Thursday, September 21, 2017

Open Day

 Open Day

 How blessed are we?
What a glorious day for our Open Day... a bit breezy but blue skies and sunshine... 

In retrospect I think the format was a bit tough and something a little more forgiving might be better next time!

However 36 Ladies came and played today, with visitors from Looe, Mullion, West Cornwall and Truro.
Mark and his team had the course looking absolutely fabulous - many thanks as always, but special thanks for the extra help getting the Nearest the Pins etc set up.

Thanks too to Cyril who was a super starter and to Brian and Ray for spotting, firstly on the fourth and then on the 12th..

Caption please!

Pam did three absolutely glorious flower arrangements... thank you Pam they were beautiful!

It was also lovely to see Judy - thanks for signing everyone in!
Thank you everyone for taking part today, for providing a fabulous raffle table and for all your encouragement.

Our Best Visitors were from West Cornwall, with Anne Uren, Mandy Denison and Chris J. with a score of 67.

The Best Front 9 team was Lindsay, Liz and Di with 32 points; the Best Back 9 were Anne J, Jenny and Sonia (how lovely to welcome Sonia back for the day).

Bev, Fi and Pam were in third place with a score of 69; Sue D, Jane and Fran were second with 73 and our Overall Winners were Sue S, Lyn and Chris L!
They had a fabulous score of 75 - a great achievement off 90%!
Well played!

For the Spot prizes we had Sandy King from Looe winning the Longest Drive on the 2nd; Lis Jenkin from West Cornwall won the Straightes Drive and Liz Nicholls was nearest the pin in two on the 17th for the Bronze Division.

Our Winners! Well played!

Thanks everyone! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Final Match

Match v St Austell

I am delighted to say that our Cape Ladies won the final match away at St Austell which means we should be top of the Division!

Well played everyone who has taken part in any of the matches... we have been a very effective team this year!

Next year we should be moving into division 3, we aren't certain who the other teams will be but Polzeath and Porthpean should be two of the them.

There is due to be a Division Winners Play Off final on Sunday October 15th at Merlin.
The winner of each division is invited to play; there will be semi finals in the morning with the winners playing a final in the afternoon.

We will await confirmation from the County but I am thrilled with how we've done - BRILLIANT - thank you all for your support!

Well done Cape Ladies!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Match v Polzeath

Well done Cape Ladies! 

Cape won their penultimate League match, playing Polzeath at Home. This is the match that we had to abandon because of the fog... today was absolutely glorious to make up for it.

Our team were Sue, Claire, Lyn, Jane, Lindsay, Ros, and Di and we ran out winners 5 points to two!

Many thanks to Mark and the team - the course is looking fabulous, and particularly to John for preparing the green for us.

Well played ladies - a great result... our final match is tomorrow!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Catch up again!

Catch up!

Last Saturday was supposed to be a medal but with gales forecast we decided to call it off.

In fact the wind was gale force but the rain didn't come so it wasn't as awful as we envisaged but I think most folk were glad of the decision.

During the week it was the Bronze Autumn meeting at Merlin and I am thrilled to say that Fran was third (on countback; 2nd to 5th all had 35 points!) and in 6th place was Liz with 33.
Fantastic result ladies! 
Well done.

On Thursday we played the Back 9 and it was bright and breezy! With a shower!

Our winner was Chris J and our runner up was Sarah.
It was lovely to be out - despite the shower.

Sue insisted on taking the pic below... just so you know that I play golf too!
You'll notice there is no tee,ball or glove... it was all posed!

Finally... an update about this young man...

they have reached Italy and all is going well.
They are over two-thirds of the way through now and Phil has so far raised about £17,000!
He is absolutely thrilled.

Saturday is the Carmen Payne Stableford and Sunday our rescheduled match against Polzeath followed on Monday by our final League match, away at St Austell! 
Good luck!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

League Match v St Austell

Match v St Austell

Congratulations Cape ladies!  

Our wonderful team won our home match against St Austell 4.5 to 2.5!

That moves us into second place in the league - a super achievement. 

We have two matches left, the return match against St Austell (which we are due to play on Monday) and the rescheduled match against Polzeath.

The weather today was windy but also sunny.

Many thanks to Brian and Ray who were fabulous spotters for us on 4 and 12! 

Thanks also to Mark and his team for the condition of the course today - several of our visiting ladies commented on how good it was looking. 
Thanks also to Ben and the staff for a lovely meal.

Our players today were Di, Ros, Lindsay (a late replacement - thanks as always!),Fran, Bev, Fi and myself.

Thanks everyone, and well done Team Cape!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Bob Lynne Trophy

The Bob Lynne Trophy

What a lovely day we were blessed with for today's Trophy!
Pam getting ready to tee off

It was dry and generally sunny although there was a bit of a nip in the wind... well... it is September!
Playing on to the 12th

Eighteen lovely ladies came to play today - a great turn out when so many are away.

Sue and Lindsay doing a Ben Hur Challenge!

The format was a betterball and there was some really good scoring.

The course was looking great - many thanks again to John who was busy cutting the greens early on and all the team. The course is looking fabulous.

Cape had a Big Wedding on so after we'd played we went to Bronwen's for refreshments and the prizes.

Many thanks to Bronwen for hosting us at such short notice and Lynne for arranging a wonderful spread for us and lovely prizes.

In third place with 41 points were Sue S and Liz! 

Just in front of them with 42 points were Sarah and Val!

And ...

the winners of the Bob Lynne Trophy were Fi and Pam with 43 points!

Well played ladies!
Trophy Winners Fi and Pam
It was a really lovely day - time spent in good company while playing golf at Cape... it can't get much better than that.

It was lovely to have Rosemary pop in and to have Jean playing her first 18 holes for a while and of course to have Anne with us.

Thanks to everyone for their part in making today go so well; particularly Lynne and Bronwen for their generous prizes and hosting; also Di for her behind the scenes work in preparation and the scoring; and of course to Mark and his team for the continued work on the course.

For the full results click here

Lots of Cape Ladies are playing in Opens or other competitions - good luck all - and good luck to the team for Wednesday's match at home against St Austell.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Club Championship!

Club Championship

Club Champion 2017

 Huge congratulations to Bev on her fantastic rounds in the Club                 Championship - Club Champion - well done indeed.  

                 Bev had a Gross 184 (Nett scores of 73 and 67... a total Nett score of 140!)

                 Lyn won the Best Nett with rounds of Nett 73 and 78 Total 151.

   Fiona was in third with a Nett score of 152! So very close.. well done the special                                 eight ladies who competed in the competition!

                                     For the full results click here

There was also a Stableford on Club Champs day twelve ladies entered and the winner was Sarah with 32 points - just pitting Lynne who had 31 points.

Well done everyone!
Also many thanks to Mark's team, particularly to John for preparing the greens for us early in the morning - Thank you!

Match v Polzeath

I'm sorry to report that the Match v Polzeath was a bit of a flop - I had tried to get hold of their Lady Captain to discuss contingency plans if the forecast remained so bad but sadly I was not persistent enough. (I've learnt from it)

 Not having heard back from them I worked on the basis that they were prepared to take the risk... the Polzeath team were with us early and we tried to get out on the tee early but were not very successful in accomplishing this either!

So the ladies began in awful conditions... horizontal rain and a strong wind and after about 10 holes the first out were also facing fog... the fog horn was blown and in the end we had to call the match off ... it was a real shame that we couldn't get it completed.

We'll try agin though... we've rescheduled for Sunday Sept 17th..

Huge thanks and admiration to all the ladies who played... I owe you one!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Thursday Back 9

Today began sunny, then turned cloudy... then sunny again after we had finished!
Still, it was lovely to be out.

Mark's team were busy out on the course but having got the rough cutter going and completing some of the tasks... it then had an oil leak. 

Still the course is looking lovely despite the trials and tribulations of the Groundstaff!

Ten lovely ladies came and played the back 9 today. Our steadiest player was Sue D who won with a creditable 18 points. Following on behind were Lyn and myself, we both had good and bad but came in with 15 points apiece!

We also had a nearest the pin competition. The hole chosen by Lynne and Marion was the 17th... Sue D was on the record first, but this was won by Lindsay!
Well done!

Saturday will be busy with the Club champs and Stableford... and Sunday is the League match against Polzeath!

I have a new phone which I am trying to get the hang of with photos etc... 
...but it couldn't make these lovely ladies smile!

Lyn and Lindsay checking cards on the 18th

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Geoff's Charity Day


What a lovely day we had on Sunday! 

It was Men's Captain's Charity Day and Geoff had invited the Ladies to play too. 14 ladies were able to play and we all set off with a shotgun at 9am. Geoff had arranged for hole in one competitions on all of the par 3s and there were nearest the pin and longest drive competitions too.

There were 80 entries altogether with a good number coming from other courses.

There were some super scores in (it was a betterball competition). 
Lindsay and I came in with 42 - very happy with what we'd managed... did we stand a chance of being in the prizes?

Chris L and Sue D came in with 44... did they stand a chance?

Well, no!

In second with 47 points... (yes 47!) were Hilary and Fran - their score included 8 pars and two birdies.

The winners came in with 48 points!

Well played Claire and Fiona - what a fantastic score! They had 10 pars and two birdies! 

Claire also won the longest drive on the 2nd; and Hilary won the tricky nearest the pin in two on the fourth.

Well done everyone!

For the full Ladies Result click here

The men also had a closely contested competition, although their winning score was 44.

For their full results click here

It was a very enjoyable day, no-one got a hole in one so no car/ sets of golf clubs/holiday were won.. but we all tried hard!

Thanks Geoff for a great day and hopefully lots of money was raised for the Blood Bikes Charity.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Botrea Bowl

Botrea Bowl

Nineteen wonderful ladies competed today for the Botrea Bowl. The weather was cloudy and cool at the start... with a little bit of dampness... but the sun shone later in the day.

You may wonder why Lindsay is cuddling a hippo... well she won it at Truro yesterday in a putting competition scoring more points than had ever been scored before! Well done Lindsay!

In third place with 35 points was Sue D; in second on countback was Bev with 36 points. However Bev was just pipped by Lyn who was the winner of the Botrea Bowl.

Well played Lyn and everyone.

For the full result click here

Tomorrow is Geoff's Captain's Charity Day which should be a lot of fun.

Well played Lyn!

Some of us were talking about the actions of Jordan Spieth at Quail Hollow when he appeared to improve the lie of where he was going to drop his ball... here is what Golf Magazine says in explanation...  
On the par-5 10th hole, Spieth drove his tee shot right of the fairway and onto a cart path that cuts through the pines. Spieth knew he would receive a free drop, and the nearest point of relief would leave his ball on a patch of straw. Spieth remembered that pine needles are considered loose impediments, which under the rules can be removed before taking a drop.
"How can I make a mistake here? What can't I do?" Spieth said to an official on the scene.
"What you can't do is move anything that's growing or fixed," said the ref.

Soon, Spieth was scraping away handfuls of straw like a Labrador clearing a spot for a nap. Ultimately, when Spieth's two attempted drops rolled back onto the concrete, he was allowed to place his Titleist onto a patch of dirt he had neatly groomed.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Thursday Front 9

 Lovely to see so many today... and lovely to be back albeit in a rather tired state!

Many thanks to Sue and everyone for holding the fort while I was away. I know lots of you have been following Phil's progress - he's almost half way and doing really well. Tim has joined him today in Basel and will be staying till the end of the ride... so I'm sure there will be lots of brotherly banter going on. I'm glad he will have company on each day's ride.
I expect a lot of their conversation will revolve around football so I'm glad I'm not there to hear it all!

I had a fantastic time with them - Bridgie came for a week and then Phil's girlfriend Brandi also joined us. It was an honour to be part of this... you know how proud I am of how Phil is tackling the challenge... I keep fingers crossed for his safety every day and am so glad that he will now have company for each day of his ride.

Anyway -  to today...

...seventeen ladies came and played! A lovely turnout and the weather was super!

In the B group the winner was Liz with a fabulous 19 points!
In the A group Sue D was third with 18 points; Di was second with 19 points and our runaway winner was Sue S with a fantastic 21 points!
Well played everyone.
Sue still in charge :-)

Saturday is the Botrea Bowl which is a Stableford competition and Sunday is Geoff's Men's Captain's Charity Day. He has a super number of players entered - he's doing the draw tomorrow and I'll email everyone with their starting tees.

Gary has said there will be a Barbecue available and Pendeen Brass Band will be present too.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday Stableford

A good turnout of eighteen players tackled the course in fairly benign conditions today. Scores were quite close with ten achieving 30 points or more.

Hilary's 36 points was the best and will earn her the County Prize.
Sue D followed up with 35 and Valerie just edged to third over Chris J with both having 32 points.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Godolphin Goblet and Admiration Cup

Despite the dire forecast and bright satellite images of rain showers, a good turn out took on today's stableford competitions. Amazingly we only encountered a few drops of rain, for which we were very grateful.

Frieda won the Admiration Cup with Pam coming second. 
(apologies for the blurred image) 

Di won the Godolphin Goblet, Hilary was second and Claire third.

The shot of the day was not witnessed by many but, as shown below, it had serious consequences for Lynne. Being left handed, she could not borrow a driver for the rest of her round and some shopping will be needed before she next plays!!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Powerplay Trophy

The rain it raineth.......


The forecast was worrying with talk of heavy showers and even thunder. Nevertheless it was not too bad as we set out. However it was not too long before the waterproofs and umbrellas were severely tested and even puddles started to appear on the greens. 

Thus the sight of Hilary arriving on a buggy to tell us that the competition had been reduced to nine holes was welcome, even if it meant we would not be able to take advantage of all our allocation of Powerplays.

After soggy score cards were rewritten and checked, Antoinette's 22 points proved her to be a very creditable winner. Di was runner-up with 18 and Sue D third with 17.

Many thanks to Hilary and Norman for their sponsorship, drinks and refreshments. We hope the men will enjoy better conditions for their Powerplay tomorrow.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sidney Grose Trophy

Sixteen ladies ventured forth to compete in the stableford competition for the trophy, which is now open to all handicaps.Benign conditions faced us and resulted in some good scores. 

Lindsay retained the trophy with 40 points, thus proving that her recent drop in handicap was more than valid as she has now dropped another stroke. Jenny followed on with 37 points and was closely followed by the usual countback on 36, Hilary came third on countback with Fiona next and Sue D just missed the prizes.

Next Thursday we are holding the Ping 4BBB competition. If you want to play later in the day please put your names on the sheet on the board and leave cards in the box.

We are looking forward to enjoying some fun with Hilary and Norman's Powerplay competition next Saturday.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Club Champs

Club Championship

It was grey... very grey... but ten ladies began the Club Championship with a positive approach... eight more ladies followed on (equally positive) with a Stableford.

It wasn't long however before the mist rolled in and the distant sound of the fog warning horn filtered through to us. We marked our balls (if necessary) and walked back in. 
There was just time to order coffee and to take a mouthful when the fog lifted and off we set again... this time without a break so we completed the first 18 holes.

You can see from the picture how grey it was!

Di had joined us to mark the cards. After a brief stop we set out again... but... the fog set in again! Thicker this time and yet again the fog horn sounded to bring everyone in.

We were faced with making a decision because the fog was thickening. We set a time for it to clear by, and if hadn't cleared by then we would call time on the competition and reschedule it.

So we had another cuppa and waited, then duly decided that enough was enough. At a quarter to three we gave out the results of the morning round as a self contained medal competition along with the results of the Stableford - but just the front 9 because of the competition being cut short because of the fog.

Anyway - you know what's coming... within another 15/20 minutes the fog had lifted... but it was too late for us.
We have rescheduled the Club Champs for Saturday August 19th (the day before the League match against Polzeath)
and we will move the Trevervan Mixed Trophy Competition to Saturday September 23rd. 

Thank you everyone for your patience today... as I'm sitting here writing this the sun is shining - sod's law eh? 
Never mind, we have another chance in August.

So to today's results; in the B Group in the Stableford the winner was Liz with 16 points. In the A group countback was needed of course, Val was second with 16 points but was pipped to first place by Bronwen! Well played all.

In the morning medal round there were four ladies in with scores below nett 70. The Competition Scratch went down to 69 which shows how well folk played.

For the full result click HERE

In fourth with a Nett 69 was Bev.
In third with Nett 68 was Claire;
In second was myself with a Nett 65 - I think this is the best I've ever played Cape so I was very happy indeed; 
in first place, and deserving the drum roll we gave her, was Lindsay with a fantastic Nett 63 and a handicap cut of 2.4! 
Absolutely fantastic!
Well played everyone - shame the weather cleared too late in the day for us to complete the Championship.

Thanks as always to Mark and Steve for the condition of the course - the Club Championship is the most prestigious individual competition at any club and to play the full measured length of the course was a proper challenge - thank you for the placing of the tees, Mark.

I'm away on Monday... happy golfing over the next month... I'm happy to be leaving you in Sue's capable hands!

I'm hoping that Di and Chris L will be able to update the blog while I'm away - I may add some snippets from France if I can!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Foggy sunshine!

Thursday Back 9

When I woke this morning the sun was shining but there was a thin line of fog away in the distance towards St Ives...

Where am I?

Needless to say it didn't remain in the distance and by the time we were at the club the mist was swirling and we couldn't see the wall on the first.

We opted for a coffee and a chat but with the Club Champs looming on Saturday most of us ventured forth regardless.

It certainly wasn't ideal at the start but the mist was inconsistent, thicker in some places - less in others and the old back 9 really wasn't too bad when we got to the tees so we played and by the time we finished it was glorious sunshine.

The course is looking fab thanks Mark.

It was lovely to see so many of us this morning - especially when the weather was so off putting...but most managed 9 holes;  two lovely ladies even went the extra mile and did eleven (sorry Sue and Lyn - my fault!)  
The scores were pretty good, with Lindsay in third place with 18 points, Frieda in second with 20 and Sue D in first with 22.
Well done everyone.

We also had some good news to share because Sue D has agreed to be Vice Captain -
thank you Sue - it is much appreciated!

Saturday is the Club Champs and a Stableford. See you then!

Glorious by the end!

Vets Devon versus Cornwall friendly

On Wednesday, 28th June, with steady rain for most of the day, Sue Dicker and I (Chris Leiworthy) played for Cornwall at Tehidy Golf Club. For those who know the course, you can imagine that there was a lot of standing water....hit a ball....splash.....drop out of small lake!!!!!
We played a 4 BBB, with a silver and a bronze player in each match. Sue's team and mine both won our matches and Cornwall won overall. We played with lovely ladies and had a very nice day....if you could ignore the rain.