Lady Captain – Gilly Briant
2nd June 2017
The merry month of May has now finished but not without leaving some abiding memories. The first is of our former ladies captain Lynne Mikhelson who passed away peacefully last month and whose funeral is on Wednesday 7th. She leaves behind her husband Nic, and many friends who will all have their own special recollections of her bubbly personality and warmth, but all of whom must be relieved for her that her suffering has now ended.
The second more recent, and happier, memory is of the Ladies Tour which took place earlier this week at the Dale Hotel in East Sussex. Those who braved the road works on the A21 were rewarded with two challenging golf courses, some spectacular scenery and a warm camaraderie amongst all the ladies. A very big tribute to all the organisation of Joanna Croker as the Tour Officiando and to Madge Corbitt who masterminded the golfing competitions (and to some “friend(s)” who awarded me the Wally of the Day hat to wear immediately on arrival!) and all of our thanks to both of them for all their hard work and willing service to us all.
On the first day we had a Texas Scramble and this was won by Jo Elder and her team of Carole Munn, Maggie Harris and Carlyn Bevan with Anna O'Neill and her team of Sarah Pryce, Mari Blake, and Vicki Myers as runners up. The second day saw the return of the ever popular bling ball competition and this was won by Morag Nicolson, Maggie Harris, Judy James and myself, with Jane Britton and her team of Eileen Goldschmidt, Mari and Vicky as runners up. (Madge deserves a mention in despatches as her team mate had hit their bling ball into the water and all presumed it resting in a watery grave but unpeturbed, when Madge reached the edge from some way off, she plunged her arm into the exact spot and reminiscent of the Lady of the Lake (pace Excalibur) raised aloft the blighted bling to resume its duties!) On the final day there was an individual stableford competition in two divisions, with Morag as the winner of one division followed by Madge as runner up, and Eileen as winner of the other division with Martha Hernandez as runner up. This was run in conjunction with a putting competition which Madge won followed by me.
The hotel still had some wine left over when we departed but that may only have been because they thought Janey Logan was joining us which sadly she could not!
The ladies committee will be having a “wash-up” of the Tour at its next meeting to review what went particularly well and what might have been made even better, to build on for next year, so if there are any particular thoughts you would like us to take into account please email me before 19th June.
Monthly medal–the May medal at the beginning of the month was won by Madge with 61 shots , followed by Jo with 68 and then Joanna and Jane B both with 70, so great scores by all of them. There is no June medal due to the club championships taking place on Saturday but even if you are not playing in them, you are welcome to join us for a cream tea just after 3.30pm
Other competitions–Joanna and I lost in the next round of the Mail on Sunday competition at the Downs and Jane B and I lost the next Surrey Centenary Foursomes match at Wimbledon Pk (spot the common theme…!) We did however win our first friendly match which was home to Epsom on 25th May by 3 strings to 1, with thanks to Janice Brackenridge as captain. Yesterday Jane B, Valerie Ghent, Merlyn Law, Gillie Martin and Carole played in the Bronze and Fun competition at Clandon Regis, as part of 19 teams from 14 clubs and came within the top five teams which is a fine result for our first entry in this event.
Looking forward–last chance to register a three woman team for our Team Challenge on the 21st. Thank you to all those who have provided raffle prizes to date but there is still room for more for those who may not yet have got around to it…
Otherwise enjoy this wonderful weather on the golf course!
–Gilly Briant, Lady Captain 2017-2018