The Legends love St Francis Bay
Jeff is away this week as he went up north to celebrate his birthday and host the BMW Championship at Blair Atholl. He is the Tournament Director and all the players are in good hands with him officiating and providing entertainment. Happy Birthday, Jeff. This gives me, TK a chance to write to all our loyal readers.
We had a superb weekend here at the links. During the week the Sunshine Senior Tour had an event at Humewood and the Pro’s were keen to visit St Francis Links. In a matter of days, we organized and hosted The Legends Pro-Am. Andre Cruse was the driving force behind the idea and our members jumped at the opportunity to play with the professionals.
The field was full after two days of advertising, we even had to bring in the likes of Wallie Coetsee (70 Gross) and Michiel Bothma, still a couple of years away from the big five O as we had too many members that wanted to play.
We started the event with a Friday afternoon 9 hole Par 3 competition followed by a welcome function with snacks and a blind draw for four balls. All the professionals and their families stayed at Cape St Francis Resort free of charge, thank you Anita and Dane for the sponsorship, without you this would have been hard to pull off.
The weather for the weekend was fantastic and we started tee times at 7h30 Saturday with the last tee time at 9h20. The pro’s enjoyed the test of the links and our members enjoyed watching and learning from the professionals. Morne Geldenhuys from Vodacom put up a prize for the leading amateur in the field, a spot in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Pro-Am at Humewood and the best in the field was none other than Scott Keevy, with his small controlled draw managing 39 individual points. Nice one.
Other notables in the field were Chris Williams, fresh of a win during the week at Humewood, Neville Clarke who runs the Senior Tour, Chris Davison, Ben Fouchee, Nic Henning, Grant Muller, Mike Quinn, Michael Scholz, thanks for the trick shots Pards. Rounding off the Legends were Doug Mc Guigan, shooting the low round of the day and James Kingston.
Legends Pro-Am results
Champions 87 Points
Michael Scholz (73 Gross)
Runners Up 86 Points
Chris Williams (69 Gross)
Nic van Rensburg
Chris van Rensburg
Third 85 Points
Doug Mc Guigan (68 Gross)
Jacques van der Walt
We received so many compliments about the course, the staff and the members that I am sure this was the beginning of something that will only grow and get better. Here is what a couple of them had to say.
James Kingston:” Dankie vir al julle hulp en gasvryheid! Baie beindruk met die baan, die opset en vriendelikheid and hoe dinge werk.”
Wallie Coetsee:” Dankie vir n lekker twee dae dis altyd lekker daar by julle.”
Chris Davison:” Thanks for a fun couple of days. Best.”
Neville Clarke: ” Dear Thinus and Jeff, this is to thank you on behalf of the Senior Tour players who participated in the Pro-Am. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our amateur partners were terrific. Your golf course and the facilities are world-class and I can only spread the word.”
Grant Muller:” Thanks so much for hosting us this weekend, I hope this event will grow from strength to strength. Please extend our sincerest thanks to Cape St Francis Resort for hosting us.”
Mike Quinn:” We had such a wonderful experience at St Francis Bay and I would like to thank two people in particular; Jeff Clause and Dane from Cape St Francis Resort. I would definitely recommend that you go and play at the links, it is a great course and the staff are just fantastic! The accommodation is also a must, especially the Beach Villas, if you enjoy a view of the beach. Excellent facilities and great service, 5 stars all round.”
Thank you to our members and sponsors for making this possible.
Hoof Seun / Head Boy
Juandre Spangenberg was elected as Head Boy at Stulting this week, WOW. St Francis Links is super proud of you Juandre. Great achievement young man.
Golfers of the Week!
15 May 2021 – Fourball Alliance two scores to count
Winners – 83 Points
12 May 2021 – Betterball Stableford (Men)
Winners – 40 Points
12 May 2021 – Mystery Alliance (Ladies)
Winners – 78 Points
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Team member of the Week:
I have been working at St Francis Links for 1 year and 8 months now as the Second Assistant Greenkeeper. I do the course set-up’s every morning. I enjoy making new tee boxes and levelling the old tee boxes and adding new sods.
I am originally from George and played often at George Golf Club. After school I studied Greenkeeping at the African Turf Academy in Pretoria at Silver Lakes Golf Estate. My mother lives in George and I have an older brother that lives in Cape Town. My favourite hobby is fishing. Whenever I get the opportunity to fish I am there. I mostly catch and release big sharks.
My motto in life is to never give up and always have a smile on my face no matter how tough things get. Always work for your goals and you will be successful.
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
29-30 May Pam Golding Ladies’ OPEN Weekend
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)