Sunday, 16 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Sep 2018


Another busy week for us all on the courses of Hertfordshire!

We played a Friendly away at Knebworth on Tuesday. The Knebworth ladies were great hosts, the weather was kind (at least until the end) the course was in very good condition and the food was fab. All the matches were close and went to the 17th - the final result was 3 games to 2 to Knebworth. A big thank you to all the CD ladies who played so well!

Several of our Ladies played at Redbourn this week in their Open and had a fun time. I don't think they won the golf but it appears they did well on the tombola!!! Pat and Jackie went to Oak Park to play in the Champion of Champions. They had a good day out on a tricky, undulating course!!

Congratulations to Lauren and Angela H who won their respective divisions in last weeks Medal.

It is the Autumn Meeting on Thursday this week. It is great to see a full house on the golf course and for lunch and prize giving in the afternoon. Please note that as there are so many of us I have rescheduled a LS photo after lunch (Captain forgot her jumper this week!). Wear your Foxglove jumper if you have one... but ALL welcome for the photo shoot! Please pay Pat for the Autumn Meeting if you haven't done so already - £18.

Looking ahead to the Festive season, I have put a notice up on the board with a view to a change to tradition this year....have a look when you are next at the club and let me have your thoughts! 🎄

Also looking ahead to the next season of Pearson matches which is approaching fast, we will be making a few changes to how the teams are selected and how the squad works as a whole. Hopefully these changes will make us more competitive and more successful in this competition. We have great talent as golfers both home and away but feel that some small changes will bring us all benefits. Please watch this space and your email boxes for further info as it becomes available.

Have a good week and looking forward to a great day again on Thursday for the Autumn Meeting - weather looks ok for it too...

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 10 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 10 Sep 2018

It appears that the lovely summer of 2018 is continuing into the early autumn with great weather for low scoring golf!


Hopefully you are now all aware that the date for Captain's Day has been changed from Sat 15th Sept to Sat Nov 10th. I really hope that you will be available for that Saturday and come and celebrate with the Captains. There will be a revised tee sheet on the club notice board this week so please sign up and I will be selling raffle tickets for a years FREE membership from next week. £5 a ticket....

Last weekend Kathy D won the Weekend Medal with a nett 67, followed up by a nett 68 in the 2nd round of the Eclectic Cup on Thursday. Congratulations Kathy on a good handicap cut too!

Kathy is obviously on fire at the mo and along with Lauren they entered the Yonex Ladies Pairs competition "The Hertfordshire Crown" held over 2 days and 36 holes at Letchworth and Knebworth GCs. There were lots of fantastic goody bags and prizes up for grabs and Kathy and Lauren scored 40 points on day 1, followed up by 41 points on day 2. With that overall score of 81 points they were thrilled to come 3rd (pipped from 2nd on c/b) They received a glass trophy, a lovely golf holdall and have qualified to play in the Yonex Tour Championship 2018 at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Monday 24th Sept. Well done girls, a fabulous result and this competition is certainly one for the diary next year...good luck on 24th!


On Sunday 9th Pat W and Jackie R are representing Chesfield in the Crown Champion of Champions at Oak Park. Hope you had a great day ladies and brought the prizes home...there will be a report in next weeks newsletter!

This week brings a Friendly match away at Knebworth on Tuesday, good luck team!

Jean Ray reaches a 'significant milestone' in her life this week and after golf on Thursday she has kindly arranged tea and cakes for us to celebrate with her. Congratulations Jean and bring your best voices on Thursday!

I am hoping to hold a raffle at the Autumn Meeting on 20th Sept so if you have any suitable prizes (that you would like to win!!) then please place in the box in the changing room.

Have a good week ⛳️
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Sep 2018

Just back from a wonderful week in Granada. If you thought it was hot here last month then I was only practising for this trip! Hope you all had a good week...

Certainly Nikki B did, a fantastic hole in one last weekend at the 9th. Well done!! The other ball in the pic belonged to Linda Brown who scored a birdie - very close!


The first round of the Eclectic Cup was played on Thursday and Virginia was top of the pile with a gross score of 80. This excellent score lead to Virginia getting to the elusive single figure handicap. Well done...In spite of that there is still all to play for in round 2 this week. Don't forget to hole out on every hole to make both rounds count! There is a handicap prize too.

If you haven't already done so then please sign up for Captain's Day (Sept 15th) on the Club noticeboard. I will bring the raffle tickets this week - remember you can win a years FREE membership for a £5 ticket, good value I would say...also I may still need a couple of you for my team...

Pat and Jackie will be taking part in the Crown Champion of Champions day at Oak Park next weekend. Good luck Ladies, enjoy the moment! I hope Crown treat you nicely!

Hope to see you all during the week.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 Aug 2018

What a fantastic recovery the course has made, thanks to Andy and his team as well as Mother Nature! Lovely to play off some lush fairways (what are they there for, I only noticed them on my way to the rough!!) Anyway...

Details of Captains Day is now on the Club notice board - Sat Sept 15th, please sign up for golf and evening tickets. Remember you can bring your non golfing pals to the evening dinner at £30 p head. Pay in cash on the day please. There is also a raffle to win one years FREE membership of the club. Tickets are £5 each and I will start selling them when I come back from hols next week! Good prize! Also, I am looking for 2 more players for my team that day so please don't be shy!!!


The Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice tee sheet is filling up for September 20th. If you can't find a spot then please speak to Lin or Rogie and they will endeavour to help...Please remember to pay by the usual means.

This Thursday sees the 1st Round of our Eclectic Cup, with the second round on September 6th. In spite of its name (Eclectic) BOTH rounds are qualifiers and you must therefore ensure that you putt out on every hole in each round and do NOT pick up as this will lead to disqualification. Please remember to sign in on the computer for both rounds. Good luck!

Congratulations go to Jacqui Harbor who won the weekend Stableford and to Vicky and Pauline who won their divisions in the Thursday Stableford.

Although it seems some way off the Ladies Section AGM will take place on the evening of Nov 1st. Hopefully there will be free wine so please put the date in your diary. It is a fun evening with all the end of year presentations. In order to fulfill the rules of our constitution with regard to our AGM, we will be posting some notices on the board in the next couple of weeks, showing among other items nominations for Committee 2019. There are still some posts available so please consider a position on the Committee and have a chat with Margaret or any other committee members. Committee posts are really not as onerous as you might think, we actually have a lot of fun and it gives you the opportunity to get involved with your section. As we all know our Ladies section is the best but it doesn't happen with out the support of its members! If you aren't aware you can read the Minutes of Committees and AGMs on the ladies webpage under the About Us tab.

Off to sunny Granada for a week. I have put my clubs away. Instead, lots of history, Spanish red and tapas. Have a good week and good luck with your golf.

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Aug 2018

Following some rain the previous week, we had a bit more last week. Seems Thursdays are prone to rain at the moment! However the course is starting to look a bit greener - every cloud has a silver lining!


Because it poured down on Thursday we decided to postpone the Macknight Pairs and have now rescheduled it for TUESDAY September 18th. The competition will miraculously reappear on the system next week showing the same pairings and same tee times as last Thursday. However, in all cases please check the system and ensure that you and your partner are still available for the allotted tee time and obviously you can make any changes as usual. i.e. adding/ taking away your names or changing your time etc. Any queries please contact Lin but hopefully some of the original pairings will be able to make this rescheduled date.

There have been a number of notable 9 hole winning ladies over the last few weeks and they too have had some handicap cuts. Julia Goodwin won BOTH stablefords in May and one in June, with Pam Blake taking top spot in the other June comp. Chris Leary won BOTH in July and Kay Baker won the latest August competition. Well done to all our lovely 9 hole ladies.

The sign up is on the system now for the Autumn Meeting/Chris Leary Chalice on Thursday 20th September. This is an individual stableford non qualifier off full handicap (Yippee! Thanks Chris!) the price is £18 for golfers and £16 for non golfers who just wish to come for lunch and the presentations afterwards. Further details will be on a flyer in the changing room next week. Payment in advance by the usual methods. Lots of prizes on offer that day and a raffle for the Air Ambulance. Should you still have any suitable raffle prizes (that you would like to win!) then please let me have them. Many thanks.

On the down side this week it was disappointing that Virginia and I failed to qualify for the Ping Pairs finals. There were lots of massive scores and our 45 points wasn't even enough to make the Plate Final.....!!

The inaugural Friendly was played at Redbourn on Friday and unfortunately ended with a 3-1 loss. The games were close and played in great conditions (some grass on the fairways!) and in good spirit. Thanks to all the ladies who played and a special well done to Maggie and Pauline who won their match. We look forward to welcoming the Redbourn ladies back to Chesfield next year.


Jean Ray reaches a notable birthday at the beginning of next month and as a celebration she has very kindly arranged for us to join her for tea and cake after our golf on Thursday 13th September. I thought it would be a nice occasion to take a Ladies Section photo that day with as many of us as possible sporting our newish Foxglove jumpers. Please make a note in your diary to not only join Jean for her birthday celebrations but wear or bring your new Ladies Section Foxglove jumper if you have one! You are all welcome for tea whether you have a foxglove jumper or not and will be in the picture too. Let's hope it a nice day....!!

Happy golfing!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter -13 Aug 2018

Well, I think the heatwave might have ended, just at the time we went out to play the August Medal! I don't know about the rest of you but I was wetter than a big bag of wet things!! A welcome relief in some respects and good for the course and the garden....however I am always amazed at how quickly I get fed up with cool damp weather!

A visit to Tina - the Musical was enjoyed by 10 Ladies and Allan Cook! I believe they were quite well behaved and thanks to Jackie R for arranging it all, it was fantastic...so was the fizz (by the looks of it) at a nearby bar.

Pat W and Kathy Morris had a great day at Lutterworth Golf Club in the Regional final of the Coronation Foursomes Cup, they were only 10 putts behind the winners and came 32nd out of 99 pairs. A very creditable result representing Chesfield for the first time in this competition.

Lots of golf has again been played this week, not least the match between the Ladies and the Senior Men for the Palmer Cup. David Palmer donated the trophy back in 1998 and it was lovely that both David and Lorraine were able to represent their sections this year. This is always a very closely fought match and this year it involved 6 pairs from each section. As the rules state, if the Senior Men win then they play off the white tees the following year. Last year they did win so it was the white tees for them on Wednesday. I am thrilled and proud to say that the Ladies won by a resounding 5 matches to 1, so the Men will be off the yellow tees next year! In spite of that we all enjoyed a lovely summer lunch together afterwards and were still speaking to one another....thanks to Brian F for arranging it all and to Pauline H for getting the Ladies team together. Many thanks for playing Ladies - you were awesome!



Congratulations to all match winners in the summer knockouts. We have now reached the semi final stage of both singles and doubles so good luck to those left in the competitions.

Jo Oliver is running Ladies clinics on either Mondays/Wednesdays. For exact dates and further details please see the notice board in the changing room. These sessions are a great way to move your game to the next level, increase your confidence and hone your swing and are a steal at £7.

It was the 2nd round of the Summer Eclectic on Tuesday - hope you all managed to reduce your overall score by a few strokes. Still 2 more rounds to go. Sign up is on HDID.

Then the great rains arrived and we played the Monthly medal - a number of drowned rats managed to finish and Division 1 was won by yours truly whilst Linda Brown won Div 2.

Next Thursday we will be playing the Macknight Pairs Scramble competition. Please collect a copy of the rules when you collect your cards and don't forget to sign in on the computer.

There is a Friendly match at Redbourn on Friday, the first time we have played them in a Friendly so good luck to all the team. Get your match play hats on and enjoy...

And don't forget Captains Day on September 15th. Sign up and further details will be up this week on the Club Notice Board. Any queries please ask me or another member of the committee. It's a day of golf followed by evening dinner and entertainment.

Enjoy the cooler weather but may the sun still shine!

Happy golfing
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Aug 2018

Where is the time going, another brilliant week of summer and some great times with good friends


The Away Day on Thursday was a fantastic day and I am so grateful to everyone who came and played in very hot conditions. The Bedford Club was an excellent choice and they looked after us all very well. Although it was hot there were some good scores and Helen and Nikki came out tops with Jackie and myself the runners up. We played for the Kelland Pairs Trophy, and although Marica was unable to be with us to present her trophy, it was awarded in her absence with some beautiful engraved keepsake glasses. A big thank you again to Margaret and all who contributed to the day, making it another memorable event in my Captains Year.



Earlier in the week we played the 1st round (of 4) of the Summer Eclectic. Plenty of time to improve on your first round. Please remember that when you are playing your first round (whether it was last week or this coming week) you must play it as a strokeplay game and putt out on every hole. Once you have completed that first round then you are trying to better your scores each week so can pick up in the next rounds if you can't make a lower score – hope that makes sense!

Congratulations to Pam Blake who won the Adult Par 3 competition in July. This is the competition run by Jo Oliver on the Lannocks Course and is a stern test for all. Well done Pam and I understand they docked you 2 shots on your handicap!!!

Hot off the press, the Weekend Ladies played a medal on Saturday. Special congratulations to Lin who shot a nett 61 and had a handicap cut of 4 shots, to Julie Price who shot a nett 66 and is down to 12. I believe that Nikki and Megan also got a cut although not as big as they might have wanted, as the CSS came down again! Well done to you all.

Wednesday this week brings the hard fought Palmer Cup match between the Ladies and the Senior Men. Last year this match had to be postponed in August because it was too wet but the Senior men won the trophy which means that this year they are playing off the White tees!

Captain's Day will be on Saturday September 15th. The sign upsheet will be up on the board soon. It will be a fun day with a dinner and entertainment in the evening. Please bring your non golfing partners/ friends for dinner in the evening. If you need more info at this stage please ask Margaret or myself but put the date in your diaries.

Our Autumn Meeting will be held on Thursday September 20th. This competition will not be on HDID, so look out for the sign up sheet in the locker room later in the month. There will be lunch afterwards.

Just had to include this photo of your captain sporting the latest in headwear for the hot summer!!


Have a good week and keep playing well!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 30 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 30 July 2018


I seem to have started most of my newsletters this year with some sort of weather report but I am not sure what to put this week except that summer just keeps going although that is perhaps stating the obvious!! Anyway....

A lot of golf has been played this week both home and away and all the courses are baked to a cinder. For many of us the ball just keeps on rolling and bouncing into all sorts of places but overall I think we would rather play summer golf than winter golf!

Last weekend the Dennis Flynn Trophy was played. This is a mixed stableford competition and around 60 players took part. Congrats to Pat Ward who finished 4th overall with a very good 38 points and a handicap cut.

Also last weekend James Wilson, the Juniors Captain had his charity day. A fantastic result for James, raising over £5000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Scratch team had their final match of the season on Monday, away at Berkhamsted. Margaret, Jill and Linda made their debuts for the team. The course is unusual in that it doesn't have any bunkers. That you might say is an advantage – however there are so many other hazards, gorse, trees, hedges that home advantage showed through and the team was beaten. Well done to all though who played that match and indeed to all the team who have represented Chesfield this year in the Scratch matches. We are currently in top spot in our division but there are a number of other teams with matches still to play. However as leaders in the clubhouse with the points on the board perhaps the pressure will get to the other teams. Thanks to Kathy D for running the team and organising the practice rounds etc this season. Great job skip!

Margaret and Pauline represented Chesfield in the Australian Spoons regional final at Hanbury Manor this week. The course was tricky (and very hot – obviously!!) but they had a creditable mid table final placing at the end.

On Thursday, alongside our monthly Stableford those ladies who played for the Pearson Team this year were eligible to win the Pearson Trophy. The competition saw a number of very good scores and Vice Captain Margaret won the Pearson Trophy and Div 1, with 42 points, getting a nice handicap cut. Div 2 was won by Caroline Roadnight, again with a massive 42 points and a handicap cut to 28, great to see again one of our newer members getting to grips with the course. Well done Caroline!

Next week sees our Away Day to the Bedford. This competition is a fun competition and consequently a pair playing on their own can mark their own card and are eligible to win. Arrive early for bacon butties and putting competition....lunch and prize presentation will happen when we have all finished. Please ensure you have paid your final £30 via the usual means prior to the day.

Captains Tip of the week in this hot weather – wrap a wet towel around an ice block in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Take it to golf course in an insulated bag or alongside your frozen water bottles and it will slowly defrost allowing you a cool towel for your head and neck (or anywhere else you fancy using it!)

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 23 July 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 23 July 2018


Hopefully you have all enjoyed another sun filled week of golf although football didn't come home! The Open golf is continuing at Carnoustie as I write this so let's hope there is an exciting finish there.

The Friendly team played their latest match against Heydon Grange at Home. It was a great game with five pairs playing. The result was an honourable draw and there were so many good comments from Heydon ladies about our course/club. I think those ladies now know why Helen moved to play at Chesfield. Big thanks to all who play for the Friendly team and give our club and our course a great name!

The tee times for the Away Day to the Bedford have been emailed out but are also on the board in the changing room. I will post any last minute changes in next weeks newsletter so keep your eyes peeled! Even if you have a later tee time come early for bacon butties and join in the putting comp - there will be prizes to win!!! If anyone still needs a lift please speak to a me or any of the Committee and we will sort!

Congratulations to Angela H and Caroline R who won the Palmer Betterball Cup last Thursday. Looks as though it was all quite close with some excellent scores. Well done all!

Good luck to the Scratch team in their final match of the season v Berkhamsted away. The course was a little bit like Carnoustie (parched!!) and without the bunkers when we played it last week!

Happy golfing one and all!
Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

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...!

Semi-Finals
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:-
Nibbles
Starters
Main Courses
Desserts

Kathy will provide wine and soft drinks.

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

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

Enjoy the sunshine!
Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 4 June 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 27 May 2018

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

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

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


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

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


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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 21 May 2018


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

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

Congratulations this week go to...

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 14 May 2018

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

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

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

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

Spring Meeting Winners

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

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

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

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

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 7 May 2018

At last it feels a bit more like Spring and the balls are starting to fly and roll a bit further. In spite of everything the course is looking and playing really well. Thanks again to Andy and his team for getting us through.


Spring Meeting is on Thursday this week - the tee times are posted on the board. Please ensure you have settled up with Pat via the usual methods. £18 golfers. £16 lunch only. There will be presentations after lunch and a £1 raffle on the day in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The Pearson team had a fantastic win this week, thrashing Sandy Lodge 6-1. Its been a really challenging season but Megan has led the squad with a smile and all the games have been played with spirit and determination. In most cases the refreshments have been great too...well done everyone who represented Chesfield through the horrible elongated winter season.

The Scratch team went to West Herts last Sunday - it was freezing! Unfortunately we were beaten 4-1 but it is a lovely course and a great bunch of ladies. Next match is May 20th v Berkhamsted at home.

Big mention here for the winners of the Adult Par 3 comp in April were Jane Sparkes and Pam Blake - well done ladies...handicap cuts on the way...?

The Ken Bird Trophy match takes place on Sunday 13th May. In case you weren't aware this is a team match - each 4 ball team consisting of a member from each of the sections. Good luck to the following who will be representing the ladies - Pat, Sarah, Jacqui H, Lin, Caroline K and Annabel.

If you have any friends from other clubs who would like to play at Charity Day on June 14th then please invite them. It will be a pairs competition on the day with lunch afterwards and the usual fund raising stalls/raffles etc. I have a sheet with all the details for visitors so let me know if you need it.

Amanda Macknight has very kindly agreed to make up some lovely hampers for the Charity Day Hamper Raffle. The idea is to theme them, golf, gardens, food/drink, nice smellies... If you are able to donate a small item for any of these hampers then I will put a box in the changing room next week.

Our next 2 events are the Price Vase on May 17th (rearranged from March) and the Ping Pairs on May 24th. Both of these are on HDID for sign up now.

Also don't forget you can still play another round in the Aussie Spoons competition. There are a few ladies who wish to play another round and are looking for a different partner. Please contact Kathy Morris and she will sort out the pairings (kmm53@btinternet.com)

The summer knockouts have now started. Commiserations to those who had to play the prelim round and didn't make it through. Good luck to everyone else.
Have a great week, enjoy the weather and happy golfing...☀️

Sarah Faircliff
Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 30 Apr 2018

Yet again as I write this the course is closed due to 19mm of rain overnight! Hopefully by the time you read this things will have improved....

Big Happy Birthday to Megan for Monday 30th April!!!! Hope your celebrations 🎉 were fun with the family!

It's been a very busy week for matches, the Pearson team have played twice this week, against Welwyn Garden City and Porters Park. Unfortunately they weren't able to win but there were some close matches. Congrats to Hazel, Margaret, Julie R and Kathy C who all won their games during the week. They have one more match to play v Sandy Lodge on Tuesday to complete the season.

The Scratch team also played and gained a creditable half v Veralum, obviously during the summer as the photo shows! By the time you read this they will have played their next match away at West Herts.

Scratch Team v Veralum

The Friendly team kicked off their season with a match v Pavenham, Maggie and Anne made their debuts and Chesfield lost by a small margin. Well done girls. The return match has already been booked for next year. Helen and Kathy M are captaining the team this year and need an extra couple of Ladies for the next home match on Sat May 12th v Colmworth. Open to all...please contact them if you would like to play.

The draw for Spring Meeting (Thursday 10th May) will be done this week and tee times posted for you all on Thursday on the board. There is still time to add your name in or sign up for lunch only. Prizes and cups and trophies we have already played for this season will be presented after lunch on the day. Get the sun dances going!!

Charity Day is racing towards us so do invite any friends you might wish to play with that day. I have a sheet with all the info on if you want to send it to anyone let me know...🚁🚁

Please please send us some warm weather and sunshine!! Happy golfing x

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 23 Apr 2018

Sun sun sun......😎 didn't really think I would be saying that this time last week but at last we have enjoyed a great week of weather and hopefully we can now get on with all our matches, cups, trophies, qualifiers etc etc....⛳️🏆

The Pearson Team played away at Porters Park on Monday, congratulations to Nikki and Kathy M who secured wins but unfortunately Porters Park ran out 5-2 winners. The team have 2 more matches in quick succession this week, away at WGC on Monday and then a rescheduled match home against Porters Park on Wednesday. Good luck to all.

The Scratch Team played their first match of the season on Friday at home to Veralum. The course was now in great condition and in very hard fought matches the overall result was a halved match! Well done to Vicky who made her debut for the team and won her match!

The Australian Spoons competition took place on Tuesday in windy conditions. The top pair after the qualifying round with 36 points is Hazel and Anne. Don't forget you can play as many times as you like between now and the closing date in June AND you can change your partner if the first one was rubbish!!! ðŸĪŠ there is a sheet up on the board with further details but any queries please contact Kathy Morris or Pauline Humphrey. You might qualify for the next round at Hanbury Manor but I think you will need more than 36 points! Good luck.

The week culminated in the Jubilee Jug, held on the hottest April day for 70 years...! It was a fantastic day and thanks to all who got into the spirit with some great outfits (some not designed for the heat!) and gave generously to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. it looks like we raised in the region of £300 and had a lovely afternoon tea too.

There were some great scores posted and congratulations go to Hazel and Katy who won the trophy with 46 points 🏆 the other places on the rostrum went to the Julies - Price and Retallick, and Barbara and Vicky both with 43 points.

Jubilee Jug winners - Katy Cook & Hazel Brunnen

The judging for the Best Dressed pair was really difficult but Chris and Di took the fizz on this ocassion. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. There are lots of pics to view on Club Facebook page.

Best Dressed winners - Di Chapman & Chris Skeen

Life moves on a pace now and the sign up sheet is now on the board for the Spring Meeting on May 10th. We will draw the 4 balls for this a week before and it will be a Team Alliance format followed by lunch and Prize giving of the trophies and Cups so far this year. Cost is £18 - payment to Pat via the usual methods. If any of you wish to just join in for lunch and prize giving please also sign up and the cost is £16. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the golf on the day.

Have a great week and happy golfing...⛳️

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 15 Apr 2018

Pearson Team at Brocket Hall

So, we set out on a another week of Springtime!

On Saturday the course had dried out enough for all to take part in the Captains Drive In. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with excellent grub after and a fair amount of banter! Everyone put a tee in the ground where they thought the Captains Drives would land....how wrong most of them were! Should have known better than to put them in the fairway!

On Monday the Pearson team took on Brocket Hall at their place. The rain just kept on coming and Brocket came out the winners 5 - 2. Congratulations for giving it a really good shot girls, the conditions were appalling...although I gather the tea afterwards was worth playing for....!🍰

It was not a great day for playing matches and as the greens flooded at Chesfield in the afternoon, Virginia and yours truly took on Aldwickbury Park in a scratch foursomes match in the Powell Cup. Unfortunately we were soundly beaten....but there’s always next year!

The rest of the week was not that good for golfing either, the course being completely closed on Tuesday and then, fog on Thursday coupled with the earlier waterlogging lead to the cancellation of the April midweek Stableford!

However at the end of another miserable week the weather fairies tell me that next week really will be better. We have the rearranged Australian Spoons on Tuesday and the Jubilee Jug on Thursday so get your shorts and your fake tan out! Don’t forget there will be a raffle on Thursday for the Air Ambulance so please bring an extra £1 or 2 with you. Please pay in the usual way for the event - £12 to include afternoon tea.

Just as a footnote to this, Jo Wilson invited the section Captains to play at Woburn on Friday. She kindly offered up a prize for a couple of NTP holes. At the 6th I managed to win the prize but from about 3 feet I managed to 4 putt, much to the amusement of all, especially one young James Wilson!!! I felt the need to mention this before he told everyone in the club!! That’s golf James....but thanks to you and your family for hosting a lovely day.

And on that note, remember, when playing a match, always concede the fourth putt!!😀

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

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 ️😀

Sarah Faircliff - Ladies Captain 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Captain's Newsletter - 2 Apr 2018

It's still raining as I write this....at 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

 
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