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Meet the Captains
Men's Captain - Robert Finlay
I have been playing golf for about 33 years, but had my first introduction to Chislehurst golf club working on the course for Ruben Faulkner at the tender age of 16. I helped to clear the pits on the 7th and 13th holes from overgrown shrubs, years before the holes were reshaped. I also had a hand in rebuilding the bunkers on the 2nd, 12th and 16th under the supervision of Peter Bolt. During my late teens and early twenties, I helped behind the bar with steward Ken Seeley and his understudy Tim Barbi or as Nigel Pearson (the GM at the time) used to call them; Ken and Barbie! Joining Chislehurst in 1995 as a seven-day member, I added to the family connections since my late farther, Geoffrey, was already a member and mother, Maureen, worked in the office for Nigel. Over time, I became more familiar with the membership and, when my brother Stephen joined in 2003, golf at Chislehurst became a far more regular event and saw improvements in my game and integration into the club. Successes soon followed in the Brothers Open with Stephen, the West Kent Trophy Team and the odd Turkey Trot to name a few. For me, golf is a great sport that requires discipline and patience and Chislehurst offers a wonderful place to learn the sport and compete at a high standard against other courses in the area. Off the golf course, I have been a software developer for over 20 years working in the city of London for independent software houses, Lloyds insurance agencies, derivative brokers and, more recently, financial consultancies. I am very much looking forward to the challenge and responsibility the captaincy brings. I'm also excited about year ahead with our Lady Captain, Ruth Griffin and to meeting more of the membership via competitions and working with the Office, Board and Committee throughout year. I look forward to seeing you at the club soon.
Ladies' Captain - Ruth Griffin
I first started playing golf at Chislehurst as a junior, following in both my father and grandmothers footsteps. I have memories of group lessons with the Pro, Sydney Mason, standing in a line on the 15th fairway by the Temple on a Sunday afternoon hitting balls. Unfortunately I was put off competitive golf whilst playing in my first competition and only played with my father after that. I rejoined Chislehurst shortly after getting my second teaching job. I yearned for some outdoor activity and, having tried hockey, decided a walk to the ball and hit was a far better option than running! Chislehurst Golf Club was the obvious option as my father still played there. With the encouragement of some of the lady members I soon had a handicap but I was still reluctant to enter any of the competitions. It only needed a phone call from Barbara Gibson, one of the lowest handicapper players in the club, inviting me to play a foursomes with her to break the ice. She encouraged me to take part in the Stablefords and then Medals at the weekend. The business ladies group grew and was such fun. From then on I was hooked! After 30 years of playing at Chislehurst, with lots of ups and downs along the way, I've come to realise what a truly wonderful club it is and how fortunate we are in having such a beautiful building as our clubhouse and, more importantly, in having such fabulous members who support each other in life's challenges. I feel very honoured to selected as our Ladies Captain and look forward to working with Robert in representing you, our fellow members. We are already planning lots of fun events, both on and off the course, which we hope will be enjoyed by all.
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