Jerling and De Beer Cruise to victory!
Luke Jerling has played very well here before shooting 65 on a perky day tieing Professional, Lyle Rowe on the same score. I took a picture of the 2 of them on the day to note their achievements. While that may have been social golf, Luke’s performance in the EP champs were truly Championship material.
Over the past two weekends, the best in the Eastern Cape first battled the weather and the each other in the matchplay. The two champions – winners in the 36-hole final – are both coached by the best teacher in the Eastern Cape, Graeme Whale. We have great teachers in our area, but none who are more committed to improving young golfers than Graeme. Luke Jerling has found the great golf that earned him a scholarship at Lamar University in America. Kyle De Beer is one of the most promising young golfers in our area.
In the finals, both Luke and Kyle dominated their opponents, winning 10 and 8 in their 36-hole matches. Maybe it was the Santa burger bonus prize that had them winning fast!
Champion, Luke Jerling and Runner-up, Naldo Claassen Links member and plate finalist, Lefty Ferriera and Kyle De Beer, Plate Champion.
Valentine’s Day and NIGHT!
This year, let’s get into Valentine’s Day on the course and here for dinner. Our Valentine’s Day Mixed will feature prizes for Best dressed and Best Dressed Cart in addition to the prizes for best golf. We have added some special treats to make the day out even more memorable. Following the golf, Chef Jono will unveil his first Valentine’s menu – one that will be tantalize the taste buds! Our favorite, Pete, The Greek will entertain you all evening will music that will get you dancing or singing along! Enter Now!
More to remember!
This was our best year to date in almost every way:
- We finished our 105th home on the estate (51 are permanent residents)
- 14 homes are under construction
- 24 homes are in the planning or application stages
- We turned 10 with nearly R14M in the bank
- Our golf rounds were up by more than 3300 rounds – 17 550 in total
- We moved up in the nation ratings to No. 7 in Golf Digest
- The UK rates us No. 6
- The Swedish press rate us No.4
- With our members, No. 1
Lucky 7 and the amazing 13th hole – Bear Claws!
The BMW International Golf Cup – Arabella
Marketing St Francis Links is always part of the plan when I travel! Last week I went to Arabella Hotel and Estate to be the tournament director for the BMW International Golf Cup – the national FINALS. My role is to set up the course for the event, explain the format and rules to the players at the opening function, start the players on the first tee (with words of support that carry a calming verbal pill) and administer the rules as they may occur on the course. The last thing we needed was a ruling that could affect the outcome of the tournament. The 2-day event featured a fun alliance that served as a practice round for the players. in that event, the 3 competitors, 2 men and a lady were paired with the dealer principal from their qualifying area. Team Continental Cars from PE won the Alliance (playing their best golf a day early) and walked away with amazing prizes. The big prizes came in the individual competition the following day where the three winners were booked on flights to Dubai for this year’s international Finals. BMW pulled out all the stops for the participants at a venue worthy of its top-10 billing.
Team Continnental Cars won the Alliance
Faces in the crowd
Will be 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 from 3pm) 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” – Prizegiving and Happy Hour at 17h00
Feb 4-5 EP Champs (quarter, semi and finals) – course open
Feb 8 ITEC Open Wednesday – R230 includes GF’s, Snacks, Comp Fee and Meat Prizes!
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day MIXED
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance
ST FRANCIS LINKS “MAJORS” AND “SPECIAL EVENTS” FOR 2017
Jan 2-3 Men’s Member-Member, St Francis Bay wins by .18 of a point! Well done!
Jan 7-8 The Pam Golding Annual, Derek Ryan and Scott Keevy, Champions
Mar 11 Greensomes over 18 holes (NEW)
Apr 28-30 Club Championships
May 18-19 Woodlands’ Dairy Golf Days for HOSPICE
May 27 Foursomes over 18 holes (NEW)
Jun 3 Ladies’ Invitational
Jun 10 Sanlam – Links Qualifier
Jul 2-3 National Junior Order of Merit
Jul 20-23 Men’s Invitational
Jul 23-25 The Annual “Road Trip”
Aug 6 Sanlam Cancer FINALS at St Francis Links
Aug 8-23 Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
Sep 30, Oct 1 Links Cup
Nov 11-12 Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
Dec 2 Ladies’ Member-Member
Dates for Mixed Events, as well as the Knock-outs to follow.