Monday 26 October 2015

Five Go Golfing at Turnberry


The competition for this was held in June with the best five stableford scores qualifying for the final. As two of the Ladies who qualified were unable to go, the Ladies’ team eventually consisted of Sarah Faircliff, Jean Ray, Kathy Dale, Diane Chapman and Brenda Harrington.

Our prize was two nights’ bed & breakfast at the Trump Turnberry and two rounds of golf.

The intrepid golfers excitedly set off on Sunday 18th October. We needed the extra day to prepare ourselves for “some exhilarating golf” as described in the information sheet. Having seen the bunkers, we could have done with an extra week!!

As the hotel was undergoing extensive refurbishment, the hotel building and the famous Ailsa Course were closed. We played the Kintyre- “links golf at its exhilarating best, undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes and stunning views of Kintyre, Arran and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse.” It certainly was! We were blessed with fine weather for both days, unlike last year when the players had to endure gale force winds and horizontal rain. They did however play the Ailsa Corse but probably didn’t see much of it.

Monday was practice day so once we had overcome our nerves on being announced on the first tee and sighed with relief at hitting a reasonable drive, it wasn’t too bad, apart from the bunkers, the gorse and the undulating greens. The fairways were generous if you could find them but the bunkers!!! It was fun day but tiring.

The final took place on Tuesday. The format, as before, was an individual Stableford competition with the best four scores from each team added together to find the winner. Had it been a Medal competition we might still be there trying to get out of the bunkers!

We were delighted to finish in third place, our prize being a Glenbrae sweater for each team member. We will wear them with pride, once they arrive.

The men’s team of Craig Crowhurst, Matt Smith, Dave McGuigan, Peter Harris and Graham Lloyd were fourth overall and won Bolle sunglasses. A good day for Chesfield!

I would like to thank the Men’s Section, particularly Craig Crowhurst, Phil Chester and their fund raising committee, for giving us the opportunity to take part in the National Golf Club Challenge. Over the last six years they have raised over £54,000 for Help For Heroes. That is an unbelievable amount and they are to be congratulated on their achievement.

It was an amazing experience to play golf at Turnberry and we were thoroughly spoiled by all the help and attention we received from the organisers Matt Leighton and Stacey Jeffries and from the staff at Turnberry. We were honoured to meet two of the soldiers who had been helped by the funds raised for Help For Heroes. They were inspiring and I hope we can continue to give them our support.

Jean Ray
Ladies' Captain

Friday 16 October 2015

Charity Coffee Morning & Cake Off

Today we held our Ladies' Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Carers in Hertfordshire and Tilehouse Counselling. The cakes were made by the Men from the club who competed in the first ever Chesfield Downs Cake Off. Competition was fierce!

We had a terrific response of 15 cakes – chocolate, lemon, apple, strawberries and cream, raspberry bakewell, burnt toffee cheesecake and carrot cake.

This year's scrumptious entries in the Chesfield Downs Cake Off
We were stunned by the standard, especially as most of the men had never baked a cake before. Any one of them could have been a worthy winner on the Great British Bake Off. Look out for them in the next series!

Judging was done by everyone who attended the coffee morning. Marks were given for appearance and taste but it was extremely difficult to choose a winner, as all the cakes were delicious. Finally, Glen Culmer was crowned the Chesfield Downs Cake Off Champion for his chocolate and orange cake on countback from John Ray’s Black Forest Gateau. All the men were highly praised for their high standards and imagination.

The winning cake!
Alan our chef, made a stunning centrepiece of a trio of chocolate ganache cakes decorated with shards of three coloured chocolate. This was auctioned for £60.

We raised an amazing £500!! Thank you everyone for your generosity.

A huge thank you to all the men who took part: Tim Hudson, Mark Smith, Stevie Smith, Phil Chester, Kurt Fallon, Richard Williams, John Ray, Glen Culmer, Chris Birkett, Neil McLauchlan, Rob McCafferty, Ben Williams, Clive Rogers, Rod Unger and Frank Berridge.

You were amazing guys, you all deserved to win!

Thank you also to Glyn and Ben for their hard work on the day.

A special thank you to Mandy Unger for donating the proceeds from the sales of her beautiful hand painted Christmas cards.

Jean RayLadies' Captain 2015