MENS' SECTION

KNOCKOUT DRAWS

David Lyon Mixed TrophyDennis Martin SalverGray Challenge Bowl

2021 CLUB CAPTAIN - Mr Terry Nutt

I have been involved in sport all my life, initially football then golf & subsequently coarse fishing & snooker. I had a Remedial Damp & Timber preservation business for 45 years which is now in the safe hands of my son Michael. My daughter Rebecca is a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in rehabilitation. Both of my children are married and live locally in Newport. I have 5 grandchildren who have all taken an interest in a bit of fishing but not yet discovered the delights of golf. I will have been married to my wife Francine for 45 years this year, we are both retired but the pace of life seems just as frenetic as when we were both working!

In 1978 I watched Tony Jacklin break the course record when he played Sandy Lyle on the Hawkstone course. Our club captain at the time was Mike Wetherby who refereed the match. The following year I joined the club playing the Weston Course when Tony Coles was Club Captain. At this time, to play in competitions on the Hawkstone you had to pay an additional green fee so I was rather chuffed to win the Easter Cup in 1980 but suffered in the hands of the handicapping Committee who were robust in docking shots swiftly thereafter. At the height of my stamina, flexibility & power I got down to a handicap of 12 probably incentivised by my dear wife when her handicap came down to 13. The tables have since turned, whilst she is consistent at 17 I am galloping up the handicap chart playing off 21. Our local Professional Michael Welch recently gave me a golf lesson and was ‘impressed’ by my golf clubs, he hasn’t seen a set like them since the 80’s, he is currently tweaking my technique so hopefully the magic will return to my game sometime soon.

My focus is to play the game and enjoy the camaraderie that makes this sport a valued social event. Hopefully we will be able to play more golf this year fulfilling our match fixtures and enjoying each other’s company in the old, time honoured way.

COMPETITIONS

The Mens Section has a comprehensive, competitive and friendly playing membership at Hawkstone. Weekly competitions are held on Sundays and have an alternate day of Saturday to also play. Competitions are held throughout the year so there is always a competition to enter and hopefully win! Trophy competitions are played on a Sunday, with an alternate day on a Friday; this gives golfers the opportunity to play on a day which is convenient to them. Our Honours Board Trophies are presented at the Club's Annual Prize Presentation evening at the end of November.

Captains Day is usually held in July and is certainly one of the most popular days in our playing calendar which includes 18 holes of golf and a dinner and prize presentation in the evening. There are three team Opens throughout the year giving members the opportunity to invite golfing friends from other clubs.

MATCHES

Matches organised by the County include scratch and handicap teams, Hargrove, Chronicle Cup and Cognac Trophy. There is a wide variety of friendly matches organised between local clubs playing both home and away matches. Entry is also available into some National competitions creating a busy schedule of events all year round.

WINTER LEAGUE 2020/21

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RULES:

* Betterball stableford points to be played off white tees with 85% handicap allowance
* Maximum of twelve rounds to be completed by 31st March 2021
* Games to be played against at least 4 different pairs participating in the competition
* Winners will be the pair with the highest number of points from their best 6 rounds
* In the case of a tie the last played card used to find the top 6 scores will count to find the winners
* Should the course be 'shortened' over the winter with bucket holes, scores will not be accepted. Any questions should be directed to Mike Powell (mike@mp-hire.com)

HAWKSTONE BOWL KNOCKOUT FINAL

On 12th September our Junior Organiser Ian Balmforth (5) faced Josh Gresty (3), who went on to win the Club Championship in October, in the final of this prestigious Club Knockout.

The Hawkstone Bowl is the handicapped version of the Club Championship played on the Hawkstone Course when 16 members qualify through with their best 3 competition scores.

Ian took the lead twice in the front 9 but Josh pulled back to all square at the halfway mark.

Josh won the 10th and Ian pulled back into the lead winning the next 2 holes, a birdie on 14 took Ian to 2 up which he held on to and won 2-1 on the 17th. Ian said he had a bit of luck hitting a tree with his drive on the 17th which came back onto the fairway!

Well played Ian in a low scoring final to beat the in form Josh!

Ian pictured with his son Max, the Junior Captain while playing in the 100 hole Charity Challenge.

KNOCKOUT DRAWS

Club Championship Knockout DrawHawkstone Bowl Knockout DrawJim Eardley Knockout Draw

Men's Gray Cup Knockout Final

On 26th September this 4BBB final was played between Dave Ralphs and Keith Marsh against Keith Lazell and Joe Ellis on the Hawkstone Course.

Dave and Keith were 1 up at the turn and then turned on the gas winning 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th to take the match 4-2.

Congratulations to you all and we are wondering if Dave Ralphs is the oldest Club member to win a trophy having turned 80 in May?? Well done Dave and Keith.

Centenary Men's Club Champion 2020

Congratulations to Josh Gresty who triumphed in the final of the Club Championship knockout beating the 2019 Champion Rowly Jones in a thrilling 36 hole competition on the 17th October.

The 2 handicap player Josh was 1 up after 18 holes on the Hawkstone Course, a nip and tuck game in which they carded 69 and 70 gross.

After lunch on the Championship Course, scratch golfer Rowly levelled the score on the 2nd and continued to shine going 3 up after 6 holes including 3 birdies. Josh sank a long putt for par on the 7th and the fight back started.

A real turning point was Josh's magnificent eagle on the par 5, 14th hole, Bridge Too Far. He played an iron for his 2nd shot over the water and sank the putt. He then went on to win the next 3 holes and sealed the match 2-1.

A fantastic exhibition of golf enjoyed by many members, family and friends.
Well played both of you and thank you to Dave Ralphs for refereeing.

Some statistics from the day were:
* 69-70 gross Hawkstone Course
* Level par in the pm on the Championship Course
* Whole match had 12 birdies and 2 eagles. Rowly drove The Basin and Josh eagled Bridge too Far.

KNOCKOUT RESULTS

Dennis Martin Salver

Congratulations to Andrew Hayes-Jones & Chris Stevens beating Mark Hitchin & Keith Marsh on the 17th - a very close match. Well played to all!

KNOCKOUT RESULTS

Jim Eardley Knockout

Dave Greaves (Vice President) was referee at this final. He reported that, "I had the privilege of referring the final of the Jim Eardley knockout between Alan Ball 10 handicap and Joe Ellis 22 handicap. Joe got off to a good start getting 3 up early on but by the 16th thanks to a birdie by Alan it was all square. Joe went on to win this well contested and friendly final on the 18th 1up.

The first photograph showing Joe on the left having won.

HOLE IN ONE!

Congratulations to Terry Nixon who shot an ACE when he played a 9 iron to the green on the 12th hole of the Hawkstone Course and it spun back in the hole!

A 14 handicapper, he was playing in the Russ Noble knockout competition against Robin Mackness and won the match.

Great shot!

Recent results ...

Trophy competition results

The Primrose Bowl Men's Trophy was played on the 5th July. Winning by a 2 stroke margin and a great score of net 68 off a handicap of 15 was Rob Clarke, followed in 2nd by Mike Arthur net 70 off 20 and Sam Breakes 70 off 2. A very close competition as Mark Hitchin and Curtis Deakin also shot net 70's on the Championship Course off the Blue tees.

This is one of our loveliest trophies and was presented by Ken Redfern who lived in the chalet right of the 10th fairway in memory of his daughter Primrose who tragically died young.

On 12th July the men's section played the Nadin Bogey Trophy with a tremendous winning score of +6 by Paul Downward followed by Kevin Atkinson on +5 and Sam Breakes 3rd on +4.

The Marshall Stocker Bowl was played on the 19th July and the winner of this prestigious trophy was Stewart Mackness with a score of 71 off a handicap of 6. Second was Keith Forster on the back 9 with 71 off 3 and 3rd was Mike Powell also 71 off 8.

Great scores from the blue tees on the Championship Course with Stewart playing the back 9 in 2 under gross.
Well played all of you!

JUNIOR CAPTAIN ON FORM!

On 28th June HPGC's Junior Captain Max Balmforth played a fantastic round to win the Men's Easter Cup with a net 69 off a handicap of 12. As this is the second round of the Budgen trophy his score was good enough to secure this Trophy too! With net scores of 74+69=143 he took The Budgen by one shot from Paul Downward 71+73=144 followed by Jack Shantry 68+77=145 and Robin Mackness also 145.
Congratulations Max.

2020 CENTENARY MENS' CAPTAIN - Stuart Apperley

My family joined Hawkstone in the early 1960's and I started playing golf occasionally in the late 60's; I then joined in the 70's. I then let my membership lapse for a while and re-joined when it was the old Weston course. My father was Captain in the mid 1980's, a great year as it was also the year Sandy Lyle won the Open. I became a member of the Management Committee in 2000 and was responsible for the Club newsletter, then called the Niblick.

I have been joint organiser of the Shropshire NFU Golf Society for at least the last 15 years - certainly good preparation for my role as Club Captain.

My wife, Christine, is Lady Captain this year, I am looking forward to working with her and hopefully playing more mixed golf!

ACHIEVEMENTS

2020 DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES

Congratulations to Robin and Stewart Mackness who beat Market Drayton Golf Club 3 & 2 to secure a place in the second round in this National competition. Good luck chaps in the second round!!!

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