EVENTS - This Month's & Recent


Winner of Wem Bowl 2023 - Dani Hoof (member of Market Drayton). Dani also won the Wem Bowl in 2021.

Playing off -3.4 Dani recorded two gross scores of 72 & 75, totalling 147 to beat Alex Weare (Prestbury Golf Club) in second place also scoring 147. Third was Steve Watton (Churchill & Blakedown Golf Club) with 149. Click here to view results


The 21st playing of the event returned to the traditional date of the Friday immediately following The Open and dry sunny conditions were enjoyed by the 17 participants - a rare golfing experience in the wettest July for many years!

As an experiment, the event was played with the gentlemen enjoying the choice of white or yellow tees with playing handicaps adjusted accordingly - plus 4 shots for the ladies off the red tees and plus 2 shots for the gentlemen off the white tees. And the result was a tightly fought contest with Nick Evans posting 38 points to beat Andy Hughes and Issi Brisbourne by a single point.

Nick, who plays off scratch at Shifnal, won his Masters Green Jacket as long ago as 2001!

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Mens Masters Results 2022

Keith Marsh’s Unique Double!

Not content with winning the Dennis Martin Salver playing with Peter Williams in early September, Keith Marsh followed this success with a stunning second round of nett 65 in The Masters to beat, guess who, on a back 18 count back, Peter Williams!

Keith originally grew up in Sedgley in the Black Country, where he was passionate about many sports, both indoor and outdoor; he started playing golf on a regular basis only when he relocated to Whitchurch from Kinver, South Staffs in 2007.

Keith has always enjoyed his career in engineering and currently is employed as a Senior Toolmaker; he has been a member of Hawkstone Park for over 12 years and is hoping that he can build upon this year’s successes!


Winner 2022 - Stephen Riley

I had the pleasure of refereeing The A G Eccleston Trophy final on Tuesday 8th Feb.

It was a close and gentlemanly match between Stephen Riley and Peter Williams. Stephen got of to a flying start (not unexpected as he is a pilot), but Peter pulled it back to all square with a given birdie on the 7th and a birdie on the 8th. It remained close but Stephen closed it on the 17th.

Well played to both, Congratulations to Stephen on becoming the first Trophy winner of 2022.

Dave Greaves
President 2021-2022


Hawkstone Park’s European Tour Pro Ashley Chesters was in the interview hot seat for our latest members’ Zoom Friday Night Get-together.

Talking to our star interviewer Hazel Ruscoe, Ashley took us through his successful career, from his two holes-in-one as a young boy and his remarkable time as an amateur when he won back-to-back European Championships and competed in the Walker Cup, through to achieving a tied 12th position in The Open at St Andrews.

He gave us a great insight into his training programme, life on-the-road on the European Tour and the challenges Covid-19 have presented for his sport.

Ashley’s top tip for club golfers: make sure you practice for 20 minutes before you go out on the course.

THANK YOU Ashley and Hazel - HPGC are immensely proud of how you have developed your game through from the Juniors Section and continue to support the Club so well.



Members were treated to a Zoom Audience with Michael Welch, former tour professional, now coach, and fully paid-up member of the dynasty of Hawkstone Park’s high-achieving professional golfers alongside Ashley Chesters and Sandy Lyle.

Interviewed by Hazel Ruscoe, Michael talked us through his illustrious career from his first club tournament at the age of just four, his success as the country’s best ever junior golfer, a record that still stands; his 12-year professional playing career and his work coaching top professionals and club golfers.
A great piece of advice from Michael: when asked about the biggest mistake amateur golfers make, he said it was listening to advice from friends about their golf. Time to take a shortcut to success and get those lessons booked!
Thank you Michael and Hazel for the brilliant lockdown entertainment!

Pictured: Michael aged 4, with his haul of trophies 1990, partnering Lee Westwood and in his current coaching role


Francine's 2021 Mile Walking and Cycling Challenge

Help Francine Nutt raise money to support Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Check out her Just Giving page to donate:


Hawkstone Park Golf Club is Sun Protection Accredited because ...

Hawkstone Park is proud to be recognised as a Sun Protection Accredited club, having signed up to the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf.
This summer, as part of our overall duty of care, we will be raising awareness of sun protection, offering advice on how to reduce the risk of skin cancer to all our members and staff.
The campaign, devised by the Melanoma Fund, is backed by 11 major golf organisations, requires clubs to undertake the following actions:
1. Nominate a Sun Pro Ambassador; promoting the campaign to members/staff.
2. Add a sun protection statement to Terms & Conditions of play/Health & Safety policy.
3. Display awareness posters and promote the campaign internally, and externally on socials.
4. Ensure sunscreen is available in the club, either for sale or for complimentary use*
5. Display the Sun Protection Accreditation logo – both digitally and in the club.
We have joined a growing community of golf clubs who are taking the health of members seriously. Skin cancer is preventable, but is now at epidemic levels, so the question is if not, why not? If you wish to discuss this further, please speak to Ken MacGillivray ( our Sun Pro Ambassador.
For sun protection tips and what to look out for when skin checking, visit
*subject to COVID restrictions
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On 22nd October the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund held their annual Awards Ceremony which this year was held virtually.

The winner of the Clubs and Groups Award 2019/2020 was Hawkstone Park Golf Club. This award acknowledged the work of our 2019 Captains David Driver de Valle and Francine Nutt who managed to raise the amazing sum of £6146.00 during their year for this very worthy cause.

As many of you know, David or DDV was treated there and was impressed with his care, but sadly lost his battle in August. He was a real gentleman who loved HPGC and we all miss him terribly.

Pictured is DDV and Francine with their cheque and Francine with the award.

We are so proud of them.


On Friday 25th September, Hawkstone Park Golf Club members ventured into Wales to play the Championship links course at Harlech which is the second Club of our Captain Stuart Apperley and had been rearranged from April due to lockdown.

We were all made very welcome and enjoyed a fabulous day with testing windy conditions, some great golf and brilliant company. Stuart also invited guests from RSD to join us.
Like Hawkstone there have been improvements made over the last six months producing wonderful greens and fairways.
Captain Stuart welcomed everyone with a bottle or two of sloe gin!

The stars of the day were:
Best Gross - Rowly Jones 74
Div 1
1st Ian Balmforth 33 pts
2nd Ashley Burdock 32 pts
3rd Michael Lewis-Wright 31 pts
Div 2
1st Terry Nixon 35 pts
2nd Mark Bates 34 pts
3rd Ian Vickerstaff 33pts

1st Louisa Goff 33 pts
2nd Sharon Jones 30 pts
3rd Wendy Simpson 27 pts

Captain Stuart thanks everyone for their support and friendship.

Presidents Day September 2020

President Dale celebrates her special day. Click on image to view the results

Centenary President Mrs Dale Benbow hosted a superb Centenary Presidents Day on the Hawkstone Course, which was a great day for her and the club. Organised within the Covid regulations, around 140 members and guests played on the day. Members were greeted on the first tee by Dale’s son James who presented each member with a Centenary logo’d coaster and golf ball, a lovely memento of the day. President Dale and Les Benbow ran a Halfway House at the 11th tee to replenish the golfers.

Members competed for two Men’s white tee divisions, a Seniors division, Ladies and Junior divisions and the star prizes of the day were the President’s Prize and putter which was the best Stableford points overall, and Best Gross.


In preparation for the launch of the World Handicap System (WHS), England Golf has provided all clubs with the wording of the England Golf WHS Privacy Notice. England Golf take the principles of Data Protection very seriously. They are committed to being transparent about how they collect and use our members’ data, and the privacy notice is an important part of that commitment.

Click to view the England Golf WHS privacy notice, which has also been provided to all those Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that have been licensed by CONGU to have access to the WHS platform in England and will be displayed by ISVs on their platforms.


Finalists - Club Championships

After some tough knockout rounds the finalists for the Club Champions are:

Rowly Jones, current Club Champion after beating Nigel Chesters in the final last year. A scratch golfer, he beat Keith Forster in the semi finals on the 20th hole! He won the Captain's gross prize shooting level par 2 weeks ago.
Josh Gresty, a 3 handicapper who has been on great form winning the Masters Trophy last week. This is his first time in the final and these two should have a great match - the date will be announced soon.

The ladies Club Championship finalists are:

Louisa Goff, an 8 handicapper and previous Champion, she lost out to Molly Moore in last years final and is hoping to regain the title. Her opponent is Julie Wales, playing off 17, this is her first time in the final. She is an tough match player winning through to 5 finals this year.
Their match is on Monday 14th September at 3pm on the Hawkstone Course.

The Senior's Club Championship is to be contested by the reigning Champion, Nigel Chesters, playing of scratch. He will play John Gallagher who should give him a good match playing off 8.

All matches are scratch knockout competitions.

Good luck to all .....

Captains Day 23rd August 2020

Centenary Captain Stuart Apperley celebrates his special day. Click on image to view the results.

Club Captain of HPGC Stuart Apperley hosted a fantastic Centenary Captains Day on the Hawkstone Course, which was a great day for him and the Club.

Organised within the Covid regulations, 140 members and guests played on the day. They were started by Hayley, and Lady Captain Christine and Kate ran a Halfway House at the 12th tee to replenish the golfers.

Members competed for two Men’s white tee divisions, a yellow tee division, Ladies and Junior divisions and the star prizes of the day were the Captain’s Prize which was the best nett overall, Best Gross and Guest prize.

Stuart said he was thrilled with the support from members, the condition of the course and the amazing feedback he has received. He said it was a such an enjoyable and memorable day, and thanks everyone who helped to make it such a success.

See Gallery Page for more pictures from the day



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HPGC are making some tentative steps towards returning to some form of competitive golf. The playing of qualifying competitions has been set up with the guidance of England Golf, however we will continue to monitor this situation on a weekly basis.

Click here to view the framework of regulations

Play Safe Stay Safe

England Golf has been working closely with partners from across the sport, including The R&A, other Home Nations and industry associations to draw together a framework under which they believe golf can safely be played on its return after the lockdown from Coronavirus. They also advise that clubs may choose to run competitions from Monday 1 June provided all social distancing and safety rules are strictly observed. These new rules have been updated on 23rd September 2020

Please click on image to see England Golf's Framework

England Golf Update

Update from England Golf after Prime Ministers decision regarding lockdown 11th May 2020

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Course update

Who has been busy on the course? ....

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April Course update

Find out what has been happening on the course recently ...

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We are taking appropriate steps to make sure we minimise the risk of infection from the COVID-19 virus. Please check your emails for updates in connection with events happening up until the end of April 2020.

Check out the England Golf website for their advice.

Coronavirus Update

National Club Golfers advice

6th Time Lucky for Rowly!

Rowly Jones won his first Club Championship title by defeating his good golfing friend and defending Champion, Nigel Chesters.

After a tight game in the morning round on the Championship course, Rowly went into the afternoon round on the Hawkstone course with a 2 hole lead and when Rowly won 3 holes on the bounce he extended his lead to 5 up.

On the 9th hole Rowly chipped in from the edge of the green for two with Nigel sitting 10ft away from the pin after hitting a great shot in only to proceed to miss his putt!

So the match ended on the 11th with Rowly winning by 8 and 7.

Very well done Rowly!

Meanwhile, Molly Moore won her second Ladies' Club Championship title with some wonderful golf to beat defending Champion, Louisa Goff, also by 8 & 7.

PRESIDENT’S DAY - 27 May 2019

Hawkstone’s trio of proud President’s Day winners with their Putter Trophies!

Overall Winner - Robin Gemmill 39 pts

Men Division 1 Stewart Mills 35 pts

Men Division 2 John Hampson 37 pts

Seniors Barry Roylance 41 pts

Ladies Gina Chesters 33 pts 

Juniors Tom Welch 32 pts

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The Seniors Section are sure that the Ladies enjoyed the match as much as they did and it is hoped that the function will be repeated soon and certainly next year!

1st Kath Gleave & Dave Robson           66 4
2nd Elaine Brown & Allan Pilkington    67.8

3rd Cheryl Greaves & Dave Samuel      71.0

4th Molly Moore & Lawrence Ellerby    72.4


On Friday 10 May @ Vale of Llangollen

36 members enjoyed a day of "mixed" spring weather on a course in excellent condition.

Men 1st Mike Powell
Men 2nd Barry Roylance
Men 3rd Richard Aston

Ladies 1st Nicola Jones
Ladies 2nd Louisa Goff
Ladies 3rd Cheryl Greaves

Men Best Front 9 Robin Mackness
Ladies Best back 9 Sharon Jones
Hidden Pairs 1st Ian Balmforth & Nick Rothwell
Hidden Pairs 2nd David Morris & William N'Cube
Nearest the pin - Ladies 18th Nicky Jones
Nearest the pin - Men 18th Richard Aston


Click on the image of Nicky to view


A closely fought match ended in the first ever tie with 7 1/2 games each!

So since the match was first played in 1996 the President’s team still only have one victory to their name which was secured under Richard Jones-Roberts’ Presidency!

Pictured is Captain “DDV” announcing the result after an excellent meal in the hotel.

And pictured before “battle commenced”, from left, President Dale Benbow, HPL Managing Director David Sims, Captain David Driver de Valle and Ladies’ Captain Francine Nutt.

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