Lady Captain's Report October 2012
What an eventful year! With lots of 'first times' for myself and the ladies section.
Firstly, the introduction of a Christmas lunch which was amazingly supported. The morning's Turkey Trot saw Ladies dressed in various 'Christmassy' outfits. We had a delicious Christmas meal, a quiz, a 'heads & tails' game, prizes and presents given out by Santa. Finishing with a lovely Christmas singalong with Sheena playing the piano. What a day to remember!
Gwen's great idea of a Long Sutton Solheim Cup kept our competitive edge going throughout the winter and 35 ladies took part in the matches. The different formats gave variety and challenge. We began in November and after the final match in March I organised a Solheim lunch with a unique European and American themed menu. We are all looking forward to this year's Solheim challenge.
In January, the management decided we needed a different sign up system for Wednesday mornings. I do appreciate how the ladies have worked with me to try and make the system work.
Match teas were changed from sandwiches to hot meals. We now provide very nice hot food and have received numerous compliments from visiting teams.
The changing rooms saw the addition of new shelving and new lockers which have improved it's appearance and organisation.
Lady Captain's day became a themed Tropical evening event. The ladies wore various tropical outfits and played a fun 9 holes of golf. They lit up the course in their vibrant colours. The golf was followed by a barbecue, jugs of Pimms, a raffle and prize presentations. What a super evening we had!
We had two Pink Lady events with two beautiful bra cakes made by Kate. The October event was wonderful. All the ladies looked amazing in their pink outfits. Fun was had on the course with ladies determined not to lose their pink balls. Some even removed shoes and socks to retrieve theirs from watery places! It was incredibly difficult to decide who should win the prize for the best dressed 'Pink Lady' but Gwen's hand decorated pink shower cap and her bra (worn on top of her clothes!) decorated with pink ribbons won the day.
The Trimatch nearly disbanded when sadly Cheddington golf club folded, but with very little arm twisting, Wheathill were persuaded to join Long Sutton and Windwhistle. We let them win this year, but next year I'm sure we won't be so kind!
Also, it was the first year or should I say the worst year when we had to cancel and rearrange numerous events due to the weather.
The ladies Invitation nearly didn't happen. Due to the weather the event could not be confirmed until the morning. Thanks to Graham and the ground staff working through the night pumping away the excess water, the course was playable, although with a delayed start. The sun actually shone on that day and everything went to plan.
The Ladies Open was cancelled on the day and I had to use all of my diplomatic skills! Players were given vouchers and most of the ladies stayed on and ordered food and drink from the bar, so not all was lost.
Fortunately the Mixed Open went brilliantly. That was earlier in the season when we had the rare occurrence of sunshine!
Matches were cancelled and rearranged. All very difficult when the calendar was already full. We have won many of our friendly matches and were runners up in the league.
The Ladies Championship, Pink Lady Day and the Lady Captain's event all had to be rearranged.
I would like to thank all the ladies who have volunteered to help at many of these events. They have continued to demonstrate what a friendly and helpful ladies section we are. Particular mention must be made to the ladies who helped at St Margaret's Hospice Day who I'm sure contributed to a record year by raising £2293.38 on the 14th hole and bottle tombola.
Our game with the Seniors in the Joint Charity match and friendly rivalry against them in the Redwood Cup were a highlight again this year. I want to thank Roger Stone for his help and support and to Alec Radwell, Norman Banfield ,Richard Dore and Chris Binding for assisting us at many events.
The Ladies did a great job again helping run the Seniors Open.
We have also helped raise the profile of Long Sutton winning prizes in many County and Open events in the West Country this season as well as hosting several County events.
I want to thank the ladies for participating so enthusiastically. We have a friendly, happy and busy ladies section of which we can all feel justly proud.
Our course has improved so much and is making an excellent name for itself due to the hard work of Graham and the green keepers for which we thank you all. Enabling us to play at times when the terrible weather conditions of this year have battled against us.
I would also like to thank Felicity and Kate for their help in organising the ladies busy calendar of events. To George and Roger and the kitchen staff for their delicious meals and the bar staff who have looked after us so cheerfully and efficiently all year. To Andrew for his help and advice and the Pro Shop staff for their assistance.
Thank you to my Committee who have given their time, advice and help in so many ways.
I would like to thank you all for your generosity this year contributing to my charities. I am delighted to say that we have raised £2324. I am delighted to mention that Long Sutton Golf Club's name is written on Breakthrough Breast Cancers Challenge Wall for raising over a £1000. Charlton Farm Children's Hospice were asked if we could purchase a specific item. This will be a powered, height adjustable table with adjustable sloping top which can be moved around the Hospice allowing young people in their beds or wheelchairs to participate in art, craft and cookery activities.
Now to the memories of my amazing year. So much laughter but rain,rain and more rain! But most of all the kind words, phone calls and emails. I've tried my best and I hope that despite the bad weather the ladies have had an enjoyable year!
Finally, I wish Hilary every success in her second captaincy and wish she and all the new captains the best for the 2013 season.