Sunday, 12 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter -13 Aug 2018

Well, I think the heatwave might have ended, just at the time we went out to play the August Medal! I don't know about the rest of you but I was wetter than a big bag of wet things!! A welcome relief in some respects and good for the course and the garden....however I am always amazed at how quickly I get fed up with cool damp weather!

A visit to Tina - the Musical was enjoyed by 10 Ladies and Allan Cook! I believe they were quite well behaved and thanks to Jackie R for arranging it all, it was fantastic...so was the fizz (by the looks of it) at a nearby bar.

Pat W and Kathy Morris had a great day at Lutterworth Golf Club in the Regional final of the Coronation Foursomes Cup, they were only 10 putts behind the winners and came 32nd out of 99 pairs. A very creditable result representing Chesfield for the first time in this competition.

Lots of golf has again been played this week, not least the match between the Ladies and the Senior Men for the Palmer Cup. David Palmer donated the trophy back in 1998 and it was lovely that both David and Lorraine were able to represent their sections this year. This is always a very closely fought match and this year it involved 6 pairs from each section. As the rules state, if the Senior Men win then they play off the white tees the following year. Last year they did win so it was the white tees for them on Wednesday. I am thrilled and proud to say that the Ladies won by a resounding 5 matches to 1, so the Men will be off the yellow tees next year! In spite of that we all enjoyed a lovely summer lunch together afterwards and were still speaking to one another....thanks to Brian F for arranging it all and to Pauline H for getting the Ladies team together. Many thanks for playing Ladies - you were awesome!



Congratulations to all match winners in the summer knockouts. We have now reached the semi final stage of both singles and doubles so good luck to those left in the competitions.

Jo Oliver is running Ladies clinics on either Mondays/Wednesdays. For exact dates and further details please see the notice board in the changing room. These sessions are a great way to move your game to the next level, increase your confidence and hone your swing and are a steal at £7.

It was the 2nd round of the Summer Eclectic on Tuesday - hope you all managed to reduce your overall score by a few strokes. Still 2 more rounds to go. Sign up is on HDID.

Then the great rains arrived and we played the Monthly medal - a number of drowned rats managed to finish and Division 1 was won by yours truly whilst Linda Brown won Div 2.

Next Thursday we will be playing the Macknight Pairs Scramble competition. Please collect a copy of the rules when you collect your cards and don't forget to sign in on the computer.

There is a Friendly match at Redbourn on Friday, the first time we have played them in a Friendly so good luck to all the team. Get your match play hats on and enjoy...

And don't forget Captains Day on September 15th. Sign up and further details will be up this week on the Club Notice Board. Any queries please ask me or another member of the committee. It's a day of golf followed by evening dinner and entertainment.

Enjoy the cooler weather but may the sun still shine!

Happy golfing
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Aug 2018

Where is the time going, another brilliant week of summer and some great times with good friends


The Away Day on Thursday was a fantastic day and I am so grateful to everyone who came and played in very hot conditions. The Bedford Club was an excellent choice and they looked after us all very well. Although it was hot there were some good scores and Helen and Nikki came out tops with Jackie and myself the runners up. We played for the Kelland Pairs Trophy, and although Marica was unable to be with us to present her trophy, it was awarded in her absence with some beautiful engraved keepsake glasses. A big thank you again to Margaret and all who contributed to the day, making it another memorable event in my Captains Year.



Earlier in the week we played the 1st round (of 4) of the Summer Eclectic. Plenty of time to improve on your first round. Please remember that when you are playing your first round (whether it was last week or this coming week) you must play it as a strokeplay game and putt out on every hole. Once you have completed that first round then you are trying to better your scores each week so can pick up in the next rounds if you can't make a lower score – hope that makes sense!

Congratulations to Pam Blake who won the Adult Par 3 competition in July. This is the competition run by Jo Oliver on the Lannocks Course and is a stern test for all. Well done Pam and I understand they docked you 2 shots on your handicap!!!

Hot off the press, the Weekend Ladies played a medal on Saturday. Special congratulations to Lin who shot a nett 61 and had a handicap cut of 4 shots, to Julie Price who shot a nett 66 and is down to 12. I believe that Nikki and Megan also got a cut although not as big as they might have wanted, as the CSS came down again! Well done to you all.

Wednesday this week brings the hard fought Palmer Cup match between the Ladies and the Senior Men. Last year this match had to be postponed in August because it was too wet but the Senior men won the trophy which means that this year they are playing off the White tees!

Captain's Day will be on Saturday September 15th. The sign upsheet will be up on the board soon. It will be a fun day with a dinner and entertainment in the evening. Please bring your non golfing partners/ friends for dinner in the evening. If you need more info at this stage please ask Margaret or myself but put the date in your diaries.

Our Autumn Meeting will be held on Thursday September 20th. This competition will not be on HDID, so look out for the sign up sheet in the locker room later in the month. There will be lunch afterwards.

Just had to include this photo of your captain sporting the latest in headwear for the hot summer!!


Have a good week and keep playing well!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 30 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 30 July 2018


I seem to have started most of my newsletters this year with some sort of weather report but I am not sure what to put this week except that summer just keeps going although that is perhaps stating the obvious!! Anyway....

A lot of golf has been played this week both home and away and all the courses are baked to a cinder. For many of us the ball just keeps on rolling and bouncing into all sorts of places but overall I think we would rather play summer golf than winter golf!

Last weekend the Dennis Flynn Trophy was played. This is a mixed stableford competition and around 60 players took part. Congrats to Pat Ward who finished 4th overall with a very good 38 points and a handicap cut.

Also last weekend James Wilson, the Juniors Captain had his charity day. A fantastic result for James, raising over £5000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Scratch team had their final match of the season on Monday, away at Berkhamsted. Margaret, Jill and Linda made their debuts for the team. The course is unusual in that it doesn't have any bunkers. That you might say is an advantage – however there are so many other hazards, gorse, trees, hedges that home advantage showed through and the team was beaten. Well done to all though who played that match and indeed to all the team who have represented Chesfield this year in the Scratch matches. We are currently in top spot in our division but there are a number of other teams with matches still to play. However as leaders in the clubhouse with the points on the board perhaps the pressure will get to the other teams. Thanks to Kathy D for running the team and organising the practice rounds etc this season. Great job skip!

Margaret and Pauline represented Chesfield in the Australian Spoons regional final at Hanbury Manor this week. The course was tricky (and very hot – obviously!!) but they had a creditable mid table final placing at the end.

On Thursday, alongside our monthly Stableford those ladies who played for the Pearson Team this year were eligible to win the Pearson Trophy. The competition saw a number of very good scores and Vice Captain Margaret won the Pearson Trophy and Div 1, with 42 points, getting a nice handicap cut. Div 2 was won by Caroline Roadnight, again with a massive 42 points and a handicap cut to 28, great to see again one of our newer members getting to grips with the course. Well done Caroline!

Next week sees our Away Day to the Bedford. This competition is a fun competition and consequently a pair playing on their own can mark their own card and are eligible to win. Arrive early for bacon butties and putting competition....lunch and prize presentation will happen when we have all finished. Please ensure you have paid your final £30 via the usual means prior to the day.

Captains Tip of the week in this hot weather – wrap a wet towel around an ice block in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Take it to golf course in an insulated bag or alongside your frozen water bottles and it will slowly defrost allowing you a cool towel for your head and neck (or anywhere else you fancy using it!)

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 23 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 23 July 2018


Hopefully you have all enjoyed another sun filled week of golf although football didn't come home! The Open golf is continuing at Carnoustie as I write this so let's hope there is an exciting finish there.

The Friendly team played their latest match against Heydon Grange at Home. It was a great game with five pairs playing. The result was an honourable draw and there were so many good comments from Heydon ladies about our course/club. I think those ladies now know why Helen moved to play at Chesfield. Big thanks to all who play for the Friendly team and give our club and our course a great name!

The tee times for the Away Day to the Bedford have been emailed out but are also on the board in the changing room. I will post any last minute changes in next weeks newsletter so keep your eyes peeled! Even if you have a later tee time come early for bacon butties and join in the putting comp - there will be prizes to win!!! If anyone still needs a lift please speak to a me or any of the Committee and we will sort!

Congratulations to Angela H and Caroline R who won the Palmer Betterball Cup last Thursday. Looks as though it was all quite close with some excellent scores. Well done all!

Good luck to the Scratch team in their final match of the season v Berkhamsted away. The course was a little bit like Carnoustie (parched!!) and without the bunkers when we played it last week!

Happy golfing one and all!
Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 16 July 2018


Well, its been another busy golfing week for us all and still the sun shines. The courses are beginning to look a little like a desert, but the ball does roll!

Thursday’s monthly medal was won by Hazel who again had a stonking round with a nett 65 and now plays off 16! Although yours truly also carded a nett 65, Hazel won on a card play off... Congratulations too to Caroline R who had a brilliant nett 69 and now plays off 31. Well done all and a big thanks again to our greenkeeping staff who have kept the greens to a very high standard allowing us to shoot low scores. No doubt we will all be moaning in the winter when we can’t play off our new lower handicaps!!!

Please settle your balance of £30 with Pat for the Away Day on August 2nd if you haven’t already done so. Margaret has arranged a great day and I am really looking forward to it. We will be finalising the draw this week so will let you know all details in due course.

For those not aware we play a 4 round Summer Eclectic in August each year on a Tuesday. In order to simplify the admin of this competition the sign up and sign in will be via HDID. If you signed up on the board for the first round on 31 July, then you will have been transferred to the system this week. Please therefore check your tee times for 31 July on line and then the next rounds will appear on HDID as normal. Any queries please contact Lin Goodey.


The Scratch Team played away at Brickendon Grange on Friday in their penultimate match of the season. Unfortunately the girls from Brickendon took revenge on their defeat at Chesfield last week and beat us 4-1. Well played to all the team and our last match is away at Berkhamsted on Mon 23rd July.

The weekend Stableford was won by Karen Morton with 38 pts who again had a handicap cut. Well done Karen.

I am sorry that I will not be around to play for the Lorraine Palmer Cup on Thursday this week but hope you all have a great day and play nicely with your partners!

Long may the sun continue to shine (but some rain at night might be useful!). Have a good week.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 9 July 2018

Big week this week so forgive a slightly lengthy update!

Round 2 of the Club Champs on Thursday was played under beautiful blue skies with high temps again. With the course further drying out on an hourly basis it was tight at the top but I am delighted to announce that Karen Morton won the Angela Chatterton Handicap Trophy with a magnificent nett 63 and a handicap cut of 4 shots, and Virginia Chan once again took top spot in the gross competition shooting a gross 76 (yes, gross 76!) Big congratulations to you both and to everyone who took part this year. There have been some big handicap cuts this year so far so let's keep it going....



Thanks go again to Barry and his team for providing us all with a wonderful fizzy afternoon tea, organising the warm up balls on the range and keeping us topped up with water on the course! It was again a fab day....what a great bunch we are!!


Many congratulations too to Caroline Kaswaurere who shot a nett 62 last weekend in the Weekend Medal and had a handicap cut of 4 stokes to get down to 23....what a round!

The Friendly Team played an away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday. Unfortunately we suffered a whitewash (very unlike Chesfield!)but no excuses the Ladies used their home advantage to full effect! Thanks to all who played on the day and the next Friendly is home to Heydon Grange on Wednesday this week.

The Scratch team played a home match v Brickendon Grange on Friday and had a fantastic and hard fought 4-1 win! Very well done girls, keeps us in with a chance of the playoffs! We have a return match away at Brickendon next Friday 13th.


Although the winter seems a long way away now the results of the Pearson Trophy are as follows. Even though we didn't make the final Megan and her squad represented us with pride and tenacity in a very tough season. Well done all and roll on the next one...!

Semi-Finals
Berkhamsted v Brocket Hall
Hadley Wood v East Herts

Final: Berkhamsted v East Herts

Winner: Berkhamsted

The Junior Captain James Wilson is holding his Charity Day on Sat 21st July in aid of Prostate Cancer. The Sign up sheet is on the club notice board if you wish to play but he also has lots of raffle prizes as well so perhaps a chance to make a donation to help out the boys in our lives who could be affected by this horrible disease. If you want any more info please let me know.

I have just finished writing this as England defeat Sweden to reach the semi finals of the World Cup - fantastic news for all involved and for us as fans! Perhaps football really is coming home...!!

Have a great week, keep enjoying the sunshine, the golf, the footie, the tennis and everything else you do...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 July 2018

Another lovely week for golfing although we can't tell how far the balls will now run or indeed which direction they will bounce in!! Gives us all a chance to look at other parts of the golf course!

The weekend Ladies played a fun comp whilst those of us interested watched England play Panama - us youngsters can't remember England ever scoring that many goals!

Round 4 of the summer Stableford League was played on Tuesday, up to date results will be posted on the notice board. Two more rounds to go..... 


The Friendly Team played an away match v Mount Pleasant on Wednesday with Karen Morton making her debut for the team. The match as always against the lovely ladies at MP was played in lovely conditions and Chesfield recorded an away win 2.5 to 1.5. Well done everyone and next up is another away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday.

If you are free to play in the Friendly on July 11th (Home to Heydon Grange) please let Helen Leigh know.

Thursday saw round 1 of the Club Championship. It was great to see a large field taking part this year. The results so far are now on HDID. The draw for tee times will be made on Monday and will then be on the system as last week. The players currently leading will be last out so get a lie in that day!!! Well done to all who are competing in this, and please come and join in for the presentation after round 2 with scones and tea (in the conservatory).

Please ensure that when signing in on the HDID system you sign in to the correct competition on the day as several competitions may appear on there at the same time. Once you have finished playing and signed your card please make sure it is placed in the white box on the wall in the Ladies changing room.

Margaret has emailed you all with regards to our Away Day to the Bedford at the beginning of August. Please pay the outstanding balance (£30) to Pat via the usual means marking your payment ‘Away Day’. It’s going to be a fun day!

Looks like the brollys will be out again this week - for the sun that is and take a cool towel too (wrapped around an ice pack works really well!) 😎

Good luck in Round 2 of the Club Champs and happy golfing one and all wherever you may be

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 25 June 2018

Summer is in full swing now and so is the golf.....

Following on from Charity Day week it seemed a little quieter for me this week.

The weekend Ladies played round 3 of their eclectic, difficult to see who is going to be the winner but a couple more chances to better your scores over the next couple of months. It is great to see so many ladies playing at the weekends.

We played Roll the Dice on Tuesday - a sort of scramble with a difference. It was highly amusing and a scramble always gives you several chances at the par or birdie!

The midweek ladies played their monthly Stableford on Thursday. Now that summer has arrived the CSS keeps going down so not the big handicap cuts we all feel we deserve but still lovely to play in such good conditions....well done to Hazel and Julie R who won the respective divisions with 40 points each and had handicap cuts!

After Thursday's comp I was delighted to be able to present Nicola Adkins with the Handicap Cup which she won in the far distant winter! Really well done Nicola - it was a tough season for match Play!


The Friendly team had a match away at John O Gaunt. Barbara Job made her debut for the team and the greens were running very fast on the Cartagena course. Unfortunately home advantage took over and Chesfield were unable to pull out a win but a good experience for all. We are playing at Mount Pleasant this coming week so another chance to get back on the horse and score a win!

Congratulations go to Pat Ward and Kathy Morris who are going through to the Area Final of the Coronation Foursomes to be held in July and August. The Grand Final should they progress further is held at St Andrews in September. Good luck ladies.

The Aussie Spoons competition has now finished and your Vice Captain Margaret and Pauline Humphrey will be representing Chesfield in the Regional finals at Hanbury Manor in July. Again good luck ladies.

It was great to see Pauline Harrison during her European Tour! Thanks to Kathy C for hosting a great party and I hope you were able to catch up with Pauline at the club last Thursday. Hope to see you again soon Pauline, with clubs in hand!

This week is round 1 of the Club Champs. Keep your eye on HDID as your tee times will be available from Monday evening with the lowest handicappers going out first, as is traditional in this competition. There will be warm up balls available on the range that morning and the following week for Round 2. After Round 2 on Thursday 5th July the Champions will be crowned over a cream tea in the Conservatory so please try and stay afterwards that day, even if you haven’t won!!! Good luck everyone..

Jackie Reid is looking at arranging a trip to Les Miserables at Milton Keynes next year. Due to the popularity of the tickets please could you let Jackie know if you are interested by June 30th this year!

Stay hydrated this week and take your brolly for the sun! Enjoy...😎

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 18 June 2018



Wow, what a day we had on Thursday! I was overwhelmed by the generosity of all of you wonderful ladies and I have received great feedback from the Charity guys as to how much they enjoyed it too. The lads on the helicopter I think you will agree were fantastic and actually getting them there really made the day. Watching them disappear over the club left me feeling quite emotional...the poor guys got a call on their way back but at least they had been fed and watered!


A big thanks too to all the staff and management at the club, they helped make the whole day feel like a big family party and the atmosphere was terrific. Although I don't have all the figures in it looks as though we raised in the region of £3000 on the day. There are so many photos doing the rounds that it is difficult to choose one to sum up our day....if you have any photos please could you whatsapp or email them to me. 


The Scratch team match against West Herts at home on Friday was played in fabulous sunshine. We fielded a very strong team for our return match and I am delighted that we won the match 3 : 2. Well done Virginia, Pat Ward and Sally for winning your matches to give us the win for the team. So far this season, we have WON 2, HALVED 2, LOST 1.  Our final three matches in July – Could this be our year for promotion? Come on Chesfield !!!

The weather looks fab for golf and we have a Friendly match v John O Gaunt this week. Good luck to the team. It's a great course!

This week also sees us playing our Monthly stableford which is also the Race to Turnberry. Score high and we could be in the running to play at Turnberry in October. Further details are on the board.

Tee times have been issued to those playing for the Captains Shuffle on Tuesday and Kathy Morris is closing up the Aussie Spoons competition this week and submitting our winners.

Jo Oliver will be running a squad clinic on Tuesday 3rd July, please sign up on the list in the changing room. Jo is also running her regular Mon/Wed clinics through the summer. Keep your eyes on the board for details.

Happy golfing one and all, and thanks again for a memorable day on Thursday.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 June 2018

It's been a busy week since my return from camping! No sooner had I packed away my sleeping bag and I was off with the other 31 of you to the lovely Belton Woods. We were blessed with 2 dry days, 2 wonderful courses, and I think all agreed that the facilities and service were excellent. We learnt a lot about each other over a few glasses of wine, thanks to Nikki B and managed to collectively lose 106 balls, yes 106 balls over the 18 hole Lakes Course on Tuesday!! Thanks to Katy and Lin for organising a fantastic weekend. Please consider doing the task next year....there are lots of great venues to choose from and deals to be had. Katy or Lin will be happy to give you any advice....!


Charity Day is on Thursday this week. A huge thanks to all who have already donated and all the help in organising the event. There are now 5 vouchers for fourballs at local clubs up for auction on the board in the changing room so get together with your pals and get a bid on the sheet! Registration and raffles on Thursday will be ready from 8.30 and tea and coffee will be available in the bar. We are hoping that the Air Ambulance will land on the range at around 1.30pm that day (operational issues depending) so keep your eyes peeled.

We played our midweek monthly medal on Thursday - congratulations to Vicky and Anne, the winners in each division and another new member, Karen Morton won the Ladies weekend stableford. Well done! The handicaps are falling though probably not as much as hoped....!

The Scratch team had a match v Verulam very early on Sunday. As the sun came out there was some great golf played, the course was in fab condition and it is always good to renew friendships! At the end of it 3 matches didn't finish until the 18th hole and we gained a very respectable draw overall away from home. Well done all. Verulam have a Ladies Open on Thursday 5th July and a Ladies Open Invitation Day on Saturday 18th August. This could be a chance for our weekend ladies to enter an Open. Details and entry forms will be on the board at the rear of the changing room in the week.


Pauline Harrison will be visiting us soon from NZ and staying at Kathy Carroll's house. Kathy C is willing to host a Bring a dish/Pot Luck supper at her house on Wednesday 20th June 7pm onwards.

If you would like to come please email Kathy and let her know which dish you would bring. We would need:-
Nibbles
Starters
Main Courses
Desserts

Kathy will provide wine and soft drinks.

Please let Kathy know by Sunday 17th June if you are coming and which dish you are bringing. If there are too many of one course you may be asked to change. First replies get priority! Should be a great night and will be good to catch up with Pauline.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you on Thursday and offering a warm welcome to all our guests. Don't forget if you can't play please come and buy some raffle tickets, have a coffee and maybe spot the Air Ambulance!

Enjoy the sunshine!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

 
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