The Man who made golf cool – Arnold Palmer
The King will never be forgotten…
When I awoke on Monday morning after watching the Tour Championships til the end (wow, what a finish), Scott Tolley from Jack Nicklaus Group had sent out this mail
As most of you have already heard, the world of golf and sports lost a beloved icon tonight, with the passing of Arnold Palmer. Jack and Barbara were informed of this great loss at about 8:45 p.m., and Jack issued the below statement to the media about the passing of his dear friend. On his social media platforms, we also included the attached collage, which could have included hundreds, if not thousands of images that captured their uniquely special bond. We thought it only appropriate to share Jack’s words with you, as well.
Written by Jack Nicklaus, when he heard the news that his good friend had passed…
“I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend—and that golf lost a great friend.
“At this point I don’t know what happened, and I suppose it is not important what happened. What is important is that we just lost one of the incredible people in the game of golf and in all of sports. My friend—many people’s friend—just wore out. I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That’s what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.
“I wish I had another chance to talk to him, but I am so glad we talked a couple weeks ago on his birthday (Sept. 10), when he sounded great. So Barbara and I are just in shock and incredibly saddened. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to Kit, his kids, grand kids, great grandchildren, and his entire loving family.
“He was one of my best friends, closest friends, and he was for a long, long time. I will miss him greatly.
“Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even a great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans—Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.
“He was the king of our sport and always will be.”
It’s interesting that while I regard Jack Nicklaus as the greatest golfer of all time, Arnold Palmer was my first golfing hero. As little kids we would imitate their swings and their mannerisms as we practiced. When Jack came into the frame and defeated “my hero” I wasn’t very impressed. It took a while to accept the lad from OHIO. My parents took me on a road trip when I was in my teens and we went to Latrobe where Arnie’s dad was on the tractor. I later met Arnie at the Legend of Golf tournament in Austin, Texas. We actually shared a “brown water” and talked for a good while. His handshake was strong and his arms were like Popeye’s! I had the chance to play Bay Hill and was made to feel at home there…because that’s just the way it was supposed to be. The man who made the game cool has passed and I will miss him, too!
Mix a lemonade and iced tea together a raise a glass to the KING! check out this memorial clip on You Tube…
Oakley Crossover on Supersport
The Oakley Crossover that was hosted, in part, by St Francis Links. Now the event is being shown on Supersport. Check out the sportsmen who played here and then competed over a mountain bike route before surfing for the overall title.
See below the times for Oakley X-Over
27-Sep-16 23:00 SuperSport Eight
28-Sep-16 9:30 Select SA Go
28-Sep-16 9:30 SuperSport Select SA
29-Sep-16 3:30 SuperSport Eight
30-Sep-16 4:30 Select SA Go
30-Sep-16 4:30 SuperSport Select SA
30-Sep-16 11:15 SuperSport Eight
Our Nicklaus Champion of Champions Qualifiers!
ORDER OF MERIT- BEST THREE SCORES FROM SIX (PLAY A MINIMUM OF THREE EVENTS)
You have qualified to represent St Francis Links at the 7th Annual Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses Champion of Champions 24 – 27 November 2016.
The very strong team as per below:
1. Lynn Slogrove
2. Ernest Bendeman
3. Hein Spangenberg
4. John Wilson
Dr Lynn Slogrove moved to the top of the Order of Merit with her finest golf ever played here at St Francis Links. Last Saturday came in like a lamb and out like a lion. Even the double bogey on 18 into the wind did not prevent her from shooting 70 gross and scoring a record 45 individual points!
Dr. Lynn Slogrove tears up The Links
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Ladies come 4th!
The Final League Results have finally come out! The letter from Cathy Bezuidenhout is attached.
Please accept my congratulations and sincere thanks to every single one of you who participated this year and contributed to our excellent standing of Fourth Place in the field of 9 Clubs. That is quite an achievement considering that last year we were at the bottom! Yvette has approached us to find out if all the ladies who played in the League would like to meet for an ‘End of League Year’ casual luncheon. I think it is a very good idea and have suggested Le Chameleon in Humansdorp as it is pretty central for all of our ladies. It would be appreciated if you let me know if you can make it. We would like to try for a date early in October, say 4 or 6 October at 12:30. As soon as we have feedback and a suitable date we will finalize. Once again, many thanks for playing and for doing so well.
Dear League Captains
It is hard to believe that another successful League season has once again drawn to a close.
A BIG THANK YOU to ALL the League Captains and the enthusiastic, committed players.
It is not always easy to field a team especially when there is travelling involved-WELL DONE!
The sportmanship and competitiveness that prevails between the players, is great to see.
THANK YOU to ALL for the great spirit in which the games were played- the EPWG League could not
continue without your participation.
We are privileged to have been hosted at four great courses in our region this year, namely:
Humewood, Port Elizabeth Golf Club, Uitenhage Golf and Wedgewood Golf Clubs.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to these courses for their continued support of Ladies Golf!
We REALLY appreciate the fact that special arrangements are made to accommodate our League on
Mondays, as most Clubs are either closed or on skeleton staff on Mondays.
Thank you to EPWG for subsidizing the delicious snacks enjoyed at the Final prize-giving and
the Vice-President (Michelle Nieuwoudt) for presenting the shields.
CONGRATULATIONS to HUMEWOOD GOLF CLUB for winning the 2016 League. This is the 6th year in
succession that HGC have had their name on the trophy. (Shared with Country Districts -2012 and
PEGC – 2013)
THE FINAL RESULTS FOR 2016 ARE:
POSITION TEAM RESULTS TOTAL
FOR DAY POINTS
1st Humewood G.C. 19 70
2nd P.E.G.C. 12 55
Walmer G.C. 13 55
4th L.H.Z. 13 48 (Links, Hankey and Zwartenbosch)
5th St Francis Bay 17 43
Royal Port Alfred 8 43
7th Country Districts 11 42
8th The Hill 4 38
Jeffrey’s Bay 11 38
Great Turnout for the Links CUP!
It looks like we’ll have 40 players (the more the merrier) for the Links Cup on Saturday! There is still room for you!
Join us Friday, the 29th at 18h00 for flag raising and the singing of the anthems!
GOLF SHOP ANNUAL “Blow out” SALE!
Friendly Faces – introducing our Team
In weeks to come, we will be introducing the new faces here at St Francis Links. First up is a member of the Golf Operations team…
Amandla Hlela, Golf Cart attendant – Driving Range
Amandla has been with us since March 2016. His friendly smile will be very familiar on the driving range and assisting members and guests with any of their golfing needs.
Maria Jack – Housekeeper, waitress, bartender
Maria has been employed since 01 December 2006. She started as a Housekeeper and worked her way up to a waitress. You will find her mostly at the Leisure centre where she will be ready to serve you cocktails and meals whilst you relax next to the pool. She is married to Philemon Jack and have 3 kids (20 , 5 and 3).
Amandla – serving you! Maria has been here since DAY 1!
What the Ladies have to say…
Proudly Sponsored – ITEC SOLUTIONS 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!
(every Tuesday) – 10am Coffee Break for our lady members
September 30-October 1: The Links CUP!
October 30-November 6: Sunshine Tour returns with the Vodacom Origin’s of Golf FINALS
ST FRANCIS LINKS “MAJORS” AND “SPECIAL EVENTS” FOR 2016
Note the Date Changes for 2016:
April 9: 1st Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
April 23-24: Club Championships, Sean Botha and Janine VD Merwe, repeat Champions
May 29: Interestate Challenge at Mossel Bay (4th from 7)
June 4: Ladies 10th Annual Invitational – Helen Bridges and Jean Fynn, Champions
June 18: 2nd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 9: Sanlam Cancer Challenge – SFL Qualifier
June 26: Inter- Estate Challenge at Oubaai
July 15-17: Men’s Invitational – Leslie Krause and Hermanus Potgieter, Champions
Proud Sponsors of the Ladies OPEN Weekend and the ANNUAL
July 17: 3rd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 30: 4th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 31: Inter-Estate Challenge at St Francis Links
August 6: 5th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
August 8-23: Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
August 21: Sanlam Cancer Challenge FINALS
August 21: Inter-Estate Challenge Simola (to be resheduled after rainout)
September 24: Final Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
September 30, October 1-2: Links Cup
October 2: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula NEW DATE
October 30: Inter-Estate Challenge at Goose Valley NEW DATE
October 30-November 6: Vodacom Origins of Golf FINALS (Sunshine Tour – course Closed)
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 25-27: Nicklaus Champion of Champions (Serengeti)
November 27: Inter-Estate Challenge FINALS at Pinnacle Point
December 9-11 – 10th Year Anniversary Activities (watch this space)
2016 International Events
US Masters – Augusta National, Georgia – April 7-10 – Danny Willett, Champion
US Open – Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania – June 16-19 – Dustin Johnson, Champion
Open Championship – Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland – July 14-17 – Henrik Stenson, Champion
US PGA – Baltusrol (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey – July 28-31 – Jimmy Walker, Champion
The Ryder Cup – Hazeltine, Minnesota – September 30 to October 2 – USA USA USA
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE
The St Francis Links Team