Monday, 9 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 December 2019


Competing in a club v club competition can sometimes be daunting and especially when it is your first time out in the raspberry colours of the Pearson Squad. Matchplay is great fun but when you are out there on your own, it can sometimes feel a very different matter! Karen M wasn't going to be deterred though! In her first time out, in the Chesfield Pearson colours, Karen was to come in with a great win against Dyrham Park last Wednesday. Julie P used all her experience to win her match too and with dogged determination, Marica took her opponent to the 20th hole before finally losing her game. The final result of losing 5:2, doesn't portray the closeness of many of the other matches. A great effort ladies, well done! Katrina Douglas' talk on Sunday 16th February at Chesfield Downs, on the mental aspect of the game of golf, will be interesting and useful to hear, so please do check out the sheet on the noticeboard to reserve your place.

Last Thursday saw the annual team challenge of the Captain v Vice Captain Matchplay game. It was really nice that Bev Hattersley was able to present her trophy and also brought a huge amount of satisfaction, that as Captain, I was able to receive the cup on behalf of all the ladies in my team! This is the first time in six years that the Captain's Team have won, so well done everyone and thank you! This year's game had to be moved to the Par 3 course, at the last minute, as the main course was covered in a blanket of early morning fog! The fog was finally to lift and a fine morning of golf was enjoyed by everyone. The two rounds were finished off with a much needed tea, coffee or hot chocolate and cake in the conservatory. Thank you everyone who supported the match.


Next Thursday will see our Christmas Greensomes being played. There is still room on the tee sheet, if you are free so please do sign up. Sharn from MIND and Sue from Tilehouse Counselling will be joining us to receive their cheques. It would be lovely for as many of you as possible to meet the two ladies from the charities that you have all supported so generously throughout the year, so please do join us.

Friday 13th is party night, so please make sure you have sent your money through to Pat and have brushed off your dancing shoes!!

You should have all now seen the notice for the EGM on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm. The Club Committee have carried out a thorough review of the Club Constitution which we would like to formally adopt with your approval. Please do come along and support your committee. Thank you.

As we start to adorn our homes with Christmas Trees, lights and decorations, the cards start to fall through our letter boxes too. As in previous years, can I suggest that, like many of you do already, instead of exchanging cards with one another, we support a charity that is close to our own hearts.

Enjoy the last few rounds of golf before the Christmas break!

Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 4 December 2019


Golf isn't always about winning, of course, it's also about having fun! Here are the 'smiley' ladies who played against the Men on Sunday, in our annual competition. Their smiles cover the disappointment felt by us all over the very convincing win the men had! We really do need to find a way of levelling things up after seven years of losing to them! (Apologies to Wendy M, who had to run off before this photo was taken to see to her domestic heating problems!!)

Last week the weather got the better of most of the golf with both Tuesday and Thursday being largely washed out through the rain! Well done to those few ladies who, nevertheless, battled through it and got in some good practice holes. Better weather is forecast this coming week so we should be ok for the Hattersley Cup on Thursday. If you have forgotten your tee time, the start sheet is now on Intelligent Golf.

Lin has done some very valuable work for us on Ig around pairs and team games and how we sign up. See below....

Pair and Team Competitions will be displayed on start sheet as single slots in the tee times. Therefore ensuring solo ladies are able to book in, as well as those who have partners. Once sign up is closed, conversion takes place to create the Pairs and Teams as displayed on the start sheet. Hopefully this has resolved the issue with Christmas Greensomes, which now reflects those changes. Your patience is appreciated as we all come to grips with migrating to IG.'

As you can imagine the whole process of getting us organised onto Intelligent Golf has been a huge job for Lin and on behalf of us all, I thank her for her efforts. The initial set up has opened up issues that were not necessarily evident at the beginning. Having said that, once this first year has been worked through, the system will simply replicate this, year on year, thus saving a lot of work going forward.

On Intelligent Golf, you will see the sign up for the Christmas Greensomes, along with the rules of the game and a mention of the after game gathering in the conservatory. I have ordered mince pies and tea/coffee and I am aware many ladies bring along a few nibbles too! Don't forget it is a time to dress-up if you wish, so brush down that Santa outfit and get ready for the fun! The two CEOs from MIND in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling are planning on attending to receive our cheques too. Hopefully a photo opportunity for the local paper - might be in order!!

Good luck to the Pearson Squad playing on Wednesday against Dyrham Park at home. Let's hope we can beat them on home soil!

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

FINALLY, THE CLUB COMMITTEE WILL BE CALLING AN EGM ON WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER AT 7PM., TO PUT BEFORE YOU ALL, THE NECESSARY REVISIONS TO THE CLUB CONSTITUTION, FOR YOUR APPROVAL. I know this will not necessarily be high on your agenda, particularly at this time of year, when other pressures on your time take over. However, if I can ask you to spare a few minutes of your time to attend, it would be much appreciated. We promise to keep it as short as possible. A further notice about the EGM along with the revised Club Constitution will be sent out to you all via Ig.

As the year comes to a close, I propose to write one more newsletter before the Christmas break and then will be handing over to Rogie for 2020!!

Thank you,
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 November 2019


Are you ready for the Winter weather?

It certainly was pretty chilly on the course this last week, and hopefully you have found that stock of hand warmers, got out your thermals and the winter gloves ready for the winter ahead! The weather never really deters most of us, and we manage (just) to swing the club in any number of different layers of clothing! Over the next few months, we are generally pleased to be only playing 9 or 12 holes as the competition dictates, but we are sometimes encouraged to venture to a full 18 holes if and when the temperatures allow. Please remember though to bring your cards in at the end of the competition holes, and before continuing to play all 18 holes. This allows the necessary closing of the competition to take place. Thank you.

Thursday of last week saw 85 ladies join us in the Winter Invitation, an amazing number of players and certainly more than we have had before. The day stayed dry for the 9 hole individual Stableford and with prizes for Guests and Members, Low and High Handicappers alike, everyone was keen to take away a prize.

Home winners on the day were :-

Handicaps 21 and over - Angela H for Nearest the Pin on 9th
Handicaps 0 - 20 - Pat W for Longest Drive on 15th
Handicaps 21 and over - Julie R for Nearest the Pin on 12th
Handicaps 21 and over - Maggie T for Longest Drive on 18th
Overall Front 9 Winning Member was Julie P with 17pts and in 2nd place on 16 pts was Katy C.
Overall Back 9 Winning Member was Julie R with 18pts and in 2nd place on count back was Pat W also with 18 pts, of course.

Through the enormous generosity of our guests and lady members, Crossroads Care, Rogie's Charity for her Captain's year began early, with an amazing £500 raised through the raffle. On her behalf, can I thank you all once again! This local charity does some very important work supporting those who care for loved ones at home by providing much needed respite and support. I know as 2020 comes around you will continue to support this worthy cause.

Now back to the golf, Saturday saw the 3rd round of the Winter Mixed League. Les and Pat W came a very creditable 11th place with 42 points closely followed by Margaret and Robin F with 41 pts and Megan and Alan B the next mixed pair, who came in with 39 points. The day was to be won with an amazing score of 50 pts by Karl P and his partner John R.

Lets hope Karl and John are not playing next Sunday when the Ladies will be challenging the Men in the annual Pairs Matchplay Competition. Good Luck ladies, lets see if we can win this year!!!

Thursday will see the first main competition held on Intelligent Golf for the Ladies in our November Stableford Qualifier. Please remember you will need either your PIN number to hand or your Club Company Silver Card to enable you to sign in that morning and to then enter your scores. Good Luck everyone!

There are still one or two places left to play in the Hattersley Cup on December 5th, so if you fancy a bit of pairs matchplay, do get in touch with Lin who will slot you in.

FINALLY, THE COURSE:-

IT IS VERY SOFT ON THE GREENS, SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO HAVE A PITCH REPAIRER IN YOUR POCKET TO REPAIR ANY MARKS YOUR BALL MAY LEAVE BEHIND!

TROLLEY WHEELS CAN GET VERY BOGGED DOWN WITH MUD AS WE GO AROUND THE COURSE, BUT PLEASE DO NOT USE THE FAIRWAYS TO CLEAN THEM!

I know I am preaching to the converted and you know all the above points, but you perhaps know of someone that might just need reminding!! Thank you!
Enjoy your golf this week!

Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

REMEMBER, YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE IS IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE GROUP IN FRONT AND NOT IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THE GROUP BEHIND!

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 17 November 2019


The Ladies AGM is not only about providing the section with an update of how 2019 has gone, it is also about celebrating success! Olive C won the weekend Spring Salver 2019 back in May and was thrilled to receive the silverware and her keepsake! One for your album, Olive!!

Last week, many of you kindly attended the Club AGM. I was deeply touched to have your support at the meeting, where I was formerly announced as the Club Captain for 2020. This is a huge honour and I follow in the footsteps of only two other ladies; Marica K and Kathy D. If I can simply mirror their great work as Club Captains, I will be satisfied!! Thank you to all those who took the time to vote in the Ballot.

This last week's golf was rather a difficult one. Tuesday was incredibly cold for the individual Stableford competition and on Thursday morning, we made the decision to postpone the Hattersley Cup due to a very waterlogged course early morning. It is always a tricky decision first thing in the morning to make that call, but in the end most of the ladies thought it was the right one. Nevertheless, some of you did go out a bit later and found the course surprisingly playable. Next week it looks drier and fingers crossed the planned Mulligans game on Tuesday and the Winter Invitation on Thursday will be unaffected by the weather. There are still a few places left for the Winter Invitation if you can play, so please drop me an email and get your name down. If you haven't paid yet, can I please remind you. The rearranged Hattersley Cup will now be played on Thursday 5th December. There are plenty of spaces for you to fill up and join us. Lin has now put this particular match onto Ig, so if you are available to play, please email her and she will find you a timeslot.

PLEASE remember to continue to keep up a good pace while playing your round! Remember if you are ready to drive off as soon as you get to the next tee, this will help! Marking your card can take place while others tee off!!

Chesfield Downs will be hosting a Women and Golf Tour event on Sunday 16th February from 10am – 3pm. The workshop will be run by Dr Kitrina Douglas (an ex Solheim Cup and Womens Tour player) and will focus on the psychological aspects that influence how we play golf. The outcome should be to make us feel more confident, focussed and better prepared for the 2020 season. The event is open to all lady golfers, not just those from Chesfield Downs so please invite your friends and family. There is an initial sign up sheet and further information in the changing room and the cost for the day will be £30.00 to include refreshments and a light buffet style lunch. Please sign up and get the date in your diary. For more information, please see Sarah F.

We are just a month away from the Christmas Party on Friday 13th December. There are still places if you fancy joining us on an evening of great company and 'just' a bit of boogieing!! The sign-up sheet and the menu sheet are on the locker room noticeboard.

There is a lot going on at this end of the year, so please don't forget to pay Pat for everything you are joining in!

Thank you!
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 10 November 2019


My goodness, Thursday night's AGM was such a great evening, with lots of Trophies, Cups and prizes to hand out, photos to enjoy and of course, the great company of many of the Ladies Section! Thank you to all those who attended, I hope you enjoyed the evening. We formerly, welcomed the new committee and especially Rogie T, who will be the new Ladies Captain for 2020, with Pauline H as her Vice Captain, it will be a great year, I am sure! A MASSIVE thank you to all for your very generous gift, the lovely memory book and the messages in the card. As I said on the evening, I have thoroughly enjoyed my year, THANKS TO ALL YOU LADIES!! Here is Jackie S receiving her 'Most Improved Player for 2019' award. A much deserved award after a massive reduction in her handicap through the year.

It has been a while since my last newsletter, so big apologies for not being able to include everything that has happened while I have been away! You certainly seem to have had fun!! Halloween appears to have been a success - do you recognise everyone I wonder!! Maybe it will become a regular addition to the diary?


So what has happened in the last week or two? The changeover to Intelligent Golf has occurred and appears to have gone well. If you have any problems booking into a competition, please do say and the committee will do their best to help you out. The first competition on Ig for the ladies will be the November Qualifier on 28th and you will need your new silver card or your PIN number to allow you to check-in on the morning of the comp., something for us to get into the habit of! Registering to enter a competition can be done at the club with your card or PIN number or at home in the same way as before. Let us know if you have any difficulty, we are here to help!

The Mixed Weekend League started with a 1st round of a Pairs Texas Scramble. Well done to those who went out in what was a very cold morning. A special congratulations to Margaret F, who with her husband, was the first lady on the results sheet with a 19th place. Great start to the Winter Golf season! The Tuesday competition last week was only 9 holes with Jackie S winning on count back from Lynn T, both with 16 points. Well done ladies. The prizes for the Fun event's winning team on Thursday were presented at the AGM! Please forgive me for not remembering the results, it had been a busy evening!

This coming Thursday is the Hattersley Cup; Captain v Vice Captain. The team sheet is on the board and we will present the Trophy to the winning team after the match with tea and cake to hand, in the upstairs meetings room. Please do stay after the game. Mandy U has very kindly given us some packs of her personally painted Christmas cards in order that we can raise more funds for the Captains Charity. The packs will be sold for £3.50 per pack of 6 or a donation if you feel generous!

The Tee Time list for the Winter Invitation is now on the board! As you will see we are a HUGE group of almost 90 ladies!! Lunch will therefore be served as a rolling buffet because of the numbers! The impact of SLOW PLAY is a concern as you will understand. Please remember IF YOU LOSE 1 MINUTE OF TIME EVERY HOLE, THIS AMOUNTS TO 18 EXTRA MINUTES PER ROUND!!! Please be vigilant!!

Finally, the Club AGM is on Tuesday12th November at 7pm, when the announcement will be made about the result of the Club Captain Ballot. Please do come along and support this event, if you can.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

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

 
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