Sunday, 15 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 16 July 2018

Well, its been another busy golfing week for us all and still the sun shines. The courses are beginning to look a little like a desert, but the ball does roll!

Thursday’s monthly medal was won by Hazel who again had a stonking round with a nett 65 and now plays off 16! Although yours truly also carded a nett 65, Hazel won on a card play off... Congratulations too to Caroline R who had a brilliant nett 69 and now plays off 31. Well done all and a big thanks again to our greenkeeping staff who have kept the greens to a very high standard allowing us to shoot low scores. No doubt we will all be moaning in the winter when we can’t play off our new lower handicaps!!!

Please settle your balance of £30 with Pat for the Away Day on August 2nd if you haven’t already done so. Margaret has arranged a great day and I am really looking forward to it. We will be finalising the draw this week so will let you know all details in due course.

For those not aware we play a 4 round Summer Eclectic in August each year on a Tuesday. In order to simplify the admin of this competition the sign up and sign in will be via HDID. If you signed up on the board for the first round on 31 July, then you will have been transferred to the system this week. Please therefore check your tee times for 31 July on line and then the next rounds will appear on HDID as normal. Any queries please contact Lin Goodey.

The Scratch Team played away at Brickendon Grange on Friday in their penultimate match of the season. Unfortunately the girls from Brickendon took revenge on their defeat at Chesfield last week and beat us 4-1. Well played to all the team and our last match is away at Berkhamsted on Mon 23rd July.

The weekend Stableford was won by Karen Morton with 38 pts who again had a handicap cut. Well done Karen.

I am sorry that I will not be around to play for the Lorraine Palmer Cup on Thursday this week but hope you all have a great day and play nicely with your partners!

Long may the sun continue to shine (but some rain at night might be useful!). Have a good week.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 9 July 2018

Big week this week so forgive a slightly lengthy update!

Round 2 of the Club Champs on Thursday was played under beautiful blue skies with high temps again. With the course further drying out on an hourly basis it was tight at the top but I am delighted to announce that Karen Morton won the Angela Chatterton Handicap Trophy with a magnificent nett 63 and a handicap cut of 4 shots, and Virginia Chan once again took top spot in the gross competition shooting a gross 76 (yes, gross 76!) Big congratulations to you both and to everyone who took part this year. There have been some big handicap cuts this year so far so let's keep it going....

Thanks go again to Barry and his team for providing us all with a wonderful fizzy afternoon tea, organising the warm up balls on the range and keeping us topped up with water on the course! It was again a fab day....what a great bunch we are!!

Many congratulations too to Caroline Kaswaurere who shot a nett 62 last weekend in the Weekend Medal and had a handicap cut of 4 stokes to get down to 23....what a round!

The Friendly Team played an away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday. Unfortunately we suffered a whitewash (very unlike Chesfield!)but no excuses the Ladies used their home advantage to full effect! Thanks to all who played on the day and the next Friendly is home to Heydon Grange on Wednesday this week.

The Scratch team played a home match v Brickendon Grange on Friday and had a fantastic and hard fought 4-1 win! Very well done girls, keeps us in with a chance of the playoffs! We have a return match away at Brickendon next Friday 13th.

Although the winter seems a long way away now the results of the Pearson Trophy are as follows. Even though we didn't make the final Megan and her squad represented us with pride and tenacity in a very tough season. Well done all and roll on the next one...!

Berkhamsted v Brocket Hall
Hadley Wood v East Herts

Final: Berkhamsted v East Herts

Winner: Berkhamsted

The Junior Captain James Wilson is holding his Charity Day on Sat 21st July in aid of Prostate Cancer. The Sign up sheet is on the club notice board if you wish to play but he also has lots of raffle prizes as well so perhaps a chance to make a donation to help out the boys in our lives who could be affected by this horrible disease. If you want any more info please let me know.

I have just finished writing this as England defeat Sweden to reach the semi finals of the World Cup - fantastic news for all involved and for us as fans! Perhaps football really is coming home...!!

Have a great week, keep enjoying the sunshine, the golf, the footie, the tennis and everything else you do...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 July 2018

Another lovely week for golfing although we can't tell how far the balls will now run or indeed which direction they will bounce in!! Gives us all a chance to look at other parts of the golf course!

The weekend Ladies played a fun comp whilst those of us interested watched England play Panama - us youngsters can't remember England ever scoring that many goals!

Round 4 of the summer Stableford League was played on Tuesday, up to date results will be posted on the notice board. Two more rounds to go..... 

The Friendly Team played an away match v Mount Pleasant on Wednesday with Karen Morton making her debut for the team. The match as always against the lovely ladies at MP was played in lovely conditions and Chesfield recorded an away win 2.5 to 1.5. Well done everyone and next up is another away match at Mowsbury on Tuesday.

If you are free to play in the Friendly on July 11th (Home to Heydon Grange) please let Helen Leigh know.

Thursday saw round 1 of the Club Championship. It was great to see a large field taking part this year. The results so far are now on HDID. The draw for tee times will be made on Monday and will then be on the system as last week. The players currently leading will be last out so get a lie in that day!!! Well done to all who are competing in this, and please come and join in for the presentation after round 2 with scones and tea (in the conservatory).

Please ensure that when signing in on the HDID system you sign in to the correct competition on the day as several competitions may appear on there at the same time. Once you have finished playing and signed your card please make sure it is placed in the white box on the wall in the Ladies changing room.

Margaret has emailed you all with regards to our Away Day to the Bedford at the beginning of August. Please pay the outstanding balance (£30) to Pat via the usual means marking your payment ‘Away Day’. It’s going to be a fun day!

Looks like the brollys will be out again this week - for the sun that is and take a cool towel too (wrapped around an ice pack works really well!) 😎

Good luck in Round 2 of the Club Champs and happy golfing one and all wherever you may be

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 25 June 2018

Summer is in full swing now and so is the golf.....

Following on from Charity Day week it seemed a little quieter for me this week.

The weekend Ladies played round 3 of their eclectic, difficult to see who is going to be the winner but a couple more chances to better your scores over the next couple of months. It is great to see so many ladies playing at the weekends.

We played Roll the Dice on Tuesday - a sort of scramble with a difference. It was highly amusing and a scramble always gives you several chances at the par or birdie!

The midweek ladies played their monthly Stableford on Thursday. Now that summer has arrived the CSS keeps going down so not the big handicap cuts we all feel we deserve but still lovely to play in such good conditions....well done to Hazel and Julie R who won the respective divisions with 40 points each and had handicap cuts!

After Thursday's comp I was delighted to be able to present Nicola Adkins with the Handicap Cup which she won in the far distant winter! Really well done Nicola - it was a tough season for match Play!

The Friendly team had a match away at John O Gaunt. Barbara Job made her debut for the team and the greens were running very fast on the Cartagena course. Unfortunately home advantage took over and Chesfield were unable to pull out a win but a good experience for all. We are playing at Mount Pleasant this coming week so another chance to get back on the horse and score a win!

Congratulations go to Pat Ward and Kathy Morris who are going through to the Area Final of the Coronation Foursomes to be held in July and August. The Grand Final should they progress further is held at St Andrews in September. Good luck ladies.

The Aussie Spoons competition has now finished and your Vice Captain Margaret and Pauline Humphrey will be representing Chesfield in the Regional finals at Hanbury Manor in July. Again good luck ladies.

It was great to see Pauline Harrison during her European Tour! Thanks to Kathy C for hosting a great party and I hope you were able to catch up with Pauline at the club last Thursday. Hope to see you again soon Pauline, with clubs in hand!

This week is round 1 of the Club Champs. Keep your eye on HDID as your tee times will be available from Monday evening with the lowest handicappers going out first, as is traditional in this competition. There will be warm up balls available on the range that morning and the following week for Round 2. After Round 2 on Thursday 5th July the Champions will be crowned over a cream tea in the Conservatory so please try and stay afterwards that day, even if you haven’t won!!! Good luck everyone..

Jackie Reid is looking at arranging a trip to Les Miserables at Milton Keynes next year. Due to the popularity of the tickets please could you let Jackie know if you are interested by June 30th this year!

Stay hydrated this week and take your brolly for the sun! Enjoy...😎

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

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:-
Main Courses

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 (

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 πŸŽ‰ 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....⛳️πŸ†

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!!! πŸ€ͺ 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 πŸ† 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 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!!πŸ˜€

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 9 Apr 2018

At last we are out on the course and it is a little warmer and definitely less wet!

On Tuesday a few brave souls played 9 holes and on Thursday we played the rearranged O'Sullivan Cup over 16 holes. The results are not on HDID but will be announced at the Spring Meeting.

Saturday saw the season opener Captains Drive In, featuring all Section Captains and Vice Captains.

The weather stayed dry and a special thank you to all the Ladies who took part. It was a really fun day and the other Captains, Vice Captains, members, and staff helped make it a memorable day for all the new Captains. Congratulations to Linda Brown who was in the winning team!

In case anyone has not collected their new Club sweater they are in the pro shop for payment and collection. At some stage during the season we will have a photo of everyone in their new colours (and even those who don’t have one can be in the pic too!)

I also have the County Cards for 2018 so let me know if you haven’t got one yet (they should be issued with your membership renewal but I have some spares...)

The tee times for the Jubilee Jug will be published this week and if you would just like to come and join us after the golf for afternoon tea please sign up on the board. Cost for just tea is £5. The more the merrier and there will be a raffle and Air Ambulance merchandise on sale.

Jackie has organised a Spring Flower workshop at the Club on Wednesday 18th April. There are still places available - cost £30 and you get to keep you creations....! Please contact Jackie direct.

This week is our April Stableford - this month it is in conjunction with England Golf Trust and the winner of each division has a chance to progress to an England Golf National Pairs Final to be held in August at Kings Norton Golf Club.

I have decided that I would like to see the fairways narrowed this season then all of you will have to play from the rough and not just me!!

Have fun and good luck to all those involved in matches this week ️πŸ˜€

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 Apr 2018

It's still raining as I write least some enjoyed an extra pond for a wash!!

However, we managed to play the first round of the ‘Summer’ Stableford on Tuesday. Thanks to Lesley who is administering this competition again this year. The results of Round 1 are on the board.

On Thursday we also managed to stay dry (or I did!!) and play the Maria Moore Millennium Bowl - this is an Australian rules stableford where you multiply the pairs score. With our ‘Sorrys’ said it was good fun and the winners will be announced at the Spring Meeting on May 10th.

The Pearson Team attempted to play their home match against Porters Park last Wednesday but as Kathy C putted through the puddle on the first hole and couldn’t mark her ball as the marker floated away....the match was abandoned!! However, good luck to Hazel and Margaret on Wednesday this week when they go and play at Sandy Lodge to finish the blizzard abandoned match from last month.

The winter KO semis were played this week and the final will be contested between Pat and Virginia - good luck girls and let us know when you are playing this and we will come along and support...

Don’t forget to sign up for the Jubilee Jug with a partner and sort your outfits for April 19th. All these events come around so quickly. There will be a raffle that day and prizes for the best dressed team so...

Sign up is also on the board for the first Friendly of the year versus Pavenham at home on Friday 27th April. A great opportunity for all to play some pairs match play. Kathy M and Helen are your contacts for all the Friendly matches this season.

The Captains Drive in is on for Saturday 7th April - there are a few places still available so even if you are only a 5 day member you have courtesy of the course that day and for a £10 you can have a good laugh at your Captain trying to drive off the first tee as well as all the other Captains! If you aren’t playing then you are welcome to come along and watch the Drive in...

Hope you all had a good Easter weekend. Keep your wellies handy for the week ahead but then Spring is arriving next weekend! I promise....

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 25 Mar 2018

At last we got out and played a qualifier! Not sure many of us thought it was a great idea but for a few it was...

Huge congratulations to Jill Bransby who shot a hole in one at the 12th during our Stableford competition....and on those greens too! Thanks Jill for donating to my Charity in lieu of drinks in the bar. Enjoy a well earned break in Portugal.

Jill was the worthy winner of Div 1 with Denise Clinch taking the prize in Div 2 with a massive 38 points, and a handicap cut of 2 shots! Great result Ladies in difficult conditions. 

Also welcome to Qualifiers to our newest members, Caroline Roadnight and Anne Lawrence and our new (ish) weekend players, Annette Gillett, Annabel Scholes, Clare Breen, Clare Lyndon and Caroline Kaswaurere. I hope I have included you all and the best of luck with the new season, albeit a bit late in getting going. You are always welcome on a Tuesday or a Thursday as well...

The draws were made for both the Singles and Doubles Summer Kos and these will be in black and white on the board this week with the rules of each competition and details of the prelim matches in the singles.

The Jubilee Jug sign up sheet will be on the board this week. This popular event is on Thursday April 19th. Please sign up as a pair this year – hopefully this will encourage you to get some fantastic outfits organised in advance!

Rogie and I went to play in the Ladies Captains and Vice Captains day at Welwyn Garden City last Friday. We enjoyed the golf and had a good lunch afterwards with useful exchange of views with other Hertfordshire club Captains and Vices. We didn't disgrace ourselves but equally didn't win – the winners have to host next year!

Hopefully we have now seen the back of the winter and golf will become much more pleasurable. Andy and his team have done a fantastic job during the winter both with the course and some great projects around the course. We have a course to be proud of, thanks Greenkeepers!! ⛳️

Good luck to the Pearson team in their home match v Sandy Lodge on Wednesday.

Get out and enjoy your golf!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 18 Mar 2018

Another week dawns and there is snow on the ground as I write this! Let's hope we can get a bit closer to Spring this coming week.

Following last Thursdays washout the O'Sullivan Cup will now be played on Thursday 5th April. Please sign up again on HDID and hopefully we will have a better day for it. We will not now play a medal in April.

Other rearranged comps are as follows and I will put these dates up on the board in the week

Australian Spoons - now on Tuesday April 17th
Price Vase - now on Thursday May 17th

Thanks to Anne Lawrence for entertaining us (!) during the weather breaks this week with her stories from her time with the anti terrorist police.

The Maria Moore Milennium Bowl is a pairs comp on Thursday 29th March. This is not a qualifier and is on a sign up sheet in the changing room.

The Pearson season continues this week with a home match against Porters Park on Wednesday and the 4 ladies involved in the semi finals are still trying to play their matches before the end of the month - I think it is a record this year for the number of postponements. Good luck to all and see you all for our monthly Stableford on Thursday.

There is an up to date handicap list with some further information on handicaps and qualifiers on the board at the rear of the changing room. Please reacquaint yourself with this information as we go into the season proper.

Jo will be recommending her team clinics in the week before Easter so please check the sign up sheets on the board and make use of these excellent sessions. They are great preparation for all our team golf in the coming season.

Remember most golfers prepare for disaster- a good golfer prepares for success!

Social News
Jackie has arranged for Kelly to come and do a spring floral display workshop on Wednesday 18th April 10-12.30am. Cost will be £30 per head and there needs to be a min of 4 people. Please book with Jackie direct.

Some of our ladies took part in the Quiz at the Green Man in Offley on Monday night, hope they won the prizes!

Keep smiling, clean the clubs and get the sunglasses out!

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Feedspot Blog Award

Women's Golf Blogs 
I'm thrilled to announce that the Chesfield Downs Ladies website has been awarded a place in Feedspot's Top 30 Women's Golf blogs and websites!

According to Feedspot, the sites that made it into the list were chosen from thousands of women's golf blogs and websites and were ranked based on Google reputation and search ranking, influence and popularity on social media, quality and consistency of posts, and Feedspot's editorial and expert review. We came in at number 20 in a list which includes the Ladies European Tour and Women & Golf websites. Click here to see the full Top 30 list.

Thank you to our past and present captains for their regular newsletter contributions and to our 100+ subscribers for helping to achieve this fantastic award. We now have the honour of displaying the above badge on our website!

Captain's Newsletter - 11 Mar 2018

I am not going to mention the 'W' word this week – suffice to say we are all frustrated and still await some springlike 'W'

We managed a 9 hole stableford on Tuesday, this was won by Jean Ray on her return from injury, great result Jean! The RU was Anne Lawrence. Good scores in difficult conditions.

I went with some of the Committee to visit the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance base on Monday. We had a very informative visit, which underlined the incredible work this charity does. They work in traumatic conditions with very sick or injured people, young or old and having seen it all in operation I feel even more now that this is a terrific cause to raise money for, so let's get our hands in our pockets this year. I know how generous we all are in the Ladies Section. As a specific connection to Chesfield our tour leader, base manager and paramedic (Pictured above at the front) was Lou Rosson who is Lorraine Palmer's niece. You should be very proud of her Lorraine.

On the subject of raising money for the charity, the Jubilee Jug will be upon us before we know it and so that you can all prepare in advance for it the theme this year will be 'Let's Fly in Red and Yellow'. There will be a prize for the best dressed pair....

Deposits of £10 are now due for the Away Day in August...... Please pay by the usual means marking it clearly as Away Day deposit.

The O'Sullivan Cup takes place on Thursday this week, this is a team Alliance (best 2 scores to count on each hole) so we will be trying to make up 4 balls wherever possible, giving you all the best possible chance! Good Luck..

Here's hoping we don't have to mention the 'W' word again

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 4 Mar 2018

Another week of disrupted fixtures at home, but I don't know what all the fuss was about...lovely in Spain!! ⛳️😎 hope you have managed to keep warm.

Not a lot happened on Tuesday but a few hardy souls went and played a few holes...the decision was taken then to cancel the Price Vase and in hindsight it would have cancelled itself anyway!

Please note in your diary that the Price Vase will now be played alongside our May Stableford competition on Thursday May 17th
. Surely by then it will be somewhat warmer!

Our Pearson team played away at Sandy Lodge on Monday 26th.

The weather conditions were not ideal and this resulted in the last 2 matches being abandoned because of blizzards. These matches will be replayed on April 4th. Well done girls for turning out and playing on what was a dreadful day.

The Scratch team start their 2018 campaign against Verulam at home on Saturday 10th March. A little early for what we like to call Summer golf (especially this year!) but good luck to all...

On a more positive note, the sign up sheets will be going up on Monday 5th March for the Summer Knockouts. Full rules for planning your matches will also be on the board. The Ann Grist Trophy is the match play singles KO and the Mary Warmoth is the Pairs KO. Closing date for Entries is Mon 19th March. The draw will be made on Thursday 22nd March.

Finally, to help us improve our performances in Medal rounds this season there will be a supply of warm up balls on the range for each of our monthly Medal competitions through the season. Use wisely!!

And....Birdies start again this week so don't forget to record them in the book.

Wellies out next week.... Roll on Spring! ⛳️🀞
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 26 Feb 2018

Congratulations to all our winners in the Winter Eclectic! The full results are now on the notice board for those of you itching to find out where you finished!

Happy Birthday Angela and thanks for the lovely cakes. Enjoy the Cruise🚒 !

The course was closed due to heavy rain. Thanks to the guys at the club who allowed us to have a play on the Skytrak where we played a NTP competition. The weather was lovely on the hole we played and well done to Mandy who got closest!

This year we managed to play 18 holes in the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition although it was very cold. The winners will be announced at the Spring Meeting.

And in other news...

Jo Wilson has been keeping it a secret but for the 2nd year running she has won the Stella Frogley Memorial Final. Checkout the link and brilliant result Jo!

Don't forget to sign up for the Australian Spoons on Tuesday March 13th. It is now on HDID as is the sign up for the O'Sullivan Cup.

The Pearson season gets back under way this week. Good luck to all the team in their away fixture at the tricky Sandy Lodge ( clue is in the name!)

Many congratulations too go to Virginia (and the rest of us as we are the content!) as the Ladies Website has attained a top 30 position in a national competition. Although we weren't aware that we had entered, keep your eye on the website for the details! I think we all know what a great site it is and so well put together and updated by Virginia.

Finally, and hot off the press we played the 2017 edition of the Ladies v Men match on Saturday. The girls all played fantastic golf and all the matches were close, but the Men came out 3.5 to 1.5 winners. Jackie and Craig both played(last years Captains) and made the speeches and presentation afterwards.

I am off to get some warm weather training in so have a good week and good luck in the Price Vase on Thursday! 😎

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 19 Feb 2018

As I write this the sun is at last shining for more than 5 seconds – hopefully we are now coming out of winter and some sunshine will help dry out the course. Who knows in 2 months time we will be bouncing our shots over the back of the greens as the ground is so dry - Golf in Britain!!

The final round of the Winter Eclectic went ahead without holes 6 and 7. Unfortunately we would have played those holes from a pond so apologies to those who were relying on improving on those holes last week. That'll teach us to leave it to the last minute! The winners of both divisions will be honoured on Thursday after the Megan Bonner Par 3. This competition is now full so please let me know as soon as possible if you are unable to play.

Tuesday – 5 clubs and a putter. On another very cold and wet day we played 9 holes and Lesley came out the winner with Julie R a close runner up. Well done all for perseverance!

The Ladies v Men match – held over from 2017 takes place on Saturday 24th February. Thanks to all for signing up – it is always a difficult one to win but good luck everyone and lets show them what we can do...

On TUESDAY March 13th there is a new competition in our calendar - the England Golf Australian Spoons. This is a Pairs competition with a chance of progressing to a regional final later in the year. All the rules and details are on the board but in order to enter the competition you will need to sign up on HDID. Any questions please speak to Pauline Humphrey.

Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday - 9.30 Shotgun start, don't be late! All the reserves have now been allocated a space....good luck everyone

Here's to Spring ⛳️⛳️⛳️
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 12 Feb 2018

With just under 3 weeks to go until the beginning of our season (although most of us are and have been playing the winter season...) the first qualifier and trophy sign up is now on the system – this is the Price Vase on Thursday March 1st. Let's hope that perhaps it will be a little warmer by then...

On the subject of warmer times (hopefully!) we will be off to the Bedford Golf Club for my Captains Away Day on August 2nd to play for the Kelland Pairs Trophy. Thanks to Margaret who has organised this and she and I played there last month to suss it out. The verdict was great course, good service, good food and facilities. Please sign up on the board initially and Margaret will keep us up to date with info and payment details.

The Team Stableford Alliance was won by Hazel, Lesley, Julie R and Anne, the Runners Up were Kathy D, Katy, Vicky and Lauren, 2 formidable teams! Well done all.

The Winter Eclectic has only one round left to go and the competition is reaching its zenith! Get those shots off on Thursday and who knows who can rise to the top. I think it has been great fun and is always popular. There WILL be a leaderboard up so you can see what you need to do...good luck!

Virginia and Susanna will be representing us in the next round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. They have a tricky match away at Letchworth so good luck to them both.

If you still owe your £5 subs for the year please settle up with Pat via the usual methods.

I hope that all our ladies in far flung places this month are having a great time and enjoying a better climate than we are!!

Keep warm, and dry...again!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 4 Feb 2018

Another week of mixed weather but at least we are now out of January and the days are starting to get just a tiny bit longer. More daylight = More golf!

The sign up sheet for the Megan Bonner Par 3 is now up so please get your names up. Thursday 22nd Feb, shotgun start at 9.30, light refreshments afterwards with prize presentation for the Winter Eclectic.

A Novelty Stableford (rules perhaps need a little clarification for next time but it was fun!!) the Winner on her return from Florida was Kathy Dale and Mandy Unger was the Runner up. Obviously these ladies were best at kicking and throwing!

Winter Eclectic Round 5. Hopefully with 2 more rounds to go we still have room for improvement...don't leave it too late to go low!

Chesfield Ladies are becoming a force to be reckoned with individual and team golf and in order to raise our profile further it is a perfect time of year to think about entering a couple of County Competitions for those of a competitive nature. It would be fantastic to see some of you taking part - great way of playing some different courses and making new aquaintances. Details as follows

De Paula Cup - this is a scratch singles KO competition for handicappers from 12.5 - 20.4 (as at 19 March 2018) The KO matches take place over the summer months with competitors arranging their own matches for the first 3 rounds. Please see the HCLGA website for entry forms and details or speak to Jackie Reid.

Powell Cup - this is a Foursomes Scratch KO Cup. Details are again on the website but please see Kathy Dale who will be coordinating this one.

Thanks to those who came to the Porters Park Coffee Morning. All your tickets were entered into the 4 ball raffle but we had only one winner - congratulations to Di Rogers who won a 4 ball at Dyrham Park which is near Barnet and I believe it is a lovely course! Well done Di, and sorry everyone else! Money raised all went towards promoting and running Junior golf in the County.

Good luck this week⛳️

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 28 Jan 2018

This week has again seen a mixture of winter weather and has meant that the course is still very wet. However being a hardy lot we have got out in the fresh air and played some muddy golf. Some of the fences have now seen better days at the club!

Tuesday's competition was a Stableford Multiplier and was won by Lin Goodey and Mandy Unger. Anne Lawrence and Barbara Baldwin were the Runners up. Congratulations ladies, always a difficult format to get a score!

Conditions were again tricky but the 3rd Round of the Winter Eclectic was played and its getting close at the top of both divisions. Still 3 rounds to go so plenty of time to get that Eclectic score down.

The first trophy competition of the year is the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition on Thursday 22nd February. The sign up sheet for this will be on the board on Thursday this week. It is a shotgun start at 9.30 and will be followed by the prize presentation for the Winter Eclectic.

Stay warm...happy golfing

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 22 Jan 2018

Unfortunately we are in the grips of a nasty spell of winter weather (Captain is stating the obvious!) winter golf is not for everyone but although rather windy a good number of ladies played on both Tuesday and Thursday last week.

Golf Results
Tuesday - Double the Odds
Winner - Pat Ward - 30 points
Runner up Helen Leigh - 28 points

Thursday - Eclectic Rnd 3
Hopefully we all improved from our previous score. The results are not available through HDID but there will be a copy of the Leaderboard in the changing room later in the week so you know what you have to do in the next round!

Upcoming Events
Our first trophy of the year will be the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition played on the Lannocks course on Thursday 22nd February. Entry will be via a sign up sheet on the board at the beginning of February. Prizes for the Winter Eclectic will be awarded following the golf that day with light refreshments and a cuppa in the Conservatory.

There is also a list up on the board for anyone wishing to come to the Coffee Morning at Porters Park Golf Club on Monday 29th January. If you need a lift or are willing to drive please fill in the list. I will take all our raffle tickets and try and ensure that we win some prizes between us all this year!

For those of you anxiously waiting for the diary, the paper copies are now available via reception so pick up your copy this week.

Keep warm and dry...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 15 Jan 2018

The Ladies Committee had their first meeting of the year. It was decided that in line with the new CONGU handicapping system all our competitions this year will be open to all Ladies with a maximum handicap of 54. This will maintain the inclusive nature of our club and our section and I will keep you informed as to any other details relating to this in due course.

The Committee itself remains as last year with the addition of Pauline Humphrey who joins us as 'member without portfolio' and I know she will be a great asset to Team 18. Although Virginia does not sit on the Committee this year she will continue to carry out the role of IT Advisor/Consultant and manage our website and all things technical.

It was good to get a round of the Winter Eclectic under our belts and even though we needed torches on a dull day I am sure that most of us will have plenty to improve on in the next round. Good luck this week...

The Annual Subs for the Ladies Section are now due. For the new ladies this is a one off annual payment which goes towards administering the Ladies Section and allows you to play in all the competitions run by the Ladies Section. Please pay by the usual methods.

Whilst you have your financial heads on your deposits for the Away Weekend to Belton Woods are now due. Please pay £35 by the usual methods (cheques payable to Chesfield Downs Ladies Section) making your payment clear that it is for this event. Any queries please speak to Lin Goodey or Katy Cook.

Nikki Brooke is undertaking a 'Dry January' in aid of my charity! Thank you so much Nikki, I am sure it is a very difficult challenge. If you would like to donate via her Just Giving page then here is the link.

Also, there is a notice up in the changing room regarding donations of unwanted items/clothing etc for my charity - the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. The charity do not have their own bags for these collections but please bring your own and leave in the changing room. I will arrange for them to be collected. It's a great way of raising funds for them. Thank you in advance.

Let's hope we see a bit of sunshine this week - happy golfing

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018