Monday 28 November 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 26 Nov 2016

Crazy Golfers - Committee Members and Volunteers

End of Year Celebrations
The committee and volunteers celebrated the end of 2016 with 36 holes… of Crazy Golf. Much hilarity was had at the new Stevenage venue – lots of excellent putting practice created many Holes in One and several tens!! (Some of those holes were “impossible”!).

Good luck to our Pearson team at home against South Herts on Wed 30th November.

Coming Soon on Thursday 8th December
- Xmas Greensomes (Daytime) - 9-holes and bring your nibbles to share on the course. I am sure we might see the occasional Santa, Elf, or even a Snowman that day! Then festive mince pies and cream, tea/coffee all available upstairs in the gallery room. We will be presenting our cheque for £7,100 which is the total amount raised this year for the Garden House Hospice.

- Ladies Christmas Party (Evening) - Last chance to sign up. Just 3 places remaining. Please pay your £30 by BACS or by cash or cheque to Chesfield Downs Ladies Section.

A win for our Pearson Team - We played against Ashridge at home on Friday 25th November. A magnificent win with a brilliant 5:2 score. Well done to Marica and all the Pearson team.

Ladies v Men match was played in a lovely atmosphere and in such a friendly spirit. Sadly we could not emulate the success of the Pearson Team. Although everyone played really well, the men played exceptional golf and won the trophy 5-0. A truly excellent competition to play in. We will be trying next year to place the trophy in the Ladies cabinet.

Ken Bird Mixed Winter League, Individual Stableford Qualifier produced some excellent scores from the Men's Section. Lesley Bonser produced the best Ladies score of 33 points.

Team game Stableford Alliance was played in awful weather – wet and windy and cold. But still produced some good scores. The winning team with 36 points were Pat Ward, Pat Pollendine, Sarah Faircliff and Susanna Chan.

Our Winter Invitation had more than 70 ladies attending, with guests from many other golf clubs and there were great prizes for both our guests and our members. Chesfield Downs winners were:

  • First Place -  Angela Hamilton and Hazel Brunnen
  • Runners Up - Denise Clinch and Maggi Theaker
  • Longest Drives - Pat Ward and Hazel Brunnen
  • Nearest The Pins - Angela Hamilton and Lesley Bonser
£443 was raised for Jackie Reid’s Captain’s Charity next year, The Willow Foundation.  Thanks go to Sue Watson and Diane Chapman for organising such an enjoyable and successful event.

No newsletter next week as I am on holiday – see you all at the Xmas Greensomes.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Sunday 20 November 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 19 Nov 2016

Winter Invitation, Thursday 24th November - Remember To Pay (Members £17 & Guests £22) and check the notice board for your tee time and which tee you will start from.

Ladies v Men's Section Competition, Sunday 27th November - Meet at 8.45am. Team selection and tee times are on the notice board.

Ladies Away Weekend, 4-6 June 2017 at Hellidon Lakes - Please sign up if you are interested. Thank you to Katy Cook and Lin Goodey for organising this for us all.

Pearson League
Our Pearson return match at home against Bishops Stortford this week produced some excellent games. Two games went to the 18th, one went to the 19th and one went all the way to the 21st !!! Although Bishops Stortford won the match 5:2. This does not do justice to the individual matches played. Congratulations to all the team on producing such close games against very tough opponents.

Ken Bird Mixed Winter League, 4BBB Matchplay Against the Course - A great round of golf by Pat Ward and her husband Les beating the course by 9 holes to give them 2nd place out of 50 pairs of golfers (1st place was an astonishing 12 holes).

The first of our 9-hole competitions, Individual Stableford. We welcome back Gaynor Tinsdale to the Ladies Section. There were some excellent scores for 9-holes. In 1st place Hazel Brunnen, who scored an excellent 21 points, even after having her handicap cut on Monday In 2nd place Lin Goodey 20 points.

We played our qualifying competition to decide who will represent Chesfield Downs in the Daily Mail Foursomes event. Our winners played under handicap to produce a nett 70.5 score. Congratulations go to Mary Harrison and Margaret Fredjohn.

Kathy Dale, Ladies' Captain

Monday 14 November 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 12 Nov 2016

Ladies' AGM - 2016 Committee

Ladies' AGM
A great turnout – as always – with over 50 ladies attending. Including Brigid all the way from Portsmouth, Hazel, who had landed just a couple of hours before from Lanzarote, and Emma Wood who had come straight from her school Parents’ evening. Thank you all for coming, our AGM is the best supported of all the sections.

It was wonderful to hear all the impressive reports of our many activities over the year. We really are a great golf club.

Lots of lovely cups and trophies were presented. And a few laughs over the scores at the Autumn meeting (love you ladies!). I loved the Oscar style Birdie Winner surprise and my congratulations go to all our winners in 2016.

I was overwhelmed by the wonderful gift you gave me. A day at The Grove golf club (for a golf-mad person, what could be more appropriate?!) I love it. And the photo album of my year as your Ladies Captain is just perfect. (I shall bring it to the club so you can all see it too). Plus flowers and my very own “Hole in One” plaque – I am a very spoiled Captain. You are all amazing!!

I know Jackie has been taking lots of notes this year and is very organised and ready to be your 2017 Captain. Jackie and her Vice Captain Sarah Faircliff will have a great year. I hope it is just as wonderful as mine.

Just to update you all:
  • Most Birdies was a complete surprise to the winner – Kathy Dale with 24 birdies 
  • England Golf Medal Yearly Winner – Rogie Taylor 
  • England Golf Medal Eclectic – Div 1 Virginia Chan, Div 2 Megan Bonner 
  • 9-Hole Order of Merit - Pam Blake 
  • 7-day Eclectic - Gross Winner – Pat Ward, Net Winner - Linda Brown 
  • 7-day Weekend League Winner - Lin Goodey 
  • Most Improved Player in 2016 – Mary Hooper who was cut from 36 to 26 this year 
  • Clubwoman of the Year – Sue Watson 
  • Jean Ray Order of Merit Trophy – Kathy Dale 

Ann Grist Trophy Winner - Sarah Faircliff

Kathy Dale Trophy Winner - Emma Wood

Most Improved Player - Mary Hooper

9-Hole Order Of Merit Winner - Pam Blake
To view more photos from the AGM visit our Gallery page.

Club AGM, Tuesday 15th November 7pm – Support your new Club Captain by attending the Club AGM.

9-Hole Competitions - Start this week - Tuesday 15th November and Thursday 24th November.

Well done Jo Oliver
Congratulations to Jo Oliver, who has been nominated for Female Coach of the Year at this year's Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards. A great accolade which Chesfield Ladies Section totally agree with.

The Pearson league started this week and Chesfield’s team played our first match away at Bishops Stortford. Our team were narrowly beaten 4:3 with two of our matches won 4&3 and Margaret Gentle going all the way to the 20th to win her match. Congratulations to all the Pearson team – an excellent start to the season against very strong opposition.

Ken Bird Mixed Winter League - Winning the first competition of the season was Mike and Lesley Bonser with a super 48 points in the pairs Texas Scramble just ahead of 4 pairs all on 47 points. Congratulations Lesley.

Our last 18 hole Tuesday competition of this year as we play 9 hole competitions from next week. Mark the place where you run out of shots. Congratulations to those who came in with shots still to spare! 2nd place on countback from Lesley Bonser with one shot remaining was Hazel Brunnen. The winner with a fantastic 10 (yes 10) shots remaining and breaking 100 was Sue Oliva.

The much loved Hattersley Cup. We played pairs matchplay for the Captains team or the Vice Captains team.

A close match with two groups playing all the way to the 18th hole. It was a win for Jackie Reid’s Vice Captain team – 5 ½ to 4 ½. A lot of fun and some excellent match play.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain

Friday 4 November 2016

Captain's Newsletter - 5 Nov 2016

The Hattersley Cup
IMPORTANT - WINTER RULES - Pick & Place started on 1st November

Hattersley Cup, Thursday 10th November  – Play for the Captains team or the Vice Captains Team.

Ken Bird Mixed Section Weekend Winter League - Starts this weekend for 7-day members. Sign up on HowDidIDo.

Club AGM, Tuesday 15th November 7pm  – Support your new Club Captain by attending the Club AGM.

Herts County Ladies Golf Association AGM at Aldwickbury Golf Club on Monday 28th November 7.30pm - The Agenda and minutes of the last AGM are on our notice board. Jackie Reid and Sarah Faircliff will be attending. If you would like to attend, Jackie and Sarah would be delighted for you to join them.

Stableford League Presentation - Held on 25th October. We had three very clear winners this year:

Division One (Handicaps up to 20) - The winner with far and away the most points was Patti Vincent with 20 points – even though she had moved house and could not play in the final round, she was still uncatchable by anyone in this division.

Division Two (Handicaps 21-29) - Once again, the winner of this division was far ahead of any of her rivals – with 19 points the winner was Jenny Feaver.

Division Three (Handicaps 30-36) - And yet again with a huge margin on 18points and uncatchable by the final round – the winner is Katy Cook.

Thank you Pauline Humphrey for organising the competition throughout the year and keeping the scores up to date. And thank you to Virginia Chan for putting the scores on our Chesfield Downs Ladies website so that we can all see how everyone is doing. See the “Leaderboard” menu.

Tuesday – Competition cancelled due to fog.

Thursday – A Wish, a Gift, a Joker. A game of strategy. Did you choose well? Helen Leigh did. Congratulations to our winner Helen with 48 points. 2nd place with 47 points Denise Clinch on countback from Rogie Taylor also on 47 points. A really good, fun competition.

Kathy Dale, Ladies Captain