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challenge match 2021

cumberwell park   12/10/21


When Judith Elford threw down the gauntlet to challenge the Society in early 2019, little did we think the match wouldn’t take place until October 2021!!  Not only that, I was a little concerned with it being so late in the year, that the weather would be against us.  How wrong I was!!

We arrived at Henbury to a very warm welcome from Helen Grove who was captaining the day, the Lady Captain, Mary Martin, and all the ladies from Henbury.  We enjoyed our pre-match coffee etc sitting on the terrace in the sunshine, with no thoughts of needing waterproofs during the day. 

For those of us, like me, who had not played Henbury before, it was a wonderful experience and a lovely course.  My particular match with Suzy ‘play the wrong ball’ Unwin as my partner against Helen Grove and Lesley Gillon was great fun and a very closely fought affair.  We certainly played at speed with Lesley encouraging us not to waste time – we weren’t quite running from green to tee, but she kept us going at a slick pace!!

We enjoyed a lovely meal after the event and it was so good to hear the buzz of conversation and laughter once again.

I am delighted to announce that Judith’s gauntlet was not that strong, as the Ladies Captains won 5 1/2 – 2 1/2, a great end to our season. 

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away day 2021

cumberwell park   27/09/21

                

 the reds are in town!                                         

                                                   

                     2nd place: Sue, Jill & Helen                                                                                                     the winners: pauline, janie & jane

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GLCGS V SOMERSET

LONG ASHTON GOLF CLUB   21/09/21

We received a very warm welcome from all the staff at Long Ashton when we arrived on a beautiful morning for our match against Somerset.  Thanks to Rosemary Lawson who liaised with the Club so that we could hold our first match there in many years/if ever.  I was delighted to be able to include this lovely golf course in our schedule this year.
I am delighted to advise that overall we won, with some stunning results.  3 matches were won on 13th, one on 14th, with the remainder being much closer affairs.  As always, the 2nd caused some issues with lost balls – such a challenging hole so early in the round.  It is definitely a course of two halves, with the front being much quirkier than the back.  The greens are a challenge - we had been warned!!!!
As we are now more casual about whether we change or not for our meal, we were able to bring this forward so that we were away at a good time, as some had quite a distance to travel – but I am sure everyone felt it was worth the mileage.

Result – GLCGS won 5 - 3

Jan Axten-Rice

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glcgs v gloucestershire men's captains

puckrup hall golf club 31/08/2021

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Bearing in mind it was still August, the weather could have been more summery as 16 ladies and 16 Gloucestershire Men’s Captains tackled the trees on the first hole – some with more success than others!!  Thanks to Les Spice who acted as our starter for the day.
The course was at its fiery summer best with the men complaining about the balls bouncing too far and the ladies loving the extra roll.  This resulted in some very close matches and much hilarity.  Sefton Hooton and Ros Fenney ended up buying wine for their opponents, which was the bet on the first tee.
After the match with the men donning jackets and ties and the ladies (for once) dressing up, we enjoyed a meal with the wine provided by the men.  Dereck Buttler (Broadway) said grace and then asked the men to raise their glasses in a toast to the ladies – all very right and proper!!!!
Sadly, we lost 3 – 5 with Lynn Relph and Jane Barrett winning their match and 4 halving, it was a close-run thing!

Jan Axten-Rice

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glcgs v  lady vets

thornbury golf club 13/08/2021

                 

Well, the BBC got it wrong!!!  On the way down the M5 at 8.30am the presenter on Radio 2 assured me that there would be some showers in the north and west of Scotland but otherwise everywhere else would be dry – who was he kidding – it could have been 1st April!!!!

So as the rain began lashing down, 40 ladies arrived at Thornbury and there was a high level of chatter with old friends meeting up again for the first time in a while.  It was so good to see.  I’m afraid there is no 1st Tee photo as waterproofs, umbrellas and hats are not a good look!!

Anyway, to the golf.  It was a tight match, with all the pairings having close contests which were played in great spirit with reports of much fun and hilarity on the course – added to by a few blown over trolleys and umbrellas that have now been consigned to the bin.  As the round progressed the rain stopped, we dried out and ended the day in lovely sunshine.

The staff at Thornbury were extremely busy with 4 different events being held, including a wedding, but we enjoyed our meal and managed to get together for the presentation of the Rose Bowl.  Lorna Sparkes donated this in her Captain’s Year and it was lovely to have her with us to present it.

Sadly, it has been passed to the Vets who won 7 – 3.

Jan Axten-Rice

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GLCGS v wiltshire

tracy park golf club  27/07/21

Our second match of the year did not have an auspicious start, as I had muddled the dates.  However, thanks to the ladies of Wiltshire rearranging various events we were able to play a full team on each side.

As someone who had never played Tracy Park before (which is why I picked it) I thought the course (Cromwell) was beautiful.   The bunkers could have done with some work and the greens are suffering from diseased areas, but they were running true which was a good thing bearing in mind the slopes on them.  It reminded me of The Himalayas at St Andrews, the Ladies Putting Club putting green.

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There are some beautiful trees to cause problems – I am threatening to add to my 13 clubs by putting a chainsaw in my bag!!!  There is a great variety of different holes and plenty of ditches to keep you on your toes.  I understand the other course (The Crown) is equally nice, and somewhat flatter.

The forecast was not good, but we only suffered one heavy storm and then dried out before the end of the golf.  A good job we weren’t later as the heavens opened!!

As the results came in it was obvious that most of the matches were fairly close and the final result was a draw.

We enjoyed a very nice meal afterwards and it was great to be sitting at 2 long tables again – quite a novelty after the last 18 months.

Jan Axten-Rice

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GLcgs V dorset

YEOVIL GOLF CLUB 08/07/21

This was my first match as Lady Captain and with the uncertainties regarding overseas travel, the initial entries were low.  But the Society, as I knew it would, rallied to my emergency plea a couple of months ago and I ended up with a full complement, plus several reserves.  Thank you all so much.

My query with regard to this match was why we were playing at Yeovil Golf Club.  After all, my geography teacher would have been horrified if I thought Yeovil was in Dorset!  It turns out that it is actually exactly on the border, and the course itself is in Dorset!  What a beautiful course it is too.  Parkland with lots of different and interesting holes and beautifully mature trees.  It was quite hilly too, so I think we all felt we'd had a good walk by the end of the round.

We received a very warm welcome from the Dorset ladies, who had organised some lovely weather.  After the last week or so of torrential rain it was lovely to be playing in shirt sleeves in the sun.  My playing partner Helen Treasure and I had a ding-dong of a match, as did several other pairs, with one spectacular win by Barbara Smyth and Pat Furley (7 & 5). 

The day was rounded off with a lovely meal and it was good to hear the volume of chat around the room.  It was so satisfying to be able to get back to some normality at last.

As for the result, sadly we lost 5-3, but as we were all playing a course we didn't know against ladies who had mostly played the course several times, I feel we acquitted ourselves very well.  Let's see how they get on with the Chipping Sodbury ditches next year!!

One tip - I was reliably informed that Sherborne Golf Club, which is only a few miles away, is also a lovely course, so a trip to that area for a couple of rounds might be worth considering if you are looking for a mini break.

Jan Axten-Rice

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2021 SUMMER MEETING

WE'RE BACK!! (our first event since 2019!)

    


I received a text from Jan around 7am to say a bright sunny day had dawned at Puckrup Hall after a mixed forecast, and, with fingers crossed, fine weather continued all day - 39 ladies took part from 18 Gloucestershire clubs.

Lady Captain Jan had wonderful support from her members.  The starter, previous Men's Captain Gary Eckersley, did a grand job of directing us all on to the first fairway.  Plenty of ball spotters were in all of the necessary places around the course, which was in excellent condition.

Mike Mancktelow sorted the cards and results as he does every year, thank goodness!

The Halfway House was full to the brim with lovely homemade sweet and savoury delights from Jan and her lady members, plus cold drinks, tea and coffee.  All were enjoyed by the playing ladies passing by the 8th and 13th holes.  £120 was raised to be split between the Cheltenham Scanner Appeal and Dementia Care.

Afterwards there was a very relaxed and sociable atmosphere and it was lovely to see so many people taking advantage of the sunshine with a glass of wine or two on the terrace.

The day could be summed up as a great success due to the hard work and organisation of our Captain Jan.  Thank you for hosting such an enjoyable event!

Mel

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