If you can, then JUST DO IT!
Meyer Du Toit was my Assistant PGA Professional at Pezula. He has been my good friend for nearly 22 years and he is one of South Africa’s leaders in the Golf Industry. Meyer has been the GM at SanLameer for a number of years. Along with his wife, Vickey, they reshaped the look and feel of the Club. I mean that in a number of ways. Meyer got stuck into the playability of the course, recommending changes that would also improve the beauty, as well. They were involved when the Club was remodelled and the improvements make the Club much more comfortable. Add the Pizza Oven, the concerts, the special events, the upgrades to the Par-3 course, night golf and much more and you have a vibrant Club and great golfing destination. Oh, did I mention the mountain bike track; that works, too!
Meyer was named PGA Professional of the Year for his great leadership, innovative skills and contributions to the Great Game of Golf. He’s on a diet as much as me and has probably gained and lost as many pounds as me, as well! Meyer is the host with the most, providing great memories for everyone he has ever met.
His love for the game and those who play helped to develop a long relationship with Branden Grace. Vickey and Nieke are also great friends. They have travelled to the Majors together (Meyer once had to lose a few Kilos to earn a “free ride” and he did). The went to the Open Championship, The Presidents Cup and The US OPEN. Meyer carried Branden’s bag at the Par-3 Tournament before the Masters at Augusta and now they are going to take their relationship to another level. Meyer is becoming part of Branden’s Management team and will relocate to America with Vickey. His decision was backed by his Club Chairman, who Meyer said could not have been more supportive. They part ways amicably and I am sure the DuToit’s will be sorely missed.
Meyer’s first real assignment was to meet the team in JHB and assist with things at the SA Open. I don’t think he gave Branden any putting advice, that came from coach Brad Faxon; Branden rolled in putt after putt to win South Africa’s Major coming from behind. He followed up this week with a T-17 performance in the Desert. Meyer will join Gracie for the Waste Management tournament (formerly the Phoenix Open) next week.
Good luck, you two! We are all proud of you!
Now the Number 1 Jack Nicklaus Course in AFRICA
Number 5 in South Africa
Changes at Augusta?
The Folks from Augusta sweetened the coffers at Augusta GC when they purchased some more land from their neighbours. The Google Earth photos of a dormant Augusta National reveal an additional piece of land at the top of the left-hand picture. From what appears to be a new tee complex, the carry can now be as much as 340 yards
Big Points – Big WIN!
Call it the new Slope system or just call it pure talent, but when Dr Danie Cronjé “assisted” his partner, Mel Maubec, with SEVEN points you wouldn’t think much of it; however, Mel made 44 points on his own – giving them 51 Betterball points. The boys had been sitting quietly on the deck sipping their cool drinks waiting patiently for prizegiving, without tipping their hand until the results were read. Check out the rather smug expressions in the winners’ pic (left) and the look on Hein’s face (right) when the names and scores were announced!
The 2020 Calendar
This year, we will be seeing more weddings, fewer golfing National events (due to rotation) and more member functions as our member play is the fastest-growing category in golf. We look forward to more sponsored days with ITEC and Selective Lighting/The Fire Works and the addition of a new partnership between Pam Golding Properties and Village Square SuperSpar.
4-5 Jan The Pam Golding Annual, SFBGC Champions, Series tied 7 all
7-8 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership, Roger Smith and Charlie Gilmore, Champions
8 Jan ITEC Open Wednesday, Dr Danie Cronjé and Mel Maubec, winners on 51pts
18 Jan Windhoek Pairs qualifying, Geoff Garratt and Ernest Müller, winners on 49 pts
29 Jan Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
7 Feb Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
12 Feb ITEC Open Wednesday
14 Feb Valentine’s Day Dress-up Golf; Dinner with entertainment
26 Feb Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
6 Mar Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
12 Mar ITEC Open Wednesday
25 Mar Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
27 Mar Ernie Els for Autism Golf Day
5 Apr Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
8 Apr ITEC Open Wednesday
24-26 Apr Club Championships
1 May Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
13 May ITEC Open Wednesday
21-22 May Woodlands Dairy Charity Days for HOSPICE
27 May Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
5 Jun Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
6 Jun The Bard’au Ladies’ Invitational
10 Jun ITEC Open Wednesday
17-19 Jun Nomads National Order of Merit* – Juniors earning International points
24 Jun Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
3 Jul Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
8 Jul ITEC Open Wednesday
17-19 Jul Men’s Invitational
29 Jul Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
1-2 Aug EP Amateur Championships (course closed)
7 Aug Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
8-9 Aug EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals
20-3 Aug/Sep Closed for Spring Programme
4 Sep Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
9 Sep ITEC Open Wednesday
25-27 Sep LINKS CUP South Africa (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights)
30 Sep Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
2 Oct Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
3 Oct Stulting Golf Day
14 Oct ITEC Open Wednesday
28 Oct Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
5 Nov Eastern Province SENIORS
6 Nov Selective Lighting/FireWorks 9-Hole Comp
11 Nov ITEC Open Wednesday
16 Nov Men’s Muirfield Day (3rd Annual)
22 Nov “The Trophy” – St Francis Links sponsored Amateur Champs
25 Nov Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
25 Nov Members’ Oscars
5 Dec Ladies’ Member-Member
9 Dec ITEC Open Wednesday
12 Dec Ultimate Par-3 Championships
16 Dec The Kromme-Enviro Trust Amazing Race
5-6 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership
8-9 Jan The Pam Golding Annual