Saturday, 29 August 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 29 August 2020

A big congratulations to Jackie Reid for winning the Eclectic Cup with a very impressive Gross 74 and a very well deserved handicap cut and an ESR bringing her handicap down to 10.6.

Congratulations also goes to Ann Kane for winning the Eclectic Nett prize on count back from Debbie Foley with a nett 58 and a well deserved handicap cut bringing her handicap down to 40.5.

Commiserations go to the two runners up, Gross, Annette Gillette on count back from Sarah Faircliff and Nett, Debbie Foley.

Thank you all so much for signing up for the Charity Fun Day we have 44 Ladies playing so it should be fun, unfortunately no presentation afterwards. The tea and cake are on a rolling basis so when you finish your round please go to the bar to collect, Pauline and i will come round and collect your scores from you then. All we need is some warm dry weather it has been ordered and the sun dance performed!

please pay your £15 directly into the ladies account ASAP thank you. CDLS 40-28-14 81769642.

You will receive from me tomorrow an email with the name of your playing partner do not forget you will be swapping handicaps! Lin will book our tee times. Pauline and i will be coming round on the day to take photos and to see how you are fairing on your "new" handicaps.

The course is looking good for the Club Championship next week, good luck everyone the most prestigious competition of the year.

Happy Golfing
Ladies Captain

Monday, 24 August 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 24 August 2020

There will be no organised golf on Tuesday 1st September due to Monday being a bank holiday and as customary the seniors will play their weekly competitions on the Tuesday. If you wish to play you will be able to book yourselves a tee time after 12 noon.

MacKnight Pairs Tuesday 16th Sept - There will be more info on the Shuffle for this competition next week.

There were some great scores on Thursday in the Anne Warner/ Maureen Eastwood with two Ladies getting a well deserved handicap cut.  Pat Ward one of our lowest handicapers was cut to 9.9 and Jacky Swanson who also got an ESR of 2 shots bringing her handicap down to 22.7 very well done ladies.

A very special congratulations also goes to Annette Gillette who got a hole in one on the ninth hole on Thursday.  Well done Annette!

Tuesday 8th September CHARITY FUN DAY Prizes,tea & cake and Donation to my charity £15

Don't miss out lots of prizes and fun to be had. Let me know if you would like to join the Captains Shuffle for this day, email me or WhatsApp me by Sunday 30th August 6pm.

More info on the Ladies notice board. Let's hope the weather stays good for all our competitions through September which includes the Club Championship.

Happy Golfing

Ladies Captain

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 14 June 2020

How lovely it has been to play some social golf with our friends and getting that much needed exercise in the sunshine.

It is good to see you all enjoying the Captains Shuffle it has been a great way of keeping the section playing together and allowing us all to play with different partners each time.

Tuesday 9th June

Team game 321 Some great scores with Helen L, Lin G and Julie R winning with 85 stableford points and very close runners up were Pat W, Rogie T and Ann G with 84 points, well done everyone who played.

Thursday 11th June
Individual stableford Winner was me with 37 points, no one is more surprised than me after oversleeping and getting to the club at the very last minute not at all ready to play golf and wearing shorts when everyone else was in waterproofs it was a little chilly and a few showers but I survived!! Thank heavens for summer golf when the ball just keeps running!! Hazel B was runner up with 36 points on countback from Rosie W. I hope you have all enjoyed your golf this week.

If you wish to join in with any of the Competition Shuffles please reply to my email that goes out to you all on a Sunday evening.

Many of you will have played and experienced the new Hole Lift Cups, purchased by the Men's Section Captain Paul Taylor, they enable the ball to be fully holed, a big improvement on the original Cups. The men's section have been very keen to return to competition golf as soon as possible.

Competition Golf is coming back in July we will play our Monthly Medals and Stableford only, as per the diary, we will not have our block bookings for the time being but we can continue to organise ourselves with the Shuffles for those that wish.

6am-9am 2balls only
9am-1pm 3balls only
1pm-8pm 4balls

The Club are hoping, by following the government guidelines, to be able to open the bar, Gym and studio all at reduced capacity abiding by social distancing around July 4th when the government has said this can happen.  The Builders should be back onsite Monday 15th June to finish the bar area.

County cards are available now from reception please pick one up next time you play.

I wish to thank all the Ladies that have volunteered to do some early evening marshalling some of us have already done an evening, some have even caught guys trying to sneak onto the course!

Please continue to stay alert and safe

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Ladies Captain

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 24 May 2020

Well on the 12th May I was so excited I could not sleep, I had booked a tee time for the next morning, golf was back on after eight long weeks, Hooray! I was going to play with another real person and have a right royal gossip.

Standing on the first tee was an absolute treat, the sun was shinning the fairway looked very green and I was chatting to my golf partner, this was heaven. I must confess the golf was'nt too bad either, long may it last.

Our thanks go to the green keepers for all their hard work in the last eight weeks, one told me he was glad to see us all back on the course, and to Barry for all the behind the scenes organising to ensure our safety on our return to golf.


We have made the decision that all the Friendlies, the Summer Knockouts and the Away Day will be postponed until next year. We will however try to play for some of the Cups and Trophies where possible. The Winter Scratch and Handicap Knockout will however be extended to 30th June to allow the finals to take place.

The two new Ladies to the section Cheryl S and Lynn SC are playing with some of you now, thanks to Hazel B setting up another WhatsApp group to find a golf partner now that we are back on the course, brilliant idea Hazel.

The weather continues to be kind to us so go and enjoy the golf, look forward to seeing you out there over the coming weeks.

Stay Alert and Safe

Happy Gofling
Rogie Taylor,  Ladies Captain

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 9 May 2020

Hello Ladies

I hope you all enjoyed your VE Day celebrations, I know there were lots of planned parties with neighbours in gardens and driveways, lots of baking and with the weather being wonderful on this very special day it was memorable.

To say these are challenging and unprecedented times this captaincy year is something of an understatement, but it has certainly illustrated how golf is about far more than just hitting a little white ball with a long stick. As a section we have been active in staying in touch with members via WhatsApp, emails, phone calls and virtual meetings and coffee mornings. How did we ever manage before the likes of WhatsApp and zoom. People are still the most important thing about golf by a country mile.

Hope you are still managing to keep occupied with your exercise classes, golfing tips and practising them in your gardens and some of you I know are still sewing, now for the Sue Ryder charity.

Are you a Marathon supporter and was disappointed that it had to be cancelled. Well Kathy D is, so decided that we should have a 2.6 Chesfield golf challenge where you have to hit 26 golf balls directly into a chipping net ( or bowl/bucket if no net) from 2.6 metres and how long will it take you?

Some of us didn't even post our scores because it took too long, me included, but others had very impressive times with Debbie F recording a fantastic time of 2.24 Hazel B 3.37 and Kathy D 5.40 I expect to see great chipping on the course now Ladies. I have since been practising and can achieve a more respectable time, long may it last.

Do you like quizzes? Test your Bird knowledge with this quiz, I will give you 10 clues today and you must find the 10 birds that each clue relates to, 10 more clues to find 10 more birds will follow in the next newsletter. There will be a prize for the most correct answers in the case of a tie there will be tie breaker questions until we have a winner.

Sorry Golden Snails but Marica informed me that you have already done this quiz but she said you might like a rules quiz instead!!!!!

    Clue       Number of letters

1 Found on a chess board    4
2 10 Royal angler 10    9
3 When a cat gets up    9
4 Could mean a death sentence    8
5 Small move left or right      6 & 4
6 Brightly coloured tool    6 & 6
7 Eating action    7
8 Black & white dog shows pleasure    4 & 7
9 Call 15 21 26 05 12 4 5    4 & 5
10 Royal angler    10

If you would like to join one of the WhatsApp groups please contact Hazel B or Jackie R, they are a fun way to stay in touch with other Lady members.

A Happy Birthday was sent to two Ladies who had big birthdays in lockdown Nicola A and Helen L, I know many of you have wished them a Happy Birthday through WhatsApp and sent cards.

Helen certainly won't forget this birthday, while celebrating in her front garden with six neighbours all sitting 2 metres apart this quiet celebration turned into something else when someone called the police. The riot police turned up to break up what they obviously thought was going to be a riotous party to find, in Helen's words, eight pensioners having cake and bubbly, hilarious, everyone saw the funny side, the police even posing for photos and the party continuing for another few hours. You won't live that one down Helen a birthday to remember. The Evidence!

Keep staying safe everyone
Ladies Captain

Friday, 17 April 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 17 April 2020

Hello Ladies

I hope you are all staying fit and well through these unprecedented times!

Today I was given some very sad news that Kay O'Sullivan a very dear friend to you all and a member of Chesfielddowns Ladies for many years passed away today after a long battle with her health. I believe Kay had been at Chesfielddowns from the beginning and had been Ladies Captain, this lovely lady will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Our condolences and thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Since being in lockdown some of the ladies have not been idle, they have been keeping themselves busy by responding to an appeal from the Lister Hospital. They have been making heart coasters either knitted, crochet or hand made in material, they are for patients who are unwell either on a ward or in intensive care and another matching heart for their relative so that they can feel they are connected during these times when they are not able to visit.

They are also making drawstring bags large enough for nurses to put their uniform in as soon as they take it off to isolate them then they can be put directly into the washing machine in the bag to be washed alone.

If anyone wishes to join in and make hearts or bags they can contact Hazel B for hearts and Katy C for bags, your help will be greatly appreciated even if you just donate to the ladies any material, wool or even wadding for the filling.

We have a couple of whatsApp groups running where we post daily news items, jokes and questions, you are guaranteed to have at least one laugh out loud moment a day.

Julie R has become a quiz master posting a golf rules question daily which we must answer without looking it up, the answer is given later in the day, I think we're all learning things we never knew only hope I can remember it all when we start playing again.

I personally have been using the IG fitness classes, it's great as you get the instructor live on your tablet screen to follow. Lots of golf tips and videos by the pro's on IG to watch and learn.

I was prompted to invest in a chipping net for the garden after watching video clips posted on our whatsApp group by Kathy D competing against her husband it was very entertaining and looked fun.

Alister and I have since had a number of afternoon chipping competitions, nothing has been broken and no balls have been lost so far.

I know many of you are walking on a daily basis, I'm lucky enough to live close to an entrance onto the Letchworth Greenway so walking daily has been a pleasure, we even sometimes take a club and half a dozen balls each to hit on the way round in the deserted playing field.

We are very lucky to have such technology that we can still see and chat to family and friends on Skype, FaceTime and Zoom.

Some of us have had coffee mornings on zoom which is fun and noisy but great to see everyone.

With this lovely weather my garden is getting lots of attention I've set my potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, sweet corn, peppers and lots more. If any of you are unable to get out to buy your compost, plants or seeds Langford nursery & garden centre will deliver to you just give them a call with your order.

I know we are all missing golf and the social side of it and cannot wait to get back to being with our friends and our lovely newly refurbished club, studio and gym and the course which is looking very inviting, pictures posted by a member walking beyond the boundaries of the course.

Stay safe everyone and god bless our NHS.

Ladies Captain

Friday, 3 April 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 2 April 2020

Hello Ladies

I hope you are all staying well and are able to get out for some exercise even if it is just in your gardens

IG have been running exercise classes just log on and go to my golf then you will see a tab for classes.

Jo O has been putting Stay at Home coaching videos on you tube on a daily basis they are great fun, take a look on you tube and practice in your garden or putt in your hallway if you dare!

I live near to part of the Letchworth Greenway so we have been able to walk every day and have even taken a golf club and half a dozen balls to hit in an empty playing field.

Unfortunately we have now had to make the decision to postpone the Away Weekend to Staverton Park June 7th 2020. It will now be 6th June 2021 your deposit of £35 will be held by Golf Breaks and Pat W will be returning your balance once she has received your bank details.

The Away Day which is planned for Thursday 30th July 2020 has not been postponed at the moment but it is looking likely if the current situation remains, we will keep you informed.

News items from Lady members
Did you know? Angela H in the O'Sullivan Cup scored a 3 for 5 on the 10th hole

First shot into the bunker on the right
Second shot in front of the ditch
Third shot chipped over the ditch into the hole

Wow! This must have helped her team to win the O'Sullivan Cup, well done.

A message from Lauren P
Dear Ladies,

Thank you so much for your flowers, messages and many cards offering condolences for Ian. You have shown me and my family huge love and support and we are so grateful and uplifted by your kindness. Ian's funeral will take place on 16th April at 2pm. It was always planned to be a private family funeral but the coronavirus has put restrictions on certain aspects of it, such as numbers and age of attendees. Hopefully social isolation will start to win the fight and Ian will get the send off he deserves and we will all be back together soon playing golf and socialising. Fingers crossed and stay safe.

Lauren x

Honours Boards
After many weeks of organising I have finished putting the Honours Boards in order for the wall and collating missing data. With the help of long standing members we managed to complete missing Christian names and some missing dates. The Ladies Honours Boards are now completed.

I did intend to add photo's taken by members over the last few weeks of isolation but have been unable to, maybe by the next newsletter I will have worked that one out!

Jackie R and Hazel B have set up WhatsApp groups if you would like to join one of these groups please contact either of them and they will add you, it's a fun way to keep in touch while we cannot meet up. 

Stay safe
Ladies' Captain

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 25 March 2020

Hello Ladies

Well what a week. The sun came out to give us a lovely weekend and some of the last games of golf to be played before the club completely closed on Monday evening.

The sun continues to shine as we all prepare to stay at home for a number of weeks to avoid contact with others, sadly for most of us that meant we didn't see families for Mother's Day.

I hope you are all well and staying safe, I'm appealing to all members to please stay in touch by email or phone with those members who were already maybe self isolating due to underlying conditions or the governments age recommendation so are unable to go out even for food shopping and maybe don't have family to help out. Just to have someone to talk to makes isolation easier.

What a time to join a golf club but two ladies did just that a couple of weeks ago Lynn C and Cheryl S are now full members of the ladies section. Cheryl has been a member of another club a few years ago, Lynn has been playing the Par 3 for a while and is keen to get a handicap we managed to get one card done before the closure of the club.

We can look forward to welcoming them to the Ladies section and club soon.

If any one has any news or photos they would like me to share with the Ladies section please send it to me and I will keep the newsletter going through these tough times.

Enjoy the sunshine the gardens are going to look fantastic this year with all the time we're going to spend in them now.

Stay safe

Ladies Captain

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 15 March 2020

Hooray! It's stopped raining and we have been able to play most of the course this week with the exception of holes 6 & 7 which have now opened this weekend.

As you are aware the bar area will be closed as from Monday 16th March for two weeks for the refurbishment. We will be using the conservatory after golf for tea/coffee and lunch.

I had my first Pilates class in the new studio this week it's very impressive and there is so much more room. I have yet to have my gym induction but it's next on my agenda.

Tuesday 3rd March We played pick your poison where you only count your score on your pre chosen eight holes then deduct half your handicap. Jacky S won on 27.5 with Ann K a very close runner up on 28.5

Tuesday 10th March
Today was Champagne Scramble. A team of four. Way out in front were Margaret G, Lynn T, Karen M & Ann L with 79 points.

Well done to all who played in these high winds.

Thursday's Golf
The first medal qualifier of the season was cancelled due to excessive rain overnight and into the next day.

The Price Vase was played over 16 holes as a non qualifying competition in winds of up to forty mph not an easy task.

There was a little confusion as to who the winner was but I can confirm that Ann K has won the Price Vase well played Ann one of our newer members.

The Kay Baker Memorial Bowl - 7th April
This is a nine hole competition to be played in memory of our dear friend Kay. Her family have donated a Memorial Bowl which they would like to present after the game. We will be having tea and cake with the presentation at about 12.30. So sign up for this remembrance game and reminisce about the times you played with Kay.

Jubilee Jug - 9th April
4BBB Pairs competition, Easter themed best dressed pair so get your thinking caps on (or Easter bonnets 😉) if you want to be in with a chance of winning a prize or two. There will also be a raffle, nearest the pin and longest drive. There will be afternoon tea with a prize presentation. We will also have a representative from Crossroads Care Vanessa who will tell us more about the services they provide.

If you would like to do 9 holes and or just join us for afternoon tea there is a sign up sheet in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Stay safe and healthy
Rogie Taylor, Ladies Captain

Monday, 2 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 2 March 2020

After a much needed break in a hot and sunny Lanzarote and missing the two storms, I returned home to RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN. Then a morning of snow which stopped us playing the Megan Bonner Par 3 so not a lot of golf being played since my return.

It is great to see our club renovations developing, with a super new state of the art gym already open and lot more ladies seem to be using it.

This weekend will see the opening of the new and improved studio along with the reception area and pro shop.

Winter Eclectic ResultsAfter six rounds out of seven being played of the Eclectic the presentation and lunch went ahead despite us not being able to play the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition beforehand. 26 ladies attended, eagerly awaiting the final results after weeks of speculation.

Division one winner was Sarah F on 47 a very close runner up Vicky T on 48

Division two winner was Julie R on 53 the battle for runner up was Mary H on countback from Helen L on 56.

Well done ladies some great golf going on for some regardless of the weather.

Tuesday 9 Hole Golf
The last of these competitions have now been played with our first 18 hole competition on Tuesday 3rd March weather permitting.

Over the last few weeks the ladies have played 5 clubs and a putter with Jackie S taking first place and Annette G hot on her heels.

The following week a wish, gift and joker was played with one of our newer members Ann K winning with 21 points well played, with Julie R runner up on 18 points.

Last week 25th February saw a very wet course with holes 6 & 7 closed and carry only, the pairs competition was changed to an individual stableford, well done to all the ladies who would not be beaten by the weather and played to the twelfth hole , very close scoring Ladies Vicky T 17 points and Anne L 16 points. While a few of us did the Par 3 instead.

Weekend Results
Unfortunately the weekends have been hit hardest with course closures over the last few weeks, only one game has been played with only one of our ladies bravely going out and being looked after by the men, well done Caroline K for venturing out onto the course when all the other ladies decided not too, did they stay in bed??

Scorecards via Smartphones Can I remind everyone if you enter your score on your smartphone you will still need to swipe your card in the normal way to have your score accepted.

Team And Event PhotosAny ladies not wishing to have their photo published on our website or newsletter please be aware it is your responsibility to not include yourself in a team or event photo.

With the weather so unpredictable at the moment and course closures we have rescheduled the Megan Bonner Par 3 to Tuesday April 14th

Thanks to Lin who has moved the start sheet to this day which will include anyone who has confirmed that they can still play. Sign up will open in the normal way three weeks before for those ladies who were not signed up but find they can now play.

It's a lovely sunny day as I sit here writing this newsletter so here's hoping the sun stays out so we can play some golf this week.

Roll on Spring
Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Rogie Taylor, Ladies' Captain