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

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Feb 2019


Well, the weather was certainly not our friend this last week, and as the snow covered the course from Wednesday until well into the weekend, very little golf was played!!

Tuesday, the ladies managed to get out and had many laughs with playing a 9- hole 'Novelty' competition. Thank you to Hazel and Katy for organising us all. Sadly they couldn't help us with our lack of skill in either throwing the golf ball or kicking it!!! Honestly, you had to be there!!! Amazingly, Lauren managed to score 22 points only to be beaten by Jackie S who came in with an impressive 23 points! They both obviously have skills in managing to get some distance with their golf balls, over and above using a club!!! Well done!

Thursday was a white-out, as you can see from above. Nevertheless, we are never afraid of having a go and about a dozen of us tried our skill, this time, on the Skytracker. A closest to the pin competition, was set up for us and Kay Baker came out on top and won a sheaf of balls for her efforts. Well done Kay!

The weekend saw the course closed, so no matches for the 7-day ladies, this time around.

The noticeboard now has the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition sign-up there for all to see. If you have not signed-up please do so as soon as possible. This will be followed by warming soup and a roll and the presentation of the winning prizes of the Winter Eclectic. I am also hoping that a representative of MIND in Mid Herts will be able to come along and give a short talk about their valuable work.

Fingers crossed for a full diary of golf this coming week!!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 28 Jan 2019


Well, we have seen some pretty cold mornings over the last week or so and indeed the course was closed last Wednesday due to a good covering of snow! Fortunately this did not affect any of the Ladies games!

The ladies were out in force on Tuesday competing for the Aussie Pairs Competition. Multiplying your scores together can always lead to lots of laughs amongst good friends. Two pairs came in with the same score of 29, but on count back from Diane and Vicky, the winners were Julie R and Mandy. Well done to them.

Thursday saw a full field venture out to cut their Eclectic score down a bit further. Three more rounds to go and some very good scores already posted. Follow the link to see the results so far!

Last Saturday was the Ken Bird Winter League Round 9 with an Individual Bogey game against the course. Well done to Jackie Reid who brought the Ladies home with a great 1 under Par. Hopefully a handicap cut will not be too far away for Jackie!

For those Ladies interested in competitive golf outside of Chesfield Downs, the De Paula Cup details are now on the Hertfordshire Golf Union website. This is an individual Scratch tournament for those with handicaps between 12.5 and 20.4. Closing date for applications is Monday 18th March.

The final decision by the Club Committee on the New Rules of Golf as they relate to the ditch running between the 3rd and 16th holes. Stones and loose impediments may be moved without penalty, however, should the ball move in this process then it must be replaced for the penalty of one extra stroke. The change over to Red stakes appears to be almost complete. Please ensure you are aware of the ruling regarding Relief from Penalty Areas. The new paper version of the Rules of Golf are still available in the clubhouse and the R&A have a very useable Smartphone App for those of you who like to work that way.

Finishing off the January Newsletters, keep your eye out for the sign-up sheet for the Megan Bonner Par 3 Competition, which will go up on the board this week. This takes place on Thursday 21st February and is great fun! Soup and a baguette to follow in the conservatory, with the presentation of the prizes for the Winter Eclectic winners afterwards.

Take care and keep golfing!!

Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Jan 2019


Gosh what a cold but beautiful morning we all woke up to Sunday, very very cold indeed but gorgeous!! The brave weekend ladies were out there competing in their Individual Stableford Competition. Hopefully, the early morning mist didn't delay your start too much!!

Looking back on the week, we saw Tuesday's competition of 'Double off the Odds' being strongly competed for by playing partners the 'KC's!! Katy Cook that is, coming 2nd on count back from the second KC.... Kathy Carroll both on 28 points, with Lesley Bonsor, also on 28 points, who this time lost out on the prizes! Well done ladies.

Thursday was the latest round of the Winter Eclectic and on a day when my playing partner and I were tearing our hair out in frustration at not being able to achieve very much at all, I am sincerely hoping that others were more successful, I know the third of our trio seemed pretty pleased with her round!!

Over 30 ladies attended the Rules Meeting last Wednesday. For those of you who couldn't make it, the rules were delved into deeper and there we reached the issue of the rule which affects Chesfield's Ditch. Specific options were provided that we might adopt and to date we have no definitive answer to our concerns. It is a big decision and the club do not want to make any knee-jerk decisions. Having had time to reflect, I am personally in favour of abiding by the new rules of golf with regard to our ditch. Any advantage gained by playing out of the stones is minimal in reality, especially when you consider how few people prefer to do that, rather than take a penalty drop where you have more control over where the ball lands. I will, of course, keep you informed of the final decision.

An important request from Lin Goodey, our Competition Secretary. If you have, for any reason, a need to pull out of a HowDidIDo match, can you please let Lin know first before doing anything else. She will then adjust the bookings accordingly and remove your name herself. Equally, if you are looking for a game but there appears to be no spaces, once again contact Lin who will hold a reserve list and slot you in, if she is able. This should help to run things smoothly.

Finally, as generally happens this time of year, several of our ladies are flying off to warm climate for a wonderful holiday of winter sun. Enjoy every minute of your time away and we look forward to seeing you all when you get back.
WOW!! the cold certainly didn't affect Clare Breen's game who scored an amazing 43 pts, winning the day and as a result she sees a 5 point cut to her handicap!! Brilliant Clare keep it up.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 13 Jan 2019

I apologise for not being with you last Thursday, but unforeseen circumstances meant I had to leave the day in the very capable hands of Rogie Taylor, what can I say..... winter bugs eh!! . A big thank you to her, of course!

It was another big field of competitors for the 2nd round of the Winter Eclectic and it appeared that the weather stayed acceptable for a January day! Good luck to you all this coming Thursday (3rd round) when I will join you and hopefully we can all knock a few more points off our score! Last Saturday saw the 7th round of the Ken Bird League when Linda and Ralph Brown came in with a great score of 42 and only 2 points behind the outright winners. Well done to the Browns!


I found this original photo of the ditch at the bottom of the 1st fairway and although you will agree it doesn't look much like this any more, the ditch that runs along a big part of Chesfield Downs is causing quite a stir!!  You will have read about the change in the new Rules that allows for the removal of 'Loose Impediments' within Penalty Areas. To protect the integrity of our particular course, it was decided by the Club Committee, that we would put in place a Local Rule to protect our ditch, meaning that no-one could remove the stones that sit there. However, it appears the powers that be i.e. the Referees are not in agreement with our ability to do this! For those of us attending the Rules Meeting this coming Wednesday, things could get interesting!! Be there if you can! In the meantime, can you respect it as you always have and leave the stones/pebbles as they are. Last week, there was some discussion about the future change to Red Stakes. Can I reiterate that it is very important that these Yellow/Red Penalty areas are played as they stand at the moment and the penalty options are taken as such.

I am pleased to say that the order of white club tee shirts for the Ladies is now in the ProShop and awaiting collection from those who ordered them. Their price is £29.95, thank you. Another order will go in at the end of the month, for any final requests, please see the noticeboard.

Congratulations to Jacky Swanson who achieved her playing handicap last week and will now be able to join us in the qualifiers. Well done Jacky.

Enjoy your golf,

Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019






         

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Jan 2019


Well I guess by now, like our home, your tree has been confined to the bin and the decorations are safely stalled away for another year. Somehow the house looks comfortably empty and I seem to enjoy the sense of normality this brings!

The season has got off to a fine start for the Ladies Section. Hazel Brunnen was the first lady home at the Hangover Cup, coming in with a very fine score of 35 pts (with a hole-in-one on the 3rd!) and a very creditable 7th place. Very well done Hazel, a great start to your year!! Thursday's 1st round of the Winter Eclectic saw some good scores, but as we are all aware, there are those 'tortoises' who slowly chip away at their scores and will be there in the winning stalls at the very end. Others, and we can guess who they are, will come through in a flurry with one amazing round and sweep the winnings. There is all to play for ladies and hopefully 6 more rounds of decent weather to get you up there with the winners!

The Ken Bird Winter League Rnd 6 was played on Sunday and 9 of our ladies competed in various four-ball combinations. The weather whilst cold stayed dry so I hope they enjoyed their round and we look forward to seeing the final results.

The electronic diary has now been signed off and is available to download from our website. There have been a few adjustments since the paper copy went off to print which largely affect the weekend ladies, so please use the electronic diary as your bible or ask. If you are unclear how to download it please also ask.

The order for the white polo tee shirts is now with Glenmuir. If you have missed the January 1st deadline don't worry I have put another order form up on the notice board and this will stay there until the end of January for any late orders.

Raffle tickets will be available on Tuesday/Thursday/Next Weekend for the Hertfordshire Golf Union Annual Coffee Morning which will take place at Porters Park on Monday 28th January at 10.30 am. There will be a small group of us going and we will share lifts if you would like to join us, please contact me. Raffle Tickets are £2 each and prizes will include a 4-ball round of golf from a participating club. Your ticket(s) will go into the draw whether you attend or not so please 'Stop and Buy' either myself or Katy C. The money raised from the Coffee Morning goes to support the development of Juniors in the county. Thank you in advance.

Can I finally remind you that the £10 Ladies Section subscription is now due in the usual way please. Thank you.

Wrap up warm over the next few days and weeks, stay warm.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 1 Jan 2019

Happy New Year one and all!!!

Here's hoping for a happy and healthy 2019 for us all!

I hope you all enjoyed a very special Christmas time with loved ones and friends, creating some great memories. As January begins lets now try to work off that extra turkey sandwich and mince pie with some fresh air and hopefully some decent winter golf conditions!! We can only hope!!!

The club diary, I am pleased to say, is now available for collection from the Pro Shop and we will be getting the electronic version out to you within the next week. Thank you to Virginia for her hard work on this. Our major events for 2019 are on a separate list on the noticeboard for your convenience.

The 12 Hole Winter Eclectic begins on Thursday this week, and fingers crossed we will be able to get all 7 rounds played. Please sign up, in the usual way on the system. This opens 3 weeks in advance of each round. As you all know, this is a popular competition so make sure you sign up early. It is a good idea, too, to check the system a few days before the competition in case anyone has pulled out or if you need to contact your playing partners for any reason. Don't forget you need to putt out on all twelve holes for your first round!

The Mixed Winter League at the weekends is also on the system - weekend Ladies you know the drill. There will be news as the weeks go by, of the opportunity for the ladies who play at weekends or indeed wish to, to enter some of the main prize winning competitions of the Ladies Section, this is due to the introduction of 'Alternate Days'. (See England Golf for details). This system will be introduced during 2019 with the hope that it will develop further during future years. More news to follow!

The Coffee Morning at Porters Park GC will be held on Monday January 28th. Raffle tickets will be on sale from Thursday 3rd January and if you would like to come along with some of us, then we can arrange sharing lifts.

Finally, as the saying goes 'we can't ignore the elephant in the room!' and by that I am talking about the New Rule Changes. Please ensure you are aware of the major changes taking place. Equip yourself with as much knowledge of the key issues as you can. Hopefully we will see many of you at the Rules Meeting at the Club on Wednesday 16th January, (See the noticeboard for details).

I feel very honoured to be your Captain for 2019 and am certain we will see some great golf scores during the year ahead.

Very best wishes

Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 24 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Dec 2018

I know I know... I said that last week was my last newsletter, but just a few notices to go with the Christmas Pud and mince pies!

Fresh back from the Christmas Jumper golf day - it was extremely windy but I think all us ladies enjoyed ourselves and even though we didn't win anything it was good fun! Thanks to all at the club who made it happen. The food, company and atmosphere was very Christmassy! Thanks to Jackie, Richard and Marica for making up my four ball.


The new diaries for 2019 are now in stock at the club. Please pick up your copy from reception or the pro shop. In due course there will be the electronic version available from the ladies website - details to follow. In the meantime please note the dates for all the important Ladies events through next year!

If any of you have been under a stone for the last few weeks then the new/revised rules come into effect on January 1st 2019. If you haven't already registered to attend the presentation at 6.30pm on Wednesday January 16th then please see the details below or on the club board or let one of us know if you wish to attend. It is important that we know how to interpret the new rules and which ones will be adopted as local rules at Chesfield.


Margaret will be placing the bulk order for the Ladies white polo shirts on January 1st so please sign up on the board if you would like yours ordered. There are a couple for trying on in the pro shop.

Finally, I have been asked to clarify the rules for the 12 hole Winter Eclectic which runs over 7 weeks in January and February. This is a very popular competition and the sign up for each week will be on HDID. The first 2 weeks are already on. Please remember to hole out on every hole in the first round that YOU PLAY IN ( NB. This might not be the first round of the competition!)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL AND MY VERY BEST WISHES FOR A GREAT FUN GOLFING 2019!!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 17 December 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Dec 2018

Well girls, I think this might be the last newsletter of 2018 and indeed my last one as Captain! There’s quite a lot in it so you might want to spread out the reading of it and save some for after Christmas lunch when it will send you nicely to sleep!!

Whilst I was still on Christmas tree duty, Jackie kindly arranged the Wreath making workshop. There look to be some great results which by now will be adorning your front doors! Nice job ladies!


Once I had finished the trees, party time began - firstly I invited myself to the 9 holers Christmas lunch at the Fox at Willian. Thanks Pat P for organising, the food was lovely and the company lovelier! The jokes in the crackers though were as bad as ever! 


Last Thursday dawned very cold but bright and we all got on with 9 holes of 4BBB in Christmas garb! What a day it was....Jenny (I never win anything!!!) Feaver and Kathy D combined very well to win the golf with 22 points!


The winners of the best dressed pair were Di and Chris - great puddings ladies!!


And the winning photo featured several old favourites including another woman with a turkey on her head!!


In amongst much frivolity I was proud to present a cheque for £6000 to Keith and Rosemary from the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. We have raised all that through our ladies section and once again I can’t thank you enough for your very very generous support through the year. I know that they are absolutely delighted and I am hoping to go over to their base for a more formal presentation in the new year. What a result!


Thanks to Nikki who managed to pop in during her lunch hour to present Marica, Angela and Megan with their photobooks from the Noughties Tour in Portugal. Sorry that Jean couldn’t be with us but your book awaits you...some great pics to celebrate your big ‘0’ birthdays.

Well done to Rogie and Pauline who helped us negotiate our way through the new rules. Personally I need to do some further homework and please come along to the club on Wednesday 16th January for a full presentation by Herts Golf Union. I know the section captains are meeting next week to discuss the effect of the rule changes on our own local rules. We need to prepare ourselves for the early matches in the year and on that subject Megan has posted sign up sheets for the Pearson matches next year so please check it out on the board in the changing room.

The partying was not over then either and in the evening we went to the Hermitage for an informal glass or 2 of Prosecco/wine and some sharing nosh...I remember a bottle or 2 of red wine as well! I certainly enjoyed it very much and thanks for your company - it appears that it was a success....too many photos to include all but just a taste below.



Next Thursday there is a stableford qualifier with sign up on HDID. However if you do not wish to play it as a qualifier or over 18 holes then please feel free to opt out on the day, especially if the weather is a bit rough. There are still spaces as I write this. I am delighted to be playing that day with a new member Jacky Swanson. I am sure we will all make her really welcome.

As I sign off from these weekly newsletters, I feel quite emotional as my captaincy comes to an end. I hope I have done all my thank yous to everyone who has made it such a memorable year and it just leaves me to wish Margaret and her Committee the very best for an equally wonderful year in 2019. The next couple of years will be a challenge with new rules in 2019 and some changes to the handicapping system in 2020. I know that we will be a great support to all the ladies running our Section.

Finally, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very successful and healthy golfing year in 2019.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

 
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