I am sorry to have to inform our members of the pasing of Cliff Machin  a former Captain and President of Old Padeswood Golf Club and a former County Captain of the Union of Flintshire Golf Clubs.

Cliff who was a founding member of Old Padeswood Golf Club in 1978 and will be sadly missed by all members of the UFGC.

Cliff's funeral is on Friday the 12th of April at Blacon Crematorium time 10:40.

Our first scratch to twelve event is on the 12th of April at Prestatyn Golf Club, tee from 2:30 until 5;00, the format of the overall Champion Golfer Gross and Champion Golfer nett has been altered to an Order of Merit competition with points for those placed from first to tenth.

The prize money on the individual days has been improved with first place receiving £25 for both gross and nett and £15 for second place.

The overall winners of the gross and nett order of merit will receive a voucher for £75.

TO PLAY AT PRESTATYN RING THE PROFESSIONALS SHOP AND BOOK A TEE TIME

Some excellent news coming out of the County,

Following on from last years success all the UFGC affilaited Clubs have agreed to continue with the green fees being charged at a guest rate if any member of an affiliated Club with in the County wishes to visit another club within the County, if the member rings and books a tee time with the Club he is visiting and can show evidence of his membership of an affliated Club he will be able to enjoy the guest fee rather than visitor fee.

This arrangement supersedes the County Card which restricted the member to only one visit to each affilaited Club, many thanks to the generosity of all our Clubs within the County.

In order to asist in the promotion of Junior Golf within the County the UFGC have agreed to donate up to £250 to each of our member clubs on submission of a request for assistance this money will help defray the expense of coaching and equipment for our junior members.

On the 27th of April at Rhuddlan Golf Club the first of the UFGC competitions takes place, this is the ever popular Seniors fourball better ball event. The venue is Rhuddlan Golf Club, the tee is reserved from 8:00am. until 12:00 noon.

The entry form is on this website and the cost for the twoball is £15:00.

Please download and send the form back to me with a cheque for your entry or alternatively ring to make a tee reservation. These events are very popular so book early

 

Mold Golf Club has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales Junior Club of the Year Award after growing the junior section to more than 60 members.

Mold Junior Organiser John Roberts was presented with the award at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor at the Golf Union of Wales awards lunch sponsored by Future Financials.

Mold were one of the first clubs in Wales to attain Junior GolfCert and have retained the highest level of the award ever since, it is a Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre, Golf Development Wales Girls Hub and Golf Union of Wales coaching centre.

The thriving junior section offers coaching to nearly 100 juniors, with weekly sessions, regular competitions for all levels and a network of volunteers.

The results are exceptional, Mold are the 2017 County Junior champions and have produced three individual county champions, six boys and six girls represent their county teams, while three boys and four girls represent North Wales. Two junior members have gone on to represent Wales.

Mold were also the first Welsh Junior Golf Tour venue and 16 juniors from the club took part.

“I have been junior organiser for a long time, this is my 21st year, so this means an awful lot, not that we are in it for awards, we are doing it for the benefit of the junior golfers,” said Roberts.

“It is nice to be recognised for the work we have done over the years and the achievements the youngsters have had – and we have had a few. It is all about giving them a future because the game can offer so much in terms of friendship, discipline and the social side.

“They get on well together and hopefully it provides good habits for life.

“It is recognised in the area that we do a lot for juniors and juniors in the area recognise that we will do our utmost to give them an opportunity to develop their game.

“It is a nice reward for the club and credit to them for backing us and supporting us to bring juniors along and I do it because I enjoy doing it anyway. I have been involved in sport organising and coaching all my life and it is a good way of spending retirement time.”

Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Pyle and Kenfig were the Club of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Joe Vickery of Parc golf club between Cardiff and Newport was the PGA Professional of the Year, Cardigan's Julia Den Hartog the Volunteer of the Year.

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Mold golf club has shown amazing passion, commitment and drive in developing junior golf in North Wales.

“They have been a key club in developing the game in North Wales at all levels, from those who just want to have fun and make friends through to those who have gone on to represent Wales.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

As the new season rapidly approaches I am sure most of our members are itching to return to competetive golf.

All fixtutres relating to competitions organised by the U.F.G.C. are now on the web site uinder the relevant sections/tabs.

These include all the scratch to twelves but bear in mind that although the vast majority of these matches are played on a Thursday the scratch to twelves at St Melyd and Rhyl are played on a Wednesday.

The first scratch to twelve is on the 6th April at Prestatyn Golf Club, Prestatyn is one of the finest golf courses in the whole of North Wales and has quite rightly recieved great reviews over the last twelve months for the quality of their greens and the course so should be a great start to this years events.

Other well supported events are the seniors fourball better ball events which this year are being held at Rhuddlan on the 27th April and Padeswood & Buckley on the 4th September.

The County is also holding on the 4th June an open mixed better ball competition at Northop Golf Club, open to all members of the U.F.G.C. affiliated clubs.

The major event which is the U.F.G.C. scratch & youths individual championship is being held at Old Padeswood on the 2nd July over thirty six holes.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all the golf clubs who have once again given courtesy to the County to allow us to hold our events at their course, it is very much appreciated and to wish all that enter these events the very best of luck.

The funeral of Frank Tweedle County Captain 2014, will take place on Friday 8th April 2016, 2pm at St Paul Church, Gorsedd, Holywell, CH8 8QZ.

Refreshments to follow at Holywell Golf Club, Brynford, Holywell, CH8 8LQ

It is with the deepest of regret that I have to inform the members of the Union of Flintshire Golf Clubs of the death of Frank Tweedle who was County Captain of Flintshire in the 2014 season, Frank was Captain of Holywell Golf Club in 1999 and a member of the Flintshire Past Captains Association.

During his Vice Captains and Captains tenure with the UFGC Frank was a very popular follower of golf within the County, following both junior and mens matches with great enthusiasm, and will be very sorely missed by all those he met on and off the golf course.

A man with great humour and a joy of life, it was a pleasure personally to have known him.

Our sincere condolences go to Mary and his family at this very sad time.

The first scratch to Twelve match takes place on WEDNESDAY the 6th of APRIL at RHYL Golf Club. The tee is from two until five, the start sheet is at Rhyl Golf Club just ring up for a tee time price £5 INCLUDING BALL SWEEP.

Good Luck to all. Let's get as many as we can for the first event of the year.

Following on from last years successful better ball competition the UFGC are holding a Spring meeting at Prestatyn Golf Club on Thursday 14th May, the tee is available from 8:30 through until twelve noon. The cost is only £15 per pair a tremendous value for money with quality prizes for the first three teams and a trophy which will be played for on an annual basis which has been kindly donated by our President Mr Billy Evans. Entry forms are on the web-site under "entry forms" or you can contact Gareth Hughes the Secretary direct to book a tee-time

Posters for the County card will be posted in all Golf Clubs and County cards will be available from your Club Professional or Club Secretary from tomorrow the 1st of April. The card is available at NO cost to any Full male member of an affiliated Flintshire Golf Club Holders of the card can play any of the Flintshire Golf Clubs published in the card. A member is entitled to ONE round of golf in the course of the year, on each course listed, weekends, Bank Holidays and competition days excepted on the payment of half the normal green fee of the club visited excluding any special offers available.
To use the card you must telephone your booking in advance, produce your card on request and adhere to the host clubs rules and playing conditions of the day.
Take advantage and see all the great courses in Flintshire.

The first of the season's scratch to twelve competitions takes place at Rhyl Golf Course tomorrow the 1st of April, the weather forecast is not too good with rain predicted for most of the afternoon and evening. Good luck to all competitors see you there, although I will be spending my time in the warmth of the Clubhouse

Clwyd 2020

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