Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
The new year has started off with a bang and people continue to enjoy the wonderful golf weather that we are experiencing. The weather being so wonderful does however impact on our Golf Course and the drought conditions are getting pretty serious.
We had a bumper season as far as rounds and activity in the Clubhouse is concerned (See Rounds to date). Our Clubhouse staff together with Jani and her staff and Gordon, Jan and the course staff did a great job in keeping our visitors happy and presenting them with a great golf course to play on. So, a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your efforts. We as members of this Club really appreciate it.
A disease that everyone who owns a business or supplies a service is talking about is the fact that people make bookings or appointments and then just don’t turn up without cancelling or even an apology. This was also the case at our Club but in spite of that we had the best December for the last 10 years as far as rounds of golf is concerned. It really is a pity that this continues to happen as these tee-off times could have been allocated to other players that were looking to play.
Our Club AGM took place on Thursday 10th January and it really was a happy day as the reports were all very positive. Your Club is in a very healthy financial position and is absolutely debt free. Sincere thanks was expressed to the Club Management under Janine vd Merwe; the Course Manager, Gordon Dennett and the Committee for getting our Club to this position.
Enjoy and play the game!!
From the Chairman
Greetings fellow members,
We have started a new year and I would like to wish every one of our members as well as the Management & staff a wonderful year with health, happiness and successful golf.
Seeing that many of our members were not able to attend our AGM, I thought that I would pick a few highlights and areas of focus from my Chairman’s Report and trust that you will find it interesting. Should you have any questions or concerns, I would urge you to approach myself or any member of the Committee and help us to make our Club even better than what it is at the moment.
Major Projects completed:
- Balustrade upgrade and repairs to the deck
- “zero turn machine” and new bakkie purchased
- Reception and pro shop refurbishment and upgrade
- Club roof repairs done
- Security upgrade including CCTV cameras in key “hot spots’
- Replacement and upgrade of “pull carts”
- Storage shed erected for above
- Kitchen equipment upgrade /replacement
Highlights of the Year:
- Record financial results – positive cash flow +/- R600,000 after above expenses)
- Clean audit
- Record Calamari Tournament results
- Extremely succesful Ladies Open tournament together with the Links
- First lady Calamari Champion! – Jenny Ririe
- Men’s Club Champion- Ivan Kamte
- Ladies Club Champion- Heather Kruger
- Men’s League – won 2nd league promoted to 1st League
- Ladies League -2nd
- Pezula Captains’ Challenge – St Francis ladies 1st
- Kouga League – 1st for the fourth year in succession
- Rounds increased by 6% over 2017
There are many more that could be mentioned but I will settle for the above. I am sure that you will agree that for a small Club such as ours, this is a great achievement and I again thank every one that had a hand in the success.
Enjoy your golf and support your Club.
Yours in Golf
From the Captain
It is sometimes said that the more things change the more they stay the same? Well, with regard to our delightful golf club we trust that this indeed holds true for the future. We are blessed to have enjoyed an excellent 2018 in all facets of our club – the course condition has been superb, the financial results for 2018 were excellent and we have become one of the most attractive golfing destinations in the Eastern Cape.
Numerous changes have and will be taking place – our handicap system and course stroke indexing has changed as we prepare to link in to the global system in 2020, some committee changes have been confirmed at the recent AGM and weather patterns seem to be changing year by year!! Our challenge therefore is to ensure that we can maintain and improve upon the success that we have enjoyed in the years to come – that our course remains in tip top condition, that the golf experience at our club for every round played remains an enjoyable one and that we can continue to operate on a sound financial footing.
Significant tribute must be paid to Richard Vauqulin for the outstanding contribution he made as our club captain – I shall endeavour to fill the rather large pair of boots that he has left behind to the best of my ability. We have a wonderful club, membership and course and it is a privilege to be part of an excellent team who will be working hard in the service all concerned.
I wish all members, fellow committee members and staff a happy and healthy golfing year.”
Ken Nieuwenhuizen – Club Captain
CLUB NEWS & RESULTS
The Pam Golding Annual
This competition played between our Club and the St Francis Links has become a fiercely contested one and this year was no different except for the outcome – The St Francis Links players won the right to “crow” for the rest of the year as they beat us comprehensively. We did however produce the overall winning team in Barry Swart & Johan Coetzee – Well done to them.
The weather was really wonderful so there were no reasons for this loss. Well done to The Links and thanks to Richard Arderne of Pam Golding St Francis Bay for their wonderful sponsorship over the years. The prizes are really attractive and hopefully we will have an even larger field competing next year.
St Francis Bay GC Annual General Meeting
The Club’s AGM took place on Thursday 10th January and was well attended by members.
The Chairman delivered his report which showed that the Club was in a very healthy state financially as well as far as membership was concerned. Caroline Kettlewell presented the audited Annual Financial Statements which showed that in spite of a number of large expenses for the year, the Club had no debt and maintained an extremely good Cash-flow. Membership was highlighted as one of the threats as there was no growth and we have a membership that is growing older every year. The new Committee and Management will target this as an area where we can improve.
A new Committee was elected:
Chairman Brian Lane
Captain Ken Nieuwenhuizen
Vice-Captain Viv Jones
House & Finance Caroline Kettlewell
Members: Garry Milford, Brian Hibbert, Hennie Boshoff & David Kettlewell
Our congratulations to the new Committee. Please support your Committee and if anything in the Club is a concern to you, contact the Chairman or Captain or if they are not available, a member of the Committee.
It is always better to put your concern in writing so that it can receive the necessary attention.
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
Please check with the Club and make your bookings timeously.
Enjoy your golf,
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT JANUARY 2019
Welcome to a new golf year! We ended 2018 with good golf and celebration during the Kettlewell Trophy competition and started 2019 with a Hole in One by Jenny Schulze. There is a new BUZZZ in the club with all the Lady Swallows who have returned, and we thank them for their enthusiasm.
“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
KETTLEWELL TROPHY 2018 & CHRISTMAS LUNCH
The Kettlewell Trophy competition was played on Monday 17st December. This trophy has a proud tradition that started in 1983. John Kettlewell felt in those years that the men had the Colin Rose Innes Trophy for which they play for annually, but the ladies had none. He then introduced the Kettlewell Trophy day to promote women’s golf at the Club. The first winner in 1983 was Margaret Kettlewell. We were again honoured to have representatives of the Kettlewell family with us and Jenny handed out the prizes.
The ladies teed off in perfect weather of 30°C and almost no wind! Some had good scores and others not. 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 Diane Moodie one of our longstanding members.
Heather Kruger produced a stellar performance and won the event. The winners on the day were:
First: Heather Kruger
Second: Shelley Owen
Third: Gill van der Meulen
Fourth: Bev Gilson
Fifth: Heather Hofmeyr
Nearest to the pins were Helen Gustavo & Viv Williams
MARITIME MOTORS ST FRANCIS OPEN – HOLE IN ONE ACHIEVEMENT!
Saturday 6th January saw the Club hosting the annual St Francis Open. Scoring was difficult due to gale force winds but that did not prevent Jenny Schulze to have her first ever Hole in One with her first shot in 2019 on the 10th hole!
The winners in the ladies’ competition was Heilie Uys first and Jenny Schulze second. Heilie also got Nearest to the Pin on the 3rd hole.
Thanks to Maritime Motors for their continued support of this competition.
SFBGC LADIES SECTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 17TH JANUARY 2019
The Ladies Section held a very successful AGM on 17th January where reports were given by Dawn Spiers (Captain) and Heilie Uys (President). The ladies celebrated the successes and challenges of 2018 and committed themselves to an even more successful 2019.
The following ladies were honoured as winners during 2018:
- Caroline Kettlewell (WGSA Silver medal, Putting Trophy, Knock out champion, Eclectic first round silver)
- Nicole Kellett (Birdie competition, Eclectic silver round 2 & 3 & Narramore Trophy)
- Joan Louise Manthe (Eclectic Bronze round 2 & 3)
- Jean Fynn (WGSA Bronze medal, Eclectic Bronze round 1)
A New Committee was elected for 2019:
- Jean Fynn – President
- Dawn Speirs – Captain
- Joan-Louise Manthe – Vice Captain; Eclectic and Birdie competition convener
- Pam Beaumont – Secretary
· Nicole Kellett – League Captain
· Shelley Owen – House matters and prize-convener
· June Mason – Treasurer and admin
Heilie Uys retired from the Committee after seven years of active “duty”. We wish her good health and great golf in her retirement.
The 2019 Tuesday golf season started on 8th January with a great field. 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.
POP IN BEAUTY BAR GOLF DAY 12TH FEBRUARY
We are preparing for our first Tuesday ladies sponsored day on the 12th of February. This is sponsored by Pop In Beauty Bar and we thank Renee, Izelle and the rest of the Team for supporting ladies golf. We are privileged again to have the English Professional golfer, Christine Langford and her tour group of ladies from the UK with us. Join us for a great day of golf with some expert instruction. What more could you want! The colour theme for the day is Red & White to link onto Valentine’s Day.
The first medal competition will take place on 26th January. This competition is scheduled every last Saturday of the month, and we urge the ladies to please try and play this format as it improves your golf.
This competition 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
The Knockout entry list will be put on the notice board soon. Please enter and play, it is fun and great practice for match play. The months to play this is March, April, May and June, please join in and have fun.
Our first league game is on the 18th February at Humewood GC and hopefully we can keep up the good work with the new better ball match play format. Other League games will be:
- 25th March – Port Elizabeth GC
- 6th May – Uitenhage GC
- 3rd June – Wedgewood Golf Course
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 23th February. Please support our neighbours!!
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARISE FOR 2019
- Mixed Open – 22 April
- Ladies Strokeplay Championships – May/June to be confirmed
- Kettlewell Trophy – 16 December (to be confirmed)
Our course, under the expert guidance of Gordon Dennett, Jan Nel and the Grounds Committee is weathering the drought and is still in great condition. 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 2019