Ashleigh (Simon) Buhai wins the Women’s Open Championship
The AIG Women’s OPEN was played for the first time at the iconic Muirfield, only made available for ladies’ play a couple of years ago. Now Ashleigh becomes the first women’s champion at the legendary course. Her bunker shot on the 4th playoff hole came to rest two feet from the hole. She followed in Ernie’s footsteps as he won there in 2002 – also using a historic bunker shot to pave the way.
I met Ashleigh and her father, Mike, after a game of golf at Pezula when she was about 14. She already was making a name for herself in golf and proved it with a mid-70’s performance at Pezula. I gave her some advice that would keep her calm in the big moments and above all, to keep it FUN.
I worried withal the pressure being thrown at her at that age, FUN may become difficult. Her reaction after holing the two-footer was priceless. Her brilliant bunker play won the tournament for her. She is still young and can do even more! She beat the best in the game today.
Micah Returns smiling!
Fred and Kelly van Eyssen have returned from their bucket list tour to Scotland and Ireland. They camped near the Old Course after Micah won his first (and probably not last), Champion of Champions World Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland. Micah, after winning his age group by one shot, then moved on to his next adventure, attending the Open Championship with his family. He got up close and personal with Tiger on Friday, Rory and many others. You must ask Fred to share the stories, he will share with pleasure; like buying a stroller for Rafa to gain family access near the players!
Southern and Eastern Cape Pro-Pairs (sponsored, in part, by Kwikelec)
The Clause-Tucker trophy (donated by Dale Hayes) for the best playing pair, was up for grabs this past weekend at St Francis Bay Golf Club and here at St Francis Links. The event, sponsored by Kwikelec, the two Golf clubs and Cape St Francis Resort (who always come to the party) featured one day with hurricane-like conditions and the final day with nearly perfect weather. All of our PGA professionals were very complimentary of both courses, especially those who were here for the first time. The Links professionals all participated with SFB GM, Justin Roux and I tied for 1st! Our score included a 2-shot penalty I called on myself for “placing”, then replacing with a two-shot penalty (no preferred lies – a quick 8 on 16). Honesty paid off and the Golf Gods were happy as we went on to score 25 points on the front nine.
This year we have opted not to punch holes in the greens due to the timing of substantial golf tournaments so close to tining. We will use a machine called the Air2G2 that will blow high pressured air into the soil profile and break up compaction in the profile. See the link below
With this said, we will still verticut our greens to remove thatch from the top layer of the green and this will be disruptive to the surface. We ask members to please respect the course closure to let us get on with this very important work.
We will be hollowtining and seeding all tees and greens surrounds as part of our spring treatment and we are hoping to have the course playable as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding and always putting the course first.
This Week’s Golf Results
5 August – Client Care – American Scramble – Barry Phillips, Neil Mulder, Roger Smith and Dave Webber
6 August – Kwikelec Saturday – Shaun Viljoen and Rohan Wentzel
Highlight of the Week
Russell Norman (married here and the son-in-law of Ashley Parker) aced the 4th and rang the bell!
Citadel Rugby Talk!
RUGBY, WINE, AND BANTER WITH JEAN DE VILLIERS As our Springboks take on the All Blacks and Australia in the upcoming and exciting Rugby Championship test matches, the games should give us an indication of the form the Springboks are in. Please join us for an evening of rugby banter and lively conversation with former Springbok Rugby Captain, Jean de Villiers. Although we cannot guarantee the outcome of the games, we will guarantee that this will be a relaxed session, where you will get to network with the Citadel team and fellow rugby enthusiasts while enjoying some of the best behind-the-scenes commentaries South Africa has to offer. Jean will be available at 17:00 beforehand to sign rugby paraphernalia, so bring your kids along a little earlier if you so wish. We look forward to spending time with you. IN-PERSON EVENT DETAILS
Date: Thursday, 8 September 2022
Arrival: 17:00 (Signing with Jean)
Rugby talk: 17:30 – 18:30, followed by drinks and snacks
Venue: St Francis Links Clubhouse (Restaurant), 1 Jack Nicklaus Drive, St Francis Links, St Francis Bay Should this image not display correctly, please click here to RSVP. In proud association with
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The 2021 Calendar and results