Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
The count-down to the influx of holiday-makers as well as our overseas visitors has begun. The weather is slowly turning into Summer and the flowers on the course as well as around the Village and the Nature Reserves are absolutely beautiful.
The past month has been a busy one at the Club what with a very successful Calamari Classic and then many groups and special golf days as well as new sponsored days.
Our golf course still looks and plays great. I can’t remember a time where we had the course in such good condition for such an extended time. Our grateful thanks must go to Gordon Dennett and the Ground Staff that are doing a wonderful job. Our thanks also to the Grounds Committee who is working closely with Gordon.
Our regular players would also have noticed that the pipeline from the dam on the 6th hole to the dam on the 18th hole was completed a while back and that water has had a minimal impact on the course due to it now being managed more effectively. We trust that this project will have a long-lasting effect on our water management situation in times of heavy rains.
Members should already have received a letter from the Chairman regarding the Subs for 2017/2018 and also the Invoice for Membership. Please note the following excerpt from the letter:
Payment is due before the 30th November 2017 and you are urged to ensure we receive your payment by this date. Any member whose payment is outstanding as at 13th December 2017 (unless arrangements have been made with the club) will be temporarily suspended until such time payment is received.
“All in Green Fees” must be paid by 15th November 2017
Please make it possible for the Club to continue to present all of us with a great course to play on and an enjoyable place to meet by paying your Subs promptly and on time.
Support your Club and enjoy the golf,
From the Captain
A huge thank you to everyone, staff, members and volunteers whose tireless efforts ensured that we had by far the most successful Calamari Classic to date. In the words of our accountant, Ian Strang, the records were “smashed”. The feedback from participants too was wonderful. Congratulations to the winners, George Chrisjans and Jenny Ririe, men’s & ladies’ respectively. Our sponsors, without whom we would not have had an event, were particularly generous and for this we are extremely grateful.
Our Kouga League team ended the season off with an emphatic victory at home. This resulted in our club retaining the title with a hat-trick of wins. A very well done to Louis Boag and the team on this huge achievement which no other club in the league has managed to date.
Continental Cars / BMW came back to sponsor a day after an absence of several years. The day was well supported and enjoyed by players and I am pleased to advise that they have agreed to be back next year.
Despite the “wrong” side winning, the Ryder Cup was a fun and enjoyable day (for at least fifty percent of the field anyway). Our thanks to Louis Boag and our club staff for their efforts in ensuring the success of the event. Our Chairman and his team need to be congratulated on their maiden victory despite rumours that the half time snacks of the Captain’s team were spiked! Following a post mortem meeting it was agreed that for next year’s event an 8 pm curfew will be imposed on the eve of the event as several members of the “right” team apparently celebrated prematurely in anticipation of another victory.
Wishing everyone, including the Chairman’s team, happy days on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
The 20th Calamari Classic
This year saw the 20th time that this highly successful event was held at our Club. It grew from an idea that Gavin Gerardy shared with Anita & Eddy Lennox and was first played when the course was still only 9 holes. This year saw about 280 players competing over the three days and enjoying the meals and entertainment in the evenings. The weather wasn’t altogether bad but gave both the morning and afternoon players something to think about at times with some wind, rain and cold at stages.
Our thanks go to every players and supporter that turned out for the Calamari Classic as well as our wonderful Sponsors without whom this event could not take place and be such a success. Please look at the large board at the entrance to the Club and support those companies who support your Club. Our longest standing sponsor Keith Clark (Distell at first) from Henry Tayler Ries received an Honorary Life Membership for his wonderful support of our Club over most of the years that the Calamari Classic was held. Congrats KC and thanks!!!
We can also not miss the opportunity to thank everyone who had a hand in making the event run smoothly: Janine and her Team in the Clubhouse – Including our very efficient bar staff; Jani & Frank with their helpers making sure that the bodies were fed; Gordon & his course staff who had to get up very early to get the greens and new holes cut before the start at 06h20; Ian Strang who did what there was to do; Many volunteers who acted as starters, officials and last but not least the ladies that did the Registration and old raffle tickets before and during the event.
A big THANK YOU to everyone of you!!!
You are the heart of our Club.
BMW – Continental Cars
It was great to have a BMW-sponsored day back at our Club on Saturday 7th October. Thanks to John Cusse for the wonderful support & sponsorship. The day was a great success with some good golf in spite of a strongish breeze. Results were as follows:
WINNERS – MEN
1ST Rowan Nicholls H/C 16 PTS 42
2nd John Black H/C 12 PTS 38 c/i
3rd Ken Nieuwenhuizen H/C 9 PTS 38 c/o
4th Richard Vauqulin H/C 7 PTS 38 c/o
5th Ivan Kamte H/C 6 PTS 38 c/o
WINNERS – LADIES
1ST Caroline Kettlewell H/C 18 PTS 37
2nd Janine van der Merwe H/C 10 PTS 36
3rd Nicole Kellett H/C 15 PTS 32
Annual Ryder Cup
This competition was played on Saturday 21st October. It is a competition between two teams – One representing the Chairman and the other the Captain. The day was the brainchild of Louis Boag and he has continued to be the force behind every year’s competition and getting sponsors for the shirts given to the two teams – Thanks Louis. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to all those members who stepped up when asked to sponsor the cost of the shirts. Our Club has great members who continuously support the Club.
The competition was played in perfect conditions and for the first time in five years the Chairman’s Team succeeded to beat the Captain’s Team. In the end when all the scores were added the score was 10.5 vs 7.5. The Captain has promised that he will double his efforts to take the Trophy back in 2018 so watch this space.
Congratulations to the Chairman’s Team and thanks to everyone that participated and made the day such a success.
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
Although September was somewhat better than last year our rounds were still down to a year ago – The rounds for the Calamari Classic does not get included. The weather has now become a lot better on Wednesdays and Saturdays and we are hoping that our members and also visitors will decide to come and enjoy our wonderful course.
The last league game took place at St Francis Bay on a beautiful day for golf. Apart from the League players there were another 24 Club players who started on all the Tees under a Shotgun Start. Our Team came first on the day with Zwartenbosch making a huge effort to overtake us but in the end our Team held on to retain the Kouga League Trophy with a 32-point margin.
Well done to all the players who supported the league through the year and also a huge THANK YOU to Louis Boag for all the arrangements and being the convenor of our Team. You made us really proud. Well done to all the players who supported the league through the year and also a huge THANK YOU to Louis Boag for all the arrangements and being the convenor of our Team. You made us really proud.
Thanks also to the other five Clubs who participated and through the year built wonderful friendships through golf.
RULES of GOLF
At a Club like ours where we are pretty relaxed about our golf, it is very easy to start getting into very bad habits when playing the game. It is all very good and well when playing with friends but when one gets to playing in more serious competitions and even in league matches, it becomes a problem and it is very easy to loose a hole due to a silly mistake.
One such a “Rule transgression” seen very often is the marking of the golf-ball. There are two areas where players should be very careful to properly mark their balls:
- We have a “Preferred Lie” local rule which says that a player may lift, clean & place his/her ball within a card-length from where it came to rest – not nearer the hole. A player MUST mark his/her ball before picking it up and replacing it. Failing to do so incurs a two-shot penalty or loss of hole in Match-play;
- On the green, many of our players don’t mark the ball before turning the ball. This is the same as in one above. A player must mark the ball on the green and replace the ball on the exact same spot. Failing to do so incurs a two-shot penalty or loss of hole in Match-play.
UPCOMING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
1st November – The FrasAfrica Monthly Alliance
This relatively new competition has become a great favourite amongst the members and other regulars and we hope to see you all there on Wednesday 1st November when there will be some more great wine prizes to win.
11/12th November – Pam Golding Properties St Francis Ladies Open
This event brings together women golfers from all over the country to play over two days and experience the hospitality of our two courses here in St Francis Bay. Please see the Club for arrangements for our men to play at other courses. We wish our Ladies’ Section everything of the best for a wonderfully successful tournament.
24th November – St Francis College Golf Day
This event has been running for a few years and has been a great success every time. Please support the College and enjoy a wonderful evening of fun and laughter at our Club.
Regular Wednesday & Saturday Competitions (Subject to change)
Monthly Medal Saturday 28th October/ 25th November
Toyota B/B Stableford Wednesday 25th October/ 29th November
FrasAfrica Wines Alliance Wednesday 1st November
Please also note that our regular Cape St Francis Resort Sundowner Competition takes place every Friday afternoon. Please book and come and enjoy.
FRIDAY NIGHT DRAW
The Draw is standing at R1400 and goes up by R100 every time it is not won.
Make sure you get to the Club for a meal and a drink and be there when your numbers comes up!! The date for our next draw will be Friday 27th October.
Enjoy your golf,
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT OCTOBER 2017
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. Some had surgery, some is recovering from flu and deep vein thrombosis while others are attending to new grandchildren. And amidst of all these challenges they are back on the course and enjoying the summer weather.
CALAMARI CLASSIC 2017:
After months of hard work, the 2017 Calamari Classic started in Great Spirit on 22nd September. Some golfers played in rain, others in strong winds but in the end, all were smiling.
We thank all the ladies who assisted with registering players, overseeing the dinners each evening and selling raffle tickets. The raffle collected the great amount of R16 470!
These kind of tournaments, not only need golfers but also the commitment of Management, ground staff and the members of the Calamari Committee. Our deepest thanks to you all!!!
For a more comprehensive outline of the Tournament, please see the main section of the Kiewiet.
Jean Fynn was a shining star in a mixed field of over 200 players and came third with 39 points on day one. She continued to play steady golf over the next two days and ended second overall in the Ladies competition.
We congratulate our overall lady winners who were:
1 Jenny Ririe: 35, 37, 36 – 108
2 Jean Fynn: 39, 35, 28 – 103
3 Russ Smith: 32, 32, 37 – 101
4 Brenda Brown: 34, 34, 32 – 100
HANKEY GOLF CLUB MADE LADIES FEEL SPECIAL
Lady golfers from the Kouga area played their annual Hankey Day event in perfect weather on Tuesday 3rd October 2017. The ladies from St Francis Bay Golf Club organised the day.
Zana Gouw and Toska Joubert from Hankey Golf Club pulled out all stops. Not only were the ladies treated with muesli, yogurt and strawberries on arrival, but after prize giving they also enjoyed a light lunch. Each lady received a box filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. Our thanks go to the farmers in the area for their generosity.
The clubs that were represented were St. Francis Bay and St. Francis Links courses, Jeffreys Bay, Zwartenbosch, Hankey and Uitenhage.
The ladies were on top of their game with excellent scores:
– First: Helen Bridges, Annatjie Gerber and Joan-Louise Manthe – 54 points
– Second: Joey van Jaarsveld, Irene Bradley and Toska Joubert – 53 points
– Third: Jenny Smith, Melinda Mc Cay and June Mason – 52 points
– Fourth: Lynn van Biljon, Caron Hemsley and Helen Gustavo – 51 points
– Firth: Clare Millson, Reinette Roos and Joan Pratt – 51 points
– Nearest to the pins were Lynn van Biljon and Ronelle du Toit
The ladies thank Zana, Toska and the staff for their hospitality and the Management of Hankey Golf Club for the excellent condition of the course. This course is a real gem in the Eastern Cape.
The Inter Club match between the ladies form Jeffreys Bay Golf Club and us for the Baboon Trophy will be played on Tuesday 31st October at the Jeffreys Bay Golf Club. Please add your name to the list. Jeffreys Bay has won the Baboon Trophy eight out of 12 times – remember the losing Team wins the trophy! We need your help to continue with our good reputation in this competition.
PAM GOLDING LADIES OPEN WEEKEND: 11th & 12th NOVEMBER
Lady golfers will be travelling from far and wide in South Africa – from Albertina to East London, from Pretoria to George, Mosselbay, Paarl and Cape Town – to participate in this prestigious golfing event in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape on 11 & 12 November.
Over the two days and nights, the lady golfers will be treated to welcome gifts, two days of golf at St Francis Bay Golf Club and St Francis Links, a gala dinner with live music at The Links, prize giving and Lunch at St Francis Bay GC and great prizes! The theme for the dinner will be “Hawaii”.
CLOSING DATE: 27TH OCTOBER 2017
CONTACT: OLIVIA ANDREWS – firstname.lastname@example.org / 042 200 4500
We would like to invite our ladies to assist the Committee in revitalising our Tuesday Ladies Golf Mornings. Summer is here so let’s enjoy it together on the fairways of our beautiful course.
- Names on the list by latest 07:30
- Draw at 07:45
- Tee-off from 08:00