Sunday 27 March 2022

Captain's Newsletter - 27 March 2022

Well yet again Man proposes God disposes. I said there wouldn't be a newsletter this week as I was supposed to be in the north celebrating 2 big birthdays of my cousins. Covid had other ideas and has kept me in Shillington

The weather has been perfect for golf this week I hope that those of you were able to get out had a great time. Commiserations to those who were stuck in the house with Covid and could only imagine the joy of being on the course this week. Now I will stop being morbid!!

Next ladies committee meeting is Thursday 7 April. Please let Jackie Swanson have any items which you may like to raise. Must be submitted by Tuesday 29th March

5 members of Chesfield Downs spent an enjoyable day at Castle Royle Golf CLub courtesy of The Club Company. The weather and company were great - the golf not so much. Thank you to Barry for organising

Upcoming Comps:-

NB Change of date for Spring Meeting

This will now be held on Thursday 19 May to allow Chesfield Ladies to take part in the Inter Club Competition at Benton Hall

Tuesday 29th March Start of the Stableford League Comp

Thursday 31 March The long awaited Megan Bonner Par 3 Comp. Shotgun Start 9.30 am Half handicap allowance Open to all. Followed by soup and a superb Power Point Presentation put together by Hazel. See some familiar faces in the Power Point. Cards have been written out and can be picked up from the bar from 8.15. Please let me know if you cannot play. Soup will be served in the upstairs studio also presentation of Birdie Badges

Check your Start tees here:-

1 Jacky S Megan Marica Kathy C

2 Margaret G Caroline R Julie Pr Julie R

3 Hazel Sarah Pauline Katy

4 Helen Jacqui Harb Paula M

5 Jenny B Debbie F Lyn C Ann K

6 Rosie Jackie R Jacqui Hard Karen

7 Mary H Lin G

7 a Pat W Nicola A Linda B

8 Mandy Rogie Maggi T Linda A

9 Hilary Jenny F Angela Pam W

This is correct as of Friday pm can you please let me know if you are not staying for soup afterwards

Saturday 2 April Mixed Roger Burman Warm Up

Sunday 3rd April Scratch Team Away Brookmans Park. Good Luck Ladies

Sunday April 3 Captains Drive In Sign up sheet in corridor Shotgun start at 8 am. If that is too early then arrive about 1.15 to plant a flag where you estimate a captain's drive will end up.

Tuesday 12 April Kay Baker 9 hole comp followed by refreshments in conservatory. Presentation by Kay's brother

Thursday 14 April Jubilee Jug with Easter theme. Get your outfits ready and/or decorate those trolleys

Friday 22 April First Friendly Match of the season. This is a great way to gain match experience. Sign up in Ladies Locker Room for this and future matches


Saturday 19 March Mixed Winter League Round 16 Stableford- Top Ladies Kathy D and Annette G Well done Ladies

Tuesday 22 March Patsom Pairs 1st Rosie Ann K 45 Points 2nd Linda A Jacqui Hard 43 Points Well Done Ladies

Thursday 24 March Maria Moore Millenium Bowl 1st Sarah and Margaret G 46 Points 2nd Paula and Caroline 46 Points. Great results in fantastic weather. Close fought comp

Correction - Daily Mail. Helen's partner was Jacqui Harbor and not Hazel. Apologies Jacqui

Apologies for format of last newsletter - I have no idea why it came out so tiny and with fractured text. Hope this doesn't happen with this one!


Saturday 19 March 2022

Captain's Newsletter - 19 March 2022

Well I think Spring has Sprung. The sun is out and the temperature is climbing

How lovely is it to be able to swing without wearing several layers of clothing?

Upcoming Comps:-

Thursday 24 March Maria Moore Millenium Bowl Need to have played 3 qualifiers to enter this comp.There are still a few places left on the sign up sheet on ig

Tuesday 29 March - start of the Stableford league comp

Thursday 31 March Megan Bonner This is 3rd time lucky for this date. Fingers crossed. Open to all. Soup and roll served afterwards in the studio upstairs. Followed by Power Point Presentation complied by Hazel - lighthearted question and answer session after Power Point and there may be chocolate rewards for answers!

Birdies from 2021will be also presented at this event

Sunday 3 April Captains Drive In. 8 am Shotgun Start The sign up sheet is filling up nicely but still a few places left. Come on you can get up early one day of the year!

If you can't face an early start then arrive about 1.15 to plant a flag to guess where a Captains Drive will land. ( Spoiler - try the bunker)

Tuesday 12 April Kay Baker Memorial Bowl. This is a 9 hole comp open to all. Refreshments afterwards in the conservatory. Kay's brother will present the award

Thursday 14 April Jubilee Jug - Pairs Betterball. Need to have played in 3 qualifiers to win. Have you got your Easter outfit/ trolley decorations ready yet?

Friday 22 April First Friendly match v Pavenham away. Sign up sheet is in locker room along with sign up for future matches. This is a great way to start learning about match play. Newer ladies are paired with more experienced ladies in a pairs comp

Results -:

Sunday 13 March Mixed Winter League 3 Clubs and a putter. Top ladies - Hazel and Jacqui Harb.

Tuesday 15 March - Daytona Pairs 1st with 624 points Hazel and Jacqui Harb 2nd with 690 points Marica and Jackie Hard I think Hazel deserves a maths degree for working all those scores out. My group really laughed during this game but were grateful we didn't have to work out the result

Thursday 17 March Price Vase goes to Nikki Brooke. Well done Nikki -First cup of the season

and the lady herself leading us all into bad habits on Portugal trip 2018

News and Updates:-

Thursday 12 May - Interclub Championship. This is run by The Club Company and is being held at Benton Hall 8 Senior men and 8 ladies of any age make up a team from the club. Chesfield have their quota of Senior men but not ladies. This date is also Ladies Spring meeting at Chesfield, however if you would like to represent the club go ahead and let Barry know. It would be a shame if the ladies were not represented. The final will be at Chesfield Downs 22 June.

I have heard it is a course worth playing!!!

Driving Range - I was asked when this would be open at the earlier time again. At the moment the balls are still being picked up by hand because of the wet conditions. Hopefully this mild weather will speed up the drying process and the tractor will once again be in use and the range can open earlier.

I am aware that the hairdryers are not working in the locker room and Barry has been informed.

I am away again next weekend so no newsletter. I am returning to my roots for a family birthday party. Do remember if you have anything you wish to be included in the newsletter then please e mail or text me.

Top Tip When leaving trolley near ditch on 10th hole until after your tee shot on the 11th please ensure it is not interfering with the players behind you with their shot on to the green Hand up - guilty as charged!


Friday 11 March 2022

Captain's Newsletter - 11 March 2022

I thought I was going to be able to start this newsletter with a cheery Spring Has Sprung - but as I write this it is raining again!

The weather has once again dictated our golf with some rearranging necessary - thank you Lin

Megan Bonner comp now 31 March Open to all lady members

Kay O'Sullivan comp now 30 June


Sunday 27th February Weekend Mixed Winter League. Top Ladies Jacqui H with -1 against the course Caroline K -2 against the course

Saturday 5th March Weekend Winter League. Top Ladies Lyn C and Jacqui S

Tuesday 1st March Double the Evens. 1st Ann K

Thursday 10 March Medal Div 1 Linda B nett 77, Div 2 Mary H nett 77, Div 3 Anne K nett 77

Pearson Match 28 February Great Hadden Away - result 5-2 In spite of our ladies fighting very hard it wasn't their day

Daily Mail Helen and Hazel had an enjoyable home match against 2 very nice ladies from Letchworth, however again it wasn't their day

12 March - alternate day for Price Vase - qualifier

17 March Price Vase - qualifier

24 March Maria Moore Millenium Bowl pairs . Entrants must have completed 3 qualifiers. Karen will let you know if you haven't

Tuesday 12 April Kay baker memorial Bowl 9 Hole Comp Presentation afterwards by Kay's brother

Thursday 14 April Jubilee Jug. Have you got your easter theme sorted yet?

Sunday 3rd April 8 am Shotgun Start. Captains Drive In. This is the annual start of the golf season. The day will start with a Mixed Alliance team competition with the best 2 scores to count. Entry Fee will be £3. Five day members can have the courtesy of the course - ie no extra charge. Sign up Sheet is already up in the Clubhouse. Please support myself and the other Captains on this opening of the season. Following the competition, there will be an opportunity to buy a small flag for £1 each. You put your name on the flag and place it where you think any of the Captains drives will land. (mine will probably be in the bunker!). If you can't play in the competition then come up to the club to plant a flag - probably about 1.15 pm

Driving Range Bay Reservations available for members:- Members can book up to a week in advance for 2 bays between the following times. Just call the club.

Monday and Wednesday 4-8pm

Saturday and Sunday 8 am - Midday

Bays will be released to general public should they not be booked.

Removal of 7th Bunkers explained - These bunkers were very problematic with holding rainwater even with drainage installed. In consultation with the Group Course manager for the Club Company and the architect who originally designed Chesfield Downs it was agreed to remove the bunkers. It wasn't in the 5 year plan purely because it was decided during the process of work being carried out. When the spring arrives and the growth starts, the hole will be shaped and defined with how it is mown. Thank you to JohnJo for this explanation.

Hazel has put up a sign up sheet for the first friendly match of the season which is Pavenham away on Friday 22 April. The format is pairs. Please support the ladies section by signing up. It is an excellent way of gaining match practice while playing with a more experienced partner. It also gives you the opportunity to play some different courses for free!

Hertfordshire Golf have asked to share the following survey which should take about 10 minutes. It can be found at:-

You may need to type this in to your search engine

Apologies for lack of colour and photos in this edition - however I lost the whole lot first time around! The air was blue!