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.

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.

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