Sunday, 11 October 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 11 October 2020

Winter rules are now in place which will help to protect the course after a week of rain and a two day closure left the course very wet and muddy.

A big thank you to you all for snapping up the Christmas Cards on Tuesday and raising £225 for my Charity "Crossroads Care" that is fantastic.

Thursdays competition sign up are now back to three weeks in advance. we are still hoping to have Tuesday block booking back very soon so we are able to pay competition fees via our IG accounts. Top up your IG accounts before 2nd November to pay for your competitions, if you need any help speak to a committee member who will be able to guide you through.

The Pearson Squad needs all our experienced match players with handicaps 14 to 34 this could be our year with the WHS adjusting our handicaps according to the course we are playing. contact Linda Brown if you would like to join the squad.

There have been a lot of complaints over the last couple of weeks about slow play, please remember to keep up with the group in front of you, if you can no longer see them the chances are you have become slow, you will need to pick up the pace or let the group behind you through when possible.

Daily Mail Foursomes 2020 qualifying competition will not be played. Due to this years circumstances only one round of 2019 got played in February, Lin Goodey and Caroline Kaswaurere played Knebworth away but were unfortunately knocked out. Round two has now been scheduled to be played in February 2021 with the final in October 2021.

Good news we will play Rogie's Foursomes instead with a prize for the winning pair, we will play by Daily Mail Rules maximum handicap of 30 if your handicap is higher you play off 30 so open to everyone.

Stay Safe Everyone
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 4 October 2020

Autumn is definitely upon us what a change in the weather, one day i played in shorts the next day the weather turned and i have been in trousers ever since, i really do not like to see the back of summer and the light nights. Rain has closed the course this weekend i would suspect the course was so dry that the amount of rain we have had over the last few days took time to soak in.

I have some beautiful Christmas cards hand painted by our very talented artist Mandy Unger for sale and all proceeds to go to my charity "Crossroads Care" please see me on Tuesdays/Thursdays if you wish to purchase these, they are very special for 2020.

Two of our lady members, Di Alford and Maureen Martin have had successful operations and are recuperating at home now, we send you our best wishes ladies and hope it will not be too long before we see you at the club.

At the latest Club Committee meeting it was agreed that the Men's and Ladies sections would now adopt payment of competition entry fees via IG which will go live on Monday 2nd November. The senior section at this time are not charging competition fees so therefore will not be adopting this at the moment.

Lin has done a brilliant job of keeping track of what everyone owes over the last three months and the committee are very grateful to her for taking on this task on top of the responsibilities of Competition secretary, this was never intended to be a permanent arrangement. But with no let up on restrictions due to Covid, the alternative for payment of competition fees being paid through IG for the future is the other option.

Ladies, contrary to what you may have heard you do not need a paypal account, you can top up your IG account with a debit or credit card or paypal. The committee are in the process of producing some notes to help but in the mean time do not hesitate to ask myself or Pauline for guidance.

Mens section Charity Day Saturday 10th October sign up for this is open on IG. Ladies it is a 4bbb £20pp all donated to Paul's charity Mind in Mid Herts, lots of prizes to be won 1st, 2nd & 3rd, nearest the pins and longest drives.

Stay Safe All
Ladies Captain

Monday, 28 September 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 28 September 2020

How the weather has changed in less than a week, glorious sunshine at the beginning of this week and now a maximum of 13 degrees what a shock to the system. Looks like we are in for a chilly Autumn.

Captains Day
A day we were not sure would happen this year but 126 happy members went out on Saturday, it was wet at times, windy and rather cold but it did not stop us from enjoying the day, golf was unpredictable along with the weather. The only team of juniors playing Keeley Morris, James Bearman, Lewis Karim and Dylan Brockhurst were not put off by the conditions of the day and came in with a fantastic score of 93 points taking 1st place, second place went to a team from the mens section. Ladies longest drive on the 6th was won by Anne Lawrence and the nearest the pin on the 12th was won by Linda Brown, that is not our most favourite hole, well done ladies.

Tuesday Fun Games
From Tuesday 29th September can you please whatsApp your score cards to Hazel instead of me please. Hazel and Julie will be taking over doing the results and Anne will be providing the prizes. Thank you ladies for your support.

Hand Painted Christmas Cards
I know your probably thinking, christmas cards it is a bit early isn't it to be thinking of them but these are special, unique, hand painted and limited editions by one of our very talented ladies Mandy Unger, who painted them in lockdown with an NHS and family theme and has donated them to me to sell with all proceeds to go to my charity. My heartfelt thanks go to Mandy for this very generous offer you are an absolute gem.

AGM and Presentation
You may already have read on IG that the AGM's and prize presentation's are postponed until it is safe to hold them. We can look forward to having a very big celebration in 2021.

Ladies Captain

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 20 September 2020

Well another great golfing week in the sun.

Pearson Winter Matchplay
If you have a handicap between 14 & 34 with Matchplay experience come and join the Pearson squad. First match is on 9th November away to Mill Green. A team of 7 Ladies will be picked from the squad to represent Chesfielddown. Contact Linda Brown if you think you may be eligible and wish to be in the squad.

Charity Fun Day Amount Raised
You are a wonderfully generous group of Ladies, on the day we raised £960 Donations are still coming in. I wish to thank each and everyone of you who has donated to my Charity, Crossroads Care, in these very uncertain times.

MacKnight Pairs
The pair of Ladies with the highest score on the day was Paula Moore and Margret Gentle with 46 Stableford points but unfortunately Paula has not done the relevant amount of qualifiers to win any Cups or Trophies very well done Ladies. The winners of the Trophy are Helen Leigh and Katy Cook with 45 Stableford points on countback from Vicky Thompson and Lynn Thayer also Ann Grist and Karen Morton, greats scores everyone.

Chris Leary Chalice
The person with the highest score was again Paula Moore with 40 Stableford points but again unfortunately is not eligible to win the Trophy so sorry Paula. The winner of the Trophy on 39 Stableford points was Julie Retallick and runner up Sally Weekes with 38 Stableford points on countback from three others on 38. Well done everyone some good scores this week.

Happy Golfing
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 13 September 2020

Captains Day Saturday 26th September sign up 7.30am Monday 14th September, Team Alliance 2 scores to count, bacon roll, tea/coffee on a rolling basis on arrival, 1st and 2nd prizes, nearest the plans and longest drives. Come and join in the fun.

Well ladies what a great week we have had with the Charity Day, Club Championship and The Ward Pairs all in the sunshine.

A very BIG Thank You for your support on Charity Day and all your very generous donations to my charity Crossroads Care, we could not have asked for a better day the sun shone on us all day and we enjoyed our tea/coffee, cake and presentation on the patio. On the day we raised a good amount Which is brilliant news for my charity in these very difficult times for us all, figures being calculated now.

Another wonderful day saw round 2 of the Club Championship, a very different day to round 1, nail bitting stuff on the 18th with Kathy Dale winning the tittle for the second year running, commiserations to Jackie Reid taking second place just one point behind Kathy, well played ladies.

The Angela Chatterton Handicap Trophy was won by Nikki Brooke who had two very good rounds with second place going to Caroline Roadnight on countback from Caroline Kaswaurere just two points behind Nikki, both Nikki and Caroline R had well deserved handicap cuts. Well played ladies.

The Ward Pairs was played on Sunday on another beautiful day, it was great fun playing mixed Pairs with the men's section, my partner, men's Captain Paul Taylor and myself came in with a very respectable score in the fourties but the winners a young junior member Kelley Morris and her dad Stuart Morris won with a tremendous score of 48 Stableford points, runners up Caroline Kaswaurere and Mark Osbourne with 44 points, Brilliant.

Pearson Team please sign up we have our group allocation please contact Linda Brown if you wish to play this winter season.

​​​​​​​Teams we are drawn against for Pearsons are:
Mill Green
West Herts
The Melbourne Club ( Brocket Hall)

Ladies new season clothing in the pro shop have you had a look if not why not?

Happy Golfing
Ladies Captain

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 29 August 2020

A big congratulations to Jackie Reid for winning the Eclectic Cup with a very impressive Gross 74 and a very well deserved handicap cut and an ESR bringing her handicap down to 10.6.

Congratulations also goes to Ann Kane for winning the Eclectic Nett prize on count back from Debbie Foley with a nett 58 and a well deserved handicap cut bringing her handicap down to 40.5.

Commiserations go to the two runners up, Gross, Annette Gillette on count back from Sarah Faircliff and Nett, Debbie Foley.

Thank you all so much for signing up for the Charity Fun Day we have 44 Ladies playing so it should be fun, unfortunately no presentation afterwards. The tea and cake are on a rolling basis so when you finish your round please go to the bar to collect, Pauline and i will come round and collect your scores from you then. All we need is some warm dry weather it has been ordered and the sun dance performed!

please pay your £15 directly into the ladies account ASAP thank you. CDLS 40-28-14 81769642.

You will receive from me tomorrow an email with the name of your playing partner do not forget you will be swapping handicaps! Lin will book our tee times. Pauline and i will be coming round on the day to take photos and to see how you are fairing on your "new" handicaps.

The course is looking good for the Club Championship next week, good luck everyone the most prestigious competition of the year.

Happy Golfing
Ladies Captain

Monday, 24 August 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 24 August 2020

There will be no organised golf on Tuesday 1st September due to Monday being a bank holiday and as customary the seniors will play their weekly competitions on the Tuesday. If you wish to play you will be able to book yourselves a tee time after 12 noon.

MacKnight Pairs Tuesday 16th Sept - There will be more info on the Shuffle for this competition next week.

There were some great scores on Thursday in the Anne Warner/ Maureen Eastwood with two Ladies getting a well deserved handicap cut.  Pat Ward one of our lowest handicapers was cut to 9.9 and Jacky Swanson who also got an ESR of 2 shots bringing her handicap down to 22.7 very well done ladies.

A very special congratulations also goes to Annette Gillette who got a hole in one on the ninth hole on Thursday.  Well done Annette!

Tuesday 8th September CHARITY FUN DAY Prizes,tea & cake and Donation to my charity £15

Don't miss out lots of prizes and fun to be had. Let me know if you would like to join the Captains Shuffle for this day, email me or WhatsApp me by Sunday 30th August 6pm.

More info on the Ladies notice board. Let's hope the weather stays good for all our competitions through September which includes the Club Championship.

Happy Golfing

Ladies Captain

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 14 June 2020

How lovely it has been to play some social golf with our friends and getting that much needed exercise in the sunshine.

It is good to see you all enjoying the Captains Shuffle it has been a great way of keeping the section playing together and allowing us all to play with different partners each time.

Tuesday 9th June

Team game 321 Some great scores with Helen L, Lin G and Julie R winning with 85 stableford points and very close runners up were Pat W, Rogie T and Ann G with 84 points, well done everyone who played.

Thursday 11th June
Individual stableford Winner was me with 37 points, no one is more surprised than me after oversleeping and getting to the club at the very last minute not at all ready to play golf and wearing shorts when everyone else was in waterproofs it was a little chilly and a few showers but I survived!! Thank heavens for summer golf when the ball just keeps running!! Hazel B was runner up with 36 points on countback from Rosie W. I hope you have all enjoyed your golf this week.

If you wish to join in with any of the Competition Shuffles please reply to my email that goes out to you all on a Sunday evening.

Many of you will have played and experienced the new Hole Lift Cups, purchased by the Men's Section Captain Paul Taylor, they enable the ball to be fully holed, a big improvement on the original Cups. The men's section have been very keen to return to competition golf as soon as possible.

Competition Golf is coming back in July we will play our Monthly Medals and Stableford only, as per the diary, we will not have our block bookings for the time being but we can continue to organise ourselves with the Shuffles for those that wish.

6am-9am 2balls only
9am-1pm 3balls only
1pm-8pm 4balls

The Club are hoping, by following the government guidelines, to be able to open the bar, Gym and studio all at reduced capacity abiding by social distancing around July 4th when the government has said this can happen.  The Builders should be back onsite Monday 15th June to finish the bar area.

County cards are available now from reception please pick one up next time you play.

I wish to thank all the Ladies that have volunteered to do some early evening marshalling some of us have already done an evening, some have even caught guys trying to sneak onto the course!

Please continue to stay alert and safe

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Ladies Captain

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 24 May 2020

Well on the 12th May I was so excited I could not sleep, I had booked a tee time for the next morning, golf was back on after eight long weeks, Hooray! I was going to play with another real person and have a right royal gossip.

Standing on the first tee was an absolute treat, the sun was shinning the fairway looked very green and I was chatting to my golf partner, this was heaven. I must confess the golf was'nt too bad either, long may it last.

Our thanks go to the green keepers for all their hard work in the last eight weeks, one told me he was glad to see us all back on the course, and to Barry for all the behind the scenes organising to ensure our safety on our return to golf.


We have made the decision that all the Friendlies, the Summer Knockouts and the Away Day will be postponed until next year. We will however try to play for some of the Cups and Trophies where possible. The Winter Scratch and Handicap Knockout will however be extended to 30th June to allow the finals to take place.

The two new Ladies to the section Cheryl S and Lynn SC are playing with some of you now, thanks to Hazel B setting up another WhatsApp group to find a golf partner now that we are back on the course, brilliant idea Hazel.

The weather continues to be kind to us so go and enjoy the golf, look forward to seeing you out there over the coming weeks.

Stay Alert and Safe

Happy Gofling
Rogie Taylor,  Ladies Captain

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 9 May 2020

Hello Ladies

I hope you all enjoyed your VE Day celebrations, I know there were lots of planned parties with neighbours in gardens and driveways, lots of baking and with the weather being wonderful on this very special day it was memorable.

To say these are challenging and unprecedented times this captaincy year is something of an understatement, but it has certainly illustrated how golf is about far more than just hitting a little white ball with a long stick. As a section we have been active in staying in touch with members via WhatsApp, emails, phone calls and virtual meetings and coffee mornings. How did we ever manage before the likes of WhatsApp and zoom. People are still the most important thing about golf by a country mile.

Hope you are still managing to keep occupied with your exercise classes, golfing tips and practising them in your gardens and some of you I know are still sewing, now for the Sue Ryder charity.

Are you a Marathon supporter and was disappointed that it had to be cancelled. Well Kathy D is, so decided that we should have a 2.6 Chesfield golf challenge where you have to hit 26 golf balls directly into a chipping net ( or bowl/bucket if no net) from 2.6 metres and how long will it take you?

Some of us didn't even post our scores because it took too long, me included, but others had very impressive times with Debbie F recording a fantastic time of 2.24 Hazel B 3.37 and Kathy D 5.40 I expect to see great chipping on the course now Ladies. I have since been practising and can achieve a more respectable time, long may it last.

Do you like quizzes? Test your Bird knowledge with this quiz, I will give you 10 clues today and you must find the 10 birds that each clue relates to, 10 more clues to find 10 more birds will follow in the next newsletter. There will be a prize for the most correct answers in the case of a tie there will be tie breaker questions until we have a winner.

Sorry Golden Snails but Marica informed me that you have already done this quiz but she said you might like a rules quiz instead!!!!!

    Clue       Number of letters

1 Found on a chess board    4
2 10 Royal angler 10    9
3 When a cat gets up    9
4 Could mean a death sentence    8
5 Small move left or right      6 & 4
6 Brightly coloured tool    6 & 6
7 Eating action    7
8 Black & white dog shows pleasure    4 & 7
9 Call 15 21 26 05 12 4 5    4 & 5
10 Royal angler    10

If you would like to join one of the WhatsApp groups please contact Hazel B or Jackie R, they are a fun way to stay in touch with other Lady members.

A Happy Birthday was sent to two Ladies who had big birthdays in lockdown Nicola A and Helen L, I know many of you have wished them a Happy Birthday through WhatsApp and sent cards.

Helen certainly won't forget this birthday, while celebrating in her front garden with six neighbours all sitting 2 metres apart this quiet celebration turned into something else when someone called the police. The riot police turned up to break up what they obviously thought was going to be a riotous party to find, in Helen's words, eight pensioners having cake and bubbly, hilarious, everyone saw the funny side, the police even posing for photos and the party continuing for another few hours. You won't live that one down Helen a birthday to remember. The Evidence!

Keep staying safe everyone
Ladies Captain