It's only day TWO and Birdies are flying
Ready for play and ready for scores
Ready to start them and ready to receive them
Day ONE (foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon).
- In a morning foursomes match between three provinces, they all halved the 9th (stroke 1) with birdies
- There were two ACES on Day ONE - Chris Delport on the 14th and Ian Smith on the 17th
- In Singles play, one fourball made 12 birdies in the first 8 holes
- In Singles play, one competitor was 2-under and 2-down after nine.
- In another three-man singles match (three Provinces playing each other), there were 15 birdies made
- in yet another three-man singles match, there were 18 birdies made
- Phew! That's just from the stories we heard about!
There are some great players in the field and they have gotten to know St Francis LInks in their time here. Some players, with respect to the course, traveled in before the event for practice rounds and the rest have been playing since Saturday. From Saturday to Tuesday, Mother Nature was not ever here, offering only a light puff from the east and then from the west before returning to the east again yesterday - we are talking 10kms max! This morning we invited her to come as the coastal Clubs were moaning that they had no advantage over the inlanders. As a matter of fact, Guateng North destroyed their foes on Day ONE by 21.5 points to 2.5 points to let everone know they are here. You can't win the event on Day ONE but you can probably lose it - Ekurhuleni was sitting on .5 after the fist two matches.
Day TWO (same formats)
With "Mom" in the game, shot-making became even more a challenge. As I write this, the powerhouse and defending Champions, Central Gauteng, crancked it all up another notch white-washing Southern Cape and Northwest in the foursomes. Gauteng North carried on by going up 3-1 and 3-1 against their opponents. Tomorrow is predicted to come with a "perky" easterly, the two from Gauteng will play each other in what could be a real gun fight. That means the wind is reversing again.
Our team to this point, is getting rave reviews for presentation and service. Our course is being openly hailed for it attributes - variety of shots, shot-making, aesthetics, play-ability and conditioning. Tonight we braai, tomorrow we play and the boys will, again, frequent the area restaurants. They must be getting tired because my 4am call after three days would be showing if we weren't loving it all!
Club Champs are next week - May 4-6
The 2017 Champions, Helen and Ralph won their Divisions. Dr. Lynn is now retired and living here - will she win her 40th title over three different home courses in her career?
Sign up NOW and join us the the pre-weekend entertainment on Friday, the 4th, before competing for Gross and Nett prizes.
WORST FOURSOME IN GOLF HISTORY (from a naughty friend)
1. STORMY DANIELS
2. O. J.SIMPSON
3. TED KENNEDY
4. BILL CLINTON
WHY YOU ASK:
1. STORMY IS A HOOKER.
2. O. J. IS A SLICER.
3. TED CAN'T DRIVE OVER WATER, and
4. BILL CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH HOLE HE PLAYED LAST.
W(HOA)...News from the Estate! Next Get-together is May 8th
Last week's get-together was well-attended with a good deal of positive interaction. We welcomed Pierre Conradie, our consulting electrical engineer for the past 13 years and Ray Nolan from Specialized Solar Systems who presented the alternative energy supply options available now to Links owners. Whle it was, at times, a rather detailed and technical discussion, it also opened the door to good questions and further discussion.
Charl discussed a number of opportunities coming on for the Estate, some which were asked about in the Member's Forum. We have initiated the recycling programme with a good response from the residents. Bush clearing and fire breaks are ongoing. The upgrading of speed bumps are scheduled. Road repairs for pooling rain water has been addressed with solutions coming. We are also looking at improvements to the front and back entrances to the Estate. The Glovent system hardware has been ordered with exciting advancements coming for access control.
PJ Powers is the first musical event on the books in an initiative to present great South African talent through Rock Lily Productions and Michael Kimmings. She is appearing with Tigger Reunert on the 26th of May.
The next Get-together is May 8.
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 5-6 Club Championships, Helen Bridges and Ralph Richardson, defending
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 23-29 Vodacom Origins of Golf (regional Finals) NEW
Sep 28-29 formerly Links Cup / Ryder Cup (Paris) (new date TBA)
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 - Tim Elliott, Peter Browne
2- Leigh Bradfield
3 - Christiaan Serfontein, Keith Stacey
4 - Jan Joubert
5 - Dustin Hogan, Justin Collen
6 - Theo Vos
7 - Jo Viviers, Michael Schottler
8 - Richard Towell
9 - Ewin Collen
10 - Michael Barratt, Rob Birch, Saria Blaauw
11 - Bruce Brooker
17 - Maggie Langlands, Renier De Waat, Renthia Buitendag, Robyn Roberts, Silvio Scribante
19 - Charles Lourens, Kevin Pietersen, Tom Donnelly
21 - Geoffrey Roberts
25 - Andrew Payne
29 - Dirk Ellis
30 - Johanna Hubsch, Judith O'Hara, Michael Holden, Walter Ehinger
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
April 20 -24 National Seniors and Super Seniors IPT (course closed)
May 4-6 Club Championships
May 26 PJ Powers and Tigger Reunert
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Every Great shot starts with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM