Sunday, 16 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Sep 2018


Another busy week for us all on the courses of Hertfordshire!

We played a Friendly away at Knebworth on Tuesday. The Knebworth ladies were great hosts, the weather was kind (at least until the end) the course was in very good condition and the food was fab. All the matches were close and went to the 17th - the final result was 3 games to 2 to Knebworth. A big thank you to all the CD ladies who played so well!

Several of our Ladies played at Redbourn this week in their Open and had a fun time. I don't think they won the golf but it appears they did well on the tombola!!! Pat and Jackie went to Oak Park to play in the Champion of Champions. They had a good day out on a tricky, undulating course!!

Congratulations to Lauren and Angela H who won their respective divisions in last weeks Medal.

It is the Autumn Meeting on Thursday this week. It is great to see a full house on the golf course and for lunch and prize giving in the afternoon. Please note that as there are so many of us I have rescheduled a LS photo after lunch (Captain forgot her jumper this week!). Wear your Foxglove jumper if you have one... but ALL welcome for the photo shoot! Please pay Pat for the Autumn Meeting if you haven't done so already - £18.

Looking ahead to the Festive season, I have put a notice up on the board with a view to a change to tradition this year....have a look when you are next at the club and let me have your thoughts! 🎄

Also looking ahead to the next season of Pearson matches which is approaching fast, we will be making a few changes to how the teams are selected and how the squad works as a whole. Hopefully these changes will make us more competitive and more successful in this competition. We have great talent as golfers both home and away but feel that some small changes will bring us all benefits. Please watch this space and your email boxes for further info as it becomes available.

Have a good week and looking forward to a great day again on Thursday for the Autumn Meeting - weather looks ok for it too...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 10 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 Sep 2018

It appears that the lovely summer of 2018 is continuing into the early autumn with great weather for low scoring golf!


Hopefully you are now all aware that the date for Captain's Day has been changed from Sat 15th Sept to Sat Nov 10th. I really hope that you will be available for that Saturday and come and celebrate with the Captains. There will be a revised tee sheet on the club notice board this week so please sign up and I will be selling raffle tickets for a years FREE membership from next week. £5 a ticket....

Last weekend Kathy D won the Weekend Medal with a nett 67, followed up by a nett 68 in the 2nd round of the Eclectic Cup on Thursday. Congratulations Kathy on a good handicap cut too!

Kathy is obviously on fire at the mo and along with Lauren they entered the Yonex Ladies Pairs competition "The Hertfordshire Crown" held over 2 days and 36 holes at Letchworth and Knebworth GCs. There were lots of fantastic goody bags and prizes up for grabs and Kathy and Lauren scored 40 points on day 1, followed up by 41 points on day 2. With that overall score of 81 points they were thrilled to come 3rd (pipped from 2nd on c/b) They received a glass trophy, a lovely golf holdall and have qualified to play in the Yonex Tour Championship 2018 at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Monday 24th Sept. Well done girls, a fabulous result and this competition is certainly one for the diary next year...good luck on 24th!


On Sunday 9th Pat W and Jackie R are representing Chesfield in the Crown Champion of Champions at Oak Park. Hope you had a great day ladies and brought the prizes home...there will be a report in next weeks newsletter!

This week brings a Friendly match away at Knebworth on Tuesday, good luck team!

Jean Ray reaches a 'significant milestone' in her life this week and after golf on Thursday she has kindly arranged tea and cakes for us to celebrate with her. Congratulations Jean and bring your best voices on Thursday!

I am hoping to hold a raffle at the Autumn Meeting on 20th Sept so if you have any suitable prizes (that you would like to win!!) then please place in the box in the changing room.

Have a good week ⛳️
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Sep 2018

Just back from a wonderful week in Granada. If you thought it was hot here last month then I was only practising for this trip! Hope you all had a good week...

Certainly Nikki B did, a fantastic hole in one last weekend at the 9th. Well done!! The other ball in the pic belonged to Linda Brown who scored a birdie - very close!


The first round of the Eclectic Cup was played on Thursday and Virginia was top of the pile with a gross score of 80. This excellent score lead to Virginia getting to the elusive single figure handicap. Well done...In spite of that there is still all to play for in round 2 this week. Don't forget to hole out on every hole to make both rounds count! There is a handicap prize too.

If you haven't already done so then please sign up for Captain's Day (Sept 15th) on the Club noticeboard. I will bring the raffle tickets this week - remember you can win a years FREE membership for a £5 ticket, good value I would say...also I may still need a couple of you for my team...

Pat and Jackie will be taking part in the Crown Champion of Champions day at Oak Park next weekend. Good luck Ladies, enjoy the moment! I hope Crown treat you nicely!

Hope to see you all during the week.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 Aug 2018

What a fantastic recovery the course has made, thanks to Andy and his team as well as Mother Nature! Lovely to play off some lush fairways (what are they there for, I only noticed them on my way to the rough!!) Anyway...

Details of Captains Day is now on the Club notice board - Sat Sept 15th, please sign up for golf and evening tickets. Remember you can bring your non golfing pals to the evening dinner at £30 p head. Pay in cash on the day please. There is also a raffle to win one years FREE membership of the club. Tickets are £5 each and I will start selling them when I come back from hols next week! Good prize! Also, I am looking for 2 more players for my team that day so please don't be shy!!!


The Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice tee sheet is filling up for September 20th. If you can't find a spot then please speak to Lin or Rogie and they will endeavour to help...Please remember to pay by the usual means.

This Thursday sees the 1st Round of our Eclectic Cup, with the second round on September 6th. In spite of its name (Eclectic) BOTH rounds are qualifiers and you must therefore ensure that you putt out on every hole in each round and do NOT pick up as this will lead to disqualification. Please remember to sign in on the computer for both rounds. Good luck!

Congratulations go to Jacqui Harbor who won the weekend Stableford and to Vicky and Pauline who won their divisions in the Thursday Stableford.

Although it seems some way off the Ladies Section AGM will take place on the evening of Nov 1st. Hopefully there will be free wine so please put the date in your diary. It is a fun evening with all the end of year presentations. In order to fulfill the rules of our constitution with regard to our AGM, we will be posting some notices on the board in the next couple of weeks, showing among other items nominations for Committee 2019. There are still some posts available so please consider a position on the Committee and have a chat with Margaret or any other committee members. Committee posts are really not as onerous as you might think, we actually have a lot of fun and it gives you the opportunity to get involved with your section. As we all know our Ladies section is the best but it doesn't happen with out the support of its members! If you aren't aware you can read the Minutes of Committees and AGMs on the ladies webpage under the About Us tab.

Off to sunny Granada for a week. I have put my clubs away. Instead, lots of history, Spanish red and tapas. Have a good week and good luck with your golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Aug 2018

Following some rain the previous week, we had a bit more last week. Seems Thursdays are prone to rain at the moment! However the course is starting to look a bit greener - every cloud has a silver lining!


Because it poured down on Thursday we decided to postpone the Macknight Pairs and have now rescheduled it for TUESDAY September 18th. The competition will miraculously reappear on the system next week showing the same pairings and same tee times as last Thursday. However, in all cases please check the system and ensure that you and your partner are still available for the allotted tee time and obviously you can make any changes as usual. i.e. adding/ taking away your names or changing your time etc. Any queries please contact Lin but hopefully some of the original pairings will be able to make this rescheduled date.

There have been a number of notable 9 hole winning ladies over the last few weeks and they too have had some handicap cuts. Julia Goodwin won BOTH stablefords in May and one in June, with Pam Blake taking top spot in the other June comp. Chris Leary won BOTH in July and Kay Baker won the latest August competition. Well done to all our lovely 9 hole ladies.

The sign up is on the system now for the Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice on Thursday 20th September. This is an individual stableford non qualifier off full handicap (Yippee! Thanks Chris!) the price is £18 for golfers and £16 for non golfers who just wish to come for lunch and the presentations afterwards. Further details will be on a flyer in the changing room next week. Payment in advance by the usual methods. Lots of prizes on offer that day and a raffle for the Air Ambulance. Should you still have any suitable raffle prizes (that you would like to win!) then please let me have them. Many thanks.

On the down side this week it was disappointing that Virginia and I failed to qualify for the Ping Pairs finals. There were lots of massive scores and our 45 points wasn't even enough to make the Plate Final.....!!

The inaugural Friendly was played at Redbourn on Friday and unfortunately ended with a 3-1 loss. The games were close and played in great conditions (some grass on the fairways!) and in good spirit. Thanks to all the ladies who played and a special well done to Maggie and Pauline who won their match. We look forward to welcoming the Redbourn ladies back to Chesfield next year.


Jean Ray reaches a notable birthday at the beginning of next month and as a celebration she has very kindly arranged for us to join her for tea and cake after our golf on Thursday 13th September. I thought it would be a nice occasion to take a Ladies Section photo that day with as many of us as possible sporting our newish Foxglove jumpers. Please make a note in your diary to not only join Jean for her birthday celebrations but wear or bring your new Ladies Section Foxglove jumper if you have one! You are all welcome for tea whether you have a foxglove jumper or not and will be in the picture too. Let's hope it a nice day....!!

Happy golfing!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter -13 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the cooler weather but may the sun still shine!

Happy golfing
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Aug 2018

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, 30 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 30 July 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 23 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 23 July 2018


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

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

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

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

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

Happy golfing one and all!
Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 16 July 2018


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

 
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