Monday, 21 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 21 October 2019


Last week was a really busy one all round for the Ladies Section! Of course, there was the golf but also a fair smattering of tea and cake and belated presentations too!!.

Tuesday was a Stableford game for the ladies followed by the Stableford Presentation. The Tuesday Club Stableford League ran over 5 rounds from April through to July, (September was unfortunately cancelled due to poor weather). Winners were Division 1 - Vicky T, Division 2 - Karen M and Division 3 went to Debbie F! Well done ladies. We also managed to catch up on some of the presentations that were not carried out during the Autumn Meeting. Pat W seemed to go home with quite a few winning prizes but escaped the cameraman, however, Kathy D enjoyed collecting her August Eclectic Cup and prize as you can see above! Well done to all those ladies, far too many to mention here, I am afraid!

You can never have too much cake and on Thursday we were there again, this time to thank all the ladies who had contributed to a great season for the Friendly, Pearson and Scratch squads!! All squads will have new captains for the forthcoming seasons and we wish them well. A big thank you for their captaincies last season go to Sarah F(Scratch), Megan B (Pearson) and Kathy M (Friendlies). It is never too late to consider whether you would like to take play next time around, so please do come and ask one of the committee for more information!

Last weekend the 7-day ladies were able to start the week's Cup Challenge off, with the opportunity of competing for the Cup Winners Cup and the Consolation Cup! On Thursday the 5-day ladies would try to ensure that the winners would come from their particular day! Thursday would not all be about cake after all, but some very serious golf was going to be played! Three ladies eventually came in on top with a nett 74 in the Cup Winners challenge; Jackie R, Helen L and Kathy D, but on count back Kathy D was to come out the winner! (We can only guess what her card would have looked like, if it hadn't been for the bunker on the 5th!!) The Consolation Cup winner was slightly easier to sort out but again would be taken with a nett 74, this time by Vicky T who managed to beat Denise C by just 2 points! Great golf by all ladies!

This coming week's Thursday challenge is the Scratch/Handicap Cup competition, where the top 8 scores from the day go into the Knockouts to win the Faircliff Winter Scratch Cup and the second 8 scores similarly challenge in a KO for the Handicap Cup. Good Luck everyone playing!

Other news for the week.....31st October will be the last day to get those birdies in the book, before they migrate for the winter! Presentation of all outstanding birdie badges will take place at the AGM on 7th November.

We have two places left on the trip to the Albert Hall to see and sing to The Music of the Night on Wednesday 6th November. Please see Jackie if you are interested. A coach will be taking us from CDGC.

As you will be aware the transfer from HowDidIDo to Intelligent Golf will take place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd November. The three competitions before that are all still on HowDidIDo, so please do sign-up! The Daily Mail Foursomes will be played on Thursday 31st October, so for those who feel like scaring their opponents, lets make it a SPOOKY Theme in line with Halloween!!! Ghost-like make-up, a few spiders here or there, join in with the theme, if you would like, but no pressure!!

After the change-over date, we are rather fortunate that all our other matches will be on a paper sign-up in the locker room, until November 28th when we play our Stableford Qualifying competition. These paper sign-ups will begin with Thursday 7th November when we play a fun-game. This sign-up is now in place in the locker room, along with that of the Hattersley Cup (Captain v Vice Captain Matchplay) and the Winter Invitation. PLEASE, PLEASE make sure that you have signed into Intelligent Golf before the weekend changeover!! Thank you.

Slow Play is an item on the agenda of most clubs at some point throughout the year and it certainly needs recognising by all of us and addressing!! We have to accept that when a round of golf takes us 5 hours to complete, as it did for many, recently, we too have a problem! There are lots of simple hints on golfing website that as individuals we can use as a personal check list, so please do have a look! Here are just a few :-

a) Be ready on the tee, don't wait for others to drive off …play ready golf!...

b) WINTER RULES are now in place, so mark, pick and clean your ball so you are ready to take your shot when it is your turn...

c) Be ready for your shot before it is your turn...keep an eye on when you could play,..

d) Keep your pre-shot routine to a minimum i.e. one practise shot. Remember practising is for the driving range/putting green...

e) As you get close to the green, remember to take your trolley towards the route to the next tee and away from on-coming golfers, this allows a quick exit from the green...

f) Mark your cards on the next tee to ensure you clear the greens quickly!

These are just a few, there are many more!! Remember a round should only take 4hrs 10 mins and maybe less, at times. Most of us use these pointers, I know, but it never hurts to check as individuals and also to help remind others in order to speed things up!

With great sadness, I have to inform you that Kirsten George, a long term and much loved player at the club, passed away peacefully in her home last weekend with her family around her. I know many of you knew Kirsten longer than I did and had many happy memories of her, socially and at the golf club. She will be sadly missed by you all, I know! As soon as I have details of the service in her memory, I will, of course, let you know.


As some of you know, I am away on holiday from Thursday 24th, and will be back on Sunday 3rd November. In the meantime, you are in the very capable hands of Rogie.

Yours
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 14 October 2019


Have you got your waterproof golfing wear ready to hand yet? You may well have needed it this week! The rain and wind certainly affected most of us out there on the course at some point during the last week! The conditions were pretty tough over the two separate days of the Lauren Pitcher Plate and it was good to see that the top two places would come from both the weekend and the Thursday games. Taking second place with 31 pts was Nikki B but with just one extra point, the winner of the Plate for 2019 was Pat W with 32 pts. Pat has had an amazing year when I look back at the results over the last 8 months - well done - such a great year!! Two of our 9-hole ladies ventured out on Thursday and while they were not happy with their scores, they were out there and still playing! Well done Pat P and Maureen M!

Many of you joined in the Help for Heroes game on Saturday and I hope, if you played, you enjoyed your round and the knowledge that you were supporting such a worthy charity!

As if they hadn't had enough rain during the week, The Scratch Team quartet of Pat W, Kathy D, Sally W and Olive C had to compete in awful weather on Sunday in the Division 4 final at Harpenden GC against a very strong Letchworth B team! Coming in Runners Up for the division they have had a great season and a well deserved plaque for the Club wall to show for it! Huge congratulations to all those who competed for the Scratch Team during the year, you did your Club proud!


There is a really full team sheet for this coming Thursday when we will be competing for the Cup Winners Cup or the Consolation Cup! Its always great to see so many ladies playing! Good Luck everyone. The course is beginning to look much smarter with new distance markers, flags and tee markers etc. There are lots more plans in the pipeline and we should know by mid November of the planned work for the off-season. Thank you to those of you who have highlighted areas of concern. These have all been passed forward to the Head Greenkeeper. It is important though to be vigilant and continue to take care ourselves of the course. Thank you to you all for protecting the integrity of the ditch as it crosses our pathway on several holes - can I ask that you continue to remember to always use the bridges, particularly on the 10th hole where crossing traffic on the left is eroding the ditch sides!! THANK YOU!

So lets move to the messages - Jackie R has one spare place for the evening at the Albert Hall 'Music of the Night' on Wednesday 6th November! If you are interested please get in touch with her direct - first come, first served!!

The sign-up sheets for both AGMs (Ladies - 7th November @ 7pm and Club - 12th November @ 7pm) are now on the Noticeboards. Please support your committee and remember to sign-up, so we know you intend to come along!

We are now down to the final days of the Club Captain Ballot, this will close on Friday 18th October!

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT!

Keep golfing!
Yours
Margaret Gentle
Ladies Captain 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019

Captain's Newsletter - 7 October 2019


Golf is very important to us, of course, but there are other times when sharing a cup of tea and a piece of cake with friends to celebrate achievement, share experiences etc are equally important! Three 'Gentle' reminders for you all:-

Tuesday 8th October - Pearson Squad Meeting
Tuesday 15th October - Stableford League Presentation
Thursday 17th October - Ladies Squads Thank you


The tea and cake are all ordered, all that is needed is YOU! Please come along to the conservatory straight after your game or if you are not playing come along for 2.30 p.m!

We have another two new ladies joining the section this week and some of you will meet them on Tuesday morning before you go out to play, so please do say hello! Paula and Lynn are joining our Section as they embark on their golfing career. Rogie and I will be taking them out at the end of our tee times to begin the process of completing cards for their handicaps. Paula and Lynn are both part of a very successful programme that Jo Oliver has been running to encourage ladies to get involved in the sport, so hopefully we will be seeing a few more ladies come our way.

More dates for your diary are, of course, the Ladies AGM on Thursday November 7th and the Club AGM the following Tuesday 12th. It is always great to see you support these two events and certainly the Ladies AGM will be a great celebration as many of you will be collecting trophies and cups. Do come along if you can!

The transfer from HowDidIDo across to Intelligent Golf will take place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November, with everything hopefully up and running by Monday 4th November. Our Ladies competitions during the following few weeks are conveniently all paper sign-ups which will hopefully make things easier and we will let you know when our competitions begin to filter onto Ig. For the 7-day ladies though the Ken Bird Winter League will begin on Saturday 9th November, so in order for you to have a tee-time reserved for you, please contact Les Ward on patles@btinternet.com who will ensure you have a place! Access to your personal golfing history should still be available through HowDidIDo via your phone app after the transfer but, of course, nothing will go onto that particular platform after Friday 1st November.

So how did the golf go over the last week? Tuesday's game was pretty much rubbed out by warnings of severe weather that never really materialised in fact. Several ladies nevertheless went out and enjoyed a practice opportunity. Thursday's game saw some of you competing for the Kathy Dale Trophy and others trying to come top in the Autumn Medal Qualifier. The weather was kind, so there should really have been no excuses for a tight game, other than two ladies were to play out of their skins and firmly take top position in the two competitions. Kathy D was to sweep away any opposition in the K.D. Trophy and come in with an amazing nett 67, a well earned handicap cut to 11 to boot!! Not to be outdone in the Autumn Medal, Anne L came in with an incredible nett 68 and a great handicap cut down to 19 for her too! Great Golf Ladies!! Will Anne finally get used to collecting prizes, I wonder?

This weekend, I will be writing to our local golf clubs to invite them to our Winter Invitational on Thursday 21st November, in the meantime if you have friends you would like to join you please do get the information out to them. The cost will be £23 per guest, £17 for members plus golf and £15 for those of you who would just like to lunch with us. Lots of prizes for the day! A sign-up will go up in the next few weeks.

Finally, as many of you will know, the ballot for Club Captain 2020 has now begun, please do vote! You can do this in the Clubhouse, using paper and pen or by using the IG link on the Chesfield Downs website chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk and go to the menu (top right) and find INFORMATION. Voting will close on Friday 18th October.

I know many of you have already voted, so thank you!! 😘😘😘😘

Best wishes
Margaret
Ladies Captain 2019

 
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