Club News

by Secretary

on Mon April 9, 2018

Ludlow Open Scratch Salver on Sunday 8 April 2018

Congratulations to Shrewsbury Golf Club member Nick Evans on winning the Ludlow Open Scratch Salver on Sunday 8 April 2018

After 10mm of heavy rain in the morning the event was reduced to 18 holes which produced a 3-way tie on 2 under par. Nick was joined host club member Harry Lines & Jason Turner from Brighton for the sudden death play-off which Nick won with a birdie 3 at the 3rd extra hole.

Pictured above from the left Nick Evans with the Ludlow Golf Club Captain Mr Alan Reid 


 Pictured below from the left Nick Evans,Harry Lines and Jason Turner


by Secretary

on Thu March 22, 2018

Heart Research UK is Recommending that you Play Golf

The UK’s second largest heart charity, Heart Research UK, has started recommending that people aged 65 or older should play golf in order to reduce their chances of developing heart disease.

In an email sent to its database about how the elderly can improve their heart health, the organisation recommends exercise, and specifically golf, which can improve weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

“Do what you enjoy and start small,” it states.

“Increments of 10 minutes of activity are all you need to kick-start your active lifestyle. Make your 10 minute sessions add up to 30 minutes a day at least five days per week to make a real difference to your heart health. Exercise can be anything that makes your heart beat faster, your body slightly warm and breathing quicker.

“Golf can be a great benefit to your health in later years and can add some serious foot mileage into your week.

“You may find other benefits of regular golf too, such as a reduced waist size, weight loss and improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”


 Last year the walking benefits of playing an 18-hole round at least once a week was investigated by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, which found that people who play the game regularly are 30 per cent less likely to experience coronary heart disease than those who don’t.

And in 2016 several employees of BT gave a ringing endorsement to golf after the company funded an event for them thanks to a British Heart Foundation newsletter.

The charity’s health-for-work newsletter promoted golf, and the work of the ‘Get into golf’ campaign, as an activity due to its physical and mental wellbeing benefits. Staff at telecommunications giant BT saw the email, and concluded that golf seemed perfect for BT’s ‘Fit for Life’ programme, designed to help BT employees become healthy and active, raise money for charity and help in the community, and decided to therefore offer the sport to its employees in the north east.

“A round of golf can involve walking up to five miles and burning around 900 calories. Golf also helps you relax, reduces stress and encourages you to spend time with friends out in the fresh air,” said BT senior nursing advisor Jo Jenkins

“Worldwide, the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, which unfortunately is bringing about a growing number of preventable diseases and physical disability,” adds Heart Research UK.

“While you can’t do anything about growing old, you can do things to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.

“Moderate physical activity such as brisk walking can significantly reduce the risk of death. Add to your golden years with recreation that is fun and heart healthy and enjoy an old age filled with good health and vitality that’s free from disability and heart disease.”

by Secretary

on Mon March 5, 2018

Playing Partnership with Bridgnorth and Lilleshall Hall Golf Club



Pictured above from the left are the Club Chairman, Iain Gilmour, Will Schofield Lilleshall Hall GC and John Sollars Bridgnorth GC.

The Management Committee has agreed that Shrewsbury Golf Club will enter into a ‘Playing Partnership’ with Bridgnorth and Lilleshall Hall Golf Clubs. The arrangement, which runs for a trial year from 1st April 2018, will allow members of the three clubs to play occasional casual golf, free of charge, at each other’s courses.

We are delighted to be able to offer members the opportunity to visit Lilleshall and Bridgnorth as part of the current membership package, and we hope they will enjoy the courses and facilities both clubs have to offer.

The move has been made after consultation with a number of groups of members and reflects a growing trend for clubs to work together to give golfers a wider golf experience.

Lilleshall and Bridgnorth are both within 30 minutes drive and just 25 miles away from Condover. They are well run, well presented courses, which, like ours, provide a good golfing challenge.

The package will be limited to groups of no more than eight golfers at a time, must be booked in advance and visitors will need to sign in with the relevant club professionals. Membership will be checked against a membership card.

Members from Shrewsbury will also be able to play in the other club’s Open Competitions and some other special competitions, paying members’ rates, but they will not be entitled to play in club competitions.

There will also be a daily limit of numbers visiting each club and the package cannot be used as part of Society Bookings or Captain’s ’Away Days’.
The offer will be available to full, seven day members, Young Adult and category 2 and 3 Youth Members. It will not be available to Lifestyle or 3-Month Members.

All three clubs are members’ clubs, offering a similar package to a roughly similar membership profile, so they are a good fit and from early discussions it was clear we have likeminded views.

We do not have any plans to open this up to other clubs in other parts of the County and will strive to maintain the close relationships and reciprocal relationships we already have with Llanymynech, Ludlow, Henlle, Llangollen and South Staffs.

We hope members will see this as an extra add-on benefit, coming at no extra cost to their existing package. There will of course be occasions when our course is closed and vice-versa and we hope that this relationship will allow members to play golf elsewhere when such a situation arises. In addition, our casual golfers should also be able to play golf at Lilleshall or Bridgnorth on occasions when competitions at our own club prevent them from getting on their own course.

Our Secretary Tony Rowe will act as our liaison officer to monitor how this playing partnership unfolds and we do not expect any course to get more than its fair share of visitors.

As part of the friendly arrangement, and to cement the partnership, the three clubs will plan to play in an annual mixed tri-match.

Les Lewis Captain, Iain Gilmour Chairman

Pictured aboved the are the club delegates from the three clubs which made this exciting partnership possible.

John Cresswell Lilleshall GC President, Iain Gilmour, Will Schofield Lilleshall Hall GC Chairman, John Sollars Bridgnorth GC Chairman, Les Lewis and Phil Kay Bridgnorth GC Secretary

by Secretary

on Thu February 22, 2018

Hargrove Final Sunday 18th February 2018

 Shrewsbury Hargrove Victory


Shrewsbury Golf Club finally ended their 58 year wait for a second Hargrove trophy after last weekend’s second leg concluded in a nail biting fashion.

After the first leg at Burghill Valley ended 1.5-1.5 1 hole up to Shrewsbury, all was to play for in the return leg at Shrewsbury, with Burghill Valley looking to retain the title they won the previous year.

Tom Kerr and Barry Ruddick were chosen as the pair to lead off by example, hoping to secure the first point for the side, they came up against against Richard Lloyd and Pete Lockett and soon took the lead, after two chip ins from Tom and a birdie on 6, Tom and Barry were 3 up at the turn.

Richard and Pete made a small comeback but the game ended in a 5 up victory for the Shrewsbury pair.

Nick Evans and Timmy Corfield were up against a very strong pair in S&H County Captain Kris Jones and Ed Morley in the final match, both sides traded birdies throughout the match but Burghill eventually won 5 up meaning the middle match of Sean McCarthy and Jamie Hancock against Elliot Buck and Matt Harrison was to be the deciding match.

Sean and Jamie led for the majority of the match, standing on the 15th tee 3 up and 5 to play, victory was within touching distance for Shrewsbury, however Burghill hadn’t given up hope just yet, Matt Harrison holed a tramliner on 15 to reduce the deficit to 2 down and after a double bogey on 17 from the Shrewsbury pair, the game and the tie was going down the last. Both teams found the green in regulation and after Burghill missed their birdie putt, it was left to Sean McCarthy to tap in from 12 inches to secure the trophy.

Unknown to the many supporters and players surrounding the final green, the match had actually been decided on the 17th hole in the last match after Shrewsbury won the hole reducing their score to 4 down meaning even if the 2nd match was halved Burghill would have lost by 1 hole.

 Pictured above from the left, Back Row : Jamie Hancock, Hargrove A Team Captain David Gilmour, Tom Kerr, Nick Evans, Front Row : The Captain, Sean McCarthy, Barry Ruddick, Tim Corfield.

This was a fantastic achievement by the Shrewsbury Hargrove team players and all involved with the club, hopefully the club can have a successful attempt at defending the trophy next year.  

by Secretary

on Thu February 22, 2018

New World Handicap System to come into play in 2020

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is to be transformed by a new system that The R&A and the USGA have unveiled.

The key features have been designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, says a spokesman for both organisations.


“The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA,” he added.

The new system will feature the following:
•Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
•A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
•A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
•An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
•A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
•Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
•A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
•A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.


“Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 per cent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 per cent were willing to consider its benefits, and only two per cent were opposed.

“This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.

“This feedback has helped shape the World Handicap System, which has been developed by The R&A and the USGA with support from each existing handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada,” he added.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said, “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.

“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”


Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernising golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.

Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020. When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by The R&A and the USGA and administered by national and regional associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures.


The existing six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The R&A and the USGA, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of ‘Rules of Handicapping’, aimed to support modernising, growing and improving accessibility of the sport.

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