Time out at St Francis Links is simply good for the soul!
AB and KG led the way in Port Elizabeth after a little time-out on the Links. 12 of the Proteas including coaches came directly from Durban to us in preparation for their next Test in PE. Maybe some reflection, a break from everything, some great food at Mauro's and the next night on the fire, in a laid back environment, was all they needed.
We had a little Shoot-out in the 4th when they arrived, played the course on Tuesday (some played as much as time allowed) both with the intent to put them all in a good space. On Tuesday, the boys played golf in beautiful conditions (light easterly). Coach drove it to 80m from the pin on the last and he and his partner, Dale Blankenstein took first prize by one as we all watched from the grass terrace above the green. John Hay saw us and asked if Zac could meet his idol, AB; there was much more in store for Zac as he met the team and got his bat signed by all. Class.
Chef Jon prepared the food needed for the braai and the boys got stuck into a great meal and some good story-telling around the fire. For the second time, Steve Emary shared his home on the 4th for what turned out to be a great couple of days.
It appears to have worked as AB achieved what no one else could - 100+ on a pitch that was defeating others. Kagiso Robada was on fire after Charl and I had a word with him on the field Friday (we actually exchanged nice greetings) and he went out in the afternoon session and took 5 wickets in some 18 deliveries. We went on to win the match - it just proves, once again, that St Francis Links just gets everybody in a good space!
The coaches, Ottis and Dale took the cash - Our Asst Sup Danny got the team picture he wanted
Young Zac met his hero and all the boys signed his bat!
Greensomes over 18 holes
New Champions, Pete Maskew and John Wilson
The greensomes will take any partnership to its limits. You must be able to put up with the bad shot and create something of nothing.
This year the format proved its value once again as our members could compete against one another in the alternate shot format.
Congratulations to all the prize winners of the Greensomes 2018:
3rd- Norman Dyer & Geoff Garratt 34 pts
2nd- Dave Hart & Svein Stiansen 34 pts
1st- John Wilson & Pete Maskew 39 pts
Have you booked for Barry Hilton! April 8 with lunch!
W(HOA)...News from the Estate!
Our last Get-together was on March 9th - We provided the members in attendance with updates on our tasks at hand!
Mr and Mrs Fuchs joined me in presenting the way forward for re-cycling. The show of hands indicated a strong positive response for providing the service to our residents. It involves obtaining a skip that will be based at the maintenance area for the members to drop off their recycling itens in clear bags that will be available for puchase (at cost) in the Pro Shop. The only charge will be for the skip and the transporting. This amount will be shared by the participating residents. A mail will follow with the details.
In other news, Interested parties read the hard copy of the SSEG (Small Scale Embedded Energy) plan and shared their comments. Thsi will be finalized soonest. Next month, Jonathon Hodgson from Specialized Solr Sysyems will be here to present valuable information about green solutions. Glovent hardware has approved by the Board - this concludes nearly a year's worth of investigation into the best tools for communication to our members. It will also provide the mechanism for the homeowners to take responsibility for their guests and service providers through the APP. SMS's with pincodes will replace phone calls and cards. Anumber of members were taken by Kevern to the Impophu Dam for and educational. Norman Dyer shared the members' thanks for the trip. Property clearing will commence soon as we have pruchased a powerful chipper. This will enable property owners to remove Slangbos, Blombos and Bitou from their vacant stands for a fraction of the cost. We will intially be creating larger firebreaks on the north west boundary of the Estate, before starting with the plots. There is a good possibility that the chipper may be a viable solution for homeowner garden refuse as well (watch this space). Bart Logie will be launching his 10th book at a special launch at 6pm on Monday, 2 April and Clive Horlock will be presenting an updated version of Walking with the Bushmen with an accompanying African meal on 20 March at 7pm.
Our first Property Owner Forum will be hosted by our homeowner Dirsctors, Tim Elliott, Norman Dyer and Chris Kelway on March 27. This is your opportunity to share ideas and concerns for the Board before their next meeting in early May.
Club News centers on the growth of golf as experienced another record month on the links. Internationals from all over the world joined our members and locals, bringing nearly 2500 rounds in February. Thus number is up slightly on last year. Golfers came from Austraila, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Zimbabwe. Oh, they also came from all of SA! That makes 22 countries that we know of! Wow, pretty cool, hey!
Next Get-together - April 12
The Year Ahead - Your planner for 2018
Please take note of the dates and post them where you will see them and ENTER!
Links Majors and Special Events for 2018
Jan 2-3 The Pam Golding Annual (St Francis Bay wins – the overall is tied 6 games each)
Jan 5-6 Men’s Member/Member Partnership, Chris and Jandré Lessing, Champions
Jan 20 Windhoek Lager International Pairs (3rd Qualifying), Percy Owen and Norman Dyer
Jan 27-28 EP Champs (course closed) Altin VD Merwe, Strokeplay Medalist (74-68=142)
Feb 3-4 EP Champs (semi-finals and finals) Naldo Claassens, Champion; Hugo Maritz, Plate Winner
Feb 14 Couples/Mixed Golf – Valentine’s Dinner Ronnie and Sally Nienaber, best members
Mar 10 Greensomes over 18 holes Pete Maskew and John Wilson, Champions on 39pts
Apr 22-26 National Senior Inter-Provincials (90) (course closed)
May 6-7 Club Championships
May 13-16 Senior Women’s Nationals (SFL and SFBGC) (courses closed)
May 18-20 St Francis Bridge Invitational
May 20 Nomads Monthly Game (11am Shotgun)
May 24-25 Woodland’s Golf Days
May 26 Foursomes over 18 holes
June 2 Ladies’ Invitational
June 16 Quarterly Couples/Mixed – US Open
June 17 Father’s Day Golf and Lunch
June 21 EP Seniors
June 25-26 Nomads Coastal NOoM
July 7 The Inaugural Muirfield Day (foursomes and fourballs)
July 20 Oakley X-Over
July 20-22 Men’s Invitational
July 22-25 PGA Road Trip - Pards Cup
Aug 20 to
Sept 4 Spring Programme (Club Closed) FINAL DATES - PLEASE TAKE NOTE
Sep 28-29 Links Cup / Ryder Cup (Paris)
Oct 6 Quarterly Couples/Mixed Golf
Nov Pam Golding Ladies’ Open Weekend (date – TBD)
Dec 1 Ladies’ Member- Member Partnership
Dec 8 Par-3 Championships
Dec 14-15 Pam Golding Annual (SFBGC host)
Dec 17 Kromme Trust Amazing Race
Dec 20 Food and Wine Festival
Dec 22 Year-end Couples/Mixed – Pro Shop Sale
Jan 3-4 Men’s Member-Member Partnership
Important Note: We endeavour to keep our "Majors" on the same weekend each year to encourage the best participation. We are forced to move the Annual Club Championships back a week this year because we were the chosen course in the Eastern Cape to host the National Senior Inter-Provincials, a tournament featuring the country's top golfers. It finished on Thursday the 26th, leaving no time for practice or course preparation. I apologize and the Champs will return to the last week in April in years to come.
http://www.Leadingcourses.com - Please rate St Francis Links
1 - Eddie Vorster
3 - James Bredenkamp
8 - Victor Zwane
10 - Barry Davis, Russell Egan, Rudi Alberts
12 - Claire Beckley
13 - Willem Wolmarons
16 - Michelle Nel
17 - Andre Holder, Gerritt, Johannes and Lukas Pretorius
20 - Lorraine Wilson, Matthys Ellis, Norman Dyer, Norman Rock
21 - David Joubert, John Barnes, Lizette Kruger
22 - Mike Morrison
23 Clemens Froehlich
24 - Darren Hammond, David Smith, Garry Wills
26 - Mzila Mthanjane
27 - Gail Martin
29 - Mark Apker
30 - Jacques Vermeulen, Leander DeWit
More to Come!
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, 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
March 9 Member's Get-together
March 10 2nd Annual Greensomes (sponsored)
March 14 ITEC Open Wednesday
March 30 Good Friday
Check this out - 1-stop shopping!
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM