About usPrior to the South Wales Seniors Classic being setup, some South Wales Clubs played in the Seniors National Classic.
Discontent grew within these clubs as travel times and costs grew and it was felt that clubs within South Wales could start their own competition, raising funds within the local community and for local charities. As the there was no other similar competition in South Wales, conversations and general chat lead to the suggestion to gauge the interest of clubs across South Wales in starting a Seniors match play competition.
This led to an inaugural meeting of those interested clubs at Maesteg GC in November 2003.
Key in these early discussions were Howel Craven, Morriston GC, and Gerald Griffiths, Gower GC. At this inaugural meeting on 5th November 2003, it was agreed to form the South Wales Seniors Classic and a committee was formed to run the event with Tom Loveluck, Maesteg GC, becoming the first Chairman.
In the following year, Ray Morgan, Llantrisant and Pontyclun GC, took over as Chairman and has steered the committee ever since.
The Wales Air Ambulance was selected as the charity that all profits would go to and it was also agreed that sponsors would be sought to maximise the profits.
The committee are very grateful to the support from Mr Brian Isaacs who donated the Classic Cup Trophy and to Lasers are Us who donated the Classic Bowl.
From the initial eight founder clubs, forty three clubs now participate and entry for the Classic competition has been limited to 64 teams which has lead to several club's third teams being eliminated for ease of planning.
In turn this means that nearly 650 Seniors across South Wales are playing in the Classic Competition. From the first competitions £800 was donated to our charity and over the years, as interested has multiplied, so have our profits which meant we were able to donated £7,000 in 2017.
Our total over the years has reached a magnificent £96,000 being raised, a credit to all involved.
With the success of the Classic competition, it was felt that we could increase our fund raising and a competition for 4BBB pairs was introduced. Thus the Claret Jug competition was born in 2008 and we are very grateful to Molson Coors Breweries for sponsoring this competition.
The efforts of Howel Craven and Gerald Griffiths cannot be underrated, their energy and commitment in the early days of the competition have ensured it has grown into the great competition we see today, Howelâ€™s unstinted self-sacrifice, energy and commitment remain to date. In addition, the committee wish to extend their thanks to all the Sponsors and Clubs that have freely given up their courses for all competitions and the sponsors for once again generously donating funds towards the prizes, and to all the players who have brought raffle prizes and then bought tickets to win them back a very big thank you.