Lady Captain’s Coffee Morning

Lady Captain’s Coffee Morning took place this week marking the start of the new golfing season. 

Members and their friends enjoyed coffee and cakes overlooking a sunny Cavendish.  The books, plants, cakes and snack stalls proved popular and Lady Captain, Fiona Wylie, would like to thank everyone for their support in attending the coffee morning and their generous donations for the Bring & Buy sale. 

It was nice to welcome some of our Past Lady Captains and our friends from Buxton and High Peak Golf Club who made the effort to attend. Lady Captain’s charity this year is local fundraising group, Peak District Friends of Cancer Research, and many of the group’s supporters came along helping to make the event so successful.  

Longstanding member and Past Lady Captain, Pat Bentley, won the beautiful Easter Hamper in the raffle which was drawn by Lady Captain’s Dad, Ian.  A wonderful £440 was raised on the day for the chosen charity. Well done to Cavendish Ladies Section and the Ladies Committee!  

On your marks, get set… Golf!

On Sunday 8th March, International Women’s day, Chris Campbell and Rachel Child entered their first Speed Golf Competition at Stanedge Golf Club, organised by the Girls Derbyshire County squad to raise money for Sports Relief.

The event attracted 34 players, of all ages, playing a 9 hole alternate shot game in pairs. Speed golf, for those who don’t know, times how fast you play the round, the timer starts when the first tee shot is taken and stopped when the last putt is holed, the time is then added to the shots taken (minus handicap). A maximum of 7 clubs per pair were allowed at this event and sharing clubs was allowed, although the only club Chris and Rachel shared was a putter.

Playing in the last tee time at 1.10pm the sun was out and the rain held off. They took 51mins to play the front 9 holes, despite having to use a mat on the fairways…a few minutes were lost when the mat got left behind on the 5th green! They loved every minute of it, Derbyshire County Girls squad did a fantastic job of organising the event, raising over £1000 for Sports Relief. Chris Campbell is now in talks to see if a similar event can be held at the Cavendish so brush off your trainers and start stretching!

Alan Jones passes R&A Rules School

Cavendish Golf Club member, Alan Jones, attended the R&A Rules School from 4th-7th February at St Andrews. The course was well attended with 96 delegates attending from as far afield as Australia, South Korea, China & Vietnam as well as southern Africa, eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

One of the instructors was non-other than Kevin Feeney, formerly a junior member at Cavendish, and now one of the European Tour’s chief referees, who Alan described as a very knowledgeable and approachable individual.

In Alan’s own words “The exam was pretty tough (I would say that wouldn’t I! but all of the other delegates I spoke two were of the same opinion)” but we are pleased to say that Alan surprised himself, passing with a mark of 75%, and has now applied to England Golf to register as a qualified rules official. Alan is hoping that he gets the opportunity of adding to his refereeing experience while back in the U.K. during the summer.

Luckily for Alan, there was one special moment from the course as the R&A brought out the famous Claret Jug and put it on display for the delegates to all admire.

Cavendish member, Alan Jones, with the Claret Jug

Burns Night Success

Cavendish held a fun quiz night and disco to celebrate Burns Night last week. It was great to see so many new faces participating in another successful event. 

In true Scottish style we had a delicious Burns supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with cranachan for dessert. Tartan tammies off to our chefs for the great food! 

Longstanding member Mike Hallam addressed the haggis with unrivaled passion. What a performance! Rabbie Burns himself would have been impressed.

Everyone got into the spirit of the occasion and wore their tartan, especially Mr Captain, who made a brilliant effort with his attire.

Congratulations to ‘Ronnie and the English’ for winning the quiz and huge thanks to Nick Barton for taking on the role of quiz master and DJ Paul Jenner for getting everyone up to dance and finishing off the evening with a good boogie.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next event.

Mike and Fiona,

Captains 2020

Cavendish Christmas Party

Cavendish Christmas Party

Our Cavendish Christmas Party was a fabulously festive evening. The traditional Christmas dinner was delicious, many thanks to Paul, Matt and their team for looking after us so well. The Fairfield Band and organist Graham Deighan provided the entertainment and guests enjoyed a Christmassy sing-song! Captain Mike Higgins then started off the party games which were won by Peter Greenwood and Margaret Jackson.

The Captains’ Christmas Charity Hamper (sponsored by T. Peel Roofing Contractor) was won by a longstanding member and coursework volunteer, Rod Booth, who received lots of goodies to consume over Christmas. The beautiful Christmas wreath, generously donated by local florist Rachel Lee, was won by the not-so-beautiful Mark Chuwen! Pat Campbell and Teresa Johnson were also lucky raffle winners.

A massive thank you to all who attended and helped to make it such a fun evening and raise vital funds for Cancer Research and Cavendish Golf Club. Luckily, the Christmas tree in the lobby was still standing the following day!

We are looking forward to our next event on Friday 24th January, Burns Night Supper and Quiz.

Cavendish hosts Children’s Christmas Party

Cavendish Golf Club’s Captain, Mike Higgins, and Lady Captain, Fiona Wylie, hosted the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday which was a fabulous success. 

Animal Magic brought some amazing animals including snakes, lizards, a skunk, an owl, a chinchilla, a hedgehog, a scorpion and a tarantula to meet the children (and adults!). 

Thanks to the Ladies Committee for helping out with Santa’s gifts, cakes, manning the extremely busy chocolate tombola, raffle and craft table. Mr Captain made a great Elf for the day and many thanks to Paul, Matt, Ricardo and their team for providing the party tea and looking after everyone so well.  Santa was the star of the show, of course, arriving in style down the 18th hole on his Christmas golf buggy.

The clubhouse was filled with Christmassy cheer and we are looking forward to many more family fun days throughout 2020.

Jingle Bell Jog

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.

Cavendish Captains for 2020

All change at Cavendish

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…)

Pat Campbell!

Cavendish Captains for 2020 and Men’s Captain Elect, Pat Campbell

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.

Cavendish Ladies introduce their new Captain

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.

Cavendish Ladies Captain for 2020, Fiona Wylie

Alan has had a busy few months!

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!