From 3rd League (entry) to 1st League and VICTORY!
The St Francis Links Men’s League side played the year without losing to any of their competitors, but the winning margins in most games were slim. So, the final matches against St Francis Bay and PE Golf Club were vital to finishing on top. The matches against The Hill were a bit one-sided with The Links winning 15-3. But the match with The Bay was primed to be a good one. As they are all friends on and off the course, the banter began before the match, discussing pairings that would ensure proper competitiveness. Phil Smith wanted Fouché and Fouché wanted Phil. Their match proved to be the decider. In the end, it was 10-8 to the Links and the league title was coming to our trophy case!
Playing together this year were Fouché Swart, Mark Ward, Keith Simpson, Jacques VD Walt, Chris V Rensburg and Boetie Zietsman
The Pam Golding Ladies’ Open Weekend
The field was full with 96 players. The participants came from Hoedspruit to Paarl and George to Pretoria. Our friends from Knysna and PE are always in strong support and the local Clubs, courses and members who assisted did themselves proud. The recent rains brought the green colours back to the fairways at the Bay and, despite a Saturday “hurricane”, the ladies were all happy with the experience. Richard Arderne and Pam Golding Properties were the main sponsors again this year. Additional support from Bay Union who put R100 000 for the 1st eagle on our 5th hole or a chance for the person who was nearest the pin on 5 to have a 20-footer for R20 000. Ilse Brits gave it a great try in front of the ladies above. We also want to thank Woodlands Dairy for their sponsorship.
Jaunita Gobby and her returning partner, Lettie La Grange (who won last year’s Ladies Invitational) were in the driver’s seat again! They stormed to victory with 86 points over the two days. They were given a good chase from Knysna’s Charlotte Stringer and Ursula Fahnauer. Charlotte fired a 73 gross on the Links with an eagle and four birdies. Nicolle Kellett and Dawn Spears came third with rounds of 40 and 43! Special thanks to Captain Ja-Lo from the Bay, Justin Roux, GM at The Bay and all the ladies who pitched in.
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Team member of the Week: Amandla Hlela
I have been working at St Francis Links for more than 5 years. I started as a casual in Jack’s Bar however I moved to the Golf Department in December 2015. In 2016 I became a permanent employee and I am very happy to be part of this team. I am a golf cart attendant and I was also trained to be a golf cart mechanic.
I love my job and meeting different people from all over the world. I like to share jokes with our members. Every day has a new challenge and I like to go the extra mile for our members and guests so that they can feel welcome and come back again.
I am a sportsman, before working at the links I was playing soccer, however, my focus is now on golf as I have fallen in love with the game.
I come from a loving, caring and God-fearing family. I am the firstborn and have a little sister. I am the father of 3 children. Sinelizuue is 12, Lathitha is 6 and my little one, Luncumo is turning 2 in July.
- Always keep going you never know what somebody else sees in you.
- Work so hard that you forget what day it is.
Thank you all for caring about your course – #leading the way
The 2021 Calendar and results
We look forward to our sponsored days with ITEC and Selective Lighting/The Fire Works and Pam Golding Properties and Village Square SuperSpar events.
New events – Ladies’ and Men’s Medal will be played on the 1st Wednesday of every month
7-8 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership, Mark Ward and Richard Sharwood, Champions
13 Jan ITEC Open Wednesday, Hein Spangenberg and Yan Coesens, 51pts
27 Jan Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Hein Spangenberg, Yan Coesens, Daryl vd Vyver and David vd Vyver, 92 Points
3 Feb Monthly MEDAL, Shaun Viljoen and Lynn Slogrove
10 Feb ITEC Wednesday, Yan Coesens and Hein Spangenberg, 47pts
14 Feb Valentine’s Day Dress-up Golf; Gavin and Jaunita Gobby, 41pts
20 Feb Greensomes, Scott Keevy, and Deon Marais, 41 pts
24 Feb Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Simon Haigh, Yan Coesens, Charl Blaauw, Hein Spangenberg, 86pts
3 Mar Monthly MEDAL, Gross – Fred V Eyssen, Nett – Brett Wilson-Jones, 69, Stableford – Hein Spangenberg, 35pts
5 Mar Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun, Graham Botha and Geoff Garratt, 24pts
6-7 Mar Pam Golding Annual – SFL vs SFB, SFB, 37.15 ave, SFL, 36.83 ave (.32 difference)
10 Mar ITEC Wednesday, Charlie Gilmore and Neil Jones, 44pts
20 Mar Foursomes, Dave Micklem and Norman Rock, 40 pts
31 Mar Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Norman Rock, Tim Elliott, Michael Barratt, and Ronnie Nienaber, 81pts
2 Apr Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun, Debbie McCracken and Michael McGahey, 24pts
2-4 Apr Easter Weekend
7 Apr Monthly MEDAL, Rita Du Plessis and Malcolm White
9 Apr Masters Par-3, shotgun at 15h00 (sponsored by Fitch and Leeds), Graham Botha
27-28 Apr Ladies Championships, Medal, Lynn Slogrove (G), Rita DuPlessis (N)
1-2 May Stableford Championships (Men and Ladies) Chris V Rensburg (A), Doug Cornish (B), Dave Hart (C), Lynn Slogrove (A), and Alison Bosch (B)
7 May Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun Ernest and Linda Muller (donated back).
26 May Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Brett Wilson-Jones, Norman Rock, Nico Van Rensburg and Gavin Gobby, 88pts (85%)
29-30 May Pam Golding Ladies’ OPEN Weekend, Jaunita Gobby and Lettie La Grange, 86pts (85%)
2 Jun Monthly MEDAL
4 Jun Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
9 Jun ITEC Wednesday
23 Jun Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
30-3 Jul Nomads National Order of Merit (International Points)
7 Jul Monthly MEDAL
16-18 Jul Men’s 15th Invitational Member/Guest
18-21 Jul 30th Road Trip (PGA Invitational)
28 Jul Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance,
6 Aug Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun (postponed)
11 Aug ITEC Wednesday –
14 Aug Greensomes –
21 Aug Ladies’ Invitational
26 Aug Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance,
1 Sep Monthly MEDAL
3 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
8 Sep ITEC Open Wednesday
12 Sep Foursomes
25-26 Sep Links Cup (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits)
27-11 Oct Hollow-tining Spring Programme (Course Closed – Provisional)