Sunday, 9 May 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 9 May 2021

Not the sort of weather we were anticipating for May! Fingers crossed it will improve soon, where did that wind come from?

Another golf week done! Thursday saw the 'May England Golf Medal Qualifier' Congratulations go to:
  • Division 1 Winner: Linda Brown - net 69
  • Division 2 Winner: Marion D - net 71
Great scores ladies. Well done everyone, harsh conditions for all.

There are still a few spaces left in our Jubilee Jug competition on 20th May 2021

Jubilee Jug Thursday 20th May 2021

This is the first of our charity raising competitions.

The Theme will be 'Rainbows' which links in with our hospital charities for this year
  • Format: Pairs 4BBB
  • Tea and cake served in the conservatory on a rolling basis

Prizes for:
  • Nearest the Pin
  • Longest Drive
  • Best dressed rainbow pair
  • Best dressed rainbow trolley

Price £12 per person
  • Includes all of the above and a contribution towards ‘The Magic of play” and ‘The Lister Butterfly Service”
  • If you would like to participate please sign up on IG
  • Sign up opened at 8am on Thursday 6th May (2 weeks prior to event)
Please make your payment to:

Chesfield Downs Ladies Section Account (CDLS)
Account number: 81769642 Sort code: 40-28-14

Should be a very colourful day. Lets light up the course!

General Information

Sign up is open for the Ping Mixed 4BBB on Saturday 29th May. 5 day members will be given courtesy of the course. If you do not have a partner sign up on IG and the men's section will try and accommodate you

Friday 14th May is our first away 'Friendly Match' of the season, Chesfield Downs v Mount Pleasant, good luck ladies

Sunday 16th May sees 6 of our ladies competing in the Ken Bird Trophy, good luck ladies

Great to see so many of you signing up for the KO competitions, all available on IG. Closing date for entries 14th May. Competition starts from 17th May

On the Course



Naughty crow on 9th green, thought he wouldn’t be seen, stealing Katie’s lunch, in time for his brunch.
Poem by permission of Kathy C and Helen. Photo kind permission of Katy C. Witness by Amanda

Enjoy your golfing week ladies and be careful of the crows!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 2 May 2021

Well its May!! How did that happen? Great to see more and more of our ladies returning to the course. Well done to Linda B who came in with an amazing 69 net score on Saturday in the weekend 'Medal Qualifier'. Sunday (today) saw the first of our scratch matches, Chesfield Downs v Harpenden Common at home. Fantastic result! 4-1 to Chesfield Downs. A special mention goes to Amelia F who made her debut today for the scratch team and came in with a brilliant 4-3 win! Well done ladies!

Upcoming competitions

Ken Bird sign up sheet is on the ladies notice board.

Summer Knock Out competitions will be available on IG
  • ANN GRIST TROPHY: Singles Knockout Match Play
  • MARY WARMOTH TROPHY: Pairs Betterball Knockout Matchplay

Booking opens for both of these competitions on Monday 3rd May - 14th May for sign up. Ladies will then be entered into a draw and informed via email:
  • Who their opponent is
  • Date for matches to be played by

Ladies can then organise and book their own matches.

In each round the player whose name appears first on the draw sheet should:
  • Contact the player she has been drawn against
  • Offer a minimum of 3 dates to her opponent
  • 5 day members must offer 1 weekend date, 7-day members must offer 1 week day date

The date is fixed when agreed by both players, if either player then cannot play on this agreed date, the player who cannot play must forfeit the match unless BOTH players agree to rearrange the date within the deadline for that round.

May England Golf Qualifier

Thursday 6th May; Single Strokeplay Maximum Score 5 over Par.


Jubilee Jug Thursday 20th May 2021

This is the first of our charity raising competitions for 'Many a Day'

The Theme will be 'Rainbows' which links in with our hospital charities for this year
  • Format - Pairs 4BBB
  • Tea and cake served in the conservatory on a rolling basis

Prizes for:
  • Nearest the Pin
  • Longest Drive
  • Best dressed rainbow pair
  • Best dressed rainbow trolley

Price £12 per person
  • Includes all of the above and a contribution towards ‘The Magic of play” and ‘The Lister Butterfly Service”
  • If you would like to participate please sign up on IG
  • Sign up opens at 8am on Thursday 6th May (2 weeks prior to event)
Please make your payment to:

Chesfield Downs Ladies Section Account (CDLS)
Account number; 81769642 Sort code; 40-28-14

Should be a very colourful day. Lets light up the course!

General Information

Please note there will not be a captains shuffle for the foreseeable future!! Block bookings are back every Tuesday. Simply sign up on IG seven days prior to competition. Sign up opens at 8am

Due to an issue with IG please do not input scores on the IG App during your round until further notice. Input your score when you have completed your round. IG has just upgraded the IG App to version 2.2.13 (most phones will automatically upgrade in 48 hours)

The winners of the Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood competitions will be announced as soon as an issue with IG has been resolved

Helpers required! Now that we are getting back to some sort of normality would you be prepared to help out at functions? If so, please sign up on the notice board opposite the ladies changing room, your help is very much appreciated

General Scores

If you wish to put in a General Score please follow these instructions on the IG App:

  • Select Handicap Record
  • Tap the handicap record box
  • Tap the box in the top right hand corner (it is supposed to represent a scorecard)
  • Select ‘Register’
  • Select course, tee and scoring type
  • Begin scoring

Enjoy your golfing week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 25 April 2021

Another sunshine week of golf. One of our ladies celebrated her birthday in style on Thursday, Happy Birthday Nicola!


Congratulations go to Kathy D, Linda A, Mandy U and Denise C winners of the O’Sullivan Cup. Well done ladies!

Friendly Match

Friday saw Chesfield Ladies in action for the first friendly match of the season, Chesfield Downs v Pavenham Park at home. Some great scores, and some very close matches but it was not to be our day, we were overcome by the very strong Pavenham Park team. It was however, a very enjoyable occasion, and great to be back playing against other clubs.


Well done Chesfield Ladies good effort.

Upcoming Competitions

Ann Warner Trophy - Ladies with handicap allowance of 29 or less
Maureen Eastwood Salver - Ladies with handicap allowance of 30 or more
Format - Individual Stableford Qualifier. Ladies will play off their PLAYING handicap 95%. (Playing both competitions at same time)

Good luck everyone!

Ladies Away Weekend, June 27th, 28th, 29th at Staverton Park

Finally, we are getting to go on our 'Away Weekend'. Many thanks to Nikki and Nicola for organising us all. We now have to pay the final balance. Please see below for details:

Costs:- Including 2 nights Bed, breakfast, evening meal and 2 rounds of golf. If you have not paid a deposit;
Twin Room - £239
Single Room - £289

For those that have paid a deposit;
Twin room - £204.00
Single room - £254.00

Please transfer your balance No Later Than 6th May to:
Chesfield Downs Ladies Section Account (CDLS)
Account number; 81769642 Sort code; 40-28-14

General Information

Please note there will not be a captains shuffle on Tuesday 4th May due to the Spring bank holiday weekend. If you wish to play please book your own Tee time.

Intelligent Golf have released a new version of the igMember App 2.2.12 Please update your app if it hasn't automatically updated.

Enjoy your golfing week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 18 April 2021

It's good to be back playing competitive golf again. Some amazing scores and big handicap cuts this week, well done ladies!

Maria Moore Millennium Bowl

Winners - Linda B & Pat W, Runners up: Debbie Foley & Mandy Unger

Price Vase

Winner - Paula Moore coming in with an amazing 43 points
Runner up - Nicola Adkins, 42 points

Congratulations also go Linda A who chipped in from off the green on the 6th to score a fabulous Par!

Upcoming Competitions

  • Thursday 22nd April - O'Sullivan Cup Team Alliance, 85% of Course HDC (to calculate 85% - COURSE HDC x 85%)
  • First Friendly Match of the season Friday 23rd April, Chesfield Downs v Pavenham Park at home, good luck ladies!
  • Sunday 25th April -  Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy Qualifier (Alternative Day)

World Handicap System

Can I remind ladies to check their HDC before playing as we get used to the new system. Handicaps are recalculated every night even if the competition has not been closed, therefore it seems handicaps are changing rapidly.

Score Cards

Since we have had such a long break, and are now facing many changes with the WHS it seems a few of us (including me) are not filling in our score cards correctly. Therefore, to ensure you do not get a DQ please follow these instructions. All sections of card must be filled in with:
  • The competition & date
  • Tee time
  • Course Handicap, Handicap Index, Playing Handicap (all 3 must be on card) for marker and golfer
  • Golfer goes in A
  • Marker goes in D
  • Score must be written in the box at the bottom of the card
Writing on card should be legible.

Upload the card when prompted (not beforehand) making sure the whole card is visible
When you upload the card you are prompted for a name, that will be the person you are marking for (A)

Jacky has kindly filled out the ideal scorecard. Please click on the link below to view it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y6y46ywb3l5beka/Scorecard.pdf?dl=0

Your co-operation will be gratefully appreciated.

Enjoy your golfing week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 11 April 2021

A cold but nice golfing week. We went from sunshine to snow in a day! It looks like the weather was kinder today for those playing in the ‘Price Vase alternative Day’. Good luck ladies. Well done to Jacqui H who came 4th in the 'Mixed Roger Burman Warm up Trophy' on Saturday, with an amazing 37 points. Well done Jacqui.

We had our first competition of the season on Thursday, battling through the wind and cold. Unfortunately, a problem with IG stopped us posting the results. As clubs come out of hibernation, there have been lots of requests/queries come through to the IG support team, therefore, the results will be available as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Tuesday 13th April sees our first Captains Shuffle. The Kay Baker Memorial Bowl. To find out your 9 hole COURSE handicap for this competition go to:
  1. IG App on your phone
  2. Select handicap record (flag on right)
  3. Calculator at top right hand side of screen
  4. Scroll down to Chesfield Downs front nine (red)
  5. Select COURSE Handicap

Those of you who wish to carry on to do 18 holes, please remember to WhatsApp your 9 hole score card to Hazel.

General Information

It is with sadness that I have to say Joan W is hanging up her golf shoes. We will miss you Joan, but hopefully once restrictions are lifted we will see you at the club for coffee and joining us for lunch at a few of our functions throughout the year.

Kathy C, Lin G and myself met with Craig Kearney - Golf Operations Manager on Thursday. Craig has recently joined the team at Chesfield Downs. Craig has a vast amount of experience and will be an asset to the club. We look forward to working with him.

The minutes from the ladies' section committee meeting held on March 25th via Zoom are now available to read on the ladies website. To view the minutes go to the website below and click on the tab 'About Us' (minutes are also, available via IG). https://www.chesfielddownsladies.co.uk/

IG Scoring-New Features

I have been asked to remind ladies of the difference between NR and NS.

No Return (NR)
  • Basically the same as pre WHS
  • Add this if you pick up when you have played too many shots to gain a stableford score or medal (5 over par)
  • You will then receive the equivalent of a double nett bogey on that hole

Not Started (NS)
  • NS is a new feature on IG
  • When you have completed 10 or more holes a round can still be eligible for handicapping purposes
  • If you only manage to play 10 or more holes and are unable to complete your round due to the following reasons; Course closed due to adverse weather, bad light, holes no longer in play, you can still submit your round by marking those holes not played with NS.

NS should only be used when you have been unable to start a hole or complete your round for the above reasons. When you put this on your score sheet, and depending on when your round was stopped, IG will automatically calculate your final score. If you decide to come off the course for any other particular reason, you should enter NR, you will then automatically be given a double nett bogey for any holes you have not played.

See you on the course.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 3 April 2021

Happy Easter!

Hope you have all had lots of chocolate! Well its been a great golf week. It was amazing to see all the ladies in their bright colours on such a beautiful sunny Tuesday last week. Chesfield Downs looked in fantastic condition, many thanks to Lee and his team for all their hard work.


Caroline really enjoyed her special birthday!
(how come I wasn't in that group?).



Finally we get to start our playing season

We will see the return of competitive golf on Thursday 8th April with the Maria Moore Millennium Pairs Betterball.

Our first Stableford qualifier the 'Price Vase' Alternative day is on Sunday 11th April. We will be playing off our new World Handicap System (playing handicap 95%). Main day for this event is on Thursday 15th April. Remember to sign in on IG, 7 days prior to playing.

Tuesday 13th April we have the Kay Baker 9 hole Memorial Bowl. If you have not put your name down for the 'Captains shuffle' and want to play in this event please email me asap. Following your round;
  • Photograph your score card
  • WhatsApp it to Hazel
  • No need to sign cards, just agree your score with your playing partners
  • We are playing off the COURSE handicap (for 9 holes half your course hdc and round up)

Good luck and enjoy this very special competition in memory of our much loved Kay. Kay’s brother Kevin will announce the winner at a presentation later in the year, date TBC.

Tuesday Captain Shuffles

Captains shuffles will be every Tuesday until block bookings are reinstated. I will send out an email each week, if you would like to play please reply by return with just a yes/no. Your rapid response is appreciated and makes organising the shuffle very straight forward. The player who's name is in the first slot is responsible to book the tee time for the four players.

See you on the course.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 28 March 2021

Only 1 more sleep till GOLF!

I expect the golf clubs have been polished and you are ready to go! ‘The Golf God’ on the weather channel looks like he/she is with us, so go and enjoy yourselves, remember to take plenty of fluids, sun cream and a hat. Pick and place will remain in play until 1st April 2021, however this will be reviewed and may be extended.

Ladies Friendly Matches

Our first friendly match of the season will be on Friday 23rd April, at Chesfield Downs V Pavenham Park. If you wish to be selected for the team please email, WhatsApp or text Hazel.

Friendly Match Dates for your Diary

Fri 23/04/21 Pavenham Park, Home

Fri 14/05/21 Mount Pleasant, Away

Sat 05/06/21 Colmworth, Home

Wed 14/07/21 Heydon Grange, Home

Fri 06/08/21 Mowsbury, Home

Fri. 20/08/21 Redbourn, Knebworth triangle match Away at Redbourn

We would like to compile a list of ladies who are available to play in any of the above matches. Please email Hazel selecting the dates you would be available. Please be aware, during these times of restrictions, it is a very difficult task for the organiser. Your rapid response, if you wish to play, would be appreciated (all dates are subject to change in line with Covid 19 regulations).

Scratch Team

Unfortunately, Sally is unable to be captain for the scratch team this season. Thank you, Sally for all your hard work. The scratch team will be run by Jackie R and Sarah who have very kindly stepped into the scratch captains shoes for the season. Well done ladies. Many thanks. First scratch match:
Sunday 2nd May - Harpenden Common v Chesfield Downs at home

Birdie Badges

Our Birdie badges will start again from Thursday 8th April. Any lady who gained a Birdie badge last year will be awarded their badge at a date TBC (after 21st June). As we have no record of these badges in the birdie book due to government restrictions last year it will be those of you who can remember if you got one!

County Golf Cards Go Digital

From 2021 onwards the County Card can now only be obtained via the igcounty app.
The app offers a host of other features, including news, upcoming and past competitions, contact details and County contact details. The card holder is entitled to:
Receive reduced green fees at host participating clubs (the usual reduction is to the Members Guest Rate and in some cases lower than that price)
The scheme is not just restricted for use within Hertfordshire

To download the app go to;

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/download_the_app and follow instructions.

Scoring on IG

If like me you suddenly start to think, I can’t remember how to score, what is my new handicap. Please do not worry, there is always someone to help. Its been a long time since we last used the IG App for scoring, and it will take us all a little while to get back in the saddle. If you have any problems just make sure you fill in your scorecard and photograph it. We can go over the card and provide one to one support. It's a learning curve for us all. IG have supplied us with a very useful updated igMember WHS Scoring Instructional Video. To view it go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FxOAlNRTus

On another note I am also aware I have a lovely parking space which will be great. However, the pressure is on to always have a clean car! I have therefore allocated this highly important task to Mr H, so if you notice he is not pulling his weight, please take your complaint directly to him.

Can’t wait to see you out on the course this week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 21 March 2021

Only 9 more sleeps till GOLF!

For those of you who wish to play on Monday 29th, I hope you have set your alarms for 7.28pm tomorrow evening, fingers poised for the 7.30pm opening of the tee sheets!!! Makes me feel nervous just thinking about it!!

Re-Scheduled Main Events For Your Diary 2021

Thursday 8th April: Maria Moore Millennium Bowl Pairs

Sunday 11th April: Price Vase Stableford Q - Alternate Day

Tuesday 13th April: Kay Baker Memorial Bowl

Thursday 15th April: Price Vase Stableford Q - Main Event

Thursday 22nd April: O’Sullivan Cup Team Alliance

Sunday 25th April: Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy Q Alternate Day

Thursday 29th April: Ann Warner/Maureen Eastwood Trophy Q Main Event

Thursday 20th May: Jubilee Jug Pair Betterball

Saturday 22nd May: Spring Salver Stableford Q

Thursday 27th May: Ping Pairs Betterball/Margaret Gentle Pairs Vase

Saturday 29th May: Mixed Ping Pairs - New Event

Saturday 29th May - Saturday 12th June: Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

Thursday 3rd June: Coronation Foursomes

Sunday 27th June - Tuesday 29th June: Away Weekend - Staverton Park

Thursday 1st July: Club Championship Round 1

Thursday 8th July: Club Championship Round 2

Thursday 15th July: LADIES CHARITY DAY 2021

Thursday 5th August: Away Day Kelland Pairs - Wyboston Lakes

Friday 3rd September: Solheim Cup, CD v The Essex - Home Event

Saturday 18th September: Captains Day, Captains Drive-in & Evening Event

Thursday 23rd September: Autumn Meeting - Chris Leary Chalice - N/Q

Thursday 11th November: Ladies' AGM

Tuesday 16th November: Club AGM

Thursday 25th November: Winter Invitation Day

Thursday 16th December: Christmas Greensomes & Party

Further dates and information on competitions/matches is now available on IG (all subject to change depending on Covid policy).

Ready for Golf?

If you want some ideas on how to get ‘Ready for golf’ have a look at the must have 5 tips from Ryan Rastall at GolfShake.com to view; Click on; https://youtu.be/aapKfUEGioc

Courtesy of Sarah F - Thanks Sarah for sending this in.

County News

Following last week’s announcement over the delayed start to our County Championship season for 2021, revised entry forms and flyers can be found by going to: https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries

TopTracer App

In just over a week you can try out the new TopTracer on the driving range. To get yourself ready you can download the TopTracer Range App. For instructions go to: https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Can’t wait to see you out on the course next week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 14 March 2021

Not long now ladies! Can’t wait to see you all again, its been soooo long.

29th March is the day we have all been waiting for. Let's hope the weather is kind to us. As you are aware, we are not allowed to hold competitions during the first week back. However, we have managed to secure a captains shuffle for; Tuesday 30th March and Thursday 1st April. If you wish to be involved in these events please sign up onto IG where you will be added to the shuffle list. Sign up will open for the shuffle at 8am on 22nd March, this is before it's opened up to all members at 7.30pm. Please send your score cards to Hazel following your round. Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required).

Week commencing 4th April

  • Thursday Competitions please sign up on IG in the usual manor.
  • Tuesday Competitions please sign up to Captains Shuffle (optional of course).
  • Weekend competitions please sign up on IG.

Dates for Your Diary

  • Tuesday 6th April; Day after the bank holiday, in line with usual practise - NO Tuesday club.
  • Thursday 8th April; Maria Moore Millennium Bowl Pairs
  • Sunday 11th April; Price Vase Stableford Q Alternate Day
  • Tuesday 13 April; Captains Shuffle - Kay Baker 9 Hole Memorial Competition
  • Thursday 15th April; Price Vase Stableford Q Main Event
  • Sunday 18th April; Weekend Eclectic Round 1

Further dates and information re; competitions/matches will be available on IG.

Matches and Competitions

Winter Knock Out - Extended Deadlines - The draw sheet remains on the notice board (opposite the ladies changing rooms). Player who's name appears first on the draw sheet should contact opponent and offer 3 possible dates for match. Dates for Matches to be played by;
  • Round 1 to be played by 1st May
  • Round 2 to be played by 1st June
  • Final to be played by 1st July

Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

For this year only, due to government restrictions this competition will be played over the period of 2 weeks commencing on Saturday 29th May - Saturday 12th June on the Par 3 course. Rules for this competition are:
  • Book your own Tee time on Par 3
  • Ladies must play with another member of the club (male or female)
  • Photograph your completed score card and send to Hazel following your round
  • Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required)
  • Once you have started to play a round you cannot decide to change your playing day
  • Entry payment of £2.00 will be collected at the end of the month

A Little Trip Down Memory Lane

Julie Page sent in this amazing photo of our very own Julie Price, that must have been a great day!


Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with;

The Awkward Lie of Chipping - Wednesday 17th March at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 7 March 2021

So March is here!

Time to get those batteries and distance devices out and charged to make sure they are still in working order for the big day. We are still awaiting the ‘all systems go’ email from the Club Company, I have been assured it's on its way. England Golf have published a 'Play Safe Stay Safe, Golf’s Return to Play Protocols' poster which is a helpful way of remembering when we have rule changes. Please go to link below to view.

https://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Play-Safe-Timeline-Feb21-V6.pdf

Normal Service will return ASAP - Happy days! More to come!
 
   

Dates for Competitions During 2021

The process of changing dates in the diary has begun, with Lin G beavering away. We are confident all will be rescheduled and ready to play as soon as it is safe to do so.

Ladies Committee Meeting

The next ladies committee will take place on Thursday 25th March. If you have anything you would like raised please contact me one week prior to this date.

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with:

Pre and Post Shot Routine - Tuesday 9th March at 12:00
The Awkward Lie of Chipping - Wednesday 17th March at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

 
Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 28 February 2021

Last day of February today, how come the shortest month of the year became the longest? Come on 29th March! Will be great to get back out on the golf course I am sure you will all agree. Its been a long winter but better times ahead. England Golf have now released ‘A roadmap for the return back to golf in England’ Please see link below if you have not already seen it;

https://www.englandgolf.org/roadmap-for-the-return-to-golf-infographic/

We are currently awaiting further clarification from The Club Company.

Dates for Competitions During 2021

So far this quarter we have missed many of our planned events. It is my intention to play all abandoned competitions, if possible, throughout the season. Therefore, we will have quite a few changes to the calendar, which will be updated on IG when confirmed. It is expected all dates will be in place for our return on 29th March.

Away Weekend 2021

Following the governments announcement on 22nd February it has been suggested that we move the 'Away Weekend' to the end of June when all current restrictions, hopefully, will have been lifted. This will enable us to share rooms, and enjoy a meal together following a brilliant days golf. It is unfortunate for those of you who are unable to attend, but, at this moment in time, as you are all aware, we have to follow government guidelines. Thank you to Nikki B who is finalising the dates on Monday. Further information will be sent out when we have confirmation from the venue.

Solheim Cup 2021

I am sure most of you will have heard that our opponents for the Solheim Cup, Mill Green Golf Club are under new ownership. Unfortunately, we are now no longer able to compete with them for this biennial trophy event. But the good news is, with the backing of the ladies section committee, I have been in touch with The Essex golf club. The Essex is another ‘Club Company' golf club who are delighted at the prospect of being involved in this special event. Therefore, we have added the date of Friday 3rd September to our diary and have invited The Essex to Chesfield Downs. So put the date in your diary and we can show The Essex what a great event it really is!

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with:

Psychological Steps to Better Golf - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 21 February 2021

So, I think I know where everyone will be tomorrow! Monday 22nd!! Lets hope Boris has some good news for us all. Until then I have a few snippets of information for you.

New CEO

I am sure many of you know we have a new CEO of the Club Company, Richard Calvert. Richard joined The Club Company, as chief executive, in early December. He has over 30 years’ experience in the travel and leisure sector. I am sure you would like to join me in welcoming Richard to the Club Company. We look forward to meeting him in the not too distant future.

Exciting Times

During Lockdown the driving range has been experiencing a busy time. Work is currently being undertaken to install ‘TopTracer’ in 16 of our driving range bays. TopTracer tracks the flight path of your golf shot and displays it on one of the 21-inch touch screen monitors to be installed in each bay. It will be possible to watch your game the same way you watch your favourite pro golfers on TV, plus many more activities. There will also be a bar area supporting the driving range serving some hot food, snacks, beer and soft drinks. Launch Week will be dependent on government restrictions. Please note: You will still be able to go and practice with a bucket of balls in the usual manner.


Locker Room

Kathy C and myself went on a day trip to the ladies locker room last week. We found many interesting items, here are a few. Perhaps you recognise some of them?


Or did you loose your glasses? 16 pairs!!!!


If so, please rescue them when we return to golf, Many thanks!

Golf Rules Practice

I would like to say a big thank you to Julie R who has continued to supply us with golf rules on a daily basis, well done Julie keep it up! For those of you who are not on the WhatApp group and those who would like a further 'brush up' go to the link below which I think you will find very useful.

https://www.randa.org/en/rules-junior-room/take-your-time

Coffee Zoom

Another very enjoyable virtual coffee morning held on Thursday morning. Good to hear and see some ladies with lots of laughing. If you want to join in (usually held on Thursday or Friday mornings) let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021



Any donations for our charity this year can be made directly to:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pauline-humphrey

Many thanks!

Hertfordshire Golf Competitions and Entry Forms


Please see links below for the current Hertfordshire Golf schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/competition.php?showall=1&time=&show=open

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 14 February 2021

Happy Valentines Day! This must be the coldest Valentines day on record. In fact, it has also been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. Would be far too cold for golf - me thinks - every cloud and all that!

The bad weather has unfortunately made it impossible for Lee, and his significantly reduced team, to carry out the planned ‘drill and fill’ work on the greens scheduled for 8th February. However, a warmer week ahead is forecast, so fingers crossed. On another note its been a great week for some Chesfield Downs Ladies with so many of you now having had your first dose of the vaccine. Every day it's getting closer for those of us who are still waiting.

Ping Mixed Betterball Competition

I am delighted to say that we now have a date in the diary for the Ping Mixed Betterball Competition, Saturday 29th May 2021 (subject to government guidelines). 5 day members will be granted courtesy of the course for this competition. It is a similar event to the Ladies Ping Pairs which is so popular within our section. So I thought I would give you advance warning to ‘save the day’. This new mixed event for club golfers will see the top 50 pairs in the country qualify for the national final at Thonock Park on Tuesday 7th September, 2021. Winners and runners-up from each club – even if they don’t make it to the final – will receive prizes from PING. England Golf have not released all the competition rules at present but for further information go to: https://www.englandgolf.org/england-golf-and-ping-announce-new-mixed-betterball-event/

County News

Until we have a route map out of lockdown, the county is working on the premise of ‘business as usual’, with that in mind, please see links below for the current Championship schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/entries
https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/competition.php?showall=1&time=&show=open

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with;
Putting Perfection - Thursday 18th February 2021 at midday

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.
https://chesfielddowns.intelligentgolf.co.uk/

Coffee Zoom

Great to enjoy a virtual coffee morning with some of the ladies during the week. Always nice to hear some fun and laughter, reminds me of the clubhouse. If you want to join in let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

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Sunday, 7 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 7 February 2021

January is now behind us, and for those of you who are now enjoying the odd glass of wine, I would like to say a huge 'thank you' for all your donations to our charity following your dry January. Anyone for no sweets February? You can tell February is here, looking out for the snow forecasts and freezing temperatures, makes me think "I expect the course is closed today" But, of course, it is closed, but on a brighter note it seems we are now on the home straight, so hang in there. It's nearly time to get those golf clothes aired, clean the clubs, do those knee exercises so you can bend down easily to pick up your birdie putts. March is on the way!

Safe Golf

Great news! Chesfield Downs Golf and Country Club was awarded accreditation to the SafeGolf initiative on February 2nd 2021. Many thanks go to our Welfare Officer, Margaret G, and Barry who have worked very hard through the SafeGolf process. This demonstrates the clubs commitment to the standards set by the SafeGolf partnership in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.’ To view our Safeguarding Policies click here.

November Sale/Auction

Some of our members have been extremely busy making golf head covers, hats and rag dolls for our November/December sale of homemade items.
Well done ladies you are amazing!



A few ladies have been asking if you can donate secondhand or homemade toys to Lister Hospital. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 this is not permitted. If you wish to donate to "The Magic of Play" or "The Lister Butterfly Service" please go to the Justgiving website link at the bottom of this newsletter, many thanks.

At Home Series via IG

Flag Your Irons - Tuesday 9th February 2021 at midday.  Join Sam, based at Cams Hall GC as he shows you the fundamental points to improve your iron play.

Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to 'Latest News at Home'
'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

Coffee Morning Zoom

During this time it is extremely important for us to all keep well and in contact with each other to avoid feelings of isolation. Therefore, we would like to arrange some virtual coffee mornings via Zoom. If you would like to see some happy faces for a friendly chat please email or WhatsApp me to be involved. The aim is to have small groups of approximately 6 per session. Alternatively, if you wish to have someone to go for a walk with, this can also be arranged.


Keep in touch.
That's all for this week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021



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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Chesfield Downs Awarded SafeGolf Accrediation


At Chesfield Downs Golf Club, we believe everyone should have a safe, positive and fun experience whilst playing golf and being part of our lively golfing community.

Committed to the ethos held within the SafeGolf Initiative, we are proud to announce Chesfield Downs GC was awarded accreditation to this initiative on February 2nd 2021.

The SafeGolf Initiative is aimed at ensuring the welfare and safeguarding of children and young adults, through strong policies and procedures and helps golf respond to the issue of child protection. Our Safeguarding Policies can be viewed below.

Margaret Gentle
Club Welfare Officer

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 31 January 2021

Well January is finally over, I can hear all those ladies who have been doing dry January sigh with relief. Well done ladies, you have massive respect. I don't think I would have lasted more than a day!

Hopefully you are all keeping well and safe. We are experiencing some difficult times at the moment, but as we move into spring, and many members are receiving their vaccine, things should start to improve. Fantastic achievement by the NHS, they do us proud. Until we get back to our beloved Chesfield Downs there are only a few bits of news/information for you.

Course Update

Changing rapidly every week from this:



To this!  What a difference a week can make.


I think would take a penalty shot instead of playing out of that! (I'm always in that ditch). Photographs courtesy of Paula M, whilst out enjoying her daily walks! Thanks Paula.

Despite the adverse weather and the course being closed it is great that Lee (and his limited ground staff) are able to continue to work on the course. Part of the greens drainage work has been completed on holes 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 16th & 17th. This should help with the drainage on the greens. The main 'drill and fill' on the worst affected holes 2nd, 6th and 14th should be commencing on 8th February, weather permitting.


(Lee's report) Around 80 separate holes individually hand drilled and filled. The drills remove soil, allowing lateral movement within the root zone and releasing compaction pressure. Drilling improves surface water infiltration and percolation, reducing the soggy, spongy conditions common in "push-up" and old clay-based greens. Deep holes encourage deep, strong roots and drilling depth is always consistent.

County News

We received an email from the County Development Officer stating; 'It is with regret the Committee has taken the decision to cancel the Ladies’ London Foursomes which was due to take place at Moor Park this year, concerns over the health and safety of the competitors being uppermost in our minds'. So sorry ladies if any of you were thinking of entering. Next year maybe?

At Home Series via IG

Some of our ladies attended Jo's online class 'chipping and putting' via zoom on Thursday. There has been some very good feedback. Keep a look out for more on IG.

  • Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to Latest News at Home
  • 'Log into at Home' for classes
  • 'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

This is all the news for this week. The main thing over the next few weeks is we all keep healthy and cheerful. If anyone wants to share or recommend items for the newsletter relating what you have been up to during lockdown eg: decorating, reading a good book, great films, or making golf club head covers! Send me your information/pics!

Keep in touch.
Thats all for this week!

Kind regards

Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021



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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 24 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

Week 3 of lockdown - done!

I hope you are all keeping well, its been great hearing many of you are now being invited to have the vaccine. As far as golf is concerned the course remains empty, but we still have some exciting news!

England Golf Medal Regional Finals
Jackie R has been selected to apply for a place in the England Golf Regional Finals to be held at Ely City Golf Club, Cambridge, in June. England Golf have now changed the criteria for this Competition, for further information go to:

https://www.englandgolf.org/club-news-qualifying-criteria-for-2021-womens-medal-regional-finals/

Our commiserations go to Kathy D our 2019 winner, who was selected to go to the Regional Finals in 2020 but unfortunately along with many other events was sadly cancelled due to Covid 19.

Annual Subscription
Our first committee meeting for 2021 took place on Wednesday via Zoom. Following a discussion about the sections accounts, we felt, due to the cancellation of some competitions last year and the possibility of future cancellations, it was decided that we would not be asking lady section members for the annual £10 subscription at this point in time. However, this will be reviewed during the next quarter and any payment, if required, will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Past Events
Last weeks newsletter photographs were from 2016 Jubilee Jug, Kathy D was the Lady Captain, celebrating 25 years of Chesfield Downs, great memories!

Todays WhatsApp Competition - Build a Snowman!

1st prize goes to Jacky S with her amazing creation - Having a break on the 9th!!! Well done Jacky!


Fantastic snowmen today ladies.

At Home Series via IG

All members will continue to have complimentary access to the 'At Home Series' which aims to assist your wellbeing as well as your golf. Golf tutorials along with online classes include, Pilates, Body pump and Les Mills Body Balance all scheduled for this week.

Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to Latest News at Home
'Log into at Home' for classes
'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

Last but not least we say goodbye to Lauren who leaves next week for pastures new. Lauren has been at Chesfield Downs for a number of years and is a former Lady Captain. She will be missed by us all, but will be back to play with us again in the future. Good luck Lauren!

That's all for this week!
Remember be careful out there!

Kind regards
Pauline
Lady Captain 2021





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