Sunday, 17 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 17 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

Well done everyone! 2 weeks of lockdown over! A step nearer to golf? I hope so.

Again, not a lot of golfing news to report. When rain stops play at Wimbledon they show past clips of the championships, so, thought I would entertain you all with some past photographs of one of our great functions.

Can you tell what year was it? And what was the event?

Challenges: Anyone up for a challenge?

As we have already had one major function for this year's charity cancelled (The Winter Invitation) I have been racking my brains of ways to raise some cash for our very worthy charity this year, ‘The Magic of Play’ and ‘The Lister Butterfly Service’. I would like to invite any of you 'crafty' ladies to my challenge! It is my intention to auction/sell these products in November ready for Christmas Greensomes! So you have 10 months to make one, ten or as many as you like.

Christmas Head Covers
Christmas Bobble Hats
Or even matching Club Covers and Hats???

For a free knitting pattern go to:

If you are not a knitter or a sewing machine extraordinaire please do not despair! Feel free to make up your own challenge and share with us.

If you have trouble downloading the knitting pattern please let me know and I will send you a copy.

On line Golf Tutorial

Find That Extra 10 Yards - 19th January 2021 at 19:00 - Paul will be sharing vital pieces of information to help you sneak a few more yards out of your existing swing and equipment.

Better Practice - 28th January 2021 at Midday - Jo will be looking at what it really means to be “consistent” for your own handicap range, giving some really useful information on how to improve your practice and learn how to score from 120 yards and in.

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register;
Go to IG (not the app)
Home page scroll down to Live online golf tutorials
Click on ‘Register for session’

Keep a look-out on IG for more on line classes!

Thats all for this week!

Remember be careful out there!

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 10 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these uncertain times. Better days ahead I am sure.

Well, not a lot of golfing news to report. The next big event on the agenda is the Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship which is due to take place on 25th February. Fingers crossed we will be back in full force by then.

Winter KO

Unfortunately the winter KO has been suspended due to government restrictions. A new deadline will be set for completing matches when it is appropriate to do so.

Pearson Matches

The Inter County Pearson Management Committee met on January 8th and it was decided, due to the uncertainty, to get matches played during the current lockdown situation it was agreed that, with regret, the competition must be cancelled until Autumn 2021/22. I would like to thank Linda B for all her time and organisation of the matches.

Some Good News

A few of our ladies have started receiving their first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine. Jenny has just had hers! Great news Jenny! We look forward to hearing that many more have had the call!

On Line Diary

The online diary is not yet available. I have contacted Barry about this and he is currently working on the situation. Please see future dates of our main events below: All subject to change due to possible government restrictions.

Main Event Dates For Your Diary 2021

25th February, Thursday; Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

27th March, Saturday; Captains Drive

13th April, Tuesday; Kay Baker Memorial Bowl

15th April, Thursday; Jubilee Jug

13th May, Thursday; Spring Meeting

27th May, Thursday; Ping Pairs Betterball/Margaret Gentle Pairs Vase

06th June, Sunday; Away Weekend

07th June, Monday; Away Weekend

08th June, Tuesday; Away Weekend

17th June, Thursday; LADIES CHARITY DAY

01st July, Thursday; Club Championship Round 1

08th July, Thursday; Club Championship Round 2

05th August, Thursday; Away Day - Kelland Pairs

23rd September, Thursday; Autumn Meeting - Chris Leary Chalice

25th September, Saturday; Captains Day & Evening

11th November, Thursday; AGM

16th November, Tuesday; Club AGM

25th November, Thursday; Winter Invitation Day

16th December, Thursday; Christmas Greensomes & Party

Live Online Golf Tutorials

Starting on 12th January at midday - The Swing

Join Tito from Nizels Golf and Country Club for a live lesson all about the full swing. If you suffer from a slice or a hook and want to understand why and how to fix it, this is a class you do not want to miss! He’ll be covering common swing faults, club path and face alignment plus giving you some tips and drills you can do at home to help you straighten your ball flight.

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register;

Go to IG (not the app)

Home page scroll down to Live online golf tutorials

Click on ‘Register for session’

Keep a look-out on IG for more on line classes!

Chesfield Downs Ladies Section 'Just Giving Page'

We now have a Chesfield Downs Ladies’ Section ‘Just Giving Page’. This will allow the transfer of funds seamlessly to our charity during 2021. It’s a great way of advertising our charity and means everyone can watch the amount going up and up! However, we still plan to have a presentation of the final amount raised after our Greensomes in December. Please feel free to donate at any time!

That's it for this week.
Be careful out there!

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 3 January 2021

Good afternoon ladies’

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe we are in January already! I had hoped to be starting my captaincy year on a better note but unfortunately due to government restrictions we are still in Tier 4 and it appears we will be for a few weeks yet.

So for the moment this means:
No block bookings till further notice
Maximum of 2 balls allowed
Can only book Tee times 7 days in advance
Catering facilities, if available, remain take away only

Although this is not the start to the year we were all wishing, we will make the most of the situation. Kathy and myself will be in constant discussions with Barry to ensure we can get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible.

Winter Eclectic

I have proposed this to the committee and we are unanimous that we would like the 12 hole winter eclectic to go ahead. To make this possible we have had to change the rules a little (just this once). I hope you will also find it an agreeable solution during the current pandemic to keep playing the competitive golf we all love. So;

Rules for Winter Eclectic 2021
Book your own Tee times
Ladies must play with another member of the club (male or female)
Photograph your completed score card and send to Hazel following your round
Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required)
Once you have started to play a round you cannot decide to change your playing day
You must putt out on at least 3 holes on each round
No entry payment required but a contribution towards tea & cake when conditions allow

Dates for Winter Eclectic
Round 1 7th Jan - 13th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 2 14th Jan - 20th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 3 21st Jan - 27th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 4 28th Jan - 3rd Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 5 4th Feb - 10th Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 6 11th Feb - 17th Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 7 18th Feb - 24th Feb (Play any day during this period)

I hope you enjoy this different 12 hole eclectic. Hopefully by the time we have finished we will be out of tier 4!

Winter Knock Out

The draw sheet remains on the notice board (opposite the ladies changing room).

Dates for Matches to be played by;
Round 1 to be played by 28th February
Round 2 to be played by 31st March
Final to be played by 30th April

Committee Meetings
We will be holding our first committee meeting on Thursday 21st January, via Zoom. If anyone has anything they would like raised please email me.

If you would like to help in the running of the section there is a sheet to sign up on the notice board, or simply email me. Any help running the section is very much appreciated and ensures the smooth running of our great club.

Booking Tee Times
Barry has requested our understanding and support when booking tee times. It has been noted that some members are booking a two ball with anonymous partner. The restriction of 2 balls for the moment is so that it is fair for everyone. Please arrange who you are playing with prior to booking, many thanks.

I am looking forward to an exciting year and feel very privileged to have a team of such lovely ladies to work with. Hopefully going into Spring we will see the return of normal golf functions.

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 31 December 2020

Hi Ladies

It is New Years Eve and my last day as your Captain of 2020 a year we will never forget. It has been an honour to be Captain of this fantastic supportive Ladies Section, I am convinced there is no other Ladies Section like ours. I wish you all a Happy and a Safe New Year.

I thought I had written my last newsletter last week but there is some news to relay to you this week.

IG/WHS Sync Issue
There has been a slight error on our IG link to the WHS platform where some of your email and DoB data has been removed following a sync issue. This has now been resolved, however some members may find that they will need to go back into IG and repeat the process as before. Please check your own status. I personally have found that if you also go on My England Golf and register or download the My England Golf App and register your data is then on England Golf/WHS. If anyone needs any help with this please contact me I am very happy to help.

Lauren, one of our much loved members of the ladies section and an ex Captain will soon be leaving us for pastures new, we will all miss her but wish her well in her new home, I know many of us will keep in touch with her.

I have just taken delivery this morning of a new pair of winter golf boots, waterproof trousers still to come, courtesy of you all thank you so much for your generosity. Will be trying the boots out on Saturday.

Good luck to Pauline and her Committee 2021 x

Stay Safe Everyone

Happy New Year
Ladies Captain 2020

Monday, 21 December 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 21 December 2020

Good Afternoon Ladies

January 2020 seems so far away now when I was excited as I had lots of plans for the year ahead, no one could have predicted the year we were all about to experience. 2020 will go down in history.
Margaret referred to being Captain as being in the hot seat, my hot seat was in the garden throughout our lovely summer when we went into lockdown and when I was organising our weekly shuffles.

It certainly was not the year I had hoped for but these were unprecedented times and I still had a job to do making sure we all played some golf together and have some fun.  We have managed to play for 18 Cups and Trophies leaving 12 unplayed. A presentation will be held as soon as it is safe to do so.

Most improved Player goes to Jacky Swanson who’s handicap tumbled another 10 strokes this year putting her handicap index at 25.3 amazing well done Jacky.

My choice for Club Woman 2020 goes to Lin Goodey who always works so hard for the Ladies section and organises all the competitions and now payments on IG. She has been a huge support to me throughout this year and I am sure you will agree she goes above and beyond what is expected and I am very grateful for all the help she has given me this year, big thank you Lin.

I would like to thank Pauline for her support and friendship I know she will be a very capable Captain next year, thank you also to my Committee and Volunteers who have all been very supportive throughout this unprecedented year. We have been a good team and had some laughs.

I would like to wish Pauline and her team all the very best for 2021. Have fun.

I would like to thank everyone for their support and donations for my charity this year.

I wish you all a happy Christmas and a safe new year

Pauline will now take over the Newsletter

Ladies Captain

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 12 December 2020

Thursdays Christmas Greensomes

On a nice dry but cold day 37 of us played the Traditional Christmas Greensomes, is it really that time of the year already? What great fun I had with my playing partners, the golf though was a little up and down but very enjoyable. The winners with a Stableford score of 36 points was Lin Goodey & Anne Lawrence, second place with 35 Stableford points was Helen Leigh & Joan Whittaker well done Ladies I will see you next week with your prizes.

As you know Pauline presented me with some gifts after the game from you all for my Captains year and I was overwhelmed by your generosity, my heartfelt thanks to you all for your support and kindness. Unfortunately due to circumstances only a few ladies were able to be present in the conservatory at separate tables, but we were served with free mince pies, yummy. 
Under these difficult circumstances my thanks go to Pauline who has managed to put together a lovely memory photo book and if that was not difficult enough with no events, she has ingeniously produced a card with all your heart warming thanks and good wishes at a time when it was impossible to get you all to sign the card. 
It has been a difficult year for everyone but we are a strong supportive section and there is no better club to be a member of.

Thank You
Ladies Captain

Monday, 7 December 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 7 December 2020

Hi Ladies

If you were one of the 44 Ladies who braved the awful weather on Thursday in the freezing cold and continuous rain to play the Hattersley Cup then well done you, that is how much we were all looking forward to getting back to golf. The intention was to play 18 holes but the weather conditions deteriorated so much that only 9 holes were achieved by all. A very well deserved draw was the best result given the conditions we all faced. A big thank you to Bev Hattersley for playing and presenting the Cup to Pauline and I, socially distanced in the bar.

Greensomes Thursday 10th December
There are 40 Ladies playing the Greensomes on Thursday with a prize for the winning pair, don’t forget to send me your score card via my personal WhatsApp. Christmas jumpers or fancy dress is optional with a prize for the best of either. Weather permitting we will play 18 holes but rain is forecast so it may well be 9 holes, a decision on the day. As this is an alternate shot pairs competition please remember to use your own ball at all times.

Stableford Qualifier Thursday 17th December
We hope to play the December Stableford qualifier weather permitting and providing any issues with WHS have been resolved.

Scratch and Handicap Knockouts
​​​​​​​If you Qualified for the Knockouts you have until the end of February to play the first round, if your name comes first you will need to contact your opponent with some dates. Good luck everyone.

Play Safe, Stay Safe
Ladies Captain

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 19 November 2020

Hi Ladies

I hope you are all staying safe and well.

We are now two weeks into lockdown have you found plenty of jobs to do to keep you occupied, or are you walking, relaxing or doing online exercise classes, I have to confess to have done all of those things.

have you maybe learnt a new skill or done something you have never done before? In the last lockdown I decorated the hall stairs and landing balanced on a plank for the high bits, decorating is not something I would normally do but found it quite therapeutic. This week I prepared the ground and put grass seed down then put netting over it and hope it grows, something else I have never done.

Monday 23rd November Parliament will debate "Exempt golf courses from the list of venues required to close due to Covid-19" after 257,267 people signed the England golf petition. Once the debate has happened if you signed the petition you will receive a video and the transcript, so lets keep our fingers crossed.

Thursday 3rd December we hope we will be able to go ahead with the Hattersley Cup, it will depend on what the rules are on our return, I believe Boris will announce this next week. Weather permitting this will be over 18 holes.

Thursday 10th December Christmas Greensomes as is customary dressing up is optional but there will be a prize for the best dressed pairs outfit and a prize for the best christmas jumper. Sign up for this will not open until we know the rules.

Once the new rules for returning to golf have been announced we will know whether we will be able to have our christmas mince pies and mulled wine after greensomes. Lets hope there will be good news in my next newsletter.

Stay safe
Ladies Captain

Monday, 9 November 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 9 November 2020

Hi Ladies

Oh dear it did not take long for lockdown fever to creep in, i forgot it was Sunday yesterday so i did not do a newsletter! Better late than never.

I hope you are all staying safe and well.

After playing golf on three days running before lockdown i was thankful for a couple of days rest, now I am itching to play again so tomorrow we will take a club and balls to the playing fields for practice. I also have my newly acquired (in the first lockdown) chipping net in the garden.

We are very lucky with the weather at the moment some lovely bright and fairly warm Autumn days to help us through this second lockdown. I have been tidying up my garden and putting away into the greenhouse some of my plants in pots for the winter, it is ironic that in the first lockdown i was getting everything out for the Spring. Walking is still our main form of exercise on these Autumn days and I am seeing some of the same scenery I saw back in April but in Autumn colours. I did my first online Pilates class today one of many I am sure in the coming weeks, it felt good and i do not know why I stopped as i really enjoyed it.

Eight of us from the Pearson squad went to Mill Green for a practice round on Monday 2nd November. The course was very very muddy so quite challenging but we enjoyed ourselves, so much so that my group, Pauline, Karen and Jacky Swanson played the last hole in the dark! Mill Green and The Melbourne matches will now be rescheduled.

WHS is now in place, not without it's problems but hopefully by the time we return to golf all will be fine.

Stay Safe
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 1 November 2020

Good Evening Ladies

Well I do not know about you but I did not see that coming, a month long lockdown. Personally I have to agree with England Golf CEO that I can not understand the government’s rationale for closing golf courses at this time when they are actively encouraging safe, responsible outdoor exercise for households or two individuals. Let’s hope England Golf’s challenge of the government’s decision brings us some good news by the end of the week.

We will be going ahead with our practice round at Mill Green on Monday 2nd November weather permitting.

Tuesday 27th October
On a very wet and windy day only a few ladies actually completed 18 holes the rest of us only managed 9 holes so well done to you brave ladies who carried on to do 18. The winner of the front 9 which was stroke play was Helen with nett 37 The back 9 was won by Ann Kane with 18 Stableford points.

Pauline and I had planned a Winter Non Invitation day for Thursday 26th November with a team game, lots of prizes, silent Auction and tea & scones to raise some funds for Pauline’s Charities but like the AGM Fun Game and the Hattersley Cup all in November unfortunately these will not now go ahead.

Proposed Ladies Committee 2021
​​​​​​​Thank you to those of you that voted for the Proposed Ladies Committee 2021 we had 52 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstentions.

All of the Ladies Committee Minutes can be found on IG under information, committee meeting minutes.

Tip to avoid slow play
​​​​​​​Keep up with pace of play and if loosing ground on group in front let people behind go through.

Stay Safe, Play Safe
Ladies Captain