Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 10 February 2020

Hopefully storm Ciara today (Sunday) will pass with not too much damage and all will be well for next weeks golf for you all.

No I'm not going to tell you what the weather is like where I am that wouldn't be fair 😎

Another two weeks of competitions have been played without any rainfall and some lovely sunny days which has helped the course dry out quite a bit. Some bunkers are being renovated so are GUR. More will be done over time.

Tuesday 28th January
We played a Novelty Stableford a new one on me, you got a free drop out of a bunker, a free kick, take your tee shot again and a free drop out of water. How many did you use? Anne L won with 18 points with Julie P hot on her heels with 17 points.

Tuesday 4th February
One of everyone's favourite formats Stableford alliance played on a lovely sunny February day Debbie F, Julie R, Sarah F and Katy C came in with a very respectable 39 points.

Winter Eclectic
Two more rounds of the Eclectic have now been played, have you bettered your scores are you in with a chance?? Only two more rounds to play. Can you catch the lead in your division? The presentation will be held after the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition on 27th February in the Gallery room upstairs with soup and roll, don't forget to sign up on IG.

Weekend Results
The Mixed Weekend Winter League 11 was a team Texas Scramble with nineteen teams entering, two of our ladies along with their husbands kathy & John D with Pat & Les W did very well and came in sixth with scores at the top very close.

Round 12 was a Pairs Betterball with fourty four pairs competing, the scores were high including the scores of two of our ladies Linda B & Pat W gaining eighth place with 41 points. Well done Ladies.

Dr Katrina Douglas
There are still some places to attend the 'Be inspired for better golf in 2020' hosted by Dr Katrina Douglas at Chesfield Downs on 16th February. For more information see the poster in the Ladies locker room or speak to Sarah F.

Section Fees
If you have not already done so please can you pay you Ladies Section fee of £10 either by:
Cash in an envelope with your name on into the black box in the Ladies locker room OR by bank transfer into the Ladies bank account sort code 40-28-14 account no: 81769642.

EGM
Just a reminder that I will be holding an EGM on Thursday 20th February upstairs in the gallery room after the last round of the Eclectic, with regards to the changes to the Ladies Constitution. I would appreciate that as many of you as possible could stay for a short time for this please.

Ladies Golf Trip to Portugal
A message from the organiser - " Thank you for your fantastic response to the Portugal trip. We now have 21 confirmed Ladies, we would like to have 24 to make things easier for 4 balls, so if anyone would like to come please contact ASAP Diane C "

Rules Roadshow
Chesfield Downs is hosting a Rules Roadshow on April 8th this is limited to 40 people. There is no charge to attend. If you wish to attend then please email secretary@hertfordshiregolf.org ASAP to book your place. For more information there is a poster on the notice board in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing🏌🏻‍♀️
Rogie
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 26 January 2020


Well it's finally stopped raining whoopee!

We're now managing to get out on the course with all holes playable, it's still a little soggy which makes for challenging golf for some but clearly not for others as these competition results show.

Tuesday 14th January in Double the Odds competition Sarah F came in with a very impressive 31 points and not too far behind Julie R took second place on countback from Kathy D with 24 points.

The weekend saw the Turkey Trot finally being played on a very wet course that had been closed for a number of days, 77 players went out so a great result for Jackie S who gained second place with 31 points well done Jacky, doing it for the Ladies.

Tuesday 21st January a game to play with a friend Pairs Multiplyer as both need to score on the same hole in order to gain points, not like my partner and I we scored on alternate holes great if your playing Betterball! Diane C and Jackie S won with a very decent 26 points with Margaret G and Julie P taking second place with 19 points.

Thursday saw 42 Ladies go out in the 3rd round of the Winter Eclectic, did you better your score? Still 4 rounds to go.

Macbeth is showing at the Queen Mother theatre on 26th February 7.30 pm if you would like to join a group of Ladies who are going the tickets are £8 please contact Jackie R for a ticket.

Away Weekend at Staverton Park A place has become available due to one of the Ladies having to pull out which has left Olive without a room mate if there is anyone who would like to join us on our fun filled weekend please speak to Olive or contact one of the organisers Nikki B or Nicola A.

Ladies Golf Trip to Portugal

You may know that some of our lady members are reaching a landmark birthday this year. Diane C, Helen L, Lin G are 70 and Nicola A is 60 at various times throughout the year, Hazel B is nearly 70 (January 2021).

To celebrate these momentous occasions they are arranging a golf break to Portugal. Details as follows:

Friday 16th October returning on Tuesday 20th October 4 nights at the 5* Hotel Pestana Blue, Algarve, all inclusive of meals and drinks.
3 rounds of golf on Saturday, Sunday and Monday- courses are Gramacho, Silves and Vale da Pinta.
Transfers and shuttle

Price £449 (based on two sharing a classic twin room) single occupancy is an extra £35pp per night. Based on 20 people.

Flights are not included but transfers will be for the following flights:
Easyjet Luton to Faro Friday 16th 12.10 arriving at 15.05
Easyjet Faro to Luton Tuesday 20th 16.00 arriving at 18.45
Golf bags £74 return max 20kg

Please arrange your own flights. Flights are available for booking now.
If you are interested please contact Diane C.

All information is on the notice board in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing
Rogie Ladies Captain

Monday, 13 January 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 12 January 2020


Happy New Year.

Welcome to my first Newsletter.

Well here we are in 2020 a new decade. With renovations well underway our club is set to become an even better club to belong to and I'm honoured to be Ladies Captain in such an important year at Chesfield. There obviously will be some disruption but it is temporary and will be worth it in the end as most of you will have seen from the plans displayed in the bar area.

All of our competitions including Tuesday's are now on IG for you to sign up to in the comfort of your own home. As a lot of you experienced on Thursday you will need your silver club company card or PIN number to sign into Thursday and weekend competitions.

This week saw our first competitions on a very wet and muddy course, nevertheless it didn't stop a good number of ladies going out this week.

Tuesday was an individual Stableford over 9 holes, the weather was kind to us with plenty of sunshine and blue sky. Julie R won with 17 points on countback with myself as runner up, let's keep that up.

Thursday saw the start of the Winter Eclectic on tough course conditions after more rain over night. That didn't seem to stop some good first round gross scores with Pat W with 58 in division 1 and Mary H with 64 in division 2 so the bar is set Ladies we have our work cut out to better our scores over the next six weeks weather permitting.

On Saturday 5 Ladies played in the mixed Winter League individual bogey against the course, the men took the lead in this competition with Nikki B holding the best score for the Ladies.

Well done to all who ventured out to play this week, it felt good to get back to normality.

Ladies for your information there will be a Ladies committee meeting on Thursday 23rd January, also I would like to hold an EGM on Thursday 20th February after the last round of the Eclectic with regards the changes to the Ladies Constitution, I would appreciate that as many of you as possible could stay for this please.

Finally I would just like to say thank you all for your kind support over this recent difficult time for me.

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Rogie Taylor
Ladies Captain 2020

Monday, 16 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 16 December 2019


Wow! What a week it has been for the Ladies Section of Chesfield Downs! The weather was certainly not going to deter us from enjoying some golf and a great deal of fun!! After playing our Christmas Greensomes on Thursday, in what can only be described as horrid weather, the ladies came together to enjoy mince pies and nibbles, but more importantly to provide our two visitors with a cheque each for their Charities. Sue Barnes from Tilehouse Counselling and Sharn Tomlinson from MIND in Mid Herts were thrilled to collect the amazing sum of £3,000 each for their great charities, and shared with us the support this money will help to deliver locally. The Ladies Section had throughout the year, emptied their cupboards and provided almost another £3,000 worth of clothing and goods for the local MIND shop. These are two very worthwhile charities providing vital support to adults, young and old, struggling with emotional difficulties and we have all been very proud to support them.

On Friday evening, many of us got out our sparkly tops and dresses to come back to the Club and enjoy a great night of eating and dancing as we joined in the fun of one of the many successful Christmas Parties. It was a really good night so do join us next year if you missed out this time around!

The last full week of golf before Christmas acknowledges how busy everyone is and provides a relaxed calendar for the ladies as far as the course is concerned. A practice round on Tuesday and a fun team event (Coloured Balls) on Thursday, weather permitting, are all that is planned. However, the club is running its annual Christmas Jumper event on Monday 23rd, details below, for all those not rushing around for the final shop or visiting relatives! Enjoy the fun, if you can, that is!!


A final reminder about the Club EGM on Wednesday 18th at 7pm, please do support the Club Committee if you possibly can.

As many of you will be aware, two of our dear friends will be tying the knot over the Christmas and New Year period. One, far away in New Zealand in mid January and the other in Kimpton just before New Year. We, of course, hope Nikki and Tina have a great day on 29th and that in New Zealand the sun shines on Pauline and Kereyn for their special day(s) in January. We will be thinking of you all.

More formally and thinking of the year ahead, a poster will be up on the board in the next few days regarding payment for the Away Weekend at Staverton Park. If I could ask you to send payment to Pat W as soon as possible please. Thank you.

So, this is my final newsletter! 😒😒😒 I have (somewhat weirdly) enjoyed sitting down on a Sunday morning to put these together, almost every week, and hope you have enjoyed reading them. Thank you once again for being such great group of ladies. Whilst I am looking forward to my role next year, I will certainly miss being your captain, but know that Rogie will be a Great Ladies Captain for 2020!

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and your loved ones.

Margaret Gentle
A very proud Ladies Captain for 2019

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

 
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