Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
This edition of the Kiewiet is a special one that we send out just before the Calamari Classic and as this will be the 20th Calamari Classic, we know that all those that participate will be in for a very special time.
The field for the Calamari Classic is full and the Club has a waiting list of people who would still like to play and people still phoning to hear if there isn’t perhaps some opening somewhere. The Committee has worked hard to ensure that we have a great event with many of our previous sponsors and even some new ones who have linked themselves to this outstanding golfing event.
I am sure that Gavin Gerardy and Anita and Eddy Lennox couldn’t in their wildest dreams have believed that this “idea” they had would turn into such a huge success for our Club. Over the years we have had many players who have come back year after year to enjoy the camaraderie and the great competition.
Our past winners and defending champions will hopefully again join us to ensure that this will be a memorable three days at the St Francis Bay Golf Club. We also welcome first-time players and wish them many happy returns.
The weather will as always play a part in this event and we are hoping that we will have three wonderful days in which to play golf and enjoy being with friends and golfing partners.
Our thanks to everyone who are going to make a contribution to the success of this great event.
Support your Club and enjoy the golf,
From the Captain
“Spring is sprung, the grass is riz,,,,,. How nice it is to seeing the course looking so good. Competitors in the recently held St Francis Classic (EP Order of Merit Event) were full of praise for the greens in particular. Our thanks to Gordon & his dedicated team. With the Calamari Classic upon us, I have no doubt that the competitors from far & wide will also be suitably impressed which has to bode well for rounds in the months ahead.
On Sunday 10th September we had a very successful par 3 competition. This game is designed to accommodate players of all ages and proficiencies while this shortened format of the game is something we will need to look into further as it negates, to a large extent, the two prime obstacles the game is currently facing – time & money.
The winners in 4 Division go through to the finals at Pinnacle Point. We trust that everyone that participated enjoyed this unique event and congratulate the winners:
Handicap 0-9: Richard Kellett
Handicap 10-18: Rowan Nicholls
Handicap 19-30 Derek De Villiers
Handicap 30+ Viv Williams
Our Kouga League team has one round left to play, at home (last Saturday of this month)! Trailing by two points behind log leaders Hankey, we are in a very good position to retain our crown. Good luck guys, make us proud.
It is pleasing to advise that after an absence of several years, BMW (Continental Cars) have agreed to sponsor a day (October 7, mark your diaries). Winners will then go through to Regional Finals & thereafter to even bigger & better things.
Golfing memberships countrywide are on the decline by an average of 10% year on year. It stands to reason that with a stronger than average retirement demographic, we are perhaps more vulnerable than other clubs. I have an idea which may well bring in more members, particularly the youth but if any of you have thoughts we would be most grateful if you could come forward. The majority of us have derived such pleasure from the game over the years and as in life, hopefully you will agree, it is not a bad idea to put back. We have an obligation to this great game.
On that note, get your spring swings out & let us make it a September to remember. Happy days on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
We are still experiencing lower rounds than last year but as far as Rand-value the percentages are starting to get closer to 0%. Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, we are hoping for some more feet on the course to increase our income. We ask all our members to market our Club and to tell all your friends to come and enjoy our friendly Club and best bar prices.
Hankey has been playing great golf all year round and they have now squeezed our team into second place by two points. The last game takes place at our Club on 30th September and it is hoped that we can make use of the home-town advantage to clinch the Kouga League Title again. We wish our Kouga League Team everything of the best for the game. Thanks again to Louis Boag who is the convenor of the team and makes all the arrangements.
UPCOMING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
The Calamari Classic
The Calamari Classic will take place over three days – 22nd to 24th September with about 280 players from all over the country participating. We really appreciate all the hard work that has gone in to make this event a success and we wish all the Clubhouse Staff, Caterers and Ground Staff a great Calamari. Thanks also to all the volunteers who make such a huge contribution to the success of the event. You are all stars!!!
This enjoyable day is being held on Sunday 1st October. The competition is played on the lay-out as it was on the original 9-hole course. There will be live music on the deck as well as a “Longest Drive” competition where old clubs are used. This is really a fun day and all the Village residents are invited to come and enjoy the festivities at the Club. There will also be a “Fancy Dress” Competition for golfers.
Regular Wednesday & Saturday Competitions (Subject to change)
Monthly Medal Saturday 26th August
Toyota B/B Stableford Wednesday 27th September
Please also note that our regular Sundowner Competition sponsored by Cape St Francis Resort takes place every Friday afternoon. Please book and come and enjoy.
FRIDAY NIGHT DRAW
The Draw is standing at R1100 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!! Our next draw will take place of Friday 15th September.
Enjoy your golf,
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT SEPTEMBER 2017
There is a little poem about spring:
Spring is here, let’s give some cheer! Flowers bloom, I blow balloons.
The kids play, say hooray! Spring is today.
May you all experience the new life of spring and all it brings!
TUESDAY GOLF – SUMMER TIMES!
After our more relaxed winter schedule, we are back to our usual schedule of having Ladies Golf every Tuesday morning from 3rd October on our summer schedule:
- Names on the list by latest 07:30
- Draw at 07:45
- Tee-off from 08:00
SPECIAL TUESDAY LADIES GOLF:
In an effort to promote ladies golf especially during the quiet winter months, the Committee has decided to organise sponsored Special Tuesday Open days, with the Kouga Clubs being invited to join us.
The second of these days took place on Tuesday 15th August. Nineteen ladies from SFBGC, St. Francis Links, Zwartenbosch and Hankey Golf Clubs teed off in windy but sunny conditions
What a fun day we had with lots laughter and tasty snacks afterwards! Golf was the winner. Heilie Uys, Sandra Marias and Annemarie Vlok took the top spot while Carol Hemsley, Gill Hammond and Heilie as swinger, came second. Five lucky draw prizes were also part of this fun day.
ECLECTIC AND BIRDIE COMPETITIONS:
We are in the last quarter of the year and time to enter the last Eclectic completion. This competition gives the ladies an opportunity to challenge themselves to better their scores on each hole played.
There is still time till end December to record your birdies played.
CALAMARI CLASSIC TOURNAMENT: 22ND – 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017
We are getting closer to our Calamari tournament from 22-24th September. As in the past, the ladies will play an important role in supplying assistance with registration, selling of raffle tickets and assisting during dinner every night. Pam Beaumont is busy organising volunteers for these duties. We thank you in advance for your willingness to assist.
SOCIAL DAY AT HANKEY GOLF CLUB: 3rd OCTOBER
We are busy inviting all ladies from surrounding clubs to join us for a fun golf day at Hankey Golf Club. Our thanks to Zana Gouws from Hankey who booked the day and will make sure our ladies will enjoy their hospitality. Please join us by entering your name on the list in the book as soon as it becomes available.
BABOON TROPHY – NOVEMBER
The Inter Club match between the ladies form Jeffreys Bay Golf Club and us for the Baboon Trophy will be played in November at the Jeffreys Bay Golf Club – date to be confirmed. Please add your name to the list that will soon be available. 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 AND 12th NOVEMBER 2017
Excitement is mounting for the 2017 Pam Golding Properties Ladies Open Weekend. Entry forms were sent out in September and we are striving for a full field again. Hundred players have already entered!!!
These players will be divided into two groups to play the St. Francis Bay course and the Links.
On Saturday at 11:30 players will tee off at the Bay and the Links while these groups will swap around on Sunday teeing off at 07:30. They will enjoy a wonderful dinner and entertainment at the Links on Saturday and on Sunday they will enjoy lunch and prize giving at our club. We thank Richard Arderne of Pam Golding Properties for continuing his sponsorship of this tournament as well as several other sponsors who contribute to ensure the success of this great event. More detail in our next Newsletter.
Please enter ASAP possible to ensure you will be part of two days of golf and fun at SFBGC & St. Francis Links.
Thanks again to Gordon and his team as well as the Grounds Committee on their amazing efforts in drought conditions to keep the course n immaculate condition.
Wishing you all good health and good golf.