all knew it was going to be a tough match.

The match consisted of five better ball matches with victories for the Denbighshire pairings of Ray Ledsham & Dave Jones, Dave Griffiths & Paul Johns and John Hatcher & Ray Bennett.

Final match score – Brecon & Radnor 2 points – Denbighshire 3 points

 

MATCH REPORT

DENBIGHSHIRE SENIORS V SHROPSHIRE & HEREFORD SENIORS

AT RHOS ON SEA GOLF CLUB

25 AUGUST 2016

Our fifth match of the current season took place by the North Wales coast in sunny Rhos on Sea.

Making his debut for the team was Denbighshire County Captain, Mr John Leigh who made both teams feel welcome at his home course.

After the morning greensome matches, the score was Denbighshire 3 ½ points, Shropshire 2 ½ points. There were victories for Denbighshire pairings of George Smith & Kevin Walsh, Allan Merrill & Chris Marsden and Jonathan Tym & Mike Lowe. Ray Ledsham & Dave Griffiths halved their match.

Shropshire were in fighting form during the afternoon matches with just two matches being won by the Denbighshire pairings of George Smith & Kevin Walsh and Jonathan Tym & Mike Lowe.

Final Match score – Denbighshire 7 ½ points – Shropshire & Herefordshire 10 ½ points.

Following the match we enjoyed the hospitality, food and drinks at Rhos on Sea GC, there was plenty of banter throughout the meal with both sides enjoying each other’s company and with Denbighshire looking forward to fighting back at next year’s fixture.

 

Old Colwyn President Wes Jones ace as they win County Presidents Day
David Ethelston held his final County Presidents Day @ Llangollen on September 1st.
In the par 3 competition Plassey tooke the prize with 21 points as Abergele (with 22 points) featured as prize winners in the main competition.
Feature of the day was a Wes Jones hole in one which helped Old Colwyn win the overall competition with 85 points. Abergele were second on countback from Clays  third, both with 81 points (a total also matched by Llangollen).
Nearest the Pin; Ian Davies , Abergele
Longest Drive     Adam Houston, Denbigh

County Mixed Competition

The Mixed Competition, was held at Ruthin-Pwllglas. The event enjoyed good weather and the catering (courtesy of Mr and Mrs Oswyn Roberts) was excellent once again. In the absence of the Secretary, Vice Captain John Lewis ran the day. The competition resulted in four pairs leading on 45 points. Once the count-back had been completed the winners were Bynli Thomas and Mel Hannen (Denbigh) from John Lewis and Delyth Edwards(Pwllglas), Ken Jones and Jean Jones (Denbigh) and Clive Davies and Val Davies (Pwllglas).

 

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