Chislehurst Golf Club

Meet the Captains

Men's Captain - Simon Smollett

My wife Susan and I joined Chislehurst Golf Club 19 years ago. We were getting keen to play golf following a move from Central London. After a very friendly welcome, it seemed logical to join the golf club at the bottom of our garden. We have never looked back, enjoying our golf and making new friends. We both started with 28 handicaps which seems a distant memory, especially since Susan's handicap has been below mine for 13 years. Now I am just focused on getting to single figures! These days I can't think what we did before we played golf, so it is a great honour to be asked to be club captain and I welcome the chance to help in its continuing success. I spent 25 years in the city, trading, selling and researching currency options. After retiring I served on the club committee as the junior organiser, which threw up plenty of challenges, but I enjoyed trying to input my enthusiasm for golf to the next generation. Off the course I enjoy stargazing, social bridge, watching F1 racing and caring for my carnivorous plants, while occasionally providing taxi services and UK accommodation to my nieces and nephew. As we celebrate some significant French connections this year and focus on the clubhouse heritage, Jacky Russell and I would hope you enjoy your Chislehurst golf and come along to the social events.

Ladies' Captain - Jacky Russell

I joined Chislehurst Golf Club in 2004 once my coach advised me that it was time I started playing golf properly and tried to compete against women instead of playing with a crowd of men for the usual Sunday morning swindle! I subsequently secured a job which enabled me to work and play golf on other occasions apart from just Sundays. I was born and bred in Chislehurst. I am married to Peter who is also a member here. We have two daughters and four grandchildren so far. I have had a varied career in both public and private sectors, infact, it would be true to say I'm a Jack of all trades! I retired a couple of years ago which then made me an immediate candidate for captaincy - the ladies section take no prisoners! I have enjoyed being involved in all aspects of being a member at Chislehurst both golfing and social. I was previously business ladies team captain for 4 years and I am hoping the experience I gained organising teams, providing original entertainment along with ensuring the constant flow of alcohol will stand me in good stead for my year as Ladies Captain! When not playing golf I enjoy walking, swimming, and yoga and still live in the hope that these activities will help improve my handicap at some point. On a serious note, I feel honoured to have been asked to be Lady Captain this year, and I hope to build on the success of our 125 year and wish you all a healthy and happy golfing season, once the course has dried out!

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