Many Cavendish members and their families took part in the Jingle Bell Jog Santa Run in aid of Blythe House Hospice on Sunday. A 5km around the Pavilion Gardens in some unexpectedly glorious Buxton sunshine. Many of the participants then continued to Cavendish to refuel with a fabulous Sunday roast dinner. Even Lady Captain’s dog Rosie enjoyed the run!
The clubhouse is now looking very festive thanks to the Ladies Committee for putting up the decorations, meaning that we are well into party season this week. The Ladies Christmas lunch is on Thursday 5th December and the Children’s Christmas party on Sunday 8th December.
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It was farewell and thanks to Neil Flynn and Linda Green for their excellent year as Cavendish Golf Club Captains for the Men’s and Ladies sections. They handed the roles over to Mike Higgins as Captain and Fiona Wylie as Lady Captain for 2020.
Neil spoke of his pride in representing the club in his role over the past year by wearing his club colours wherever he played. He then passed on the baton to Mike who spoke passionately about being asked to be captain and about the association of the Higgins family with our club. As tradition expects, Mike then announced the Captain Elect for 2021 (Drum roll please…)
The Captains Drive in on Sunday morning was well supported, as was the carvery afterwards. Thank you for everyone who came on the day and showed their appreciation for the 2019 Captains and helped to welcome the 2020 captains to their new roles.
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The Cavendish Ladies Section held their 94th Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on the 14th November. Many ladies attended and the Lady Captain for 2019 Linda Green presented the new Lady Captain for 2020, Fiona Wylie with her Captain’s jacket and silver brooch.
Match and Handicap secretary Julia Rowland gave a comprehensive account of the competitions held over the year. Lady Captain Linda gave a great speech describing how much she had enjoyed her captaincy. New Lady Captain Fiona outlined a packed calendar of golfing and social events for the year ahead and announced Danielle Banks to be her new Lady-Vice Captain.
Winner of the Lady Captain’s Trophy, Terri Gould congratulated Linda on her fantastic contribution to the Ladies Section during 2019.
Three members of the Ladies Committee, Kath Cassidy, Julia Rowland and Terri Gould stepped down having served two years in post and the Ladies Section accepted its new committee members: Esther King, Frances Reynolds (Treasurer), Max Chuwen and Tina Turner (both Match and Handicap) and Rachel Child.
Past Lady Captain Fil Richards gave a vote of thanks to the Ladies Committee for all their hard work this year. Lady Captain Fiona then invited the ladies to retire to the lounge and join her for a celebratory drink and a cake.
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Cavendish member Alan Jones, who spends most of his year in Mauritius, has had a busy few weeks. Shortly after returning from spending the summer in Buxton, he was appointed by the Mauritius Golf Federation (MGF) as Tournament Referee for the Indian Ocean Amateur Open at the Heritage Golf Course on the island’s south coast.
The following week, he was part of a team of three referees appointed by the African Golf Union for the annual All Africa Team Championships which were being held in Mauritus for the first time at the Mont Choisy Le Golf complex near the island’s north-west coast. The event, which featured teams from 14 African countries, was won by South Africa, with Mauritius achieving their best ever result by finishing in 2nd place.
And finally in the following week he was selected as one of two representatives for the MGF as volunteers for the French Open at the magnificent Le Golf National course (host to the 2018 Ryder Cup), which is located near Versailles. During the four days of the tournament they acted as walking scorers, scoreboard operators, and on the last day, were selected as marshals to accompany the leading group inside the ropes. They were able to witness at close quarters the tournament’s dramatic finish in which the lead changed four times in the last 5 holes before Nicolas Colsaerts held his nerve to make a par on the extremely challenging 18th Hole and win by 1 shot.
Alan described their participation in the tournament as a ‘never to be forgotten’ experience even though the weather on 3 of the 4 days was so cold and wet that it required the wearing of 6 layers of clothing! But I suppose that is just like being in Buxton!
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The Ladies had a great day on Thursday 17th October playing in a Texas Scramble in the morning followed by a lovely meal, then the presentation of Trophies and Prizes for the 2019 season in the evening.
Well done to all the ladies for their efforts this year, congratulations to all of the trophy winners and hopefully next year we can see another successful summer season.
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September has more or less lived up to expectations – after an August which was at times truly awful, it often follows that September gives us a good spell, and we managed that through mid-month at least. Now we’ve very much taken a step in the direction of autumn, and changeable weather is very much back in charge.
Heavy bursts of rain during Friday will have given things a good soaking, and there’s more rain to come heading into Saturday. A west by northwesterly breeze will be strong making it feel rather cool. Rain will be on and off much of Saturday daytime, and as showers cluster together as they run in from the Irish Sea, sadly the rain may be much more ‘on’ than ‘off’ over many hours. At least 15-20mm is likely to have fallen over 24-36 hours to the end of Saturday.
There’s more to come overnight into Sunday, with another frontal wave coming in from the southwest. This intensifies the rain again, with heavy falls prolonged over many hours, and another 20-30mm+ plausible over 24 hours.
A window of drier weather late Sunday into Monday daytime will be followed by another batch of heavy rain crossing central-northern England late Monday into Tuesday, with again scope for 20mm+. A chance the worst of this may track further south across the Midlands.
There’s a longer window of dry weather expected through Wednesday-Thursday, with cool days and scope for frost overnight, with some valley fog too.
Toward next weekend, there’s a risk of further unsettled weather coming back in from the southwest, although with milder temperatures.
My expectation is that things become cool and quiet toward mid-month for a spell, then the full force of unsettled autumn weather returns heading into the final third of October.
Early winter thoughts suggest we get going with some chilly spells fairly early on in the season during November into December, but of course that is a long way off for now!
We were very lucky with the weather on Sunday in the Men’s Open Turkey, as the forecast was for heavy rain and lightning throughout the day but fortunately, this held off for the golfers and we only experienced a cloudy day with showers at times.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners and thank you to everyone who took part.
Results for the Men’s Open Turkey – Sunday 22nd September 2019
J Wildgoose, D Ponsoby – 48pts – £80 each – Cavendish GC.
D Bates, K Oakes – 44pts – £70 each – Wychwood Park GC.
A Bennett, J Tyler – 42pts CPO (Back 9 24pts) – £60 each – Trentham Park GC
E Sterling, S Brown – 42pts CPO (Back 9 22pts) – £50 each – Kidsgrove
G Rosewarne, C Heathcote – 41pts (Back 9 21pts) – £40 each – Tapton Park GC
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The Ladies Open was played on Thursday 19th September on a fantastic and sunny day. The course was enthused over by all the ladies and praise was given to Warwick and his team on the fantastic condition of the course.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners and thank you to everyone who played!
P. Brindley, L. Gee, K. Vaines – 89 Points
F. Reynolds, B. Watson, C. Gladwin, L Harrison – 86 Points
A. Peacock, O. Dowling and team – 86 Points
P. Wood, K. Hartshorne, E. Johnson, J. Darcy – 80 Points
Nearest to the Pin – 4th Hole – C. Mulhearn
Nearest to the Pin – 15th Hole – L. Harrison
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On Sunday 8th September, the Chatsworth Bowl and Palace Trophy was held at Cavendish over 36 Holes. Both rounds were played on Sunday with some great scores coming in on a fantastic day. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Palace Trophy (Gross)
Mark Gayes 69 – 65 – 134
Aaron Woodward 71 – 73 – 144
Neil Flynn 74 – 73 – 147
Chatsworth Bowl (Net)
Nick Norton 71 – 61 – 132
Kristof Kotylo 72 – 62 – 134
Paul Bloomfield 68- 69- 137
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