Dear Fellow Golfer,
We have come to the “Most beautiful month of all” according to an Afrikaans poem.
September saw us hosting the 19th Edition of the Calamari Classic – see the report a bit later in this newsletter.
We also held the Special General Meeting at which the Committee presented the Budget for 2016/17; The proposed increases in Fees and the 5-Year plan for the Club. Increases were kept to around 5/6% and it was agreed that expenditure would only be proceeded with if the funds allowed. The Budget and proposed increases were accepted unanimously. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend and also for the very positive spirit that prevailed throughout the meeting.
For a brief summary of everything that was discussed, please visit our Website and see the Slideshow presentation on the opening page – www.stfrancisgolf.co.za
October is also the last month of our Financial Year which means that Membership Fees will become due on 1st November. As we did last year, we will be very strict with people who do not pay by the beginning of December or at least make arrangements for payment with the Club Management.
Please help us to make this process as easy as possible by making your payment in time. Your Club depends on each one of you!!
BENCHES ON THE COURSE
Over the years we have had the support of many golfing friends and families who financed the benched that we erected on some of the tees around the course. Many of the old benches have really worn down badly and are in need of replacement. We are replacing them with benches manufactured from Recycled Plastic and they are really great against the elements.
If there are any of the members who would like to assist us financially to replace the benches, please contact Janine – The cost is about R2500 per bench.
Please check out all the planned activities for the Club and get involved.
Enjoy the read.
We had some great news during September when we heard that the two St Francis Bay Clubs – St Francis Bay and St Francis Links – had been appointed to host the 2018 National Championships for the Senior Women Golf South Africa. The tournament will take place over a week in May 2018 and will bring about 300 players and their families to our Villages. It is sure to be a great tournament and will also bring a much needed financial injection for all the businesses. We have twenty months to prepare for the influx of visitors!!
Calamari Classic 2016:
The 19th edition of the Calamari Classic took place on 22/23/24th September. This event is the prime Fund-raising effort of our Club and we really appreciate our members who volunteer their services during this time.
We had a full field of more than 260 players who enjoyed our hospitality over the three days.
The first day was extremely challenging with heavy rains and winds in the morning and Saturday presented us with a strong breeze in the afternoon. In spite of the weather, everyone completed their rounds and enjoyed our beautiful course. Great comments from far and wide.
Many previous and new sponsors came onboard for this year’s Calamari and resulted in us improving the income over the budgeted figure.
Our thanks to every sponsor who has made this success possible – See the board at the Club.
Please support these sponsors who have shown their support for our Club and our Village.
Congratulations to all our winners and especially to Richard Vauqulin (35+35+40=110) who successfully defended the title he won last year. The first lady was Heilie Uys (33+33+33=99). On the whole our local players did very well and showed that local knowledge does help a bit when the weather turns against you. Below are some photos taken over the three days.
Next year will be the 20th Anniversary and we are looking to really make this a huge event.
Thanks to Ian Strang who produces these stats for us every month. The figures for this Newsletter incorporates two months and the Year to Date figures which shows our figures are still up on last year – we are among a small number of Clubs that show an increase in rounds. We have to thank our Manager, Janine vd Merwe, for the excellent work she does in promoting our Club and ensuring that we have our share of visitors.
Thursday 13th October – EP Ladies Seniors playing at our Club
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th – Dolphin Trophy – Check playing times
Saturday 29th October – Oyster Bay NSRI Golf Day – Please support this day!!!
Saturday 12th November – Annual Ryder Cup (Chairman vs Captain Teams)
Friday 25th November – St Francis College Golf Day
The Golf Course
Please help us by repairing pitch-marks on the greens as well as filling in divots on the tees and fairways.
Over the past weeks we have had some very positive comments about our course. I don’t think we always realise just how fortunate we are to be able to play on a course of this quality in our little Village.
Gordon has a very small staff and it would help tremendously if every player would assist us by filling in divots on the fairways as well as fixing pitch-marks on our greens. Please however don’t get so involved with this that you slow down the field.
Could we ask players to please take care in the following places on the course:
- Please do not access the area to the right and behind the 12th green with your carts or golf buggies. Walk around the left side. We have been pretty successful in growing back some coverage. You will notice the success we have already had.
- The same goes for the area between the dune and the green on the right side of the 7th green.
- Please also do not drive golf buggies between bunkers and the green on 3rd, 6th, 8th 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th & 18th and between the green and water on the 8th.
- Please try and avoid driving over sprinkler-heads and other irrigation equipment.
Please help us to keep our course clean and tidy. If you see the odd bottle, can or plastic bag lying around, please pick it up and deposit it in the bin at the next tee.
Please also repair pitch-marks even if they aren’t yours and replace divots and use sandbags !!
Have a great month of golf and enjoy the Club.
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT OCTOBER 2016
Sadie Christman said the following: “Life throws you curve balls, but you either learn to swerve them or hit them like there is no tomorrow”. That is the character of our Ladies Captain, Carol Hemsley! After having to undergo unexpected emergency surgery, she is back on her feet with a smile and ready to go. We missed you Carol and we are thankful for your speedy recovery.
Heilie Uys and Committee
After our more relaxed winter schedule of one Tuesday golf event per month, we are back to our usual schedule of having Ladies Golf every Tuesday morning from 4th October on our summer schedule:
- Names on the list by latest 07:30
- Draw at 07:45
- Tee-off from 08:00
The Inter Club match between the ladies form Jeffreys Bay Golf Club and us for the Baboon Trophy will be played on 1st November at the Jeffreys Bay Golf Club. Please add your name to the list that will soon be available. Jeffreys Bay has won the Baboon Trophy seven out of 11 times – remember the losing Team wins the trophy! We need your help to continue with our good reputation in this competition.
The draw for the Knock-out is up in the ladies locker room. Some players were away but if you and your opponent are both here try and play as soon as possible. Please let us keep as close to the deadlines as possible.
FINAL LEAGUE RESULTS 2016:
SENIOR LADIES GOLF:
The Senior Ladies are going to play at SFBGC on 13th October. This is always a special occasion for us to not only show off our lovely course (thanks to Gordon and his team), but also to let them experience our hospitality.
ECLECTIC AND BIRDIE COMPETITIONS:
We are in the last quarter of the year and time to enter the last Eclectic completion. This competition gives the ladies an opportunity to challenge themselves to better their scores on each hole played.
There is still time till end December to record your birdies played. Every year we try to beat our reigning champion for the past five years, Caroline Kettlewell. Let’s GO!!!
CALAMARI CLASSIC 2016:
After months of hard work, the 2016 Calamari Classic started in Great Spirit on 22nd September. Some golfers played in drenching rain, others in strong winds but in the end all were smiling.
We thank all the ladies who assisted with the packing of goodie bags, registering players, overseeing the dinners each evening and selling raffle tickets. The income from the raffle exceeds R16,000!!! Our Club Captain will report in his section of the Kiewiet about the highlights of this tournament.
We congratulate our overall lady winners who were:
1 Heilie Uys with 33, 33, 33 – 99
2 Jenny Ririe 31, 32, 34 – 97
3 Janine van der Merwe 32, 29, 34 – 95
PAM GOLDING LADIES OPEN WEEKEND: 19TH & 20TH NOVEMBER
Excitement is mounting for the 2016 Pam Golding Properties Ladies Open Weekend. Entry forms were sent out in September and we are striving for a full field of 180 players. These players will be divided into two groups to play the St. Francis Bay course and the Links.
On Saturday at 11:30 players will tee off at the Bay and the Links while these groups will swap around on Sunday teeing off at 07:30. They will enjoy a wonderful dinner and entertainment at the Links on Saturday and on Sunday they will enjoy lunch and prize giving at our club. We thank Richard Arderne of Pam Golding Properties for continuing his sponsorship of this tournament as well as several other sponsors who contribute to ensure the success of this great event. More detail in our next Newsletter.
SANLAM CANCER CHALLENGE FINAL COMPETITION:
We wish Heilie Uys calm nerves and straight putts when she will be competing in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge final competition at Sun City on 10th and 11th October.
THANKS TO HEILIE
The club owes HEILIE a huge vote of thanks for the wonderful work she did for the Calamari. She was left “holding the baby” when I was so unexpectedly hospitalised for surgery! Heilie you are a star and I , especially, thank you for stepping in to the breach, when I was rendered pretty useless!!
Congratulations on winning the Calamari – an honour well deserved! We will all be rooting for you at the Cancer Challenge finals on 11th & 12th!