DG Ladies Captain

Alison Lillywhite

I started playing Golf about six years ago, at the tender age of 42. It happened as a bit of a bet while I was watching my now husband Steve practice on the range.
‘Have a go,’ he said.
‘No.’ I replied.
‘Bet you can’t,’ he taunted.
So, in true ‘if-you-say-I-can’t-then-I-will’ mode, I took his Titleist blade and launched a ball down the range. This surprised Steve, but me even more. The next day I bought my first set of clubs from eBay and that was the start of my relationship with this frustrating game.

I was really surprised when Anne-Marie asked me to be her Vice-Captain. I gave it lots of thought before I accepted: I work full time at Newbury College as a Technician in the Technology area, meaning that I rarely get to play midweek golf except in the holidays. I wanted to make sure I could give the role the dedication that it needs.

However, with Steve as Club Captain, I felt that we would be able to give each other the required support, and thus, we became the first Mr & Mrs Captains in the Club’s history.

I currently play off a handicap of  35 now 33, though this year my aim is to try and get below 30; I just need to get over the ‘scorecard-in-hand’ nerves and I may just achieve it.For me, Golf is an escape: a way to switch off from what is going on in life. The ball may not always go where I hope, or as far as I would like, but as long as it goes forward, it doesn’t really matter! It’s about enjoying a walk in the fresh air with golfing friends, and if I have a good game, then so much the better!

Ladies xmas lunch 2019

The Ladies Section enjoyed their Christmas get together on
Monday. Dressed in their Christmas jumpers, 36 members came together to play in a 9 hole Christmas “Waltz” Competition, followed by lunch in the Cloudy room.

My thanks to Kat, Simon and Jo for all their organisation; the tables were beautifully decorated and the food was delicious.

This year, the “Secret Santa” gift was a voluntary cash contribution to the charity.  The Ladies were very generous and £325 was raised for the Rosemary Appeal.

My thanks to Santa, the Elf, Rudolph and the Christmas Fairy who took time out of their official duties to dispense mulled wine and mince pies to the players on the course.

Prize winners

Nearest the Pin                

Holes 5 and 6                    Kim Richardson

Hole 7                               Jan Williams

3rd Team Place - Sandy MacDougall, Julie Myall,   Anne Macdonald 

2nd Team Place - Sue Hill, Kim Richardson, Deb Weddell                                   

1st Team Place - Anne-Marie Gane, Maria Tillett, Angela Hay

High Silver League Winners 2019

Undefeated Donnington Grove Ladies Team were rewarded with the title High Silver League Winners 2019 at a presentation lunch held at Basingstoke GC on Thursday.

This was a truly fantastic team effort showing off the depth of talent at the club. Led by Captain Fay Unsworth, the team did not lose a match in the keenly contested annual competition which is played over the Spring and Autumn months against teams from Newbury and Crookham, Donnington Valley, Basingstoke, Sandford Springs, Marlborough and Mapeldurham golf clubs.

The nature of the competition meant that the team could not relax until the final putt in the final match was holed, so concentration and nerves of steel were the order of the day to ensure DG came top of the leader board.

Team:- Fay Unsworth (Captain), Kim Richardson, Gill Lane, Julie Myall, Katherine Hartwell, Jan King, Shey Walder, Maria Tillett, Jules Culley, Lorraine Storey, Anne-Marie Gane

Ladies Match V Drayton Park Thursday 12 September

We welcomed the friendly ladies from Drayton Park to play us on Thursday in our last match of the season.
It was a beautiful day and the matches were close. So close in fact, that one match was just lost on the last putt on the 18th green.

Congratulations and thanks to Drayton for a great day and on winning 2 ½ - 1 ½. We look forward to next year!

My thanks, as always, to the DG team who always play with great spirit and enthusiasm - Fay, Gill, Kim, Ann L, Deb, Sue F, Julie and Shelagh.

Updates for the Ladies

Ladies v Sandford Springs Monday 19th August
Thank you to all those who played away @ Sandford Springs on Monday . Although the score was 3-1 against us, the matches were closely fought, and the team were entertained to great hospitality and a delicious meal which went in part, to making up for the awful weather which soaked everyone to the skin.

Ladies v Studley Wood Thursday 29th August
Donnington Grove travelled to Studley Wood on a beautiful sunny day and saw the course at its best. Despite some close games, we were pleased to win the match by 2 ½ - 1 ½ .
We were entertained to a delicious post-match tea and we look forward to welcoming Studley Wood to DG next summer.
Thank you to all those who represented the club today.

Ladies v Hennerton Thursday 5th September
We welcomed the Ladies from Hennerton to play us at home. The day was breezy with trolleys getting blown over; the course was in excellent condition and the match was played in good spirit and was great fun.
The result of a 2-2 draw demonstrates the even and close standard of play. Well done and thank you to Kim, Fay , Gill, Sue F, Deb, Maggie, Sally and Sandy for representing DG.

Congratulations to the following over the last few weeks

Sarah Jolley who paired up with Tom Fleming to play at Calcot GC in the Professional & Ladies Foursomes. This competition has been running for 74 years and is the second oldest competition of its kind in Great Britain. Sarah and Tom were placed 2nd by only 1 shot. An excellent outcome.

Kim Richardson and Sian Soanes (West Berks) were the worthy winners of the West Berkshire Ladies Open winning with a magnificent 44 points.

Gill Lane and Jan King who came in as winners with 40 points in the Studley Wood Ladies Open – for the second year running! Gill was also the winner of the Nearest the Pin prize.

Also to Congratulations to Sue Foote who won the Professional Trophy Ladies today with 34 points. She achieved 1 birdie and 2 pars beating Ann Macdonald by 3 points.

Mixed Match 4th August 2019

Hennerton Away

A lovely day on a very pretty golf course saw the following DG players

Ali Lillywhite Steve Lillywhite
Fay Unsworth Paul Seymour
Maria Tillett Roger Tillett
Ann Lawson Dave Lawson
Shelagh Lancaster Barry Lancaster
Maggie Smith Mike Smith

With a very nice meal afterwards and some good company DG came out victors 3.5 - 2.5

Well done Alison for winning your first team match away and leading the team to victory as captain.

Mixed Match v The Springs

3rd Mixed Match of 2019 at home against The Springs

The springs can to visit us on Sunday 16th June

4 teams from each side resulting in a 3-1 win for DG

Breakfast was as always very good.

DG players were :
A-M Gane / S. Byfield
M. Tillett / R. Tillett
K. Mohindra / S. Mohindra
A. Lillywhite / S. Lillywhite

Thank you all for today and well played.

Ladies Invitation Day 13th June.

Donnington Grove welcomed guests from other clubs to join in with a 4 BBB stableford competition. The weather was challenging with constant rain and a stiff breeze but the warmth of friendship ensured a good day was had by all.
The winners were Fay Unsworth ( DG) and Alison Blackmore ( Newbury and Crookham GC) with 35 points.
Runner's up were Sandy MacDougall (DG) and Louisa Wills ( Walton Heath GC) with 34 points.
Nearest the Pin on 7th hole Louisa Wills and on the 15th Gill Lane ( DG).

Ladies Match v The Springs

Monday 20th May Ladies Match v The Springs

On Monday 20th May Anne-Marie Gane, Shelagh Lancaster, Fay Unsworth, Maggie Smith, Gill Lane, Krishna Mohindra, Deb Weddell and Sue Foote played in a home match v The Springs.

The company was delightful with many ladies reconnecting with old friends.

The course was quite busy but moved along at a reasonable pace which clearly suited us, as all four DG pairs won their matches.

DG won 4-0. Well done to the team!

Mixed Match v Studley Wood.

2nd Mixed Match of 2019 away at Studley

Mixed Match v Studley Wood.
Despite their best efforts in brilliant sunshine on Sunday afternoon, the Mixed Team were beaten into second place by Studley Wood playing at home on their own course. It was a delightful day with good company, exciting golf and a well-deserved, delicious roast dinner after play.

Thank you to Rob Carvill, Anne-Marie Gane, Fay Unsworth, Alan Weddell, Gill and Tom Lane, Maria and Roger Tillett, Maggie and Mike Smith, Ali and Steve Lillywhite for playing.

We’ll get them next time!
Result DG Lost 1 ½ - 4 1/2

Mixed Match V Sandford Springs

1st Mixed Match of 2019

The first Mixed Match of the season was played on Bank Holiday Sunday against Sandford Springs GC - DG won by 4 ½ - 1 ½ . Congratulations to Dave Warwick, Anne-Marie Gane, Fay Unsworth, Sandy Byfield, Maggie and Mike Smith, Deb and Alan Weddell, Kim Richardson, Roger Rapley, Sue Foote and Andrew Woodley. All the couples found their games to be very close and enjoyed a friendly but competitive match followed by a delicious meal in Beau’s Restaurant.
Well done everyone on the win
Hopefully the first of many!

Annodata Ladies 2nd round match at Calcot

The following team of Ladies went to Calcot

Kim Richardson
Fay Unsworth
Gill Lane
Anne-Marie Gane
Sarah Jolly

Finishing up winners with a great win 3:2
Well played everyone and on to the next round

Ladies Away Match v West Berkshire GC


Ladies Away Match v West Berkshire GC on Monday 1st April.
Our Ladies Team had a closely fought match against West Berkshire GC in their first game of the summer season. The course was in splendid condition and the weather sunny and hot. It was lovely to meet friends old and new from West Berks and a good day was had by all. Donnington Grove won 2 ½ - 1 ½.

Lady Captain’s Drive Out

Lady Captain’s Drive Out. Saturday 30th March.
The Ladies section enjoyed a fun filled day dressed as characters from “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” whilst honouring Captain Kim Richardson’s last day in office.
A 9 hole Competition was played in beautiful weather followed by a meal and presentation of a card and gifts to Kim from the Ladies Section.

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