Jubilee Vets Ladies
Members of the Jubilee Vets at Pidley
Written by Gill Grout
On the 24th September 9 ladies from the Jubilee Vets set off to
Lakeside Lodge golf centre in Pidley, Cambridgeshire for a one night
golf break with two rounds of golf. This is their second year at this
After travelling there in torrential
rain the prospect of an afternoon
round of golf seemed a bit
optimistic but after coffee and
bacon rolls the skies cleared.
Half way into their games a
thunderstorm was fast
approaching but a half hour break
enabled them to resume and
finish the round after the storm
Accommodation for the group was in a lodge which was perfect for the
evening party which included a fun quiz and games. The next day’s
golf was a mixture of sun and rain too. Never mind, that’s the English
weather, but a good time was still had by everyone.
No. 17  - October/November 2019
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Lady Captain's Drive-in
Written by Alison Henwood.
Thanks to Jane Hatfield for sharing the video.
Fancy dress all round, some of the ladies supporting Jo at her drive-in.
Monday 7 October saw Jo Steniford take over from Sharon Warrington
as our new Lady Captain. The Lady Captain’s Drive-in is altogether a
more colourful affair than that of the Club Captain.
Every year the ladies, without the prior knowledge of the incoming
captain, choose a fancy dress theme related to the captain elect. This
sets the dress code for the day. This year the theme was related to
popular children’s books, in particular Harry Potter and Matilda.
After those taking part had registered their arrival the ladies all
disappeared to get changed into their costumes. Jo was given her
costume by the ladies who had made it without her knowledge. Jo was
dressed up as Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. Rejoining the other
ladies she was greeted by a pre-arranged dance routine performed by
the other ladies all dressed up in their costumes. In fitting with the
overall theme the routine was choreographed to the song “Little Bitty
Pretty one” from the film Matilda.
Following the outgoing Lady
Captain’s “putting out” and Jo’s
“Driving in” the ladies took part
in an 18 hole team competition.
This was won by Ruth Collins,
Dolly Wilson and Susan Soar.
The day proved to be a very
enjoyable finishing with a 2
course meal and prize giving in
the Clubhouse.
Seniors Memorial Cup
Winners of the Seniors Memorial Cup
Written by Trevor Collett : Seniors Competition Secretary
The Seniors’ Memorial Cup was played on Wednesday 25th
September 2019.
Despite the topsy turvy weather it turned out to be a good day. We had
54 entries of which 2 couldn't make it due to not being 100% fit on the
The competition was played as a team three ball Stableford
competition with a "Bowmaker" format: i.e. the best score of the three
was counted for holes 1 to 6, the sum of the best two scores for holes
7 to 12 and the sum of all three scores taken for the last 6 holes, from
hole13 to 18. A "wild card" score card was selected at random before
the game for the two teams who were short one player.
After the match the chef served up a good portion of roast potatoes for
each 3 ball team. This went down rather well. On the whole
everybody enjoyed it and there were some very good scores returned.
With the Runners up (Ian
Bullock, John Ellis and Howard
Lythgoe) posting a score of 81
points the eventual winners had
to go somewhat better. This
they did with a magnificent 87
points. Congratulations to
Bernard Rider, Trevor
Waterhouse and Alan Davison
for winning the Seniors memorial
Thanks Nigel
Nigel Sim
At the members AGM on Wednesday 2 October, Nigel Sim, Chair of
the Committee announced that he would be stepping down from the
Nigel has been a member of the Club since 1975 way back when it
was owned by Brent Walker. In 1995 he was invited to join the
Members Committee in a non-voting role as minute taker. One of the
purposes of the role was to give prospective committee members the
opportunity to see how the Club and Committee worked. Three years
later Nigel took over the role of Treasurer from David Challis after
David was elected Club Vice Captain. Apart from a two breaks when
first Larry Wragg and then Peter Fricker took on the role, Nigel served
as the committee Treasurer until 2018.
Nigel was elected Club Vice Captain in 2003 a year
later he became Club Captain. In 2015 he was
elected as Chair of the committee 2015.
During his years on the committee Nigel has
tirelessly worked to enhance the golfing experience
for members. His experience and leadership was
much appreciated by committee members, who on
behalf of all the all members would like to say
“Nigel, thank you for all your hard work over many years”.
Club Captain's Drive-in
Winning team (L to R) John Hatfield, Bill White, Iain Bray and Dave Remington.
About the Driver used in the Captain's Drive-in
The driver was donated to the Club by Brian Collins who was Club
Captain in 1999 and again in 2006. It was made by Kingsley
Drummond a renowned international club designer. It is the same
limited model that was presented to Sevvy Ballesteros and Tom
Kite, Ryder Cup Captain’s at Valderrama in 1977. Other copies
were presented to US Presidents George Bush (senior) and Bill
Clinton, HRH the Duke of York, Arnold Parmer, Tony Jacklin and
Nick Faldo .
The driver is only used once a year, at the Captain’s Drive-in. At all
other times it is kept on display in one of the display cabinets in
the Club House. Well worth checking out.
Iain Bray putting out, as the out-going Club Captain.
John Hatfield driving-in as the new Club Captain..
Winner of the Captain's Shield, Iain Bray (R) with new Club Captain John Hatfield.
Our new Club Captain, John Hatfield, held his Drive-in event on
Saturday 5 October. The event formally sees the new captain taking
over the role from his predecessor. This year over 100 people came
along to join John on his day making it one of the largest turnouts for
several years. Amongst those taking part were 15 former club
In the tradition of the event the day started with tea/coffee and biscuits
on arrival, 18 holes of golf, lunchtime refreshments followed by the old
captain “putting out” and the new captain “Driving in”.
With so many players taking part the club house was packed however
the checking in process when smoothly and all those taking part were
quickly placed into 4 ball teams and assigned the hole that they were to
start for the shotgun start. Given the numbers playing 9 of the holes
had to be doubled booked with 2 teams.
The day's competition was a
straightforward Stableford with
prizes for the best overall score,
the best team score as well as
several nearest the pin
challenges. The former Club
Captains also competed for a
separate best score
competition, the Captains
Drive-in Shield.
The best individual score was
posted by David Harding with 41
points a single point clear of his
nearest rival, David Thomas.
The best team score was
posted by John Hatfield, Iain
Bray, Dave Remington and Bill
White. Iain Bray, our outgoing
Club Captain had the best past
captain’s score and therefore
won the Captain’ Drive-in Shield
with 38 points.
After lunchtime refreshments of
chips, sandwiches and a small
beer or soft drink those
remaining stepped outside to
see the formalities of the day
take place. First, Iain Bray our
outgoing captain had to end his
tenancy by “putting out”. The
incoming captain, John Hatfield
set him a long 25 footer. Iain
made an excellent attempt at
this finishing a foot or so past
the hole. This he quickly put
away. The focus then turned to
John who had to “drive-in”. This
was a serious affair as not only
did he have to do this with a
driver donated to the Club for
this task, but the distance that
he hit the ball with it was subject
to a charity fund raising “guess
the distance” challenge.
Ladies Win the Harris Bowl
Winning Harris Bowl team with their caddies.
Written by Alison Henwood
On Saturday 5 October our ladies played Maylands at Colne Valley Golf
Club in the finals of the 2019 ELCGA Harris Bowl.
The match was closely fought, at
the halfway point, Maylands wre
up in the first game, we were up
in the second, the next two were
all square with our ladies ahead
in the last game.
The match continued to be close
throughout the remainder of the
day with our ladies finally taking
the day and the trophy via the
last game on the 16.
Congratulations to our team on the win and to the ladies who took time
out to caddie and support them not only in the finals but also in all the
previous rounds.
The Harris Bowl is an Essex Ladies County Golf Association inter club
competition. It is played in a series of home or away mini leagues, the
winners of which them move forward to the knock out stages and
intimately to the finals.
Don't Forget
Further details can be found on the members website
Greenstaff Stableford - Mon 11 thro Sun 17 November
Ladies Hen Run - Monday 25 November
Ladies Yuletide - Monday 2 December
Seniors Christmas Hamper - Wednesday 4 December
Mixed Yuletide - Friday 13 December
Jubilee Vets Turkey Trot - Wednesday 11 December
Jubilee Course Annual Meeting
Jubilee winners being presented with their competition trophies by Club Captain John Hatfield
Emma Webb, winner of the Ladies Summer Cup
Michael Booth, winner of the Midweek Championship
Michael Fanning, winner of the Weekend Championship
The Jubilee Course Annual Meeting took place in the Club’s Fairways
Suite on Friday 25th October. Around 30 members of the course
came along to the evening meeting. Many who attended were there to
collect their memento trophies for winning various medal and board
competitions throughout the year. Other came along in support.
Our new Club Captain, John Hatfield came alone to present the
trophies. He also advised the audience that one of his aims during his
captaincy year is to draw together the various sections of the club.
This was particularly well received as often members of the Jubilee
Course have perceived themselves as being less important than
members of the Kings Course.
After the presentation, Jim Lawrence spoke about course
developments particularly around the renovation of the bunkers where
he pointed out that work was shortly due to re-commence. Mention
was also made regarding the replacement of the shoe cleaning
compressor; this should be up and running shortly.
The meetings finished with a hot/cold finger buffet and tea/coffee.
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