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

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Feb 2019

Today's newsletter is, without a doubt, the hardest I shall ever have to write! It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that the very special Kay Baker passed away over the weekend in hospital. Her passing appears to have come very suddenly and it was only on Friday that I received an email from her saying thank you for all your best wishes and saying she felt 'truly humbled and honoured to be part of such a wonderful Ladies Section'. Her family have asked for you all to be informed and I will send them our thoughts and condolences on your behalf, of course! Many of you, I know, were very close to Kay and her beloved Derek and our thoughts are with you all too at this very sad time. It somehow seems wrong to now talk about golf, but I know Kay would want us to do just that; she loved her golf and the many many friends the sport had brought her and Derek. So I will continue as planned....

Tuesday was this year's first 18 holes fun competition and playing a Wish, Gift and a Joker for the first time at Chesfield Downs, new ladies Jan and Debbie came in with a very creditable 42 points each. Not to be outdone though, Helen was to come in officially second on count back also with 42 points, only to be beaten by Mandy with an amazing 44 points. Well done to all the ladies in there with a chance to win!

The Megan Bonner Par 3 trophy on Thursday saw a shot-gun start and two ladies in particular were eager to make an impression.


Megan herself tee'd off on the 1st (above) and as always, was keen to get her hands on her own trophy, and Jacqui, last year's winner, found herself in trouble in the bunker on the 9th, when her ball plugged itself in the upward bank! 


How did they fare, well you will have to wait until the Spring Meeting when the winner will be announced? Nevertheless, the weather was very kind to us with 13 ladies gaining birdies. The round was followed by a light lunch and a brief talk by Sharn Tomlinson from MIND in Mid Herts who gave us an outline of the very valuable work this charity performs in our area. We will be working hard this year to raise money for them.

Saturday saw the 13th round of the Ken Bird Trophy, an Individual Stableford competition. The weather was glorious and the scores reflected that. John Dench, the Mens Captain scored an amazing 41 points, so well done to him! Our own Pat W came in with a great 35 points, well done to her and the other ladies who played!

Those who played on Saturday may well have noticed a small change to the areas around the GUR bunkers by the 9th and 14th greens. The dropping zones on these holes were deemed, on inspection, to be penalising those golfers who had in fact landed just beyond the bunkers, but within the GUR line. The decision has been taken by Andy and the management to remove these particular dropping zones and therefore 'the nearest point of relief' will be in force for those landing within the designated GUR areas on these holes. Please do ask if you are in any doubt.

You may well have also noticed on HowDidIDo that the Thursday Price Vase/Stableford Main Competition Day on 14th March has moved to a four-ball sign-up. This has been a decision made by Lin and myself, in order to ensure that all the ladies are able to play this popular event. As you will be aware the section has grown significantly in the last few weeks, which is great but action needed to be taken to ensure everyone is able to play who wants to. This change will also be seen in other Stableford comps going forward. However, to try to ensure play is as speedy as possible, can I ask you to sign up in threes in the first instance please, using the fourth slot only if there are no others available. Thank you.

Marica has asked me to remind you that Birdies have returned from their flight south and will be with us from 1st March. A new book will be out next week.

Lastly, many many thanks for the lovely flowers sent to me following my recent illness. I am recovering my stamina and hopefully will be out on the Par 3 this week, I'm certainly missing the fresh air and golf. Hope to see some of you in person later this week.

Kind regards
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 18 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 18 February 2019

A week of decent weather saw most of the ladies able to get out there and play. Tuesday was a game of 5 clubs and a putter!! Do we ever get those choices right when we stand in the mornings thinking about which clubs to leave out? Jean and Hazel obviously did! Jean came in with a very respectable 17 pts and Hazel (whose handicap must surely go down soon!!) came in with a lovely 19 pts. Great scores ladies, well done!

Also on Tuesday, many of us were able to say hello to two new ladies, Olive and Jan, who have joined us recently. They are very excited to be part of Chesfield Downs Ladies and intend to take full advantage of all that our great club has to offer. As well as Olive and Jan, we also have another new lady joining us this week, Debbie. She is waiting for her handicap to come through, which will do any day now, but will be playing on Tuesday in the meantime. I know you will make these ladies feel very welcome as you always do.

Do you recognise them all?? Standing very proudly in height order and wearing their smart new hats, the Pearson Squad put up a gallant fight against Essendon on Wednesday 13th February, very narrowly losing at home 3:4. A great effort ladies and fingers crossed for the win you all so deserve on Monday 25th March when you play Manor of Groves away.


Thursday saw the final round of the Winter Eclectic and well done to all those who were able to knock off a point or two. Thank you to Lin for keeping the final results hidden from us. The grand announcement will be made this coming Thursday after the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition.

Five ladies played in the weekend Ken Bird League Round 12 on Sunday, with Nikki taking the honours for the ladies with a birdie on the 7th and coming in with a score of 1 for the Individual Bogey against the Course format!! Not sure how that particular format works but Lin, Pat, Linda and Lauren do, as well as obviously Nikki. Well done to all the ladies who played.

Whilst the Winter Knock-outs are in their final stages, we are now looking forward to the summer and its knockouts! The sign-up sheets will be going up this week for the Ann Grist (singles) and Mary Warmoth (pairs) knockouts. I am hoping that Jo Oliver will once again join us for the draw after the game on Thursday 21st March. The cost is just £2.00 per entry for either competition. Its great fun and matchplay against friends is always challenging and not without some laughs!!

Thursday 7th March sees the first of the season's England Golf/Club Monthly Medal competitions, and the sign-up sheet is now on HowDidIDo. In line with CONGU recommendations all the sections of our club will use the new Maximum Score format for these competitions. This means should you have reached 5 over par on any hole you will pick up your ball and record the 'maximum' score allowed for that hole, or a zero and move on, thus capping your score. This will help to speed up play and reduce our frustrations when struggling on a particular hole. A positive move I think.

Are you busy on Friday evening the 15th March? If not why not join the Seniors in their Quiz Night. The sign-up sheet is on their notice board and they would love to fill all the spaces.

A really busy newsletter this time around, so I do apologise for that. I hope to catch up with you all this week sometime and look forward to a great morning Thursday on the Par 3.

Best wishes
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 11 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 11 Feb 2019


Well what can I say about the weather this week that the above doesn't say!!! Storm Erik certainly made the course really challenging and it is easy to see why Links courses get the reputation they do in difficult weather conditions. As Erik waited off our western coastline, Tuesday's game was only slightly affected and it certainly did not put off the Alliance overall winners of Hazel, Karen and Julie R as they managed to score 39 points and with only 3 in their team!! Well done Ladies.

Thursday, well that was a very different picture!!! Erik was in full flow by then and it was very difficult at times to even stand still to drive off the tee, particularly on the 5th!! Needless to say, I for one, have certainly not managed to reduce my very high score on that particular hole yet!! One last round on Thursday 14th and lets hope we see calmer skies.

Saturday's match also saw some tricky weather conditions, with only 3 competitors (men) managing to score 36 or more in the Ken Bird Individual Stableford Competition. Whilst 8 Ladies braved the weather to compete, scoring was difficult this time around. Well done to those involved for getting out there though!!

The Minutes of the 1st Ladies Committee Meeting of the year are now available in the Locker Room in paper form. There is much going on at the moment with changes to the course, rules, weekend matches etc, so please do read them and talk to us if there is anything you are unsure about or indeed would like further information about. We will be contacting you all soon for your agreement to us holding your data. This is in line with the national requirements (GDPR) and something that all groups have had to comply with over the last year or so. In the meantime, Marica has asked that if you have changed any of your details; telephone, email or mail address, in the last year, could you please let her and myself know so that we can make sure we are as up to date as possible. Thank you.

Many of you will know that the Pearson season starts again after its Christmas and January break, this coming Wednesday 13th, when we will be playing Essendon in what will be a very tight game, and of course, we will be hoping for a home win. Good Luck Ladies, we all wish you well! Whilst some ladies have put their names down to indicate that they are available to play in the remaining matches of the season and thank you for doing so, we would like to reiterate the Pearson requirements. You will simply need a handicap between 13-32, and indeed a player over 32 may play but will need to play off 32. If you haven't yet put your name down to indicate that you are interested and available to play, please do so. Megan and Kathy C, the Pearson Captain and Vice Captain will then select the team two weeks prior to the match and of course, will then let you all know.

Finally, there are still a few spaces left for the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition for Thursday 21st Feb, so do get your name down! The CEO of MIND in Mid Herts will be joining us for the after match soup and baguette and will talk to us about their work in our area, before we finish with the Winter Eclectic presentation. Even if you are not playing but would like to join us for soup, baguette and the talk afterwards, you are very very welcome, just drop me a line.

Happy golfing.
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

 
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