Els Weeks, this and next - for Autism and Oakmont

The Helen and Jean Show

Helen Bridges invited three of her good friends, Carol Hemsley, Jenny (Kettlewell) Schulze and Jean Fynn to play with her on Saturday, they all knew that they were playing for "her favour" as each were her betterball partners for the day. When the day was over, Jean Fynn proved she wanted her name on the Honours' Board as their golfing efforts combined for 46 points and a four shot victory over a nice field. In second place, the partnership of Dr Lynn Slogrove and Nolene de Ridder counted out Margot McGregor and her partner, Jane Boehmke. In fourth place, Linda Müller and Felicity Upton took home the bacon (so to speak). Nicoletter from Aqua Spa warmed the girls up for lunch with some great beauty secrets available through our Aqua Spa and those in J-Bay and Humansdorp. Following the mains, Chef Brad showed them how to make their dessert and then served it to the happy ladies! The sun set at 17h30 and it was a great day for all! 

10th Ladies Inv sm 

1st Prize Winners: Pts
Helen Bridges 46
Jean Fynn 46

2nd Prize Winners: Pts
Lynn Slogrove 42
Nolene de Ridder 42

3rd Prize Winners: Pts
Margot McGregor 42
Jane Boehmke 42

4th Prize Winners: Pts
Linda Muller 40
Felicity Upton 40

Nearest to the Pin # 4
Madeleine Barry

Nearest to the Pin # 17
Louise Robertson

Dear Jeff, Thinus, Brian & Christo

Thanks for an amazing day at the Links with our guests. Not only did you guys all look very professional in your jackets, but everything was so well organised .
A great idea to have the coffee & delicious muffins in the Pro Shop. The halfway Quiches went down extremely well & the meal after was amazing. Thanks Chef Brad & team.

I felt very proud to entertain my guests on the deck & they all loved it & cant wait for another chance to play at The Links.



Dear Jeff,

Just a word of thanks for a really super day on Saturday. As always, the
St Francis Links Team collectively, made it all so special and fun.
Please would you pass on my thanks, made even better by Helen's and my
win. I am delighted with my prize and look forward to using
it. All you guys looked good and professional in your PGA jackets
- a really nice touch.

Regards, Jean Fynn


Oakmont - Where Ernie won his 1st Major!

Oakmont CC, The US OPEN, June 16-19, 2016 

In 1994, I was the PGA Director of Golf at Fancourt and Ernie Els was our man on TOUR. While I was at Fancourt, we played cross-country golf with Ernie, night golf with Ernie, started the Els Invitational with Annie Lawson for Ernie's golfers and shared many a good round and good times. When Ernie hit it left of the 18th fairway on the final hole of the '94 US Open, Jack Nicklaus was in the booth doing commentary (after winning his 4th and final US Open at Oakmont in 1980). I'll never forget Ernie chipping out from the left rough and coming to rest in a sand-filled divot. The great man stated on TV that it should be ruled GUR (36 yrs later and still not). Ernie only got it to the front edge of the green and his bogey 5 forced a three-way playoff with Loren Roberts and Colin Montomerie. Ernie bettered Colin in two US Open playoffs. On Monday, we watched as Ernie flew the 2nd green and made triple - arg! but he fought back to 2-over and a 74 - the same as Roberts. Now it called for sudden-victory and after parring the 11th hole, Ernie had it! Three majors later and Ernie is a member of golf's Hall of Fame, the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award for contributions on and off the course as well as now being the host of the SA Open, the mentor for so many and a good friend! This week and next, we will support Ernie! 

Oakmont CC in western Pennsylvania is the home to this year's US OPEN Championship. It is regarded one of the toughest tests for this championship; this year will be no exception as the par-70 has been lengthened again. In 1994, when Ernie needed 92 holes to secure his first of two US Open trophies, the total purse was nearly the same as this year's winner's check. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were on the leaderboard when people were saying, Ernie who? 

The US Open and the USGA have always presented a stern test of golf to determine their Golfer of the Year. Oakmont will feature two 5 par's, one at 607 yards and the other at 677 yards;  I remember when a par-5 was considered a par-5 when it exceeded 475 yards; at Oakmont there will be 5, FIVE par fours longer than that! They will also be facing a 288 yard par-3. If I were a spectator, I would go to the second hole where the par-4 is only 340 yards - certainly, they will be having a go at that one! 

prize fundLittle Ernie  Oakmont

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Check out the leader board after round 1 on Thursday. There was Tom Watson on top and Jack Nicklaus tied with Ernie. Frank Nobilo, who covers the play-by-play for the Golf Channel was there too! Frank and I were the only non-Afrikaans speaking guests at Ernie's wedding! 

1st roundOakmont 15L

Make sure you watch or record the golf as I am sure the cream will rise to the top - Jordan, Rory, Jason and the young guns are in form - patience will be the difference - I think par will be the virtue and some good bogeys may be the difference. One thing is for sure - shot making will be separate the men from the boys. 

Our 2nd Nicklaus Champion of Champions Qualifier!

On Saturday, the 18th, you get your 2nd chance to post a score for this year's year end championship at Serengeti. We will have 6 Qualifiers this year, with your best 3 scores counting - so, make a plan! 

Saturday, April 9 (The Masters)
Saturday, June 18 (US OPEN)
Sunday, July 17 (the OPEN Championship)
Saturday, July 30 (The PGA Championship)
Saturday, August 6 (the Olympics)
Saturday, September 24 (The TOUR Championships)

The Top FOUR point-getters from their best THREE qualifiers will represent St Francis Links at Serengeti!

Entry Fee: R75 per event

Els for Autism draws nearly 100 for Wednesday! 

Sometimes you feel like you are constantly being asked to play in a charity day or give, give, give to support. At St Francis Links, we only host the best days - right! The Els for Autism day will be no different. With the winning pair traveling to Dullstroom and the finals at the Els Signature, Highland Gate, the prize is right, with great gifts on arrival and treats along the way, the off-course extras are right, the dinner served with Ernie Els wines will certainly be right, of course, the course will be right, the Karoo is sending warm winds so the weather will be right, the auction to follow features some special offers that will all be right AND the winners is Autism awareness and research. Thank you all who are participating - if anyone would still like to attend the dinner and auction OR make a pledge, please call now! 

Ernie and family 
Now, let's raise 100 - thousand, if possible! 


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Proudly Sponsored - ITEC SOLUTIONS and Harcourts will be our sponsors for OPEN Wednesday (2nd Wednesday) and Harcourt’s Wednesday (3rd 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!

March (every Tuesday) - 10am Coffee Break for our lady members
June 8: Els for Autism Charity Golf Day (course closed, member rates available at SFBGC)
June 10: Members' Get-together (Par-3 and dinner)
June 15: ITEC OPEN Wednesday
June 18: Nicklaus Champion of Champions - No. 2
June 19: Father's Day
June 22: Harcourt's Wednesday (+R1000 in prizes)
June 25-27: National Order of Merit (juniors)



Note the NEW Dates for 2016:

April 9: 1st Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
April 23-24: Club Championships, Sean Botha and Janine VD Merwe, repeat Champions
May 29: Interestate Challenge at Mossel Bay (4th from 7) 
June 4: Ladies 10th Annual Invitational - Helen Bridges and Jean Fynn, Champions 
June 18: 2nd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 9: Sanlam Cancer Challenge – SFL Qualifier
June 26: Inter- Estate Challenge at Oubaai
July 15-17: Men’s Invitational - Special NEW Friday event and Shoot-out

Proud Sponsors of the Ladies OPEN Weekend and the ANNUAL

July 17: 3rd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 30: 4th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 31: Inter-Estate Challenge at Goose Valley
August 6: Ladies’ Invitational
August 6: 5th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
August 8-23: Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
August 21: Sanlam Cancer Challenge FINALS
August 21: Inter-Estate Challenge Simola
September 24: Final Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions 
September 25: Inter-Estate Challenge at St Francis Links
September 30, October 1-2: Links Cup
October 30: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula
October 30-November 6: Vodacom Origins of Golf FINALS (Sunshine Tour - course Closed)
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 25-27: Nicklaus Champion of Champions (Serengeti)
November 27: Inter-Estate Challenge FINALS at Pinnacle Point

December 9-11 - 10th Year Anniversary Activities (watch this space)


2016 International Events


US Masters - Augusta National, Georgia - April 7-10 - Danny Willett, Champion
US Open - Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania - June 16-19
Open Championship - Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland - July 14-17
US PGA - Baltusrol (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey - July 28-31
The Ryder Cup - Hazeltine, Minnesota - September 30 to October 2

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