Sunday, 17 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 18 June 2018



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 June 2018

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


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

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

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


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

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

Kathy will provide wine and soft drinks.

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

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

Enjoy the sunshine!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 4 June 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 May 2018

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

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

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


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

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


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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 21 May 2018


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

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

Congratulations this week go to...

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 14 May 2018

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

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

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

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

Spring Meeting Winners

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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

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

 
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