CHEVIN GC - Sunday 12TH September 2021

I’m so pleased to say that 2021 has been a full year of golf and events and that finally everything has got off the ground and we have all been so lucky in being able to play our golf once again.

My County Captain’s AmAm at Chevin saw 20 teams play (3 ladies from a Derbyshire Club with one County squad player/official in each team).  It was great to see ladies from the North of the County: New Mills and Glossop.  I was praying for a fine day and so pleased that the weather stayed mainly dry with only a bit of drizzle for a short while. 

The course was in superb condition – many thanks to Chevin’s Green Staff and Committee for all their hard work.

The AmAm results are on a separate sheet but many congratulations to Chesterfield No 1 Team who were the winners with 85 stableford points – Lady Captain Sue Drake, VC Carol Gladwin, Barbara Sims and Carol Simpson from Tapton being the County player.

The generosity of everyone saw us raise £315 for the British Heart Foundation which is amazing.  Thank you to Iris and Helen for their help with this.

Just a quick resume of how Derbyshire have performed in 2021: –

Although 2020 saw a full year of planning and cancelling – we did manage to play our friendly squad match v the County Senior Ladies later that year – the Senior Ladies won and once again this year!   Judy Gascoigne will be the Senior Ladies Captain next year.

County Week – 3-day event at Hinckley where we play Singles and Foursomes matches morning and afternoon – a great event and I am so proud of how the Derbyshire squad played and great to see 3 new 1st Team Players: Imogen Rafferty, Mel Davey and Sarah Lundy– we had some tough opponents with close matches:  we came 5th overall but the results didn’t reflect just how well our ladies played. 
Following on from County Week, the 2nd Team Matches headed up by Vice County Captain, Mel Prime, then took place both home and away against Staffordshire and Shropshire – we had losses against Staffs but wins against Shropshire – first time appearances for Grace Harrison, Jenna Ward and Lucy Pearson.

County Champion – Hannah Morrison who went on to become “2021 Women’s Champion of Champions” at Woodhall beating all the other counties – an excellent score of +2 beating the nearest challenger by 3 shots.  Hannah has also been presented with her 1st Team Derbyshire County Colours.
Runner up at the County Championship was Imogen Rafferty who also took the title of Junior Girls Champion.  She has now embarked on professional qualifications at Illinois USA and we wish her all the very best – she has promised to return for County Week in 2022 which is at Trentham. 

Match Play Champion was Debbie Deakin – a superb event at Cavendish where in the morning Semi Finals, Debbie’s opponent was Harriet Evans – a great match and Hannah Morrison played against Jenna Ward – another great match.  The Finals saw Debbie and Hannah battling for top position - excellent golf was watched with Debbie being this year’s winner.  

Janet Doleman from Mickleover is our Senior Ladies Champion and she came 13th at the Champion of Champions at Woodhall.  Mickleover have certainly had a fantastic year winning both the Bronze and Silver Trophy finals – many congratulations.

If Derbyshire Clubs know of any potential 1st / 2nd Team Players for the future – girls who are keen to progress their golf and play for their County – please let us know.  We aim to hold self-funded Coaching for 2022.

Finally, I would like to thank all the helpers today – the starters (husband Allan and Past President Maggie Wylde who started up this event in her year as County Captain back in 2003), half-way house group for serving refreshments at the top of the course and to the gents serving Pimm’s at the 18th.  To Hollie and her team for looking after us so well in the Clubhouse and to Chefs Tom and Jordan for the lovely meals, and to Chevin for hosting this AmAm.  Janet Carlin for helping with registration and results and to Mel for being chief photographer. 

Most of all, thank you to everyone for coming today – my final event as County Captain – it’s been a long 3 ½ years if you count VC Elect, VC 2019 and CC 2020 and eventually 2021!  I’d never imagined being County Captain and I know that Mel and Deb will be brilliant and wish them all the very best in 2022.

Janet Thomas

County Captain 2021