Rachel Ewbank and Sandra Basford with their guests at the invitation day. Click to view all 7 images...
The afternoon tea by the ladies of LSGC.
The team at the Charity Bridge Afternoon
Caroline Hunter and Joe Jowett - winners at the Joint Charity day
Sarah Uzzell Lady Captain 2019.
Mandy Head and her partner Claire Walker- winners at the Ladies invitation.
Flowers for the invitation day by Caroline Lumley Frank
LADY CAPTAIN’S MAY NEWSLETTER
Wow, what a busy month we have just had.
On 12th April, we held our rearranged Charity Bridge Afternoon. This time, no snow, thankfully and in the end it turned out to be a lovely afternoon with 72 eager bridge players descending to play cards for a few hours on a Friday afternoon, with a delicious tea provided by you, for which I thank you. Report to follow.
Onto the golf; we started April with more Australian Spoons as a timely reminder that we can continue to play this stableford foursomes competition, which is open to women with handicaps of 15 to 40, until the deadline at the beginning of June. The winning pair from LSGC thus being eligible for the South West regional final, being played at Launceston GC on Monday 1st July.
The first stableford qualifier was delayed a week as the first Wednesday in April fell on the 3rd. The preceding Sunday fell back into March and therefore would not have been eligible for all our summer knockouts, confusing things somewhat! However, with the bunkers out of play it meant that the competition on the 10th April turned into a non-qualifying competition. So onto the following week, with hope that the bunkers would be in play by then otherwise, we would have to wait until well into May for our first qualifier. Fingers were definitely crossed at this point but, as it turned out, they were in play, however, the conditions were extremely testing with the CSS set high at 75, therefore no reductions for our first qualifier.
As the month progressed, the Seniors Spring Open was held in wonderful conditions on 18th April, with the support from the ladies section on registration and Chris J on refreshments. It was hoped that after a scorching Easter weekend the weather would hold for the Joint Charity Day being held on the 24th April, it wasn't to be as 68 of us braved the awful conditions, more than half making it all the way round; a full report later.
Concluding a busy few weeks, we held the Ladies Invitational on Wednesday 1st May, with 48 ladies playing, our ladies inviting guests from 15 different clubs, from as far afield as Oxford. After a few early showers the weather broke and some amazing scores were posted, including the eventual winners Mandy Head and her guest Clare Walker, from Mendip Spring. See report below.
The first of our Tri-Matches was held at Wheathill, after some controversy with Cricket St Thomas fielding too many silver players, LSGC are leading the way. Congratulations to Sandra and her team. Back at Long Sutton for the next round on the 24th June.
Our summer knockouts have started and well done to all those that have progressed from the first rounds. Once all first round matches from the Clarke have been played a further draw will take place for the Clarke Plate, details will be promulgated.
Looking forward to a very busy May with League, Rogers Cup, Mixed Friendlies and Ladies Friendlies all starting. Good luck and happy golfing!!
Good luck to Denise Tomblin and Mary Marshall, who will be representing LSGC in the Centenary Plate against Enmore Park at Bath, on Tuesday 21st May 2019.
Friday 12th April 2019 - Charity Bridge Afternoon
So finally, the charity Bridge Afternoon. Some of you may remember that this was scheduled originally for Friday 1st February. A most ordinary date one would think but this date will remain long in my memory because, so far, this and the day before have been the only two snowy dates in 2019. So after undoing everything that was set for that date and redoing it the afternoon went ahead. My sincere thanks go to Judy R and Anne A for all of their help with the "bridge" stuff, Denise T, for providing "the best gluten free tea ever" to Kath R, for all her help for the whole afternoon, (including going home once for some emergency printing), and all the donations of cakes, scones, sausage rolls, sandwiches and raffle prizes from all of the ladies at LSGC. The whole "team" on the day is below, a photograph which I think encapsulated everything good about the day. The team coming together for that mad hour between 3 and 4 pm, with shouts of "more tea", with all that washing up and wet tea towels and in and out of the main room ferrying tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and all. The afternoon raised over £1000 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with Anne Agnew winning the overall bridge event. An enjoyable afternoon and I thank you all.
Joint Charity Day - Wednesday 24th April 2019
Winners Joe Jowett and Caroline Hunter with Captain's Bill Bond and Sarah Uzzell
It was the ladies turn to organise the Joint Charity Day this year. The weather did not look good, in fact it did not look good at all. The Senior's, we decided, took all the good weather for their Spring Open the week before and every time there looked like there would be a break in the rain, it came back even heavier. But with speakers and lunch booked we carried on. 19 out of the 34 teams braved the conditions and completed all 18 holes with the eventual winners of Joe Jowett and Caroline Hunter posting a very respectable 36 points in what were very testing conditions. Debbie Birtwistle (Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance) and David Fields (Somerset Mind) gave informative and interesting talks on their respective charities. Over £750 was raised on the day, with proceeds being split between the Ladies and Seniors Captains. Well done to all who played and hope that you enjoyed some part of the day, even though it may not have been the golf!
Ladies Invitation - Wednesday 1st May 2019
Ladies from 15 different golf clubs were represented from as far afield as Radlett and Oxford last Wednesday for the annual Ladies Invitation Day, a fun and relaxed 2BBB with full handicap. I know that the ladies were impressed with the beautiful flowers that Caroline Lumley-Frank provided for the Ladies Changing Room and the Ladies toilet on the 10th, I certainly was. The course was in a great condition and the scores reflected this with golf being played to a very high standard. Apart from a few early showers for everyone, the weather turned and everyone came back relatively dry, such a relief from the previous week. The food, a cold meat buffet with strawberry cheesecake for dessert was delicious. NPs were won on the 7th by Ros Williams and Annya Patten with Angela Body winning on the 17th. Mandy Head and Angela Body winning the 2's competition. Mandy Head and her partner, Claire Walker, from Mendip Spring, were the eventual winners with an impressive 43 points, including an amazing 25 points on the back 9. My thanks go to Denise who was absolutely brilliant, who assisted me throughout the day, with registration, cards and the presentation.
Thank you also to Gwen Clarke and Val Fraser who kindly made up a four from LSGC.
ANDREW PRACTICE CLINICS
As in previous years Andrew will be conducting special half an hour group sessions as follows:
Friday 17 May at 2 pm - chipping
Thursday 23 May at 12 noon - putting
More details and sign up in the Ladies Changing Room
England Golf Medal
Sylvie Coache Tucker represented LSGC in the South West Regional Final at Bridport GC on Sunday 5th May, assisted by her caddie for the day Sandra Ford. Sylvie played very steadily, apart from a few holes where the bunkers won!
In tough conditions, as can be seen from the CSS moving out to 75, only one player played below their handicap out of a large field of over 90 players. It is always an achievement to represent your club in any competition, so well done Sylvie.
This year's Winter League competition, played between the 1st November and the 31st March, was constantly beset by poor weather and at one stage I felt like renaming it the "Wet League", as it seemed more fitting. Although there were originally 8 dates pencilled in the diary for the Winter League (and some reserve dates), just 5 dates were used throughout the Winter. This resulted in the best 3 scores from 5 to count, as agreed at Committee level, rather than the normal, 4 from 6. By some quirk of fate, I was the eventual winner with 28 points, Mary Marshall 2nd with 23 points and Mandy Head 3rd with 21 points. Well played to all the players who took part.
The Winter Eclectic, again run from 1st November through to 31st March, had 28 ladies battling to find a winner for each Division, producing the following results:
Sarah Uzzell – 60/Mandy Head – 61/Joce Dunevein - 64
Mary Marshall – 67/Valerie Thomas – 68/Sally Taylor - 70
Chris Coates – 78/Jennie Ridewood – 83/Tania Hornett – 92
LADIES RULES AND FORMATS
Now coordinated into one document and available on the web page (shortly) and held in the Changing Room. No changes to the rules although back to the original Solheim rules, just grammatical/spelling changes and insertion of index and amendments page. My thanks go to Denise and the Committee for their help in achieving this.
One of my aims this year is to play with as many members as I can during my year as Captain. So far it numbers 39:
Anne S, Gavin Baker, Christine T, Katherine S, Angela B, Eileen A, Pat W, Sally T, Joce D, Chris C, Ros W, Gwen C, Jean P, Cheryl S, Anne A, Eliza V, Sylvie C-T, Rod T, Hilary D, Sheena S, Coleen H, Aideen R, Mary M, Rachel E, Jennie R, Gill E, Lesley H, Caroline H, Jo C, Steve U, Judith B, Sarah M, Sandra F, Val F, Carole P, Ann M, Paul W, Bill B and Jack. For every new member I play with, I will donate £0.50 to my chosen charity. This may get expensive...!!!
For all you knitters out there, Chris has also brought my attention to the Macmillan Oncology Unit at Yeovil District Hospital. They are collecting wool for the Oncology Unit and for all you 'knitters' out there, they are always looking for knitted squares or blankets; a neck to foot blanket being approximately 6ft x 4ft, Please leave by the main noticeboard along with the Used Stamps and Milk bottle tops.
There are also books and jigsaws, and a contribution to the Lady Captain's Charity will always be welcomed.
There is a "for sale" board located in the Changing Room, please feel free to add any items on there, mainly golf related or in aid of Charity.
LADIES WEEKLY COMPETITION DIVISION WINNERS IN APRIL 2019
Denise Tomblin. Carole Lancaster. Judith Bailey. Carole Paterson. Sarah Uzzell. Pat Whitehead.