Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
Time flies when you are having fun or when you are very busy – so, take your pick!!
We are approaching the middle of Winter in a few weeks and the pace is just not letting up. The Club continues to be busy and we have had a number of really great competitions over the past few months. Our sincere thanks to all our Club staff – Both in the Clubhouse and out on the course. We can be truly proud of the state of our course taking into account that we are in the middle of one of the worst droughts for many years.
Congratulations must go to our two Clubs and all the organisers who ensured such a successful SA Senior Ladies Championships over three days. Our Club received an overwhelming ovation at the Prize-giving. Well done everyone.
Members and regulars who haven’t been to the Club for a few months will also see a wonderful change to the Reception & Proshop area. The Committee and all concerned is to be congratulated on making a huge difference to the face of the Club and we had many very positive and complimentary comments around the changes. Well done to all!!!
Please continue to support the Club during the quieter months.
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. These dates are always the SECOND & FOURTH Friday of the month. Please support our caterers especially during the quiet months. You are sure to be served a delicious and affordable meal. The Draw is an attendance draw 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.
The Committee is open to any written suggestions that are handed in to the Club Manager or the Chairman or Captain. Please use this opportunity to make your thoughts known but if you have a gripe, please also come up with a possible solution. The Club Management Committee needs our support.
For those that are struggling with their game, take the opportunity of booking a session with Wallie Coetsee – Contact the Club for more 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
Almost half way through the year and all is well on track at the club with revenue and income ahead of budget and last year although we do have some relatively quiet months ahead of us.
Members may have noticed that we have made some improvements to the club house entrance and deck area which I am sure that you agree add value to our facility. As mentioned previously we will continue to improve our club where necessary within the financial means available.
Thanks to Gordon and his team. Our course is in great shape and continues to receive praise from all who play our course including the national senior ladies who we recently hosted over three days in May.
The event was a huge success with over 200 lady golfers taking part on the two courses (The Links and The Bay courses) and thanks go out to the organizers, our staff, volunteer members as well as the Links team for insuring that the event was a memorable experience for all participants. The “weather gods” also came to the party with three days of exceptional weather. Hopefully we will get some good rain in the months ahead which we need desperately!
As mentioned we are entering a quiet period before we host our 21st Calamari Classic in September and I would like to appeal to our members to support the club events as you normally do and help us keep our club strong.
On the golfing front our two league teams are having an exceptional season which I am sure Richard will expand on but I would like to send out special thanks to Craig Haverly and Louis Boag who as team captains and organizers do an amazing job in insuring our club teams achieve these outstanding results.
I look forward to seeing you all at our club.
Yours in Golf
From the Captain
The nights are drawing in and the days are getting cooler. Fortunately things are still rosy at our club!
- SCRATCH LEAGUE
Last Sunday we played our final round at the PEGC & beat Humewood & Grahamstown fairly convincingly (12-6 in both games). In so doing St Francis Bay GC won the 2018 2nd league & will be promoted to the first league in 2019. A huge “Well done” to the team and a special thank you to our non playing captain, Craig Haverly (pronounced “Haarverlie” at another Kouga league club) for the enthusiastic manner in which he led the side.
- KOUGA LEAGUE
The last round was played at Jeffrey’s Bay GC in challenging conditions to say the least. We excelled to lose by only two points to the hosts. In so doing we have increased our cumulative lead to 33 points with 2 fixtures to follow, one of which will be at home. Could we win for the 4th successive year and at the same time achieve the double? KOUGA &SCRATCH LEAGUE WINNERS???
For any golfer one’s Club Champs are ordinarily the premier event of the golfing year. Ours is around the corner and I am pleased to advise that Village Square Spar has again stepped up to the plate with a very generous sponsorship. Our huge thanks to Richard Moolman of Village Square Spar. Being the premier event of the year, we will treat the occasion accordingly and in line with tradition the first round pairings will be seeded by handicap. If anyone has a problem with this then so be it. The game is a little larger than any individual and after all tolerance of one another is a virtue to be encouraged. Play well.
Last Saturday I attended the EPGU AGM. The atmosphere was fairly somber with inter alia declining memberships, rounds and arid course conditions being discussed. In contrast our rounds are up, our course is in pristine condition (thanks to all green keeping staff) and our finances are solid. As such we are doing pretty well and hopefully will continue to do so. I feel at times that we are guilty of taking things for granted. If anyone has a complaint kindly adhere to protocol and put it in writing to either myself or Janine. Verbal complaints will simply not be entertained.
In conclusion I would like to thank all those involved with producing our new reception / pro-shop, it looks great & has totally transformed the interior façade. I wish you all good golfing and happy rounds on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
ROTARY GOLF DAY
On Saturday 28th April Rotary St Francis Bay again used our Club to run their annual fund-raising Golf Day. We thank them for choosing our Club to stage this event.
A good size field teed up and enjoyed the wonderful weather to make this a really great day for a worthwhile cause. There were prizes galore and everyone enjoyed the day.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everynone that supported Rotary St Francis Bay.
1st Clive de Witt & Hein Nauhaus 45pts c/i
2nd Garry Milford & John Wilson 45pts c/o
3rd Richard Kellett & Jeff Kleu 44pts
SANLAM Cancer Challenge
Over the many years that this competition has been running, a number of our members have succeeded in reaching the Finals but as far as my recollection goes, we have never had a winner. It is about time that this is put right so please enter for this very important competition and make a contribution to the fight against cancer.
The date is the first Saturday in June – 2nd June 2018.
Come and join in and make a difference!!
Our Club’s Premier event will be held over the weekend of 16/17 June. Please ensure that your name is on the Entry List to allow the Committee to make the draw and publish it timeously.
The First Round will be drawn according to handicap and the second round draw will be based on the results of the first round.
Both rounds will be played in the morning and the Prize-giving will take place on Sunday after the completion of the second round.
Please support your Club.
Our Course will be closed on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July for the EP Senior Open that will be played on our course. Arrangements will be made for our members to play at neighbouring courses.
RECEPTION & PROSHOP REVAMP
As mentioned above, our Clubhouse has had a very welcome and pleasing revamp of the Reception and Proshop area. We trust that our members and visitors will find the changes pleasing and also user-friendly. Our thanks to everyone who had a hand in this work and also to get it done in time for the SA Senior Ladies Championships.
WALLIE COETSEE is again available for coaching.
Many of our members have made use of Wallie to help them with their golf. He is again available for a while so please contact the Club for more details and also to book some sessions.
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 course management.
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 are in full swing and all the participants are requested to keep to the deadline dates so that we can complete these enjoyable competitions in time rather than having to rush things in the end. Please ensure that you know the rules and enjoy the games.
Enjoy the competition through the next few months.
Monthly Sponsored Competitions
Our Club is also very thankful to announce that Bellingham Wines has taken up the Hole In One sponsorship. From here on in all HIO-ners will be able to enjoy a wonderful bottle of Bellingham’s best wines.
Good luck to all.
RESULTS AND NEWS FROM APRIL/MAY
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,
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT MAY 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN
We have said farewell to our swallows, so our Tuesday numbers are dwindling. However, we still have keen ladies and Bunnies coming to play either competitions or social games depending on numbers. I have had the pleasure of playing with the bunnies and I admire their perseverance and enthusiasm.
Thanks to all the ladies who assisted with the two major events that took place the past few weeks, namely the Mixed Open and the Senior Womens Golf SA 25th National Championships. You are women of many talents!
The weather has been amazing for golf but not much rain. Hopefully June brings our rain but not on golf days. Enjoy your month to come and wishing you all fun golf.
SEEFF PROPERTIES & ST FRANCIS BAY GOLF CLUB MIXED OPEN
The St. Francis Bay Golf Club’s Mixed Open golf day is a very popular Easter event and was played on Monday 2nd April. This event, organized by the Ladies Section, was much enjoyed by all the player in beautiful weather. In the field were players from Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, supporting Kouga Clubs, Western Cape and even from England.
Desiree, Anri and Garry Milford from Seeff Properties have sponsored this event and the Club is extremely grateful for their very generous support.
– 1st: Mark & Joan-Louise Manthe – 47 points
– 2nd: Don & Dawn Speirs – 46 points
– 3rd: Gary & Ashleigh Elmes – 45 points
– 4th: Richard Vauqulin & mickey Freund – 44 points
– 5th: Rosemary Kane & Willie Uys – 43 points
Nearest to the pin:
– 8th hole – Gary Elmes
– 17th hole – Tem Visser
Tem & Isabelle Visser were undoubtedly the best dressed pair, with amazing attention to detail from head to toe! Les & Fred Lucas came second
Johan Potas won the raffle basket supplied by Delish Gourmet Deli Foods. Thanks to David Kettlewell who generously supplied the items for the raffle.
SENIOR WOMENS GOLF SA – 25TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: STFBGC & ST FRANCIS LINKS
On Sunday 13th of May I had the honour of handing over our course to the EP Senior Womens Golf committee to host this important Tournament.
In 1992, Joy McWilliams, one of our Life Members, asked SALGU why there was no tournament for senior women golfers. A year later they nominated her to organise the first tournament that took place at Fancourt in 1994. The SALGU’s contribution towards this tournament was R200!
Sixty players attended this tournament and in the 3 days many discussions were held, and ideas exchanged about this type of gathering. From that humble beginning it grew to such an extent that this year 208 players participated. Needless to say, a much healthier contribution came from SALGU.
The 2018 event started on a festive note with the marimba band then each province was piped on to stand below their flag. As the national anthem was beautifully sung, the South African flag, Senior Womens Golf SA flag and the EP Senior Womens Golf flags were raised followed by the St Francis Bay club flag and the flag of St Francis Links course. After the speeches and the ceremony were completed, very ably handled by Sheila Thysse as Master of Ceremonies, the ladies enjoyed outstanding food at the Gala Dinner.
The golf competition started on Monday 14th May playing an Alliance format on both courses. On Tuesday and Wednesday the players alternate between the two courses, with the lower handicaps playing stroke play and the higher handicaps stableford
The weather played its part and was superb, the prize giving was the end of the tournament on Wednesday 16th at the Links. Maggie Minnie from the Boland was the ultimate winner with two strokes over Sonja Bland from Southern Cape. Congratulations to all other winners.
Special mention has to be made of Janine and her staff, Jani and her catering staff and Gordon and the ground staff who presented a spectacular course. Thank you to Heilie and Willie Uys for the magnificent photographs of the even. I was extremely proud as the Lady Captain to represent SFBGC at this event.
My thanks also to Carol Hemsley, Shelley Owen and Cookie Kitson for their contributions that ensured the successful outcome of this event.
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.
The first League match took place on 26th March at PEGC where the SFBGC Ladies really looked the Part. They started off the season with good wins against Humewood and Country Districts that will form the foundation on which to build during the year.
The second league match took place at Humewood Golf Club where they played against Walmer Golf Club and the Hill. Go girls!!!
We encourage the ladies to play in our monthly Medal competitions. This is the best way to really determine the level of your games.
We congratulate Sue Eickhaus as the winner of the May competition with a nett score of 69 of a 36 handicap.
SANLAM CANCER CHALLENGE: 2ND JUNE
Please be part of this great day by not only playing golf and win great prizes (in handicap divisions) but also to contribute to the fundraising effort for Cancer Research.
BABOON TROPHY – FIRST ROUND
The great challenge between the ladies of St. Francis Bay Golf Club (SFBGC) and Jeffreys Bay Golf Club (JBGC) for the Baboon Trophy will take place on Tuesday 12th June at SFBGC. What makes this challenge different is that the losing team wins the trophy. Since 2003, JBGC won the trophy eight times and SFBGC five times and on 7 occasions the trophy was shared.
SFBGC is the current holder of this trophy and we desperately want to give it back to JBay.
Please enter for this competition and help us to give the Baboon a new home!
Our Strokeplay Championships are scheduled for 16th & 17th June. Ladies will compete in three divisions:
- A: Handicaps 0-18
- B: Handicaps 19-28
- C: Handicaps 29-36 (play stableford)
Please ensure that you enter for this important event on our calendar.