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

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 7 May 2018

At last it feels a bit more like Spring and the balls are starting to fly and roll a bit further. In spite of everything the course is looking and playing really well. Thanks again to Andy and his team for getting us through.


Spring Meeting is on Thursday this week - the tee times are posted on the board. Please ensure you have settled up with Pat via the usual methods. £18 golfers. £16 lunch only. There will be presentations after lunch and a £1 raffle on the day in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The Pearson team had a fantastic win this week, thrashing Sandy Lodge 6-1. Its been a really challenging season but Megan has led the squad with a smile and all the games have been played with spirit and determination. In most cases the refreshments have been great too...well done everyone who represented Chesfield through the horrible elongated winter season.

The Scratch team went to West Herts last Sunday - it was freezing! Unfortunately we were beaten 4-1 but it is a lovely course and a great bunch of ladies. Next match is May 20th v Berkhamsted at home.

Big mention here for the winners of the Adult Par 3 comp in April were Jane Sparkes and Pam Blake - well done ladies...handicap cuts on the way...?

The Ken Bird Trophy match takes place on Sunday 13th May. In case you weren't aware this is a team match - each 4 ball team consisting of a member from each of the sections. Good luck to the following who will be representing the ladies - Pat, Sarah, Jacqui H, Lin, Caroline K and Annabel.

If you have any friends from other clubs who would like to play at Charity Day on June 14th then please invite them. It will be a pairs competition on the day with lunch afterwards and the usual fund raising stalls/raffles etc. I have a sheet with all the details for visitors so let me know if you need it.

Amanda Macknight has very kindly agreed to make up some lovely hampers for the Charity Day Hamper Raffle. The idea is to theme them, golf, gardens, food/drink, nice smellies... If you are able to donate a small item for any of these hampers then I will put a box in the changing room next week.

Our next 2 events are the Price Vase on May 17th (rearranged from March) and the Ping Pairs on May 24th. Both of these are on HDID for sign up now.

Also don't forget you can still play another round in the Aussie Spoons competition. There are a few ladies who wish to play another round and are looking for a different partner. Please contact Kathy Morris and she will sort out the pairings (kmm53@btinternet.com)

The summer knockouts have now started. Commiserations to those who had to play the prelim round and didn't make it through. Good luck to everyone else.
Have a great week, enjoy the weather and happy golfing...☀️

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 30 Apr 2018

Yet again as I write this the course is closed due to 19mm of rain overnight! Hopefully by the time you read this things will have improved....

Big Happy Birthday to Megan for Monday 30th April!!!! Hope your celebrations 🎉 were fun with the family!

It's been a very busy week for matches, the Pearson team have played twice this week, against Welwyn Garden City and Porters Park. Unfortunately they weren't able to win but there were some close matches. Congrats to Hazel, Margaret, Julie R and Kathy C who all won their games during the week. They have one more match to play v Sandy Lodge on Tuesday to complete the season.

The Scratch team also played and gained a creditable half v Veralum, obviously during the summer as the photo shows! By the time you read this they will have played their next match away at West Herts.

Scratch Team v Veralum

The Friendly team kicked off their season with a match v Pavenham, Maggie and Anne made their debuts and Chesfield lost by a small margin. Well done girls. The return match has already been booked for next year. Helen and Kathy M are captaining the team this year and need an extra couple of Ladies for the next home match on Sat May 12th v Colmworth. Open to all...please contact them if you would like to play.

The draw for Spring Meeting (Thursday 10th May) will be done this week and tee times posted for you all on Thursday on the board. There is still time to add your name in or sign up for lunch only. Prizes and cups and trophies we have already played for this season will be presented after lunch on the day. Get the sun dances going!!

Charity Day is racing towards us so do invite any friends you might wish to play with that day. I have a sheet with all the info on if you want to send it to anyone let me know...🚁🚁

Please please send us some warm weather and sunshine!! Happy golfing x

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 23 Apr 2018

Sun sun sun......😎 didn't really think I would be saying that this time last week but at last we have enjoyed a great week of weather and hopefully we can now get on with all our matches, cups, trophies, qualifiers etc etc....⛳️🏆

The Pearson Team played away at Porters Park on Monday, congratulations to Nikki and Kathy M who secured wins but unfortunately Porters Park ran out 5-2 winners. The team have 2 more matches in quick succession this week, away at WGC on Monday and then a rescheduled match home against Porters Park on Wednesday. Good luck to all.

The Scratch Team played their first match of the season on Friday at home to Veralum. The course was now in great condition and in very hard fought matches the overall result was a halved match! Well done to Vicky who made her debut for the team and won her match!

The Australian Spoons competition took place on Tuesday in windy conditions. The top pair after the qualifying round with 36 points is Hazel and Anne. Don't forget you can play as many times as you like between now and the closing date in June AND you can change your partner if the first one was rubbish!!! ðŸĪŠ there is a sheet up on the board with further details but any queries please contact Kathy Morris or Pauline Humphrey. You might qualify for the next round at Hanbury Manor but I think you will need more than 36 points! Good luck.

The week culminated in the Jubilee Jug, held on the hottest April day for 70 years...! It was a fantastic day and thanks to all who got into the spirit with some great outfits (some not designed for the heat!) and gave generously to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. it looks like we raised in the region of £300 and had a lovely afternoon tea too.

There were some great scores posted and congratulations go to Hazel and Katy who won the trophy with 46 points 🏆 the other places on the rostrum went to the Julies - Price and Retallick, and Barbara and Vicky both with 43 points.

Jubilee Jug winners - Katy Cook & Hazel Brunnen

The judging for the Best Dressed pair was really difficult but Chris and Di took the fizz on this ocassion. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. There are lots of pics to view on Club Facebook page.

Best Dressed winners - Di Chapman & Chris Skeen

Life moves on a pace now and the sign up sheet is now on the board for the Spring Meeting on May 10th. We will draw the 4 balls for this a week before and it will be a Team Alliance format followed by lunch and Prize giving of the trophies and Cups so far this year. Cost is £18 - payment to Pat via the usual methods. If any of you wish to just join in for lunch and prize giving please also sign up and the cost is £16. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the golf on the day.

Have a great week and happy golfing...⛳️

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 15 Apr 2018

Pearson Team at Brocket Hall

So, we set out on a another week of Springtime!

On Saturday the course had dried out enough for all to take part in the Captains Drive In. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with excellent grub after and a fair amount of banter! Everyone put a tee in the ground where they thought the Captains Drives would land....how wrong most of them were! Should have known better than to put them in the fairway!

On Monday the Pearson team took on Brocket Hall at their place. The rain just kept on coming and Brocket came out the winners 5 - 2. Congratulations for giving it a really good shot girls, the conditions were appalling...although I gather the tea afterwards was worth playing for....!🍰

It was not a great day for playing matches and as the greens flooded at Chesfield in the afternoon, Virginia and yours truly took on Aldwickbury Park in a scratch foursomes match in the Powell Cup. Unfortunately we were soundly beaten....but there’s always next year!

The rest of the week was not that good for golfing either, the course being completely closed on Tuesday and then, fog on Thursday coupled with the earlier waterlogging lead to the cancellation of the April midweek Stableford!

However at the end of another miserable week the weather fairies tell me that next week really will be better. We have the rearranged Australian Spoons on Tuesday and the Jubilee Jug on Thursday so get your shorts and your fake tan out! Don’t forget there will be a raffle on Thursday for the Air Ambulance so please bring an extra £1 or 2 with you. Please pay in the usual way for the event - £12 to include afternoon tea.

Just as a footnote to this, Jo Wilson invited the section Captains to play at Woburn on Friday. She kindly offered up a prize for a couple of NTP holes. At the 6th I managed to win the prize but from about 3 feet I managed to 4 putt, much to the amusement of all, especially one young James Wilson!!! I felt the need to mention this before he told everyone in the club!! That’s golf James....but thanks to you and your family for hosting a lovely day.

And on that note, remember, when playing a match, always concede the fourth putt!!😀

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 9 Apr 2018

At last we are out on the course and it is a little warmer and definitely less wet!

On Tuesday a few brave souls played 9 holes and on Thursday we played the rearranged O'Sullivan Cup over 16 holes. The results are not on HDID but will be announced at the Spring Meeting.

Saturday saw the season opener Captains Drive In, featuring all Section Captains and Vice Captains.



The weather stayed dry and a special thank you to all the Ladies who took part. It was a really fun day and the other Captains, Vice Captains, members, and staff helped make it a memorable day for all the new Captains. Congratulations to Linda Brown who was in the winning team!

In case anyone has not collected their new Club sweater they are in the pro shop for payment and collection. At some stage during the season we will have a photo of everyone in their new colours (and even those who don’t have one can be in the pic too!)

I also have the County Cards for 2018 so let me know if you haven’t got one yet (they should be issued with your membership renewal but I have some spares...)

The tee times for the Jubilee Jug will be published this week and if you would just like to come and join us after the golf for afternoon tea please sign up on the board. Cost for just tea is £5. The more the merrier and there will be a raffle and Air Ambulance merchandise on sale.

Jackie has organised a Spring Flower workshop at the Club on Wednesday 18th April. There are still places available - cost £30 and you get to keep you creations....! Please contact Jackie direct.

This week is our April Stableford - this month it is in conjunction with England Golf Trust and the winner of each division has a chance to progress to an England Golf National Pairs Final to be held in August at Kings Norton Golf Club.

I have decided that I would like to see the fairways narrowed this season then all of you will have to play from the rough and not just me!!

Have fun and good luck to all those involved in matches this week ️😀

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 Apr 2018

It's still raining as I write this....at least some enjoyed an extra pond for a wash!!


However, we managed to play the first round of the ‘Summer’ Stableford on Tuesday. Thanks to Lesley who is administering this competition again this year. The results of Round 1 are on the board.

On Thursday we also managed to stay dry (or I did!!) and play the Maria Moore Millennium Bowl - this is an Australian rules stableford where you multiply the pairs score. With our ‘Sorrys’ said it was good fun and the winners will be announced at the Spring Meeting on May 10th.

The Pearson Team attempted to play their home match against Porters Park last Wednesday but as Kathy C putted through the puddle on the first hole and couldn’t mark her ball as the marker floated away....the match was abandoned!! However, good luck to Hazel and Margaret on Wednesday this week when they go and play at Sandy Lodge to finish the blizzard abandoned match from last month.

The winter KO semis were played this week and the final will be contested between Pat and Virginia - good luck girls and let us know when you are playing this and we will come along and support...

Don’t forget to sign up for the Jubilee Jug with a partner and sort your outfits for April 19th. All these events come around so quickly. There will be a raffle that day and prizes for the best dressed team so...

Sign up is also on the board for the first Friendly of the year versus Pavenham at home on Friday 27th April. A great opportunity for all to play some pairs match play. Kathy M and Helen are your contacts for all the Friendly matches this season.

The Captains Drive in is on for Saturday 7th April - there are a few places still available so even if you are only a 5 day member you have courtesy of the course that day and for a £10 you can have a good laugh at your Captain trying to drive off the first tee as well as all the other Captains! If you aren’t playing then you are welcome to come along and watch the Drive in...

Hope you all had a good Easter weekend. Keep your wellies handy for the week ahead but then Spring is arriving next weekend! I promise....

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 25 Mar 2018

At last we got out and played a qualifier! Not sure many of us thought it was a great idea but for a few it was...


Huge congratulations to Jill Bransby who shot a hole in one at the 12th during our Stableford competition....and on those greens too! Thanks Jill for donating to my Charity in lieu of drinks in the bar. Enjoy a well earned break in Portugal.

Jill was the worthy winner of Div 1 with Denise Clinch taking the prize in Div 2 with a massive 38 points, and a handicap cut of 2 shots! Great result Ladies in difficult conditions. 

Also welcome to Qualifiers to our newest members, Caroline Roadnight and Anne Lawrence and our new (ish) weekend players, Annette Gillett, Annabel Scholes, Clare Breen, Clare Lyndon and Caroline Kaswaurere. I hope I have included you all and the best of luck with the new season, albeit a bit late in getting going. You are always welcome on a Tuesday or a Thursday as well...

The draws were made for both the Singles and Doubles Summer Kos and these will be in black and white on the board this week with the rules of each competition and details of the prelim matches in the singles.

The Jubilee Jug sign up sheet will be on the board this week. This popular event is on Thursday April 19th. Please sign up as a pair this year – hopefully this will encourage you to get some fantastic outfits organised in advance!


Rogie and I went to play in the Ladies Captains and Vice Captains day at Welwyn Garden City last Friday. We enjoyed the golf and had a good lunch afterwards with useful exchange of views with other Hertfordshire club Captains and Vices. We didn't disgrace ourselves but equally didn't win – the winners have to host next year!

Hopefully we have now seen the back of the winter and golf will become much more pleasurable. Andy and his team have done a fantastic job during the winter both with the course and some great projects around the course. We have a course to be proud of, thanks Greenkeepers!! ⛳️

Good luck to the Pearson team in their home match v Sandy Lodge on Wednesday.

Get out and enjoy your golf!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 18 Mar 2018

Another week dawns and there is snow on the ground as I write this! Let's hope we can get a bit closer to Spring this coming week.

Following last Thursdays washout the O'Sullivan Cup will now be played on Thursday 5th April. Please sign up again on HDID and hopefully we will have a better day for it. We will not now play a medal in April.

Other rearranged comps are as follows and I will put these dates up on the board in the week

Australian Spoons - now on Tuesday April 17th
Price Vase - now on Thursday May 17th

Thanks to Anne Lawrence for entertaining us (!) during the weather breaks this week with her stories from her time with the anti terrorist police.

The Maria Moore Milennium Bowl is a pairs comp on Thursday 29th March. This is not a qualifier and is on a sign up sheet in the changing room.

The Pearson season continues this week with a home match against Porters Park on Wednesday and the 4 ladies involved in the semi finals are still trying to play their matches before the end of the month - I think it is a record this year for the number of postponements. Good luck to all and see you all for our monthly Stableford on Thursday.

There is an up to date handicap list with some further information on handicaps and qualifiers on the board at the rear of the changing room. Please reacquaint yourself with this information as we go into the season proper.

Jo will be recommending her team clinics in the week before Easter so please check the sign up sheets on the board and make use of these excellent sessions. They are great preparation for all our team golf in the coming season.

Remember most golfers prepare for disaster- a good golfer prepares for success!

Social News
Jackie has arranged for Kelly to come and do a spring floral display workshop on Wednesday 18th April 10-12.30am. Cost will be £30 per head and there needs to be a min of 4 people. Please book with Jackie direct.

Some of our ladies took part in the Quiz at the Green Man in Offley on Monday night, hope they won the prizes!

Keep smiling, clean the clubs and get the sunglasses out!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

 
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