CORONAVIRUS

It is with regret that having considered the latest advice it has been decided to

1.       Cancel all planned meetings until further notice

2.       The match v ERYRI has been postponed as per the email earlier from Glyn

3.       The Annual Breakaway has been cancelled. Roy will be in touch with delegate/members to arrange deposit refunds

4.       The Knockout for 2020 has been cancelled

5.       A decision on all other fixtures will be taken nearer the dates and updates will be emailed as and when further government advice is     announced.

Could all delegates keep me updated as to what the situation is at ‘host’ clubs for proposed fixtures throughout the year.

Outstanding Subscriptions for 2020

Could delegates please forward any further subs received to Roy as soon as possible either by cheque or bank transfer into the Associations Account – the detail of which are as follows:-

HSBC Bank

Sort Code: 40-24-27

Account Name: Flintshire Golf Captains’ & Past Captains’ Association

Account No: 71107992

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times

Stay safe & keep well

Regards

Tony Godden

Assistant Secretary

Flintshire Golf Captains’ & Past Captains’ Association

Tel: 01352 840440

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Tel Mobile: 07769 911313

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Flintshire Golf Captains & Past Captains Association held their AGM at Holywell Golf Club on Monday 27th January.  As part of the AGM, the association elects its Captain for the coming year and this year Ray Lewis, a past captain and president of Holywell Golf Club, was elected for 2020.  The picture shows Ray left receiving the Captain’s Putter from the outgoing Captain, Tony Godden of Northop Golf Club.

AGM 2020

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!

I'm very sorry to have report the passing of one of our long serving Members, Cliff Machin, Past Captain of Old Padeswood GC. Cliff was very active with us in earlier days when he served as Captain (1981) , President (1993) of Old Padeswood and was also made a Honorary Life Member of the Club.

He was elected as Association Captain in 1986 and always retained a keen interest in our activities.

Provisional arrangements for Cliff's Funeral arrangements have been made for Friday 12th April at Blacon Crematorium at10.40.

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