Monday, 21 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 October 2019


Last week was a really busy one all round for the Ladies Section! Of course, there was the golf but also a fair smattering of tea and cake and belated presentations too!!.

Tuesday was a Stableford game for the ladies followed by the Stableford Presentation. The Tuesday Club Stableford League ran over 5 rounds from April through to July, (September was unfortunately cancelled due to poor weather). Winners were Division 1 - Vicky T, Division 2 - Karen M and Division 3 went to Debbie F! Well done ladies. We also managed to catch up on some of the presentations that were not carried out during the Autumn Meeting. Pat W seemed to go home with quite a few winning prizes but escaped the cameraman, however, Kathy D enjoyed collecting her August Eclectic Cup and prize as you can see above! Well done to all those ladies, far too many to mention here, I am afraid!

You can never have too much cake and on Thursday we were there again, this time to thank all the ladies who had contributed to a great season for the Friendly, Pearson and Scratch squads!! All squads will have new captains for the forthcoming seasons and we wish them well. A big thank you for their captaincies last season go to Sarah F(Scratch), Megan B (Pearson) and Kathy M (Friendlies). It is never too late to consider whether you would like to take play next time around, so please do come and ask one of the committee for more information!

Last weekend the 7-day ladies were able to start the week's Cup Challenge off, with the opportunity of competing for the Cup Winners Cup and the Consolation Cup! On Thursday the 5-day ladies would try to ensure that the winners would come from their particular day! Thursday would not all be about cake after all, but some very serious golf was going to be played! Three ladies eventually came in on top with a nett 74 in the Cup Winners challenge; Jackie R, Helen L and Kathy D, but on count back Kathy D was to come out the winner! (We can only guess what her card would have looked like, if it hadn't been for the bunker on the 5th!!) The Consolation Cup winner was slightly easier to sort out but again would be taken with a nett 74, this time by Vicky T who managed to beat Denise C by just 2 points! Great golf by all ladies!

This coming week's Thursday challenge is the Scratch/Handicap Cup competition, where the top 8 scores from the day go into the Knockouts to win the Faircliff Winter Scratch Cup and the second 8 scores similarly challenge in a KO for the Handicap Cup. Good Luck everyone playing!

Other news for the week.....31st October will be the last day to get those birdies in the book, before they migrate for the winter! Presentation of all outstanding birdie badges will take place at the AGM on 7th November.

We have two places left on the trip to the Albert Hall to see and sing to The Music of the Night on Wednesday 6th November. Please see Jackie if you are interested. A coach will be taking us from CDGC.

As you will be aware the transfer from HowDidIDo to Intelligent Golf will take place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd November. The three competitions before that are all still on HowDidIDo, so please do sign-up! The Daily Mail Foursomes will be played on Thursday 31st October, so for those who feel like scaring their opponents, lets make it a SPOOKY Theme in line with Halloween!!! Ghost-like make-up, a few spiders here or there, join in with the theme, if you would like, but no pressure!!

After the change-over date, we are rather fortunate that all our other matches will be on a paper sign-up in the locker room, until November 28th when we play our Stableford Qualifying competition. These paper sign-ups will begin with Thursday 7th November when we play a fun-game. This sign-up is now in place in the locker room, along with that of the Hattersley Cup (Captain v Vice Captain Matchplay) and the Winter Invitation. PLEASE, PLEASE make sure that you have signed into Intelligent Golf before the weekend changeover!! Thank you.

Slow Play is an item on the agenda of most clubs at some point throughout the year and it certainly needs recognising by all of us and addressing!! We have to accept that when a round of golf takes us 5 hours to complete, as it did for many, recently, we too have a problem! There are lots of simple hints on golfing website that as individuals we can use as a personal check list, so please do have a look! Here are just a few :-

a) Be ready on the tee, don't wait for others to drive off …play ready golf!...

b) WINTER RULES are now in place, so mark, pick and clean your ball so you are ready to take your shot when it is your turn...

c) Be ready for your shot before it is your turn...keep an eye on when you could play,..

d) Keep your pre-shot routine to a minimum i.e. one practise shot. Remember practising is for the driving range/putting green...

e) As you get close to the green, remember to take your trolley towards the route to the next tee and away from on-coming golfers, this allows a quick exit from the green...

f) Mark your cards on the next tee to ensure you clear the greens quickly!

These are just a few, there are many more!! Remember a round should only take 4hrs 10 mins and maybe less, at times. Most of us use these pointers, I know, but it never hurts to check as individuals and also to help remind others in order to speed things up!

With great sadness, I have to inform you that Kirsten George, a long term and much loved player at the club, passed away peacefully in her home last weekend with her family around her. I know many of you knew Kirsten longer than I did and had many happy memories of her, socially and at the golf club. She will be sadly missed by you all, I know! As soon as I have details of the service in her memory, I will, of course, let you know.


As some of you know, I am away on holiday from Thursday 24th, and will be back on Sunday 3rd November. In the meantime, you are in the very capable hands of Rogie.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 14 October 2019


Have you got your waterproof golfing wear ready to hand yet? You may well have needed it this week! The rain and wind certainly affected most of us out there on the course at some point during the last week! The conditions were pretty tough over the two separate days of the Lauren Pitcher Plate and it was good to see that the top two places would come from both the weekend and the Thursday games. Taking second place with 31 pts was Nikki B but with just one extra point, the winner of the Plate for 2019 was Pat W with 32 pts. Pat has had an amazing year when I look back at the results over the last 8 months - well done - such a great year!! Two of our 9-hole ladies ventured out on Thursday and while they were not happy with their scores, they were out there and still playing! Well done Pat P and Maureen M!

Many of you joined in the Help for Heroes game on Saturday and I hope, if you played, you enjoyed your round and the knowledge that you were supporting such a worthy charity!

As if they hadn't had enough rain during the week, The Scratch Team quartet of Pat W, Kathy D, Sally W and Olive C had to compete in awful weather on Sunday in the Division 4 final at Harpenden GC against a very strong Letchworth B team! Coming in Runners Up for the division they have had a great season and a well deserved plaque for the Club wall to show for it! Huge congratulations to all those who competed for the Scratch Team during the year, you did your Club proud!


There is a really full team sheet for this coming Thursday when we will be competing for the Cup Winners Cup or the Consolation Cup! Its always great to see so many ladies playing! Good Luck everyone. The course is beginning to look much smarter with new distance markers, flags and tee markers etc. There are lots more plans in the pipeline and we should know by mid November of the planned work for the off-season. Thank you to those of you who have highlighted areas of concern. These have all been passed forward to the Head Greenkeeper. It is important though to be vigilant and continue to take care ourselves of the course. Thank you to you all for protecting the integrity of the ditch as it crosses our pathway on several holes - can I ask that you continue to remember to always use the bridges, particularly on the 10th hole where crossing traffic on the left is eroding the ditch sides!! THANK YOU!

So lets move to the messages - Jackie R has one spare place for the evening at the Albert Hall 'Music of the Night' on Wednesday 6th November! If you are interested please get in touch with her direct - first come, first served!!

The sign-up sheets for both AGMs (Ladies - 7th November @ 7pm and Club - 12th November @ 7pm) are now on the Noticeboards. Please support your committee and remember to sign-up, so we know you intend to come along!

We are now down to the final days of the Club Captain Ballot, this will close on Friday 18th October!

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT!

Keep golfing!
Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 7 October 2019


Golf is very important to us, of course, but there are other times when sharing a cup of tea and a piece of cake with friends to celebrate achievement, share experiences etc are equally important! Three 'Gentle' reminders for you all:-

Tuesday 8th October - Pearson Squad Meeting
Tuesday 15th October - Stableford League Presentation
Thursday 17th October - Ladies Squads Thank you


The tea and cake are all ordered, all that is needed is YOU! Please come along to the conservatory straight after your game or if you are not playing come along for 2.30 p.m!

We have another two new ladies joining the section this week and some of you will meet them on Tuesday morning before you go out to play, so please do say hello! Paula and Lynn are joining our Section as they embark on their golfing career. Rogie and I will be taking them out at the end of our tee times to begin the process of completing cards for their handicaps. Paula and Lynn are both part of a very successful programme that Jo Oliver has been running to encourage ladies to get involved in the sport, so hopefully we will be seeing a few more ladies come our way.

More dates for your diary are, of course, the Ladies AGM on Thursday November 7th and the Club AGM the following Tuesday 12th. It is always great to see you support these two events and certainly the Ladies AGM will be a great celebration as many of you will be collecting trophies and cups. Do come along if you can!

The transfer from HowDidIDo across to Intelligent Golf will take place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November, with everything hopefully up and running by Monday 4th November. Our Ladies competitions during the following few weeks are conveniently all paper sign-ups which will hopefully make things easier and we will let you know when our competitions begin to filter onto Ig. For the 7-day ladies though the Ken Bird Winter League will begin on Saturday 9th November, so in order for you to have a tee-time reserved for you, please contact Les Ward on patles@btinternet.com who will ensure you have a place! Access to your personal golfing history should still be available through HowDidIDo via your phone app after the transfer but, of course, nothing will go onto that particular platform after Friday 1st November.

So how did the golf go over the last week? Tuesday's game was pretty much rubbed out by warnings of severe weather that never really materialised in fact. Several ladies nevertheless went out and enjoyed a practice opportunity. Thursday's game saw some of you competing for the Kathy Dale Trophy and others trying to come top in the Autumn Medal Qualifier. The weather was kind, so there should really have been no excuses for a tight game, other than two ladies were to play out of their skins and firmly take top position in the two competitions. Kathy D was to sweep away any opposition in the K.D. Trophy and come in with an amazing nett 67, a well earned handicap cut to 11 to boot!! Not to be outdone in the Autumn Medal, Anne L came in with an incredible nett 68 and a great handicap cut down to 19 for her too! Great Golf Ladies!! Will Anne finally get used to collecting prizes, I wonder?

This weekend, I will be writing to our local golf clubs to invite them to our Winter Invitational on Thursday 21st November, in the meantime if you have friends you would like to join you please do get the information out to them. The cost will be £23 per guest, £17 for members plus golf and £15 for those of you who would just like to lunch with us. Lots of prizes for the day! A sign-up will go up in the next few weeks.

Finally, as many of you will know, the ballot for Club Captain 2020 has now begun, please do vote! You can do this in the Clubhouse, using paper and pen or by using the IG link on the Chesfield Downs website chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk and go to the menu (top right) and find INFORMATION. Voting will close on Friday 18th October.

I know many of you have already voted, so thank you!! 😘😘😘😘

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 29 September 2019


What a great day Saturday was!! The golfers set off as early as 8.00 a.m. with 88 of us playing in the Captains Day Team Alliance! The wind would be a challenge as it often is but it would not deter the overall winners, Joan W and Sue O and their partners. Sue O would go on to win the nearest the pin on the 12th. Well played to them all - amazing win! Amelia F would fire a long drive off the 6th to take away the Longest Drive for the ladies. Well done to her, of course! Most of us can only stand in awe of such ability!

The evening started off at 7 p.m. and over 120 players and partners would join us for a great evening of banter, good food and super entertainment. Of course, all such days can only be special with the support of some very important people, a big thank you to Barry and all his team, to Lee and the greenkeepers (the course looked great after such a lot of rain last week). As we said on the night, a special thank you to Jackie C whose support and organisation over the last nine months had been immense!! The silent auction of a 7-day membership was won by Helen L with a very generous donation to the Captains' Charities - THANK YOU!!! Finally, but no less importantly, a massive thank you to all the ladies of Chesfield Downs who supported the day/evening by attending and also those who couldn't be there but sent lovely messages of support for the day. How very special you all are!

I feel very honoured to be the Ladies Captain for 2019 in many ways! It is big occasions like Saturday of course, but also the smaller things which trigger this sense. Last Thursday, it was watching old friends come together over a coffee and a bite to eat, as the rest of us came in after our round! It was lovely to see Joan M, and Julia G come together to join our 9-hole ladies after their competition, we hope to see Julia back playing with them very soon. Pam B would come home with the highest points in their 9-hole Stableford followed by Jane S and Maureen M. Well done ladies. Mary H also joined us for a coffee and a chat and hopefully she will be back playing with us very soon. We've missed you all!

Thursday's result joined last weekend's to bring a great overall win for Nikki B with 36 pts in division 1. Anne L would take 2nd place with 33 points. In division 2, Lin G would take top place with 39 points from Linda B on count back. Three out of the four top places would go to the weekend ladies this time around, perhaps indicating the changing weather conditions as the week had progressed. Well done ladies some great scores!

A few on-going reminders for you all - get those diaries out!! The Ladies AGM is on Thursday 7th November at 7pm, please do come along to welcome the new committee and celebrate lots of successes from the past year. The Club AGM will take place the following Tuesday, again at 7pm. There is a sign-up for the Ladies AGM on the board, if you can let us know if you are coming or not. A similar notice for the Club AGM will go up in a few weeks.

I know the noticeboard is pretty full, but please don't miss the Christmas Party sign-up. It will be great fun and we would love it, if you would join us!!

FINALLY, the ballot for the CLUB CAPTAIN 2020 will open officially on Intellligent Golf on Tuesday October 1st. There will be the ability to vote manually at the club too, if you prefer, please ask at the reception desk. The ballot will remain open until FRIDAY 18th October. I would be very honoured to be the third lady at Chesfield Downs to be The Club Captain, following in the footsteps of Marica and Kathy D - but I will need your VOTE! THANK YOU.
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 23 September 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 23 September 2019

The Chris Leary Chalice presented by the lady herself!

What a very special day, last Thursday was, although many of you were away on your holidays! The sun shone all day, the course was looking great and even the sand on the greens didn't seem to affect the scores for the day. 37 ladies enjoyed the challenge of playing for the Chris Leary Chalice and with 11 of those ladies playing to 36 or better, it took something special to win the day. Linda B thought she had the main prize with a great score of 42 pts but just pipping her to the post, the Chalice went to Alison W after an amazing 43 pts. Well done to everyone. Well done to those who were able to receive their previous prizes and trophies from earlier challenges throughout the summer. Those of you away will be presented with your prizes at the forthcoming AGM on November 7th. A huge thank you to all those present for your support for my charities of the year and a further £200+ has gone into the coffers as a result of your generous purchase of raffle tickets. A further £100 has been collected by the regulars of a certain pub in Kimpton, thanks to Nikki B, and some very kind gents from Chesfield Downs who are also very supportive of the Ladies Section.

Also enjoying their golf since the last newsletter, Julie P and Amelia F came together to compete in the Ann MacLaurin Trophy match last Sunday at Mill Green. Whilst they didn't achieve what they would have wished for, they both enjoyed the experience against some very low handicappers!

I have already made mention of the Ladies AGM on November 7th, please ensure you sign-up to let us know if you will be attending so that we can arrange the necessary refreshments (Sheet on the noticeboard). A further date for your diary is the following Tuesday 12th November - the Club AGM. As Section Captains and Vice Captains it is always nice to see friendly faces in the audience, so please do try to attend. I will ensure that there is a sign-up sheet in the locker room by mid October.

Arrangements are still in the process of being made for the ballot for Club Captain. Many of you have been asking me how and when this will be done. I am anticipating the ballot arrangements will come out via Intelligent Golf in early October. As soon as I am informed, I will let you know. Thank you once again for all your support.

The sign-up sheet for the Ladies Christmas Party on Friday 13th December, is beginning to get your attention. Please do come along, it should be a great night of fun and the more of you able to attend, the better it will make the evening!

Early October brings some winners' trophies for those lucky ladies who are eligible to compete in them. There will be a qualifying competition running alongside each one for those, like myself, whose year has not been massively successful golf-wise! Lin will be doing her utmost to keep this as accessible as possible for everyone, but we will all need to do our best to ensure we sign-up for the correct competition. Please do double-check when booking in on-line AND also when you check-in before going out to play!!

Finally, there are many bunkers now with Sand Bees nesting around the edges! With an ever changing situation, it has been decided that any bunker where there is obvious bee activity should be deemed GUR. Whilst the bees are very unlikely to sting, they will buzz around you if disturbed and their presence will certainly affect your attempt to get out of the sand! As the temperatures start to drop, they will cease to be active and disappear from sight!

With a week of unsettled weather ahead, lets hope our golf isn't too badly affected.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 16 September 2019

Well what an amazing week we have had at Chesfield Downs this week, only to be topped by some great news this morning, more of which later!

Tuesday's game of a Gift, Wish and a Joker was a novelty to many who played, but great fun. Once again, many thanks to Hazel for organising these great activities for us! Prizes await the winners for the day and after great use of their jokers, they were; 2nd place - Jackie S, but grabbing 1st place on count back - Barbara B. Well done ladies, prizes when I see you next!

Thursday was the September Club Medal match and in great weather, Lauren came in 2nd in division 1, with a nett 72 but in first place after a great round, Kathy C beat her with a round of nett 70! In the 2nd division, well deserved handicap cuts again would be the order of the day. In 2nd place with a nett 71 was Karen M only to be beaten by Jackie S who came in with an amazing nett 68 and a handicap cut down to 32.6! Great golf ladies, well done to you all.

As with many matchplay competitions and the Solheim Competition at Gleneagles would be no exception, games are often very very close coming to the final holes! Back home at Chesfield on Friday 13th, our own 'Solheim' would be no different! The wonderful ladies of the USA (Chesfield) would be disappointed yet again, losing the match 8:2. although many of those matches went to the final one or two holes, so a tough result! Sometimes though it is not about winning or losing, it is about how you take part and everyone of the ladies who participated in the day, threw themselves into the occasion with gusto as you can see from the photo below!


Were we disappointed, of course we were! But we will dust ourselves off and be even more determined to get revenge next time around! A big thank you goes to the three gents who gave their time in the morning as the official photographer and our match starters, Gerry, Ralph and Clive - Thank you! Another set of thank yous from the players goes to their glamorous and motivating caddies, you were awesome, and finally to Rogie for all her hard work in organising the day, to Pauline, Lin and Linda who gave their time on Thursday evening to decorate the room - it was brilliant. A VERY SPECIAL DAY!

Still leaving you waiting for the exciting news awhile longer a few notices. There are notices on the boards about the forthcoming AGM, if you can let us know whether you can support us on the day. There are also notices about eligibility for the Kathy Dale (Medal) and Lauren Pitcher (Stableford) Trophy/Plate competitions. You will recall you are eligible to play in these finals if you have won one of the relevant monthly qualifiers. Lin has put a list up so you should be able to see your name there if you think this applies to you.

A Rules Roadshow organised by the Hertfordshire Golf Union, is being held at the Welwyn Garden City Golf Club on Friday 18th October if you are interested. The poster will go up on the board later this week for more details.

So what was I so excited to hear about this morning...…… Our wonderful Scratch team have won their division and secured promotion to Division 3 after only a few years of competing in the Ovaltine Scratch League. After a nail-biting few weeks awaiting the results of our closest rivals, Veralum, the team were finally able to relax after a great season, winning all but one of their matches. This result will now see them competing in a play off against Letchworth B squad, to see which club can claim overall winner of Division 4. The match will be played on Sunday 13th October at Harpenden GC. Congratulations to the whole squad who have taken part this season - a brilliant achievement!

It always feels good to finish on a high, so enjoy the golf this week. I'm certainly keeping my fingers crossed for some lovely weather Thursday.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 9 September 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 September 2019


As Captain it is always nice to go and play other courses and last Thursday Vicky invited Pat, Rogie and myself to be part of a team supporting the Garden House Hospice Charity event at Letchworth Golf Club. Football fans amongst you will have known the names of the Tottenham and Arsenal stars that were there supporting the day, but to be honest it had little impact on the four of us! We were still laughing as we left the Club that evening as we had been the ONLY LADIES there!!! Great day and a very worthy charity of course!

So to the news of last week back home at Chesfield. Last Thursday saw the second and final round of our Eclectic Cup. The final merged results are yet to be released but we will be doing that soon. However, some good scores came in and hopefully improvements for many of you. A very impressive gross score of 80 brought Sally first place for the 2nd round and a handicap cut to 12! Fantastic round, well done. Numbers on Saturday were low with only three of our ladies going out, I guess you were all saving yourselves for the Ward Trophy on the following day! Well done to Olive though who came in with the best score of the day. 

Saturday had been a bit cold, but the sun came out for Les and Pat and 48 players joined in the fun of the Ward Mixed Pairs Trophy. A great field for the first year saw Steve H and Olive come in second place with Steve getting nearest the pin for the men on the 9th hole, an achievement Jean R would mirror for the ladies. But coming in first place with a joint score of 47 points was husband and wife duo Linda and Ralph B. Brilliant day and a well deserved win guys and girls.

Other news of the week, Rosie was certainly not going to let the grass or fairways grow under her feet and after just introducing her to you last week, she now has her first handicap! Brilliant start Rosie, well done!
Several of you brought items to the Committee Meeting last week and your comments and concerns particularly about the course, its bunkers and greensides were discussed. It was agreed that these concerns would be forwarded on to be tabled at the forthcoming Club Committee. The greenkeeping staff have acknowledged the great effort the Ladies Section go to in order to support their work, so please do keep it up! One small thing that always helps the speed of play is, of course, ensuring that trolleys, whilst you are on the green, are left in a position as far away from the on-coming players as possible. It is a small thing but it makes a big difference! Thank you for your help with this.

The Solheim Cup is only a few days away now. We have found those stars and stripes socks, leggings etc and now can't wait for the day to come! There are still places for caddies, so if you would like to join us please let Pauline or Rogie know asap.

Looking at HowDidiDo there are still a few places left for next Thursday and the Autumn Meeting. Please don't forget that although the sign-up sheet might appear to be full, Lin can generally find a slot, so do email her. If you are unable to play but would like to join us for lunch, we would love to see you.

I know it is still three months away, but the Committee have been thinking about Christmas Celebrations this year and it has been agreed to subsidise the ladies attending the Club's Christmas Party on Friday 13th December. The details will be going up in the locker room sometime soon, but I wanted to give you plenty of notice so that you can keep your diary free for that evening and join us. We have already reserved some tables, so there will be plenty of room. This date of 13th will be mean you will have plenty of time that day and there will be no rush back from your golf! SAVE THE DATE!!

This week, I met with the nephew of our much loved Kay Baker. The family and I have agreed that room will be found in the trophy cabinet and our future diaries for The Kay Baker Memorial Bowl. The Bowl will be played for as near to her birth date of 3rd April as possible. The competition will be run as a Stableford competition over nine holes to ensure that as many of Kay's friends will be able to compete as possible. Ladies who would like, can continue to play the remaining nine holes outside of the competition, if they so wish.

FINALLY, after a lot of thought, I have decided to put my name forward to be CLUB CAPTAIN for 2020! I believe strongly that as a progressive club, the ladies should be continuing the great work that Marica and Kathy D have done in the past, in putting their names forward for this position, wherever possible. It would appear that this will result in a vote, as it has done in the past, and I hope sincerely you will support me!

Yours as ever
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 3 September 2019


A big WELCOME to the full complement of greenkeepers at Chesfield Downs!! With staffing levels now where they should be, we can look forward to seeing the course move from strength to strength. The bunkers all have 2 rakes in them (and some of the larger ones, 4) so there are no excuses!! If you do see players walk away without raking, please do speak to a marshall! I know this would never happen from any of our ladies, but some people are unfortunately not so responsible. The team are keen to respond to any information we give them, so please let me know. The bunkers are on their radar already!

So what else has been happening over the last week or so? Well, she missed my deadline last weekend but I feel that this particular bit of news should not be left out however late in the day! The celebrations are probably still continuing in a penthouse in Watton and the bin will be full of those empty fizz bottles very deservedly!! If you have been on Mars or away on holiday you may have missed the news of Megan's amazing round last weekend for the Denis Flynn Memorial Trophy. Scoring 46 points and bringing her handicap down to 18, Megan took 2nd place on countback from Rob W in this mixed event. Amazing Golf and well done to her.

Last week's Eclectic Cup Round 1 results are on HowDidiDo and have Virginia in first place so far, with Sarah close behind. Well done also to Maggie T whose great score of gross 99 gave her a 5 point handicap cut!! Impressive and very well deserved. Remember there is a Gross and a Nett winner of this competition, so there is still a lot to play for this coming Thursday in the final round. There are still quite a few spaces available and you don't have to have played last week to enter so get your name down if you are free. Good luck everyone!

Today (Monday) we saw the last of the Friendly Matches for 2019 at home against Knebworth. A great result of a 3 and a half win against 1 and a half was well deserved.


A big thank you to Kathy M for organising these matches this year.

Looking forward to the weekend, good luck to all those playing in the Ward Pairs Trophy. Both Les and Pat are thrilled at the number of players joining this inaugural competition. The weather looks fine and it should be a great day!

Friday 13th September and the Solheim Cup match against Mill Green is just 11 days away and we are all getting keyed up, practising hard and finding those stars and stripes socks!! We would still really love some more caddies to share the day with. Please do sign up to join us if you can.
I have put the blue charity box out again in readiness for the Autumn Meeting. If you do have any small items which could be used as raffle prizes it would be much appreciated. We already have a lot of alcohol (what does that say about us) but other bits and pieces would be lovely - thank you! The sign-up is getting full but there are still spaces so get your diary out and check out whether you can play.

Finally, I am thrilled to be able to welcome two new ladies to our section. Rosie is getting her handicap cards signed off as I write this and is keen to get her golfing career going and Wendy is joining us from Whipsnade GC after a house move. Already an experienced golfer, Kathy C will be looking to seek her out for the Pearson Squad next season! I know you will make both ladies feel very welcome as you always do!

Hope to catch some of you briefly on Tuesday, before the committee meeting! Enjoy your golf this week.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 25 August 2019


As golfers we all know, there is nothing we would love to do more on a beautiful day than to play golf!! The sun certainly shone on the Squad on Friday last when they met Redbourn Ladies at home. I had the pleasure of seeing all the pairs tee-off and then come in some four and a half hours later, somewhat warmer!! Whilst these matches are always played in a spirit of open friendliness, underneath we nevertheless want to win and this time we were successful in doing that. Well done ladies, it was a great day! We look forward to playing them again next year!

The day before, Thursday, had also seen beautiful weather and two of the nine-hole ladies ventured out to complete their Stableford Qualifier. Well done to Jane S and Pam B. In the slightly cooler weather but nevertheless, completing all 18 holes, division 2 brought a great score from Kathy M of 42 pts and a handicap cut bringing her into division 1 with second place in that division going to Megan B with 37 pts. Quite a few ladies either met their handicaps (Debbie F) or were in their buffers so well done! Great golf, ladies! In division 1 it seemed a bit tougher, coming out on top was Hazel B with 34 pts and in second place on countback was Pat W. Well done to you all.

Some of the 7day ladies will have been competing today in the Denis Flynn Memorial Trophy, so I hope you have managed to get a good round on your card on this hot Sunday of the Bank Holiday!

This coming Thursday is the first round of the Eclectic Cup, a two round Singles Strokeplay, (please remember not to pick up!). It looks like a pretty big field, but if you still fancy joining the game, please let Lin know and she will try to fit you in towards the back of the field.

We are still about 6-8 weeks away from utilising Intelligent Golf for our competition bookings, but do get on-line at home on your computer or download the app onto your phone. It is pretty simple to do, but there is lots of help available if you fall into trouble. Please just ask! Intelligent Golf will run everything for us going forward so it is important that you are ready when the BIG DAY comes!

The Biennial Solheim match against Mill Green on 13th September is fast approaching and we are still looking for glamorous caddies to wear the coveted Waistcoats of CDLS/USA and support the players. It is all a bit of fun and no caddying skills are needed, so please do put your name down on the sign-up list and ensure you are part of a day to remember!!

Finally, our next committee meeting is on Tuesday 3rd September. If there is anything you would like us to discuss please do drop me a line or have a word with one of the committee, after all we are here for you!!

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 19 August 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 19 August 2019


Well, Sarah made it to the Women's Grand Medal Final at Woodhall Spa last Thursday. What an amazing achievement for her - we believe she is the first lady golfer from Chesfield Downs to reach such heady heights! The practice round on Wednesday had been rather a wash out and she and her caddie Jackie, found respite inside (rumour has it in the bar!). The course was in amazing condition but the greens were apparently really difficult to read, even with Jackie's eagle eye helping out! It was not to be her day but nevertheless she is rightly very chuffed to have been part of the Grand Final. Well done Sarah, we are all very proud of you!

Of course, Sarah wasn't the only Chesfield lady out and about last week. Four ladies (including Sarah) played in the Saffron Walden Open on Tuesday, four more hardy golfers experienced the East Herts Open on Wednesday in very soggy and wet conditions and more of you played at the Veralum Open on Saturday (see below) and proudly came in third, well done to Olive, Caroline K and Kathy M.


The main event of the week at the club was the Macknight Pairs Scramble, fortunately played on a lovely August day. It was great to see Amanda out there playing in her own trophy but she and her partner Kathy C were not to be the winners! An amazing score of nett 68.0 from Pat W and Megan B would take the top place on the day with Jean P and Olive C coming close and in second place with a nett 70.7. No doubting the winners though!! Well done to those ladies in particular.

This week, we will have a further chance to improve our Eclectic Score on Tuesday and Thursday brings us a Stableford Qualifier so fingers crossed for fine weather.

Our lovely Junior Captain Amelia Fitzgerald, who plays off an impressive handicap of 12, would like to enter the Ann MacLaurin Trophy again, which this year is held on Sunday 15th September at Mill Green GC, but she needs a lady partner!! Many of you will have played with Amelia already and know what a nice young lady she is, so if you would like to play with her at this event, please read the notice on the board and get in touch with me. Thank you.

Talking about Trophies, can I please ask that if you have a trophy at home which you were awarded last year, could you please return it sometime soon, so that I can get your name engraved on it ready for the AGM and the new year. Thank you.

You should all have received your individual log-in details for using Intelligent Golf by now. The easiest way to complete your initial log-in is through the Chesfield Downs link on https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk . Our competitions will not be on there for a while yet, in order that we can complete some of the on-going eclectics etc but I will keep you informed as to when we will be going over completely to Ig. In the meantime though, do have a look at the website, familiarise yourself with what it can do for you and remember you can book your individual tee times through that route now! If you have any difficulties in getting logged on please do ask. I know the guys on the desk are also very keen to provide help if you need it.

Having lived in Hitchin over the past ten years and I already feel very proud of the town and what it offers. Like me, you might be interested in knowing that the town has been shortlisted for the Champion Award for Britain's Best High Street. If you would like to support the town in winning please click here and VOTE!

I won't see you on Thursday as I have another commitment, but I hope to catch up with most of you on Tuesday. In the meantime, get those scores down!!

Keep golfing ⛳🏌🏌🏌
Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

 
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