Friday, March 31, 2017

Away Day Tuesday

Final Day

Our Final day at China Fleet dawned cloudy but dry. It looked very grey in places but the rain held off. 
We enjoyed another good breakfast on the Upperdeck and emptied our rooms - loading up cars, saying farewell to those who were going back, and gearing up for a final flurry out on the course for 14 ladies!

Sue D, Lis and Jayne led the way followed by Frieda, Liz and Angie... 

but not before Angie had posed for her adoring fans!

All three hit fabulous drives... setting a high standard for those following!

A host followed, then me in a buggy, like an irritating mosquito buzzing in between the groups!
Claire, Sonia, Sarah and Jenny

Di joined me in the buggy for a couple of holes.

Jayne chipping on to the third.

Lis about to tackle a tricky shot...
...not a nice lie!

Happy days at China Fleet!

Here I am fans!

Creek at low tide

The sun peeped through from time to time... when this group teed off on the 5th it was shining... and once again... they all hit beautiful drives and would have been contenders for nearest the pin!

The results of this 9 hole competition were lovely... with a special round of applause for our high handicappers!

The winner with 18 points was the Lovely Lynn... in second with 16 points were Fantastic  Fi and Fabulous Frieda; next with 15 points came Super Sue D and Luscious Liz... just behind them with 15 points was Simply Sensational Sarah and with 14 points Angelic(!!!!) Angela.

A lovely way to finish the golfing weekend.

Homeward journeys brought us back to rain and even more gratefulness for the weather we'd been given! 

Thanks everyone for a great weekend... lots of sleep needed now to catch up.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Lyn and Sue

Congratulations to Lyn and Sue who won their Daily Mail Foursomes match at Trevose today... winning on the 17th!

Well played you two!

Go Cape!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Away Day Monday

Beautiful Monday

Some started early with a swim n things... 
The rest of us began with breakfast on the Upper Deck!

The weather was absolutely amazing... warm sun, blue sky and hardly any breeze. It was perfect!`

Today we played an Individual Stableford, in groups of three, with longest drive and nearest the pins again... but not on the horrid 12th this time, on the far more inviting 15th!

This was for the Cape Away Day on!

I believe some ladies even used their 50 free practice range ball voucher to get warmed up... 

Others (myself included) decided there might only be just enough energy to play 18 holes... certainly none available for practice!

 We assembled ready for our tee time... we had been warned it might be slow because of the men folk out in front of Cape... but we were 32 of us and must have been a daunting sight for those following behind us!
 Viv was chief photographer and travelled in the buggy with Di. 
Getting ready for the off.

Lady Cap being silly!

We sent Hils off first again with the prospect of doing the cards at the end... Lynn and Sue D joined her.

Relaxing waiting for our tee time... 

Jan, Sonia and I played together, it was lovely to catch up with Sonia and hear news of her new life in Nottinghamshire.

Where's our third player?
There she is!

Annie, Una and Chris
Jean, Jenny, Bronwen and Dorothy
The round did turn out to be slow but it was little hardship because of the glorious sunshine! 
I'm sure we have a tan!
Surveying the scene...

Antoinette, Fi and Ros
The course at China Fleet is long... and suffers in bad weather. For us it was amazing... there were a few squidgy patches that showed us what it could have been like.
But it was fabulous... all credit to their groundsmen and green staff.

Looking back at the 9th tee

We sometimes flirted with hazards... 
And sometimes got right in!

Val about tee off on the 14th
And it was a beauty!

There were thousands of primroses around the course... pretty.

After their round some ladies went for a swim or visited the Jacuzzi... the plan was to meet in the Farmhouse Room at 7pm for the prize giving from both days.

Many thanks to Hils and Una for sorting all the cards... and Lindsay for organising the prize money for me.

After a few notices I asked for shot of the Day Nominations...  

...thanks Fi!

When our group arrived at the 11th tee (where the longest drive was being marked) I was determined to do a huge drive... did it happen?
Of course not! It went about 20 yards into the thick rough -  nowhere near even reaching the fairway!

Fi happened to come through to the tee as this was all happening... and she nominated that drive... The Shortest Drive...for the award... so I will have the Pink Cover on one of my clubs next time!

As I said... thanks Fi!

The real longest drive went to Hils - revenge for yesterday maybe!

Nearest the Pin on the 5th for Bronze was Anne
Nearest the Pin for Silver was Antoinette

There were three twos today, Bev, Lyn and me.

Nearest the Pin on the short 15th down the hill...  for Bronze was Ros
Nearest the Pin for Silver was Lis J

Well done all...bottles of wine were distributed for these winners. 

Moving on to the Competition itself...
The Best Back 9 was Jane 
The Best Front 9 was Chris L

Well played!

On both days we had a "Blue Tee" group... these 10 ladies had handicaps of 34 and above or who were recovering from injury or ops.
In second place was Di (I don't know how you managed to play both rounds!)  
The Best "Blue Tee" player was Pam with a score of 21... I think the HAT was key!

We also had a Best "Newbie" and that was Fran

Well done!

The scores overall were dire oops... disappointing!

In 4th place with 26 was Val

3rd, 2nd and 1st all scored 27!! (Cape Ladies LOVE to come in with the same score!)

In 3rd was Claire
In 2nd was Jayne

and the winner of the Cape Away Days Trophy was...


These ladies won Monday's Prize money and, with yesterday's winning team and our Best "Newbie", they all won a little Away Weekend ball marker. 

Fi gave a fabulous speech... and we all happily took to our dinner and later the solution to the photo quiz we looked at yesterday.
Cheers... was this the noisy table?

Or was it this one?

Our Trophy winner!

What you doin' Hils?

Serious Conversation
My friend Jill with Dorothy and Jenny

Good balance Sue!

More anon... 

Away-Day Sunday


...and Mothering Sunday too!

China Fleet welcomed us with, sunshine, blue sky and a brisk breeze. We were very pleased to discover that Buggies were allowed on the course! Hooray!

We met up in the golfers lounge greeting old friends! 

We were sad not to have Judy and Michelle with us and we missed Val F and Doris, but it was lovely to have Sonia back; Una who was just returned from a trip to India with Hils, and Val and Dorothy. 

We were also joined by five 'Cape Cornwall Newbies' with Fran, Jane, Frieda, Bronwen and Lynn E (who is a country member) risking everything by joining us for the first time.

    I had hoped we would also welcome my friend Jill as a guest player, to join our other guest player, Lis J from West Cornwall.

Jill is a friend from my previous club... in fact she is the first lady I played a proper round of golf with! As we played we discovered many things in common, teaching and Cornwall in particular - no to mention her sense of humour!  Now she is back home in Portwrinkle where her family are from. Whitsand Bay is her local course but new additions to her family have meant other priorities for the moment and no golf, so she was only able to join us for the meal on the Monday Evening. However - it was great to see her and I'm hoping she will play with us in September when my old club Pavenham Park are coming to Cape for a visit!

Anyway back to China Fleet... hugs over, Lindsay collected in the competition money... Hils did the ball sweep;  we got our cards;  some were able to check in as their rooms were ready; we made our dinner choices then set off for the first tee. 

We teed off at 12.30 in threes and fours... the threes having a sleeping partner who we would add in at the end. 
First off were Hils, Una and Fran... setting the style standard...

Jane's Mum had been busy knitting more hats... Fran is sporting one... the other is modelled by Pam below... it's a stunner... 

and even has a pompom!

I'm sure it was key in Pam's golfing performance...

more of which later!

Second out were Lyn, Sue... (I recognise that hat!) and Lynn.

From then on there were groups of four - our format was... teams of four with three balls to count.

Sue , Chris J (I recognise that hat!) Lis and Pam followed on.

Next came Jan, Di, Liz and Chris L.

There were 33 of us playing altogether and to split us into two almost even groups we moved the silver/bronze demarcation up to 25 and had Longest Drive and Nearest the Pins for both groups.

The rebellious group were next, Angie, Sarah, Frieda and me... and the camera went too so I'm hoping for photos of the other teams...

Anne, Val Sonia and Jenny made up the following team, with Fiona, Bronwen, Lindsay and Bev together next.

Frieda, Sarah and Angie on the second.

The final two teams were Viv, Antoinette, Jean and Jane (whose Mum is one of the amazing knitters!)

And, last but not least, Claire, Jayne and Ros. I have to say well played to Ros for playing this long course ...the first time playing 18 for such a long time and managing it!

3rd green.

For those who went out first it was fairly relaxed checking in to their rooms when they got in; for those last out it was definitely more of a rush... but we all made it, and got ready for dinner, meeting in Chris, Jane and Dorothy's room for a quick drink before dinner.

It was a bit of a squash getting 34 of us in...and it was a bit hot; and I hadn't got the message round to everyone to meet there (I'm sorry...) but we all got a drink then headed off to the Farmhouse for dinner.

This was a room we hadn't seen when Lindsay and I had come to view the place as an option for our away trip... but it was perfect!
 Even better than the room that had originally been offered!

Huge thanks to China Fleet for looking after our needs so well! 

Lots of drinking and eating then happened... we decided to leave the results until Monday evening... so it was a relaxing evening, eating, drinking and looking at old photos of when we were very young.

Even though we didn't do the prizes that evening I'm going to list the prize winners here... and hope for photos from folk later which I can add in...

 Longest Drive on the 11th for bronze was Di
Longest Drive for Silver was Jane ... who just pipped Hils!

Nearest the Pin on 5 for Bronze was Jan...great shot!
Nearest the Pin for Silver on 5 was Val... another great shot!

Nearest the Pin on the horrid 12th was Jean (ousting Frieda from the win!)
Nearest the Pin on 12 for Silver was our guest Lis J

All these lovely people won bottles of wine for their pains!

In the competition itself, winning our entry monies...  

Third place went to Viv, Antoinette, Jane and Jean with 83 points.

Second were Fran, Una, Hils and Frieda with 90 on countback 
from the winning team... also on 90 which was
Val, Anne, Sonia and Jenny!

Well played!

We also awarded a Shot of the Day... this also won a bottle of wine, a bright pink ball (impossible to see unless you're playing on snow) and a BRIGHT shiny pink head cover that had to be used the next day... and passed on to the next Shot of the Day winner.... 

Today this was won by Lynn who got on a par 5 in two!  
Chris L had almost won it with a chip in for a birdie... then Lynn came up on the rails and whipped the prize from her hands.
Joining in with the spirit of the weekend... Lynn dressed appropriately the next morning...
Lynn with her Shot of the Day head cover!

There were two twos today... Sue D and Val F who won a sleeve of balls... well done!

More anon....