JOAN KERR TROPHY
It was with great pleasure that the Joan Kerr trophy was awarded this year to Sandra Baum for all the work she
has done for the Ladies Section. Sandra was Lady Captain 2017 and 2018, provided valuable support during 2019 and has agreed to remain working on the committee for 2020.
CAPTAINS' CHARITY LAUNCH
On Tuesday 3 March, the club Charity was launched at the Ladies’ Luncheon. Thanks to all the ladies who attended
and to Jayne Shepherd, Cancer Research UK, for her informative and encouraging presentation. Cancer is a frightening disease and affects so many. Hopefully with your support, further research will increase survival prospects.
LADY CAPTAIN'S AGM SPEECH
Lady President, ladies, thank you all for your support and encouragement over the past year and now for giving me the honour of representing you as your Lady Captain.
I would like to say a big thank you to Lady President, Judith Cooke, for agreeing to remain in post for two years, giving the Ladies Section the support it needed while we were without a Lady Captain in 2019 and for also chairing the Ladies Committee. Very sincere thanks also goes to Past Captain, Sandra Baum, for fulfilling the post for 2 years and for compiling a thorough guide on the roles of Vice Lady Captain and
Lady Captain, and helping me understand what I should be doing. I will try very hard to be as well organised as Sandra, but she has set the standard very high!
I have enjoyed my time on the Ladies Committee, which is made up of wonderful ladies, who work really hard on behalf of the Ladies Section. My thanks go to them for all they have done and continue to do. Thanks also to those who have fulfilled the same roles in the past and know only too well the amount of work that is required.
We look forward to working with the ladies who have volunteered to take on responsibilities for teams, competitions and events for the coming year and deep appreciation to those who have been doing such work over the past years. I am also looking forward to working with Steve Baxter, our new pro, and participating in recruitment and retention initiatives to make our club and section stronger.
Mr Captain (my husband)Chris Lester, and I have chosen Cancer Research as our joint charity this year, we both have family members who have been, or are being treated for cancer. Hopefully continual advances in research will help make this a more treatable disease for everyone affected. There are many regular events that happen throughout the year to support the captains’ charity and we hope you will all help in supporting this worthwhile cause.
The Tuesday competitions are all the PSI, thanks to Sue Smith for doing that, and other fixtures are in the diary and displayed in the locker room. The Friendly matches are actually friendly so sign up to play if you would like to play new courses, meet new friends and have fun, there is no set maximum handicap. The Rose Bowl is being played at Nuneaton this year and I wish our team every success, we already know it won’t be a Stableford!
The club is being represented in a number of county and Inter-county competitions and entries are in hand for those. I would like to thank all ladies who play for our club and represent us in such events and wish you all good luck. I would also like to thank all the ladies who have volunteered to Captain our various teams and I am very sure they would appreciate you coming along as spectators as often as possible. Leicestershire and Rutland Ladies Golf is hosting its Inter-county competition here at Hinckley in June, which is another great opportunity to showcase the club and course. Thanks to those who have volunteered to help, much help will be needed, so further opportunities will arise.
The Captains’ Drive in will be on March 8 and I thank all of you who have entered and Di and Colin for organising the car space raffle and Amy for doing the Guess the Drive. A very big thank you to Steve and Helena Woodward, Bill and Sandra Baum for organising the day for us and to Sandra and Helena for finalising arrangements for the Charity Launch and Lunch which will be on March 3.
I am looking forward to representing our ladies section over the next year, I already know that there are many of you who will help me along the way. Thank you.
VICE LADY CAPTAIN’S REPORT
This has been a unique year for the Ladies Section, being without a Lady Captain, yet we have accomplished all that we would have hoped for, with the help and support of you all. Unsurprisingly Past Lady Captain, Sandra Baum, has been invaluable in guiding us through the year and has given generously of her time to maintain continuity. On behalf of you all, I would like to thank Sandra for her continued loyalty and commitment to the Ladies Section.
What we have achieved this year has been been remarkable in so many ways, not least in the way that so many of you have fulfilled the roles you have elected to play. The Ladies Committee was chaired by our Lady President, Judith Cooke, in the absence of a Lady Captain and we thank Judith for her guidance and advice, which was relied upon on so many occasions. Helen Buckingham, like myself, was new in role too and she quickly met the demands of Honorary Secretary. We always knew she had the experience to cope with this, but then she surpassed our expectations by revealing she is a secret poet too. Thank you Helen. Rita Watts has managed our finances meticulously and is also a dab hand at painting and weeding. Thank you Rita. Thanks to the tech wizards Sue Smith and Irene Steele organising competitions from UK & abroad, land & sea. Thanks to Elaine Edwards and Helena Woodward exercising total impartiality … cutting handicaps because the computer “said so”. Thanks to Anne Jones for keeping our trophies in order and ready for presentation. And thanks to Natalie Jones for ensuring our Opens are well organised, welcoming and enjoyable.
I would like to thank Trudie Allen for organising the scratch team, she has done this for a number of years now, and she works hard to encourage and support her teams’ successes. Thanks to Di Fisher and Denise Mather for helping me organise the Friendly and Handicap teams, and thanks to all the ladies who have played during the season. It is a real pleasure to play with our Hinckley ladies, who are well known for their friendliness, and the warm welcome they give to visiting teams. All match results have been posted in the locker room and overall we held our divisional positions. Thanks to Sue Ayre and Helena Woodward for organising our Mixed matches throughout the season, this is another way to enjoy playing different formats and different courses.
Well done to the ladies who played so well in the County Foursomes, the Mixed Foursomes, the Coronation Foursomes, Taskers, Payne Cup, Ping competition and Baxter’s Trophy. Well done all. We had a great Away Day at Stoke Rockford in August , and an Exchange Day to Kibworth, thanks to the ladies for organising that for us. And thanks too to Sandra and Bill for organising a great mixed weekend away at Breadsall Priory, it was a lovely weekend filled with fun and laughter.
Tripartite week was played in July and was very close, and competitive, as usual. The Rose bowl team played with total determination to regain the trophy, and those of you watching the dramatic finish on the 9th green, will agree it couldn’t have been any closer. Amen corner is challenging at the best of times…as we all know only too well ….and to have to tee off on the 10 was a particular test for the home team, as they knew the dangers more than anyone. Thanks to Annette Cattermole for captaining the team.
The support for Mr Captain’s Charity has been great, with a fantastic £7, 350 being raised for Air Ambulance. I know that Sarb would want me to thank all those people who have contributed in so many ways to raising this sum. The presentation of the cheque will be done after the Captains Drive in, so that Sarb can thank as many more of you as possible, in person. My thanks go to the bridge section for their support and after my year as Lady Captain I may be taking up Jane Whitlock’ s offer on lessons for beginners.
Helen Wilebore has been a huge help throughout the year, I congratulate her on her promotion earlier in the season and wish her every success in her role. I would also like to welcome Sally Crossfield, newly assigned to HGC by ACL, and I wish her every success in her role. Amy Taylor has worked very well with the juniors, it’s lovely to see so many youngsters progressing so well, and she is a great help too..to us older ones as well. Adam Castle and his team have done a great job presenting and preserving the course, which we will all appreciate, when the fine weather arrives.
My thanks to Chris, my husband, for agreeing to be Mr Captain 2020, and then suggesting that our diaries would be much easier to manage if I offered to be Lady Captain in the same year. As many of you know we escape the UK winters, so Chris’ lung problem is not worsened by the damp air here. I suppose I just have to tag along for the sun, the sea and the sangria! Seriously though I thank Chris for his confidence in me and his ability to make anything possible.
I would like to thank everyone, as it has been a very rewarding role as Lady Vice Captain and I have had lots of support from you all.