Wednesday 28 September 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 24 Sep 2016

The Chris Leary Chalice Winner - Lesley Bonser

Autumn Meeting
Diane Chapman and Sue Watson did a great job organising such an enjoyable and relaxing day. There were lots of cups, trophies and prizes to present to our excellent winning golfers. Birdies too – 211 birdies achieved so far this year. Thank you to Marica for keeping the birdie book updated and supplying us with the badges.

There were several winners on Thursday:
  • Nearest the Pin on the 9th was Mary Harrison and on 17th - Pauline Humphrey.
  • Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 6th was won by Mandy Unger.
  • Longest drive on the 15th, which was almost to the edge of the green!!!! – Roz Mackenzie.
  • Best front 9 and 2nd place overall went to Angela Hamilton with 22 points.
  • Best back 9 also with 22 points was Margaret Gentle.
But the winner of the Chris Leary Chalice with a massive 43 points was Lesley Bonser

It was wonderful to have non golfers and golfers all get together for lunch. Lovely food, lovely weather and some lovely golf scores.

The Great Chesfield Downs Cake Off – Wed 28th Sept at 10.30
Remember to join us for tea/coffee and HUGE AMOUNTS of Cake – plus a Raffle and Xmas Cards from Garden House Hospice volunteers. Invite your friends and come along.

Help For Heroes Charity Day - Saturday 8th October
All welcome and guests. Run by Men Section – you can sign up on the Social notice board.

Herts County de Paula Cup
This is a Knockout competition for golfers from across Hertfordshire with handicaps of 10 - 20. We play 5 rounds of golf over 3 days - matchplay off scratch. Not for the fainthearted but an excellent and enjoyable competition. Unfortunately neither Lauren nor I managed to get to round 2, but we will definitely be there again next year. Who else is up for the challenge in 2017?

7-Day – September Stableford was won by Linda Brown with 34points. 2nd Megan Bonner on countback to Lauren Pitcher in 3rd place

Tuesday – Some excellent pairs matchplay was enjoyed this week. Great fun and good practice

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Monday 19 September 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 17 Sep 2016

Club Captain 2017
I am delighted and honoured to let you know that I will be the Club Captain for Chesfield Downs in 2017. The announcement was made at Captains’ evening.

Captains Day
The event was enjoyed by everyone who attended and we all had a wonderful time. Thank you to the ladies who baked and produced this amazing feast. A special thank you to Mary Harrison and Hilary Clark who gave all our golfers such wonderful fare.

I had a fantastic day and I thank you all for your good wishes. Lovely food, good company and dancing until we dropped!!

Well done to Sarah Faircliff who won Longest Drive and to Lesley Bonser who won Nearest the Pin.

The grand raffle Draw for One Year Golf membership was won by Karl Peterson from the Men’s section. He was cock-a-hoop!!!

Autumn Meeting, Thursday 22 September
Play golf for the Chris Leary Chalice and stay for lunch and prize presentations.

Scratch Match at Home v Verulam, Friday 23 September
This is the final match of the season. Good luck to all the team

The Great Chesfield Downs Cake Off, Wednesday 28th September @10:30am
Thank you to Jean Ray for organising this very popular event. 12 very competitive men are challenging to create the best and most tasty cake. Who will be the winner? Come along and help to judge. £5 entrance fee to include tea/coffee and enjoy LOTS of cake. The Garden House Hospice volunteers will also be there selling Christmas cards.

Two competitions running on the same dates
  • Kathy Dale Trophy (Medal Final) plus Autumn Medal - Thursday 6th October
  • Lauren Pitcher Plate (Stableford Final) plus Autumn Stableford -Thursday 13th October
Please check the notice board to see whether you qualify for the Medal or Stableford Finals so that you sign into the correct competition on HowDidIDo.

Crown Champion of Champions
Kathy Morris and Virginia Chan enjoyed a great day at Sherfield Oaks being hosted in style by Crown Golf. Congratulations to Kathy Morris for winning Nearest the Pin and receiving beautifully engraved “Champion of Champions Day” glassware.

“Least Putts” format this week. Congratulations on another win for Julia Goodwin. Julia played 18holes of golf with just 29 putts ! There were three golfers with just 31 putts, Chris Leary and Lauren Pitcher but in 2nd place on countback was Jackie Reid. It is amazing to realise how many shots we make with our putters!!

Exceptional scores today. Three ladies scored 40 points and have received handicap cuts. Winners of the September Stableford competition are: Div 1 Pat Ward on 40 points, just beating Lauren Pitcher on countback, also with 40 points. Division 2 Diane Chapman with 40 points. Brilliant golf today.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Friday 9 September 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 10 Sep 2016

Ping Pairs Finalists - Kathy Morris & Rogie Taylor
Congratulations to Kathy Morris and Rogie Taylor who played in the Ping Pairs Final at Gainsborough Golf Club this week. With thousands of players from 846 clubs participating they needed exceptional scores to qualify. It is a huge achievement to play in the Final of this prestigious tournament. “A great day with some amazing prizes.” 

Chesfield Downs Ladies qualify for the National Golf Club Challenge Final at Turnberry 

I am delighted to announce that the Ladies will be sending a team to Turnberry again this October. The qualifying round was held on 9th June at Chesfield and those who were the top five scorers have been notified.

Crown Champion of Champions at Sherfield Oaks - Saturday 10th September
Good luck to our Ladies Club Champion Virginia Chan and Handicap champion Kathy Morris

Finals of the Knockout Competitions
The Singles final will be contested for between Sarah Faircliff and Lauren Pitcher to win the Ann Grist Trophy. The Pairs Knockout finalists are Jenny Feaver and Sally Weekes against Lauren Pitcher and Kathy Dale. The winners will collect the Mary Warmoth Trophy.

Congratulations Lauren, on reaching the Final of both our Knockout competitions

Autumn Meeting - 22nd September
You can sign up to play in the Chris Leary Chalice on HowDidIDo. Please pay your £12 by 15th September so that we can confirm numbers for lunch. If you would like to attend for our 2-course lunch only please sign up or let Diane Chapman know.

We will be presenting prizes to the winners of Cups and Trophies and to those who have won the monthly Medal and Stableford competitions. Also prizes will be presented to the winners of the Tuesday Summer Eclectic competition held in August.

Pearson Team – The draw for 2016/17 has been made. The clubs in our group are: Moor Park, Ashridge, South Herts and Bishops Stortford. The dates for matches are on the Notice Board. Please sign up for all the dates that you are available. Teams will be chosen from those available.

A HOLE IN ONE on the 9th for the Ladies Captain during the semi-final of the pairs knockout this week. Drinks all round!!!

The September medal was won by Megan Bonner with a superb score of nett 69. 2nd place with nett 73 was Kathy Dale.

Double on the Even Holes format resulted in some big scores! A tremendous 59 points gave 1st place to Julia Goodwin. In 2nd place was our Tuesday competition organiser, Hazel Brunnen, with 54 points. Thank you to Di Rogers and Mary Hooper for checking the cards. Well done to Di Rogers, Elaine Bragg and Mandy Unger, who achieved birdies today and Julia Goodwin who accomplished two birdies in one round today.

Round 2 of the Eclectic Cup was hotly contested. Congratulations go to Virginia Chan. Three birdies today and two birdies last week helped to create the lowest gross score of 71 – less than course par!!! A worthy winner of the Eclectic Cup 2016. 2nd place goes to Pat Ward with gross 76.

There is also a prize for the best nett score. After a very good score in round 1, Rogie Taylor recorded her best ever score in Round 2 to achieve an exceptional nett 67 and secure her place as our nett winner. Her final eclectic score was an amazing nett 60. As well as her great gross score, Virginia had a brilliant nett score of 61 giving her 2nd place in the nett competition. Well done to all players.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Scratch Team v Verulam (Away)

Match Day 7 for the Scratch Team was Away at historic Verulam, in St Albans, the home course of Sam Ryder, who came up with the idea for the Ryder Cup. The team for this match was Virginia, Kathy, Pat, Lauren and yours truly.

The sun failed to shine very much but the matches were hard fought with the majority finishing at either the 17th or 18th. Unfortunately Verulam, with home advantage came out the winners by 3 matches to 2. It was really close….

Big thanks once again to the team for great performances all round. One match remains in our season when we will be entertaining the girls from Verulam at our place on Friday 23rd September. We will get the better of them on home soil I am sure!

Well done and good luck for the next match!

Sarah Faircliff, Scratch Team Captain

Captain's Newsletter - 3 Sep 2016

Thank You - A big thank you to Katy Cook who has offered to help Hazel with our Tuesday competitions now that Brigid has moved to Porchester.

Captains Day, Saturday 10th September – Last chance to buy your raffle tickets this week to win one year of golf membership at Chesfield Downs. This has been donated by Crown and all money raised will be shared by the four section Captains’ charities

All donations for the Halfway House will be greatly appreciated.

Help For Heroes, Saturday 8th October - This is a mixed competition that all members can play in (5-day and 7-day members). Help to raise money for this excellent cause. The sign up sheet is on the Social Notice Board.

Pearson Squad
 - If you have enjoyed the friendly matches this year and would like to be considered to play in the Pearson Team this season, please add your name to the sheet on the notice board in the Ladies Changing Room. This is played as singles matchplay with full handicap difference. For more information speak to Marica Kelland, Pearson Team Captain.

The Ladies AGM will be held in the evening on Thursday 3rd November. Details are now on the notice board. If you would like to join the 2017 committee and help your next Ladies Captain, Jackie Reid, please add your name to the list.

If you have any questions you would like to raise at the AGM, please put them in writing to Marica Kelland, Committee Secretary.

7-Day – No competition held. Everyone was enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.

Tuesday - No competition this week

Thursday – Round One of the Eclectic Cup was played this week. In the lead at the moment is Virginia Chan with a gross score of 82. And the best nett score is Liz Cooke with nett 69. Final competition scores on 8th September.

Scratch Team – Played their penultimate match at Verulam Golf Course Friday. Going in to the match, Chesfield Downs were just ½ point behind the leaders of our group, Verulam. An exceptional position to be in. Verulam just managed to hold onto their lead with a 3:2 win against us. The match was extremely close, with Lauren and Virginia winning their matches Pat and Kathy only losing on the 17th hole and Sarah going all the way to the 18th!! Well done to Sarah and all the Scratch Team on a very successful second season.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain