Captain's Corner

Latest Captain's Corner - 16th June

Hello again,
I took part in a very enjoyable mixed friendly against Abbeydale on Sunday May 28th. I  have not played a great deal of mixed golf in the past and am finding it really enjoyable. The following day I headed down to Surrey with Vice-Captain Martin Bonynge to play in a
charity event at New Zealand Golf Club which is one of the prettiest courses in the country. It is a course you can only play with members other than in charity events and having lived close by for over 20 years and having never played it, it was an ambition achieved. We played as a team of 4 with a couple of mates from the South and managed to finish 3rd. On the way down, Martin and I played at Rothley Park in Leicestershire and dinner with my elder daughter, Dominique in Woking on the evening made it a very enjoyable trip. The rest of the week was incredibly busy golf-wise with a good win in the Captain’s friendly away at Tapton on Wednesday, playing in the ladies’ invitation to men on Thursday, the Captain’s Exchange to Willesley Park on Friday and the June Medal on Saturday.
The game at Tapton was great fun and Shane and I managed to defeat their Captain and Pro 3 and 1 on the 17th with a birdie from Shane. Shane as usual played well, I managed to come in on a few holes with a bit of good fortune and some missed putts from the Tapton Pro made the difference.
The captain’s exchange to Willesley was great, a really nice course and a great meal afterwards. There were teams of three with two to score on each hole and my team playing with Alan Ridley and Martin Page managed to come in in first place, much to the derision of the rest of the players! The monthly medal on the Saturday looked promising until the 9th but a disastrous back nine saw me slip way down the field.
The social on Saturday 10th was a terrific affair with over a hundred enjoying a nice meal provided by Neil and the team and a full dance floor dancing to Johnny and the Moondogs, a Beatles tribute band. We booked them because, having engaged them in the past, they are really good and they even let me join in and play drums with them on “Ticket to Ride” which was great fun.
My thanks to Peter Copley who makes all the arrangements with the various agencies for booking the bands.
After such a busy week of golf, the next week was very quiet golf wise with a few work assignments and only one game, the Captain’s Friendly versus Matlock. Another keenly fought affair that ended in a 3.5 to 2.5 win after which, as ever, the meal served up by Neil was excellent. My thanks to all the players who supported me by playing in both Captain’s Friendlies and, as I have said in the past, participation in these games is open to all members.
The only real disappointment was having to abandon the Am-Am on Saturday 10th due to the downpour overnight and on the morning which rendered the greens unplayable. This will be rearranged when it can be fitted into the busy schedule.
Lastly, I had lunch at the Golf Club on Sunday 11th with George and Val Masson and a few of their friends. They are leaving to live in Sussex closer to their children. They have both been great servants at the club in many ways, serving on committees and being part of the club infrastructure and will be sorely missed. My thanks to them, both personally and on behalf of the club, for everything they have contributed over the years and my/our best wishes for the future.
Best wishes as ever,
Chris Lightfoot

Previous - 6th June

Hello again,
As Shane has reported in his newsletter, the undefeated run in the Captain Pro Challenge is over with us having suffered two defeats. The first was by Paul Bywater and Bill Sohal in a game where the weather deteriorated as the game progressed and Shane and I both
found it difficult playing with wet hair! Our second defeat was a very close affair, defeated by Pete Howitt and Bill Preston who both played really good golf and gelled well. My thanks to all four for the challenge and their donations to the charity and as ever to Shane for partnering me.
I participated in the “not so early” risers arriving in really good time for a 7am start looking forward to greeting all the participating members. Unfortunately, my planning had seriously let me down as it is a 6am start so I had the embarrassment of having to join Shane on the 3rd hole. I’m not sure he appreciated me asking “how are we doing?” and he admonished me very nicely in his newsletter and was probably kinder than I deserved. 

The club match at home to Abbeydale was really pleasant played in superb weather. We managed a 6-0 win and Neil and the team served us a lovely meal afterwards. My thanks to all those members who participated and my message to all members is that if the idea interests you, please come and join in, get to know more members and have some fun!
I played in the Invitation Day on the 27th with a friend from North Yorkshire who is a member at Pannal and although the weather was forecast to be wet, we were really lucky with only one shower.
My thanks to the Competitions team for all their hard work for Invitation Day and to those people who regularly volunteer to help as starters, man the desk or spend hours at home preparing scorecards for competitions. Over the years having entered many competitions, I kind of took it for granted that the preparation and organisation just “happened”. It was
not until last year when I joined the Competitions Committee and was responsible for running a couple of competitions myself that I realised how much is involved. These members who volunteer to give up their time to help run the competitions on our behalf are real unsung heroes. I am not going to mention names in case I miss someone out but members who participate in competitions know who they are. I want them to know that I really appreciate all their efforts and would encourage all members to say thanks to them for their work on behalf of the Club next time you enter a comp!
Best wishes as ever,
Chris Lightfoot

Previous Captain's Corner - 20th May

Hello again, I have managed to play plenty of golf since the last bulletin including a game with the Vets at Hallamshire, the May Medal and three Seniors Opens at Wortley, Coxmoor and Burton.
We enjoyed the next in our programme of Captain’s friendlies away at Sickleholme on 4th May. Sickleholme is such a lovely course with great views, the weather was terrific and the score was an honourable 3-3 draw. The Sickleholme catering team fed us royally and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all the team members.
A reminder that all Chesterfield Golf Club members are welcome to join in the friendlies and the programme of matches and the sign-up sheets are located on the notice board on the left just inside the male changing room.
Shane and I remain undefeated in the Captain and Pro challenge matches with a win over John Outram and Dave Cromwell. Thanks to them both for the challenge, their company and sportsmanship and their contribution to the Captain/Ladies Captain Charity.
Four of the Board members (me, Martin Bonynge, Paul Bywater and Tim Roberts) played in the Drabble Cup on Sunday 14th at Mickleover but I think the best that can be said is that we didn’t sparkle and weren’t in the prizes!
The first Captain’s exchange is coming up on Friday, 2nd May at Willesley Park Golf Club. It is open to all members, is a nice day away and an opportunity to enjoy playing on another course. We travel by coach from the Golf Club, have a bacon bap for breakfast, a meal and prize giving after the golf before returning by coach. The sign-up sheet is in the foyer and there is a limit to the number of places so if you are interested, get your name down.
The next social is on Saturday, 3rd June with a band which we have enjoyed on several occasions called Johnny and the Moondogs. Members will be able to sign up for tables on the Socials notice board from this week. Please do not forget that you can bring family and friends to all the socials, they do not have to be members. It is a good way of introducing potential new members.
As ever, my thanks to all the members who take time to say hello. It means a lot!
Best wishes,
Chris Lightfoot