Lady Captain – Gilly Briant
5th October 2017
September has been a very busy month on all fronts!
The social scene got off to a good start with the Wimbledon Common Day on the 10th and those manning (womanning?) the club stand saw lots of interest particularly amongst the children on the putting green by the Stables. There was also the very successful Quiz night at the club on the 16th, the drinks party for New Members on the 18th organised by Lindy Ratner and Susie McHugh, and more recently Joanna Croker’s Tennis Day and lunch at her house to raise funds for the Multiple Schlerosis Society. The winners were Merlyn Law and Gillie Martin as a formidable partnership on the tennis court! Thank you to Joanna for putting on this event and to all those who came and supported either on or off the court. We raised £325!
The Academy has also welcomed new members with effect from 1st October and in addition an Improvers course has been running for some of our ex-Academy players who would like to move on to the next level with the benefit of pro Jeff Juke’s coaching in 5 group lessons. We hope to be able to offer this course to other lady members in the future on a sign up basis.
We also had another “first” in our away match to Reigate on the 18th! Instead of playing in teams of two of our players against two of theirs and coming away with a club result, we adopted a more integrated format and played two of our ladies alongside two of their players so as to form 4 teams of mixed players who played against each other, apparently known as an “AM-AM” (to distinguish it from a Pro-Am!). It was a fun event and we may well include this format in some of our friendlies going forward.
This month has also seen the first of our new Qualifying Event Wednesday meetings in which Caroline Wylde came first with Susie McHugh as runner up. The next QE is on Wednesday 11th October and the sign up sheet will be on the Board shortly.
The September medal was won by Sarah Pryce with Susie McHugh as runner up and the October medal saw Hatsumi Takahashi bringing home the bacon closely followed by Madge Corbitt.
The Texas Scramble (which sadly clashed with the Captain’s Away Day so we were missing some of our players) on 22nd saw Liz de Bay with Carole Munn and Joan Hebden triumph, followed by Anna O'Neill, Merlyn and Fiona Fleming in second place but it was a full field of 21 players!
Please note that there are two more events coming up shortly—the 4 club competition on 18th October (and this is as it appears on the tin i.e. you play all 18 holes with any 4 clubs of your choosing on a Stableford basis!) and another match against the WAGGS on 20th at which we will be integrating with them to play a Texas Scramble. Please sign up on the sheets on our board to play if you would like to take part in either or both (and in the case of the 4 club competition, pay your entry fee to Jeff.) I hope that as many of those with active handicaps who can will join in the 4 club competition and not be put off by a limited club selection. You would be surprised what you can do with a 7 iron! At the lunch after the 4 club competition Merlyn will be announcing the winner of the birdie tree (based on all entries up to 30th September) and holding the birdie raffle.
In addition to the group events above, we have enjoyed a stellar month as the ladies section with success on the home front (Glencora Senor and Sarah Pryce fighting their way through to the Summer 4 ball finals and narrowly losing to John Harrington and Magnus Norman on the 19th hole (who themselves had only just scraped through their semi finals against Madge and Jan on the 19th hole the round before) and Jane Britton winning through to the finals of the Captain’s Prize by beating David Hatch.
Jane and Virginia Marin have also been representing the club at St. Andrews last weekend and as you all know, Jane has become the UK National Public Course Ladies Champion which is terrific both for her and for our club.