Sunday, 21 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 22 Oct 2018

As you all know the Noughties were on tour last week in Portugal. We can not divulge too much that goes on on tour but enough to say I think we all had a great time and played some fab courses!!


It is not long now until the AGM on Nov 1st. Notifications and details of next years Committee are on the board so please take a look and sign up if you can make it. The evening will have an element of end of season prizegiving too so please try and come. The club will very kindly be providing wine and canapés to help make the evening go with a flow!

The Friendly Team played the final match of their season v Mowsbury at home and had a great win 3 and 1. There are some new faces in the team this time - I hope you all enjoyed the experience and congrats to all.


It was then great to get all teams together for the end of season celebrations last Thursday and hear the results of our year!! Great play everyone and here's to next season. In fact the Pearson Team will get going in November so thanks to Megan for sorting out the first matches and squad practice. Good luck!

Two chances for tea and cake this week - on Tuesday we will be awarding the prizes for the Summer Stableford League and on Thursday Lauren is very kindly providing the refreshments as celebration of her birthday which is on Friday this week. Congratulations Lauren for reaching a significant milestone!

Next time you exit the changing room check the back of the door for a letter I received this week!! Haha!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 15 Oct 2018

As I write this, a bunch of us are on our way to Portugal, celebrating significant birthday milestones this year for Jean, Marica, Megan and Angela H. I am certain it will be a blast and we are playing some lovely courses on the Algarve.

Whilst on the subject of significant birthday milestones, Lauren is providing tea and cake for all to celebrate her birthday, after the Scratch and Handicap KO competition on Thursday 25th October. Thanks Lauren, will look forward to it!

The presentation of the prizes for the summer Tuesday Stableford League will take place on Tuesday 23rd October, when all have finished golf. Tea and cake will again be on offer! Please sign up on the sheet in the changing room if you are coming as I will need to let them have numbers as the end of the week.

Details of the Christmas night out on Thursday 13th December are now on the board. Please sign next to your name to confirm you are still able to come. Numbers are limited so if you weren't on the original list please sign up on the reserve list and hopefully we can get you in! The competition that day will now be 4BBB pairs format, in place of Greensomes. Also please bring a bit of scoff for our gathering after golf that day but I will remind you nearer the time.

Congratulations to Margaret and Kathy M who won the Lauren Pitcher Plate and the Autumn Stableford respectively last Thursday. They have both had big handicap cuts! Well done ladies.

The Mary Warmoth Cup was won this year by Rogie and Kathy M at the 16th. A fine result ladies against that difficult pairing of Margaret and Pauline! Make sure you come to the AGM to collect your silverware!

Sign up for the Ladies AGM is still on the board and another date for your diary is the evening of the Club AGM on Tuesday November 13th.

Good luck to all the ladies in the Friendly Team for the final match of the season v Mowsbury on Wednesday this week. Go get them!

Unfortunately I was spotted this week gambling my life away wearing a club sweater! Anyone know a good bank for a loan!


See you all on Thursday for the Cup Winners Cup and Consolation Cup. The end of season squad tea will take place following golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 8 Oct 2018

Well, the Ryder Cup and all its fallout is now over for another 2 years. I think we all agree though that Europe were awesome and the USA were not!!! We all saw and heard what it meant to be part of the team and how that bond created great performances from all the guys. Maybe we can learn just a tiny bit from them....


Last Thursday it was great to see so many of our 9 hole ladies enjoying lunch after their round! Congratulations to Pat P who played the full 9 holes for the first time in a long while. Good to have you back and so sorry you weren't quite in the pic, Pam Blake!


I have now booked a venue for our Christmas Night out on Dec 13th. Full details will be on the board later in the week so please make sure you confirm your place and here's to a good night. Numbers are limited so if you wish to add your name to the reserve list then please do, failing that we will all reconvene downstairs in the bar after food and meet you for a couple of jars!

Last weeks final of the Kathy Dale Medal Trophy was won by yours truly! I make no apology on this occasion but I am going to 'blow my own trumpet' just the once and say I was delighted to win this trophy and get my handicap chopped to 8.3! I promise not to do it again!! Marica also scored a nett 70 winning the monthly medal.

Denise Clinch is the worthy winner of the Summer Singles KO and I will be delighted to present her with the Ann Grist Trophy at the AGM. Fantastic result Denise. The final of the doubles played for the Mary Warmoth Cup will be closely fought this week, I believe! Good luck...

Please make a note in your diaries for TUESDAY 23rd October. After golf that day there will be the Presentation of the prizes for the Summer Stableford Competition (the one played monthly on a Tuesday throughout the season). Tea and cake will be provided!

Enjoy your golf this week...I will not be with you on Tuesday as I will be in Norfolk but I will see you on Thursday when we are playing the monthly Stableford and the Lauren Pitcher Plate so good luck to all.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 1 Oct 2018

By the time you read this, the Ryder Cup will have been won or lost...I hope you all enjoyed the spectacle and took some lessons from it!!

Last weekend Crown hosted the Claret Jug at Merrist Wood for their Captains and Vice Captains. It's good to meet up with the other captains from the Crown Clubs but for the first time in a long while it was extremely wet!! Unfortunately we didn't win but enjoyed the hospitality and the company!


During the week we have enjoyed some lovely late summer sunshine and it was particularly lovely for the Stableford on Thursday. The course looks fantastic!


Our last friendly match of the season is a home game on 17th October against Mowsbury. It is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn't played before to join us. For information please contact Kathy Morris.

Kathy and Lauren played their Yonex Tournament Final at the Buckinghamshire last week. The course was fantastic and they both played well. However, they weren't able to make the podium but recommend the competition for us all next year.

If you happen to have any trophies still adorning your mantelpiece that you won last year and that will be awarded at the AGM please can you now return them to the club.

Please see me to get your raffle tickets for Captains Day - a years free membership on offer. £5 a ticket.

This is the final call to sign up for Christmas night out on Thursday 13th December. The sheet is still on the board for another week but then I will need to book based on the current numbers.

Have a good week
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Sep 2018



It looks as though Autumn is on its way, knee deep in leaves now and battered by various stormy winds and now rain. However we all play on, in denial that we may have said goodbye to our wonderful summer!

However, the diary was right and this week it was our Autumn Meeting and over 30 of us played in fairly windy conditions for the Chris Leary Chalice. It was fantastic that Jenny Feaver was the winner with 37 pts. Jenny told us all that the force 9 gale 'suits her game'. Congratulations Jenny, a very popular and worthy winner!

A number of other trophies, cups and prizes were presented after a wonderful lunch and I would like to congratulate everyone. Good to see some of our lovely 9 holers too. If you weren't there to collect your prizes then please try and make it to the AGM (Nov 1st 7pm) when there will be more presentations...and FREE wine!!!! It is a chance to find out what is going on next year as well as to celebrate this year. 

The raffle held yesterday in aid of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance raised in excess of £200, thanks to all who donated prizes and for your very generous donations to the charity. 

In addition to the prize giving we took some great pics of the Ladies Section sporting the new colours, great to see so many Ladies supporting the day and wearing new sweaters. If you feel the need to get one please see the guys in the pro shop for details.

 

As you are all aware Captains Day will now be held on Saturday Nov 10th - still lots of space and weekend ladies don't forget you can come too!!!The sign up sheet is on the Club Board and the more the merrier. From next week I will be selling the raffle tickets for that day. The prize is a Years FREE 7 DAY membership of the club so it's got to be worth £5 a ticket.

Details of the 2019 Away Weekend are now on the board. Next year we will be off to Stoke by Nayland in Essex from Sun June 2nd to Tuesday June 4th. I have heard that its a great course and venue so get signed up, roomies can be sorted in due course I am sure and deposits are due by December 1st (extended from Sept 14th) 

There is a list up on the Thursday board of those ladies eligible for entry into the Kathy Dale Medal Final and the Lauren Pitcher Stableford Final. Please sign in on the computer for these competitions in October but if you are not eligible then on each occasion there is a separate Medal and Stableford Competition. Any queries please contact Lin Goodey. Whilst we are on the subject of Kathy and Lauren - good luck girls this coming week in the finals of the Yonex Pairs at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

Christmas Update - Jackie Reid has arranged for a Christmas Wreath Workshop at the club again this year - date for your diary is Tuesday Dec 4th 1.00-3.30pm. When Jackie returns from holiday she will put the details and sign up sheet on the board. Please also sign up if you are interested in meal out on Thursday 13th December. I will let you have further details in due course but I think there are enough names on the board to get something booked away from the Club party night this year.

Looks like the forecast is drier and less windy for the week ahead so get out there and enjoy some Autumn golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Sep 2018


Another busy week for us all on the courses of Hertfordshire!

We played a Friendly away at Knebworth on Tuesday. The Knebworth ladies were great hosts, the weather was kind (at least until the end) the course was in very good condition and the food was fab. All the matches were close and went to the 17th - the final result was 3 games to 2 to Knebworth. A big thank you to all the CD ladies who played so well!

Several of our Ladies played at Redbourn this week in their Open and had a fun time. I don't think they won the golf but it appears they did well on the tombola!!! Pat and Jackie went to Oak Park to play in the Champion of Champions. They had a good day out on a tricky, undulating course!!

Congratulations to Lauren and Angela H who won their respective divisions in last weeks Medal.

It is the Autumn Meeting on Thursday this week. It is great to see a full house on the golf course and for lunch and prize giving in the afternoon. Please note that as there are so many of us I have rescheduled a LS photo after lunch (Captain forgot her jumper this week!). Wear your Foxglove jumper if you have one... but ALL welcome for the photo shoot! Please pay Pat for the Autumn Meeting if you haven't done so already - £18.

Looking ahead to the Festive season, I have put a notice up on the board with a view to a change to tradition this year....have a look when you are next at the club and let me have your thoughts! 🎄

Also looking ahead to the next season of Pearson matches which is approaching fast, we will be making a few changes to how the teams are selected and how the squad works as a whole. Hopefully these changes will make us more competitive and more successful in this competition. We have great talent as golfers both home and away but feel that some small changes will bring us all benefits. Please watch this space and your email boxes for further info as it becomes available.

Have a good week and looking forward to a great day again on Thursday for the Autumn Meeting - weather looks ok for it too...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 10 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 Sep 2018

It appears that the lovely summer of 2018 is continuing into the early autumn with great weather for low scoring golf!


Hopefully you are now all aware that the date for Captain's Day has been changed from Sat 15th Sept to Sat Nov 10th. I really hope that you will be available for that Saturday and come and celebrate with the Captains. There will be a revised tee sheet on the club notice board this week so please sign up and I will be selling raffle tickets for a years FREE membership from next week. £5 a ticket....

Last weekend Kathy D won the Weekend Medal with a nett 67, followed up by a nett 68 in the 2nd round of the Eclectic Cup on Thursday. Congratulations Kathy on a good handicap cut too!

Kathy is obviously on fire at the mo and along with Lauren they entered the Yonex Ladies Pairs competition "The Hertfordshire Crown" held over 2 days and 36 holes at Letchworth and Knebworth GCs. There were lots of fantastic goody bags and prizes up for grabs and Kathy and Lauren scored 40 points on day 1, followed up by 41 points on day 2. With that overall score of 81 points they were thrilled to come 3rd (pipped from 2nd on c/b) They received a glass trophy, a lovely golf holdall and have qualified to play in the Yonex Tour Championship 2018 at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Monday 24th Sept. Well done girls, a fabulous result and this competition is certainly one for the diary next year...good luck on 24th!


On Sunday 9th Pat W and Jackie R are representing Chesfield in the Crown Champion of Champions at Oak Park. Hope you had a great day ladies and brought the prizes home...there will be a report in next weeks newsletter!

This week brings a Friendly match away at Knebworth on Tuesday, good luck team!

Jean Ray reaches a 'significant milestone' in her life this week and after golf on Thursday she has kindly arranged tea and cakes for us to celebrate with her. Congratulations Jean and bring your best voices on Thursday!

I am hoping to hold a raffle at the Autumn Meeting on 20th Sept so if you have any suitable prizes (that you would like to win!!) then please place in the box in the changing room.

Have a good week ⛳️
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Sep 2018

Just back from a wonderful week in Granada. If you thought it was hot here last month then I was only practising for this trip! Hope you all had a good week...

Certainly Nikki B did, a fantastic hole in one last weekend at the 9th. Well done!! The other ball in the pic belonged to Linda Brown who scored a birdie - very close!


The first round of the Eclectic Cup was played on Thursday and Virginia was top of the pile with a gross score of 80. This excellent score lead to Virginia getting to the elusive single figure handicap. Well done...In spite of that there is still all to play for in round 2 this week. Don't forget to hole out on every hole to make both rounds count! There is a handicap prize too.

If you haven't already done so then please sign up for Captain's Day (Sept 15th) on the Club noticeboard. I will bring the raffle tickets this week - remember you can win a years FREE membership for a £5 ticket, good value I would say...also I may still need a couple of you for my team...

Pat and Jackie will be taking part in the Crown Champion of Champions day at Oak Park next weekend. Good luck Ladies, enjoy the moment! I hope Crown treat you nicely!

Hope to see you all during the week.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 Aug 2018

What a fantastic recovery the course has made, thanks to Andy and his team as well as Mother Nature! Lovely to play off some lush fairways (what are they there for, I only noticed them on my way to the rough!!) Anyway...

Details of Captains Day is now on the Club notice board - Sat Sept 15th, please sign up for golf and evening tickets. Remember you can bring your non golfing pals to the evening dinner at £30 p head. Pay in cash on the day please. There is also a raffle to win one years FREE membership of the club. Tickets are £5 each and I will start selling them when I come back from hols next week! Good prize! Also, I am looking for 2 more players for my team that day so please don't be shy!!!


The Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice tee sheet is filling up for September 20th. If you can't find a spot then please speak to Lin or Rogie and they will endeavour to help...Please remember to pay by the usual means.

This Thursday sees the 1st Round of our Eclectic Cup, with the second round on September 6th. In spite of its name (Eclectic) BOTH rounds are qualifiers and you must therefore ensure that you putt out on every hole in each round and do NOT pick up as this will lead to disqualification. Please remember to sign in on the computer for both rounds. Good luck!

Congratulations go to Jacqui Harbor who won the weekend Stableford and to Vicky and Pauline who won their divisions in the Thursday Stableford.

Although it seems some way off the Ladies Section AGM will take place on the evening of Nov 1st. Hopefully there will be free wine so please put the date in your diary. It is a fun evening with all the end of year presentations. In order to fulfill the rules of our constitution with regard to our AGM, we will be posting some notices on the board in the next couple of weeks, showing among other items nominations for Committee 2019. There are still some posts available so please consider a position on the Committee and have a chat with Margaret or any other committee members. Committee posts are really not as onerous as you might think, we actually have a lot of fun and it gives you the opportunity to get involved with your section. As we all know our Ladies section is the best but it doesn't happen with out the support of its members! If you aren't aware you can read the Minutes of Committees and AGMs on the ladies webpage under the About Us tab.

Off to sunny Granada for a week. I have put my clubs away. Instead, lots of history, Spanish red and tapas. Have a good week and good luck with your golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Aug 2018

Following some rain the previous week, we had a bit more last week. Seems Thursdays are prone to rain at the moment! However the course is starting to look a bit greener - every cloud has a silver lining!


Because it poured down on Thursday we decided to postpone the Macknight Pairs and have now rescheduled it for TUESDAY September 18th. The competition will miraculously reappear on the system next week showing the same pairings and same tee times as last Thursday. However, in all cases please check the system and ensure that you and your partner are still available for the allotted tee time and obviously you can make any changes as usual. i.e. adding/ taking away your names or changing your time etc. Any queries please contact Lin but hopefully some of the original pairings will be able to make this rescheduled date.

There have been a number of notable 9 hole winning ladies over the last few weeks and they too have had some handicap cuts. Julia Goodwin won BOTH stablefords in May and one in June, with Pam Blake taking top spot in the other June comp. Chris Leary won BOTH in July and Kay Baker won the latest August competition. Well done to all our lovely 9 hole ladies.

The sign up is on the system now for the Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice on Thursday 20th September. This is an individual stableford non qualifier off full handicap (Yippee! Thanks Chris!) the price is £18 for golfers and £16 for non golfers who just wish to come for lunch and the presentations afterwards. Further details will be on a flyer in the changing room next week. Payment in advance by the usual methods. Lots of prizes on offer that day and a raffle for the Air Ambulance. Should you still have any suitable raffle prizes (that you would like to win!) then please let me have them. Many thanks.

On the down side this week it was disappointing that Virginia and I failed to qualify for the Ping Pairs finals. There were lots of massive scores and our 45 points wasn't even enough to make the Plate Final.....!!

The inaugural Friendly was played at Redbourn on Friday and unfortunately ended with a 3-1 loss. The games were close and played in great conditions (some grass on the fairways!) and in good spirit. Thanks to all the ladies who played and a special well done to Maggie and Pauline who won their match. We look forward to welcoming the Redbourn ladies back to Chesfield next year.


Jean Ray reaches a notable birthday at the beginning of next month and as a celebration she has very kindly arranged for us to join her for tea and cake after our golf on Thursday 13th September. I thought it would be a nice occasion to take a Ladies Section photo that day with as many of us as possible sporting our newish Foxglove jumpers. Please make a note in your diary to not only join Jean for her birthday celebrations but wear or bring your new Ladies Section Foxglove jumper if you have one! You are all welcome for tea whether you have a foxglove jumper or not and will be in the picture too. Let's hope it a nice day....!!

Happy golfing!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

 
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