Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
I have heard people say that January only has two weeks – I now believe that is true because I missed at least two weeks in January this year.
Welcome to the year of our Lord 2018 and may it be a wonderful year for all our readers both on and off the course. Some of our members and visitors have also had some health challenges over the past year and we hope for improvements in that area as well.
Earlier in January the Club held it’s Annual General Meeting at which a new Committee was elected. Our congratulations to Brian Lane who takes over the reigns as Chairman from Derek De Villiers who has done a wonderful job of the Chairmanship and who has steered our Club into calm waters financially. Our thanks to Derek – We trust that you will continue to enjoy your golf even more in the future. Congratulations also to the newly elected Committee:
Brian Lane – Chairman
Richard Vauqulin – Captain
Brian Hibbert – Vice Captain
Caroline Kettlewell – Admin & Finance
Gary Milford – Chair of Grounds Committee
Dawn Speirs – Lady Captain
Please support your Committee and ensure that our Club stays the friendly place people have come to know. If there is something that worries you, please talk to the Committee rather than to people in the Club that can’t do anything to change it!! If you are happy with what is happening at the Club, please spread the word!!
Please ensure that you and your covey keep pace with the covey in front of yours and also always keep the etiquette of golf in mind
Support your Club and enjoy the golf,
Did you know?
Honesty, integrity, courtesy: three words that have come to represent the spirit in which the game of golf is played.
Repair divots & Pitch marks
Watch your language on the course – You are in a public place!!
Keep up with the Pace of Play
Don’t play with a ball you can’t afford to lose – Searching for balls take up time
Make the game enjoyable for your playing partners – Don’t give unwanted advice
Be ready to play when it is your turn
Watch where you park your trolley or buggy – Check EXIT direction.
From the Chairman
Greetings from your “new chairman”! For those members who I have not had contact with over the festive season and into the new year , I hope that you all had an enjoyable and safe time over the season and that 2018 will be a happy and successful year for you all.
As incoming chairman taking the reins over from Derek De Villiers who as chairman over the past 4 years has made an enormous contribution to the golf club – it feels a bit daunting – but with the support of our loyal membership, an excellent committee and amazing staff we will hopefully continue the successful trend at the club.
When one looks around at many struggling golf clubs both in South Africa and overseas we are in fact currently ‘bucking the trend” but we should never become complacent and we need to continue to strive for continuous improvement at the club.
One of our biggest challenges over the past few months has been to keep the golf course in good condition when rounds have peaked and the drought has been the worst I have experienced in my lifetime. Despite this Gordon and his team have done an amazing job in this regard and hopefully we will see some good rainfall in the months ahead.
Our club captain Richard supported by his “Captains Committee” have some great golf events planned for us over the year and this together with numerous social events should make the club a very enjoyable place to spend time and I urge you all to support our club.
Hot off the press is the news that SA professional golfer, Wallie Coetsee, has chosen to partner with our club this year. Many of you may remember that in 2015 Wallie led the “Jo’burg Open” one of South Africa’s major tournaments and part of the “European circuit. This tournament attracts some of the best players in the world and he eventually went on to finish second.
Wallie is a great guy and when he is not playing on the circuit he will play his golf with us as well as offering lessons and clinics. We are also looking at other ways of maximizing this opportunity over the next year.
Lastly I must thank Janine and team at the club as well as our caterers (Jani and Frank) for all the hard work they put into the club over the extremely busy holiday season.
I look forward to working with all of you over the next year to make our club a happy place to be and our “home away from home”.
Yours in golf
From the Captain
The Festive Season came and went in a flash. How nice it was to see friends and family again. The club was as busy as ever. Thanks must be given to our staff for maintaining the course’s condition and those in the club house for coping with the high volume of traffic. In this context you may wish to read the award winning letter in this February’s Golf Digest on our bar staff (page 75, kindly compiled by Jennifer Janin Goodman). Perhaps it was the water restrictions that were responsible for the increase in bar takings, who knows?
2018 got off to a bright start with us retaining the Pam Golding Annual Trophy and dare I say, by a healthy margin. Well done to all those who played, you have given us the “bragging rights” over our neighbours for another 12 months! Many thanks to Richard Arderne of Pam Golding Properties for once again sponsoring the event so generously and also for Jeff and the Links hosting an enjoyable lunch and Prize-giving after the second round.
The entry lists for the 3 knock-out trophies will shortly be posted on the notice board. This year we will include time frames by which matches need to be played. Please remember that the obligation to arrange a game rests with the player(s) on the lower bracket. As advised earlier, we will be holding a par 3 competition each quarter and the date for the first one is Sunday 18 March. The first “Sixes” event will be held in the second quarter and run by Ken (“two pay cheques to go”) Nieuwenhuizen. Thanks Ken, we look forward to having you and Margs down here on a permanent basis.
Unfortunately we are slipping in areas of etiquette, more specifically consideration for others. Prize givings in Summer are scheduled for 18H00 (between 15 Dec & 15 January at Captain’s discretion). So as to allow compilers enough time to establish prize winners, cards handed in after 17H40 will simply not be included. It is totally unfair on the compilers who are forced to rush yet alone on members who have evening commitments and families to go home to. On the course you are obliged to keep up with those ahead of you. If you are holding a group up, call them through, plain and simple. If you are not called through by a slow group ahead, you have every right to request of them to allow you through. A round of golf should take no longer than 4 hours & 30 minutes. Of course from time to time, circumstances will arise out of your control e.g. thunderstorm which will result in a delay and obviously a later prize giving.
Please note that other than the Calamari Classic, 2-clubs will always be in place during competitions on an optional basis. As such if anyone prefers not to enter, their entry fee will be reduced by R5. Players are reminded to hand in signed individual cards and one per pair in better-ball events. So as to assist staff in compiling results, it is requested that cards be handed in as soon as rounds are completed. Do not forget to list any 2-clubs in the appropriate space on the card!
Wishing you all an enjoyable 2018 on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
WALLIE COETSEE to play out of St Francis Bay GC – In his Chairman’s message, Brian, made the announcement that Wallie Coetsee has decided to play out of St Francis Bay GC for 2018. When he is not playing on the Circuit, he will be involved at our Club and will also be doing some coaching. More details of this will be made available as and when Wallie is here so please watch the Notice Board.
We as a Club wish Wallie everything of the best as he plays the Sunshine Tour and the local Circuit this year. Sure we will see some great finishes and even a win or two!!!
Club Knock-out Competitions
Last year our Knock-out Competition had some success and Captain Richard has indicated that the Entrance Forms will be on the Notice Board shortly. Please help us to make the playing for these Trophies a huge success this year and enjoy playing your fellow golfers over a period of time.
Watch the Notice Board.
Monthly Sponsored Competitions
Our Club is also very thankful to announce that HUMANSDORP TOYOTA has agreed to extend their monthly sponsorship of the Betterball Competition on the last Wednesday of the month. They have also increased the amount of the sponsorship and we would like to thank Humansdorp Toyota and Kobus Burger for their continued support. This sponsorship has been going for more than 15 years and we appreciate this tremendously.
Competitions during December & January:
Thanks to everyone that participated in our Competitions during the Festive Season and congratulations to all the winners.
Windhoek Lager Pairs (January Competition)
Well done to the winners, Ivan Kamte and Charles Coenraad and Runners-up, David Kettlewell and Ian Price who will represent our Club at the Regional Competition.
There is one more chance to qualify for the Regional Competition – On Saturday 17th February.
Come and join us and stand a chance to become an international golfer!!!
The Pam Golding Properties Annual
The 2nd & 3rd January saw the St Francis Links and St Francis Bay GC battle it out for this sought-after Trophy and of course the “Bragging Rights” for the next year. The round at the Bay was testing with some wind but the round at the Links was a perfect day for golf and in the end – after much calculation – it was announced that the Bay had retained the Trophy for yet another year. Our thanks to Richard Arderne of Pam Golding Properties for the sponsorship; all the players and also to Jeff and the Links staff who treated us to a great lunch and Prize-giving after the two rounds. Looking forward to next year!!!
The Maritime Motors St Francis Open
Our Club has a number of very special sponsors and Maritime Motors is one such. Our thanks to Wikus Loots – Dealer Principle Maritime Motors – for the continued sponsorship. Our congratulations to the winners of the Ladies’ and Men’s division and all received great prizes as a reward for wonderful rounds of golf. Winners were:
1st Janine vd Merwe
2nd Jean Fynn
3rd Caroline Kettlewell
1st Victor Pretorius
2nd Ivan Kamte
4th Karl Schmidt
5th Ian Price
6th Daryl vd Vyver
UPCOMING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
We have settled into our regular pattern of competitions for the year and we encourage everyone to keep on supporting the Club by playing regularly and bringing friends and colleagues to spend a day at the Club. The friendly atmosphere is only beaten by the affordable prices of our drinks.
Check it out!!
Enjoy your golf,
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT JANUARY 2018
The first month of 2018 has finished so here is wishing you all another eleven months of good golf and great friendship. We all strive to play good golf, but it is sometimes better to remember the following:
“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.” ~ Walter Hagen (Handicap News January 2018)
Kettlewell trophy 2017 & Christmas lunch
The Kettlewell Trophy is the last big event on the yearly calendar for the Ladies Section, where our local and country members as well as visitors, compete for the trophy which John Kettlewell instituted in 1983.
The ladies teed off in rainy weather on 18th December but that did not dampen their spirits! Maybe they were all focussing on the delicious Christmas lunch which Jani and Frank Ellis prepared for them after golf. We were also honoured at lunch with the presence of Lindy Pagden, one of our founder members, and Diane Moodie one of our longstanding members.
The winners on the day were:
First: Caroline Kettlewell winning the trophy and keeping it in the Kettlewell family
Second: Pam Beaumont
Third: Heather Hofmeyr
Fourth: Victoria Schmidt
Fifth: Joan-Louise Manthe
Sixth: Kathy Smith
Seventh: Petro Mennen
Nearest to the pins were Kathy Smith and Heather Kruger
Ladies Annual General Meeting and Prize winners
There is a saying: “Sometimes, being with your golfing friends, is all the therapy you need”.
That is exactly the situation amongst the members of the Ladies Golf Section at St Francis Bay Golf Club.
The Annual General Meeting of this Ladies Section took place on Thursday 18th January 2018 where ladies celebrated the success of the past year and elected a new Committee, namely:
– President: Heilie Uys
– Captain: Dawn Speirs
– Secretary: Pam Beaumont
– Members: Shelley Owen, Nicole Kellett and Joan-Louise Manthe
The main prize winners for the year were:
– Dawn Speirs: WGSA Silver Medal competition
– Jean Fynn: WGSA Bronze Medal competition and winner of two sections in the Eclectic competition, Bronze division
– Heilie Uys: Section winner in the Eclectic competition, Silver division
– Nicole Kellett: Winner of the Knock-out competition and Section winner in the Eclectic competition, Silver division
– Joan-Louise Manthe: Most Improved Lady Golfer for the year
– Caroline Kettlewell: Winner of the Putting trophy, Narramore trophy as overall winner of the Eclectic competition, of which she also won two sections, and winner of the Birdie competition.
The 2018 Tuesday golf season started on 16th January. Please add your names to the list before 07:30 for the draw to be done at 07:45 and teeing off at 08:00. There is a new BUZZZ in the club with all the Lady Swallows who have returned, and we thank them for their enthusiasm.
Pop In Beauty Bar Golf Day 13th February
We are preparing for our first ladies sponsored day on the 13th of February. This is sponsored by Renee Botha and her team from Pop In with pampering after golf as well as a talk by the professional golfer Christine Langford from the UK. Join us for a great day of golf with some expert instruction as well as body pampering. What more could you want! The colour theme for the day is Red & White to link onto Valentine’s Day.
The first medal competition on 27th January was played in excellent conditions. This is not a well-attended competition and is scheduled every last Saturday of the month, but please try and play this format as it improves your golf.
This competition It is played in two divisions and players can qualify for an Order of Merit Medal:
- Silver medal division for players of handicap 18 or less
- Bronze medal division for players of handicap 19 to 36
In order to qualify for an Order of Merit Medal in each division:
- A player must return a minimum of four net scores during the year – must all be in the same division.
- The player’s lowest 4 net scores are added together and divided by 4 to obtain an average. Fractions count.
Section winner is the lady with the lowest average score.
Knock out Competition
Please put your names down for the Knockout competition we are hoping to do the draw in February and start the first round.
Jeffreys Bay Ladies Open
We have always been great supporters of the Jeffreys Bay Ladies Open. This day full of fun and prizes will take place on Saturday 24th February. Please support our neighbours!!
Important dates to diarise for 2018
- Mixed Open – 2 April
- Ladies Strokeplay Championships – 16 & 17 June
- Ladies Open – 10 & 11 November
- Kettlewell Trophy – 17 December (to be confirmed)
- EPWG League: 26 March (PEGC); 30 April (HWGC); 3 September (UGC); 22 October (Wedgewood)
Our course, under the expert guidance of Gordon Dennett and the Grounds Committee is weathering the drought and is still in great condition. Our 9th tee is receiving some tender loving care to get more grass coverage and get in top condition for the Ladies National Seniors Tournament in May.
We really appreciate the time and effort put into the course and the club by all the staff.
Wishing you good health and happy golfing in 2018