Market Drayton

The Club

Market Drayton Golf Club

Meet our Key People



2016 President
Derek Clarke

Hi, may I introduce myself.  My name is Derek Clarke, retired engineer, and I have the great pleasure of being President of Market Drayton Golf Club for 2016.

I joined this tremendous club in 1986 (after 2 years on the waiting list, which was the norm back then).  Over the years I have served on Committee in various roles and then in 2008 I had the honour to serve as Captain of the Club.

Market Drayton Golf Club is a most friendly place and welcomes new members, visitors and guests with open arms, as I am sure our present new members will agree.  Market Drayton Golf Club is a challening but fair test of golf for any standard of golfer, as I am sure you will agree upon your first visit.  Hope to see you soon.

Stuart Smith

2016 Club Captain
Stuart Smith

A Lancastrian born and bred, we moved to Market Drayton in 1990. I have been a keen social golfer for many years and joined the club in 2004 when my son became a junior member. I was invited onto general committee in 2007 and have helped steer the club through times of change over the last five years. I am a qualified accountant and became Chairman of Finance in 2008 and was Club President in 2011. Working with other members of the committee we are keen to ensure that we move the club forward in the way it is managed to give members and visitors alike the best value and enjoyment from this great club.

Annette Watkins 2016 Lady Captain
Annette Watkins

I became a member of Market Drayton in June 1997, and am now in my fourth year on the ladies committee, having already served two years back in 2003/4.

I am also very proud to represent our fantastic club as a regular member of the ladies handicap league and it is an honour to be Lady Captain in 2016.


Rob Wagstaffe

2016 Vice Captain & Chairman of House & Bar
Rob Wagstaffe

I’m a local man born and raised in Shropshire and having lived in Market Drayton since 1978. I have been a keen golfer for over 30 years and joined the Club in 1989, my son was also a junior member.
I was first elected onto General Management Committee in 1994 taking the role of Chairman of House & Bar, a role I served in for some 12 years, helping to shape the future of the Golf Club after the construction of the new Clubhouse.
I retired in 2014 after 27 years of working in property and building construction, Design and Project Management. I was elected to the General Management Committee in 2014 and have again taken on the Chairman of House & Bar role. I hope to bring my knowledge and experience in Asset and Project Management to the Club and assist the General Management Committee in taking the Club forward in a prudent way for the benefit of all its members. 

I am delighted to take on the role of Vice Captain in 2016.


2015 Lady Vice Captain
Jane Sloan



Jill Mills  Club Administrator
Mrs Jill Mills
Having joined us in the Summer of 2012 Jill has quickly settled into the role of Club Administrator. She brings with her 12 years of experience working for DPI who are an Event Management company. This has lead to her being involved in organising and supporting DPI work for the European tour , The Ryder Cup and The BMW PGA Championship amongst others. DPI have also worked closely with with IMG on the Volvo World Matchplay Championship in Spain. We hope her organisational & administrative skills will bring big benefits to our Golf Club.
Russell Clewes Golf Professional
Russell Clewes
Russell qualified as a PGA Golf Professional in 1987 having trained under the guidance of Paul Symonds at Newcastle-Under-Lyme GC before becoming our full time professional in March 1991. Russell has seen the club develop from a 9 to 18 hole course, which he feels is one of the "toughest scoring courses in the County".Russell supports all aspects of the club and inparticular the develpoment and coaching of our Juniors. He is a well respected member of staff a


nd we are proud to have him as our Golf Professional.
Stuart Smith 

Chairman of Finance
Stuart Smith


  Chairman of Match & Handicap
Alan Lewis






Chairman of R&R, Sales & Marketing
Richard Walton


I have been a Member of Market Drayton Golf Club since 2003. I retired after 27 years with RAPRA in 2013 and since then have been able to spend more time trying to improve my golf and to support the club in general. I am already shadowing Peter Barker’s treasurer role (though I hope he continues as treasurer for many years to come!).  As Chairman of the R&R Committee, I hope to bring my professional background in marketing and market research to bear.  I look forward to working with a great team to promote the golf club as widely as possible to attract new members, visitors and societies, whilst at the same time safeguarding the interests of our current membership.
  Chairman of the Greens


Peter Barker  Honorary Treasurer
Peter Barker

One of our longer serving members Peter joined the golf club on Jan 1st 1980. Having served for 2 years on the committee in the early 90's, he became The Club President in 1993 and has, since 2007 been the Club Treasurer. Peter works tirelessly every Monday to make sure our accounts are in order and the club is in the right place financially, whilst bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to the General Management Committee. If you want to know something about the Club, Peter usually has the answer!


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