Saturday, 3 April 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 3 April 2021

Happy Easter!

Hope you have all had lots of chocolate! Well its been a great golf week. It was amazing to see all the ladies in their bright colours on such a beautiful sunny Tuesday last week. Chesfield Downs looked in fantastic condition, many thanks to Lee and his team for all their hard work.


Caroline really enjoyed her special birthday!
(how come I wasn't in that group?).



Finally we get to start our playing season

We will see the return of competitive golf on Thursday 8th April with the Maria Moore Millennium Pairs Betterball.

Our first Stableford qualifier the 'Price Vase' Alternative day is on Sunday 11th April. We will be playing off our new World Handicap System (playing handicap 95%). Main day for this event is on Thursday 15th April. Remember to sign in on IG, 7 days prior to playing.

Tuesday 13th April we have the Kay Baker 9 hole Memorial Bowl. If you have not put your name down for the 'Captains shuffle' and want to play in this event please email me asap. Following your round;
  • Photograph your score card
  • WhatsApp it to Hazel
  • No need to sign cards, just agree your score with your playing partners
  • We are playing off the COURSE handicap (for 9 holes half your course hdc and round up)

Good luck and enjoy this very special competition in memory of our much loved Kay. Kay’s brother Kevin will announce the winner at a presentation later in the year, date TBC.

Tuesday Captain Shuffles

Captains shuffles will be every Tuesday until block bookings are reinstated. I will send out an email each week, if you would like to play please reply by return with just a yes/no. Your rapid response is appreciated and makes organising the shuffle very straight forward. The player who's name is in the first slot is responsible to book the tee time for the four players.

See you on the course.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 28 March 2021

Only 1 more sleep till GOLF!

I expect the golf clubs have been polished and you are ready to go! ‘The Golf God’ on the weather channel looks like he/she is with us, so go and enjoy yourselves, remember to take plenty of fluids, sun cream and a hat. Pick and place will remain in play until 1st April 2021, however this will be reviewed and may be extended.

Ladies Friendly Matches

Our first friendly match of the season will be on Friday 23rd April, at Chesfield Downs V Pavenham Park. If you wish to be selected for the team please email, WhatsApp or text Hazel.

Friendly Match Dates for your Diary

Fri 23/04/21 Pavenham Park, Home

Fri 14/05/21 Mount Pleasant, Away

Sat 05/06/21 Colmworth, Home

Wed 14/07/21 Heydon Grange, Home

Fri 06/08/21 Mowsbury, Home

Fri. 20/08/21 Redbourn, Knebworth triangle match Away at Redbourn

We would like to compile a list of ladies who are available to play in any of the above matches. Please email Hazel selecting the dates you would be available. Please be aware, during these times of restrictions, it is a very difficult task for the organiser. Your rapid response, if you wish to play, would be appreciated (all dates are subject to change in line with Covid 19 regulations).

Scratch Team

Unfortunately, Sally is unable to be captain for the scratch team this season. Thank you, Sally for all your hard work. The scratch team will be run by Jackie R and Sarah who have very kindly stepped into the scratch captains shoes for the season. Well done ladies. Many thanks. First scratch match:
Sunday 2nd May - Harpenden Common v Chesfield Downs at home

Birdie Badges

Our Birdie badges will start again from Thursday 8th April. Any lady who gained a Birdie badge last year will be awarded their badge at a date TBC (after 21st June). As we have no record of these badges in the birdie book due to government restrictions last year it will be those of you who can remember if you got one!

County Golf Cards Go Digital

From 2021 onwards the County Card can now only be obtained via the igcounty app.
The app offers a host of other features, including news, upcoming and past competitions, contact details and County contact details. The card holder is entitled to:
Receive reduced green fees at host participating clubs (the usual reduction is to the Members Guest Rate and in some cases lower than that price)
The scheme is not just restricted for use within Hertfordshire

To download the app go to;

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/download_the_app and follow instructions.

Scoring on IG

If like me you suddenly start to think, I can’t remember how to score, what is my new handicap. Please do not worry, there is always someone to help. Its been a long time since we last used the IG App for scoring, and it will take us all a little while to get back in the saddle. If you have any problems just make sure you fill in your scorecard and photograph it. We can go over the card and provide one to one support. It's a learning curve for us all. IG have supplied us with a very useful updated igMember WHS Scoring Instructional Video. To view it go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FxOAlNRTus

On another note I am also aware I have a lovely parking space which will be great. However, the pressure is on to always have a clean car! I have therefore allocated this highly important task to Mr H, so if you notice he is not pulling his weight, please take your complaint directly to him.

Can’t wait to see you out on the course this week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 21 March 2021

Only 9 more sleeps till GOLF!

For those of you who wish to play on Monday 29th, I hope you have set your alarms for 7.28pm tomorrow evening, fingers poised for the 7.30pm opening of the tee sheets!!! Makes me feel nervous just thinking about it!!

Re-Scheduled Main Events For Your Diary 2021

Thursday 8th April: Maria Moore Millennium Bowl Pairs

Sunday 11th April: Price Vase Stableford Q - Alternate Day

Tuesday 13th April: Kay Baker Memorial Bowl

Thursday 15th April: Price Vase Stableford Q - Main Event

Thursday 22nd April: O’Sullivan Cup Team Alliance

Sunday 25th April: Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy Q Alternate Day

Thursday 29th April: Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy Q Main Event

Thursday 20th May: Jubilee Jug Pair Betterball

Saturday 22nd May: Spring Salver Stableford Q

Thursday 27th May: Ping Pairs Betterball/Margaret Gentle Pairs Vase

Saturday 29th May: Mixed Ping Pairs - New Event

Saturday 29th May - Saturday 12th June: Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

Thursday 3rd June: Coronation Foursomes

Sunday 27th June - Tuesday 29th June: Away Weekend - Staverton Park

Thursday 1st July: Club Championship Round 1

Thursday 8th July: Club Championship Round 2

Thursday 15th July: LADIES CHARITY DAY 2021

Thursday 5th August: Away Day Kelland Pairs - Wyboston Lakes

Friday 3rd September: Solheim Cup, CD v The Essex - Home Event

Saturday 18th September: Captains Day, Captains Drive-in & Evening Event

Thursday 23rd September: Autumn Meeting - Chris Leary Chalice - N/Q

Thursday 11th November: Ladies' AGM

Tuesday 16th November: Club AGM

Thursday 25th November: Winter Invitation Day

Thursday 16th December: Christmas Greensomes & Party

Further dates and information on competitions/matches is now available on IG (all subject to change depending on Covid policy).

Ready for Golf?

If you want some ideas on how to get ‘Ready for golf’ have a look at the must have 5 tips from Ryan Rastall at GolfShake.com to view; Click on; https://youtu.be/aapKfUEGioc

Courtesy of Sarah F - Thanks Sarah for sending this in.

County News

Following last week’s announcement over the delayed start to our County Championship season for 2021, revised entry forms and flyers can be found by going to: https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries

TopTracer App

In just over a week you can try out the new TopTracer on the driving range. To get yourself ready you can download the TopTracer Range App. For instructions go to: https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Can’t wait to see you out on the course next week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 14 March 2021

Not long now ladies! Can’t wait to see you all again, its been soooo long.

29th March is the day we have all been waiting for. Let's hope the weather is kind to us. As you are aware, we are not allowed to hold competitions during the first week back. However, we have managed to secure a captains shuffle for; Tuesday 30th March and Thursday 1st April. If you wish to be involved in these events please sign up onto IG where you will be added to the shuffle list. Sign up will open for the shuffle at 8am on 22nd March, this is before it's opened up to all members at 7.30pm. Please send your score cards to Hazel following your round. Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required).

Week commencing 4th April

  • Thursday Competitions please sign up on IG in the usual manor.
  • Tuesday Competitions please sign up to Captains Shuffle (optional of course).
  • Weekend competitions please sign up on IG.

Dates for Your Diary

  • Tuesday 6th April; Day after the bank holiday, in line with usual practise - NO Tuesday club.
  • Thursday 8th April; Maria Moore Millennium Bowl Pairs
  • Sunday 11th April; Price Vase Stableford Q Alternate Day
  • Tuesday 13 April; Captains Shuffle - Kay Baker 9 Hole Memorial Competition
  • Thursday 15th April; Price Vase Stableford Q Main Event
  • Sunday 18th April; Weekend Eclectic Round 1

Further dates and information re; competitions/matches will be available on IG.

Matches and Competitions

Winter Knock Out - Extended Deadlines - The draw sheet remains on the notice board (opposite the ladies changing rooms). Player who's name appears first on the draw sheet should contact opponent and offer 3 possible dates for match. Dates for Matches to be played by;
  • Round 1 to be played by 1st May
  • Round 2 to be played by 1st June
  • Final to be played by 1st July

Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

For this year only, due to government restrictions this competition will be played over the period of 2 weeks commencing on Saturday 29th May - Saturday 12th June on the Par 3 course. Rules for this competition are:
  • Book your own Tee time on Par 3
  • Ladies must play with another member of the club (male or female)
  • Photograph your completed score card and send to Hazel following your round
  • Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required)
  • Once you have started to play a round you cannot decide to change your playing day
  • Entry payment of £2.00 will be collected at the end of the month

A Little Trip Down Memory Lane

Julie Page sent in this amazing photo of our very own Julie Price, that must have been a great day!


Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with;

The Awkward Lie of Chipping - Wednesday 17th March at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 7 March 2021

So March is here!

Time to get those batteries and distance devices out and charged to make sure they are still in working order for the big day. We are still awaiting the ‘all systems go’ email from the Club Company, I have been assured it's on its way. England Golf have published a 'Play Safe Stay Safe, Golf’s Return to Play Protocols' poster which is a helpful way of remembering when we have rule changes. Please go to link below to view.

https://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Play-Safe-Timeline-Feb21-V6.pdf

Normal Service will return ASAP - Happy days! More to come!
 
   

Dates for Competitions During 2021

The process of changing dates in the diary has begun, with Lin G beavering away. We are confident all will be rescheduled and ready to play as soon as it is safe to do so.

Ladies Committee Meeting

The next ladies committee will take place on Thursday 25th March. If you have anything you would like raised please contact me one week prior to this date.

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with:

Pre and Post Shot Routine - Tuesday 9th March at 12:00
The Awkward Lie of Chipping - Wednesday 17th March at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

 
Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 28 February 2021

Last day of February today, how come the shortest month of the year became the longest? Come on 29th March! Will be great to get back out on the golf course I am sure you will all agree. Its been a long winter but better times ahead. England Golf have now released ‘A roadmap for the return back to golf in England’ Please see link below if you have not already seen it;

https://www.englandgolf.org/roadmap-for-the-return-to-golf-infographic/

We are currently awaiting further clarification from The Club Company.

Dates for Competitions During 2021

So far this quarter we have missed many of our planned events. It is my intention to play all abandoned competitions, if possible, throughout the season. Therefore, we will have quite a few changes to the calendar, which will be updated on IG when confirmed. It is expected all dates will be in place for our return on 29th March.

Away Weekend 2021

Following the governments announcement on 22nd February it has been suggested that we move the 'Away Weekend' to the end of June when all current restrictions, hopefully, will have been lifted. This will enable us to share rooms, and enjoy a meal together following a brilliant days golf. It is unfortunate for those of you who are unable to attend, but, at this moment in time, as you are all aware, we have to follow government guidelines. Thank you to Nikki B who is finalising the dates on Monday. Further information will be sent out when we have confirmation from the venue.

Solheim Cup 2021

I am sure most of you will have heard that our opponents for the Solheim Cup, Mill Green Golf Club are under new ownership. Unfortunately, we are now no longer able to compete with them for this biennial trophy event. But the good news is, with the backing of the ladies section committee, I have been in touch with The Essex golf club. The Essex is another ‘Club Company' golf club who are delighted at the prospect of being involved in this special event. Therefore, we have added the date of Friday 3rd September to our diary and have invited The Essex to Chesfield Downs. So put the date in your diary and we can show The Essex what a great event it really is!

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with:

Psychological Steps to Better Golf - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 21 February 2021

So, I think I know where everyone will be tomorrow! Monday 22nd!! Lets hope Boris has some good news for us all. Until then I have a few snippets of information for you.

New CEO

I am sure many of you know we have a new CEO of the Club Company, Richard Calvert. Richard joined The Club Company, as chief executive, in early December. He has over 30 years’ experience in the travel and leisure sector. I am sure you would like to join me in welcoming Richard to the Club Company. We look forward to meeting him in the not too distant future.

Exciting Times

During Lockdown the driving range has been experiencing a busy time. Work is currently being undertaken to install ‘TopTracer’ in 16 of our driving range bays. TopTracer tracks the flight path of your golf shot and displays it on one of the 21-inch touch screen monitors to be installed in each bay. It will be possible to watch your game the same way you watch your favourite pro golfers on TV, plus many more activities. There will also be a bar area supporting the driving range serving some hot food, snacks, beer and soft drinks. Launch Week will be dependent on government restrictions. Please note: You will still be able to go and practice with a bucket of balls in the usual manner.


Locker Room

Kathy C and myself went on a day trip to the ladies locker room last week. We found many interesting items, here are a few. Perhaps you recognise some of them?


Or did you loose your glasses? 16 pairs!!!!


If so, please rescue them when we return to golf, Many thanks!

Golf Rules Practice

I would like to say a big thank you to Julie R who has continued to supply us with golf rules on a daily basis, well done Julie keep it up! For those of you who are not on the WhatApp group and those who would like a further 'brush up' go to the link below which I think you will find very useful.

https://www.randa.org/en/rules-junior-room/take-your-time

Coffee Zoom

Another very enjoyable virtual coffee morning held on Thursday morning. Good to hear and see some ladies with lots of laughing. If you want to join in (usually held on Thursday or Friday mornings) let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021



Any donations for our charity this year can be made directly to:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pauline-humphrey

Many thanks!

Hertfordshire Golf Competitions and Entry Forms


Please see links below for the current Hertfordshire Golf schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/competition.php?showall=1&time=&show=open

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 14 February 2021

Happy Valentines Day! This must be the coldest Valentines day on record. In fact, it has also been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. Would be far too cold for golf - me thinks - every cloud and all that!

The bad weather has unfortunately made it impossible for Lee, and his significantly reduced team, to carry out the planned ‘drill and fill’ work on the greens scheduled for 8th February. However, a warmer week ahead is forecast, so fingers crossed. On another note its been a great week for some Chesfield Downs Ladies with so many of you now having had your first dose of the vaccine. Every day it's getting closer for those of us who are still waiting.

Ping Mixed Betterball Competition

I am delighted to say that we now have a date in the diary for the Ping Mixed Betterball Competition, Saturday 29th May 2021 (subject to government guidelines). 5 day members will be granted courtesy of the course for this competition. It is a similar event to the Ladies Ping Pairs which is so popular within our section. So I thought I would give you advance warning to ‘save the day’. This new mixed event for club golfers will see the top 50 pairs in the country qualify for the national final at Thonock Park on Tuesday 7th September, 2021. Winners and runners-up from each club – even if they don’t make it to the final – will receive prizes from PING. England Golf have not released all the competition rules at present but for further information go to: https://www.englandgolf.org/england-golf-and-ping-announce-new-mixed-betterball-event/

County News

Until we have a route map out of lockdown, the county is working on the premise of ‘business as usual’, with that in mind, please see links below for the current Championship schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries
https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/competition.php?showall=1&time=&show=open

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with;
Putting Perfection - Thursday 18th February 2021 at midday

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.
https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Coffee Zoom

Great to enjoy a virtual coffee morning with some of the ladies during the week. Always nice to hear some fun and laughter, reminds me of the clubhouse. If you want to join in let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pauline-humphrey

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 7 February 2021

January is now behind us, and for those of you who are now enjoying the odd glass of wine, I would like to say a huge 'thank you' for all your donations to our charity following your dry January. Anyone for no sweets February? You can tell February is here, looking out for the snow forecasts and freezing temperatures, makes me think "I expect the course is closed today" But, of course, it is closed, but on a brighter note it seems we are now on the home straight, so hang in there. It's nearly time to get those golf clothes aired, clean the clubs, do those knee exercises so you can bend down easily to pick up your birdie putts. March is on the way!

Safe Golf

Great news! Chesfield Downs Golf and Country Club was awarded accreditation to the SafeGolf initiative on February 2nd 2021. Many thanks go to our Welfare Officer, Margaret G, and Barry who have worked very hard through the SafeGolf process. This demonstrates the clubs commitment to the standards set by the SafeGolf partnership in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.’ To view our Safeguarding Policies click here.

November Sale/Auction

Some of our members have been extremely busy making golf head covers, hats and rag dolls for our November/December sale of homemade items.
Well done ladies you are amazing!



A few ladies have been asking if you can donate secondhand or homemade toys to Lister Hospital. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 this is not permitted. If you wish to donate to "The Magic of Play" or "The Lister Butterfly Service" please go to the Justgiving website link at the bottom of this newsletter, many thanks.

At Home Series via IG

Flag Your Irons - Tuesday 9th February 2021 at midday.  Join Sam, based at Cams Hall GC as he shows you the fundamental points to improve your iron play.

Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to 'Latest News at Home'
'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

Coffee Morning Zoom

During this time it is extremely important for us to all keep well and in contact with each other to avoid feelings of isolation. Therefore, we would like to arrange some virtual coffee mornings via Zoom. If you would like to see some happy faces for a friendly chat please email or WhatsApp me to be involved. The aim is to have small groups of approximately 6 per session. Alternatively, if you wish to have someone to go for a walk with, this can also be arranged.


Keep in touch.
That's all for this week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021



https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pauline-humphrey

 
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