Sunday, 14 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 14 July 2019


With no photos taken this last week, I thought I would give you an insight into part of the course from the air. In fact, from a drone that the greenkeepers sometimes use to get a different perspective of the course! An interesting view isn't it, but can you place it?

Some small changes that The Club Company promised a few months back are beginning to be seen! This week the new 'Costa' coffee machine took pride of place in the clubhouse and all the staff received their training on it Tuesday! New menus are now out on the tables, with a separate one for Breakfasts for those who like to partake before a round! Think you will agree they look tasty and there are certainly some welcome additions. New mats have arrived for the Driving Range and I believe they are now in place. No time to take advantage of them for me this last week, although I could have done with it! We have been informed that Intelligent Golf and the electronic booking system it supports, should be up and running by the first week in November. All concerned thought it sensible to delay the coming on stream until the important matches; championships, medals and cups/trophies etc are largely out of the way thereby avoiding any difficult moments!! Our new membership cards should be out soon, but I have no definitive date as yet, your balances will move across for you. I should have more news after Monday 22nd when we have our first club committee meeting with the new team. In the meantime, I will keep you as informed as I can!

This coming week sees the Friendly team away at Heydon Grange, good luck to all those playing! Its a great course as long as it stays dry!! Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

There are still a few places left on Thursday for the Lorraine Palmer Cup, so do sign up and fill up the spaces please! The Palmer Cup competition against the Senior Men on August 7th still has a few spaces too and a reserve or two would be perfect! This competition is open to anyone and is Pairs Stableford Betterball, so we are all equal and there are no handicap restrictions! Check your diary to see if you can join us! A general point about signing up on the computer please, whilst Lin is always willing and able to move people around to avoid gaps in the tee times we use, it would save her time if you were able to do this when you consider booking yourself in. Its always good to sign up with different people and pick up a few tips as you go along! Thank you.

Thursday of last week saw just 3 nine-hole ladies venture out, with Pam B taking top spot with 15 pts on count back from Pam W and Pat P. Don't forget if you decide that you would prefer to play only 9 holes on a given day, for whatever reason, please do sign in to play with them. I know they would welcome you!

The main competition that day saw the Ladies' Champion playing to her best again! Kathy D came in with an impressive nett 71, just beating Jean R on countback and winning Division 1. Division 2 was won by Ann G with a nett 72, just ahead of Jean P and Julie R, all in with a nett 72. Great playing ladies! Personally, I must go away and get my head together after a disaster in the bunker on the 15th and ending up 'picking up' - what was that all about!!!

There were Medal matches all round this week and on Saturday, four ladies were out for their game. Nikki B came in with a nett 73 a convincing win for her ahead of Megan B, Lin G and Annette G. Well done Nikki!

Finally Friday September 13th 2019 is a HUGE day for Chesfield Downs Ladies!! While the biggest event in women's golf takes place at Gleneagles, this is the date for our very own biennial Solheim Cup Competition played against Mill Green Ladies. This year we will be at home and if you were not there in 2017, you simply can't imagine the fun we all have supporting the United States in this club v club day! (See 2017's photo below.) A notice will be going up on the board very soon for you to express an interest, your availability to play etc etc. We will then be looking for a squad for the day but also an equal amount of ladies to be caddies for our players. We obviously hope you can join in the obvious fun and challenge!!

Solheim Squad Members 2017
Finally, enjoy the week's golf and good luck in the Lorraine Palmer Cup, if you are playing!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies' Captain 2019

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 July 2019

Well readers, what an amazing week the Ladies of Chesfield Downs had last week!! The weather was very kind indeed to us but much more importantly the golf was FABULOUS!!

The Ladies Club Championship of any club is one of the major dates in the diary and the last two Thursdays saw the ladies battle it out for top place. Was their good score in the 1st round going to be enough or would they fall by the wayside?? Could they make up the shots that they needed? All thoughts in their heads as they ventured out no doubt! The weather was beautiful and the course amazing! For the last five years, the Club Champion Trophy has been held firmly by Virginia C, an amazing achievement indeed! This year, there were several ladies with other intentions and after a very close 1st round between several ladies, I am thrilled to say Kathy D took the top spot this year, achieving not only the best gross score overall (83 + 85 = 168) and taking the trophy but also coming in with the best overall nett score of 146 too! Quite outstanding and very very well deserved. Taking the Angela Chatterton Trophy with the next best nett score of 148 was Sally W just two shots behind Kathy. An incredible two days of golf! I know both ladies would want to thank their playing partners over the two rounds and the close competition they provided. Hope the celebrations are still going on!!


Whilst the previous Tuesday wasn't able to completely match the thrills of the Club Championship, around 30 ladies battled it out in the new Miss Designer Golf competition held this year. With a 1st prize of £100 to compete for the afternoon saw several ladies rush along after a hot day at work to get their entries in before the close of day. It was a great day and one we hope we can repeat next year. Coming in with the best score on the day was Diane C who takes away £100 of MDG gift vouchers, 2nd place went to Nikki B (it was worth the rush from work after all) and 3rd place went to Angela H, with smaller prizes for them both. Another great day!.


Looking ahead, we are not far away from the Away Day at Bourn on 1st August! Nikki and Helen will be looking to repeat their win from last year, of course and we will be doing our best not to let them!! Please pay the remainder of the costs to Pat now please if you haven't already. If you have any concerns as to whether you have paid or not please do ask her. Any other queries to Rogie or myself. The tee times are being done today, so the sheet will be up by Thursday hopefully.

The sheet is also up for our annual competition against the Seniors in the Palmer Cup on Wednesday 7th August. The competition is a pairs matchplay format, so lets see if we can get a big squad out there. Everyone is invited to join in and if we can get a bigger team together, the Seniors are ready to match us in number. Please see the sheet on the board.

With the Solheim Cup match being held on September 13th at Chesfield Downs and the new Pearson Season soon approaching, it is important that squads are as prepared as they can be! The matchplay format is not necessarily one we get a lot of practice in, and it is my intention to utilise some of the tee times on a Tuesday to provide the opportunity for those keen to refine their skills, to take advantage of, so please do keep an eye on the Tuesday board for a few changes to the sign-up sheets. The fun games that we are all familiar with, will not change but the number of tee times given to them will reduce just slightly!

Good luck to all those playing this week, lets hope the weather stays fine!

Take care
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 30 June 2019


The Ladies Captain's Charity Day is always a big part of our calendar and the 2019 Charity Day was no different. This year it was a day of umbrellas, rain and woolly hats, winter wear and but also GREAT generosity. Could this really be June!!! Whilst the rain was fairly continuous, the smiles and jokes were to be found everywhere, outside on the course and during the prizegiving. The big question is will Pat ever get over her one hour ''SIMULATOR'' session with James?? Being serious, it was lovely to see old friends and new ones, make the journey to be part of the day and whilst our numbers were not huge this year, due the enormous generosity of everyone, we were able to make almost £3,000 on the day towards our two local charities, MIND in Mid Herts and Tilehouse Counselling. Thank you so very much to everyone who was able to support the day in whatever way you could. THANK YOU!


Winners on the day were Veralum's Tina B and Sarah S with a great score of 45 points, followed by our own Lauren P and Jacqui H on 43 and Hazel and Julie R came in 3rd on 42 pts. Well done to all those who played and also to Pat P and Pam B (above) for playing 9 holes in the rain and walking away with a bottle of fizz each for their 'endurance', long may it last!

What a difference a week makes and from the cold and wet of the Charity Day, the Ladies Club Championship this last Thursday saw much brighter weather and some great scores. Well done to those who kept their heads in the 1st round and are still in the running. We look forward to awarding the Championship Trophy on Thursday to the overall gross winner and to the overall nett winner, the Angela Chatterton Cup. Please do stay behind to see the winners come in and to join in the tea and cakes kindly donated by Jenny F to celebrate her important 'Shhh' birthday! Even if you haven't played on the day but can come along around 2.30 - 3.00pm, we would love to see you, please do sign up or let me know.

Before the final round of the Championship, we will be competing in the new Miss Designer Golf competition on Tuesday. This is an individual stableford competition with a very large prize for the winner of £100 worth of gift vouchers, with smaller prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. All those taking part during the day will receive a £10 gift voucher from MDG for competing. As most of you will be aware, you can play at any time during the day, as long as you inform myself or Katy C, and you can have your card signed by another player from our section. There are still some places on the sign-up sheet in the locker room so do come along!

Yesterday saw around 40 Past Captains compete for top place, good luck to those who did get out there, it was incredibly hot so rather you than me!! Good Luck also to the Scratch Team who compete against Veralum at home, tomorrow. Can they keep a clean sheet, lets hope so!! Fingers crossed.

As one of our ladies has suggested my newsletters are 'rather long', I will endeavour to make them briefer, so until next week, enjoy some great golf.

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 9 June 2019


The Away Weekend 2019 at Stoke by Nayland was to begin with, at least, a sedate gathering on the balcony overlooking the 18th hole of the Constable Course. In true Ladies fashion, the time spent away was full of fun, laughter, games, fines (yes fines!!) with a bit of golf thrown in for good measure! We were not too riotous, were we???

The courses were a bit tricky to say the least and several of us became aware very quickly, that perhaps those old balls that we didn't pack, would have come in useful over the large expanses of water at the very least! These events take such a lot of organising and a huge thank you goes to Nicky B and Nicola A for all their hard work in trying hard to keep us in order!!!! You did a great job, not sure about keeping us in order though!! Also a big thank you goes to Clare B and Annabel S for making the evenings go with such fun and laughter. We obviously haven't put Nikki and Nicola off, as they have kindly volunteered to organise next year's event for us too!! Thank you!


It seems quite a long time ago that I wrote to you last, so I should pick up on what has gone on in the interim. Thursday 30th saw the Coronation Foursomes fought for and I am really pleased to say Lin G and Virginia C came out on top with 37 pts, beating Marica K and yours truly by just one point. Well done ladies, they now go through to the regional rounds. Some keen souls even had energy for more golf last Thursday in the June Medal. Division 1 was won by Pat W on nett 73 from Anne L on nett 77. However, in Division 2 and taking the honours for the day were Jan K who came in with an amazing nett 67 and a well deserved handicap cut, closely followed by Jacky S with a nett 69 and another handicap cut and not to be outdone on the handicap stage, Karen M with her nett 71! Well done ladies, some great golf by you all! On Friday the Scratch Team were out yet again, to compete this time against East Herts, at home. I know you will all be thrilled to hear that, yet again, they have come away victors, winning 4:1!!! They are having a great season to date and we all send the team our positive vibes that this continues!!


This coming week is a busy one! Firstly, Monday evening will see the new owners 'The Club Company' hosting a cheese and wine evening between 7pm and 9pm for all members and I hope many of you will be able to attend. The Tuesday game still has some spaces if you fancy a bit of fun with friends. Finally, on Thursday we will be seeing old friends and saying hello to new ones, when we meet for the Ladies Charity Day. Mary and Jean will be hosting the Halfway House and whilst there is lot of food promised, its never too late to bring something along with you on the day! Don't forget your £1 over the Pond donation to the Charity ready in your on-course purse and we will be trying very hard to separate you from your cash before you go out for your round. There are 5 x 4-ball vouchers to bid for, some beautiful hampers thanks to Amanda, some fine, and not so fine, wine bottles to be won for a mere £1 ticket. Star prizes include beauty treatments, food vouchers, coaching from our team at CD and much, much more. Any golfing items that you have bought but have not worn or simply worn once are being sold for charity, so please dig deep into those cupboards to see if there is anything there that can raise money. A few people are still to pay for Thursday, so please let Pat W have this as soon as possible Thank you.

On a lighter 'and more musical' note......some of you will be aware that we have two vocalists within our group. Pat W and Linda B sing with a local choir, who perform a wide range of musical pieces. There is a notice in the locker room promoting their next performance, so please do go along if you can! Pat and Linda will provide you with more information, I'm sure.

I am escaping to the sunshine of Crete next weekend, so there will be no newsletter until the last week of June. Any issues while I am away will, of course, be ably handled by Rogie and the rest of the Committee.

Off to do some early packing, 🏖🏖🌞

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 27 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 27 May 2019


As the sun rose over our beautiful Chesfield Downs Golf Club last Tuesday, the news broke that the Club had been sold to The Club Company. After a few weeks of speculation, it was reassuring that things had been finalised and we would be in the safe hands of owners with a highly respected reputation within the golfing world. The Club Company previously operated and developed the original Chesfield Downs some years ago, so they know our club and what makes it special! As time goes by, we will get to know the key players and see some small changes around the club. The staff, who we rely on, will remain in post and for the time being, we have been reassured, little will change. These are exciting times and like many of you, I am keen to see how the new owners develop our much loved club. The Section Captains will be meeting the new owners for a second time this coming Thursday evening and it goes without saying that I will keep you informed as things progress.
This time next week, many of us will be at Stoke by Nayland enjoying their courses and hospitality. Fingers crossed for some warm and sunny weather! It will be a welcome break from the planning that goes around the Charity Day!! In saying that, the Charity Day sign-up sheet will be coming down after this Thursday's game, so please do sign-up if you haven't already done so. Rogie and I will be sorting out the tee times while we are away!! Other reminders - don't forget the Sponsorship of a Hole, where there are still a few gaps and the Halfway House food goodies list.... can you ever have too much to choose from after playing 9 holes?? Mary H and Jean P have kindly offered to run this for us, so lets try to give them the nightmare of sorting out how they will get all the food on the table!! Finally with regard to the Charity Day, can you please make sure that your payments are clearly marked so that Pat can see what you are paying for e.g. 'Sponsoring a Hole' etc. Thank you for all your support to date.

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

The Ladies Section Committee will be meeting after golf this Thursday, our agenda is fairly full; discussing the news of change of ownership of the Club, Charity Day arrangements etc. If you have anything that you feel needs to be discussed by the Committee please feel free to talk to one of us and we will try to include it during the meeting. Going forward, I am hoping to get the minutes of these meetings out to individual members electronically if they so wish. Please let me know by email if you would like to receive an electronic copy of the minutes, once they have been agreed by the Committee. I know some of you would prefer this! Paper copies will continue to be available in the locker room.

Strangely the results this week have not been high scoring, rather bizarre when you think back on how good the weather and the course have been! Tuesday saw the first tranche of competitors in the Australian Spoons competition. Don't forget you are able to enter as many times as you wish, with a different partner each time, as long as you notify Pauline H beforehand, complete your card, have it signed, leave it into the locker room box and you pay the required entry fee (usual system). The final winners from our club will go forward to the Eastern Region Final at the Thetford Golf Club on Thursday 18th July. Good Luck everyone.

Thursday saw the ladies enter the Ping Pairs competition. The highest score on the day came from Kathy M and Debbie F but unfortunately due to handicap restrictions laid down by England Golf, they were ineligible to win. Pauline H and I, who were next in line, will be keeping our fingers crossed that our 39 points will get us through to the final at Gainsborough in September, but experience tells us it is very unlikely the score is good enough!!

Saturday saw 8 ladies compete for the Weekend May Medal with Nikki B coming in with a Nett 73, an excellent result after a handicap cut very recently! Second place went to Lin G with a Nett 76. Well done to you both and all the ladies who competed in what I understand was a very slow game of golf!!! The Maximum Score element of 5 over Par in Medal games is designed to help avoid just this scenario!!! Its very frustrating I know!!

Its the time of year when the diaries come out and we struggle to find those dates for our single and pairs knockouts. Please keep an eye on the deadline dates so you don't run into trouble. Enjoy your matches and the spirit in which they are played when amongst friends and good luck to you all!!

Get the sun tan lotion out and enjoy this lovely warm weather!

Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019
e.mail….chesfielddownsladiescaptain@gmail.com

Monday, 20 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 20 May 2019

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Enjoy the fine weather!
Yours
Margaret

Monday, 13 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 13 May 2019


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Enjoy the fine weather, this week!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 6 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lets hope the weather warms up soon!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 28 April 2019


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Keep golfing
Yours
Margaret

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 April 2019


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to some 'improving' golf!!

Your Lady Captain
Margaret Gentle

Monday, 8 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 8 April 2019


Well, we all stayed dry on Saturday's Captains Drive In and here we all are! But where was this photograph taken? An Easter Egg for the first correct answer!! For those who couldn't attend, I managed to not disgrace myself at the critical point of the drive!! Not sure what could be said for the rest of my round, but hey, as we went down the first fairway, we all decided this was just a fun day of golf!! Needless to say, some teams took things very seriously indeed and I am please to say that two weekend ladies, Annabel S and Clare B were in the winning team, so well done to them! Juniors Hannah P and Junior Vice Captain Amelia F came away with the longest drive and the nearest to the pin in 2, great golf girls! It was good to see the nearest the pin on the 9th was taken by Lauren P, well done to her!

Thursday's game for last week was the April Club Medal (Maximum Score) competition. As you will see on HowDidiDo, new girl Olive came out on top in division 1 with a nett score of 75, closely followed by Hazel B who came in with nett 77 sharing 2nd place with Lauren P. The 2nd division was won by Katy Cook with a nett 70 and a much deserved handicap cut for her, snapping at her heels was Anne L, just one point behind (and a handicap cut too). Well done to all those who came in within their buffer zone, made kinder by a CSS of 73!

Tuesday's game of the week was the 1st round of the Stableford League. Several more rounds to go, so lets hope for some good weather on Tuesday 16th, when we get to play round 2!! Fingers crossed.


The Pearson Squad (above) have finished their 2018/19 season and now have to await the results of the outstanding matches within their group. A massive thanks to all the ladies who played and one special big thanks to Megan B for all the rallying, support and organising she has done over this season. Great Job!

It has been decided by the Committee that to assist in managing the competitions and moving people, which at times is necessary, we will be closing the on-line HowDidiDo element of the competition by 7 am on the Wednesdays before the games. If you wish to play after that time, please contact Lin and as always she will assist you in getting onto the list. Thank you.

I am told that the County Cards are now available from the Reception Desk. You will be aware that these cards provide you with a discount if you wish to play away from Chesfield, on most courses across the country! Very worthwhile collecting yours and there is no extra cost!

The season for the Par 3 competition began last month and many of our ladies join in with this, its an ideal opportunity to hone your short game skills! This competition is run by Jo Oliver, so do have a word with her if you are keen to join in. 

Finally, Nikki B has told me that there is a Room-share vacancy for the Away Weekend this year. If you have not yet decided to join us, please do have a word with myself or any of the Committee members. The trip is over the weekend of June 2nd to 4th, arriving Sunday late afternoon and departing after a second round of golf on Tuesday afternoon. This year we are going to Stoke by Nayland, Don't miss out!!

No newsletter next week friends (personal commitments), but I will get down to writing one again Easter Monday! If I don't see you in the meantime, enjoy the golf and the Easter Eggs!!

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 1 April 2019


I bet the ladies playing on Saturday in the Roger Burman Warm Up Trophy and who commented on the great conditions, didn't have to face this monster as it strolled across the green on a course in Georgia, USA last week!! Whatever the hazards at Chesfield Downs, they are nothing compared to watching an alligator walking just feet from you!! On home ground, Chesfield's penalty areas obviously didn't deter Jackie R, who won the competition with a great score of 41pts (6 pars and 1 birdie) beating Megan B by just one point! Brilliant result girls!!!

Earlier in the week, Thursday ladies competed for the Maria Moore Millenium Bowl, which this year was played as a Pairs Betterball competition. The weather was once again kind. Taking top spot were Jackie S and Hazel B with 42 pt. - a great score ladies. Unfortunately for them, Jackie was unable to win the Bowl, due to the lack of qualifiers under her belt, so the winners of the Bowl this time around were Katy Cook and Lin Goodey with just one point less (41 pts). Well done to the winners and all those taking part.

Tuesday of last week saw some last minute to'ing and fro'ing of numbers for various reasons and so the planned format was changed to a Pairs Betterball. Coming in 2nd place were Olive C and Jan K but winners on the day were Anne L and Katy with 44 points between them. Well done to them and all the Tuesday ladies who played.

So with the results all covered, lets move to a few reminders. I think most of the ladies playing in the Captains Drive In have selected their food option, but if you haven't, can I remind you to do so, please.

As you will have observed, the grounds staff have been busy over the last months positioning large boulders into the red penalty areas to ensure the integrity of the ditch is maintained. However, some people are still crossing the ditch particularly on the 14th on foot and with their trolleys, can I please ask that you use the bridges at all times, thank you.

On Saturday 13th April from 12 noon to 4 pm, Chesfield Downs are hosting a Crown Oneshot event which will be like an Open Day with a 40ft Putting Competition, fun activities, a BBQ and lots more. If you are free, please do come along and join in the fun!

There is a sign-up sheet in the locker room for all those ladies who play 9 holes or maybe just like to come up for a chat and a cuppa, to join us for afternoon tea on Jubilee Jug day, Thursday 11th April at 3 pm. We love having you with us, so please see if you can come along and join the fun of seeing the costumes!!!

Jackie R is kindly organising a trip down to the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 6th November to see 'The Music of the Night'. If you are interested please take a look at the poster in the locker room and speak to Jackie before 8th April deadline.

Finally, as many of you have been aware, it has been a difficult time for me over the last few weeks. Can I say a huge thank you for all your support and kind words of comfort. Dad had a very long, happy and well-lived life and we, as a family, will take great comfort in that!

Yours
Margaret x
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Mar 2019


Thursday brought back memories for me of standing in front of a blackboard!!! Many of you will know I taught for most of my working life and my handwriting has not improved since those times, as many of our ladies will testify!! Why were we all sitting there waiting in anticipation? Well, Thursday after golf brought many Oohhs and Aahhs as the draw for the Summer KOs (Ann Grist and Mary Warmoth Trophies) took place. The official draws are now on the noticeboard in the locker room for you all to review, along with an explanation of the 'Rules of Combat' for those new to these competitions!!! The date for the first round of both Trophies is a way off (June 30th), but it doesn't mean you can't get started and play your first match as soon as you both wish.

The weather has been more Spring like, this week, I think you will all agree, which was lovely to see. On Tuesday many ladies 'Picked their Poison' as the format was called selecting their 9 best holes to score from. Second place was held by four ladies (Kathy D, Lauren, Jan K and Katy C) but coming out on top was Julie R. A big well done to her and as always to Hazel and Katy for finding such interesting formats to play!!

Before the 'Blackboard Gathering' on Thursday, we had all gone out to play in the O'Sullivan Cup (Stableford Alliance). It is always great to play in a team game, with the pressure off at least slightly! The results of that Trophy will be announced at the Spring Meeting, so we will hold you in suspense for a while yet.

Saturday saw another lovely day, this time for the Ken Bird Final Individual Stableford. Linda B made the most of it, coming in 6th out of a field of nearly 100 players with 37 pts. What a brilliant result Linda, well done !!!! (Psst, hopefully she gets her handicap cut before Pauline and I have to play her in the knockouts!!).

Lin has asked me to remind you all that if you wish to pull your name from a HowDidiDo competition within a few days of it being played, please contact her first as she will do this for you and at the same time be able to slot someone in, who is on the waiting list. The competitions in the next few weeks have received great sign-up numbers and we are thrilled so many of you are wishing to get out to play. As always if there are no spaces available on the system, please email Lin and she will find a slot for you, if at all possible.

Many of you are signed up for the Captains Drive-In and that's brilliant to see so many of you coming along, I will certainly need all the support I can get!! There are still a few spaces left though. Can I remind you to add your food selection if you have not already done it, as this will obviously help with catering.

As you will be aware, Vicky T and Rogie won their first round match of the Daily Mail Foursomes against Heydon Grange recently, their 2nd round draw will again be at home, this time against Knebworth, date still to be organised. Good luck to them. Kathy D and Pat W are representing the Ladies Section in the Powell Cup this year. They have been given a Bye in the first round so they wait to see their 2nd round draw at the end of April. Tomorrow, Monday 25th, our Pearson team of Kathy C, Linda B, Nikki B, Pauline H, Rogie T, Nicola A and Lin go off to play at Manor of Groves, near Sawbridgeworth. Good luck to all of them, I'm sure they will play their socks off!!

Get out there and enjoy the weather this week!
🏌⛳
Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Mar 2019


Well, the above photo says quite a lot about the weather this last week!! The Tuesday match was wiped out completely by persistent rain and strong winds, though some very brave ladies did venture out!! Thursday was really no better! Kathy C took this photo of herself, Maggie, Mandy and Caroline, its a wonder they were still managing to smile!! The Price Vase, as you are all aware, had been competed for in terrible weather over both the two separate days. Scores were very mixed throughout but coming out on top this year was Linda B with an impressive score, considering the weather, of 33 points. Runners Up were Anne L on 31 points and Pauline H on 30 points. A huge well done to all the ladies that took part in the two days. Lets hope the next competition, held in this way,(Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy on 20th April - Easter Saturday and Thursday 25th) will have much better weather!

To finish the week off, Sunday bought the Ken Bird 4 Ball Betterball Bogey Mixed Match. Again the weather was terrible where I was, with hailstorms followed by sunshine! At the point of publishing this, the results have not been published, but if you played again, you certainly deserve a medal. Roll on some decent weather! With my plans of finally playing in a full competition last Tuesday thwarted yet again, I am still to play 18 holes of golf since before Christmas!! Heaven help the team of 3 who have me as the 4th player this coming Thursday for the O'Sullivan Cup! After the match on Thursday, we will be drawing the matches for the pairs and singles summer knockouts. If you are involved, please stay behind if you can, to watch the draw and see who you will be competing against in the first round!!

Mandy U is kindly organising a morning trip to the Osprey's Outlet Shop near Hatfield, noted for its leather goods, which some of you may have heard of! The trip has been organised for Monday April 1st, leaving Chesfield car park at 9.45 a.m. with the intention of sharing lifts. A very nice Café is on site too for a cuppa and a cake after some shopping. A sign-up sheet is sitting on the general noticeboard with more information, so please do put your name down, so that we have an idea of numbers interested.

Finally, after golf last Thursday, many of us joined the family and a huge number of friends for the Service of Remembrance for Kay Baker. The crematorium was absolutely creaking at the seams, with probably over 160 people there, a clear message to the family of how well loved Kay was to so many. The service was really beautiful with carefully chosen words that encapsulated what a special lady Kay was. In memory of her life within Chesfield Downs Ladies Section, her family would like to present a trophy in her memory and I will be talking to the family later in the year about this.

Fingers crossed for some better and calmer weather

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019

Captain's Newletter - 11 Mar 2019


It was great to see nine ladies from the 7-day membership battle the wind and rain on Sunday to take part for the first time in the Ladies Section 'Price Vase'. This trophy is one of many Cups and Trophies that the weekend ladies are now able to access. Its great to see them competing for these prizes and hopefully the numbers taking part will increase. How did they do? Well, we will all have to wait until Thursday when the rest of the ladies, polish up their shoes and clean those clubs, to do battle for that special Vase. Will the Price Vase go to one of those ladies above or not, who knows just yet!

The weather this week has been pretty windy every day and Tuesday and Thursday were no exceptions. Pancake Tuesday was a Champagne Scramble and in first place, some very familiar winners recently : Hazel, Karen, Debbie and Katy with a score of 94 points, well done ladies. Some handicap changes are overdue, I think!

Thursday was once again terribly windy and most of the ladies looked less than their usual elegant selves when they finally came into the Clubhouse! Taking first place in Division 1 of the Maximum Score Monthly Medal was Lauren, just ahead of Chris L and in Division 2 Nicola won by 6 clear shots from Karen. (Full details of the scores are on HowDidiDo) With only one player coming within their buffer, out of a field of 22 ladies, it shows just how difficult the conditions on the course were.

Out on the course on Thursday, a little after the Ladies Section, were four ladies bravely competing to go forward into the next round of the Daily Mail Foursomes competition. I am thrilled to say that Rogie and Vicky won their match against two ladies from Heydon Grange. The conditions by that time in the day were horrendous and the worse they had ever experienced. Well done to them, now Vicky can go off on her well deserved holiday!!

The notice for the Captains Drive In on Saturday April 6th is now on the board. It would be great to see more ladies taking part in this and the support would be very very welcome!!!

A final reminder, there are still a few places left in the Mary Warmoth Doubles Knock-out Trophy, so please find a partner and put your name down if you are interested. The 'live' draw for both the Ann Grist (Singles) and the Mary Warmoth (Doubles) will be made on Thursday 21st March after we are all in after golf.

A notice is in the locker room regarding the arrangements for Kay's funeral on Thursday 14th. Contributions to The Garden House Hospice can be made directly on line or through me. I know many of you will be attending, it has been suggested we go in our club sweaters as a nod to Kay's love of our 'special' golf club!

Hoping that the weather predicted on Tuesday holds off and that we can get out and play our 'Daytona Pairs'! If there is any doubt about the competition going ahead, please ring the club. A decision will be made as early as possible. As usual, please let your playing partner and Katy/Hazel know if you decide not to play.

Keep golfing! 🏌🏌
Margaret

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Mar 2019

Time is racing by and I can't believe I am already writing March into the title of this newsletter. I simply can't wait to get out onto the course, which I understand is in great condition. The test will be whether I can remember how to hit that little white ball! A friend told me it's like riding a bike, a little wobble at first, but then off you go, I wasn't always very good at riding a bike though!! Keep your fingers crossed for me on Tuesday, or rather the other 3 ladies in my team!!!

Some great golf seems to have been played this last week, when the weather was pretty kind to us for the midweek games at least! Tuesday was a beautiful day and we saw some great scoring by certain ladies in the Pairs Betterball competition. Sarah and Katy came in 2nd with 41 points (always a dangerous pairing I think!) but this time around they were beaten by Mandy and new girl Debbie with a great score of 43 points. Have you ladies signed-up for the pairs or singles summer knockouts because perhaps you should???

Thursday's game was the February Stableford competition, the first qualifier of the year. In Division 1, we saw another great set of scores for Sarah (that investment in new clubs seems to be working) who came in with 37 points, only to be beaten by, in form, Pat with 38 points (Brilliant golf - 9 pars and 1 birdie by both these ladies). In Division 2, Karen came in 2nd with 34 points (1 birdie), but not to be outdone on the birdie front, Diane C won the competition in this division with a score of 35 points and 2 birdies!! Shame for all the ladies concerned that the formal Birdies don't arrive at Chesfield Downs until 1st March!!

Sunday was a bit wet and very windy for the weekend ladies and very sensibly they stayed away from the Ken Bird round 14 with 3 clubs and a putter!! My goodness, I thought choosing 5 clubs was difficult enough without reducing it to only 3! Next Sunday will be a different thing though, 9 ladies from the 7 day membership group, will be competing in the Price Vase/March Stableford Qualifier for perhaps the first time. The introduction of the new 'Alternate Day' means this competition and others are now open to all our ladies. There are still a few more places left, so sign-up quickly.

Next Thursday is the first Ladies England Golf/Club Medal (Maximum Score) competition of the year. Please remember the introduction of the Maximum Score means that should you reach 5 over the par on any hole, you need to pick up and record the score accordingly, e.g. on a par 4 you would record 9 (being 5 over the par for that hole of 4). I am sure we will all get used to this way of playing these particular qualifiers as time goes on.

With the long summer evenings to look forward to and perhaps time on your hands at the end of the day, or at the weekends, we are pleased to introduce a new Summer League competition for our 7 day ladies. This league will be run between April and the end of September and will operate on a 9 hole matchplay basis, with points awarded for a win and a draw. The golfer with the highest score at the end of the summer season will be announced the winner. A notice and further explanation will be on the noticeboard later in the week, so if you are a 7-day member and interested in playing matchplay, please do sign-up. For more information please talk to Pat W, Lin or myself.

Also on the subject of matchplay, the Friendly season is almost upon us and Kathy M has given us a full list of all the dates and matches for 2019. These are pairs matchplay games against our regular local clubs and run throughout the summer season. If you are interested or think you might be, please have a look at the list on the board, just inside the locker room door and put your name down. Everyone is welcome whatever your handicap and if you have not played matchplay before, its not a problem, Kathy will pair you with someone who has! Check out the list, its a great introduction to playing matchplay.

Unfortunately, we will be missing Amanda M playing golf for a while! After a fall whilst out and about, she unfortunately fell and broke her wrist! In her usual spirit of resilience, she assures me, she will be up at the club as soon as she possibly can for a coffee and a chat. I have obviously sent her a card with our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Looking forward to some improving golf!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Feb 2019

Today's newsletter is, without a doubt, the hardest I shall ever have to write! It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that the very special Kay Baker passed away over the weekend in hospital. Her passing appears to have come very suddenly and it was only on Friday that I received an email from her saying thank you for all your best wishes and saying she felt 'truly humbled and honoured to be part of such a wonderful Ladies Section'. Her family have asked for you all to be informed and I will send them our thoughts and condolences on your behalf, of course! Many of you, I know, were very close to Kay and her beloved Derek and our thoughts are with you all too at this very sad time. It somehow seems wrong to now talk about golf, but I know Kay would want us to do just that; she loved her golf and the many many friends the sport had brought her and Derek. So I will continue as planned....

Tuesday was this year's first 18 holes fun competition and playing a Wish, Gift and a Joker for the first time at Chesfield Downs, new ladies Jan and Debbie came in with a very creditable 42 points each. Not to be outdone though, Helen was to come in officially second on count back also with 42 points, only to be beaten by Mandy with an amazing 44 points. Well done to all the ladies in there with a chance to win!

The Megan Bonner Par 3 trophy on Thursday saw a shot-gun start and two ladies in particular were eager to make an impression.


Megan herself tee'd off on the 1st (above) and as always, was keen to get her hands on her own trophy, and Jacqui, last year's winner, found herself in trouble in the bunker on the 9th, when her ball plugged itself in the upward bank! 


How did they fare, well you will have to wait until the Spring Meeting when the winner will be announced? Nevertheless, the weather was very kind to us with 13 ladies gaining birdies. The round was followed by a light lunch and a brief talk by Sharn Tomlinson from MIND in Mid Herts who gave us an outline of the very valuable work this charity performs in our area. We will be working hard this year to raise money for them.

Saturday saw the 13th round of the Ken Bird Trophy, an Individual Stableford competition. The weather was glorious and the scores reflected that. John Dench, the Mens Captain scored an amazing 41 points, so well done to him! Our own Pat W came in with a great 35 points, well done to her and the other ladies who played!

Those who played on Saturday may well have noticed a small change to the areas around the GUR bunkers by the 9th and 14th greens. The dropping zones on these holes were deemed, on inspection, to be penalising those golfers who had in fact landed just beyond the bunkers, but within the GUR line. The decision has been taken by Andy and the management to remove these particular dropping zones and therefore 'the nearest point of relief' will be in force for those landing within the designated GUR areas on these holes. Please do ask if you are in any doubt.

You may well have also noticed on HowDidIDo that the Thursday Price Vase/Stableford Main Competition Day on 14th March has moved to a four-ball sign-up. This has been a decision made by Lin and myself, in order to ensure that all the ladies are able to play this popular event. As you will be aware the section has grown significantly in the last few weeks, which is great but action needed to be taken to ensure everyone is able to play who wants to. This change will also be seen in other Stableford comps going forward. However, to try to ensure play is as speedy as possible, can I ask you to sign up in threes in the first instance please, using the fourth slot only if there are no others available. Thank you.

Marica has asked me to remind you that Birdies have returned from their flight south and will be with us from 1st March. A new book will be out next week.

Lastly, many many thanks for the lovely flowers sent to me following my recent illness. I am recovering my stamina and hopefully will be out on the Par 3 this week, I'm certainly missing the fresh air and golf. Hope to see some of you in person later this week.

Kind regards
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 18 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 18 February 2019

A week of decent weather saw most of the ladies able to get out there and play. Tuesday was a game of 5 clubs and a putter!! Do we ever get those choices right when we stand in the mornings thinking about which clubs to leave out? Jean and Hazel obviously did! Jean came in with a very respectable 17 pts and Hazel (whose handicap must surely go down soon!!) came in with a lovely 19 pts. Great scores ladies, well done!

Also on Tuesday, many of us were able to say hello to two new ladies, Olive and Jan, who have joined us recently. They are very excited to be part of Chesfield Downs Ladies and intend to take full advantage of all that our great club has to offer. As well as Olive and Jan, we also have another new lady joining us this week, Debbie. She is waiting for her handicap to come through, which will do any day now, but will be playing on Tuesday in the meantime. I know you will make these ladies feel very welcome as you always do.

Do you recognise them all?? Standing very proudly in height order and wearing their smart new hats, the Pearson Squad put up a gallant fight against Essendon on Wednesday 13th February, very narrowly losing at home 3:4. A great effort ladies and fingers crossed for the win you all so deserve on Monday 25th March when you play Manor of Groves away.


Thursday saw the final round of the Winter Eclectic and well done to all those who were able to knock off a point or two. Thank you to Lin for keeping the final results hidden from us. The grand announcement will be made this coming Thursday after the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition.

Five ladies played in the weekend Ken Bird League Round 12 on Sunday, with Nikki taking the honours for the ladies with a birdie on the 7th and coming in with a score of 1 for the Individual Bogey against the Course format!! Not sure how that particular format works but Lin, Pat, Linda and Lauren do, as well as obviously Nikki. Well done to all the ladies who played.

Whilst the Winter Knock-outs are in their final stages, we are now looking forward to the summer and its knockouts! The sign-up sheets will be going up this week for the Ann Grist (singles) and Mary Warmoth (pairs) knockouts. I am hoping that Jo Oliver will once again join us for the draw after the game on Thursday 21st March. The cost is just £2.00 per entry for either competition. Its great fun and matchplay against friends is always challenging and not without some laughs!!

Thursday 7th March sees the first of the season's England Golf/Club Monthly Medal competitions, and the sign-up sheet is now on HowDidIDo. In line with CONGU recommendations all the sections of our club will use the new Maximum Score format for these competitions. This means should you have reached 5 over par on any hole you will pick up your ball and record the 'maximum' score allowed for that hole, or a zero and move on, thus capping your score. This will help to speed up play and reduce our frustrations when struggling on a particular hole. A positive move I think.

Are you busy on Friday evening the 15th March? If not why not join the Seniors in their Quiz Night. The sign-up sheet is on their notice board and they would love to fill all the spaces.

A really busy newsletter this time around, so I do apologise for that. I hope to catch up with you all this week sometime and look forward to a great morning Thursday on the Par 3.

Best wishes
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 11 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 11 Feb 2019


Well what can I say about the weather this week that the above doesn't say!!! Storm Erik certainly made the course really challenging and it is easy to see why Links courses get the reputation they do in difficult weather conditions. As Erik waited off our western coastline, Tuesday's game was only slightly affected and it certainly did not put off the Alliance overall winners of Hazel, Karen and Julie R as they managed to score 39 points and with only 3 in their team!! Well done Ladies.

Thursday, well that was a very different picture!!! Erik was in full flow by then and it was very difficult at times to even stand still to drive off the tee, particularly on the 5th!! Needless to say, I for one, have certainly not managed to reduce my very high score on that particular hole yet!! One last round on Thursday 14th and lets hope we see calmer skies.

Saturday's match also saw some tricky weather conditions, with only 3 competitors (men) managing to score 36 or more in the Ken Bird Individual Stableford Competition. Whilst 8 Ladies braved the weather to compete, scoring was difficult this time around. Well done to those involved for getting out there though!!

The Minutes of the 1st Ladies Committee Meeting of the year are now available in the Locker Room in paper form. There is much going on at the moment with changes to the course, rules, weekend matches etc, so please do read them and talk to us if there is anything you are unsure about or indeed would like further information about. We will be contacting you all soon for your agreement to us holding your data. This is in line with the national requirements (GDPR) and something that all groups have had to comply with over the last year or so. In the meantime, Marica has asked that if you have changed any of your details; telephone, email or mail address, in the last year, could you please let her and myself know so that we can make sure we are as up to date as possible. Thank you.

Many of you will know that the Pearson season starts again after its Christmas and January break, this coming Wednesday 13th, when we will be playing Essendon in what will be a very tight game, and of course, we will be hoping for a home win. Good Luck Ladies, we all wish you well! Whilst some ladies have put their names down to indicate that they are available to play in the remaining matches of the season and thank you for doing so, we would like to reiterate the Pearson requirements. You will simply need a handicap between 13-32, and indeed a player over 32 may play but will need to play off 32. If you haven't yet put your name down to indicate that you are interested and available to play, please do so. Megan and Kathy C, the Pearson Captain and Vice Captain will then select the team two weeks prior to the match and of course, will then let you all know.

Finally, there are still a few spaces left for the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition for Thursday 21st Feb, so do get your name down! The CEO of MIND in Mid Herts will be joining us for the after match soup and baguette and will talk to us about their work in our area, before we finish with the Winter Eclectic presentation. Even if you are not playing but would like to join us for soup, baguette and the talk afterwards, you are very very welcome, just drop me a line.

Happy golfing.
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Feb 2019


Well, the weather was certainly not our friend this last week, and as the snow covered the course from Wednesday until well into the weekend, very little golf was played!!

Tuesday, the ladies managed to get out and had many laughs with playing a 9- hole 'Novelty' competition. Thank you to Hazel and Katy for organising us all. Sadly they couldn't help us with our lack of skill in either throwing the golf ball or kicking it!!! Honestly, you had to be there!!! Amazingly, Lauren managed to score 22 points only to be beaten by Jackie S who came in with an impressive 23 points! They both obviously have skills in managing to get some distance with their golf balls, over and above using a club!!! Well done!

Thursday was a white-out, as you can see from above. Nevertheless, we are never afraid of having a go and about a dozen of us tried our skill, this time, on the Skytracker. A closest to the pin competition, was set up for us and Kay Baker came out on top and won a sheaf of balls for her efforts. Well done Kay!

The weekend saw the course closed, so no matches for the 7-day ladies, this time around.

The noticeboard now has the Megan Bonner Par 3 competition sign-up there for all to see. If you have not signed-up please do so as soon as possible. This will be followed by warming soup and a roll and the presentation of the winning prizes of the Winter Eclectic. I am also hoping that a representative of MIND in Mid Herts will be able to come along and give a short talk about their valuable work.

Fingers crossed for a full diary of golf this coming week!!

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 28 Jan 2019


Well, we have seen some pretty cold mornings over the last week or so and indeed the course was closed last Wednesday due to a good covering of snow! Fortunately this did not affect any of the Ladies games!

The ladies were out in force on Tuesday competing for the Aussie Pairs Competition. Multiplying your scores together can always lead to lots of laughs amongst good friends. Two pairs came in with the same score of 29, but on count back from Diane and Vicky, the winners were Julie R and Mandy. Well done to them.

Thursday saw a full field venture out to cut their Eclectic score down a bit further. Three more rounds to go and some very good scores already posted. Follow the link to see the results so far!

Last Saturday was the Ken Bird Winter League Round 9 with an Individual Bogey game against the course. Well done to Jackie Reid who brought the Ladies home with a great 1 under Par. Hopefully a handicap cut will not be too far away for Jackie!

For those Ladies interested in competitive golf outside of Chesfield Downs, the De Paula Cup details are now on the Hertfordshire Golf Union website. This is an individual Scratch tournament for those with handicaps between 12.5 and 20.4. Closing date for applications is Monday 18th March.

The final decision by the Club Committee on the New Rules of Golf as they relate to the ditch running between the 3rd and 16th holes. Stones and loose impediments may be moved without penalty, however, should the ball move in this process then it must be replaced for the penalty of one extra stroke. The change over to Red stakes appears to be almost complete. Please ensure you are aware of the ruling regarding Relief from Penalty Areas. The new paper version of the Rules of Golf are still available in the clubhouse and the R&A have a very useable Smartphone App for those of you who like to work that way.

Finishing off the January Newsletters, keep your eye out for the sign-up sheet for the Megan Bonner Par 3 Competition, which will go up on the board this week. This takes place on Thursday 21st February and is great fun! Soup and a baguette to follow in the conservatory, with the presentation of the prizes for the Winter Eclectic winners afterwards.

Take care and keep golfing!!

Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Jan 2019


Gosh what a cold but beautiful morning we all woke up to Sunday, very very cold indeed but gorgeous!! The brave weekend ladies were out there competing in their Individual Stableford Competition. Hopefully, the early morning mist didn't delay your start too much!!

Looking back on the week, we saw Tuesday's competition of 'Double off the Odds' being strongly competed for by playing partners the 'KC's!! Katy Cook that is, coming 2nd on count back from the second KC.... Kathy Carroll both on 28 points, with Lesley Bonsor, also on 28 points, who this time lost out on the prizes! Well done ladies.

Thursday was the latest round of the Winter Eclectic and on a day when my playing partner and I were tearing our hair out in frustration at not being able to achieve very much at all, I am sincerely hoping that others were more successful, I know the third of our trio seemed pretty pleased with her round!!

Over 30 ladies attended the Rules Meeting last Wednesday. For those of you who couldn't make it, the rules were delved into deeper and there we reached the issue of the rule which affects Chesfield's Ditch. Specific options were provided that we might adopt and to date we have no definitive answer to our concerns. It is a big decision and the club do not want to make any knee-jerk decisions. Having had time to reflect, I am personally in favour of abiding by the new rules of golf with regard to our ditch. Any advantage gained by playing out of the stones is minimal in reality, especially when you consider how few people prefer to do that, rather than take a penalty drop where you have more control over where the ball lands. I will, of course, keep you informed of the final decision.

An important request from Lin Goodey, our Competition Secretary. If you have, for any reason, a need to pull out of a HowDidIDo match, can you please let Lin know first before doing anything else. She will then adjust the bookings accordingly and remove your name herself. Equally, if you are looking for a game but there appears to be no spaces, once again contact Lin who will hold a reserve list and slot you in, if she is able. This should help to run things smoothly.

Finally, as generally happens this time of year, several of our ladies are flying off to warm climate for a wonderful holiday of winter sun. Enjoy every minute of your time away and we look forward to seeing you all when you get back.
WOW!! the cold certainly didn't affect Clare Breen's game who scored an amazing 43 pts, winning the day and as a result she sees a 5 point cut to her handicap!! Brilliant Clare keep it up.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 13 Jan 2019

I apologise for not being with you last Thursday, but unforeseen circumstances meant I had to leave the day in the very capable hands of Rogie Taylor, what can I say..... winter bugs eh!! . A big thank you to her, of course!

It was another big field of competitors for the 2nd round of the Winter Eclectic and it appeared that the weather stayed acceptable for a January day! Good luck to you all this coming Thursday (3rd round) when I will join you and hopefully we can all knock a few more points off our score! Last Saturday saw the 7th round of the Ken Bird League when Linda and Ralph Brown came in with a great score of 42 and only 2 points behind the outright winners. Well done to the Browns!


I found this original photo of the ditch at the bottom of the 1st fairway and although you will agree it doesn't look much like this any more, the ditch that runs along a big part of Chesfield Downs is causing quite a stir!!  You will have read about the change in the new Rules that allows for the removal of 'Loose Impediments' within Penalty Areas. To protect the integrity of our particular course, it was decided by the Club Committee, that we would put in place a Local Rule to protect our ditch, meaning that no-one could remove the stones that sit there. However, it appears the powers that be i.e. the Referees are not in agreement with our ability to do this! For those of us attending the Rules Meeting this coming Wednesday, things could get interesting!! Be there if you can! In the meantime, can you respect it as you always have and leave the stones/pebbles as they are. Last week, there was some discussion about the future change to Red Stakes. Can I reiterate that it is very important that these Yellow/Red Penalty areas are played as they stand at the moment and the penalty options are taken as such.

I am pleased to say that the order of white club tee shirts for the Ladies is now in the ProShop and awaiting collection from those who ordered them. Their price is £29.95, thank you. Another order will go in at the end of the month, for any final requests, please see the noticeboard.

Congratulations to Jacky Swanson who achieved her playing handicap last week and will now be able to join us in the qualifiers. Well done Jacky.

Enjoy your golf,

Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019






         

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Jan 2019


Well I guess by now, like our home, your tree has been confined to the bin and the decorations are safely stalled away for another year. Somehow the house looks comfortably empty and I seem to enjoy the sense of normality this brings!

The season has got off to a fine start for the Ladies Section. Hazel Brunnen was the first lady home at the Hangover Cup, coming in with a very fine score of 35 pts (with a hole-in-one on the 3rd!) and a very creditable 7th place. Very well done Hazel, a great start to your year!! Thursday's 1st round of the Winter Eclectic saw some good scores, but as we are all aware, there are those 'tortoises' who slowly chip away at their scores and will be there in the winning stalls at the very end. Others, and we can guess who they are, will come through in a flurry with one amazing round and sweep the winnings. There is all to play for ladies and hopefully 6 more rounds of decent weather to get you up there with the winners!

The Ken Bird Winter League Rnd 6 was played on Sunday and 9 of our ladies competed in various four-ball combinations. The weather whilst cold stayed dry so I hope they enjoyed their round and we look forward to seeing the final results.

The electronic diary has now been signed off and is available to download from our website. There have been a few adjustments since the paper copy went off to print which largely affect the weekend ladies, so please use the electronic diary as your bible or ask. If you are unclear how to download it please also ask.

The order for the white polo tee shirts is now with Glenmuir. If you have missed the January 1st deadline don't worry I have put another order form up on the notice board and this will stay there until the end of January for any late orders.

Raffle tickets will be available on Tuesday/Thursday/Next Weekend for the Hertfordshire Golf Union Annual Coffee Morning which will take place at Porters Park on Monday 28th January at 10.30 am. There will be a small group of us going and we will share lifts if you would like to join us, please contact me. Raffle Tickets are £2 each and prizes will include a 4-ball round of golf from a participating club. Your ticket(s) will go into the draw whether you attend or not so please 'Stop and Buy' either myself or Katy C. The money raised from the Coffee Morning goes to support the development of Juniors in the county. Thank you in advance.

Can I finally remind you that the £10 Ladies Section subscription is now due in the usual way please. Thank you.

Wrap up warm over the next few days and weeks, stay warm.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

 
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