After a decent run of sunshine, we awoke on Monday morning to wind and rain, but the golfing gods were on the side of the Ladies and Gents Hertfordshire Captains.  We arrived at Knebworth Golf Club to dryish conditions, by 12 noon, the weather was blustery but the sun had come out, and fortunately, we saw only a few drops of rain during the rest of the afternoon, experiencing reasonable golfing weather. This was an eagerly anticipated event where Gents and Ladies play together, so there’s always loads of encouragement and no big shot advantages to worry anyone. Pairs were revealed over coffee and bacon rolls before a 2 tee start saw 10 fourballs set off. A nice trip to the halfway house ensured we kept up our strength during the round and after play settled down to a delightful 3-course meal there was plenty of discussions and talk of some decent scores on a course that looked and played very well.

I am delighted to say that before we started prize-giving, as a tribute to the late Val Stickley, we auctioned 3 fourball vouchers for her Charity, Marie Curie raising £510, thank you, gentlemen. Nearest the pins were won by Doug Barson, WGC on the 10th, and Lizzie Gardiner Brown, Centurion on the 8th.    The top 3 teams all scored 80 points or more and saw Nick Brookes, Letchworth, and Doug Root, Whipsnade Park playing with Gillian Spragg, Harpenden and Therese Perks, Welwyn Garden City finishing 3rd, just behind the second-place team on 82 points, Captains Neil and Debbie along with their partners John Watson, Knebworth Club Captain and Jae Percival, Hadley Wood. However, the winning four scored an impressive 86 points with everyone contributing to the scorecard, none more so than David Ross, Arkley who had a superb day supported by your Hon Sec, Eric Diment of Aldwickbury Park, Sarah Brookes, Letchworth, and Linda Battye from Bishops Stortford. We now look forward to next year’s fixture at Letchworth and celebrating the Herts Lady Captains, 50th anniversary in style. To View Photos Click