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.


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!


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.


Club Championship Knockout DrawHawkstone Bowl Knockout DrawJim Eardley Knockout Draw


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* Betterball stableford points to be played off white tees with 90% handicap allowance
* Maximum of twelve rounds to be completed by 28th February 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 (


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!


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!


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.


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.



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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