I'm sorry to have to report the passing at the age of 98 of Joe Bellis, Captain in 1992 and President in 1998 of Holywell Golf Club.

Joe was much admired by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.

Funeral Details will be circulated when I have them.



At last-Fine weather for the Final after the previous years being cursed by rain, wind and general miserable conditions so the efforts made to advance the date for the Final and the co-operation of all Competitors playing their matches in good time certainly paid dividends as the Sun shone bright at Northop to welcome the Finalists to contest the 5th Final since 2014 and lo and behold two familiar faces were in evidence as the defending Champions, Alan Beavan & Alan Stubbs were there again just like Crosville buses, you get one then along comes another. The Alan's featured in the inaugural Final but finished second best then but made amends last year by a last hole win over Ian Cameron & Martin Jones of Padeswood & Buckley and coincidentally their opponents this year were also from P&B as Reg Weigh & Stuart Fogarty took some notable scalps en route to the Final. 

The huge crowd folloiwing the match, well, Vice-Captain, Ray Lewis and the Secretary followed at a respectable distance which grew and grew as their buggy ran out of petrol on the 1st fairway giving Ray a nice walk back to the Clubhouse to collect a replacement, enabling them to be back to witness a sparkling start by the Alans as AB took 3 points on the first whilst AS followed his example in spades as he then notched up 3-pointers on the next 3 holes leaving Reg & Stuart with a mountain to climb early on but although their efforts resulted in some solid scoring that explosive start by their opponents meant that their 18 points after 9 holes trailed the Alans by 5 points.

A 'double Blob' on the 10th hole certainly didn't help their cause as the deficit was increased to 7 points and then 8 as AS bagged 3 points on the par 5 11th and although they setted down to play some steady golf over the remaining 7 holes to card 16 points, it wasn't enough to make up that early deficit especially as the Hawarden 'lads' maintained their good form also scoring 16 towards their 'back 9' total of 21 and a total score a very creditable 43 against a total of a solid 36 points to take the honours and become the first two-time winners of the Competition.

The apres golf sarnies laid on by Nikki and the liquid gold to wash them down ended the day on a great note, on a day which had been notable again by the sporting spirit and fine camaraderie exhibited by all the Finalists throughout, and I would personally like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to the winners and runners-up and to all the Competitors in what has been a very successful Competition this year with a record number of entries. Our thanks also to all concerned at Northop GC in their efforts to make us feel so welcome. 

The Trophies for Winners and Runners-up will,as usual,be presented at our forthcoming Annual Dinner on 11th October.

I have still not been able to source the history behind the playing and naming of this event apart from it being originally started when Adam was a lad and my predecessor, Jim Illingworth and Match Secretary, Alan Ryland, felt that we should incorporate a Team event into our schedule so the Calcutta Cup was born but not to be played at Twickenham or Murrayfield and it has remained ever since!

This year's event was held in Flint in some glorious weather with the Flint members giving us their usual warm welcome - especially in the re-decoration of the Lounge area giving it a bright and airy atmosphere albeit without the supply of their famous Mild which I always looked forward to - J2O is not a good substitute is it? Also I must pay tribute to Marc's Mum for the fantastic Roast Dinner she laid on - superb.

11 Teams took part and despite initial 'chunnering' regarding Glyn's benevolence or meaness the allocation of an extra 4 points to be added to the score of the 3 Three Man Teams proved to be decisive as the Winning Team of Gareth Williams (Flint), Grant McIndoe (Rhuddlan) and Ivor Pye (Holywell) benefitted by gratefully accepting the 'bonus to lift their final score to 83 points ahead of another trio of Ronnie Ierston (Flint), Wynford Davies (Rhuddlan) and Kevin Leech (Holywell) on 80 just pipping the four man combo of the host Captain Andy Noble(Flint), Ian Darlington (Old Padeswood), Trevor Sharp (Pennant Park) and Rob Vickery (St.Melyd) on a Card-play-off.

In the absence of Birdie 2's Glyn (reluctantly!) conducted a card draw to dispose of his prize-winning Balls (no comments please) 

'Young' Cyril Wilson was unable to add to his accolades blaming a puncture on his buggy - a poor excuse really, it was only flat at the bottom!

The Sun shone bright as we started South on the Annual trip into Cider Country which augured well for our next 3-days with 40 or so regulars and debutants looking forward to the hospitality always shown by 'The Three Counties Hotel' and,hopefully, playing some scintillating Golf with the aim of picking up the 'John Roberts Trophy' awarded for the best aggregate score over the 3-days - a title that defending champion Alan Beavan is determined to retain.

The journey through the Marches was the more pleasurable because of the fine weather and, this year, a minimum disruption by roadworks. We're getting used to the scenery now in this our 9th year including the sight of our Vice-Captain's car parked outside his favourite 'greasy spoon, in Craven Arms - I think the owner plans his budget around Ray's visit!

Arriving at Sapey en masse with no apparent absentees we enjoyed the Coffee and Bacon Baps dished up by Corinne and Holly and battle commenced with Captain,Tony Godden, Treasurer, Roy Fisher and Paul Burnet teeing off at 11.33.

To give the rest a chance match Secretary, Glyn Lewis and the writer stayed in the Clubhouse through the day ensuring that the local brews were up to scratch for later consumption although Glyn did have a short walk in the sunshine just to clear his head before staring the task of sorting out the cards as they came in. The honours on Day 1 were taken by Mold's Tony Davies with an excellent 37 points 4 ahead of Paul Burnet and Rob Vickery both of St.Melyd.

On now to most people's favourite venue, Ross-on-Wye where, despite signs of extensive drainage work having been carried out on the Greens the general opinion was very favorable. The Vice-Captain of the Club came in for a chat with Glyn and I which we thought was very thoughtful and much appreciated. We also had the Mysterious Case of the Missing Boots to occupy our mind - perhaps Sir Arthur Conan Doyle might have passed it onto Sherlock Holmes to solve although our retired Chief Super did have his own theory as to the miscreant.

Ian Reid (P&B) produced an excellent score of 36 points to edge out the Clubhouse Leader, Tony Davies by 1 point with Holywell's Mel Petrie also 1 behind.

And so to the Final Day at Oswestry where we were pleased to welcome 6 of our Members who had been unable to make the 3 days - Prestatyn's dynamic duo, Graham Newell and Islwyn Luke, Keith Chamberlin of Mold and the 'old regular', Terry Roberts of Flint with his clubmates Brian Roberts and Cyril Wilson and what an impact they made. (see below)

Defending Champion, Alan Beavan (Hawarden) had been strangely quiet in his quest to retain his title but, obviously he had been holding back for a last minute surge and the tactic so nearly worked as his 38 points was only beaten on a back 3 card play-off by the remarkable Golden Oldie, at the age of 90 - yes 90 ,Flint Captain in 1982, Cyril Wilson playing off a handicap of 14 took the Day 3 honors-superb. You may have read my earlier reports highlighting Cyril's remarkable record in playing to his age, or better for years and he's still at it!  Brian Roberts took third place with 37 points

Alan's late burst also just failed to make him the first player to retain the John Roberts Trophy as he only lost the overall prize by 1 point as Tony Davies's days 1&2 heroics enabled him to withstand a last minute stumble and finish on 104 points with Alan Beavan 103, Mel Petrie and another previous winner, Nigel Bingham (P&B) both on 99.

So, another great break is over and we look forward to next year - my personal thanks to all concerned in making my role as a non-player so enjoyable particularly to Roy Fisher for chauffering Glyn & I (I was aways led to believe that Royalty never flew together - just in case!! Ah! Well) and to Glyn for his company through the days and for sharing wine-tasting duties-it's a hard job.


It is with great regret that I have to report the passing at his home in Llandudno of John M.Thomas, Past Captain of Holywell GC in 1979 and also a Member of Maesdu GC.

Further details will follow.

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