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.

We have had lots and lots of responses to the GDPR Privacy requirements, so a huge thank you for doing that! However, as part of our GDPR obligations, at the end of the month, we will be deleting from our mailing list anyone who has not reconfirmed their mailing list subscription. If you wish to remain on our list and have not reconfirmed your subscription, you can do so using the 'UPDATE YOUR PREFERENCES' link at the bottom of this newsletter email. Please do not miss the deadline!!

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

Monday, 20 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 20 May 2019

This week's newsletter is slightly different as I am going to cover the reminders FIRST and then let you know how the results have gone this week as we go on! Over the next 10 days or so, we will be competing for the Australian Spoons, the Ping Pairs and the Coronation Foursomes. If you haven't put your name down yet, or are unsure about joining in, particularly whether you are eligible to play, please talk to Lin or email her. She will be able to find you a tee time, if at all possible. The format for the Australian Spoons can be found on the Tuesday noticeboard but if you are unclear please do ask Kathy M.

On Sunday 2nd June, many of us will be heading to the Essex/Suffolk borders for a few days of golf. Fingers crossed for some fine weather and perhaps slightly less water than last year! If in doubt, pack some extra sleeves of balls, just in case!! Its going to be a great few days and Nikki and Nicola have worked really hard to make everything go to plan. Don't forget to bring along a photo of yourself as a toddler or young child though please. NB.,There will still be a sign-up sheet for the Tuesday 4th June, if you are not away with us.

Thursday 13th June sees our annual Charity Day, this year raising money for MIND in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling, so please do come along and bring a friend or two!! The sign-up sheets for playing, lunching, contributions to the lovely food on offer in the Halfway House and the Sponsor a Hole are all in the locker room. There will be a bottle tombola, a star prize table, as well as Amanda's special hampers to be won. Have you bought something golf-wise that still has the label on, perhaps it is still in the bottom of your wardrobe from last year! Are you are happy to pass it on to a new owner following a contribution to the charity? We will try to find a new home for it for you and see your contribution help the funds for our great charities. If you have anything that might contribute to these, please do let me know or leave it in the box provided.

There will also be an auction of four-ball vouchers from golf clubs such as Redbourne, Veralum, West Herts, Heydon Grange and Bourne, so do get together with friends to consider how much you might bid for one or more of these. If you are not going to be there on the day, you can still take part by emailing me your bid and the course you are bidding for, you may well be the top bidder!!! As always, there will be an 'Over the Pond' challenge of £1.00 so please do bring some change with you.

Now on to the past week's news and what a week it has been for many of you!! A huge well done to the Scratch Team, who, as I suggested, did complete the double over Ashridge on Friday! A really brilliant achievement ladies and well done to you all!


On the previous day Sarah had competed in the England Golf Medal Eastern Regional Final, coming a very impressive 8th out of a field of 80 competitors!! She is currently keeping her fingers crossed for a place in the National Grand Final at Woodhall Spa in August. Lauren very ably caddied for her and has been booked again for that date! Will keep you informed!


Playing on Saturday in the Weekend May Stableford/Spring Salver and still very much on a high from the Ashridge win, Olive C came in with an amazing 42 pts and a well deserved handicap cut, slightly ahead of Nikki B on 39 pts and Linda B on 38 pts. Great results for them all - well done ladies! Thursday had seen the May Stableford Division 1 go to Anne L (38 pts) and in second place Sally W (37 pts). In Division 2 and taking top position was Karen M (37 pts) and Maggie T (36 pts). Some great scoring all round - well done ladies!

Finally a note from the Head Greenkeeper to say the Ladies 9th tee is now open also the greenside bunker on the 14th is now open with just some of the perimeter being GUR - all clearly marked!

A great few days of golf for many ladies, keep it up and lets see those handicaps tumble!

Enjoy the fine weather!
Yours
Margaret

Monday, 13 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 13 May 2019


Last Thursday saw us celebrating after our Spring Meeting when over 40 ladies joined in the fun of the golf course and then later a fine lunch where Cups and Trophies from the previous few months were awarded to the talented winners! Well done to all the ladies who took part on the day and to those who also came away with prizes. Winners on the day were Linda B, Jackie S, Jan K and Olive C, with Julie P, Lin G, Hazel and Kathy M close runners-up, well done ladies. (Hazel was very pleased indeed to achieve an Eagle on the 18th - amazing!) It was lovely, as always, to see our Luncheon Ladies join us looking as glamorous as ever. A massive thank you to you all for raising over £170.00 in the raffle towards our charities!


It has been a busy week all round for a lot of our ladies. Rogie and Vicky travelled to Girton Golf Club near Cambridge for the 3rd round of the Mail on Sunday Foursomes. Unfortunately, this was the end of a wonderful run for them, but they should feel proud for getting so far in a national event. Well done! Eight ladies travelled to Colmworth, north of Bedford on Saturday, for the second of the season's friendlies. Whilst most of the games finished very close, Chesfield Ladies came away seeking revenge when the return match is played next year. It was a lovely day, when old acquaintances caught up with one another and great cake was worthily eaten at the end of a friendly day! For those of you who remember Roz McKenzie, this is her home club and she ensured everyone was made to feel welcome. While these ladies were playing, several ladies joined John Dench's Men's Charity Day. While the hail came down at times and conditions were somewhat difficult, thank you for supporting a fine charity in aid of the Fire Brigade's Trauma Support Services.

As I said at the beginning of this newsletter, it was a busy week! Sunday saw six of us compete in the Ken Bird Trophy! A trophy close to our hearts and one in which all sections compete. Whilst us ladies tried our hardest, many of us did not have the best of days and we were solidly beaten by the Juniors, who played brilliantly and seemed to have flexibility that I certainly can't ever remember having!! Well done to them, of course, a great group of Juniors, who Chesfield are, rightly, very proud of, but also to our team of ladies! Some of you will be pleased to have been able to put your feet up over the next few days!!


Apologies to anyone who has played in other competitions that I have missed! Now to a few BIG reminders!!! Unfortunately due to ill health, Barbara J has had to drop out of the Away Weekend and that now leaves a spare place!! If you now find you are able to come please do get in touch with Nikki B asap. A reminder from Clare B that you will need to either send or bring a toddler photo of yourself along with you!

It is only a month to THE CHARITY DAY!! Argghh!! The sign-up sheets are now up for the game (Pairs Betterball) and the lunch only option! So please get your name up there as soon as possible. Also in the locker room is a sign-up to SPONSOR A HOLE and to contribute to the HALFWAY HOUSE (kindly being run on the day by Jean P and Mary H). Don't forget you can invite your friends along from near or far, the more the merrier! There is also a box to contribute suitable gifts for either the BOTTLE RAFFLE or the STAR RAFFLE!

I will be reminding you over the next few weeks of other arrangements for the BIG DAY!

Lastly, we mustn't forget to wish the Scratch Team good luck on Friday when they are at home to Ashridge, can they do the double on them!! YES they can.

Enjoy the fine weather, this week!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 6 May 2019


My goodness the weather was cold enough to be at the Arctic at times this week particularly at the weekend when four brave ladies ventured out to play the second round of their Eclectic. Conditions were challenging to say the least, but well done ladies for getting out there and hopefully improving on a few holes!

Conditions on Thursday had been slightly better and the scores were much closer to the course par. Vicky T came out on top for Division 1 with a nett of 72 just beating Anne L by one point. In Division 2 Pauline H came in with the highest score and a well deserved handicap cut with a nett of 72 just beating Debbie F by again one point! The players within the Pearson Squad were also competing for their Trophy and I am pleased to say Pauline H will be presented with the beautiful glassware at the next opportunity.

Earlier in the week the ladies were competing in a Split Threes game. The winning team were Vicky T, Debbie F, Kathy M and Katy C with a team score of 91, beating the nearest team by an impressive 8 points. Well done ladies.

This coming Thursday, forty ladies will be playing in the Spring Meeting with a team alliance game followed by a lovely lunch. Seven ladies will later join us for lunch and the presentation of cups and trophies won so far with year. Hopefully if you have had a great first 5 months of the year and are a winner, you will be there to collect your glassware or prize. We will be selling tickets for our Charity raffle at the registration table.

Saturday 11th May sees the Friendly Squad travel to Colmworth for their second match of the season. Kathy M is always looking for ladies to join in these matches, so please contact her if you are interested. It certainly helps to improve your game, being challenged to play courses you are unfamiliar with, so do get involved.

Sunday 12th May, a team of six ladies will be trying to bring the Ken Bird Trophy home to the ladies section! This competition sees each of the four sections competing for the said tankard, so wish us luck and for some kind weather!!!

We are sometimes asked about what things the committee are discussing at the moment. To enable you to keep up to date with this, two copies of the most recent minutes are now on the section noticeboard for you to peruse. Our next meeting is on Thursday 30th May, so if you have anything you would like to raise, please do let me know on chesfielddownsladiescaptain@gmail.com. I will remind you again nearer the date.

Lastly, there are still a few ladies still to return their GDPR preferences, if I could politely ask you to get this completed as soon as possible. Thank you.

Lets hope the weather warms up soon!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 28 April 2019


Apologies for the quality of these pictures, but the sun was actually shining on 11th April when the Jubilee Jug was played and affected the camera shots! The photos may not be great but the golf shots played by Angela H and Marica K were a cut above the rest of the field, coming in with a score of 42 pts, just ahead of Nikki and Nicola on 41 pts and taking the coveted Jubilee Jug.


Taking the best dressed pair crown in the 'Driving out the Blues' competition were Lauren P and Kathy D with their rather dangerous syringes! The 'Blues Brothers' of Linda B and Pat W and 'The Ladies on Patrol' from Di C and Christine S were also brilliant and certainly made the decision a very difficult one!

Back to this last week and an eagerly awaited result for the Ann Warner and Maureen Eastwood Trophy! The weather was not quite as difficult as the weekend 'alternate' day, but nevertheless the weather conditions were not easy with rain never far away. Coming in with the highest score in Division 1 over both days was Jan K with 36 pts, but the Ann Warner Trophy goes to Lauren P with 35 pts. Once Jan K gets all 3 qualifiers under her belt, she will surely be a force to be reckoned with! Well done to both ladies. In Division 2, a similar situation arose with Debbie F coming in with 36 pts, but taking the Maureen Eastwood Trophy with 33 pts was Annabel Scholes. Well done to both Debbie and Annabel for some great golf.

Our Friendly Squad of ladies went off to Pavenham, near Bedford for their first match of the season. Those of you who have played there, will know how very difficult the course and particularly the greens are. As in previous years, the match went to the home team, but our ladies enjoyed their day and the friendship of the Pavenham Ladies.

Going it alone this week, I am really pleased to tell you that Jackie R won her first round of the De Paula Cup. Well done and we look forward to following your progress.

On a cool breezy Sunday morning in the shadow of the Cathedral at St Albans, the Scratch Team - Sarah, Virginia, Pat, Kathy and Olive (who was making her debut) set out to beat the ladies of Verulam...! The matches were close and played in a lovely spirit, with lots of laughs and some good shots!!! Congratulations go to Virginia, Kathy and our debutant Olive for fantastic wins, giving Chesfield another superb 3 and 2 win away from home. Thanks to all the girls for another great performance which continues our great start to the season.


At the Jubilee Jug gathering and in a previous newsletter, I mentioned that the committee is working on ensuring the data we hold on all our members and the way this is stored, complies with the new regulations of GDPR. To this end, you should all have received an email requiring you to confirm your consent to continue on our mailing list. Can I please ask you to take the time to do this. It should only take a few minutes to complete and is really simple to do. In the next week or so, we will be in contact with you again regarding the wider information we hold.

In an effort to ensure that the Miss Designer Golf Day which will be held on Tuesday 2nd July, is open to as many as possible, it will run through til dusk!! This will mean that the normal Ladies Tuesday tee times will be used and if you are unable to play during those times, you will be able to book a tee time later on that day, playing with another lady member and still be eligible for the BIG PRIZE. I am thrilled to be able to tell you that the 1st prize will be a £100 gift voucher from Miss Designer Golf, the 2nd prize a £40 gift voucher and 3rd prize a £20 voucher. All those competing on the day will also receive a £10 gift voucher. Look out for the poster in the Locker Room!

Finally the tee time sheet for the Spring Meeting is now on the Notice board, there is still room for some latecomers, so please let me know if you want to take part. A Raffle in aid of Mind in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling will be held alongside the meal.

Fingers crossed for some warmer weather and good luck to all those playing in the May Medal (Maximum Score) match on Thursday, which will also bring a winner of the Pearson Trophy from all those who have taken part in the Pearson Season of matches during 2018/19.

Keep golfing
Yours
Margaret

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 April 2019


Happy Easter to you and all your families, I hope you have had a wonderful time together enjoying the sunshine and maybe just a little golf along the way!!

Certainly the weekend ladies who have played in the Ann Warner and Maureen Eastwood Trophy competition this last Saturday (the 2nd of our Alternate Days), will have had great weather and fine course conditions. No doubt they will have come in with some great scores! It doesn't look quite so promising for this coming Thursday when the weekday ladies compete in the same competition.

On Thursday of last week, the ladies played in the April Stableford Competition with the winners seem set to have a handicap cut or two! Amelia Fitzgerald, the vice captain of the Junior Section joined us and came in with an impressive 41 points. This is her first qualifying game within the Ladies Section and we look forward to welcoming her again when she has time in the school holidays. Jean P came in with a great score of 38 points to take top place in Division 2 and Lauren P won Division 1 with an equally impressive 37, beating Virginia on count back. Thursday also saw the final match for the Handicap Cup, played out between Rogie and Ann L. After a really tight match and going right down to the 18th hole, Ann was able to sneak a win. Well done to both ladies for such a tight battle played in the very best of spirits.

The Tuesday Club last week saw the second round of the Stableford League being played and once again the weather stayed fine for the ladies.

There were some impressive results in the last few weeks I feel I should mention. Vicky T and Rogie played their second round of the Daily Mail Foursomes at home and were deservedly pleased to beat the two ladies from Letchworth. They now await the 3rd round draw and will keep their fingers crossed for another home match!!


The Scratch Team began their season in fine form with a great win away at Ashridge, beating them 3:2. This was a great result on, what is, a difficult course. Their next match is against Veralum on Sunday 28th, away from home again. Good Luck ladies!!

The Friendly Squad begin their season on Friday 26th with an away game against Pavenham (near Bedford). If you want to know more about these games, their format and how to join the ladies, please contact Kathy Morris or myself. Everyone is welcome!

The committee and I are now well on the way to finalising the arrangements for the Spring Meeting on May 9th. The sign-up sheet is on the board for preferred tee times and the meal choices. So if you haven't put your name down and you want to be part of the day please do so. Rogie and I will be finalising the tee times later this week. Also coming up soon is the Ken Bird Trophy, played on Sunday 12th May against the Mens, Seniors and Juniors. If you are available and keen to take part, please put your name down very soon on the sheet in the Locker Room.

The Captains Charity Day is also not too far away and if you have any opportunities to gain vouchers, raffle prizes or outside sponsors for the day, please do let me know. Mind in Mid Herts and the Tilehouse Counselling are great charities and anything we can do to raise funds for them is very much appreciated.

For the first time, Chesfield Downs Ladies are running an Individual Stableford golf competition on Tuesday July 2nd, which will receive sponsorship from Miss Designer Golf! The three main prizes will be impressive and all those participating will also receive a gift from them! We are keen to ensure that everyone who wants to compete for these prizes, can do so, so please save the day if you can. More details will follow.

Once again, on a personal note I would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to you all for the support you have given me over these last few weeks. It has been a difficult time for myself and the family and your understanding and kindness has meant a great deal.

Looking forward to some 'improving' golf!!

Your Lady Captain
Margaret Gentle

 
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