Sunday, 15 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 16 July 2018


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 9 July 2018

Big week this week so forgive a slightly lengthy update!

Round 2 of the Club Champs on Thursday was played under beautiful blue skies with high temps again. With the course further drying out on an hourly basis it was tight at the top but I am delighted to announce that Karen Morton won the Angela Chatterton Handicap Trophy with a magnificent nett 63 and a handicap cut of 4 shots, and Virginia Chan once again took top spot in the gross competition shooting a gross 76 (yes, gross 76!) Big congratulations to you both and to everyone who took part this year. There have been some big handicap cuts this year so far so let's keep it going....



Thanks go again to Barry and his team for providing us all with a wonderful fizzy afternoon tea, organising the warm up balls on the range and keeping us topped up with water on the course! It was again a fab day....what a great bunch we are!!


Many congratulations too to Caroline Kaswaurere who shot a nett 62 last weekend in the Weekend Medal and had a handicap cut of 4 stokes to get down to 23....what a round!

The Friendly Team played an away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday. Unfortunately we suffered a whitewash (very unlike Chesfield!)but no excuses the Ladies used their home advantage to full effect! Thanks to all who played on the day and the next Friendly is home to Heydon Grange on Wednesday this week.

The Scratch team played a home match v Brickendon Grange on Friday and had a fantastic and hard fought 4-1 win! Very well done girls, keeps us in with a chance of the playoffs! We have a return match away at Brickendon next Friday 13th.


Although the winter seems a long way away now the results of the Pearson Trophy are as follows. Even though we didn't make the final Megan and her squad represented us with pride and tenacity in a very tough season. Well done all and roll on the next one...!

Semi-Finals
Berkhamsted v Brocket Hall
Hadley Wood v East Herts

Final: Berkhamsted v East Herts

Winner: Berkhamsted

The Junior Captain James Wilson is holding his Charity Day on Sat 21st July in aid of Prostate Cancer. The Sign up sheet is on the club notice board if you wish to play but he also has lots of raffle prizes as well so perhaps a chance to make a donation to help out the boys in our lives who could be affected by this horrible disease. If you want any more info please let me know.

I have just finished writing this as England defeat Sweden to reach the semi finals of the World Cup - fantastic news for all involved and for us as fans! Perhaps football really is coming home...!!

Have a great week, keep enjoying the sunshine, the golf, the footie, the tennis and everything else you do...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 July 2018

Another lovely week for golfing although we can't tell how far the balls will now run or indeed which direction they will bounce in!! Gives us all a chance to look at other parts of the golf course!

The weekend Ladies played a fun comp whilst those of us interested watched England play Panama - us youngsters can't remember England ever scoring that many goals!

Round 4 of the summer Stableford League was played on Tuesday, up to date results will be posted on the notice board. Two more rounds to go..... 


The Friendly Team played an away match v Mount Pleasant on Wednesday with Karen Morton making her debut for the team. The match as always against the lovely ladies at MP was played in lovely conditions and Chesfield recorded an away win 2.5 to 1.5. Well done everyone and next up is another away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday.

If you are free to play in the Friendly on July 11th (Home to Heydon Grange) please let Helen Leigh know.

Thursday saw round 1 of the Club Championship. It was great to see a large field taking part this year. The results so far are now on HDID. The draw for tee times will be made on Monday and will then be on the system as last week. The players currently leading will be last out so get a lie in that day!!! Well done to all who are competing in this, and please come and join in for the presentation after round 2 with scones and tea (in the conservatory).

Please ensure that when signing in on the HDID system you sign in to the correct competition on the day as several competitions may appear on there at the same time. Once you have finished playing and signed your card please make sure it is placed in the white box on the wall in the Ladies changing room.

Margaret has emailed you all with regards to our Away Day to the Bedford at the beginning of August. Please pay the outstanding balance (£30) to Pat via the usual means marking your payment ‘Away Day’. It’s going to be a fun day!

Looks like the brollys will be out again this week - for the sun that is and take a cool towel too (wrapped around an ice pack works really well!) 😎

Good luck in Round 2 of the Club Champs and happy golfing one and all wherever you may be

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 25 June 2018

Summer is in full swing now and so is the golf.....

Following on from Charity Day week it seemed a little quieter for me this week.

The weekend Ladies played round 3 of their eclectic, difficult to see who is going to be the winner but a couple more chances to better your scores over the next couple of months. It is great to see so many ladies playing at the weekends.

We played Roll the Dice on Tuesday - a sort of scramble with a difference. It was highly amusing and a scramble always gives you several chances at the par or birdie!

The midweek ladies played their monthly Stableford on Thursday. Now that summer has arrived the CSS keeps going down so not the big handicap cuts we all feel we deserve but still lovely to play in such good conditions....well done to Hazel and Julie R who won the respective divisions with 40 points each and had handicap cuts!

After Thursday's comp I was delighted to be able to present Nicola Adkins with the Handicap Cup which she won in the far distant winter! Really well done Nicola - it was a tough season for match Play!


The Friendly team had a match away at John O Gaunt. Barbara Job made her debut for the team and the greens were running very fast on the Cartagena course. Unfortunately home advantage took over and Chesfield were unable to pull out a win but a good experience for all. We are playing at Mount Pleasant this coming week so another chance to get back on the horse and score a win!

Congratulations go to Pat Ward and Kathy Morris who are going through to the Area Final of the Coronation Foursomes to be held in July and August. The Grand Final should they progress further is held at St Andrews in September. Good luck ladies.

The Aussie Spoons competition has now finished and your Vice Captain Margaret and Pauline Humphrey will be representing Chesfield in the Regional finals at Hanbury Manor in July. Again good luck ladies.

It was great to see Pauline Harrison during her European Tour! Thanks to Kathy C for hosting a great party and I hope you were able to catch up with Pauline at the club last Thursday. Hope to see you again soon Pauline, with clubs in hand!

This week is round 1 of the Club Champs. Keep your eye on HDID as your tee times will be available from Monday evening with the lowest handicappers going out first, as is traditional in this competition. There will be warm up balls available on the range that morning and the following week for Round 2. After Round 2 on Thursday 5th July the Champions will be crowned over a cream tea in the Conservatory so please try and stay afterwards that day, even if you haven’t won!!! Good luck everyone..

Jackie Reid is looking at arranging a trip to Les Miserables at Milton Keynes next year. Due to the popularity of the tickets please could you let Jackie know if you are interested by June 30th this year!

Stay hydrated this week and take your brolly for the sun! Enjoy...😎

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 18 June 2018



Wow, what a day we had on Thursday! I was overwhelmed by the generosity of all of you wonderful ladies and I have received great feedback from the Charity guys as to how much they enjoyed it too. The lads on the helicopter I think you will agree were fantastic and actually getting them there really made the day. Watching them disappear over the club left me feeling quite emotional...the poor guys got a call on their way back but at least they had been fed and watered!


A big thanks too to all the staff and management at the club, they helped make the whole day feel like a big family party and the atmosphere was terrific. Although I don't have all the figures in it looks as though we raised in the region of £3000 on the day. There are so many photos doing the rounds that it is difficult to choose one to sum up our day....if you have any photos please could you whatsapp or email them to me. 


The Scratch team match against West Herts at home on Friday was played in fabulous sunshine. We fielded a very strong team for our return match and I am delighted that we won the match 3 : 2. Well done Virginia, Pat Ward and Sally for winning your matches to give us the win for the team. So far this season, we have WON 2, HALVED 2, LOST 1.  Our final three matches in July – Could this be our year for promotion? Come on Chesfield !!!

The weather looks fab for golf and we have a Friendly match v John O Gaunt this week. Good luck to the team. It's a great course!

This week also sees us playing our Monthly stableford which is also the Race to Turnberry. Score high and we could be in the running to play at Turnberry in October. Further details are on the board.

Tee times have been issued to those playing for the Captains Shuffle on Tuesday and Kathy Morris is closing up the Aussie Spoons competition this week and submitting our winners.

Jo Oliver will be running a squad clinic on Tuesday 3rd July, please sign up on the list in the changing room. Jo is also running her regular Mon/Wed clinics through the summer. Keep your eyes on the board for details.

Happy golfing one and all, and thanks again for a memorable day on Thursday.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 June 2018

It's been a busy week since my return from camping! No sooner had I packed away my sleeping bag and I was off with the other 31 of you to the lovely Belton Woods. We were blessed with 2 dry days, 2 wonderful courses, and I think all agreed that the facilities and service were excellent. We learnt a lot about each other over a few glasses of wine, thanks to Nikki B and managed to collectively lose 106 balls, yes 106 balls over the 18 hole Lakes Course on Tuesday!! Thanks to Katy and Lin for organising a fantastic weekend. Please consider doing the task next year....there are lots of great venues to choose from and deals to be had. Katy or Lin will be happy to give you any advice....!


Charity Day is on Thursday this week. A huge thanks to all who have already donated and all the help in organising the event. There are now 5 vouchers for fourballs at local clubs up for auction on the board in the changing room so get together with your pals and get a bid on the sheet! Registration and raffles on Thursday will be ready from 8.30 and tea and coffee will be available in the bar. We are hoping that the Air Ambulance will land on the range at around 1.30pm that day (operational issues depending) so keep your eyes peeled.

We played our midweek monthly medal on Thursday - congratulations to Vicky and Anne, the winners in each division and another new member, Karen Morton won the Ladies weekend stableford. Well done! The handicaps are falling though probably not as much as hoped....!

The Scratch team had a match v Verulam very early on Sunday. As the sun came out there was some great golf played, the course was in fab condition and it is always good to renew friendships! At the end of it 3 matches didn't finish until the 18th hole and we gained a very respectable draw overall away from home. Well done all. Verulam have a Ladies Open on Thursday 5th July and a Ladies Open Invitation Day on Saturday 18th August. This could be a chance for our weekend ladies to enter an Open. Details and entry forms will be on the board at the rear of the changing room in the week.


Pauline Harrison will be visiting us soon from NZ and staying at Kathy Carroll's house. Kathy C is willing to host a Bring a dish/Pot Luck supper at her house on Wednesday 20th June 7pm onwards.

If you would like to come please email Kathy and let her know which dish you would bring. We would need:-
Nibbles
Starters
Main Courses
Desserts

Kathy will provide wine and soft drinks.

Please let Kathy know by Sunday 17th June if you are coming and which dish you are bringing. If there are too many of one course you may be asked to change. First replies get priority! Should be a great night and will be good to catch up with Pauline.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you on Thursday and offering a warm welcome to all our guests. Don't forget if you can't play please come and buy some raffle tickets, have a coffee and maybe spot the Air Ambulance!

Enjoy the sunshine!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 4 June 2018


Back from spending a golf free week under canvas in Cornwall. I can recommend it! Sunshine, cream teas, glorious views and good company!

The Scratch team won their latest match v Berkhamsted, well done to all who played.

The Friendly Team played at home against Mill Green and got an honourable draw. Caroline Roadknight played her first game for the team so well done to her and all who played.

I think Tuesdays game was a bit of a wash out but on Thursday the Coronation Foursomes Qualifier was played. I think that Hazel and Anne will be the pair to progress to the next round. Great performance girls! It is the first time we have entered this competition.

A large number of us are off to Belton Woods on Sunday for the Ladies Away weekend. Hoping that the sun will shine this year and a big thanks to Lin and Katy for organising again this year. I am really looking forward to it!

The tee times for Charity Day will be out this week. Plans are coming together for hopefully a great day on June 14th. In the meantime, Medal this Thursday - i will again put some balls on the range for an early warm up!

Have a great week!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 May 2018

Last week was a busy one with the weekend ladies playing early on Saturday and then watching the Royal Wedding at the club, hats and all! They played for the Spring Salver which was won by one of our newest members Caroline Kaswaurere. Well done!

We played another round in the summer Stableford on Tuesday, it was very windy!! And on Thursday the Ladies played their qualification round in the Ping Pairs. Virginia (who played an awesome round) and yours truly came out top but we will have to wait and see if we qualify for the next round in September.

Afterwards we celebrated Megan’s birthday with tea and cakes in the conservatory. Thank you Megan. It was a great opportunity to present Julie Retallick with the Price Vase that she scooped with 40 points and a handicap cut of 1.2 the previous week. 


It’s still not too late to sign up for Charity Day, sponsor a hole or bid in the auction for the 4 ball vouchers. There will be lots more things to spend your money on on the day and preparations are going well....just got to order the weather!

Whilst on the subject of the charity, thanks to Tim for taking part in the Motorcycle Run in aid of the Air Ambulance. Over 600 bikes went from WGC via Chesfield Downs (I stood and waved them all through!) to North Weald Airfield. Tim raised £130 for the charity.


I am on my hols this week under canvas in Cornwall (taking an umbrella as well!) so have fun and enjoy the Coronation Foursomes and all your other golf this week. It’s a busy time in the season for all....good luck.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 21 May 2018


Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the Royal celebrations, some good weather and some great golf.

I am very lucky to have enjoyed a few days of golf in Lincolnshire last week. It was good to catch up with Lizzie Cooke and played in the AM AM at her new club Spalding. I also had a go at North Shore GC in Skegness, very windy but lovely and finished the week with a round on the Hotchkin Course at the Home of England Golf Woodhall Spa. Thanks all for a great week.

Congratulations this week go to...

Hazel Brunnen who won the Midweek medal
Julie Retallick - who won the Price Vase this week
Rogie Taylor - who won her division in the Midweek medal
Nikki Brooke - who won the Weekend Medal
Lauren Pitcher - won her match in the De Paula Cup away at Old Ford Manor

Hopefully you have all signed up for Charity Day which is the next big event in our calendar on June 14th. I am looking forward to a great day and the donations have already started to flow in. Please settle up through the usual means for the day and if you make a donation separately then please mark it 'Donation'. Just helps Pat to sort it all out!

Good luck in the Ping Pairs on Thursday. Megan is providing cakes after golf that day as a celebration of her 'Big' birthday so don't rush off too quickly!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 14 May 2018

A week of great weather followed by slightly less than great weather this week, but nonetheless good for golf!

Congratulations go to the Mens Section who raised £6500 for Des's charity, The On Course Foundation. Great result guys...

Also over Bank Holiday weekend Nikki Brooke took top spot in the Ladies Weekend Medal with a nett 72, followed by Linda Brown and Julie P. Well done to all the weekend players. Yesterday we played for the Ken Bird Trophy v the Men, the Seniors and the Juniors. Results next week....!

Our Spring Meeting held on Thursday was great fun and Marica, Maggie, Jacqui H and Jill came out the winners in the Team Alliance event. This was followed by a lovely lunch and presentation of Cups, Trophies and Monthly medal and Stableford winners. The raffle raised around £200 for the Air Ambulance, so a big thanks to all who gave so generously and to our volunteers, staff and Management who helped to make it a memorable day.

Spring Meeting Winners

The next few weeks see our summer programme of events start to kick in and there is lots of golf to be played. This Thursday we are playing for the Price Vase and this is followed by the Ping Pairs on 24th May. These events and the Coronation Foursomes at the end of May are all on sign up on How did I do. For anyone not familiar with the process the competitions appear on the system 3 weeks before the playing date so sort your diaries and sign up early! If you have any problems please contact a member of the Committee.

Whilst on the subject of diaries there is a change of date for the Crown Champion of Champions. This is the final for all the club champions within the Crown Group and will be held on Sunday 9th Sept at Oak Park
The Friendly Team featuring 5 of our 7 day members played a match v Colmworth at home. It was the first time we had played Colmworth in this fixture and 4 of our Ladies were making their debuts for the Friendly Team, Nikki Brooke, Clare Breen, Jacqui Harbor and Annette Gillette. Well done ladies, sorry you didn’t get the win but hope you all enjoyed the game and are ready to play again!

As hopefully you are all aware my Captains Charity Day in aid of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance will be held on Thursday June 14th. This will be a pairs better ball competition and is open to members and guests, so please invite your golfing friends! The golf will be followed by a 2 course lunch and prize presentation. The initial sign up sheet will be up next week so find your partners and keep your eyes on the board for further info. There will be various fundraising stalls, raffles and other fun things to spend your money on on the day. If you are prepared to sponsor a hole I will also put a sheet up for that! As some of you will know we are also hoping that one of the helicopters will be landing on the golf range that day. We will be looking for volunteers to help us on the day so please keep your eyes on the board.

Enjoy the week ahead and Happy golfing.🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♀️

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

 
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