Visit your own beautiful country
Liezl and I, as have many of you, visited the West Coast of South Africa while we were closed for Spring Programme. we traveled 3500kms and stayed on farms, guest houses and with friends. We called the first part of our trip (jokingly) “the trip to everywhere where we almost saw nothing”. Fortunately, that was only when we went to Sutherland to see the stars (cloudy and closed) and Nieuwoudville Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm (raining) and the nearby waterfall (to be heard but not seen)!
But not even clouds, rain or gravel roads could dampen our spirits or detract from our adventure. The scenery from Ladismith to Paternoster and Montagu to Stilbaai was fantastic. The food and drink along the way maintained my fuller figure and the people were all generous and pleased to be assisting and serving guests.
Here are some of the flowers we saw along the way. I might add that a stop in Darling at their Brewery with a sampler tray and Jalapenó poppers should be included!
Now, get yourselves into our flowers on offer – because a trip around the estate may just save you the time and effort! We not only offer spring flowers, we display the flora all year round!
Please, please, please do your part!
New Event for the Ladies! The Colony LYNX Challenge!
It is not envisioned that any comp fee will be payable for participation
Local entrepreneur, John Hammond, is leading the way again with a very generous ladies’ sponsorship and new event. The soon-to-be-open Colony – Tastes of Africa will be just that, a new restaurant fusing an African flair into their cuisine. John has secured the services of one of Cape Town’s top chef’s to lead the way!
- Our aim is to sponsor the events on an annual cycle, it is not envisioned that any CLC games will be played during peak season months of December and January.
- This project is confirmed for the first three months and is subject to review to ensure the appeal of the challenge and that our shared objectives are being delivered. We will evaluate and review that sharing of prizes is being achieved and the event is creating enthusiasm in participants and attracting others to join in.
- As the challenge is about developing team spirit a scoring model that will ensure that the same people do not win all the prizes would be ideal. This is an important part of the prize donations and ongoing sponsorship
- We look for your input on how best to achieve this goal, in our previous sponsored events we used the Nomads scoring model.
We look forward to working with the Ladies of St Francis Links and to developing a class-leading event the “Colony Lynx Challenge” on the first Tuesday of each month, starting 7th September 2021. We will continue to work with the committee to enhance the offer and where required change elements driven by lessons learned and feedback from participants. Additional sponsors are being finalized and once confirmed will add additional elements to the challenge.
Colony Lynx Challenge
- There will be one “Colony Ladies Lynx Challenge” game per month on a Tuesday.
- The format will be decided by the Links ladies workgroup in partnership with the club professional and could change every month in a quarter.
- Fun and participation as well as opportunity for different winners in each game is the objective of the sponsorship.
- A cumulative scoring model will be created which rewards participation in all games in the quarter.
Colony Ladies Lynx Prizes are spread over three components
- The monthly game
- The overall Quarter winners
- Lucky prize draws – monthly & quarterly
Players of the Week
Monthly Medal – Ladies – Silver – Izzy Obray; Bronze – Gillian Hammond;
Men – Gross – Scott Keevy, Nett- Paul Spencer; IPS – Graham Botha
Saturday School – 4BBB – Bimpie Olivier and Lynn Slogrove
Colony Lynx Challenge – 4BBB – Gilliam Hammond and Debbie McCracken
Click Here for details of these events
Highlights of the Week
While we were closed, Norman Pretorius and Lesley Krause advanced to the finals of the Windhoek Pairs with their fine play at The Hill!
Chris van Rensburg fights for the title in the St Francis Bay Classic hosted by the St Francis Bay Golf Club. He took the eventual Champion, Dillon Germshuys, three extra holes to determine this year winner!
Team Member of the Week – Bianca
I started working at The Links in 2007 so I have been here for 14 years, basically part of the furniture already! I am the eldest of 4 children and after losing one of my brothers last year, I now have 1 sister and 1 brother. I am a mother of 3 beautiful girls namely Tamisha (11), Lynnique (7) and Tazlynn (4). We all share our home with my mother and grandmother and are a very close family who loves to spend time together.
I’m working at The Links as a waitress and enjoy what I do … it brings out me and my personality best, hardworking, loyal, kind, and polite. I love to surround myself with people because I am a person’s person. I love to get to know the people and make them feel at home. YES! I AM ALL ABOUT THAT!!!! I like to learn new things because each and every day I know I am just getting better and better! I have also learned over the years to treat my members as royalty and my guests as members. St Francis Links is the place where I want to be, we are one big family!
“BE STRONG, BE BRAVE, BE FEARLESS. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE”
“I AM NOT WHAT I HAVE DONE, I AM WHAT I HAVE OVERCOME”
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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 – Norman Pretorius and Graham Botha
14 Aug Greensomes – Scott Keevy and Martin King
15 Aug Nomads Annual Game
16 – 31 Aug Hollow-tining Spring Programme (Course Closed)
1 Sep Monthly MEDAL, Izzy Obray, Gillian Hammond, Scott Keevy
7 Sep Colony Challenge – Gillian Hammond and Debbie McCracken
8 Sep Warwick Day
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