2021 PGA National Winners
Last year I was honoured to win the National PGA Professional and Manager of the Year. This year, the National winners by category are worth telling you about. They have made such a great impact at their Clubs and Facilities. This year the Southern and Eastern Cape Professionals are represented nationally by Peter Berman from Scratch golf in Knysna. Peter has played an integral role on the Committee and with our area professionals. Christo Krugel was nominated for PGA Professional regionally, following TK who won the award twice.
Our regional award winners were Cliffie Barnard, Coaching (coached multiple European and PGA tour winners, Garrick Higgo), Roeloff Roelofse, Grow Golf, Ashley Weir, Club Professional, Peter, Entrepreneur and Humewood’s, Brendon Timm, PGA Management.
National winners will now compete for PGA Professional of the Year!
Dad’s Love and partnership help to create a real wine winner
Dunstan and Patricia Hogan, property owners on the estate, are the proud parents of a proper South African winemaker, Jocelyn. Hogan wines produced their first brilliant wines in 2014 and her story tells it all. My friend, Dan Nicholl (Dan loves Wine) recently interviewed Jocelyn and the show covers her history, those who influenced her and finally, the family partnership that led to today’s place as a top South African vineyard. Some of you already know the wines and others should. Take the time to watch this to the end!
Please, please, please do your part!
New Dates for our Majors
Due to the Covid lockdown, we have been forced to reschedule the Men’s Invitational. Please check that you are ok with the new dates and reconfirm your entry.
Men’s Invitational – 17-19 September (fully booked)
Players of the Week
Wednesday School – SuperSpar/Pam Golding – Alliance – Charlie Gilmour, Dave Webber, Neil Mulder and Mike Anderson
Saturday School – Individual Stableford – Dave Webber
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Highlights of the Week
New homeowner, Ferdi Coetzer, made his first Eagle 2 on the 10th hole! He was using new irons for the first time, as well. Hmmmm!
Dawn Patrol got a little noisy on the 14th when Scott Keevy hit the perfect fade (yes, fade) into the back right pin. He was still buying drinks on Saturday! Charlie Gilmour always enters the hole-in-one challenge and hasn’t been successful to date – no one has! So this past Saturday, he gave it a miss, but the shot that followed didn’t! His first hole-in-one!
Juniors are exploring through Golf. Christo writes-
This past week our juniors were crowned as champions in 2 provinces. Shaun Viljoen (U/13) and Micah van Eyssen (U/10) are blazing a trail in their own right by improving from week to week. As they are both multiple champions, we ought to take stock of their thoughts and preferences as they keep mystifying the “grown-ups” back home.
Since Shaun broke par for the first time on home soil, he has started to talk and think differently about his game. This past weekend he played in an EP Junior event hosted by Port Elizabeth Golf Club. Shaun excelled in the event, posting a -1 (71), beating the next competitor by ten shots. When asked what the most challenging part of the day was, Shaun explained in great detail how he almost lost a shot, when, on the 15th (par 5) his ball was stopped by a mole’s hill, affecting where it came to rest. He was faced with a 30-foot putt to save par and stay two under. He kept his cool and proceeded to sink the putt. Shaun said: “I feel most confident when I am between 90 and 125 meters from the hole. When I follow through on the club I choose, I know that I can get it close to the hole.”
Micah has a beautiful, kind character. But don’t let your guard down on the golf course, for he is a force to be reckoned with. Playing in a USA Kids tournament hosted by Pinnacle Point, he beat his age group. He enjoyed the experience of playing a different course because of the beautiful views. They even saw a whale while playing. Micah says that his favourite part of travelling is to see wildlife.
Shaun and Micah are preparing to compete in the SA Junior Open hosted by San Lameer Estate, late August. They have their eyes set on improvement and enjoy the challenge that golf provides.
Team Member of the Week – Micealin Ferreira
I’ve been working at the Links for almost 3 months now, so I’m the newbie here. I’m the bar lady in Jack’s Bar and help the waitresses serve tables and keep our guests happy. Wednesday nights are my favourite! That’s when our members come in for prize giving after golf. Keeping everyone’s glasses full and interacting with the members, experiencing their happiness (or sadness!) after a game of golf, is fun and interesting.
Food and Beverage have always been my thing, getting to know people and keeping them smiling makes me happy. Believe me when I say it’s not always easy. But to see them leaving with smiles on their faces makes my day.
I am mom to the most amazing little human being, my boy and I think all parents feel like that. I live with my mother and my sister with her husband and children. We are 10 people in total in our home. I must say although there are many up and downs as with any family, we strive to be happy no matter the circumstances.
I believe that you grow as you go!!!!
A great Staff member – since day 1
Jongilizwe Gqabantshi, affectionately known as “Madala” was one of our longstanding employees who has been here since the start. He worked under Golf Data and then moved over to work for St Francis Links. Born in 1959, and has worked most of his life, Madala decided to go and rest and enjoy life without having to get out of bed at 04:00 am to go to work.
Madala never said much, he was very quiet, but when he spoke everyone listened. He was an operator on the rough machines and often mowed surrounds as well, he never blinked when a big task came his way and to top it all off, he never missed a day from work. Here is to you Madala, have an awesome time.
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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, Chris V Rensburg, Lynn Slogrove, Lesley Fisher and Carol Boonzaier
4 Jun Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun, Lesley Fisher and Gillian Hammond, 22pts c/i
16 Jun Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday, Lesley Fisher and Susan Gray, 45pts c/i
23 Jun Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance Noelie Pearson, Jaunita Gobby, Bimpie Olivier and Sue Gray
26 Jun Windhoek Lager International Pairs, Norman Pretorius and Deon Marais
30-3 Jul Nomads National Order of Merit (International Points) Rescheduled for October
7 Jul Monthly MEDAL, Shaun Viljoen, Lynn Slogrove and Alison Bosch – Gross
18-21 Jul 30th Road Trip (PGA Invitational) Rescheduled for November
21 Jul Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday – Jaunita Gobby and Bimpie Olivier
28 Jul Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Charlie Gilmour, Neil Mulder, Dave Webber and Mike Anderson
6 Aug Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
14 Aug Greensomes –
15 Aug Nomads Annual Game
16 – 31 Aug Hollow-tining Spring Programme (Course Closed)
1 Sep Monthly MEDAL
3 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
15 Sep Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday
12 Sep Foursomes
17-19 Sep Men’s 15th Invitational Member/Guest (fully booked on 166 players)
25-26 Sep Links Cup (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits)
2/3 Oct EP Champs (course closed)
9/10 Oct EP Champs Matchplay finals
16 Oct Ladies’ Invitational
20 Oct Easy Life Kitchens / Wednesday