Lady Captain’s Newsletter June
June came through with the weather and wall to wall sunshine! Umbrellas still up – but for sunshades this time! It was a busy month for Yorkshire Ladies Team Matches – results so far are looking good for all teams, Scratch, A, B and Weekend League . Well done girls.
Captain Martin Loxley, myself and Vice Captains, John Snape and Jill Harrison - were delighted to enter a team in the St Luke’s Charity Day at Abbeydale as ‘Captain and Vices’ - (or should it have been Captains with Vices!) St Luke’s Charity Day been held at Abbeydale for 20 years and is booked again for next year. We had a great day, with a lovely meal afterwards, and even came in the prizes!
Martin and I also played Home and Away against Chesterfield in the Friendly Interclub Mixed matches.
Monday 11th June was our Ladies Open Day, thanks to all Ladies who provided cakes, savouries and fruit for the Half Way House., and those Ladies who manned the Registration Desk. Thanks also to the Gentlemen who acted as starters – especially Terry Giles, who had just taken over when the heavens opened and it poured with rain! Luckily it soon stopped and the rest of the day was fine.
A big thank you also goes to Richard Fry, who entered all the Ladies teams on the computer, having checked their Handicaps and then entered all the scores. He was with us from 8.00am to 8.00pm and did a great job.
The day was very successful, with lots of compliments about the condition of the course.
Results this month –Medal winners – Div 1 Maxine Todd, runner up Sally boot, Div 2 Nikki Bishop, runner up Ann Robinson. Sue Sargent won the Irene Deby trophy and Helen Till the Dorothy Wharton Trophy. Barbara Siddall won the Centenary Plate with a fantastic round of 67.
Congratulations to you all.
Looking forward to July, please keep your fingers crossed for the lovely weather to stay through July, Lady Captain’s Day is on July 4th with an America Versus UK theme. July 14th is the joint Presidents and Captains Day Party, with Queen Tribute Band, followed on July 21st the Presidents Day Competition. The Ladies would like to thank President of the Club - Richard Fry for making this an all inclusive competition, allowing Ladies to play in the main competition. Several Ladies Teams are entered.
August 1st is Ladies Invitation Day and we will be providing cakes, savouries and fruit at the half way house, so please if you could contribute, please sign up on the notice in the Ladies Locker Room. Thank you.
Captain's Newsletter - June 2018
After the slow start the season has really caught fire, with matches and dinners coming along as fast as I can manage. Supper club is the main challenge, and as I write we have played 20 out of 48 scheduled. There are a few late additions so if you are on the waititng list we will try to arrange the date. Captain's Challenge matches have started with losses against Chesterfield, Sickleholm and Hallamshire - clearly we pave plenty of room for improvement!
The mixed events got off to a poor start with the Easter comp rained off. Since then the weather has been excellent, even if this is not reflected in our scores. Mixed invitation Day was enjoyable, playing with my good friend Alison Martin (even if we were well out of the prizes). Supporting the league team gives us hackers a glimpse of what good players can do - and it is a very different game to that of the average golfer. Still, we must try to play to our handicaps and keep chipping away at it.
A new event for this year is an inter - club Captain's Challlenge match, to be played at Lees Hall on Sunday 19th August. 6 teams of 12 (including Captain and Pro) will play a shotgun start (2pm) followed by a dinner. Details are yet to be finalised but I will post it on the notice board and by e-mail when the organiser contacts me.
My Captain's Day was a great success, with excellent weather and plenty of food and drink for all. Feedback has been very complementary and I would like to thank Teresa, Janet and Tracey for keeping the food and drink coming. The 15 to 1 challenge proved to be a great success, with initial concerns that hitting a 2 foot circle on the 10th green was too difficult. Ralph Clark backed himself for £5, playing at the very end of the field and nearly holed in 1! I pulled out his £75 prize money but he declined to take it and put it back in the charity bucket. An honourable gesture - Much appreciated Ralph. The total money raised on the day for Alzheimer's Research UK was £759 - and thank you to all who contributed so generously.
Lady Captain's Newsletter - May
Pictures of the month for May click on the link:- http://abbeydalegolfclub.co.uk/uploads/document/2018-may-pictures-of-the-month.pdf
Hurray – the weather in May has been kind! Lots of sun and warm days enabling plenty of golf.
May 3rd- The month got off to a hilarious start with a talk by the very entertaining Janet Stain to 60 Ladies on ‘Unmentionable Foundations’ – a history of the corset! She brought boxes of samples of historic undergarments – some of which looked more like torture items, intended to get a lady’s waist down to 18 inches! The talk was preceded by a lovely dinner – thanks go to the chefs.
May 4th – the Captains’ Charity Horse Race Night – It was very well attended and raised a whopping £4327. Our grateful thanks go to Frank Parker for heading up the Organising Committee and all his team. Thanks to all those who sponsored races and bought horses and jockeys, and of course those who came on the night and placed their bets!
May 6th I played with Mr Captain in an Interclub mixed match at Hallowes, which was an honourable draw!
May 7th Teemarker Trophy and dinner– the Ladies took on the Men in a better ball pairs competition – and although several matches went to the last few holes, the Ladies won by 7 matches to 3 –Well played girls. There is always next year guys!
MAY 9TH. May medal - Silver division Winner Margaret Normington Runner Up Cathy Riley, Bronze Div Winner Nicky Bishop, Runner up Louise Mardapitta –
May 10th Abbeydale AGM. Congratulations to Angela Lord, who was voted onto the AGC Board.
Sunday May 13th . Mixed Invitation day, lovely weather and many thanks to Jane Morris and her team for an expertly run day. The winners were Angela and David Bradley and their guests .
May23rd Millennium Trophy, won by Lorraine Simmonite . May 30th Evelyn Sermin Trophy won by Louise Gower.
May 24th A performance by Abbeydale member Geoff Barnsley’s group ‘Vigilante’. Great night -fantastic musicians – coming for a return performance later in the year not to be missed!
May 25th –sadly the weather intervened for Drive and Dine – the Drive was cancelled due to rain and fog, but the Dine went ahead with a delicious Mexican meal. Next Drive and Dine is Friday 29th June – the meal will have an Italian theme.
May 28th Spring Bank Holiday Mixed however was played on a glorious, hot sunny day. It was won by Gordon and Lorraine Simmonite with 49 points! 2nd Carmel and Alex Campbell,3rd Barbara Siddall and Malcolm Janes. Thanks to Margaret Bedford for organising the day and the chefs for a lovely carvery.
Team matches are now underway. The A and B Teams have each won their first match. So a good start. If you have signed up to play, please look out for the Team selection notices and tick to confirm your availability to play.
Future Events : Ladies Open Day on 8th June, anyone able to provide a cake, some fruit or a savoury (eg sausage rolls ) for the Half Way House I would be very grateful – please sign up on the notice in the locker room, or let me know. Also anyone able to give a raffle prize for the Alzheimer Research UK Raffle on the day would be gratefully received. Thank you.
Lady Captain’s Day is July 4th .Please sign up for the draw – a 4 ball AMAM. There will be a meal in the evening, the menu is up in the locker room, please sign up and choose your meal over the bar.
Happy Golfing Katie Bruce
Lady Captain's Newsletter - April
Pictures of the month for April click on the link:- http://abbeydalegolfclub.co.uk/uploads/document/2018-april-lc-photos.pdf
For 4 months in a row – I can report that snow disrupted some golf – is this a record? Easter Monday 2nd April was a winter wonderland so the Easter Monday Mixed competition was cancelled, as was the Lady Captain vs Lady Vice Captain AMAM on 4th April. There is a ‘spare’ Wednesday later in the year reserved for replaying of any rained off medals or trophies –IF (!) no more competitions are cancelled, we will use that Wednesday to play the LC VS LVC.
April 3rd was the fashion show of golf wear hosted by Rohnisch and the Pro’s shop. Four of our members were models, and the Pro shop Team were also dressed for the occasion! (See pictures of the month) Rohnisch donated several raffle prizes to add to the raffle and it raised £135.00 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Thanks to all.
April 11th. The April Medal was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain, followed by thick fog which persisted during the day. However around 40 ladies came to the lunch provided by Tricia Booth, for her 80th birthday, as I reported last month. We skyped her and sang happy birthday. Thanks Tricia, it was lovely.
The same day saw a glimpse into what is hopefully the future of the Ladies Section. The EGU Initiative “Girls Golf Rocks” offers funding and help for Clubs across the country to coach junior girls. Tom Perry and Gareth Davies applied for Abbeydale and we are delighted to say they were successful, the only club in South Yorkshire. Well done guys. The picture of the month shows over 30 girls and parents, on that wet and very foggy day, walking up to the practice ground with the Pros for the first introductory session. Thanks also to Maxine Todd and Cathy Riley who have agreed to be Ambassadors and help during the sessions. Since this first day over 30 girls have attended for follow up sessions. The Future!
This month also saw the first Individual Sunday Stableford. A single competition open to all 6 and 7 day members, ladies, gentlemen and juniors. The competition was full, and the winner was David Saxby, (40 points) and Lorraine Simmonite was the highest scoring lady player. The next rounds are 29th April and 20th May.
Sunday 22nd April was the NUTS mixed better ball competition. Initiated some years ago by Hazel Goddard, she came with her daughter to the meal afterwards to present the prizes. Winners were Barbara Siddall and Malcolm Janes, 46 points and runners up were David and Angela Bradley 43 points. Hazel came at a very sad time following the death earlier in the week of her beloved husband Jack. We send our sympathy to her and her family. The funeral is at Hutcliffe Wood Road Crematorium on Saturday 12th May at 11.15.
April 25th Monthly medal. Silver Division winner Sally Colver. Bronze Division Winner Louise Mardapitta.
April 27th The Drive and Dine was cancelled due to rain – but the French themed dinner was held. It was a lovely meal of Chicken Chasseur and Beef Bourguignon followed by Tarte Tatin. The next Drive and Dine is Friday 25th May, now open for booking. The theme for the meal is Mexican. ( Ideal for bandits?)The Bank Holiday mixed pairs better ball is Monday 28th May, sign up on BRS .Carvery to follow. Teemarker Trophy is Monday 7th May -Captain’s Team vs the Lady Captain’s Team. There are still spaces for the Mixed Invitation Day Sunday May 13th.
Social events imminent – Ladies Dining in evening on Thursday 3rd May, Janet Stain talking on Unmentionable Foundations – the history of the corset, and the Captains Charity Horse Race night – Friday 4th May - tickets available at the bar - £12.00 including a meal.
Happy Golfing Katie Bruce
Captain's Newsletter - March
The weather has been so poor that even the newsletter has been postponed (and we are now in April). If you were lucky enough to play just before the snow and the deluge you would agree that the course was in excellent condition for the time of year, with some changes that I feel are well considered and will improve the course further and improve playability. As it is, we are currently fogged off and comps are being postponed. It is a bit of a worry that supper club matches might be similarly affected and I am anxious to avoid any postponements with the diary already full. We may have to play in less than ideal conditions but I'm sure it will all pan out in the end.
The social events are proving to be successful, both in enjoyment and in fundraising. Lady Captain has listed the recent events below and the generosty of our members and their guests has been remarkable.The murder mystery was a hoot and has raised just under £400. A special thanks is due to Jay (Jack) Dorling (Dorkin) for the generous donation of £600 raised on his birthday golf classic. The next key date is the 4th of May for the race night and the organising committee have been working hard to sell the remaining horses and jockeys to ensure maximum fund raising. Again the weather is keeping people away from the club so the selling has been a bit slow - please call in and look at the notice board which has instructions on how to fritter away your money!
The team sheets for Captain's Matches have been on the Captain's notice board for a couple of weeks and have attracted quite a few signatures. Please support these events and put your name down for a pleasant afternoon of summer golf and dinner.
The Captain's Away Day is in the last stages of planning. It will be on Wednesday 18th July and will be held at Malton and Norton Golf club, which has three loops of 9 holes with relatively flat walking. Details will be put on the notice board and circulated by email as soon as finalised. Numbers will be capped at 48 (which will include the Captain and at least one professional).
Fingers crossed for some decent weather,
Lady Captain's Newsletter March
More snow! The Winter Par Competition was cancelled, but the St Patricks Day Irish Jig Competition on went ahead, with lots of interesting costumes – see photos of the month, and attracted 13 teams. In our team, Jane Morris and Lorraine Simmonite were instrumental in our winning first prize, beating Sally Boot, Barbara Siddall and Jane Edwards on the back 9!
Unfortunately snow intervened again and our Start of Season AMAM had to be cancelled, but the March Medal was held on 28th March, congratulations to Cathy Riley who won the 1st Division with a fantastic 72!, runner up Sally Colver 77. 2nd division winner K Bruce 77,runner up Sue Sargent 79 .
Recent CONGU Changes in Handicaps means the Committee had to change the handicap limits and rules for some Competitions, particularly the Bagshaw Trophy. The ‘Green Book ‘of competition rules will be open at the Competition of the Day every Wednesday. Please check before you play.
I played in the ‘ Jack Dorkin Birthday Bash ‘– an annual event organised by Jay Dorling, a great day which raises money for the Captains’ charity. The one Ladies team of myself, Barbara Siddall, Cathy Riley and Jane Edwards came third out of 12 teams. The day raised a very generous £600.00 for Alzheimer’s Research .Thank you Jay and all those who donated their winnings
Wednesday April 11th is Tricia Booth’s 80th Birthday, She has very kindly arranged for sandwiches, scones, tea, coffee and Prosecco for after Golf from 1.00pm – so please come into the club house and join in the party. All the more generous as Tricia will be still in Florida partying! Thanks Tricia.
Please sign up in the foyer for the NUTS mixed Pairs Competition on Sunday 22nd April, followed by a carvery. Sign up too for the new Sunday Stableford on Sunday 15th April from April 1st on BRS. A mixed tee competition, open to 5 and 6 day Gentlemen, Ladies and juniors, competing in the same competition. See notice boards for more information.
A big thank you to Christine from Blooms flower shop for a very entertaining talk on flower arranging for 48 ladies .Thanks also to the ladies who bought raffle tickets which raised £205. The total raised was £245.00
I was at the Jazz night this month which was a great night. The Trad Jazz really got your feet tapping. I can definitely recommend it– next one Tuesday 19th June.
84 people attended the Murder Mystery night which was a great success . I had a wonderful time as a suspect, putting ‘red herrings’ into the stories, but it wasn’t me! Richard Riley won the champagne for the best solution to the murder. Thanks to everyone who came.
Forth coming events are - Ladies Dining in night - Thursday 3rd May. A social event, including 2 course dinner and entertainment. Janet Stain , a very amusing speaker, will talk on Unmentionable Foundations – a history of the corset! £16.00 including meal, gratuities and entertainment. Please book your place and chose your menu over the bar. All Ladies, playing and social members welcome.
-Horse Race Night – the Captain’s charity night on Friday 4th May. Please buy your tickets - £12.50 over the bar, this includes supper. Horses and jockeys are available to buy – see the notices in the Lounge bar. £5 will buy you a horse or a jockey – if the horse wins the race, the owner of the horse and the jockey will each win a bottle of champagne. All money will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Please click on the link to view the photos of the month of March. http://abbeydalegolfclub.co.uk/uploads/document/2018-march-lc-photos.pdf
Happy Easter to all! Katie Bruce
Lady Captains Newsletter February.
The weather in February has not been any kinder than in January – in fact probably worse! But as the pictures of the month show – it hasn’t put off everyone. Well done girls!
12th Feb. Thanks to Richard Gregory for an excellent Rules Morning. There were a couple of centimetres of lying snow, but 29 ladies still managed to get to Abbeydale – some of them on foot! It was worth the effort as we all learned a lot. Richard had intended to go out on the course for some practical demonstrations – but that was postponed until another session when the weather improves.
Feb 14th Thank you to all the Ladies – and Gentlemen – who bought Valentines Buns to take home to a ‘special someone’ – which raised £40.
February 15th was the Alzheimer’s Awareness talk by Claire Priestwood, Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s UK in Yorkshire & the North East. It was a very informative and sensitive talk, and afterwards we could try out virtual reality sets to experience some of the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Sunday 18th Feb was the first Drive and Dine of the year, a fun Texas Scramble. The Carvery afterwards was voted delicious by all. The beef was lovely! Thanks to the organisers Barbara and Leigh . Next one is March 25th – sign up now.
Feb 26th was the Charity Bridge Day. More snow but 76 of the 80 players booked in arrived to play. Thanks to all the staff who helped arrange furniture on Sunday and put it all back on Monday, and worked very hard to make the whole day run very smoothly. One gentleman player, who stood up to thank the organisers, said it was the best bridge lunch he had eaten! Thanks go to chefs Lee and Simon. Thanks also to Libby Ireland, Jill Harrison and Jane Morris for help on the day and of course to Mavis Sellars, without whom this totally non-bridge playing person would have been completely lost! The total raised was £735.00.
Next Month St Patrick’s Day competition is Wednesday 14th March and will be an Irish Jig – (like a waltz but 3-2-1 not 1-2-3 – it is Irish!) Sign up in 3’s on BRS from 28th. Wear green please! There will be prizes for winning team and runners up and best outfit.
The start of season AMAM will be on us in 3 weeks –March 21st - subject to snow –please sign up for the draw and afternoon tea. Then we are up and running for the season.
2nd April sign up for the Easter Monday Mixed on BRS (either from 1st or 6th ) from March 5th. Meal afterwards.
Upcoming events - the Murder Mystery on March 24th. Please get your tickets at the bar - £18.00. Prizes for the aspiring ‘’Miss Marple’’ or ‘’Sherlock Holmes’’ who can guess the culprit and motive!
Tuesday April 3rd Pro’s Shop Fashion Show 7.00pm Ladies and gentlemen’s golf clothing (with male models!) No charge – but there will be a raffle on the night. RIchard has kindly offered to donate an item. Other prizes too!
The ‘Beast from the East’ threatens to spoil the start of March with more snow, – let’s hope it soon blows over. Happy golfing. Katie
Captain's First Newsletter
January 1st seems like ages ago - but snowdrops are up and we are fast approaching the beginning of the season. I have almost recovered from the trauma of the drive in - but seriously I really enjoyed it, especially the kind words of support that I received from many of the members. There is still lots of planning to do - I am beginning to appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes, in committees, from home, to keep the club on track. I am getting guidance and encouragement from these kind people, and of course from the lady Captain.
The Alzheimer's Research UK awareness evening on the 15th February was a success, with 37 attendees listening to a presentation from the Regional Fundraising Manager (Claire Priestwood). A 1 hour talk with Q&A was given, with lots of literature left for us to read and distribute and some virtual reality devices that gave you a small experience of how dementia can affect you. Thank you to all who attended, and for kicking off the campaign with some donations.
Please also note forthcoming dates for events - 24th March for the murder / mystery night and the premier fundraising event Race Night which is the 4th of May.
Another key date is the Supper Club signing on night which is Tuesday 27th February starting at 7:00pm prompt. I look forward to seeing many challengers there!
Lady Captain’s January Newsletter
Where did January go! – A month gone already – lots of meetings – but even more rain, limiting the golf , but let’s hope the rain will come now and give us a dry golf season. I am grateful to Richard Gregory for agreeing to give us a Rules Talk on Monday 12th February 10.00am , please come along.
My first task as Lady Captain was a very pleasurable one, to pin the Lady Vice Captain’s badge on Jill Harrison and welcome her to the’ team’. I know Jill will give all she can to the coming year, and be a great Captain in 2019. I also welcomed our new Committee members, Leigh Rendall and Helen Till. I was also delighted to present Angela Lord with her Past Captain’s badge, which was very well earned after a great year in 2017.
Our joint Charity, which Martin Loxley and I announced on January 1st - ‘Alzheimer’s Research UK - The Power to Defeat Dementia’ is a very worthy charity, and some of their representatives are coming to give an ’Alzheimer’s Awareness’ talk on Thursday 15thFebruary at 7.00pm. They will give an insight of the disease, its diagnosis and current treatments and research happening now. You can try out a Programme on a Virtual Reality Headset and also Computer Games which all give information to help in research. It is free to attend, and I hope as many of you as possible can attend. Nibbles provided!
There will be some fundraising during the year – often in the form of Raffles. If anyone has a raffle prize to donate I would be very grateful to receive them.
Several new social events have been organised for the coming year. I added the list of social events to the yellow fixtures card, which will be out next Wednesday 31st January. The Burns Night Dinner was a sell out and great night, pictures attached!. My first event is the Charity Bridge Day on February 26th. Thank you to all who have sold tickets and volunteered to help on the day, and especially to Mavis Sellars, without whose help and advice, I would not have any idea how to run a Bridge Drive!
Thursday 15th March is an Easter flower arranging demonstration by Christine of Blooms, Abbey Lane, focussing on Easter decorations. Items to enhance your flowers – bunnies, chicks etc will be on sale, as well as other flower arranging paraphernalia. Cost is £2.50 which includes tea and homemade cake. There will be a raffle of the flower arrangement and other prizes. Order Lunch for afterwards to make a day of it if you like! Tickets on sale soon.
Advance notice of the Captains’ Charity ‘Murder Mystery Night’ - one like you have never attended before – including the Captains’ acting ‘skills’. A two course meal will be served between ‘Acts’. Saturday 24th March - £18.00 per ticket. More details very soon.
Tuesday 3rd April at 7pm Richard Gregory is having golf wear fashion show , with our own models .
There will be a ’Ladies Dining In Evening’ on Thursday May 3rd at 7.00pm. – a 2 Course Meal with tea/coffee and a speaker, Janet Stain, a very entertaining lady who specialises in talks on underwear through the ages, with samples! Her subject for our events is ’ Unmentionable Foundations! ‘ £15.50 ticket.
Friday May 4th is the Horse Race Night –tickets £ 12.00 with a light meal –, always a great fun night.
Here’s hoping that the 5 Clubs and a Putter Competition on February 14th will be rain free! The signup sheets for the Scratch, A and B Teams will be put up on that day, please sign up.
Kind Regards to you All
Burns Night January 27th 2018. A few photos from a fabulous evening: