Monday, 19 August 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 19 August 2019


Well, Sarah made it to the Women's Grand Medal Final at Woodhall Spa last Thursday. What an amazing achievement for her - we believe she is the first lady golfer from Chesfield Downs to reach such heady heights! The practice round on Wednesday had been rather a wash out and she and her caddie Jackie, found respite inside (rumour has it in the bar!). The course was in amazing condition but the greens were apparently really difficult to read, even with Jackie's eagle eye helping out! It was not to be her day but nevertheless she is rightly very chuffed to have been part of the Grand Final. Well done Sarah, we are all very proud of you!

Of course, Sarah wasn't the only Chesfield lady out and about last week. Four ladies (including Sarah) played in the Saffron Walden Open on Tuesday, four more hardy golfers experienced the East Herts Open on Wednesday in very soggy and wet conditions and more of you played at the Veralum Open on Saturday (see below) and proudly came in third, well done to Olive, Caroline K and Kathy M.


The main event of the week at the club was the Macknight Pairs Scramble, fortunately played on a lovely August day. It was great to see Amanda out there playing in her own trophy but she and her partner Kathy C were not to be the winners! An amazing score of nett 68.0 from Pat W and Megan B would take the top place on the day with Jean P and Olive C coming close and in second place with a nett 70.7. No doubting the winners though!! Well done to those ladies in particular.

This week, we will have a further chance to improve our Eclectic Score on Tuesday and Thursday brings us a Stableford Qualifier so fingers crossed for fine weather.

Our lovely Junior Captain Amelia Fitzgerald, who plays off an impressive handicap of 12, would like to enter the Ann MacLaurin Trophy again, which this year is held on Sunday 15th September at Mill Green GC, but she needs a lady partner!! Many of you will have played with Amelia already and know what a nice young lady she is, so if you would like to play with her at this event, please read the notice on the board and get in touch with me. Thank you.

Talking about Trophies, can I please ask that if you have a trophy at home which you were awarded last year, could you please return it sometime soon, so that I can get your name engraved on it ready for the AGM and the new year. Thank you.

You should all have received your individual log-in details for using Intelligent Golf by now. The easiest way to complete your initial log-in is through the Chesfield Downs link on https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk . Our competitions will not be on there for a while yet, in order that we can complete some of the on-going eclectics etc but I will keep you informed as to when we will be going over completely to Ig. In the meantime though, do have a look at the website, familiarise yourself with what it can do for you and remember you can book your individual tee times through that route now! If you have any difficulties in getting logged on please do ask. I know the guys on the desk are also very keen to provide help if you need it.

Having lived in Hitchin over the past ten years and I already feel very proud of the town and what it offers. Like me, you might be interested in knowing that the town has been shortlisted for the Champion Award for Britain's Best High Street. If you would like to support the town in winning please click here and VOTE!

I won't see you on Thursday as I have another commitment, but I hope to catch up with most of you on Tuesday. In the meantime, get those scores down!!

Keep golfing ⛳🏌🏌🏌
Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 11 August 2019


The Palmer Cup is always a great event to be part of, with the Ladies competing in Pairs Matchplay games against the Senior Men for the trophy presented by David Palmer some years ago. The ladies were thrilled on Wednesday to come away with a 4:4 draw and therefore keeping a firm hold on the trophy for yet another year. Well done to all the ladies and especially to Jenny and Annette, who were last in the field and came in VERY wet indeed!! Nevertheless, they are made of 'sterner stuff' and came in with the important win the ladies needed! A great day!!

Monday last week, had seen another Pairs Matchplay event, when the Friendly Squad went to Mowsbury Park GC, Bedford for their annual head to head. This is always an enjoyable day, with good company but tough competition, especially away from home and the squad came away after losing the match 3 and a half to 1 and a half. Two more Friendly games to go before the end of the season and with both games being held at home, we are keeping our fingers crossed for two wins!! Watch out Redbourn Ladies on Friday 23rd August we are ready for you!!


Lin G and Virginia C travelled to Bishop Stortford on Tuesday to represent Chesfield Downs in the R&A Coronation Foursomes. Whilst they enjoyed the day, they were happy to come away finishing somewhere in the middle of an auspicious field of competitors.

The August Medal on Thursday saw the Junior Captain, Amelia F joining us, which was great to see. She had an amazing round and came in with the best score for division 1 with a nett score of 66 (gross 80) and yet another handicap cut for her! Taking 2nd place and very close behind was Lauren P with nett 67 (gross 82) and 3rd place, Annette G again with nett 67 (gross 84). There were some really great scores amongst division 1 and 5 ladies saw their handicaps cut. In division 2, Ann G walked away with top spot with a nett 69 and a handicap cut, followed by Katy C who came in with a nett 71. A brilliant day for many ladies - well done!!

Congratulations this week also go to Ann Kane, who has just got her new playing handicap and is looking forward to her golf developing. Well done Ann, we look forward to seeing you out there on the course!

We will all be thinking of Sarah F on Thursday, while we are competing in the Macknight Pairs Scramble at home, she will be out early at Woodhall Spa GC playing in the England Golf Medal Final. Good Luck Sarah - have a great day! With Jackie R caddying for her, she will be awesome!

This year's CAPTAINS' DAY is now being advertised on the main noticeboard in the clubhouse. Please do get your name up there on the list to play and join us in the evening of SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER. Don't forget you have the freedom of the course if you are a 5-day member, so the day is open to you all. This is an opportunity for the four Captains to thank their sections for the support they have given them throughout the year, so PLEASE do come along!
Good Luck to everyone playing in the third round of the Tuesday Eclectic this week, it looks like its going to be a pretty house!! Enjoy the golf!

Lastly, a polite request......several pairs of reading glasses that have been kindly put in the locker room box alongside the sign-up sheets have gone missing over the last few weeks. I am only too aware of how easy it is to use these and then accidentally put them in your own bag! If you do find them, could you please return them for us all to use. Thank you!

Enjoy your golf this week!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 5 August 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 5 August 2019


The Captain's Away Day at Bourn was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came along and joined in the fun, and, of course, a special thank you to Rogie for all the organising! There were times when it felt a little like 'Fawlty Towers' with the builders carrying large boards of wood through the main reception area, the chef being rather sniffy (if not rude) to some of us for, what he considered was, our late arrival and then the disappearing putting competition, that was there one minute but largely gone by the time we came in!!!! Nevertheless, all this was taken in good spirit and after a challenging round of golf, we were only concerned with our meal and who had been successful on the course. It was very clear to us that the defending combination of Nikki B and Helen L would be looking to retain the Kelland Pairs Trophy and indeed they did a fine job coming in with a score of 38 pts and taking second place. However, just beating them this year with 39 pts were Ann G and (in fine form) Annette G. Congratulations to them both! Annette was also the only birdie winner of the day!!

This weekend saw nine ladies playing in the fifth round of their Eclectic. Several ladies came in with gross scores within their handicap range but Pat W topped the leaderboard this time with a gross score of 80. Its looking good for another cut sometime soon for Pat!!

This coming week is another busy one for the section. Tuesday is Round 2 of the Eclectic, so hopefully some improvements from last week will be seen and perhaps some of us will be able to complete all 18 holes if the weather holds. Wednesday, we will be competing against the Senior Men in the Palmer Cup and hoping that we can retain it for a second year, fingers crossed! There looks like a pretty full field for the Thursday August Medal, which is great to see. Don't forget if you fancy a round and can't see a space, contact Lin who will try to fit you in!

There are certainly spaces for the SOLHEIM CONTEST against Mill Green on Friday 13th September. This competition is open to everyone. We are looking for a team of 15 players, plus some reserves. The contest comprises of 3 single games, 6 players for pairs matchplay and finally a further 6 players playing foursomes matchplay. Do get your diaries out and see if you can support us by either playing or caddying (the list for this will go up soon)!!!


The Nearly New Rack of clothing is in place in the locker room now, so please do add to it and also have a look through. There are also several pairs of golf shoes, which have hardly seen a pair of feet, so please do have a browse!!

Finally, it is with sadness that I have to tell you that Kirsten G is unwell. I have sent her some flowers on behalf of us all with a message that we are thinking of her. Many of our ladies have known Kirsten for a good while, and know her as a determined but gentle lady. We send her all our love and best wishes at this difficult time.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 29 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 29 July 2019


Wow!! What an amazing season 2019 has been for the Scratch Team! Above, and rightly, looking very proud of themselves, the Scratch team won all of their matches at East Herts last week, to finish the season with only one match lost and 5 wins! They now have to be patient to see how competitors Verulam fair in their remaining matches. This has only been the 5th year Chesfield Ladies have been in the Ovaltine Scratch League, so it is quite something that they have achieved so much in those years. Well done to all the ladies who have competed in their matches over the season and to the two captains during those 5 years Kathy D and Sarah F. Brilliant achievement!

As we suspected the weather this last week was incredibly HOT with temperatures on Thursday reaching into the high 30s! Tuesday had been the 5th round of the Stableford League and whilst it was still hot, a fairly full tee sheet of ladies went out to compete. Temperatures continued to rise and by Thursday, many ladies took the sensible decision for them, to duck out of the July Stableford competition and stay in the cool! This was the main day of the competition and the previous Sunday had seen some good scores come in. Would the top places go to the weekend ladies or the Thursday players? How those ladies could even hold onto their clubs in that heat, I have no idea, but they certainly did, with some handicaps tumbling too!!! Winner of Division 1 from Sunday, with 40 pts was Pat W, second place went to Hazel B with 39 points. 5 ladies in that division played to their handicap or better!! In Division 2 and in the scorching heat of Thursday, Helen L came in with an incredible 41 pts and a well awaited handicap cut, taking top spot from Megan B on 34 pts. Well done to all those ladies who competed!!

This coming week is our Away Day at Bourn Golf Club and the Kelland Pairs competition. It looks like we might even need our umbrellas to hand, but hopefully it will be a great day! See you there!

Looking forward in the diary, the sign-up sheet for people interested in playing in the Solheim Cup competition on Friday 13th September is now up on the noticeboard. Please do consider putting your name down, the final selection will be made in the coming weeks! A further sheet will go up soon for those who are interested in donning Hilary's marvellous waistcoats and being caddies, etc etc for the day. This is a great day of fun as well as competition and of course, coincides with the real match being played out at Gleneagles that week!

Les and Pat Ward are organising the first of what is hoped will be many years of pairs competition for the Ward Trophy on Sunday 8th September. There are lots of guys from the Club looking for a female playing partner, so if you are free and would like to compete, the sign-up is on HowDidiDo. Alternatively, have a word with Les or Pat for more information about the event.

With several ladies mentioning they have golf gear which they would like to find a new home for, I am putting together a rail of Nearly New Golf Items in the Changing Room, this week. The intention is that the monies raised goes into my Charity Funds, so please pop your contribution into Pat's black box clearly marked 'Charity Donation'. Thank you in advance. If you have anything that might be suitable please do bring it along with a simple label re size etc and we will see if we can increase our 'charity pot' and find your items a loving home! Thank you.

Lastly, Lin has been doing a great job at moving tee times around to aid speed of play etc. As you can imagine, this is quite time consuming for her, but you can help by checking the sign-up sheet, particularly the night before play to see if you have been moved. This ensures that we can get as many ladies out there playing as we can. Thank you!

I think that's it for today's newsletter. My boxes of goodies are pack ready for Bourn, so all we need is fine weather. Don't forget there will be a putting competition to take part in either before your tee time or when you come in!

Looking forward to it!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 July 2019


With temperatures reaching into the 30s for much of next week, please make sure you are well protected when you go out on the course; lots of water, an umbrella, sun hat and sun cream are the order of the day!!

Nine ladies will venture out today for the Alternative day for the July Stableford, so good luck to them all. Thursday will see the Main Day for that competition and we will be certainly needing lots of water on board if the forecast is to be trusted! The sign-up for Thursday looks pretty full at the moment, but if you still want to play email Lin and she can hopefully find you a slot near the end of the field. Good luck everyone! Pat P looks like she might be going out alone for the Nine-hole competition that day, so hopefully someone will be joining her!!

Earlier in the week, we will be putting in another card for the Tuesday Stableford League, this week its round 5! Hopefully some good scores for that one too.

Tomorrow sees the final match for the Scratch Team, when they travel to East Herts for the final match of their season, They have had a brilliant season, with some amazing results so we all wish them well! Some of you may remember that Sarah competed in the Regional Final of the England Medal and finished in the top 10. She recently received confirmation that she has got through (as she had hoped) to the National Final to be held at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire on Thursday 15th August. An amazing achievement and one she should be very proud of! We will be wishing her well again nearer to the date!


So back to the highlights from last week! The Friendly Squad visited Heydon Grange and were blessed with beautiful weather. With big teams from both clubs, we were able to put out five pairs and whilst each individual game was close and in some, Chesfield were giving away a lot of shots, the overall result was a win for Heydon 1.5 v 3.5. Well done to all the ladies that played. Mowsbury Park away is their next challenge!


The Lorraine Palmer Cup took pride of place on Thursday and once again, it was a big field of players in almost perfect conditions. Coming in second on the day was Jean P and her partner Linda B with 43 pts, but with an even more impressive 44 pts, the Cup was won by Pauline H and Annette G. Great scoring ladies and a well deserved win.

There are one or two places left for the Palmer Cup (Senior Men v Ladies) on Wednesday 7th August and a few reserves would be very welcome. Please do check those diaries and see if you can support us towards a win against the 'Chaps'.

In the meantime, take care, enjoy the gorgeous weather this week and having watched lots of the Open over the weekend, no doubt, we all know where we are going wrong!!! Poor Rory - what a great 2nd round though!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 14 July 2019


With no photos taken this last week, I thought I would give you an insight into part of the course from the air. In fact, from a drone that the greenkeepers sometimes use to get a different perspective of the course! An interesting view isn't it, but can you place it?

Some small changes that The Club Company promised a few months back are beginning to be seen! This week the new 'Costa' coffee machine took pride of place in the clubhouse and all the staff received their training on it Tuesday! New menus are now out on the tables, with a separate one for Breakfasts for those who like to partake before a round! Think you will agree they look tasty and there are certainly some welcome additions. New mats have arrived for the Driving Range and I believe they are now in place. No time to take advantage of them for me this last week, although I could have done with it! We have been informed that Intelligent Golf and the electronic booking system it supports, should be up and running by the first week in November. All concerned thought it sensible to delay the coming on stream until the important matches; championships, medals and cups/trophies etc are largely out of the way thereby avoiding any difficult moments!! Our new membership cards should be out soon, but I have no definitive date as yet, your balances will move across for you. I should have more news after Monday 22nd when we have our first club committee meeting with the new team. In the meantime, I will keep you as informed as I can!

This coming week sees the Friendly team away at Heydon Grange, good luck to all those playing! Its a great course as long as it stays dry!! Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

There are still a few places left on Thursday for the Lorraine Palmer Cup, so do sign up and fill up the spaces please! The Palmer Cup competition against the Senior Men on August 7th still has a few spaces too and a reserve or two would be perfect! This competition is open to anyone and is Pairs Stableford Betterball, so we are all equal and there are no handicap restrictions! Check your diary to see if you can join us! A general point about signing up on the computer please, whilst Lin is always willing and able to move people around to avoid gaps in the tee times we use, it would save her time if you were able to do this when you consider booking yourself in. Its always good to sign up with different people and pick up a few tips as you go along! Thank you.

Thursday of last week saw just 3 nine-hole ladies venture out, with Pam B taking top spot with 15 pts on count back from Pam W and Pat P. Don't forget if you decide that you would prefer to play only 9 holes on a given day, for whatever reason, please do sign in to play with them. I know they would welcome you!

The main competition that day saw the Ladies' Champion playing to her best again! Kathy D came in with an impressive nett 71, just beating Jean R on countback and winning Division 1. Division 2 was won by Ann G with a nett 72, just ahead of Jean P and Julie R, all in with a nett 72. Great playing ladies! Personally, I must go away and get my head together after a disaster in the bunker on the 15th and ending up 'picking up' - what was that all about!!!

There were Medal matches all round this week and on Saturday, four ladies were out for their game. Nikki B came in with a nett 73 a convincing win for her ahead of Megan B, Lin G and Annette G. Well done Nikki!

Finally Friday September 13th 2019 is a HUGE day for Chesfield Downs Ladies!! While the biggest event in women's golf takes place at Gleneagles, this is the date for our very own biennial Solheim Cup Competition played against Mill Green Ladies. This year we will be at home and if you were not there in 2017, you simply can't imagine the fun we all have supporting the United States in this club v club day! (See 2017's photo below.) A notice will be going up on the board very soon for you to express an interest, your availability to play etc etc. We will then be looking for a squad for the day but also an equal amount of ladies to be caddies for our players. We obviously hope you can join in the obvious fun and challenge!!

Solheim Squad Members 2017
Finally, enjoy the week's golf and good luck in the Lorraine Palmer Cup, if you are playing!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies' Captain 2019

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 July 2019

Well readers, what an amazing week the Ladies of Chesfield Downs had last week!! The weather was very kind indeed to us but much more importantly the golf was FABULOUS!!

The Ladies Club Championship of any club is one of the major dates in the diary and the last two Thursdays saw the ladies battle it out for top place. Was their good score in the 1st round going to be enough or would they fall by the wayside?? Could they make up the shots that they needed? All thoughts in their heads as they ventured out no doubt! The weather was beautiful and the course amazing! For the last five years, the Club Champion Trophy has been held firmly by Virginia C, an amazing achievement indeed! This year, there were several ladies with other intentions and after a very close 1st round between several ladies, I am thrilled to say Kathy D took the top spot this year, achieving not only the best gross score overall (83 + 85 = 168) and taking the trophy but also coming in with the best overall nett score of 146 too! Quite outstanding and very very well deserved. Taking the Angela Chatterton Trophy with the next best nett score of 148 was Sally W just two shots behind Kathy. An incredible two days of golf! I know both ladies would want to thank their playing partners over the two rounds and the close competition they provided. Hope the celebrations are still going on!!


Whilst the previous Tuesday wasn't able to completely match the thrills of the Club Championship, around 30 ladies battled it out in the new Miss Designer Golf competition held this year. With a 1st prize of £100 to compete for the afternoon saw several ladies rush along after a hot day at work to get their entries in before the close of day. It was a great day and one we hope we can repeat next year. Coming in with the best score on the day was Diane C who takes away £100 of MDG gift vouchers, 2nd place went to Nikki B (it was worth the rush from work after all) and 3rd place went to Angela H, with smaller prizes for them both. Another great day!.


Looking ahead, we are not far away from the Away Day at Bourn on 1st August! Nikki and Helen will be looking to repeat their win from last year, of course and we will be doing our best not to let them!! Please pay the remainder of the costs to Pat now please if you haven't already. If you have any concerns as to whether you have paid or not please do ask her. Any other queries to Rogie or myself. The tee times are being done today, so the sheet will be up by Thursday hopefully.

The sheet is also up for our annual competition against the Seniors in the Palmer Cup on Wednesday 7th August. The competition is a pairs matchplay format, so lets see if we can get a big squad out there. Everyone is invited to join in and if we can get a bigger team together, the Seniors are ready to match us in number. Please see the sheet on the board.

With the Solheim Cup match being held on September 13th at Chesfield Downs and the new Pearson Season soon approaching, it is important that squads are as prepared as they can be! The matchplay format is not necessarily one we get a lot of practice in, and it is my intention to utilise some of the tee times on a Tuesday to provide the opportunity for those keen to refine their skills, to take advantage of, so please do keep an eye on the Tuesday board for a few changes to the sign-up sheets. The fun games that we are all familiar with, will not change but the number of tee times given to them will reduce just slightly!

Good luck to all those playing this week, lets hope the weather stays fine!

Take care
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 30 June 2019


The Ladies Captain's Charity Day is always a big part of our calendar and the 2019 Charity Day was no different. This year it was a day of umbrellas, rain and woolly hats, winter wear and but also GREAT generosity. Could this really be June!!! Whilst the rain was fairly continuous, the smiles and jokes were to be found everywhere, outside on the course and during the prizegiving. The big question is will Pat ever get over her one hour ''SIMULATOR'' session with James?? Being serious, it was lovely to see old friends and new ones, make the journey to be part of the day and whilst our numbers were not huge this year, due the enormous generosity of everyone, we were able to make almost £3,000 on the day towards our two local charities, MIND in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling. Thank you so very much to everyone who was able to support the day in whatever way you could. THANK YOU!


Winners on the day were Veralum's Tina B and Sarah S with a great score of 45 points, followed by our own Lauren P and Jacqui H on 43 and Hazel and Julie R came in 3rd on 42 pts. Well done to all those who played and also to Pat P and Pam B (above) for playing 9 holes in the rain and walking away with a bottle of fizz each for their 'endurance', long may it last!

What a difference a week makes and from the cold and wet of the Charity Day, the Ladies Club Championship this last Thursday saw much brighter weather and some great scores. Well done to those who kept their heads in the 1st round and are still in the running. We look forward to awarding the Championship Trophy on Thursday to the overall gross winner and to the overall nett winner, the Angela Chatterton Cup. Please do stay behind to see the winners come in and to join in the tea and cakes kindly donated by Jenny F to celebrate her important 'Shhh' birthday! Even if you haven't played on the day but can come along around 2.30 - 3.00pm, we would love to see you, please do sign up or let me know.

Before the final round of the Championship, we will be competing in the new Miss Designer Golf competition on Tuesday. This is an individual stableford competition with a very large prize for the winner of £100 worth of gift vouchers, with smaller prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. All those taking part during the day will receive a £10 gift voucher from MDG for competing. As most of you will be aware, you can play at any time during the day, as long as you inform myself or Katy C, and you can have your card signed by another player from our section. There are still some places on the sign-up sheet in the locker room so do come along!

Yesterday saw around 40 Past Captains compete for top place, good luck to those who did get out there, it was incredibly hot so rather you than me!! Good Luck also to the Scratch Team who compete against Veralum at home, tomorrow. Can they keep a clean sheet, lets hope so!! Fingers crossed.

As one of our ladies has suggested my newsletters are 'rather long', I will endeavour to make them briefer, so until next week, enjoy some great golf.

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 June 2019


The Away Weekend 2019 at Stoke by Nayland was to begin with, at least, a sedate gathering on the balcony overlooking the 18th hole of the Constable Course. In true Ladies fashion, the time spent away was full of fun, laughter, games, fines (yes fines!!) with a bit of golf thrown in for good measure! We were not too riotous, were we???

The courses were a bit tricky to say the least and several of us became aware very quickly, that perhaps those old balls that we didn't pack, would have come in useful over the large expanses of water at the very least! These events take such a lot of organising and a huge thank you goes to Nicky B and Nicola A for all their hard work in trying hard to keep us in order!!!! You did a great job, not sure about keeping us in order though!! Also a big thank you goes to Clare B and Annabel S for making the evenings go with such fun and laughter. We obviously haven't put Nikki and Nicola off, as they have kindly volunteered to organise next year's event for us too!! Thank you!


It seems quite a long time ago that I wrote to you last, so I should pick up on what has gone on in the interim. Thursday 30th saw the Coronation Foursomes fought for and I am really pleased to say Lin G and Virginia C came out on top with 37 pts, beating Marica K and yours truly by just one point. Well done ladies, they now go through to the regional rounds. Some keen souls even had energy for more golf last Thursday in the June Medal. Division 1 was won by Pat W on nett 73 from Anne L on nett 77. However, in Division 2 and taking the honours for the day were Jan K who came in with an amazing nett 67 and a well deserved handicap cut, closely followed by Jacky S with a nett 69 and another handicap cut and not to be outdone on the handicap stage, Karen M with her nett 71! Well done ladies, some great golf by you all! On Friday the Scratch Team were out yet again, to compete this time against East Herts, at home. I know you will all be thrilled to hear that, yet again, they have come away victors, winning 4:1!!! They are having a great season to date and we all send the team our positive vibes that this continues!!


This coming week is a busy one! Firstly, Monday evening will see the new owners 'The Club Company' hosting a cheese and wine evening between 7pm and 9pm for all members and I hope many of you will be able to attend. The Tuesday game still has some spaces if you fancy a bit of fun with friends. Finally, on Thursday we will be seeing old friends and saying hello to new ones, when we meet for the Ladies Charity Day. Mary and Jean will be hosting the Halfway House and whilst there is lot of food promised, its never too late to bring something along with you on the day! Don't forget your £1 over the Pond donation to the Charity ready in your on-course purse and we will be trying very hard to separate you from your cash before you go out for your round. There are 5 x 4-ball vouchers to bid for, some beautiful hampers thanks to Amanda, some fine, and not so fine, wine bottles to be won for a mere £1 ticket. Star prizes include beauty treatments, food vouchers, coaching from our team at CD and much, much more. Any golfing items that you have bought but have not worn or simply worn once are being sold for charity, so please dig deep into those cupboards to see if there is anything there that can raise money. A few people are still to pay for Thursday, so please let Pat W have this as soon as possible Thank you.

On a lighter 'and more musical' note......some of you will be aware that we have two vocalists within our group. Pat W and Linda B sing with a local choir, who perform a wide range of musical pieces. There is a notice in the locker room promoting their next performance, so please do go along if you can! Pat and Linda will provide you with more information, I'm sure.

I am escaping to the sunshine of Crete next weekend, so there will be no newsletter until the last week of June. Any issues while I am away will, of course, be ably handled by Rogie and the rest of the Committee.

Off to do some early packing, 🏖🏖🌞

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 27 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 27 May 2019


As the sun rose over our beautiful Chesfield Downs Golf Club last Tuesday, the news broke that the Club had been sold to The Club Company. After a few weeks of speculation, it was reassuring that things had been finalised and we would be in the safe hands of owners with a highly respected reputation within the golfing world. The Club Company previously operated and developed the original Chesfield Downs some years ago, so they know our club and what makes it special! As time goes by, we will get to know the key players and see some small changes around the club. The staff, who we rely on, will remain in post and for the time being, we have been reassured, little will change. These are exciting times and like many of you, I am keen to see how the new owners develop our much loved club. The Section Captains will be meeting the new owners for a second time this coming Thursday evening and it goes without saying that I will keep you informed as things progress.
This time next week, many of us will be at Stoke by Nayland enjoying their courses and hospitality. Fingers crossed for some warm and sunny weather! It will be a welcome break from the planning that goes around the Charity Day!! In saying that, the Charity Day sign-up sheet will be coming down after this Thursday's game, so please do sign-up if you haven't already done so. Rogie and I will be sorting out the tee times while we are away!! Other reminders - don't forget the Sponsorship of a Hole, where there are still a few gaps and the Halfway House food goodies list.... can you ever have too much to choose from after playing 9 holes?? Mary H and Jean P have kindly offered to run this for us, so lets try to give them the nightmare of sorting out how they will get all the food on the table!! Finally with regard to the Charity Day, can you please make sure that your payments are clearly marked so that Pat can see what you are paying for e.g. 'Sponsoring a Hole' etc. Thank you for all your support to date.

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The Ladies Section Committee will be meeting after golf this Thursday, our agenda is fairly full; discussing the news of change of ownership of the Club, Charity Day arrangements etc. If you have anything that you feel needs to be discussed by the Committee please feel free to talk to one of us and we will try to include it during the meeting. Going forward, I am hoping to get the minutes of these meetings out to individual members electronically if they so wish. Please let me know by email if you would like to receive an electronic copy of the minutes, once they have been agreed by the Committee. I know some of you would prefer this! Paper copies will continue to be available in the locker room.

Strangely the results this week have not been high scoring, rather bizarre when you think back on how good the weather and the course have been! Tuesday saw the first tranche of competitors in the Australian Spoons competition. Don't forget you are able to enter as many times as you wish, with a different partner each time, as long as you notify Pauline H beforehand, complete your card, have it signed, leave it into the locker room box and you pay the required entry fee (usual system). The final winners from our club will go forward to the Eastern Region Final at the Thetford Golf Club on Thursday 18th July. Good Luck everyone.

Thursday saw the ladies enter the Ping Pairs competition. The highest score on the day came from Kathy M and Debbie F but unfortunately due to handicap restrictions laid down by England Golf, they were ineligible to win. Pauline H and I, who were next in line, will be keeping our fingers crossed that our 39 points will get us through to the final at Gainsborough in September, but experience tells us it is very unlikely the score is good enough!!

Saturday saw 8 ladies compete for the Weekend May Medal with Nikki B coming in with a Nett 73, an excellent result after a handicap cut very recently! Second place went to Lin G with a Nett 76. Well done to you both and all the ladies who competed in what I understand was a very slow game of golf!!! The Maximum Score element of 5 over Par in Medal games is designed to help avoid just this scenario!!! Its very frustrating I know!!

Its the time of year when the diaries come out and we struggle to find those dates for our single and pairs knockouts. Please keep an eye on the deadline dates so you don't run into trouble. Enjoy your matches and the spirit in which they are played when amongst friends and good luck to you all!!

Get the sun tan lotion out and enjoy this lovely warm weather!

Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019
e.mail….chesfielddownsladiescaptain@gmail.com

 
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