Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire Away Day - 16 April 2019
A chance conversation at last years Letchworth Salvers led to the first golf swap our ladies section has done with another club. What a superb day out many of us had visiting Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire. A great welcome from their Head Pro who saw us off the tee, much help and assistance where needed from their ladies, a lovely course, good catering and much fun had by all. The balls zipped through the greens which were tricky and very hard to judge resulting in high scores for the Putting Comp which made us all feel better.
We were playing for a number of chocolate prizes and all eyes were on the Lindt Bunny Egg. Mulligans, jokers, who could score a two, Longest Drives and Nearest the Pin all to play for. Margaret took the prize of the Lindt Bunny Egg much to her travel companions delight. An excellent day out, much hard work put in by our Lady Captain - Hilary, so thank you to her for that. Lets hope we can repeat it another time.
1st Margaret Seabrook - 35 points
2nd Toni Miller - 32 points
3rd Jane Anderson - 29 points (cb)
Longest Drive - Sally (Nobody got close!)
Nearest the Pin - Noreen Tattam
1st Dot Moroney - 39 (cb)
2nd Sue Marsh - 39
Two's - Noreen Tattam
Gathering on the First Tee
Hilary Tees Us Off
Ladies Coffee Morning - 12 February 2019
The Lady Captain's coffee morning is one of the most popular events in our calendar and goes some way to brighten up the winter season. This year, the Lady Captain's chosen charity is the Bedford Sea Cadets, some of whom we had the opportunity to meet in their very smart uniforms to hear about the activities they participate in every week.
The Club Lounge was indeed very busy, with many ladies turning out to support the event. A bottle stall, raffle, cake stall, putting game, guess the sweets on the cake and a jewellery sale all contributed to the first big fund raiser of the year.
Hilary with the Sea Cadets
Sea Cadet Display
Chris Garrett won 'Guess The Sweets on the Cake', Chris McDonald won the top prize in the raffle - £50 meal voucher donated by The Chester Arms.
Lt Sally Smith gave an overview of the activities on offer to the young people to help enrich their lives and broaden their knowledge with lots of different experiences. Their aim is to buy a replacement mini bus so lets hope we can make a good contribution to this goal over the coming year.
Guess the Number of Sweets
Ladies AGM - 15 January 2019
The ladies gathered for their AGM to bid farewell to outgoing Ladies Captain, Judi Monico and to welcome Hilary Denny as the 2019 Ladies Captain. Judi gave a farewell speech highlighting her year and she presented a cheque to Helen Nellis for the school in Ghana which was her charity. Helen was delighted, thanking the ladies and advising the money would be spent on furniture for the school.
Farewell and thanks were given to those committee members standing down, Anne Harris, Sam Turnbull, Sheila Fairey and Edna Turner and the new committee members of Sue Marsh, Helen Nellis, Noreen Tattam and Mary Mills were welcomed.
An important part of the evening was the presentation of the year's trophies. Much clapping, photos and surprises for many ladies who had forgotten they had been winners during the year. The evening was wrapped up with a tasty supper and chat.
Our 2018 Trophy Winners
Pursuit Cup - Ladies Competition
A very cold and early start for this annual mixed BOGS and BLOGS competition. A ball throw up determines your team with usually 2 chaps playing with a lady. Play is over 3 1\2 hours at which point every player must record their score, no finishing of the hole! The hot soup and bread roll for lunch was gratefully received in order to thaw us all out.
This year the individual ladies competition was won by regular 'Saturday Lady' Mary Mills on countback, a well deserved winner. New lady member Adele Carson was part of the overall winning team.
Congratulations and bravo to all who turned out on such an icy morning!
1st, Mary Mills - 30 points (cb)
2nd, Adele Carson - 30 points
3rd, Carol Farnworth - 29 points
A Flushing Victory for the Ladies
On what can only be described as one of the wettest & miserable Saturdays of 2018, 18 lady BLOGS donned their waterproof clothing, (some of which turned out to no longer be fit for purpose) and headed out on the course to attempt to retrieve the magnificent florally decorated lavatory trophy.
Oh how the chaps struggled in the rain, much huffing and puffing about the very generous number of courtesy shots gifted to the ladies who put their heads down & watched the rain water drip from their hats as the putts went down the holes!
4 hours later and the trophy was secured as the ladies emerged the winners 24 holes up to 11 for the men. After much drying out, we all enjoyed a hot soup lunch in the Club House before BOGs Captain John Farnworth handed the trophy over to BLOGs Captain Judi.
Ladies of The Manor...On Tour and Having Fun!
The ladies section had their annual ‘away day’ to Draycote Manor near Rugby and enjoyed two days of brilliant golf as well as a bit of post-prandial larking about. First, thanks have to go to the gods who provided some fantastic golfing weather. Draycote is a fun course that was bathed in lovely golden autumn colours and which gave us a lot of laughs and a few gasps!
The biggest gasp probably came from one lady’s companions, when she was dragged head first into a deep ditch by her errant trolley. 😮Fortunately, she wasn't too badly hurt and carried on - and it didn't stop her team winning the day 1 competition either. Well done Toni Miller, Mandy Mayes, Janet Broomhall and Sue Coxon!
Another gasp was heard on the 16th, on day two, when Sam Turnbull took a driver on the 16th and landed her ball on the green just 2 foot from the flag. Cheers all round. However, it wasn't enough to win the Day 2 competition: that honour went to Paula Parker, Sue Coxon, Charlotte Walsh and Annie Ashdown. Anyone noticed how that Sue Coxon keeps on appearing?
Anyway, we also had a great evening, eating a lovely meal with fun and games organized by Lynne Allen aided by Sam Turnbull. You, and subsequent guests, will be relieved to know that we brought along our own toilet rolls. Overall a huge success, thank you to Ladies‘ Captain Judi Monico for organizing it. Roll on next year.
Ladies Invitation Day - 11 September 2018
This popular event allows us to showcase our lovely course and club to 20 visiting guests from around the country. A 4BBB competition was held with additional prizes for Nearest the Pin and Line, Best Front 9 & Best Back 9.
The half way house was stocked with wonderful cakes & goodies to eat and post game a prize giving and a buffet meal was enjoyed by all.
1st - Hilary Denny & Jane Cameron (Pavenham Park), 46 points
2nd - Sue Cribb & Judith Abrahams (The Bedford), 43 points
Best Front 9 - Carol Farnworth & Sarah Hind (Woburn), 24 points
Best Back 9 - Sally Shayler & Jenny Prior (Beds & County), 21 points
Nearest the Line - Brenda Beard
Nearest the Pin - Carol Gould (Beds & County)
Pictures From the Day
The Hospital Cup - 4 September 2018
The Home Girls Scratch that 7 Year Itch!
The Hospital Cup is an annual match between Bedfordshire GC & Bedford & County GC. The event in its current form was set up 7 years ago where we met to play a 4BBB pairs event. The top 10 scores from each club are now taken to establish the winning team.
2018 has been a glorious summer and it was our club's turn to host this annual event. Whilst a little cooler, the playing conditions were perfect, with a slight breeze. The Bedfordshire ladies had a sensational afternoon with 7 pairs exceeding 40 points to bring the trophy home after a 7 year wait.
Post game, we retired to the club lounge for tea and cakes. £150 was raised for the local hospital.
Bedfordshire GC - 409 points
Bedford & County GC- 368 points
Enjoying the Post Match Celebrations
Judi's Captains Day - 14 August 2018
An Australian & African theme was the focus of Captain Judi's day. With a buggy decked out in the Aussie flag, African design throw and of course a kangaroo on the roof the scene was set.
10 four ball teams competed for a gintastic prize, playing a best of two scores fun competition. In addition there were a number of spot prizes spread around the course and a 'Beat the Pro' on the 6th with Denise.
The day was rounded off with what else - a barbecue on the balcony, burgers, sausages, chicken and salads.
1st - Maggie Olney, Helen Westwell, Frances Godfrey, Charlotte Walsh - 91 points
2nd - Barbara Talboys, Jane Anderson, Sue Lowe, Janet Broomhall - 87 points
3rd - Noreen Tattum, Sue Cribb, Linda Lewington, Mary Mills - 85 points (cb)
Spot Prize Winners
Longest Drive on the 5th - Noreen Tattum
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 9th - Hilary Denny
Nearest the Line on the 12th - Anne Godden
Nearest the Pin on the 13th - Anne Harris
Raffle Winner - Jane Anderson (1st)
Rosemary Harris (2nd)
The Winning Teams
Pictures of The Day
Codes Green, Blue, Red
At times it is necessary to have restrictions in place on use of trolleys and buggies in order to protect our courses.
These conditions are colour coded as detailed below:-
o Code Green - No restrictions in place
o Code Blue - Winter Wheels must be used with all trolleys, no buggies are permitted
o Code Red - Carry Only; no trolleys or buggies permitted on the course