The BMW Championship
I had a great day out this week at The BMW Championship at Wentworth. Along with Ian Bamborough, the Pro from The Gog Magog, my son Jonny and Will Conlon, one of the club's up and coming junior members, we were able to watch some of the World’s top players in action. The course changes that were well documented last year have now well and truly bedded in and the West course really looks to be quite an examination now. I get the feeling that if you had a handicap at Newmarket of 10 you would probably be a good 3 to 4 more at Wentworth.
Ladies Closed Meeting
Fingers crossed, the better weather is finally here and it was just in time for the Ladies Closed Meeting on Tuesday this week. The course was in superb condition for this 36 hole event which attracted nearly 40 players with a further 18 competitors in the Jan Golding 18 hole competition.
The Gang at Wentworth
Congratulations must go to our Ladies Vice Captain this year, Sarah Greenall, who managed to win both the gross and nett competitions with her score of gross 75, which gave her a nett 70 with her 5 handicap off. Well done also to Ann Greig on winning the Jan Golding Cup with a nett 74.
The Luckiest Miss Nobody
I would like to introduce you to a lovely lady that I met this week, Jean Coates, the author of 'The luckiest Miss Nobody'. Jean has only just finished the book and I can guarantee it will definitely appeal to all you race goers. I have cut and pasted her introduction as I wouldn't be able to explain her reasons for producing such a book as eloquently has Jean herself.
"Dear Mr. Sharkey,
It was lovely to see you again and even more lovely that you hadn't forgotten me and the book. Thank you for listening to me once again and helping me to promote "The Luckiest Miss Nobody".
After thirteen years mingling with the racing world, whereby I was allowed to visit stables and studs all over England and Ireland to take photographs, this book had to be written. My journeys have been one amazing experience, but not all plain sailing of course - Being a non-conformist, but most abide I have found myself in many confusing and difficult situations when trying desperately to raise funds for cancer research, whereby I was totally committed, but pushed the boat out a little too far, shall we say.
|"This book is about one woman (Jean Ashdown-Coates) who from a child to adult life unwittingly took on board racing knowledge when her father Harry became a compulsive gambler - Street corner bookies was one challenge that had to be faced along with what was already a tumultuous existence for one so young. Difficult years followed until such times a more calming existence showed itself. Harry changed his ways after Betting shops were introduced in 1961 when no more credit was allowed - Names in abundance became household names and little did Jean know that the Easterby's, the late Major Dick Hern and Jimmy Fitzgerald were preparing her for destined times ahead. Not forgetting the horses of course that meticulously kicked over in the brain, Sea Pigeon Night Nurse, Dunfermline, Forgive-n-Forget, Never Say Die and Attivo - Parents Flo (a bad loser) and Harry had their own problems along the way and was another challenge to be faced. Eventually Married Ted, Manager for Overseas Insurance - Thought Jean was mad to like horsereacing, but even so produced the perfect equine gift. |
Jean Coates visiting our Pro Shop this week.
Turning Serious into Comedy had to be achieved when enabling one's mind to keep sane.
Achievement to date, Lester Piggott and Sir Peter O'Sullevan couldn't have foreseen one scatty and excited woman entering their lives to share her up and down past. But the whole racing fraternity it seems has perfectly fitted into their reserved slot of "The Luckiest Miss Nobody" -Sadly Jean's husband passed away 1994, Harry 1996 (Cancer of the Lung) and Flo 1998. - Horses and Cancer were two words Jean wanted out of her life as quickly as they entered, but have now formed a new beginning, one of contentment and fulfilment and along with her prisewinning photography makes "The Luckiest Miss Nobody" a bloody good read.
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|Horses and Cancer were two words Jean wanted rid of in her life, but now formed a new beginning, but one of contentment and fulfilment".|
Copies of her book are now available in the Pro Shop at a cost of £50.
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