Lady Captain – Gilly Briant
It is only when you embark on an enterprise that you fully appreciate all the efforts of those who have filled the same shoes beforehand, so particular thanks to Joanna Croker who lead us so well last year and continues to devote her time and energies to the ladies section in organising the Ladies Tour which takes place at the end of this month. Thank you also to Janice Brackenridge who has come off the Ladies Committee having served long and faithfully, to Valeska Maclachlan and to Valerie Ghent for their time as secretary and social secretary respectively and for all the hard work they have all put in to the committee.
Going forward we are fortunate to continue to have Madge Corbitt at the helm of club finances, Susie McHugh, Lindy Ratner, and Martha Hernandez marketing the club, and the new ladies committee of Jane Britton as vice captain (with special responsibilities for Surrey golf liaison), Joanna as past captain, Lindy as social secretary and treasurer (as well as academician-in-chief) and Merlyn Law as Secretary (with special responsibilities for the locker room, birdie tree and Pearson squad), to say nothing of Liz de Bay orchestrating the Bridge section. The Ladies section is alive and well and making a major contribution in many ways to the life of the club.
Mary Forster Bowl–our crack team of Jo Elder, Madge, Jane B and Valerie went through to the National Finals on 23rd April and came third so our congratulations to them and to all who played in the earlier rounds. See a full account and smiley photo here!
Surrey Centenary Foursomes–Jane B and I came through the second round at home on 13th April beating Horton Park and we go on to do battle against Wimbledon Park in the next round later in May.
Daily Mail Foursomes–sadly Joanna and I did not fare so well in our third round match against the Downs on 2nd May coming in a damp second…but there is always next year again!
Our Spring Meeting on 19th April was well attended with Carole Munn achieving a staggering 43 points (her handicap has since been cut) followed by Joanna with 39 points and an enjoyable time had by all.
The Ladies Invitation Day on 3rd May saw 14 home players invite 14 of their friends to enjoy the course and stay on for Gill’s delicious fish pie and pecan delight–just as well both were fortifying as it was chilly and wet at times on the course. We missed Jill Burton and her friend, following Jill’s broken ankle, but she is hoping (hopping?) still to make it up to the club for the Monday bridge afternoons.
Instead of glassware, the prizes this year were aluminium water bottles with the club’s logo emblazoned, and these went to Valeska and her friend Elaine Halligan as the overall winners and a second one to Valeska for the longest drive, and one to Martha for closest to the pin. Valeska tells me that to avoid over hydration (or perhaps to stop her looking like an Australian bushman with the equivalent of corks hanging from his hat in the shape of multiple dangling water bottles), that she will be affixing one bottle to her clubs in Oxford!
|Ladies Invitational Day winners Elaine Halligan and Valeska Maclachlan.
May sees the start of our friendly matches, with Epsom on the 25th and I am hoping that some of those who may not think themselves ready to embark on facing external opposition will reconsider and offer to play in this and later matches. A great way to be paired up with an experienced fellow home player and go out as a pair to face friendly opponents, as this is a good training ground for those who might like to play in the Pearson squad in the autumn, as well as being a fun afternoon in itself.
We also have lots to look forward to with the Kiwi Cup and the Club Championships, and the Team Challenge in June, so keep playing and above all keep enjoying it!
–Gilly Briant, Lady Captain 2017-2018