Bradnor Bugle - December 2013

News from the Ladies' Section at Kington Golf Club

The Ladies held their Annual Meeting and Presentation of Trophies on November 23.  Lady Captain,  Kay Taylor reported on a year where the weather had played a large role with the snow in the Spring causing many cancellations, but then the glorious Summer and mild autumn making golf a pleasure on Bradnor Hill.

The Trophy winners photographed are : Back Row: Angela Wilkes, Claire Burton, Jo Burton, Sue Purslow, Carolyn Jones, Wendy Douglas Front Row : Barbara Smith, Roma Watkins, Bee Baxendale, Pip Frost Barbara Radbourne.

The Club Championship this year was won by Lorraine Bourne with Ruth Alexander taking the Iris Paget Trophy for the best net 

2013 Herefordshire Junior Championships

We extend our congratulations to Ryan Hotchkiss, Jamie Thomas and James Herdman for their fine showing in the 2013 Herefordshire Junior Championships. The event held at Upper Sapey Golf Club saw Ryan and Jamie tie for the lead, both with 77’s, after a four hole play off Ryan came out as the new Junior County Champion by two shots.  Ryan and Jamie were joined by James to give Kington the team prize and round off a good days work. It was however a close call in the team event as Kington scored 245 with Burghill Valley just one shot back in second place with 246.

Seniors' AGM

At the recent Seniors'  AGM the following were elected to the Committee for the 2013/2014 season.

Captain -  Terry Weight,  Secretary -  Paul Finch, Treasurer – Joe James
Fixtures Secretary – Richard Hill,  Competitions Co-ordinator – Andy Edey

Terry takes over from David Mains who did a splendid job as Seniors'  Captain for the past three years. David has now taken over Ron Davies-Jones’s post as the Club's Membership Secretary.

The Seniors match results for the 2013 season are:-

29 scheduled matches  - 6 cancelled due to rain and snow. 11 matches won (10 at home) – 11 lost and one drawn.                                                                      

Home results very good -- away matches --Terrrrrrrible!!!!!

The Inter Club Quiz Night 

Kington were the hosts to Burghill Valley Golf Club and The Herefordshire Golf Club.  Approx 15 teams of four took part. The three best scores from each Club counting.

The Quiz was set independently.  Allan Williams read the questions (but didn`t always give the answers we put!).

I would say it was a great success and I believe well over £400 was taken over the bar plus £200 from the entrance money and raffle.  Chips and sandwiches were served at half time.

The result was:-  The Herefordshire 265 points, Burghill 240 and Kington 225

It is a round robin tournament with away matches at Burghill on January 25, 2014 and The Herefordshire on the 15 February, 2014.

So come on all you experts, we need your support in the two away matches!

Energize Shropshire Awards Ceremoney

Dear All,

I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating the Chairman of Junior Golf, Charles Sievewright, on his success at the Energize Awards ceremony in Shrewsbury last night.

Energize Shropshire is the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin County Sports Partnership and holds the awards to highlight the excellent work happening across the county and to celebrate all that is great about community sport and physical activity.

Charles, who has been associated with Junior golf in Shropshire and Herefordshire for around 20 years – as Junior Organiser at his Club, Patshull Park and for the last four years as Chairman of Junior Golf in the twin Counties – was voted the Volunteer of the Year in recognition of the sterling work he does on behalf of young golfers.

One of the two runners up in that category was Shrewsbury’s Junior Organiser, Richard Beason, who has done an immense amount of voluntary work for the youngsters in the Club.

Sportsmen and women,  together with many who operate behind the scenes to ensure the success of their sports, were honoured at a ceremony at which Olympic Gold Medallist, Tessa Sanderson, was the guest of honour.  Congratulations to both Charles and Richard, the only two nominees from golf in S&H.


Bob Davies
President, Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs 

Matthew Davies

Have you been a member of the club long enough to remember the name Matthew Davies. Matthew started playing golf at Kington around 1998 after being encouraged by his grandmother. His golfing career as an amateur and now as a Professional has gone from strength to strength and he is now working in China where he is the Manager of International Development for the PGA.  Matt is based at the PGA Golf Acadamy, Mission Hills, Dongguan near Shenzhen.  He has been involved in staging tournaments and arranging training workshops. Matt comments that China marks a potentially exciting new career for him but it is culturally very different and not for everyone.

Birthday Girls!

Greta  Davies celebrated her 80th birthday recently and the ladies celebrated with her.  Elaine Allen (who also had a recent birthday) had organised a wonderful cake with a golfing theme made by Jenny Kelly of Lyonshall.  Greta showed her appreciation by buying all the drinks. The weather was lovely and it seemed that the course was celebrating with us all.                                         

News from the Pro Shop

Christmas greetings from the Pro Shop and on behalf of Sarah and Chris thank you for all of your support that we have received since I took over as Head Professional in May.  As a thank you, from December 1 through until the December 24,  for every £50 you spend in one transaction in the Pro Shop you will receive a £5 gift voucher to spend. (T&C’s apply) 

Thanks to the fantastic demand for tickets for our Christmas Raffle we can now announce that a Ping putter will be added to the list of prizes.  Tickets are £1 each and are available in the Pro Shop.  The draw will take place on Sunday , 22 December after the Men’s Competition.

Look out for our Cracking ‘Christmas Cracker Deals’ which will be running through December.  Starting with the SkyCaddie GPS Watch – RRP £159 ‘Christmas Cracker Deal’ £149

Finally Sarah, Chris, Ross and Harry at Sarah Walton Golf wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to your continued support in 2014

And finally ......

Fred got home from his Sunday round of golf later than normal and feeling tired.  "Bad day at the course?"  his wife asked."‘Everything was going fine’" he said. "Then Dai had a heart attack and died on the tenth tee".  "Oh, that’s awful"  "You're not kidding. For the whole back nine it was hit the ball, drag Dai, hit the ball, drag Dai….. "                                                                                                                

Golfer:  "Notice anything really different about my swing and my game today Alan?"
Partner: "Yes I think I did.   It’s the first time you have kept a ten off your card!"

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