Our Ladies Section is an extremely active and friendly section of the Club, both on our lovely course and socially.
Ladies Competition Day is Tuesday and we have a full diary of competitions running through the April - October season - medals, stableford, match-play, Board Competitions and qualifiers for National Competitions (some of which can also be played on a Saturday or Sunday). In addition Ladies can enter knock-out competitions both individually and with partners (male and female) to be played on days to suit competitors.
In the winter months we run a "Draw for Partners" system, Mixed on a Sunday from January to March and Ladies on a Wednesday from October to March. These give an opportunity to play with all members of the club.
We have three teams in the North Wales Ladies Challenge Shield, and we also play a number of Ladies and Mixed friendly matches both home and away, which are open to all members. Each year we enjoy a day away on an exchange basis to another club and twice a year we have a competition with our Senior Men’s Section.
Socially the ladies arrange a pre-season Ladies Lunch and a Spring Buffet evening for members and friends. Lady Captain’s Dinner, Lady Vice Captain’s Tea, President's Tea and the summer fun competitions are always popular and well attended. There is also a thriving Bridge group who meet in the off season.
Lady Captain's Newsletter -
Well I’ve ummed and ahhed about whether to continue with the Lady Captain’s Newsletter and I've come to the conclusion that if I can do Facebook, then I can do a newsletter!
I don't really know where the month has gone, time flies when you’re having fun!
Starting with the drive in, what a wonderful day I had. Thank you all for my cards, gifts, kind words and most of all your support.
I felt relieved after my speech and drive in which relaxed me for a nice round to start 2017.
Congratulations to the winners Carol, Aly and Rita.
Sherry and Chocs has started well with a good number turning out come rain or shine, only we've only had to abandon play one week due to heavy rain.
Wednesday Pickup is still going strong with a good turnout most weeks. I do think of you all most Wednesdays - and I'm very envious you're playing while I’m stuck in work!
The House and Social committee have two social events coming up:
A candle light supper on 4th February. Tickets are on sale over the bar with Gwynfor.
The other event will be the St David’s Day dinner on 1st March. Tickets will be available shortly, together with details of the menu.
I look forward to seeing you all this Saturday for the pickup.
Lady Captain's 2016 Last Newsletter
BEFORE I START MY NEWSLETTER MAY I MAKE A REQUEST.
SOMEONE HAS VERY KINDLY LEFT AN ENVELOPE WITH £20.05 IN THE
DRAWER, BUT DIDN'T MARK WHAT IT WAS FOR. CAN YOU PLEASE
LET ME KNOW IF ITS FOR PHIL&GAYNOR OR XMAS CARD DONATIONS
What a busy few weeks it's been, I really thought November would be a
relaxing time, wrong! AGM's in Conwy & North Wales Golf Clubs, and of
course our own. I was very proud to pick up the Purves Cup at Conwy which
this year was won by our very own Carol Demmer and Rita Abbot.
Denbighshire Ladies Past Captains' dinner in Denbigh, and a lovely dinner for
Captains at VLGC, by far the best. VLGC annual dinner and our Ladies Xmas
Dinner. And I wonder why I've put on weight! But I'm not complaining, I've had
The Wednesday pickups continued, finishing with a very enjoyable light buffet
on the last day. I hope you've all enjoyed the different lucky dip "prizes". The
Winter League, started by Hayley last year, resulted in a win for Jill Medcalf,
followed by Margaret Garbett and coming up in third place was Brenda
Evans. The attendance prize was won by two ladies, Edna & Norah. Well
done to everyone who has been successful this year.
I can't believe that in just over 3 weeks I have to hand over the reins to Steph!
I want to thank all those ladies who have helped me this year, flower
arrangements, posters, raffle sellers, committee members etc etc. Thank you
for your help, support but most importantly your friendship.
I wish Steph every success next year. I am sure she will enjoy the same
support from you that I have had.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and good golfing
A sad Lady Captain!
CONGRATULATIONS TO PETA-LYN AND PETER WILKINSON WHO TIED
THE KNOT ON FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER. X
Lady Captain's October Newsletter
A very quick newsletter this month, including reminders for your diaries.
The Wednesday morning pickups have begun, and we have managed to play in some
beautiful autumnal sunshine, whilst enjoying the most spectacular scenery. I don't think I
have never seen the golf course surroundings look so beautiful. A reminder that next
week's pickup will be Tuesday 8th November when I would also appreciate some help in
polishing our silverware ready for presentation evening. Rubber gloves will be provided!
Another lovely day with our senior gentlemen, followed by good food and a couple of
drinks afterwards. The two seniors and ladies competitions are always very enjoyable and
I must mention our Autumn Ladies Open. What a great day it turned out to be. We must
thank Hayley for her idea last year to turn our Autumn Open into a Halloween special.
Many thanks to Hayley, Lady Vice and Chris for helping to "spookify " our clubhouse,
ladies locker room, halfway house and not to mention the course toilet! I just hope
someone has now "throttled" that crow!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
November 14th. Ladies AGM. The agenda and last year's minutes will be sent out
via email this week. Anyone wanting printed copies, please let me know.
November 16th. Club Presentation Evening. If you are a prize winner and cannot
attend the evening, would you please inform the office or arrange for someone else to
accept your prize.
November 19th. The club's Annual Dinner. A chance to don your best bib and tucker.
Tickets are available over the bar, menu is on our notice board.
December 2nd. Ladies Christmas Dinner. More details to follow.
That's it for this month Ladies. Hope to see you all at the AGM.
It's the 1st of September and the sun is shining. What better way to start a new month. But firstly I
have two apologies to make 🙄 . Last month I thanked a number of ladies for their help in the Open
week but omitted to mention Linda (Williams) who has been a great help organising the raffles with
me. Also, on Invitation Day I forgot to thank Hayley for the gorgeous display of flowers she had
kindly arranged, they were beautiful. So, my belated but not forgotten, thanks to you both.
Once again it's been a very busy month, but a very sociable one. Our thanks to Steph for a lovely
Lady Vice Captain's Day. The weather was perfect with some good results, especially for Norah
who had a fantastic round with a net score of 65, well done to you Norah. And congratulations to all
you other ladies who took home one of the prizes. Wish it had been me!
The exchange day to Withington didn't start off too well for those of us on the coach! When the
coach driver asks us for directions, you start to wonder how the day is going to go! But it turned out
wonderful and once again our thanks to Norah for the excellent organisation. The course was
good, if a trifle noisy, a warm welcome and great food, good company, what more can we ask for.
Then Invitation Day, another wonderful sunny day ending in a delicious meal prepared by Gaynor
and staff. The changing room was a little manic at times with 64 ladies trying to make themselves
even more beautiful, but we managed. A great time catching up with old friends and making new
The Mixed Foursomes on Bank Holiday Monday saw only 8 couples taking part, but the ones who
participated "enjoyed" the day and we finished it with a well deserved meal. Congratulations to
Kath and Malcolm who were the winners on the day. I am afraid I may have mentally scarred our
Vice Captain for life! It was his first, and probably his last, foray into mixed competition and suffice
to say my golf was not good! But we were still speaking at the end.
This Saturday we have the September medal, but it is also the rearranged President's Day for
Ladies. I hope the weather is kinder to us, and Mr President, than it was on the first attempt.
Leonie has also had a very successful month. You can catch up with all her news on her Facebook
page, Leonie Saffey.
Arrangements for the Fashion Show on Wednesday 5th October are under way. Posters will soon
be displayed and tickets will be available from myself or any committee member at a cost of £5.
Please put this date in your diary and come down for an evening of fashion, fun and entertainment,
especially when you see our own lovely ladies modelling in all their finery. All proceeds from the
night will be going towards my charity.
I know the AGM on 14th November seems a lot way away but our ladies' secretary, Jill, is busy
preparing the agenda as we speak. Jill will be sending the agenda and minutes out via email and
printed copies will be available on the evening, but if anyone who does not have a computer and
wants a copy prior to then, please let me know.
I am away for a week from 5th September, recharging my batteries for the last quarter of my term
as your Lady Captain. I really cannot believe how this year has flown. See you all on Saturday.
Lady Captain's July Newsletter
Apologies for this late July newsletter, it's been a very busy few weeks! I will keep it brief.
President's day for ladies, what a shame. I know Ken had gone to a lot of trouble to make
the day special for us, only to be beaten by the weather. It has now been rescheduled to
run alongside the September medal on 3rd September. I am sure we will all turn out to
play and enjoy the refreshments Mr President is providing after the game.
Lady Captain's Day, wow. I was thoroughly overwhelmed by your support, kindness and
generosity. I know I have already thanked you all, but, again thank you. I had a lovely day
and the evening was very special with my family being present, a lovely meal, listening to
the wonderful voice of Shea. You all seemed to enjoy the evening and thanks to all your
comments, Shea has now decided to branch out and offer his services to others! What
have I created, a diva in the making!
Lady Captain vs Lady Vice Captain, well what can I say? My team lost, but it is the taking
part that is important and we did have a lovely meal afterwards and a very sociable get
together. It was pointed out to me afterwards, that the LVC team were overloaded with
scratch players! All I can say is it proves I am a very honest person who did not "fix" the
draw 😉 . Wish I'd have thought about it!
Open week raffles were very profitable but with only a handful of volunteers. My thanks to
Hayley, Steph, Hilary, Judy G, Isabel, Chris, Sheila, Norah, Jill, Betty, and a couple of
outside helpers, Jess and Maisy. Apart from the Spring Buffet, the raffles are our only
source of income. This year we have spent money on the shower doors, subsidies for
sweaters, away day coach, team teas and petrol expenses. Manning the raffle desk is
good fun, ask anyone who helped out last week. Good chat, banter and the knowledge
that you have raised money towards Lady Captain's Charity.
Talking about LC charity, on Monday I met with Leonie and her gorgeous pony Jack. That
young lady is amazing, she sits ramrod straight on her saddle, you cannot believe her
spine is an S shape. But an operation is being scheduled for November to insert rods into
the spine to help straighten the spine and relieve pressure on her lungs. But her ambition
is to get back onto her pony and continue her training as soon as she can. I am so glad I
got to know about Leonie and that we, our ladies section, are helping this amazing young
lady to persue her dreams.
Lady Vice Captain's day on Saturday. I am sure Steph will have a wonderful day. It is a
very enjoyable time, friends and family coming together for you, an amazingly feeling.
Enough now, play well everyone, and most importantly, enjoy.
I think this month's newsletter should be subtitled: Achievements and Events!
Firstly, it has to be the Captains' Charity Day, what a resounding success. £6,725.75
raised for Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of so many people, too
many to mention, but you should all feel very proud of yourselves. On behalf of Mr Captain
and myself, thank you.
Our Welsh Team, Steph, Ann, Sue, Aly and Peta Lyn, did us proud in getting to the semi
finals in the Welsh Team Championship in Wenvoe Castle. It was not an easy course and
played in difficult conditions. Well done ladies. It also has to be said the caddies did a
wonderful job, not easy in such wet conditions and on a very hilly course. The team
couldn't have managed without them! Our Team Captain, Sue did a fantastic job arranging
the matches, transport and accommodation and, thanks to Hayley, Steph and social
media, we felt and appreciated your support from home. It is on our own home turf next
year, so we can turn out in force to show our support.
Our annual Tea Party is again being organised by our Welsh team ladies. This will take
place on Saturday 2 July between 3pm - 5pm at 14 Vicarage Fields Ruabon. The cost is
£5 per person and includes sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. Tickets are now
available.If anyone wishes to preorder a cake, please contact Jane Thomas. The cake will
be made to order on a date to suit. If you haven't been before , please do come, it is a
lovely sociable afternoon normally held outside in glorious sunshine!
Sue Dale is again attempting a gruelling bike ride on 28th August, raising money for my
charity and the Welsh Team expenses. A sponsor form is already on the notice board for
you to support. Good luck to you Sue. Anyone wishing to join Sue please don't hesitate to
get in touch!
I am now in the throes of organising Lady Captain's Day. Most of the prizes have been
bought, menu is being discussed with Gaynor and my flight has been booked! A list for
food choices will be on the notice board soon. I will also be running a Gentlemen's
competition which will be invitation only. Please ask your husbands/partners if they wish to
play to let you/me know as soon as possible, spaces are limited!
A few things coming up :
The Texas Scramble on 30th June. Jane Hurle will be doing the draw for teams on
Thursday, so if your name is not yet down, now is the time.
Going into July, apart from the normal golfing competitions, there will be the annual
"grudge" match between Lady Captain team vs Lady Vice Captain team on 19 July.
Anyone showing preference to LVC team will be penalised!
Our away day is on 16th August at Withington Golf Club near Manchester. A list is on the
notice board regarding transport. Would you please give it your urgent attention because if
a bus is required we will need to book it soon.
Good golfing everyone.
Another month has flown by. A month where we seem to have experienced all
seasons. But, hopefully, we can now look forward to better weather and better
I have hit the ground running since coming back from Portugal, straight into
raffle ticket selling at the men's open weekend, four meetings in three days,
and the continuation of organising the Charity Day with Mr Captain. I will need
another holiday soon! My thanks to Steph, Linda, Lizzie, Hayley, Betty, Jill
and Ann for their help with the raffles. Please, please Ladies, we do need
more volunteers to help out on these days. It is good fun and time to have a
friendly chat and banter. Please join my band of merry helpers.
Our new golfing colours are now in evidence around the club, and very smart
they look too. Unfortunately they have not brought much luck to our teams!
Maybe we should think again!
On a positive note Ann Thomas reported that the Ping Mixed against
Penmaenmawr at Denbigh was a win for VLGC. The next round to be played
by 20th June. Well done to them.
We have a Texas Scramble coming up at the end of June and this is an ideal
time for our ladies who are new to golf, or just a little nervous of entering the
competitions, to join in with us "oldies" ( as in golf not age!). I have arranged
with Gaynor to eat when we come in to make it a more sociable event.
On 15th June, our scratch team and their hardworking caddies travel down to
South Wales for the Welsh Team Championship. I am sure you will join with
me and wish them every success. Last year they reached the quarterfinals,
which was a great achievement and one which they hope to surpass this
year. Good luck, play well and, most importantly, enjoy.
Charity Day is nearly upon us. There are still a few tee times available if
anyone is considering putting in a team. Come and join Mr Captain and I in
the evening, tickets are £7.50 which includes a basket meal, disco and an
auction where you can bid for some great items, including signed and
authenticated framed tee shirts of Rory Mccilroy and Tiger Woods. Or how
about a canal boat for 12 people, a great day out with friends or family, a Spa
Day valued at up to £180 or a Carpet Cleaning service. Envelopes are
available over the bar if you want to put in a sealed bid for any of the items.
Leonie continues to go from strength to strength. You can follow all her riding
achievements via her Facebook page. I am organising a fashion show to
raise money for Leonie on 5th October so put this date in your diary for a
good evening out. If anyone has any ideas for fundraising or just social
events, please let me know.
My newsletters seem to be getting longer, so I will now sign off and wish you
all good golfing.
Bom Dia from sunny Algarve 🌞😎. I hear you all cursing me as you read this, but rest assured the weather is due to change 😔💦.
I haven't any notes with me, so please excuse me if I miss anything off this month's newsletter.
Once again a very successful evening and all thanks to you. It is always a very busy evening and I would like to thank, once again, all those ladies who turned up to help on the night. With your help and contributions we made nearly £600 which will go into our ladies section fund to help with team transport costs, sweaters subsidies to name but a few of our financial contributions. Once again a very big thank you to all.
April Medal: Silver Division winner Sue Dale, Bronze Division winner Hazel Mackey
Coronation Foursomes: Winners Meryl & Carole, Second place Hazel & Lizzie
Australian Spoons: Winners Carol & Edie, Second place Meryl & Carole
Garner Cup 1: Winner Carole, Second Linda Williams, Third Sue Parrish
Centenary Greensomes: Winners Carol & Rita, Second place Chris & Angela
Well done to you all.
Unfortunately our B teams haven't had a great start to the season losing home and away matches to Old Padeswood and away to Rhyl. But it is the competing in these matches that is the most important and my thanks must go to those ladies who take the time to participate. Well done to you.
Matt is holding his Professional's Day on Sunday 22 May. In my absence Steph and Chris have had a chat with Matt. They explained that many women don't play in the mixed club competitions as they feel they have no chance of winning, so he has agreed to run a women's comp. alongside the mens ....as long as we realise the prize value will be less than the men's because it is based on number of entries. As Matt is giving us his support in this, it would be nice to see us show our support for him and play in the comp. This year it is not a team event , everyone is playing an individual qualifier round in a 3 ball, therefore men and women can play together or all men or all women with no issues.
Entry will be £5 which includes 2's and nearest the pin prizes on all the par 3's. Plus entry to the longest drive comp. which will be held in the swing room ...he has agreed to a womens and mens comp. here too.
Prizes will be from his stock...you will be able to change anything you win if it is not suitable but not get a voucher or money back .
NOW, the difficult part! The comp opens on HDID at 4.30 on Friday 6th May and we need to be on the ball and book as soon as it opens otherwise the men will take most of the slots and we will be back to only a few ladies being able to play. So come on girls let's show them we are up for this.
The Opens are about to start and as usual the ladies section will be running raffles. I have already put up notices for helpers on the desk and to sell tickets and I look forward to your support, as they raise quite a bit of money, a percentage of which will be going to my charity, Leonie.
On a merry note, the VLGC Girls on Tour in Portugal, we all had a great time. We played golf on three courses, two very testing but very scenic. The last one was more manageable and enjoyable. A "small" amount of alcohol was consumed along with some very delicious food. All in all a great trip and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Norah for all her extremely well organised and hard work. Here's to next year.
I seem to have waffled on a bit so I will close now.
See you soon.
Lady Captain Newsletter
What a busy month it has been. It started off with food and drink, and ended with food and
drink. It's hard work being Lady Captain of a golf club!
The beginning of the month saw the Federation ladies arrive to play on a very wet, soggy
course that was closed. Fortunately after an hours delay the course was opened, albeit not
the full 18 holes, play commenced, and a good time was had with some good food being
enjoyed. What a hardy lot us golfers are, or some would say mad!
Our season started with the March medal. Winner of the Silver Division was Aly
Greenwood, winner of the Bronze Division Norah Pye.
The Millennium Plate was a closely contested comp with 3 players coming in with 33
points. Taking the Plate was Janet Stewart, followed by Lizzie Hart and Sonia Sales. This
was before Janet managed to fracture her ankle!
Our mid week Stableford was won by Margaret O'Sullivan, with our ladies' secretary Jill
Medcalf taking second place and Hilary Wells coming in third.
Well done Ladies.
Our last Wednesday pickup took place on Tuesday 15th March, and lo and behold, we
played! Yippee! 16 ladies turned up to play but unfortunately I had to sit this one out due to
my dicky back. Typical.
On Sunday 20th March, 26 ladies and gents turned up to play the last Sherry and Chocs.
They were rewarded with good company, delicious Cottage Pie and a little Easter treat.
This is a very enjoyable event in our calendar, warm and friendly companionship, and all
thanks to those who support it.
Our Ladies lunch was enjoyed by 38 ladies, a beautiful meal and a rainbow thrown in for
good measure. I try my best!
Once again our thanks must go to Gaynor and her great staff for looking after us so well.
The Spring Buffet food list is filling up nicely, donations have been made, ticket sales are
going well. May I kindly ask the ladies who are donating food to arrange for it to be at the
club by 6 o'clock so we can prepare the table. Thank you all.
As most of you will know, I decided to join with mr Captain and donate all the profits from
the captains charity day to Cystic Fibrosis, but any other monies I raise would be donated
to my own chosen charity. This year I have found an amazing young girl who suffers from
a very rare neuromuscular disorder called Multiple Pterygium Syndrome, Escobar type.
She is 14 years old, lives in my village and is a Para Dressage rider. Leonie and her pony,
Jack, have a number of achievements under their belt already and Leonie's goal is to ride
for Team GB in the Paralympics. Full details of her achievements so far and her medical
condition are now in the locker room. I hope to provide you with monthly updates of her
progress and future achievements. If anyone wants to help in any way to assist this plucky
young girl please let me know but I am sure I can look forward to your support in any
My next newsletter may be a bit delayed unless I can send it from sunny Portugal! LC
LADY CAPTAIN NEWSLETTER
Firstly the good news, Matt has now received the sweaters for you to try on for sizing. We have extended the ordering date to 1st April to give all ladies the chance to come down to the club. Would you please be aware that Matt has had to buy the sweaters and will be looking to sell them on afterwards, so please take care when handling.
The not so good news, our ladies Mail on Sunday Team lost to Mile End Golf Club with a nail biting finish, the last match going down the 19th. Well done Ann, Maggie, Jill, Carol and Aly for a closely contested match.
At last, we managed to play our Wednesday pickup last week, and a lovely day it was too. This year we have only managed three! The final pickup will be on TUESDAY 15th March. (But heyho as I am sending out this newsletter, it is raining, so it must be Wednesday!)
The Ladies Lunch will take place after Easter on 30 March, further details will be on the Captain's board shortly. All ladies are very welcome to attend this enjoyable social get together. Come on down and catch up on all the gossip!
Sherry and Chocs have fared better, with only a couple being cancelled. The annual S&C lunch will be after the last competition on 20th March. Gaynor is tempting us with a tasty Shepherds Pie, or was it a Cottage Pie!? Details on the board soon.
The St David's Day dinner was very enjoyable , excellent food and good company, accompanied by a glass of wine (or two!). The magician was amazing and very entertaining.
March sees the start of some serious golf competitions. OMG the thought of 18 holes! Firstly we have the March medal this coming Saturday, followed by Millennium Plate on 12th and Stableford on the 29th. A very busy month. Good luck to you all.
The Spring Buffet this year is slightly later, 16th April, but I will be putting up posters, and the food and donation lists, shortly. Tickets will also be available from committee members at this time at a cost of £8.
Most of you will have seen the slight change to our ladies room by now. I think you will agree it makes the room more accessible and seem more spacious. Also check out the showers, we now have louvre doors installed. A big thanks from me to Jill for spending hours varnishing them, a bigger job than anticipated!
As usual, if you have any problems or comments to make, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Many thanks and good golfing.
Sandra, Lady Captain
It would be a shame to not continue with a Lady Captain's Newsletter so here goes:-
January has come and gone in a flash. Starting with the drive in, what a lovely friendly
sociable day that was. It was a shame the competition didn't go ahead but I must admit I
for one was not too disappointed that we did not have to play in the wet conditions. I thank
you all for my gifts, cards, kind words and also your support. It really does mean a lot to
Sherry and Chocs didn't start off too well, course closed due to heavy rain. The second
and third weeks fared better with 9 people braving the elements on each day. However
Sunday 24th found 18 people raring to tackle the course. Unfortunately due to the dreaded
lurgy still causing me problems, I reluctantly decided not to play.
The Wednesday pickups have proved very popular again, with the promise of 3 points on
the league table for just turning up and being sociable being the main attraction! Keep it
By now you will all have had my email regarding the new club colour. I realise that it will
not be to everyone's liking and for that I apologise. It is very difficult to find a colour that will
please 60+ ladies and one that is to last for a number of years. But I think you will all agree
it will look very smart.
The House and Social committee have two social events coming up. A 6 Nations Rugby
Bash on 6th February, this is a casual evening with rugby attire being the theme of the
night. Get your (clean) rugby songs ready. The tickets are on sale over the bar at a price of
£7.50 to include 2 or 3 meal choices. The other, more formal, evening will be St David's
Day Dinner on 1st March. This is the time for us ladies to get glammed up and for the men
to dust off their dinner jackets. Tickets will be available shortly, together the menu.
Let us all hope February treats us kindly and allows us to play some good golf.
See you soon.
Lady Prizewinners 2015
Dr Roberts Rose Bowl
Ladies Club Championship
Ladies Handicap Cup
Sue Dale & Margaret O'Sullivan
Norah Pye & Zoe Ellis
Roy Sales & Sonia Sales
Alan Mackey & Hazel Mackey
Mixed Morris Cup
Stefan Koscinski & Meryl Koscinska
Brian Gresty & Janet Gresty
Lady Captains Newsletter - November 2015
As I write, there are fireworks exploding into colourful glittery stars in the night sky!!! At one point I thought it may be New Years Eve and they were my Fireworks which I’ll be setting off at the end of my Captaincy – only joking – anyway there are 56 days until 31St December!
For the first time in a while the House and Social group have organised a “do” for New Year’s Eve, but it’s only going ahead if enough people support it by buying their tickets in advance. The deadline for this is fast approaching so if you are interested then, go and get your ticket now!
All our Turkey Trots are completed and we have been so lucky to have played them in a warm and mainly dry October. Our fixture list is very sparse now, but we still have 4 more mid week pick-ups, with the final one on December 2nd. The Wednesday Winter League table at the halfway stage is displayed on the notice board. Also, we have two Saturday pick-ups scheduled for November 28th and December 5th.
Just a reminder that next week the pick-up is on Tuesday 10th. After we’ve played I’ve requested help in cleaning the trophy’s in readiness for Presentation night. If you are free to come down (even if not to play) then “many hands make light work” and all help is appreciated.
The Golf may be slowing down but there are quite a few events coming up:-
Monday November 16th our Ladies AGM starts at 7PM. I hope to see as many of you as can make it and invite you to have coffee and Mince Pie following the meeting. Presentation night is on Wednesday 18th and those up for prizes will be sent an e-mail from the office. I look forward to handing the prizes to all the winners.
The Annual Dinner is on November 21st Cost is £25 per person and Phil or Gaynor are taking names and menu choices. Our Ladies Christmas Dinner is on Friday 4th December and the menu choice list is up on the notice board in the locker room.
This will be my final newsletter. I have tried to make them informative and enjoyable to read and hope you think that I achieved that for you. In a month’s time we will all be enjoying our Christmas Dinner and I do have a few surprises up my sleeve for the evening................
Lady Captains Newsletter- October 2015
I have just finished “swapping” my spring/summer golf paraphernalia for the autumn/winter versions! My golf bag now contains warm hats and winter gloves, hand warmers and hip flask and the essentials required to keep me cosy and warm during the coming months. In contrast to the previous months, I may not play as many times (or even as many holes) – but I’ll be there!! As I hope you will be too.
There is a lot to look forward to in October. The four Turkey Trot competitions, our final medal of this year which incorporates the medal winner’s prize (Oct 10th) and the Seniors Section host the autumn meeting with us Ladies (Oct 22nd).
14th October is the first of the “Wednesday Ladies “a weekly event which runs up to 2nd December. This year I am going to create a League Table of all players who play on a Wednesday. Points will be given for a) turning up -3pts, b) being in a winning team - 5pts, c) being in a second placed team 3pts, and d) being in a third placed team-2pts. I will record this information and display it on the notice board in the form of a league table. Prizes will be awarded at the Christmas Dinner.
When I joined the club I never understood why the ladies section changed their day from a Tuesday to a Wednesday in the winter months. If anyone can let me know the reason, or give a reason why we shouldn’t change it to a Tuesday from 2016, then, please let me know.
Congratulations to the Knock-Out Finals winners: - Steph Evans (Championship), Aly Greenwood (Handicap), Norah Pye and Zoe Ellis (Steward Shield) and Sue Parish (Aston Cup). Well done to you all and also well done to the runners up, Sue Dale, Hazel Mackey, Sue Dale and Margaret O’Sullivan and Jane Thomas. I look forward to giving you your prizes on Presentation Night November 18th
Also coming up in November is our Ladies AGM- on Monday 16th- a date for your diaries. There is a notification posted on the board in the locker room and forms you can use if you want to make a proposal /resolution to be put forward at this year’s AGM.
Our last opportunity to raise money towards supporting our shield teams is at the Men’s Better Ball Open on Friday 23rd October. At the moment it is very well subscribed and the first tee is at 9.27am. So I need ladies to volunteer to sell raffle tickets for an hour (or two) from 8.45am that day through to approximately 12.30pm. I find the direct approach works better than putting up a notice, so please let me know if you are able to help on the day.
Sadly, our last Ladies Open this year which takes place on Saturday November 7th is not very well subscribed to. There is still a month to go so things may improve. It is a 14 hole Better Ball so if you like this format and feel like bringing a friend, make sure to enter. I will be asking for volunteers to man the desk nearer the time.
It’s now Sunday morning and the sun is shinning. I’m off play in the 1st Turley Trot dressed in long trousers and woolly jumper...Mmmmm, hope I won’t be too warm and haven’t switched too soon!!!
Lady Captains Newsletter Aug 2015
I am so grateful to all of you who donated to my charity on Lady Captain’s Day, and to all who brought gifts and cards. I am overwhelmed by both your kindness and generosity. St Christopher’s School for children with learning difficulties will benefit by £302.78 from that day. Thank-you.
I have some wonderful memories from my day and also some brilliant photographs. I will place the photographs in an album and bring it with me on Saturday (Lady Vice Captains Day) so you can all have a look (and a laugh!!)
My thanks also go to Mr. President, Ken Williams, who gave the Ladies Section an excellent Presidents Day for Ladies. The tea was scrumptious and he brought his own inimitable style to his presentation. How is he going to top that next year???
I am pleased to say that the Lady Captains Team was victorious in the annual match against LVC’s team and although we were down on the number of participants this year a good time was had by all.
August is no less busy than July. Sandra’s Lady Vice captain’s day is this Saturday 8th and I’ve just heard the weather forecaster say it’s going to be a glorious day....and I’m sure it will be!!!
Next Tuesday 11th is Invitation Day, an excellent opportunity to entertain our friends and give them the pleasure of playing our course. The meal will be Roast Beef dinner with seasonal vegetable followed by a choice of dessert at £12.50 per person. If there are any vegetarian or other dietary requirements please inform Gaynor before the day.
The following week our second exchange day this year is to Market Drayton. We are not having a bus, so Norah has put up a notice about car-share for those who need a lift. We want everyone who wants to go to be able to do so. If you are able to offer a lift please make it known so that those requiring a lift can be accommodated.
Our Captains Charity Day is on September 2nd and as in previous years it is combined with MEGA day. Mr. Captain and I are doing as much as possible to make this a success.
All the details about entering the competition is on the website, we just need more entries!! It would be great if you can get a group together and enter a team.
We are also selling raffle tickets within the club at £1 each, there are lots of prizes and the list of these is on the notice in the locker room.
The MEGA entertainers are providing the evenings performances and as usual there will be a mixture of music and comedy. More information on how to get tickets for the evening either with a meal or performance only will be sent via the club emails and “Views of the Vale “
I hope you all enjoy August, whether it is holidays or golf days, it is the last month of “summer” and I hope it is a good one for all of you.
Hayley – Lady Captain.
Captains Newsletter -June 2015.
My newsletters are usually a look back at the previous month; this is different, in as much that this is more about what’s coming up in the future.
The highlight of June has to be The Ladies Welsh Team Championships, which this year was held at Builth Wells Golf Club. Our team of Steph Evans, Ann Thomas, Sue Dale, Peta-Lynn Cheze, and Aly Greenwood played really well and got through to the Quarter Finals where unfortunately they were knocked out by Royal St David’s. I am very proud of our ladies and of their caddies, Jane Thomas (team reserve), Sandra (Lady Vice), Carol Demmer and Rita Abbott. To get through to the last 8 in WALES is a terrific achiement..Well done Team!!!! I have printed off the report from the GUW website and posed it on the team notice board so that everyone can read it.
As I write there is just 10 days to my Lady Captains Day and I am in the throes of planning and arranging the day. I want to make sure that everyone who is able to attend the Dinner has entered their menu selection and also if any of your husband’s/partners who want to play in the Gentlemen’s Comp have put their names on the sheet. So, you have until this Saturday (July 11th Mr Presidents Day for Ladies) at which time the lists come down. I expect you all have been busy making your “Fancy Hat” and I am looking forward to seeing them all.
Mr President has arranged for those playing in his competition this Saturday (11th July) to be given refreshments when they come in after their game and he plans to do his prize presentation as soon as possible after the final group has come into the clubhouse.
There is still time to get your name down for Lady Captain vs. Lady Vice Captain Competition (Tuesday 21st July) the draw for team/matches including Tee times will take place next Tuesday 14th and the details will be posted shortly afterwards.
The first of this year’s Ladies Opens is on Monday 27th July. We run this one ourselves so I am looking for volunteers to :- man the registration desk, sell raffle tickets, look after the halfway house and the locker room , and also just to “meet and greet” visiting ladies and answer any questions they may have. We also need starters on the first Tee. Please contact me directly and let me know if you can help with any of the tasks listed. Thank You!
The only way we get income for our Ladies Section is through the Spring Buffet and selling raffle tickets at opens. My experience this year is that most ladies “hate” selling raffle tickets all I can say is that it is better if two ladies do it together and even better if they do a few hours and then another pair takes over. So the more volunteers we have the easier it is for all concerned. There are two further opportunities in Open week; they are, Sunday 26th (Mixed) and Wednesday 29th (Men’s) if anyone can help on these days please let me know.
It will cost around £390 for the Coach to our Exchange Day trip to Market Drayton in August, so before committing to spend this we want to get some idea how many of you would want to travel by coach. Please fill the notice in the locker room even if your choice is “No”.
Lots to look forward to this month!!!
Hayley. Lady Captain
Lady Captains Newsletter -- May 2015
I think we should re-name the month “Match”!!
This month saw the start of the Challenge Shield Matches. Our teams have been busy competing, although it might not have seemed that way as just 3 were played at home. However there were 7 away matches. The A team have been to Anglesey and to Abersoch. The B Team have travelled to Nefyn and Porthmadog. The Scratch team have been to Harlech, Mold and Ruthin. Most of North Wales covered in fact, and in a period when the weather was not so good. Thanks to Sue Dale and Lizzie Hart for their hard work and the organisation involved. Also to all the players (you know who you are) for giving their time and commitment to represent our club.
The first of the Ladies and Mixed Friendly Matches took place this month. Both were home matches, well done to Betty Williams and Sandra –Lady Vice for the smooth running of both events.
We welcomed the Golf Union of Wales to VLGC to host the Welsh Ladies Amateur Championship. The final match between Chloe Williams (Wxm GC) and Katherine O’Conner was thrilling to watch with Katherine winning on the 16th. Both of these players have been selected to play in the Welsh Team competing in European Team Championship this year. There is a write-up about it on GUW website. GUW were very complimentary about the course and the help and assistance they received from the ladies section. Thanks to Jez and his team the course was immaculate. Thanks to Fances Reeve and Sandra- Lady Vice for being “live scoring” volunteers. Thanks to Carol Demmer for being the official Photographer on the day, quite a few of her action shots were used. I am very proud of Ann Thomas, Steph Evans and Aly Greenwood for taking part in the competition and of all the ladies who came along to show their support for the event. Thank you all.
Those of us that went on the exchange day to Brookfield GC all enjoyed ourselves. Congratulations to the winning teams. Well done to Norah Pye for organising the day and for wearing the “Birthday Hat” with such style.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the help and assistance I’ve been given by ladies during May. To name names:- For painting the locker room- Jill Medcalf, Frances Reeve, Maggie Hopkins and Anne Parker. For Raffle Ticket duties- Shelia Walsh, Maggie Hopkins, Sonia Sales, Angela Hewitt, Linda Williams and Judy Griffiths.( I will be requiring help for this at the Mixed Open taking place on Sunday June 28th so if anyone can spare some time please let me know.)
I was very shocked and upset to hear about the sudden hospitalisation of both Judy Pierson and Cora Ellis, thankfully both ladies are on the mend from their operations and improving. On the ladies section’s behalf I have sent them cards and our love and best wishes.
I am in the process of planning my Lady Captain’s Day and have decided to have a “Fancy Hat” competition on the day (18th July) for which I will award special prizes...maybe even a cup! All you need to do to enter is makeover an old hat of any description/style in any way you want, and then be photographed wearing it when you come to the pro shop to register on the day. Prizes will be awarded after dinner in the evening. It’s not compulsory to enter but the more the merrier.
Lastly our ladies will be competing at the Welsh Team Championships at Builth Wells in mid June and I’m sure you will all want to join with me in wishing them “Good Luck”.
Roll on Summer....
Hayley, Lady Captain.
Lady Captain’s Newsletter April 2015
At the start of the month my handicap had gone up to 21 and I was back in the Bronze Division! I’d been trying to avoid this happening throughout all last year, but failed miserably in the first qualifying competition this year! Then, low and behold, two weeks later I had one good game and I’m back down to 20 and in Silver again. As soon as I stopped trying, it happened! Hmmm, a motto in there somewhere perhaps!
At the start of the month the weather improved and it was great over Easter and for a few weeks afterwards. Summer golf attire reappeared and some ladies were brave enough to be wearing shorts and skorts and sleeveless tops!!! Not me..I just about managed to drive to the club one day wearing my cut-offs, and soon decided in the car park whilst getting my clubs ready that my waterproof trousers were going on!!! That day I watched as some ladies tanned legs and arms began to change during the round to a blue/grey colour. The last week of the month has brought quite a change again; I was wearing my thermal vest to play on Tuesday!! Snow in Llandrillo and on the hills was the topic of conversation in the locker room. Brrrr. What a difference in the space of one month.
We are back in “full swing” with our competitions and I have enjoyed seeing the Birdie Tree start to sparkle. I have had to find a longer hook for hole No2.... so many birds landed there!!! The Ladies and Seniors competition was very well attended and all had a good time and a lovely meal afterwards.
The Golf Union of Wales is holding their Ladies Amateur Championship at our club this year from 16TH to 19th May. There is a write up about it on their website and I’ve put a copy of this on the notice board for all to see. The Competition format is:-Saturday 16Th - all competitors register and go out for a practice round. Sunday 17Th - 36 holes stroke play with the first tee off at 8am. They play 18, have a 40min break and then go out again. Monday 18th – 36 hole match play. Tuesday 19th – 36 hole match play (semi final and finals for championship and plate) Presentation will be held outside if weather fine, if not, in the clubhouse lounge.
Steph, Aly and Ann have entered the competition and it will be great if you could come along and support them, as well as being able to watch some of the best amateur ladies golfers from Wales.
Also, on the same weekend Matt has arranged for one of the leading ladies golf brands (Catmandoo) coming down with their full range of clothing for spring/summer and some items for autumn/winter. There will be reductions on almost all items so bargains to be had. Well done Matt for doing this!
Matts Professionals day Competition is on May 24th. It is a 4 Person Am-Am (Best 2 scores to count) Stableford, 3/4 handicap allowance. Gents off white tees, Ladies off red, Ladies to receive 1 courtesy shot as playing off the Gents SI and Par. Teams can be any combination. Booking for this comp goes live on Howdidido on May 8th if you want to enter.
I’ve put a Notice up requesting for help in selling raffle tickets at Opens in May if anyone has time to spare it will be gratefully received. The money we raise by doing raffles at Opens goes towards paying for Team Transport allowances and food subsidy.
On the weekend of the Men’s Open – 9th and 10th of May , in the afternoon of both days, I will be painting the ladies locker room and if by any chance you are able to come along to lend a hand then please do as I would be very happy to have some help. Thanks.
Lady Captains Newsletter March 2015
When I look back at this month I am reminded of the old saying that if March comes in like a lamb, then, it goes out like a lion!! Of course this was referring to the weather but I’m applying it to organising three events in the last week of the month! The winter comps have come to an end and the clocks have gone forward as we now look forward to the golf season proper.
Our Mail on Sunday team played at Wrexham Golf Club on Sunday 1st March, but unfortunately lost 3/2. It was a cold rainy day and back home the Sherry and Chocs comp was abandoned due to rain.
On 5th March we welcomed the ladies of The Federation on their usual visit to our club. I am pleased to say that when I’ve spoken with many of those who played that day, they were very complimentary about our course. Well done Jez and his staff.
The March medal was won by :-( Silver) Margaret O’Sullivan and (Bronze) Meryl Koscinska .Well done ladies!!
The following week we played for The Millennium Plate and congratulations go to Lizzie Hart who will be presented with the trophy at our AGM.
The final Sherry and Chocs of this year took place on 22nd March. We played in glorious sunshine and the game was followed by a Hot Pot/Cottage Pie lunch which 27 attended. We ended the meal by having our sherry and finishing off all the remaining chocolates. There is nothing quite like the friendly, warm atmosphere of Sherry and Chocs and I hope you all support it next year.
Our annual Ladies Lunch was last Tuesday 24th and attended by 35 ladies. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Gaynor and her Staff. Thank-you Gaynor. It was lovely to get together again with ladies we haven’t seen for some time and also catch up with some of our social members.
Finally the Spring Buffet. 80+ attended last night and so many people told me what a great night they’d had and how wonderful the food was. As I said in my speech, our ladies have surpassed themselves in the amount of time, effort and cost to achieve the most amazing Buffet. Thank you also to those who generously gave a donation to enable us to purchase additional items. There are so many to thank, individuals who excelled themselves this year. I want to praise the Ladies who turned up to the club at 6pm to help set up and prepare the Buffet table, and the Easter Raffle team. I am very proud of you.
The first comp of our season start is on Tuesday when we play the Stableford. If you were not at the Lunch when I gave details of reintroducing the Birdie Tree, there are details on the desk in the locker room. I am looking forward to seeing birds “land” on the tree!!!
Dates for your diaries:-
April 30th This is when Jane Carter from Golf Development Wales will be giving a talk at the club. April 14th Ladies Taster evening. Matt is starting ladies taster lessons. 6 group lessons for £20.
Showers. The new showers have been fitted and sometime this month new Bi-fold doors will be replacing the shower curtains
I will be taking a trip to Anglesey with my family for a week over Easter, so I hope you all have a good Easter weekend.
Hayley, Lady Captain.
Lady Captains Newsletter- February 2015
February has been a quiet month but the weather has been kinder to us. We have had very little frost and the beginning of the month was mild therefore more golf has been played, which is a good thing....?? Our Lady Vice Captain returned from sunny Lanzarote looking tanned and relaxed. Great! Now Sandra is here to stand in for me whilst I:-
# Play golf in the Federation at Prestatyn......Brrrrrrrr sooo cold and having spent weeks of putting on frost holes, a shock to the system (and confidence) putting on proper greens!
# Knowing the Sunday Sherry and Chocs is in safe hands, have a long weekend away with my grandchildren......lovely!!! Except that is for the weather which apart from preventing us from going out for a coastal path walk, also stopped play from going ahead on the course.
Wednesday Ladies. We managed to play on all the Wednesdays this month. Our competition is over 12 holes but quite a few players carried on and did 18 on some occasions. It was very nice to see some ladies for the first time this year and welcome back to others who have had holidays. Please make a note for your diary that the final Wednesday Ladies is in fact on Tuesday 17th March
Sherry and Chocs. A good turn out again this month on all occasions. On one Sunday I didn’t play and had the pleasure of presenting the prizes to the winners at the men’s morning pick-up. It was good to see so many of our men turning up for this event which starts at 8.30am every Sunday.
The last Sherry and Chocs takes place on Sunday 22nd of March, which as usual will be followed by our end of session meal. This year the meal will be a Hot-Pot.
Saturday Pick-up The first time this year for most of us to play 18 holes on a very mild Saturday morning. Like myself, most ladies had come dressed for cold, and the sun shone and the wind dropped so we were all too hot!!!
March Competitions: - Medal on Saturday 7th, Millennium Plate Stableford on Saturday 14th and Ladies March Stableford on Tuesday 31st. The latter being the opening comp of our 2015 season. Three opportunities to put a card in!!!! Winter rules are now returned to normal winter rules– don’t forget!
Our pre-season Ladies Lunch will take place on Tuesday 24th March. (Please note this is a change to the date shown in the fixture list. All ladies are very welcome and it’s a great way to meet socially and catch up with what’s going on!!
The Spring Buffet. Saturday Evening March 28th.
This ever popular event which the Ladies Section organise to raise funds will no doubt be filled up again as it was last year. 86 attended last year and we have limited numbers this year to 90. Tickets are available from Ladies Committee members and from behind the bar. The food list and donation sheet are posted in our locker room so if you can make or buy anything we need or would like to make a donation towards our additional purchases please fill in the appropriate sheet. Thank-you.
Showers- we now have new shower units and the hot/cold water system has been completely overhauled. Watch out when you turn on the taps!!
Lastly, congratulations to our Professional, Matt and his wife Jocelyn who are expecting their second baby in June.