Monday, 13 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 13 May 2019


Last Thursday saw us celebrating after our Spring Meeting when over 40 ladies joined in the fun of the golf course and then later a fine lunch where Cups and Trophies from the previous few months were awarded to the talented winners! Well done to all the ladies who took part on the day and to those who also came away with prizes. Winners on the day were Linda B, Jackie S, Jan K and Olive C, with Julie P, Lin G, Hazel and Kathy M close runners-up, well done ladies. (Hazel was very pleased indeed to achieve an Eagle on the 18th - amazing!) It was lovely, as always, to see our Luncheon Ladies join us looking as glamorous as ever. A massive thank you to you all for raising over £170.00 in the raffle towards our charities!


It has been a busy week all round for a lot of our ladies. Rogie and Vicky travelled to Girton Golf Club near Cambridge for the 3rd round of the Mail on Sunday Foursomes. Unfortunately, this was the end of a wonderful run for them, but they should feel proud for getting so far in a national event. Well done! Eight ladies travelled to Colmworth, north of Bedford on Saturday, for the second of the season's friendlies. Whilst most of the games finished very close, Chesfield Ladies came away seeking revenge when the return match is played next year. It was a lovely day, when old acquaintances caught up with one another and great cake was worthily eaten at the end of a friendly day! For those of you who remember Roz McKenzie, this is her home club and she ensured everyone was made to feel welcome. While these ladies were playing, several ladies joined John Dench's Men's Charity Day. While the hail came down at times and conditions were somewhat difficult, thank you for supporting a fine charity in aid of the Fire Brigade's Trauma Support Services.

As I said at the beginning of this newsletter, it was a busy week! Sunday saw six of us compete in the Ken Bird Trophy! A trophy close to our hearts and one in which all sections compete. Whilst us ladies tried our hardest, many of us did not have the best of days and we were solidly beaten by the Juniors, who played brilliantly and seemed to have flexibility that I certainly can't ever remember having!! Well done to them, of course, a great group of Juniors, who Chesfield are, rightly, very proud of, but also to our team of ladies! Some of you will be pleased to have been able to put your feet up over the next few days!!


Apologies to anyone who has played in other competitions that I have missed! Now to a few BIG reminders!!! Unfortunately due to ill health, Barbara J has had to drop out of the Away Weekend and that now leaves a spare place!! If you now find you are able to come please do get in touch with Nikki B asap. A reminder from Clare B that you will need to either send or bring a toddler photo of yourself along with you!

It is only a month to THE CHARITY DAY!! Argghh!! The sign-up sheets are now up for the game (Pairs Betterball) and the lunch only option! So please get your name up there as soon as possible. Also in the locker room is a sign-up to SPONSOR A HOLE and to contribute to the HALFWAY HOUSE (kindly being run on the day by Jean P and Mary H). Don't forget you can invite your friends along from near or far, the more the merrier! There is also a box to contribute suitable gifts for either the BOTTLE RAFFLE or the STAR RAFFLE!

I will be reminding you over the next few weeks of other arrangements for the BIG DAY!

Lastly, we mustn't forget to wish the Scratch Team good luck on Friday when they are at home to Ashridge, can they do the double on them!! YES they can.

Enjoy the fine weather, this week!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 6 May 2019


My goodness the weather was cold enough to be at the Arctic at times this week particularly at the weekend when four brave ladies ventured out to play the second round of their Eclectic. Conditions were challenging to say the least, but well done ladies for getting out there and hopefully improving on a few holes!

Conditions on Thursday had been slightly better and the scores were much closer to the course par. Vicky T came out on top for Division 1 with a nett of 72 just beating Anne L by one point. In Division 2 Pauline H came in with the highest score and a well deserved handicap cut with a nett of 72 just beating Debbie F by again one point! The players within the Pearson Squad were also competing for their Trophy and I am pleased to say Pauline H will be presented with the beautiful glassware at the next opportunity.

Earlier in the week the ladies were competing in a Split Threes game. The winning team were Vicky T, Debbie F, Kathy M and Katy C with a team score of 91, beating the nearest team by an impressive 8 points. Well done ladies.

This coming Thursday, forty ladies will be playing in the Spring Meeting with a team alliance game followed by a lovely lunch. Seven ladies will later join us for lunch and the presentation of cups and trophies won so far with year. Hopefully if you have had a great first 5 months of the year and are a winner, you will be there to collect your glassware or prize. We will be selling tickets for our Charity raffle at the registration table.

Saturday 11th May sees the Friendly Squad travel to Colmworth for their second match of the season. Kathy M is always looking for ladies to join in these matches, so please contact her if you are interested. It certainly helps to improve your game, being challenged to play courses you are unfamiliar with, so do get involved.

Sunday 12th May, a team of six ladies will be trying to bring the Ken Bird Trophy home to the ladies section! This competition sees each of the four sections competing for the said tankard, so wish us luck and for some kind weather!!!

We are sometimes asked about what things the committee are discussing at the moment. To enable you to keep up to date with this, two copies of the most recent minutes are now on the section noticeboard for you to peruse. Our next meeting is on Thursday 30th May, so if you have anything you would like to raise, please do let me know on chesfielddownsladiescaptain@gmail.com. I will remind you again nearer the date.

Lastly, there are still a few ladies still to return their GDPR preferences, if I could politely ask you to get this completed as soon as possible. Thank you.

Lets hope the weather warms up soon!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 28 April 2019


Apologies for the quality of these pictures, but the sun was actually shining on 11th April when the Jubilee Jug was played and affected the camera shots! The photos may not be great but the golf shots played by Angela H and Marica K were a cut above the rest of the field, coming in with a score of 42 pts, just ahead of Nikki and Nicola on 41 pts and taking the coveted Jubilee Jug.


Taking the best dressed pair crown in the 'Driving out the Blues' competition were Lauren P and Kathy D with their rather dangerous syringes! The 'Blues Brothers' of Linda B and Pat W and 'The Ladies on Patrol' from Di C and Christine S were also brilliant and certainly made the decision a very difficult one!

Back to this last week and an eagerly awaited result for the Ann Warner and Maureen Eastwood Trophy! The weather was not quite as difficult as the weekend 'alternate' day, but nevertheless the weather conditions were not easy with rain never far away. Coming in with the highest score in Division 1 over both days was Jan K with 36 pts, but the Ann Warner Trophy goes to Lauren P with 35 pts. Once Jan K gets all 3 qualifiers under her belt, she will surely be a force to be reckoned with! Well done to both ladies. In Division 2, a similar situation arose with Debbie F coming in with 36 pts, but taking the Maureen Eastwood Trophy with 33 pts was Annabel Scholes. Well done to both Debbie and Annabel for some great golf.

Our Friendly Squad of ladies went off to Pavenham, near Bedford for their first match of the season. Those of you who have played there, will know how very difficult the course and particularly the greens are. As in previous years, the match went to the home team, but our ladies enjoyed their day and the friendship of the Pavenham Ladies.

Going it alone this week, I am really pleased to tell you that Jackie R won her first round of the De Paula Cup. Well done and we look forward to following your progress.

On a cool breezy Sunday morning in the shadow of the Cathedral at St Albans, the Scratch Team - Sarah, Virginia, Pat, Kathy and Olive (who was making her debut) set out to beat the ladies of Verulam...! The matches were close and played in a lovely spirit, with lots of laughs and some good shots!!! Congratulations go to Virginia, Kathy and our debutant Olive for fantastic wins, giving Chesfield another superb 3 and 2 win away from home. Thanks to all the girls for another great performance which continues our great start to the season.


At the Jubilee Jug gathering and in a previous newsletter, I mentioned that the committee is working on ensuring the data we hold on all our members and the way this is stored, complies with the new regulations of GDPR. To this end, you should all have received an email requiring you to confirm your consent to continue on our mailing list. Can I please ask you to take the time to do this. It should only take a few minutes to complete and is really simple to do. In the next week or so, we will be in contact with you again regarding the wider information we hold.

In an effort to ensure that the Miss Designer Golf Day which will be held on Tuesday 2nd July, is open to as many as possible, it will run through til dusk!! This will mean that the normal Ladies Tuesday tee times will be used and if you are unable to play during those times, you will be able to book a tee time later on that day, playing with another lady member and still be eligible for the BIG PRIZE. I am thrilled to be able to tell you that the 1st prize will be a £100 gift voucher from Miss Designer Golf, the 2nd prize a £40 gift voucher and 3rd prize a £20 voucher. All those competing on the day will also receive a £10 gift voucher. Look out for the poster in the Locker Room!

Finally the tee time sheet for the Spring Meeting is now on the Notice board, there is still room for some latecomers, so please let me know if you want to take part. A Raffle in aid of Mind in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling will be held alongside the meal.

Fingers crossed for some warmer weather and good luck to all those playing in the May Medal (Maximum Score) match on Thursday, which will also bring a winner of the Pearson Trophy from all those who have taken part in the Pearson Season of matches during 2018/19.

Keep golfing
Yours
Margaret

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 April 2019


Happy Easter to you and all your families, I hope you have had a wonderful time together enjoying the sunshine and maybe just a little golf along the way!!

Certainly the weekend ladies who have played in the Ann Warner and Maureen Eastwood Trophy competition this last Saturday (the 2nd of our Alternate Days), will have had great weather and fine course conditions. No doubt they will have come in with some great scores! It doesn't look quite so promising for this coming Thursday when the weekday ladies compete in the same competition.

On Thursday of last week, the ladies played in the April Stableford Competition with the winners seem set to have a handicap cut or two! Amelia Fitzgerald, the vice captain of the Junior Section joined us and came in with an impressive 41 points. This is her first qualifying game within the Ladies Section and we look forward to welcoming her again when she has time in the school holidays. Jean P came in with a great score of 38 points to take top place in Division 2 and Lauren P won Division 1 with an equally impressive 37, beating Virginia on count back. Thursday also saw the final match for the Handicap Cup, played out between Rogie and Ann L. After a really tight match and going right down to the 18th hole, Ann was able to sneak a win. Well done to both ladies for such a tight battle played in the very best of spirits.

The Tuesday Club last week saw the second round of the Stableford League being played and once again the weather stayed fine for the ladies.

There were some impressive results in the last few weeks I feel I should mention. Vicky T and Rogie played their second round of the Daily Mail Foursomes at home and were deservedly pleased to beat the two ladies from Letchworth. They now await the 3rd round draw and will keep their fingers crossed for another home match!!


The Scratch Team began their season in fine form with a great win away at Ashridge, beating them 3:2. This was a great result on, what is, a difficult course. Their next match is against Veralum on Sunday 28th, away from home again. Good Luck ladies!!

The Friendly Squad begin their season on Friday 26th with an away game against Pavenham (near Bedford). If you want to know more about these games, their format and how to join the ladies, please contact Kathy Morris or myself. Everyone is welcome!

The committee and I are now well on the way to finalising the arrangements for the Spring Meeting on May 9th. The sign-up sheet is on the board for preferred tee times and the meal choices. So if you haven't put your name down and you want to be part of the day please do so. Rogie and I will be finalising the tee times later this week. Also coming up soon is the Ken Bird Trophy, played on Sunday 12th May against the Mens, Seniors and Juniors. If you are available and keen to take part, please put your name down very soon on the sheet in the Locker Room.

The Captains Charity Day is also not too far away and if you have any opportunities to gain vouchers, raffle prizes or outside sponsors for the day, please do let me know. Mind in Mid Herts and the Tilehouse Counselling are great charities and anything we can do to raise funds for them is very much appreciated.

For the first time, Chesfield Downs Ladies are running an Individual Stableford golf competition on Tuesday July 2nd, which will receive sponsorship from Miss Designer Golf! The three main prizes will be impressive and all those participating will also receive a gift from them! We are keen to ensure that everyone who wants to compete for these prizes, can do so, so please save the day if you can. More details will follow.

Once again, on a personal note I would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to you all for the support you have given me over these last few weeks. It has been a difficult time for myself and the family and your understanding and kindness has meant a great deal.

Looking forward to some 'improving' golf!!

Your Lady Captain
Margaret Gentle

Monday, 8 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 8 April 2019


Well, we all stayed dry on Saturday's Captains Drive In and here we all are! But where was this photograph taken? An Easter Egg for the first correct answer!! For those who couldn't attend, I managed to not disgrace myself at the critical point of the drive!! Not sure what could be said for the rest of my round, but hey, as we went down the first fairway, we all decided this was just a fun day of golf!! Needless to say, some teams took things very seriously indeed and I am please to say that two weekend ladies, Annabel S and Clare B were in the winning team, so well done to them! Juniors Hannah P and Junior Vice Captain Amelia F came away with the longest drive and the nearest to the pin in 2, great golf girls! It was good to see the nearest the pin on the 9th was taken by Lauren P, well done to her!

Thursday's game for last week was the April Club Medal (Maximum Score) competition. As you will see on HowDidiDo, new girl Olive came out on top in division 1 with a nett score of 75, closely followed by Hazel B who came in with nett 77 sharing 2nd place with Lauren P. The 2nd division was won by Katy Cook with a nett 70 and a much deserved handicap cut for her, snapping at her heels was Anne L, just one point behind (and a handicap cut too). Well done to all those who came in within their buffer zone, made kinder by a CSS of 73!

Tuesday's game of the week was the 1st round of the Stableford League. Several more rounds to go, so lets hope for some good weather on Tuesday 16th, when we get to play round 2!! Fingers crossed.


The Pearson Squad (above) have finished their 2018/19 season and now have to await the results of the outstanding matches within their group. A massive thanks to all the ladies who played and one special big thanks to Megan B for all the rallying, support and organising she has done over this season. Great Job!

It has been decided by the Committee that to assist in managing the competitions and moving people, which at times is necessary, we will be closing the on-line HowDidiDo element of the competition by 7 am on the Wednesdays before the games. If you wish to play after that time, please contact Lin and as always she will assist you in getting onto the list. Thank you.

I am told that the County Cards are now available from the Reception Desk. You will be aware that these cards provide you with a discount if you wish to play away from Chesfield, on most courses across the country! Very worthwhile collecting yours and there is no extra cost!

The season for the Par 3 competition began last month and many of our ladies join in with this, its an ideal opportunity to hone your short game skills! This competition is run by Jo Oliver, so do have a word with her if you are keen to join in. 

Finally, Nikki B has told me that there is a Room-share vacancy for the Away Weekend this year. If you have not yet decided to join us, please do have a word with myself or any of the Committee members. The trip is over the weekend of June 2nd to 4th, arriving Sunday late afternoon and departing after a second round of golf on Tuesday afternoon. This year we are going to Stoke by Nayland, Don't miss out!!

No newsletter next week friends (personal commitments), but I will get down to writing one again Easter Monday! If I don't see you in the meantime, enjoy the golf and the Easter Eggs!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 1 April 2019


I bet the ladies playing on Saturday in the Roger Burman Warm Up Trophy and who commented on the great conditions, didn't have to face this monster as it strolled across the green on a course in Georgia, USA last week!! Whatever the hazards at Chesfield Downs, they are nothing compared to watching an alligator walking just feet from you!! On home ground, Chesfield's penalty areas obviously didn't deter Jackie R, who won the competition with a great score of 41pts (6 pars and 1 birdie) beating Megan B by just one point! Brilliant result girls!!!

Earlier in the week, Thursday ladies competed for the Maria Moore Millenium Bowl, which this year was played as a Pairs Betterball competition. The weather was once again kind. Taking top spot were Jackie S and Hazel B with 42 pt. - a great score ladies. Unfortunately for them, Jackie was unable to win the Bowl, due to the lack of qualifiers under her belt, so the winners of the Bowl this time around were Katy Cook and Lin Goodey with just one point less (41 pts). Well done to the winners and all those taking part.

Tuesday of last week saw some last minute to'ing and fro'ing of numbers for various reasons and so the planned format was changed to a Pairs Betterball. Coming in 2nd place were Olive C and Jan K but winners on the day were Anne L and Katy with 44 points between them. Well done to them and all the Tuesday ladies who played.

So with the results all covered, lets move to a few reminders. I think most of the ladies playing in the Captains Drive In have selected their food option, but if you haven't, can I remind you to do so, please.

As you will have observed, the grounds staff have been busy over the last months positioning large boulders into the red penalty areas to ensure the integrity of the ditch is maintained. However, some people are still crossing the ditch particularly on the 14th on foot and with their trolleys, can I please ask that you use the bridges at all times, thank you.

On Saturday 13th April from 12 noon to 4 pm, Chesfield Downs are hosting a Crown Oneshot event which will be like an Open Day with a 40ft Putting Competition, fun activities, a BBQ and lots more. If you are free, please do come along and join in the fun!

There is a sign-up sheet in the locker room for all those ladies who play 9 holes or maybe just like to come up for a chat and a cuppa, to join us for afternoon tea on Jubilee Jug day, Thursday 11th April at 3 pm. We love having you with us, so please see if you can come along and join the fun of seeing the costumes!!!

Jackie R is kindly organising a trip down to the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 6th November to see 'The Music of the Night'. If you are interested please take a look at the poster in the locker room and speak to Jackie before 8th April deadline.

Finally, as many of you have been aware, it has been a difficult time for me over the last few weeks. Can I say a huge thank you for all your support and kind words of comfort. Dad had a very long, happy and well-lived life and we, as a family, will take great comfort in that!

Yours
Margaret x
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Mar 2019


Thursday brought back memories for me of standing in front of a blackboard!!! Many of you will know I taught for most of my working life and my handwriting has not improved since those times, as many of our ladies will testify!! Why were we all sitting there waiting in anticipation? Well, Thursday after golf brought many Oohhs and Aahhs as the draw for the Summer KOs (Ann Grist and Mary Warmoth Trophies) took place. The official draws are now on the noticeboard in the locker room for you all to review, along with an explanation of the 'Rules of Combat' for those new to these competitions!!! The date for the first round of both Trophies is a way off (June 30th), but it doesn't mean you can't get started and play your first match as soon as you both wish.

The weather has been more Spring like, this week, I think you will all agree, which was lovely to see. On Tuesday many ladies 'Picked their Poison' as the format was called selecting their 9 best holes to score from. Second place was held by four ladies (Kathy D, Lauren, Jan K and Katy C) but coming out on top was Julie R. A big well done to her and as always to Hazel and Katy for finding such interesting formats to play!!

Before the 'Blackboard Gathering' on Thursday, we had all gone out to play in the O'Sullivan Cup (Stableford Alliance). It is always great to play in a team game, with the pressure off at least slightly! The results of that Trophy will be announced at the Spring Meeting, so we will hold you in suspense for a while yet.

Saturday saw another lovely day, this time for the Ken Bird Final Individual Stableford. Linda B made the most of it, coming in 6th out of a field of nearly 100 players with 37 pts. What a brilliant result Linda, well done !!!! (Psst, hopefully she gets her handicap cut before Pauline and I have to play her in the knockouts!!).

Lin has asked me to remind you all that if you wish to pull your name from a HowDidiDo competition within a few days of it being played, please contact her first as she will do this for you and at the same time be able to slot someone in, who is on the waiting list. The competitions in the next few weeks have received great sign-up numbers and we are thrilled so many of you are wishing to get out to play. As always if there are no spaces available on the system, please email Lin and she will find a slot for you, if at all possible.

Many of you are signed up for the Captains Drive-In and that's brilliant to see so many of you coming along, I will certainly need all the support I can get!! There are still a few spaces left though. Can I remind you to add your food selection if you have not already done it, as this will obviously help with catering.

As you will be aware, Vicky T and Rogie won their first round match of the Daily Mail Foursomes against Heydon Grange recently, their 2nd round draw will again be at home, this time against Knebworth, date still to be organised. Good luck to them. Kathy D and Pat W are representing the Ladies Section in the Powell Cup this year. They have been given a Bye in the first round so they wait to see their 2nd round draw at the end of April. Tomorrow, Monday 25th, our Pearson team of Kathy C, Linda B, Nikki B, Pauline H, Rogie T, Nicola A and Lin go off to play at Manor of Groves, near Sawbridgeworth. Good luck to all of them, I'm sure they will play their socks off!!

Get out there and enjoy the weather this week!
🏌⛳
Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Mar 2019


Well, the above photo says quite a lot about the weather this last week!! The Tuesday match was wiped out completely by persistent rain and strong winds, though some very brave ladies did venture out!! Thursday was really no better! Kathy C took this photo of herself, Maggie, Mandy and Caroline, its a wonder they were still managing to smile!! The Price Vase, as you are all aware, had been competed for in terrible weather over both the two separate days. Scores were very mixed throughout but coming out on top this year was Linda B with an impressive score, considering the weather, of 33 points. Runners Up were Anne L on 31 points and Pauline H on 30 points. A huge well done to all the ladies that took part in the two days. Lets hope the next competition, held in this way,(Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy on 20th April - Easter Saturday and Thursday 25th) will have much better weather!

To finish the week off, Sunday bought the Ken Bird 4 Ball Betterball Bogey Mixed Match. Again the weather was terrible where I was, with hailstorms followed by sunshine! At the point of publishing this, the results have not been published, but if you played again, you certainly deserve a medal. Roll on some decent weather! With my plans of finally playing in a full competition last Tuesday thwarted yet again, I am still to play 18 holes of golf since before Christmas!! Heaven help the team of 3 who have me as the 4th player this coming Thursday for the O'Sullivan Cup! After the match on Thursday, we will be drawing the matches for the pairs and singles summer knockouts. If you are involved, please stay behind if you can, to watch the draw and see who you will be competing against in the first round!!

Mandy U is kindly organising a morning trip to the Osprey's Outlet Shop near Hatfield, noted for its leather goods, which some of you may have heard of! The trip has been organised for Monday April 1st, leaving Chesfield car park at 9.45 a.m. with the intention of sharing lifts. A very nice Café is on site too for a cuppa and a cake after some shopping. A sign-up sheet is sitting on the general noticeboard with more information, so please do put your name down, so that we have an idea of numbers interested.

Finally, after golf last Thursday, many of us joined the family and a huge number of friends for the Service of Remembrance for Kay Baker. The crematorium was absolutely creaking at the seams, with probably over 160 people there, a clear message to the family of how well loved Kay was to so many. The service was really beautiful with carefully chosen words that encapsulated what a special lady Kay was. In memory of her life within Chesfield Downs Ladies Section, her family would like to present a trophy in her memory and I will be talking to the family later in the year about this.

Fingers crossed for some better and calmer weather

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019

Captain's Newletter - 11 Mar 2019


It was great to see nine ladies from the 7-day membership battle the wind and rain on Sunday to take part for the first time in the Ladies Section 'Price Vase'. This trophy is one of many Cups and Trophies that the weekend ladies are now able to access. Its great to see them competing for these prizes and hopefully the numbers taking part will increase. How did they do? Well, we will all have to wait until Thursday when the rest of the ladies, polish up their shoes and clean those clubs, to do battle for that special Vase. Will the Price Vase go to one of those ladies above or not, who knows just yet!

The weather this week has been pretty windy every day and Tuesday and Thursday were no exceptions. Pancake Tuesday was a Champagne Scramble and in first place, some very familiar winners recently : Hazel, Karen, Debbie and Katy with a score of 94 points, well done ladies. Some handicap changes are overdue, I think!

Thursday was once again terribly windy and most of the ladies looked less than their usual elegant selves when they finally came into the Clubhouse! Taking first place in Division 1 of the Maximum Score Monthly Medal was Lauren, just ahead of Chris L and in Division 2 Nicola won by 6 clear shots from Karen. (Full details of the scores are on HowDidiDo) With only one player coming within their buffer, out of a field of 22 ladies, it shows just how difficult the conditions on the course were.

Out on the course on Thursday, a little after the Ladies Section, were four ladies bravely competing to go forward into the next round of the Daily Mail Foursomes competition. I am thrilled to say that Rogie and Vicky won their match against two ladies from Heydon Grange. The conditions by that time in the day were horrendous and the worse they had ever experienced. Well done to them, now Vicky can go off on her well deserved holiday!!

The notice for the Captains Drive In on Saturday April 6th is now on the board. It would be great to see more ladies taking part in this and the support would be very very welcome!!!

A final reminder, there are still a few places left in the Mary Warmoth Doubles Knock-out Trophy, so please find a partner and put your name down if you are interested. The 'live' draw for both the Ann Grist (Singles) and the Mary Warmoth (Doubles) will be made on Thursday 21st March after we are all in after golf.

A notice is in the locker room regarding the arrangements for Kay's funeral on Thursday 14th. Contributions to The Garden House Hospice can be made directly on line or through me. I know many of you will be attending, it has been suggested we go in our club sweaters as a nod to Kay's love of our 'special' golf club!

Hoping that the weather predicted on Tuesday holds off and that we can get out and play our 'Daytona Pairs'! If there is any doubt about the competition going ahead, please ring the club. A decision will be made as early as possible. As usual, please let your playing partner and Katy/Hazel know if you decide not to play.

Keep golfing! 🏌🏌
Margaret

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Mar 2019

Time is racing by and I can't believe I am already writing March into the title of this newsletter. I simply can't wait to get out onto the course, which I understand is in great condition. The test will be whether I can remember how to hit that little white ball! A friend told me it's like riding a bike, a little wobble at first, but then off you go, I wasn't always very good at riding a bike though!! Keep your fingers crossed for me on Tuesday, or rather the other 3 ladies in my team!!!

Some great golf seems to have been played this last week, when the weather was pretty kind to us for the midweek games at least! Tuesday was a beautiful day and we saw some great scoring by certain ladies in the Pairs Betterball competition. Sarah and Katy came in 2nd with 41 points (always a dangerous pairing I think!) but this time around they were beaten by Mandy and new girl Debbie with a great score of 43 points. Have you ladies signed-up for the pairs or singles summer knockouts because perhaps you should???

Thursday's game was the February Stableford competition, the first qualifier of the year. In Division 1, we saw another great set of scores for Sarah (that investment in new clubs seems to be working) who came in with 37 points, only to be beaten by, in form, Pat with 38 points (Brilliant golf - 9 pars and 1 birdie by both these ladies). In Division 2, Karen came in 2nd with 34 points (1 birdie), but not to be outdone on the birdie front, Diane C won the competition in this division with a score of 35 points and 2 birdies!! Shame for all the ladies concerned that the formal Birdies don't arrive at Chesfield Downs until 1st March!!

Sunday was a bit wet and very windy for the weekend ladies and very sensibly they stayed away from the Ken Bird round 14 with 3 clubs and a putter!! My goodness, I thought choosing 5 clubs was difficult enough without reducing it to only 3! Next Sunday will be a different thing though, 9 ladies from the 7 day membership group, will be competing in the Price Vase/March Stableford Qualifier for perhaps the first time. The introduction of the new 'Alternate Day' means this competition and others are now open to all our ladies. There are still a few more places left, so sign-up quickly.

Next Thursday is the first Ladies England Golf/Club Medal (Maximum Score) competition of the year. Please remember the introduction of the Maximum Score means that should you reach 5 over the par on any hole, you need to pick up and record the score accordingly, e.g. on a par 4 you would record 9 (being 5 over the par for that hole of 4). I am sure we will all get used to this way of playing these particular qualifiers as time goes on.

With the long summer evenings to look forward to and perhaps time on your hands at the end of the day, or at the weekends, we are pleased to introduce a new Summer League competition for our 7 day ladies. This league will be run between April and the end of September and will operate on a 9 hole matchplay basis, with points awarded for a win and a draw. The golfer with the highest score at the end of the summer season will be announced the winner. A notice and further explanation will be on the noticeboard later in the week, so if you are a 7-day member and interested in playing matchplay, please do sign-up. For more information please talk to Pat W, Lin or myself.

Also on the subject of matchplay, the Friendly season is almost upon us and Kathy M has given us a full list of all the dates and matches for 2019. These are pairs matchplay games against our regular local clubs and run throughout the summer season. If you are interested or think you might be, please have a look at the list on the board, just inside the locker room door and put your name down. Everyone is welcome whatever your handicap and if you have not played matchplay before, its not a problem, Kathy will pair you with someone who has! Check out the list, its a great introduction to playing matchplay.

Unfortunately, we will be missing Amanda M playing golf for a while! After a fall whilst out and about, she unfortunately fell and broke her wrist! In her usual spirit of resilience, she assures me, she will be up at the club as soon as she possibly can for a coffee and a chat. I have obviously sent her a card with our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Looking forward to some improving golf!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

 
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