Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 25 March 2020

Hello Ladies

Well what a week. The sun came out to give us a lovely weekend and some of the last games of golf to be played before the club completely closed on Monday evening.

The sun continues to shine as we all prepare to stay at home for a number of weeks to avoid contact with others, sadly for most of us that meant we didn't see families for Mother's Day.

I hope you are all well and staying safe, I'm appealing to all members to please stay in touch by email or phone with those members who were already maybe self isolating due to underlying conditions or the governments age recommendation so are unable to go out even for food shopping and maybe don't have family to help out. Just to have someone to talk to makes isolation easier.

What a time to join a golf club but two ladies did just that a couple of weeks ago Lynn C and Cheryl S are now full members of the ladies section. Cheryl has been a member of another club a few years ago, Lynn has been playing the Par 3 for a while and is keen to get a handicap we managed to get one card done before the closure of the club.

We can look forward to welcoming them to the Ladies section and club soon.

If any one has any news or photos they would like me to share with the Ladies section please send it to me and I will keep the newsletter going through these tough times.

Enjoy the sunshine the gardens are going to look fantastic this year with all the time we're going to spend in them now.

Stay safe

Ladies Captain

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 15 March 2020

Hooray! It's stopped raining and we have been able to play most of the course this week with the exception of holes 6 & 7 which have now opened this weekend.

As you are aware the bar area will be closed as from Monday 16th March for two weeks for the refurbishment. We will be using the conservatory after golf for tea/coffee and lunch.

I had my first Pilates class in the new studio this week it's very impressive and there is so much more room. I have yet to have my gym induction but it's next on my agenda.

Tuesday 3rd March We played pick your poison where you only count your score on your pre chosen eight holes then deduct half your handicap. Jacky S won on 27.5 with Ann K a very close runner up on 28.5

Tuesday 10th March
Today was Champagne Scramble. A team of four. Way out in front were Margaret G, Lynn T, Karen M & Ann L with 79 points.

Well done to all who played in these high winds.

Thursday's Golf
The first medal qualifier of the season was cancelled due to excessive rain overnight and into the next day.

The Price Vase was played over 16 holes as a non qualifying competition in winds of up to forty mph not an easy task.

There was a little confusion as to who the winner was but I can confirm that Ann K has won the Price Vase well played Ann one of our newer members.

The Kay Baker Memorial Bowl - 7th April
This is a nine hole competition to be played in memory of our dear friend Kay. Her family have donated a Memorial Bowl which they would like to present after the game. We will be having tea and cake with the presentation at about 12.30. So sign up for this remembrance game and reminisce about the times you played with Kay.

Jubilee Jug - 9th April
4BBB Pairs competition, Easter themed best dressed pair so get your thinking caps on (or Easter bonnets πŸ˜‰) if you want to be in with a chance of winning a prize or two. There will also be a raffle, nearest the pin and longest drive. There will be afternoon tea with a prize presentation. We will also have a representative from Crossroads Care Vanessa who will tell us more about the services they provide.

If you would like to do 9 holes and or just join us for afternoon tea there is a sign up sheet in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Stay safe and healthy
Rogie Taylor, Ladies Captain

Monday, 2 March 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 2 March 2020

After a much needed break in a hot and sunny Lanzarote and missing the two storms, I returned home to RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN. Then a morning of snow which stopped us playing the Megan Bonner Par 3 so not a lot of golf being played since my return.

It is great to see our club renovations developing, with a super new state of the art gym already open and lot more ladies seem to be using it.

This weekend will see the opening of the new and improved studio along with the reception area and pro shop.

Winter Eclectic ResultsAfter six rounds out of seven being played of the Eclectic the presentation and lunch went ahead despite us not being able to play the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition beforehand. 26 ladies attended, eagerly awaiting the final results after weeks of speculation.

Division one winner was Sarah F on 47 a very close runner up Vicky T on 48

Division two winner was Julie R on 53 the battle for runner up was Mary H on countback from Helen L on 56.

Well done ladies some great golf going on for some regardless of the weather.

Tuesday 9 Hole Golf
The last of these competitions have now been played with our first 18 hole competition on Tuesday 3rd March weather permitting.

Over the last few weeks the ladies have played 5 clubs and a putter with Jackie S taking first place and Annette G hot on her heels.

The following week a wish, gift and joker was played with one of our newer members Ann K winning with 21 points well played, with Julie R runner up on 18 points.

Last week 25th February saw a very wet course with holes 6 & 7 closed and carry only, the pairs competition was changed to an individual stableford, well done to all the ladies who would not be beaten by the weather and played to the twelfth hole , very close scoring Ladies Vicky T 17 points and Anne L 16 points. While a few of us did the Par 3 instead.

Weekend Results
Unfortunately the weekends have been hit hardest with course closures over the last few weeks, only one game has been played with only one of our ladies bravely going out and being looked after by the men, well done Caroline K for venturing out onto the course when all the other ladies decided not too, did they stay in bed??

Scorecards via Smartphones Can I remind everyone if you enter your score on your smartphone you will still need to swipe your card in the normal way to have your score accepted.

Team And Event PhotosAny ladies not wishing to have their photo published on our website or newsletter please be aware it is your responsibility to not include yourself in a team or event photo.

With the weather so unpredictable at the moment and course closures we have rescheduled the Megan Bonner Par 3 to Tuesday April 14th

Thanks to Lin who has moved the start sheet to this day which will include anyone who has confirmed that they can still play. Sign up will open in the normal way three weeks before for those ladies who were not signed up but find they can now play.

It's a lovely sunny day as I sit here writing this newsletter so here's hoping the sun stays out so we can play some golf this week.

Roll on Spring
Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Rogie Taylor, Ladies' Captain

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 10 February 2020

Hopefully storm Ciara today (Sunday) will pass with not too much damage and all will be well for next weeks golf for you all.

No I'm not going to tell you what the weather is like where I am that wouldn't be fair 😎

Another two weeks of competitions have been played without any rainfall and some lovely sunny days which has helped the course dry out quite a bit. Some bunkers are being renovated so are GUR. More will be done over time.

Tuesday 28th January
We played a Novelty Stableford a new one on me, you got a free drop out of a bunker, a free kick, take your tee shot again and a free drop out of water. How many did you use? Anne L won with 18 points with Julie P hot on her heels with 17 points.

Tuesday 4th February
One of everyone's favourite formats Stableford alliance played on a lovely sunny February day Debbie F, Julie R, Sarah F and Katy C came in with a very respectable 39 points.

Winter Eclectic
Two more rounds of the Eclectic have now been played, have you bettered your scores are you in with a chance?? Only two more rounds to play. Can you catch the lead in your division? The presentation will be held after the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition on 27th February in the Gallery room upstairs with soup and roll, don't forget to sign up on IG.

Weekend Results
The Mixed Weekend Winter League 11 was a team Texas Scramble with nineteen teams entering, two of our ladies along with their husbands kathy & John D with Pat & Les W did very well and came in sixth with scores at the top very close.

Round 12 was a Pairs Betterball with fourty four pairs competing, the scores were high including the scores of two of our ladies Linda B & Pat W gaining eighth place with 41 points. Well done Ladies.

Dr Katrina Douglas
There are still some places to attend the 'Be inspired for better golf in 2020' hosted by Dr Katrina Douglas at Chesfield Downs on 16th February. For more information see the poster in the Ladies locker room or speak to Sarah F.

Section Fees
If you have not already done so please can you pay you Ladies Section fee of £10 either by:
Cash in an envelope with your name on into the black box in the Ladies locker room OR by bank transfer into the Ladies bank account sort code 40-28-14 account no: 81769642.

Just a reminder that I will be holding an EGM on Thursday 20th February upstairs in the gallery room after the last round of the Eclectic, with regards to the changes to the Ladies Constitution. I would appreciate that as many of you as possible could stay for a short time for this please.

Ladies Golf Trip to Portugal
A message from the organiser - " Thank you for your fantastic response to the Portugal trip. We now have 21 confirmed Ladies, we would like to have 24 to make things easier for 4 balls, so if anyone would like to come please contact ASAP Diane C "

Rules Roadshow
Chesfield Downs is hosting a Rules Roadshow on April 8th this is limited to 40 people. There is no charge to attend. If you wish to attend then please email ASAP to book your place. For more information there is a poster on the notice board in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing🏌🏻‍♀️
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 26 January 2020

Well it's finally stopped raining whoopee!

We're now managing to get out on the course with all holes playable, it's still a little soggy which makes for challenging golf for some but clearly not for others as these competition results show.

Tuesday 14th January in Double the Odds competition Sarah F came in with a very impressive 31 points and not too far behind Julie R took second place on countback from Kathy D with 24 points.

The weekend saw the Turkey Trot finally being played on a very wet course that had been closed for a number of days, 77 players went out so a great result for Jackie S who gained second place with 31 points well done Jacky, doing it for the Ladies.

Tuesday 21st January a game to play with a friend Pairs Multiplyer as both need to score on the same hole in order to gain points, not like my partner and I we scored on alternate holes great if your playing Betterball! Diane C and Jackie S won with a very decent 26 points with Margaret G and Julie P taking second place with 19 points.

Thursday saw 42 Ladies go out in the 3rd round of the Winter Eclectic, did you better your score? Still 4 rounds to go.

Macbeth is showing at the Queen Mother theatre on 26th February 7.30 pm if you would like to join a group of Ladies who are going the tickets are £8 please contact Jackie R for a ticket.

Away Weekend at Staverton Park A place has become available due to one of the Ladies having to pull out which has left Olive without a room mate if there is anyone who would like to join us on our fun filled weekend please speak to Olive or contact one of the organisers Nikki B or Nicola A.

Ladies Golf Trip to Portugal

You may know that some of our lady members are reaching a landmark birthday this year. Diane C, Helen L, Lin G are 70 and Nicola A is 60 at various times throughout the year, Hazel B is nearly 70 (January 2021).

To celebrate these momentous occasions they are arranging a golf break to Portugal. Details as follows:

Friday 16th October returning on Tuesday 20th October 4 nights at the 5* Hotel Pestana Blue, Algarve, all inclusive of meals and drinks.
3 rounds of golf on Saturday, Sunday and Monday- courses are Gramacho, Silves and Vale da Pinta.
Transfers and shuttle

Price £449 (based on two sharing a classic twin room) single occupancy is an extra £35pp per night. Based on 20 people.

Flights are not included but transfers will be for the following flights:
Easyjet Luton to Faro Friday 16th 12.10 arriving at 15.05
Easyjet Faro to Luton Tuesday 20th 16.00 arriving at 18.45
Golf bags £74 return max 20kg

Please arrange your own flights. Flights are available for booking now.
If you are interested please contact Diane C.

All information is on the notice board in the Ladies locker room.

Happy Golfing
Rogie Ladies Captain

Monday, 13 January 2020

Captain's Newsletter - 12 January 2020

Happy New Year.

Welcome to my first Newsletter.

Well here we are in 2020 a new decade. With renovations well underway our club is set to become an even better club to belong to and I'm honoured to be Ladies Captain in such an important year at Chesfield. There obviously will be some disruption but it is temporary and will be worth it in the end as most of you will have seen from the plans displayed in the bar area.

All of our competitions including Tuesday's are now on IG for you to sign up to in the comfort of your own home. As a lot of you experienced on Thursday you will need your silver club company card or PIN number to sign into Thursday and weekend competitions.

This week saw our first competitions on a very wet and muddy course, nevertheless it didn't stop a good number of ladies going out this week.

Tuesday was an individual Stableford over 9 holes, the weather was kind to us with plenty of sunshine and blue sky. Julie R won with 17 points on countback with myself as runner up, let's keep that up.

Thursday saw the start of the Winter Eclectic on tough course conditions after more rain over night. That didn't seem to stop some good first round gross scores with Pat W with 58 in division 1 and Mary H with 64 in division 2 so the bar is set Ladies we have our work cut out to better our scores over the next six weeks weather permitting.

On Saturday 5 Ladies played in the mixed Winter League individual bogey against the course, the men took the lead in this competition with Nikki B holding the best score for the Ladies.

Well done to all who ventured out to play this week, it felt good to get back to normality.

Ladies for your information there will be a Ladies committee meeting on Thursday 23rd January, also I would like to hold an EGM on Thursday 20th February after the last round of the Eclectic with regards the changes to the Ladies Constitution, I would appreciate that as many of you as possible could stay for this please.

Finally I would just like to say thank you all for your kind support over this recent difficult time for me.

Happy Golfing 🏌🏻‍♀️
Rogie Taylor
Ladies Captain 2020

Monday, 16 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 16 December 2019

Wow! What a week it has been for the Ladies Section of Chesfield Downs! The weather was certainly not going to deter us from enjoying some golf and a great deal of fun!! After playing our Christmas Greensomes on Thursday, in what can only be described as horrid weather, the ladies came together to enjoy mince pies and nibbles, but more importantly to provide our two visitors with a cheque each for their Charities. Sue Barnes from Tilehouse Counselling and Sharn Tomlinson from MIND in Mid Herts were thrilled to collect the amazing sum of £3,000 each for their great charities, and shared with us the support this money will help to deliver locally. The Ladies Section had throughout the year, emptied their cupboards and provided almost another £3,000 worth of clothing and goods for the local MIND shop. These are two very worthwhile charities providing vital support to adults, young and old, struggling with emotional difficulties and we have all been very proud to support them.

On Friday evening, many of us got out our sparkly tops and dresses to come back to the Club and enjoy a great night of eating and dancing as we joined in the fun of one of the many successful Christmas Parties. It was a really good night so do join us next year if you missed out this time around!

The last full week of golf before Christmas acknowledges how busy everyone is and provides a relaxed calendar for the ladies as far as the course is concerned. A practice round on Tuesday and a fun team event (Coloured Balls) on Thursday, weather permitting, are all that is planned. However, the club is running its annual Christmas Jumper event on Monday 23rd, details below, for all those not rushing around for the final shop or visiting relatives! Enjoy the fun, if you can, that is!!

A final reminder about the Club EGM on Wednesday 18th at 7pm, please do support the Club Committee if you possibly can.

As many of you will be aware, two of our dear friends will be tying the knot over the Christmas and New Year period. One, far away in New Zealand in mid January and the other in Kimpton just before New Year. We, of course, hope Nikki and Tina have a great day on 29th and that in New Zealand the sun shines on Pauline and Kereyn for their special day(s) in January. We will be thinking of you all.

More formally and thinking of the year ahead, a poster will be up on the board in the next few days regarding payment for the Away Weekend at Staverton Park. If I could ask you to send payment to Pat W as soon as possible please. Thank you.

So, this is my final newsletter! 😒😒😒 I have (somewhat weirdly) enjoyed sitting down on a Sunday morning to put these together, almost every week, and hope you have enjoyed reading them. Thank you once again for being such great group of ladies. Whilst I am looking forward to my role next year, I will certainly miss being your captain, but know that Rogie will be a Great Ladies Captain for 2020!

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and your loved ones.

Margaret Gentle
A very proud Ladies Captain for 2019

Monday, 9 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 December 2019

Competing in a club v club competition can sometimes be daunting and especially when it is your first time out in the raspberry colours of the Pearson Squad. Matchplay is great fun but when you are out there on your own, it can sometimes feel a very different matter! Karen M wasn't going to be deterred though! In her first time out, in the Chesfield Pearson colours, Karen was to come in with a great win against Dyrham Park last Wednesday. Julie P used all her experience to win her match too and with dogged determination, Marica took her opponent to the 20th hole before finally losing her game. The final result of losing 5:2, doesn't portray the closeness of many of the other matches. A great effort ladies, well done! Katrina Douglas' talk on Sunday 16th February at Chesfield Downs, on the mental aspect of the game of golf, will be interesting and useful to hear, so please do check out the sheet on the noticeboard to reserve your place.

Last Thursday saw the annual team challenge of the Captain v Vice Captain Matchplay game. It was really nice that Bev Hattersley was able to present her trophy and also brought a huge amount of satisfaction, that as Captain, I was able to receive the cup on behalf of all the ladies in my team! This is the first time in six years that the Captain's Team have won, so well done everyone and thank you! This year's game had to be moved to the Par 3 course, at the last minute, as the main course was covered in a blanket of early morning fog! The fog was finally to lift and a fine morning of golf was enjoyed by everyone. The two rounds were finished off with a much needed tea, coffee or hot chocolate and cake in the conservatory. Thank you everyone who supported the match.

Next Thursday will see our Christmas Greensomes being played. There is still room on the tee sheet, if you are free so please do sign up. Sharn from MIND and Sue from Tilehouse Counselling will be joining us to receive their cheques. It would be lovely for as many of you as possible to meet the two ladies from the charities that you have all supported so generously throughout the year, so please do join us.

Friday 13th is party night, so please make sure you have sent your money through to Pat and have brushed off your dancing shoes!!

You should have all now seen the notice for the EGM on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm. The Club Committee have carried out a thorough review of the Club Constitution which we would like to formally adopt with your approval. Please do come along and support your committee. Thank you.

As we start to adorn our homes with Christmas Trees, lights and decorations, the cards start to fall through our letter boxes too. As in previous years, can I suggest that, like many of you do already, instead of exchanging cards with one another, we support a charity that is close to our own hearts.

Enjoy the last few rounds of golf before the Christmas break!

Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 4 December 2019

Golf isn't always about winning, of course, it's also about having fun! Here are the 'smiley' ladies who played against the Men on Sunday, in our annual competition. Their smiles cover the disappointment felt by us all over the very convincing win the men had! We really do need to find a way of levelling things up after seven years of losing to them! (Apologies to Wendy M, who had to run off before this photo was taken to see to her domestic heating problems!!)

Last week the weather got the better of most of the golf with both Tuesday and Thursday being largely washed out through the rain! Well done to those few ladies who, nevertheless, battled through it and got in some good practice holes. Better weather is forecast this coming week so we should be ok for the Hattersley Cup on Thursday. If you have forgotten your tee time, the start sheet is now on Intelligent Golf.

Lin has done some very valuable work for us on Ig around pairs and team games and how we sign up. See below....

Pair and Team Competitions will be displayed on start sheet as single slots in the tee times. Therefore ensuring solo ladies are able to book in, as well as those who have partners. Once sign up is closed, conversion takes place to create the Pairs and Teams as displayed on the start sheet. Hopefully this has resolved the issue with Christmas Greensomes, which now reflects those changes. Your patience is appreciated as we all come to grips with migrating to IG.'

As you can imagine the whole process of getting us organised onto Intelligent Golf has been a huge job for Lin and on behalf of us all, I thank her for her efforts. The initial set up has opened up issues that were not necessarily evident at the beginning. Having said that, once this first year has been worked through, the system will simply replicate this, year on year, thus saving a lot of work going forward.

On Intelligent Golf, you will see the sign up for the Christmas Greensomes, along with the rules of the game and a mention of the after game gathering in the conservatory. I have ordered mince pies and tea/coffee and I am aware many ladies bring along a few nibbles too! Don't forget it is a time to dress-up if you wish, so brush down that Santa outfit and get ready for the fun! The two CEOs from MIND in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling are planning on attending to receive our cheques too. Hopefully a photo opportunity for the local paper - might be in order!!

Good luck to the Pearson Squad playing on Wednesday against Dyrham Park at home. Let's hope we can beat them on home soil!


FINALLY, THE CLUB COMMITTEE WILL BE CALLING AN EGM ON WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER AT 7PM., TO PUT BEFORE YOU ALL, THE NECESSARY REVISIONS TO THE CLUB CONSTITUTION, FOR YOUR APPROVAL. I know this will not necessarily be high on your agenda, particularly at this time of year, when other pressures on your time take over. However, if I can ask you to spare a few minutes of your time to attend, it would be much appreciated. We promise to keep it as short as possible. A further notice about the EGM along with the revised Club Constitution will be sent out to you all via Ig.

As the year comes to a close, I propose to write one more newsletter before the Christmas break and then will be handing over to Rogie for 2020!!

Thank you,
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 November 2019

Are you ready for the Winter weather?

It certainly was pretty chilly on the course this last week, and hopefully you have found that stock of hand warmers, got out your thermals and the winter gloves ready for the winter ahead! The weather never really deters most of us, and we manage (just) to swing the club in any number of different layers of clothing! Over the next few months, we are generally pleased to be only playing 9 or 12 holes as the competition dictates, but we are sometimes encouraged to venture to a full 18 holes if and when the temperatures allow. Please remember though to bring your cards in at the end of the competition holes, and before continuing to play all 18 holes. This allows the necessary closing of the competition to take place. Thank you.

Thursday of last week saw 85 ladies join us in the Winter Invitation, an amazing number of players and certainly more than we have had before. The day stayed dry for the 9 hole individual Stableford and with prizes for Guests and Members, Low and High Handicappers alike, everyone was keen to take away a prize.

Home winners on the day were :-

Handicaps 21 and over - Angela H for Nearest the Pin on 9th
Handicaps 0 - 20 - Pat W for Longest Drive on 15th
Handicaps 21 and over - Julie R for Nearest the Pin on 12th
Handicaps 21 and over - Maggie T for Longest Drive on 18th
Overall Front 9 Winning Member was Julie P with 17pts and in 2nd place on 16 pts was Katy C.
Overall Back 9 Winning Member was Julie R with 18pts and in 2nd place on count back was Pat W also with 18 pts, of course.

Through the enormous generosity of our guests and lady members, Crossroads Care, Rogie's Charity for her Captain's year began early, with an amazing £500 raised through the raffle. On her behalf, can I thank you all once again! This local charity does some very important work supporting those who care for loved ones at home by providing much needed respite and support. I know as 2020 comes around you will continue to support this worthy cause.

Now back to the golf, Saturday saw the 3rd round of the Winter Mixed League. Les and Pat W came a very creditable 11th place with 42 points closely followed by Margaret and Robin F with 41 pts and Megan and Alan B the next mixed pair, who came in with 39 points. The day was to be won with an amazing score of 50 pts by Karl P and his partner John R.

Lets hope Karl and John are not playing next Sunday when the Ladies will be challenging the Men in the annual Pairs Matchplay Competition. Good Luck ladies, lets see if we can win this year!!!

Thursday will see the first main competition held on Intelligent Golf for the Ladies in our November Stableford Qualifier. Please remember you will need either your PIN number to hand or your Club Company Silver Card to enable you to sign in that morning and to then enter your scores. Good Luck everyone!

There are still one or two places left to play in the Hattersley Cup on December 5th, so if you fancy a bit of pairs matchplay, do get in touch with Lin who will slot you in.




I know I am preaching to the converted and you know all the above points, but you perhaps know of someone that might just need reminding!! Thank you!
Enjoy your golf this week!

Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019