Monday 25 April 2016

Scratch Team v Mid Herts (Home)

The first Scratch match of the season was played on Saturday 23rd April at Chesfield. The visitors were from Mid Herts and following bacon butties and coffee the matches were greeted on the first tee by a keen northerly wind and hailstones! So much for summer scratch golf! However, the hardened Chesfield ladies, Virginia, Sarah, Julie, Pat and Lauren played exceptionally well and the home team triumphed by a margin of 3 1/2 points to 1 1/2. Congratulations to all the team on a fantastic start to the season.

Sunday 24 April 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 23 Apr 2016

Our 10 volunteers will Walk the Bridges of London on Sunday 8th May 2016. If you would like to sponsor their endeavour, please visit our Just Giving Page. And we are famous! There is a brilliant article on page 28 of the Comet newspaper this week.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE - Winter Rules are back in place until the end of May

Handicap Secretary – Sally Weekes has held this post for nearly 4 years. She is now ready to hand the baton over to a new volunteer at the end of 2016. Anyone who is interested will have plenty of time to work alongside Sally this season and be ready to take on the role at the end of the year. Could it be you? Please speak to Sally or to me for more information.

Save The Date
Friday 27th May – 25years anniversary Golf day and Ed’s leaving day. See the Social Notice board for sign up sheet. Add your name now – limited places!!

Friday 15th July – Club 25th anniversary party evening

Raffle Prizes – If you have any donations, please place them in the box in the ladies changing room. Thank you all for your generous support.
Thursday 21st April was The Queens 90th birthday

7-Day – Sunday, April Club Medal. This was played in extremely muddy conditions after the snow and rain of the days before. 1st Kathy Dale nett 76 2nd Jacqui Harbor nett 81 3rd Lin Goodey nett 82

Tuesday – Texas Scramble – Winners with an excellent nett score of 66.4 were Patti Vincent, Di Rogers, Margaret Fredjohn and Brenda Harrington

Thursday – April Club Stableford produced some excellent scores. Winner of Div 1 Virginia Chan 37 points, 2nd Chris Leary 35 points, and in Division 2 our winner on countback with 41 points! Di Rogers just pipping Nicola Adkins into 2nd place also on 41 points. The 9-hole Stableford was won by Pam Blake on 16 points, 2nd Kirsten George 15 points, 3rd Ann Cullum 14 points.

And there was huge excitement on the 6th hole when Chris Leary scored an Eagle 2 – 100 yards out to pitch into the hole. Just brilliant!!!

Scratch KO Final – Marica v Virginia played the final match this week. Congratulations to the winner of the Scratch Cup - Virginia Chan

Friendly Match - At home against a strong team from Pavenham. Although we fought back hard on the day, we lost 4:1 Megan and Liz did us proud and they will be a very hard pairing to beat in the Doubles Knockouts this summer – so watch out if you get them in the draw!!

Pearson Match - Our team played well at Bishops Stortford, but unfortunately lost 5:2.  Well done to Brigid and Liz Cooke who won their games.

Ball Washers
New ball washers on three of the ladies' tees
After many months of waiting we finally have our Ball Washers on the tees. A massive thank you to Jean Ray for donating 3 ball washers for the ladies tee boxes. Look out for them on the 6th, 14th, and 17th holes. No excuse for muddy balls now!! 

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Saturday 16 April 2016

Silver Jubilee Jug

The Silver Jubilee Jug was played for this week. A fantastic celebration by the Ladies' Section to commemorate 25 years since the official opening of Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club.

We presented our Guests of Honour with their engraved gifts to recognise their importance as Founder members of our club - Madeleine Fielder, Lorraine Palmer and Pat Pollendine.


A huge thank you to Jackie Reid for her help with the super decoration of our Conservatory and also to Joel and his team for the anniversary cake – collectively cut by all our previous Ladies' Captains.

Anniversary cake cutting with our past Captains
In 1st place and winners of the Silver Jubilee Jug were Lin Goodey and Hazel Brunnen. We had a tie for 2nd place but on countback from Alison Webber and Di Alford, 2nd place went to Mandy Unger and Marion Dix. Congratulations to our winners. 

Winners - Lin Goodey & Hazel Brunnen
To add to the entertainment, I had set everyone a tricky task, by asking them to wear something with a silver theme. Some of our members went to extreme lengths to rise to this challenge.

We had Tin Men, Every Cloud has a Silver Lining, silver Marshals, silver top hats, silver flappers, my own astronaut suit, and two very different versions of Silver Service. Lots of photographs were taken and can be seen on our website.  Click here to see the 2016 Gallery.

A collection was taken for our two Silver Service Waitresses, Hilary and Jenny, which produced 32pence, 3 buttons and 1 euro – don’t spend it all at once !

But the best dressed accolade went to Patti Vincent and Brenda Harrington for their amazing silver service Fork and Spoon outfits. And yes, Patti did drive to the golf club ready dressed, with the top down on her convertible (it was the only way she could fit in it) – causing much hilarity in the rush hour traffic and one driver to call out “There’s a fork in the road!!”

Best Dressed Winners - Brenda Harrington & Patti Vincent

Inter-Club Matches
  • Friendlies Match – Our first of 2016 is on Wednesday 20th April at Home v Pavenham. The team will be looking fabulous in our new Team T-Shirts.
  • Our Pearson Team are playing at Bishops Stortford on Thursday 21st April.
  • Our first Scratch Match is also this week, at home on 23rd April against Mid Herts.
Good luck to all the teams!

Tuesday – Greensomes. Patti Vincent and Megan Bonner were our winners this week who just pipped Jenny Feaver and Hilary Clark into 2nd place on countback.

Our Pearson Team played magnificently at Essendon Golf Course this week with some brilliant wins and extremely close losses. Five games went all the way to the 18th hole – We just lost out to Essendon by 4 games to 3. We are definitely poised for a win!!

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Captain's Drive In 2016

On Saturday 9th April the Captains of all four sections at Chesfield Downs began the official start of the 2016 season with the Captains’ Drive In event.

Unfortunately Ady Barton, our Men’s Captain, was unwell and in hospital, so had to miss this exciting event. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Crown Golf provided bacon baps, tea and coffee and a goody bag for the golfers, who had a shotgun start at 8am.

The competition was followed by a very nice pie and mash while all the spectators watched the four Captains tee off the 1st. The combined yardage of these drives was calculated and a prize for the winning guessed distance went to Brigid Kerr.

Thank You
A huge thank you goes to the volunteers who were at the club before 7am to organise registration of players and also to those who checked the score cards after the competition. Thank you also to Annette Axelsson who worked hard behind the scenes to organise this event for us.

Drive In Results
  • The winning team with the best 2 scores were: Nigel Jones, Mark Alban, Peter Harris and Brian Willcocks with 88 points.
  • Nearest the Pin on the 3rd for the ladies was Brigid Kerr
  • Longest drive on the 8th was a delighted Kathy Dale
Money was raised for all the Captains’ charities.

Jackie Reid sponsored all the Captains and Vice Captains for each birdie achieved on the day. We managed to achieve 3 – although it could so easily have been more!!

“Guess the drive yardage” entry fees plus Jackie Reid’s sponsored Birdie Challenge and a generous donation from Roz Mackenzie totalled a brilliant £100 towards the Ladies' Captain’s Charity, the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.

A great start to the season!

Kathy Dale – Ladies Captain 2016

Saturday 9 April 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 9 Apr 2016

This Week Thursday 14th April - Silver Jubilee Jug Event followed by Afternoon Tea. Please pay your £10 entry fee by putting your money in an envelope in the black box in the ladies changing room or pay online. (Tea only is £8)

Winter Rules Have Finished – No “pick and place” until next winter!!

Save The Date
Friday 27th May – 25 years anniversary Golf day and Ed’s leaving day
Friday 15th July – Club 25th anniversary party evening

Scratch & Handicap Knockout Finals – To be completed by 30th April. Congratulations to Pauline Humphrey, who won the Handicap Cup in the final match of the knockout competition against Barbara Baldwin this week. Well done to both players. Marica v Virginia will play for the Scratch Cup – Feeling very excited!!

Pearson Trophy - The team play their next match at Essendon on Monday 11th April. Good luck to all the team.

Saturday - Roger Burman Warm Up Trophy – last of the mixed weekend competitions until the winter. Lesley Bonser scored 38 points and came 3rd in a huge field of 114 golfers. With yet another handicap cut, this was a brilliant result. Well done Lesley.

Sunday - The first of 7 Eclectic rounds. In the lead from the first round is Pat Ward with a gross 88 and nett 74. Excellent start to the competition, Pat.

Two competitions in one this week. Front 9 stroke play format produced several scores under par. 1st with nett 32 (3 under par) was Margaret Fredjohn, with Patti Vincent hot on her heels with nett 33. The back 9 was Stableford format and again some good scores. Three ladies scored 18 points – Barbara, Liz and Susanna, but 1st with a super 19 points was Sarah Faircliff. Well done everyone. Looking good for our upcoming qualifiers.

Medal format in April showers saw excellent scores from Megan Bonner with a nett 70 to come in 2nd place but she was beaten by Susanna Chan with a brilliant nett 68 to win Division 2. With the CSS at 73, Susanna has been cut by 2 strokes. A fantastic result!

After their good form on Tuesday, we had a draw for the Winner of Division 1, as both golfers had nett 73 points. On countback, Patti Vincent won 1st place, with Sarah Faircliff coming 2nd.

The 9 hole Stableford competition played the same day was won with a superb 18 points by Pam Blake. Order of Merit points for 9-hole qualifiers will be calculated throughout the season, with the winner announced at the Ladies AGM in November.

Correction to last week’s results - 3rd place in the Maria Moore Millennium Bowl was achieved by Rogie and Angela Hamilton.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Sunday 3 April 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 2 Apr 2016

I cannot believe I am already a quarter of the way through my Captaincy year! The summer season officially starts with……

Captains’ Drive In
Saturday 9th April. Shotgun start at 8am, followed by food and the exciting launch of the season Drive In by all the Section Captains. There are just a couple of spaces remaining on the Sign Up sheet on the Social Notice Board

Thursday 14th April – Jubilee Jug
Less than 2 weeks until the ladies Jubilee Jug event celebrates 25 years of Chesfield Downs. A pairs betterball format with a super silver themed Afternoon Tea to follow. If you would like to dress the part (in silver theme of course) there will be a prize for the “best dressed”.

If you know any of our ladies who are not playing golf at the moment but would like to come for afternoon tea and a catch up, please let them know they can join us for tea.

Thank You – Patti Vincent gave up chocolate for Lent, saving every penny she would normally have spent in her chocoholic world to raise an amazing £92. She has donated this to my Captain’s Charity – The Garden House Hospice in Letchworth. Thank you Patti. You can go back to eating (and drinking) chocolate now.

Walking the Bridges of London – Chris Bryce has her team of 10 walkers (although if you are interested I am sure you can still go with them) Good luck with the fundraising and the walk on Sunday 8th May.

InterClub Matches - Our Pearson Team this week were up against very strong opponents from Bishops Stortford. I am delighted to report that it was an extremely close game, with 4 matches going to the 18th hole. We were just beaten 4 matches to 3. But, oh so close! Really well done to all the Team.

7-Day – Our hardy 7-day golfers set off on Sunday to play our first weekend ladies Stableford qualifier. But storm Katie came early!! Horizontal rain, hailstones and 50mph wind created huge problems with our scores. Winner on countback was Linda Brown, who just pipped Lin Goodey into 2nd place.

Tuesday – No competition this week.

Thursday – This week we played Aussie Rules. A tough format - playing with an understanding friend is essential. Congratulations to the winners of the Maria Moore Millennium Bowl with 60 points – Mary Hooper and Barbara Baldwin. 2nd Di Rogers and Lesley Bonser, 3rd Rogie Taylor and Lauren Pitcher.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain