Dear Members and friends of St Francis Bay Golf Club,
We are well into the second half of the year 2017 and the Club is hard at work to make final plans for the Calamari Classic (see later) as well as ensuring that we have a nicely balanced programme for the December/January period when we have so many visitors and many people playing on our course.
In spite of the lack of rain for the past 10 months, our course continues to be in great shape and people continue to comment about the state of the greens as well as our fairways that are standing up well to the drought. The water situation is still critical and our whole area is desperate for rain here but especially in our catchment areas.
We are seven weeks away from our Clubs premium event, the Calamari Classic. It will be the 20th time that players from all over the country come together to play in this event.
There are a few new but familiar faces at the Club:
Mickey Freund has joined our other two ladies to complete the compliment of the Three Musketeers and we wish Mickey a long and fruitful stay with the knowledge that she has seen many years around the Club and knows most of our players and members.
Jan Nel, previously from Zwartenbosch GC, has joined our Course Staff on a consultancy basis and is looking after the course equipment, coming in twice a week at this stage. Daniel, our long-time staff member who looked after our equipment decided to retire at the age of 60 and we welcome Jan to our Club and trust that he will enjoy the St Francis Bay crowd.
It is also good to see that Ian Strang has recovered from his surgery and is back on the course again.
Our Lady Captain has also been under the knife and we wish Dawn a full and successful recovery and that she will soon be back on the golf course. In the meantime, Dawn, please enjoy your new home on the Links but be careful not to do too much too quickly.
A number of our members have had health challenges over the past few months and we wish them all a speedy recovery and good health for the future. Great to see some of them back on the Course.
Please read through the rest of this Newsletter to see what is happening and which events are coming up during the next few months. If you have any contribution to make to the Newsletter, please send it to Janine at the Club and we will see how it can be used.
Support your Club and enjoy the golf,
From the Captain
Despite the unfriendly weather earlier in the year coupled with the invasive fungus that attacked our greens at the end of last year, our club continues to prosper. We are however slightly down on rounds YTD primarily due to the issues just mentioned. Now in the midst of the mid winter seasonal dip we have an ideal opportunity to bridge the gap. To this end please continue to support the club and encourage others to come along. The green keeping staff are doing a wonderful job in ensuring that our course is kept in the great condition that it is. Well done to you Gordon and your dedicated team. Now with the assistance of Jan Nel (ex Zwartenbosch) two days a week it can only go from strength to strength.
On Wednesday it was so great to see one of our stalwart members back on the course after a lengthy period of recuperation. Welcome back Rob Hemsley, awesome to see you on our fairways again. Last Wednesday also witnessed Mike Anderson winning the Jackpot. Well done Mike on your achievement though we are all still waiting for our free drink following your huge windfall. Perhaps we continue to live in hope!
Rounds for the various knock-outs are in full swing. It is great to see these competitions, part of our history, being contested for again after a lapse. The Friday afternoon Sundowner is as popular as ever by those wanting to ease into the weekend. Thanks very much to The Resort for their continued support of this fun filled competition. Better still, bring your friends along, followed by a round or two of the most competitively priced drinks and hearty supper prepared by our hard-working caterers. Plans for the Calamari Classic continue on track with indications that we will have a bumper event in this, the 20th anniversary.
To happy days on and off the course.
Richard Vauqulin – Club Captain
Our July Monthly Medal Competition took place on Saturday July 29th July and the results were as follows:
A-Div Louis Boag 76gross 3hcp 73 nett
B-Div Gerhard Pretorius 78gross 11hcp 67 nett
Michael Pearton 82gross 12hcp 70 nett
C-Div Ken McGregor 35 Stableford Points
GOLF ROUNDS FOR THE YEAR TO DATE
We are still experiencing lower rounds than last year but the percentages are starting to get closer to 0%. We are also seeing a healthy increase in greefees which means that we are getting more visitors than members playing our course. We ask all our members to market our Club and to tell all your friends to come and enjoy our friendly Club.
Our next Club Draw is taking place on Friday 11th August and the kitty has reached R1000 – a worthwhile win.
WINTER SPECIALS – In order to increase our rounds and to make it possible for more people to play golf during the shorter days of winter, the Club has again decided to do some winter specials.
No changes took place but only because there has been no further games. The next game is to be played at Hankey on the 19th August and we wish our Kouga League Team everything of the best for the remaining two games.
Friday Sundowner Competition
Cape St Francis Resort has now been firmly established as our new sponsor for the Sundowner Competition on a Friday afternoon. It is good to see a good number of players taking part in this lovely
social occasion on a Friday afternoon.
We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial association with the Cape St Francis Resort.
The photo shows the winners of the competition on 28th July – First – John Suckling, Second – Don Speirs, with Caroline Kettlewell who handed out the prizes.
UPCOMING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
We are pleased to announce that we have a new sponsor for the second half of the year. Frasafrica will sponsor wine prizes on every second Wednesday of the month. Due to a clash of dates we have moved this competition to Wednesday 9th August and it will be an Alliance Competition every time. We thank Frasafrica for this sponsorship and trust that our members and visitors will enjoy this monthly Alliance Competitions.
Regular Wednesday & Saturday Competitions (Subject to change)
Monthly Medal Saturday 26th August
Toyota B/B Stableford Wednesday 30th August
Please also note that our regular Sundowner Competition now 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 R1000 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 11th August.
COURSE RANKING – Gordon Dennett
There is a lot of misunderstanding about how the Top 100 Courses in SA are ranked. There is no distinction between Estate Courses and older type courses – which might seem a bit unfair from a design/construction and financial point of view.
COURSES ARE RATED AS FOLLOWS (7 Criteria)
- SHOT VALUE – How well does the course pose risk and reward and equally test length/accuracy and finess? 20 points
- PLAYABILITY – How does the course challenge low handicappers while providing enjoyable options for high handicappers? 10 points
- RESISTANCE TO SCORING – How difficult while still being fair is the course for a scratch player off the Championship Tees? 10 points
- AESTHETICS – How well does the scenic values of the course add to the pleasure of a round? 10 points
- DESIGN VARIETY – How varied are the course’s holes in differing lengths – hazard placement – green shapes and contours? 10 points
- MEMORABILITY – How well do the design features provide individuality to each hole, yet a collective continuity of the entire 18 holes? 10 points
- CONDITIONING – How would you rate the quality of the playing surfaces? 10 points
There are 120 volunteer panel members across South Africa. A course needs a minimum of 20 evaluations over 3 (Three) years to be eligible for selection to the Top 100. To arrive at a course score the “outlier” evaluations are discarded. Clubhouses and their facilities are NOT considered for rating purposes.
Hopefully this article will clear up some of the misunderstandings and misconceptions of Course Ratings.
Enjoy your golf,
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LADIES SECTION: KIEWIET REPORT AUGUST 2017
July and August are historically a slow month for golf in St. Francis Bay but the Ladies Section doesn’t slow down in activities. The Committee thanks the ladies for their continuous support in these activities.
EPWG MONDAY LEGUE: SFBGC LADIES SHOWED TRUE GRIT!
Although our Ladies Section is few in numbers referring to regular golfers willing to play League, our ladies are always willing to take on a challenge!
In 2014 our league team ended the year joined second out of nine teams. Unfortunately, we moved down the order to joined fourth in 2015 and joined fifth in 2016.
With the start of the 2017 league events the Team was full of confidence and recorded the best first round points. They followed that up with a steady collection of points in the other matches to end third out of nine teams this year.
The Ladies Committee would like to thank all the players for their contribution and especially Carol Hemsley, our League Captain, for her meticulous organisation and encouragement.
During the off season (May till end September) when the number of ladies playing on a Tuesday morning is very few, the Committee has notified all ladies that if there are less than 6 players, there will be no Committee organised competition. Ladies can then organise their own social golf format. The Committee will organise a monthly Special Tuesday competition and invite surrounding clubs to join.
Ladies are also invited to play in the Wednesday and Saturday competitions.
SPECIAL TUESDAY GOLF COMPETITIONS
The first of these betterball competitions took place on 4th July. It was well attended and the ladies enjoyed beautiful weather, good golf, refreshments and social interaction.
The winners were Shelley Owen and Cookie Kitson while Viv Williams and Les Lucas were in second place.
BOOK NOW: NEXT SPECIAL TUESDAY COMPETITION – 15TH AUGUST
LADIES LOCKER ROOM ALTERATIONS
The Ladies Locker room has been under construction for the past few weeks. We are assured it will be completed middle August. It has made a wonderful difference and we are grateful to the Finance Committee for granting this improvement, heading towards 2018 National Ladies Senior tournament at our course and the Links. We sincerely thank Jean Fynn for her wise and skilled input regarding this project.
WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES
Heilie Uys participated in her 7th World Transplant Games in Malaga Spain. She won gold medals in golf, shot put, discus and javelin and a silver medal in ball throw. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us all.
CALAMARI CLASSIC TOURNAMENT: 22ND – 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017
We are getting closer to our Calamari tournament from 22-24th September. This year the Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of this very popular tournament and we wish the organizing committee all the success for the three days.
PAM GOLDING LADIES OPEN WEEKEND: 11th AND 12th NOVEMBER 2017
Entry forms for this special yearly event have been emailed to all our ladies and golf clubs country wide. Entry forms are also available on the notice board.
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.