Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
Here we find ourselves at the end of the third month of the year 2018 and many of our Swallow-friends are getting ready to depart back to their homes for the summer – if you can call it that when you see all the snow and cold over there. We wish them all a safe journey and we certainly look forward to seeing you all back again towards the end of the year.
Our golf course has stood up well to the ravages of the drought and also some bad periods of humidity when fungus infection is so prevalent. Thanks again to our Course Manager and the staff for their hard work and vigilance. On top of all this we received the news that our course has moved up SIX places in the Top 100 rankings in South Africa. We are now at #90 for the next period. Some hard work is ahead to stay in these lofty places!! Well done to all concerned.
The Wednesday “After Golf Dinners” have become a firm favourite and more and more people are making use of this opportunity to get out of having to go and prepare a meal after a heavy day on the golf course. Please make sure that you book with Jani to ensure that you will be fed.
Our twice a month, Friday-night dinners are also very popular and this goes together with the Club Draw that is done just before the Dinner. Please support our caterers especially during the quiet months. The Draw is an attendance event so please make sure that you are there and while you wait for the draw, enjoy a drink or two or stay for dinner with some friends.
For those that are struggling with their game, take the opportunity of booking a session with Wallie Coetsee over the next few weeks. He is taking a break from the circuit and is available to help with everything from your long game to the shortest putt. (See later in this issue for details)
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 to all.
It seems like yesterday that I was compiling my first Chairman’s Report and here we are well into 2018 and I am pleased to say that so far all is well at your club. We have had a busy first quarter with a good dose of overseas and local visitors as well as club members enjoying our club and golf course. Regular compliments about the condition of our golf course, friendly staff and club spirit are the order of the day and I must thank all our members and staff who make our club a “great place to be”.
Some of the highlights so far include:
- Revenue is up on budget and last year which is a good but we still have most of the year ahead of us.
- Some much needed rain last week, although obviously much more is needed in the months ahead to put an end to the serious drought we are experiencing. Last week was a good start however.
- The “Golf Digest” rating us up 6 places in the 2018 top 100 golf course list to 90th
- Improvements to the deck area of the club are in progress and we will continue to “bit by bit” add value to the club within the financial means available.
- We now have a “Professional Golfer” in the form of Wallie Coetsee who ended 62nd in the Sunshine Tour rankings for the past season and I am sure he will be a great asset to the club so please support him.
- Our two league teams have started the year well and our Club Captain (Richard) will I am sure provide more detail in his report.
One of the highlights for me so far this year was the opportunity Janine and I had to play a round of golf on our course with the legendry John Bland and his wife Sonja. I am sure that most of you are aware of John’s achievements over many years in professional golf on the International and local tours.
For those who may not know — He won 36 South African and International Professional Tournaments during his career including 5 as a Senior on the American PGA tour. Wallie Coetsee described him as “Poetry in Motion” and I can bear testament to that.
To add to the occasion John proceeded to make his 30th “hole in one” on our 14th hole!
What was really great was the fact that someone like John Bland who has played on the best golf courses worldwide commented on a few occasions how impressed he was with our course.
Not only is he “Poetry in Motion” but also a great person as is Sonja who will be playing on our course again later in the year when we host the” Ladies Senior Tournament”. We look forward to seeing her do well in this event.
On a less positive note we have unfortunately noticed a few instances when visiting golfers have not treated golf carts very well and I would ask all our members to help by reporting any abuse they see to the committee. They are very valuable assets which bring in revenue to the club and we need to protect them.
Overloading and ramping over mounds etc. are not only damaging to the carts but also a serious danger to the occupants. Please help us control this abuse.
I look forward to seeing you all at our club and having some fun.
Yours in Golf
From the Captain
The recent rains have made a difference and hopefully you will agree that the course is looking as good as ever. We hosted scratch league on Sunday and the comments on the course were very positive, particularly the very closely-mown verges to the green. Well done & thank you Gordon & team. On the subject of leagues, both our Kouga & Scratch sides are performing well viz;
In the first round at Humewood we beat Hankey (A) 16-2, PEGC (C) 14-4) and Wedgewood (B) 12=6.. The second round was played at home and though we managed to beat Northwood (A) 18-0 unfortunately we suffered a narrow loss to Walmer CC by the margin of 10-8. We welcome Pieter Zietsman to the team and admire the standard of his golf, demolishing all before him last Sunday.
The second round was played at Zwartenbosch and the team finished in 2nd place behind the hosts. Cumulatively we now lie 2nd, some 10 points adrift of Zwartenbosch with our home fixture in hand.
CLUB KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS
The draws for the three knock-outs have been carried out and are posted on the board. Feedback from last year suggested that we set deadlines for completion of rounds. As such we have duly complied & listed the cut-off dates above each round (see draws on the board). First rounds need to be completed by 7 May so please ensure that your matches are played by then. Time has a nasty habit of creeping up on us! Remember that the onus is on the player(s) on the lower section of the bracket to arrange games.
It is wonderful to have a Sunshine Tour Pro of Wallie Coetsee’s stature with us. When I advised the Editor of Golf Digest of this his response, verbatim, was “Good for you to have Wallie at the club. He’s a lovely guy, very pleasant company, and a great golfer. Please send him my best wishes”. Welcome Wallie, may your association with our club be both long and enjoyable. Of course we would be happy if you could raise our standards as well!
I wish you all a Blessed Easter and happy rounds on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
WALLIE COETSEE will be available for coaching over the next few weeks.
We mentioned earlier that Wallie will be here for the next few weeks and we are sure that you will benefit greatly from his coaching around some of the issues that you may be having with your swing, bunker play or putting.
Wallie has a wide variety of coaching methods and some of you may really enjoy playing a 9 -or 18-holes with him while he gives advice on your game as well as general
Make use of this opportunity to improve your game and so also improve the enjoyment of the time you spend on the golf course and an opportunity to brag about some of your shots as well.
Club Knock-out Competitions
The Knock-out Competitions’ draws have now been finalised so please make sure that you are aware whom you are to play and by what date so that we can keep to the proposed dates.
Enjoy the competition through the next few months.
Monthly Sponsored Competitions
Our Club is also very thankful to announce that Fraser from FrasAfrica from whom we get some of our wines, has again agreed to sponsor a monthly competition. We are also happy to announce that in conjunction with FrasAfrica’s competition we will have The Kitchen Window Restaurant in J-Bay sponsoring a Nearest to the pin prize.
Our sincere thanks to these and all our other sponsors for their support.
RESULTS AND NEWS FROM FEBRUARY/MARCH
SA vs ROW + Celebration
The annual South Africa vs The Rest of the World Competition took place on Monday 26th February and it turned out to be a really momentous day.
Peter Collison who has single-handedly organised and sponsored this event for more years than we can remember, also arranged a surprise party for Lionel Rowe on his 90th birthday.
A great day was had buy all and to crown it all the ROW beat SA for the first time in “living Memory”.
Thanks to Peter for his great effort and also to all those that participated to make the day very special.
Peter, Can we assume that you will arrange a really BIG PARTY when Lionel reaches 100???
MONDAY SENIORS CHAMPS
Our congratulations to Mike Richardson who won the Monday Seniors Championships on Monday 19th February.
Here he is seen with Roy O’Hara who handed over the “Roy O’Hara Trophy” to him after the game.
Our thanks to all the participants and all our regular Monday Senior group of players who so regularly “play” the game.
WALLIE COETSEE & SRIXON SPONSORED DAY
Due to some very welcome rain just as the field was getting going, most of the players decided to take refuge in the Clubhouse and enjoy a drink or two or three.
A new date for this competition will be announced so please keep a sharp lookout on the Notice Board as well as on our Facebook Page.
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!!
The Programme for April is as follows:
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Enjoy your golf,
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT MARCH 2018
February & March have been good to Ladies golf with regard to good weather on a Tuesday and these days have been well supported by our members and swallows. We are also very excited about the new Bunny programme that will surely enhance our numbers in future.
We thank all the ladies for their continued support and willingness to assist when needed.
GOLF, BEAUTY TREATMENT AND INSTRUCTION ALL IN ONE!
The Pop In Beauty Bar golf morning on 13th February at St. Francis Bay Golf Club (SFBGC) was a GREAT success, thanks to Renee Botha and her Team. This is the fourth year in a row that Renee is the sponsor of this special beauty day.
Players from Jeffreys Bay, Zwartenbosch, Hankey and overseas visitors joined the SFBGC ladies to enjoy good weather and great golf in a Valentine’s spirit.
After the sponsored Better Ball competition, the ladies were pampered with free shoulder & neck and feet massages followed by light lunch.
The highlight of the day was an instruction session by Chris Langford. Chris has been a Professional Golfer for 40 years. Her professional career began in the USA when she qualified for the LPGA tour, returning to Europe in 1979 becoming a Founder Member of what is now the Ladies European Tour, winning 3 tournaments that season. She also won 2 events on the Japan and South East Asia Tour.
In 1988 Chris became the first women to be appointed Head Professional at a member’s club when she joined Clevedon Golf Club in Somerset. In 2015 Christine joined Thorpeness and is currently Head Professional and Golf Operations Manager.
The winners on the day received vouchers and products from Pop In Beauty Bar for which the ladies were sincerely thankful.
Nearest to the Pin winners:
8th hole Shelley Owen & 17th hole Kirsten Lange
1st: Heilie Uys and Jane Rigby-Fielder – 44 points
2nd: Joan-Louise Manthe and Les Lucas – 43 points
3rd: Heather Hoffmeyr and Carol Hemsley – 43 points
4th: Joey van Jaarsveld and Jenny Smith – 42 points
Thanks to Janine van der Merwe and her Team, Course Manager Gordon Dennett and Jani and Frank for a lovely lunch.
LADIES SECTION SAYS GOODBYE TO SWALLOWS
The Ladies Section had the pleasure the past three months, not only to welcome back our “Swallows” but also to enjoy golfing and socialising together. It is time to say goodbye to them again and we wish them all safe travelling – till we meet again!
They remind us of a part of the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Swallows travel to and fro,
And the great winds come and go,
And the steady breezes blow,
Bearing perfume, bearing love.
INTERESTED IN PLAYING GOLF! JOIN THE LADIES BUNNIES PROGRAMME
Janine and Mickey initiated the programme and the Ladies Section is taking if forward. Enthusiastic ladies joined the programme and under the guidance of Wendy Byl as “Bunny Mom”, Captain Dawn Speirs and other Committee members each Tuesday turns into a fun day of practice and sharing.
Bunnies who are not members only pay green fees i.e. R150 for 18 holes R80 for 9 holes and very beginners for less than 9 holes no charge. This deal is for 3 months after which they join as a prorate member.
Any lady interested in joining this programme can contact the following persons:
Mickey or Janine: 042 294 0467
Dawn Speirs: 082 850 1215
2018 EPWG LEAGUE
Under the guidance of our new League Captain, Nicole Kellett, the Ladies Section is motivated to do better this year than the third position they ended the 2017 season with. After decades of wearing pink and navy-blue outfits, the ladies are going to parade the fairways in Ombre Tribal print golf shirts and white pants with matching hoodie jackets. The first match will be on Monday 26th March. Go Girls!!!!
MIXED OPEN COMPETITION
Our MIXED OPEN will be on EASTER MONDAY 2nd APRIL. Enter on the booking sheet at the club. Should you need a partner, we will find one of the great guys in the club.
Come and join us for this fun day of camaraderie, great golf and even some wonderful prizes to boot.
Thanks to our sponsor for the day – Desiree Ferreira, Leandri Osborne and Garry Milford from Seeff St Francis Bay.
REMEMBER: There will also be a prize for the best dressed pair!