Saturday 27 August 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 27 Aug 2016

Away Day at Wyboston Lakes

Would you like to win one full year of 7-day golf membership at Chesfield Downs? Who wouldn’t?? Don’t delay!! Buy your raffle tickets from Kathy Dale – the draw will take place on Captains’ Day, 10th September.

Celebrate Captains’ Day, Saturday 10th September
All four Section Captains invite you to enjoy Captains’ Day with us. You and your guests can play golf, enjoy our splendid Halfway House and celebrate with other members and guests in the evening with dinner and dancing. Tickets are just £25 available from Kathy Dale.

Donations Needed For Halfway House - Hilary Clark and Mary Harrison have kindly offered to run the Halfway House on Captains Day but we need donations of food. If you can provide any refreshments, please sign up on the list on the ladies notice board. Thank you all for helping.

Notice Boards
You will see that we have a brand new notice board donated by Jean Ray which is on the wall beside the wash basins in the ladies changing room. This notice board contains your handicap list, handicaps up/down, Congu rules and County information. Results of competitions will now be displayed on the sign up board. Lots more space now for all our information.

Brigid Is Moving
A very fond farewell to Brigid Kerr, who is moving away. Brigid will be hugely missed – for her sense of humour, being able to sing a song for every occasion, always with a laugh and a joke and a smile. We wish her all the best in her lovely new home and at her new Crown golf club at Cams Hall. Good Luck Brigid - we wish you every happiness.

Eclectic Cup, Thursday 1st & 8th September – This is two full medal rounds. Both are qualifying rounds, so you need to putt out on every hole, even if you have scored better on round one. Good luck and play well.

Scratch Match Away At Verulam Golf Club, Friday 2nd September - Verulam are our main rivals in the division table. We will need to play well to achieve the winning position at the end of this season. Good luck ladies.

Ping Pairs Final, Monday 5th September - Good Luck to Rogie and Kathy Morris who play in the Ping Pairs final. It is an excellent achievement to reach the national final of this event. Wishing them both the best of luck and hope they enjoy the day.

Round 5 of the Weekend Wclectic completed. Two more rounds to go. All still to play for!!

Last round of the Summer Medal Eclectic has been played. Winners of each division will be presented with their prize at our Autumn Meeting on 22nd September.

32 members of our Ladies' section enjoyed the golf at Wyboston Lakes on our annual Away Day event.

A lovely course, but lots of water and rough grass to capture any stray golf balls (and there were a few lost balls on Thursday !) Pro’s tip “Keep it on the fairway” Easier said than done I think. A huge thank you to Diane Chapman and Sue Watson for organising a great day for us.

Kelland Pairs Trophy Winners - Margaret Gentle & Lauren Pitcher
The Kelland Pairs Trophy was hotly contested. Two pairs achieved 40 points and the countback went to the last 3 shots. The winning pair were Lauren Pitcher and Margaret Gentle. Just beating into 2nd place Pauline Humphrey and Brigid Kerr.

Nearest the Pin Winner - Kay Baker
Nearest the Pins were Kay Baker (who also birdied the hole!) and Kathy Morris. Longest Drive was achieved by Roz Mackenzie. Thank you to Marica Kelland who donated the crystal glass vases for our winners.

An excellent day – enjoyed by us all

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Sunday 21 August 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 20 Aug 2016

Kathy Dale and Mary Hooper were delighted to represent Chesfield Downs this week in the Womens England Golf Trust national Final. Kings Norton is a beautiful course with plenty of trees, water hazards and lightning fast greens. Mary gave us an excellent start, achieving a par 4 for 4 points on the 1st hole. But our score was no contest for the winners who scored a tremendous 47 points to win a beautiful glass trophy.

We both loved the whole day and were given some lovely gifts to take home. We are both looking forward to playing for a place next year whilst helping to raise funds for junior golf in the process.


Captain's Day on Saturday 10th September - See Kathy Dale for your tickets

Friendly at Barkway on Tuesday 16th August - Our Ladies team achieved an excellent draw in their match away at Barkway this week. Well done to everyone who played.

Weekend August Stableford - An excellent win for Megan Bonner scoring a brilliant 40 points. And a handicap cut too 2nd place Lin Goodey

Round Three of the August Eclectic competition completed. The final round will be played this week to find the winners of each division. Good luck everyone.

Absolutely amazing scores this week. Lots of lovely handicap cuts too.

Division 1 Sally Weekes is back on top form with 44 points with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to win Division 1. Sally is cut from 17 down to 14.5. Congratulations! In 2nd place Virginia Chan with 42 points and now down to a fantastic 10 h/c (our first single figure handicapper is in sight!!!). 3rd place with 40 points is Sarah Faircliff – now cut to 12.

Division 2 was A RUNAWAY WIN FOR MARY HOOPER. An astonishing 48 points (YES 48 POINTS) Mary started the round with a birdie 3 on the 1st hole. And continued in awesome form. Mary’s score is so good that the computer gave her an exceptional handicap cut from 32 down to her new handicap of 26. A magnificent achievement. Congratulations Mary. 2nd place goes to Lin Goodey on 39 points just beating on countback into 3rd place Katy Cook also on 39 points.

What a wonderful set of scores !!

9-Hole Stableford
1st place this week with an excellent 18 points is Jane Sparkes. 2nd Kirsten George and 3rd Maureen Martin

See you all at Wyboston Lakes for our annual Away Day on Thursday.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Sunday 14 August 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 13 Aug 2016

A whole year of 7-day golf at Chesfield Downs - for free!! You can buy raffle tickets for just £5 (or 5 for £20) – The draw will take place on Captains’ Day 10th September. See Kathy Dale or Jackie Reid for your raffle tickets


CAPTAIN'S DAY - 10th September
Sign up to play golf in the morning and enjoy a 3 course meal plus dancing until late. Guests welcome for golf and for the evening. See Kathy Dale for your tickets - while they are still available.

Congratulations to Rogie And Kathy Morris
PING Women's Fourball Betterball - Plate Final Gainsborough Golf Club 5th September - Huge congratulations to Rogie Taylor and Kathy Morris for successfully reaching the Ping Final. This is a magnificent achievement with such a huge number of entrants (1760!). I am just thrilled for you both. Enjoy the day - take lots of photos. We will all be cheering you both on.

Eclectic Cup - Thursday 1st & 8th September
This is two full medal rounds. Both are qualifying rounds, so you need to putt out on every hole, even if you have scored better on round one. Good luck and play well.

Pearson Challenge Trophy
This will be played for on 15th September alongside our September Stableford competition. Marica Kelland will invite all Pearson Team members who played in the 2015/16 season to compete. This trophy will be presented to the winner at the Ladies AGM on 3rd November.

Jean Crouch and Stan celebrated their grandson’s wedding at Chesfield on Friday. As always Jean was looking lovely. She hopes to come back to join us for golf in the near future. We look forward to seeing you back on the course, Jean.

Good Luck to Our Team This Week - Friendly at Barkway on Tuesday 16th August

Some truly amazing golf has been played this week.

Palmer Cup Ladies v Senior Men Wednesday 10th August
The Ladies team were triumphant – winning back the Palmer Cup from the senior team after two years. A magnificent 5:1 win. It was a lovely event, played in a most friendly and enjoyable way.

Scratch Team v Mid Herts Sunday 7th August
Lauren Pitcher amazed us all with a brilliant HOLE IN ONE on the 12th at Mid Herts!!! How fantastic. A very close match with Mid Herts winning 3 games to our 2. Still two matches to go and all to play for.

Mary Warmoth Cup
The Pairs Knockout is coming to a dramatic conclusion. Jenny Feaver and Sally Weekes are through to the Final after a very close semi final match against Lin Goodey and Helen Leigh which went all the way to the 18th hole. Sally chipped into the hardest hole on the course from 100 yards out for a birdie on the 2nd. Then made another birdie on the 7th and Jenny, not to be outdone, achieved a birdie on the 17th. What a match !!!

Weekend August Medal - Linda Brown scored a magnificent nett 68 to win the competition. Not only did she get a very nice 2 shot handicap cut, but scored an Eagle on the 7th hole. Well done Linda. A good day’s golf. 2nd Megan Bonner nett 78, 3rd Lauren Pitcher nett 79

Round Two of the August Eclectic competition completed. Two more rounds to be played.

Macknight Pairs Scramble - Some great scores today, but no-one could come close to the winning score of 62.5 from the dream team of Hazel Brunnen and Virginia Chan. In 2nd and 3rd place both with 68.7 were Jackie Reid & Sarah Faircliff and Lauren Pitcher and Kathy Dale.
Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Scratch Team v Mid Herts B (Away)

Having looked at the League table before we went to play at Mid Herts we were on equal points with Veralum, although they have played less matches than us. However we are in joint top spot! Still all to play for in our remaining 3 matches this season.

Sunday 7th August at Mid Herts dawned bright and sunny but a tad on the windy side!

Mid Herts had arranged some lovely food both before and after our matches but the chips and sandwiches presentation was the best of the season! The cakes afterwards were also gorgeous.

After all the lovely food there was golf to be played. The matches were very close but at the end Mid Herts came out on top by a slender 3 – 2 margin. Lots of if onlys but on the day Lauren made one if only come true with a wonderful Hole in One at the 12th! Many congratulations to Lauren and thanks for getting the drinks in!!

Hole In One on the 12th at Mid Herts

Well done to all the team once again. The result was very good in testing conditions on a course that none of us knew very well.

We have 2 matches in September – away to Veralum is next up. Lets take some points off them and stop them topping the group!

Sarah Faircliff
Scratch Team Captain

Monday 8 August 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 6 Aug 2016

Winners Scorecard for Multiply the Points - 52248 points!

Thursday 25th August – Ladies Away Day at Wyboston Lakes. A day to have fun at a beautiful venue and play for the Kelland Pairs Trophy. Your tee times and playing partners are now on the Notice Board. Please note there are no lockers available at Wyboston Lakes. Please pay your £36 via internet banking or into the black box in the ladies changing room. A huge thank you to Sue Watson and Diane Chapman for organising this day for us.

Saturday 10th September – Celebrate Captains’ Day. The golf competition in the morning and the evening event is open to all sections and your guests. See the social notice board for sign up sheet. See Kathy Dale for your tickets. I only have 40 tickets per section, so if you want to come, please let me know so I can save tickets for you and your guests.

We will be providing the usual amazing Halfway House that only Chesfield Downs Ladies Section can produce. If you would like to help me by organising the Halfway House and/or providing some items for the refreshments, I would be so very grateful.

Wednesday 28th September - Great Chesfield Downs Cake Off - Men to bake. Ladies to judge. A huge thank you to Jean Ray for organising this very popular and successful event. £5 entry per person plus raffle. Lots of cake to try and consume. All proceeds will go to the Ladies Captain’s Charity – Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.
Thank you to Mary Harrison who has provided the pro shop with a box for Ladies Section Competition Fees – this should stop anyone putting ladies money into the men’s fees box and should now make the addition of our weekly competition fees correct.

Patti Vincent has written to us all to thank us for her years of fun and friendship at Chesfield Downs. All the things she wanted to express but was too emotional to say when she left. I have put her letter on the notice board for you to read. She has also given me an extremely generous cheque for my Captain’s Charity. As you know the Garden House Hospice was a huge support to her and is a charity that is close to her heart.

We welcome Pat Watchorn to our Ladies Section this week. Some of you will know her from the Senior Section. She will be playing with Maria in the Macknight Pairs Scramble this week.

Good Luck To Our Teams This Week
Scratch Team Match away v Mid Herts Sunday 7th August
Palmer Cup Ladies v Senior Men Wednesday 10th August

GOLF RESULTS – 2 weeks of results!
Weekend Eclectic – a few shots were shaved off scores in Round 4 of the weekend Eclectic. Still 3 more rounds to go.

Stableford League Round 5, 26th Jul
Winners were: Div 1 - Patti Vincent 40 points, Div 2 - Brigid Kerr 32 points, Div 3 - Elaine Bragg 37 points. Full scores are available on our ladies website. With just one more round to be played, Patti Vincent is sitting pretty at the top of Division 1. Division 2 and 3 is still to be fought out in the final round on 27th September. Prize presentation to the winners will take place on Tuesday 25th October after our golf competition.

Round One of the August Eclectic, 2nd Aug – more chances next week

Fun Competition “Multiply The Points”, 28th Jul
Much excitement surrounded the handing in of cards for this competition. Scores ranging from zero after blobbing 18th to a whopping 52,248, yes 52,248 points by Jill Bransby. A mathematics degree was required for Jill's score and I can just imagine how she felt coming up the 17th and 18th with such an incredible score. Second place with a huge 3304 points was Angela Chatterton. It is a great format when you get it right. Very exciting.

August Medal, 4th Aug
Division 1 With the first 3 places all on 74 nett, it was down to countback - 1st Jackie Reid, 2nd Lauren Pitcher, 3rd Virginia Chan - very close ladies!!
Division 2 – 1st Rogie Taylor nett 72, 2nd Nicola Adkins nett 75, 3rd Pauline Humphrey nett 76

9-holes Stableford
Our top two scorers were both on 15 points – but on countback: 1st Pam Blake 15pt, 2nd Jane Sparkes 15pt, 3rd Madeline Fielder

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain