Storms made viewing for us easy!
With bad weather predicted for the afternoon, South Africans were treated to prime time viewing of the Masters. However, if staying awake is the annual problem, this year's Masters would have kept everyone awake.
Nike posted a classy two-part ad, first showing the left half saying, "He's done"...
It may have been the best personal performance since the Golden Bear marched through the field in 1986 for his sixth green jacket. Tigger out-thought, out-managed and simply, out-played the best players in the game today. Francesco Molinari, who I thought would be unflappable, first lost the direction off the tee, then lost his ball in the water twice. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and the up and coming Xander Schauffele were all in position to seize the moment, but only Tigger had the nerve and the overall game to get it done. He knew the course and his own game; he stuck to the plan right down to the last, where a five was enough. I am not a fan and I did not look to him as a role model for young golfers. But I respect his efforts, his motivation to come back and I appreciate his new demeanour, engaging, smiling and even, laughing. His kids now see him as the champion golfer and not as a video game star. The emotion on the 18th, the hugs that followed and the welcome from his peers, were all great to see! With Tigger back, golf may be COOL again.
The TIGER roared.
These say it all!
The Masters led to more fun on the course!
We called it "Swat 'em", Greg Darke called it the "Commando". What it amounted to was groups of EIGHT teeing off for 9-holes with a shotgun start. From the eight, four scores counted on every hole. Winners captured the entire pot and the slowest team had to buy a round of drinks for the fastest team. 2 hours and 10 minutes later Dr Danie Cronje's boys parked their carts second ahead of us. They combined for 9-under par, 81pts. The last team was still in, in 2h40, not all bad; but their slow play also resulted in the worst score - buy! Our team, playing in a significant down-wind westerly produced five gross birdies and 5, 4-pointers in the last two holes to take the title with 87pts. The 4G group hosted by members, Bob Skinstad and Sam Verbaan, brought their eight to the event and finished second on 83pts.
Everyone was in great spirits, some in better "spirits" after Greg Darke handed out shots for fines! It was a great addition to Master's Week. Thanks for joining in, folks!
From golf addict to Ironman
Keith Stacey used to pride himself on having the best equipment in the game to match the enthusiasm he had for golf. He even made sure his staff bags showed the Links logo on the pocket. Then something changed. He pitched up for our Saturday morning parkrun half the size he was before (which wasn't big) ready for a quiet 5km. Last weekend he achieved any athletes dream; he became an Ironman, completing the African Ironman in Port Elizabeth. Well done!
He said he needed to be fit more than he needed golf at the time. Now that he has his fitness, golf will be better, as well!
Coming soon - put these in the MUST DO column
The St Francis Links HOTEL by Mantis - 1st UNIT starting NOW!
The proposed St Francis Links Hotel by Mantis is being sold as a sectional title scheme. Commencement is based on the sale of the units.
Ernie and Linda Müller and their Team from Selective Lighting want to make Fridays extra special at St Francis Links. Once a month, they will host the Selective Lighting/Fireworks Friday Competition. We will shotgun start the players for 9 holes. Starting times will be based on the season, 14h30 in the "Cool Season" and 15h30 in the summer months. Be a part of growing the Club and join us for nine and some good times after golf! Please enter in advance for numbers.
ITEC are our sponsors for OPEN Wednesday (2nd Wednesday) with meat and added prizes. Invite your friends to enjoy SA’s best with special rates for golf, snacks after the game and great prizes – Hey, sometimes Curry Night follows – stay or take away!
Monday Roll-up! Pitch up and play (9 holes or 18 Par-3 from 2pm) let's add you to the What's app group
All day Saturdays: Morning and afternoon fields - the afternoon field will be booked from 12 noon backwards with emphasis on "ready golf"
Monday Men's Book Club - 5pm in Jack's Bar (no reading required)
Ladies' Tea (and Coffee) - Every Tuesday at 10am on the Veranda
Every Great shot starts (and ends) with a SMILE!
Joey LaCava, Tigger's caddie stayed with him through it all!
Santa and the Links TEAM