Graeme Whale Shared his story about his beautiful Jemma!
I have known Graeme Whale as a fellow professional, as a friend and as a great teacher and player. He continues to dedicate his life to making the great game of golf available to all who want to try it. He teaches day and now at night, working with schools, travelling to small clubs in the Cape, creating fun events and creating champions. He IS a credit to the game. I have, over the years, participated in golf days organized by his and my friends, Titch and Jackie Moore benefiting his daughter, Jemma and lately, Jemma’s chosen charities.
Graeme’s recent newsletter thanked those who really helped Jemma on her life journey so far.
I want to share it.
From time to time, I share my life with you
Putting the spotlight on my
daughter, Jemma (by Graeme)
Jemma is finishing her school life at St Dominic’s Priory. She has always been different. I guess it’s because of the challenges she has been given. I have never doubted her abilities. Sometimes I just thought the world wasn’t ready for such a precious soul.
She amazed me again today. After +- two years of online school (bloody Covid), she finished 3rd in Grade 12. 1st in English, 1st in Maths Literacy.
I have tried to comprehend this. Even tried to understand it (with and without the help of beer). I am grateful beyond words to the many beautiful souls who have made this possible.
To Titch and Jackie:
Where would we be? You gave my daughter a reason to believe, to try. She loved the golf day. Once a year she is a princess, the centre of attention. It gave her the courage to go be her. Some of my best memories are of those nights.
To Joos EP Skydivers:
What a day. She did that tandem jump. It changed her life forever. She felt like a winner. She believed in her life.
To Sam at Montessori:
You embraced her and treated her like everyone else. She loved being at your school. She thrived on the community you built.
To St Dominic’s Priory:
You turned my little girl into something special. You showed her that she can. You gave her the love and the opportunity she needed to grow.
To her tutors Claire, Kim and Sarah:
You girls listened to her talk (and she can talk) and you still got the work done on time. You gave her the self-belief to dream big!
To her surgeon – Dr Potgieter:
Thank you for making her believe in you.
To my family:
You continue to give Jemma just the right amount of love, with the right amount of “tough love” to help her achieve her goals. All of you rock! We would be nowhere without you (that includes the cousins). We would not be where we are now.
On the way home from the hospital two days after she was born, she was at PEGC. She smiled as she was passed from person to person (our ladies section does like a baby). It’s been her second home.
To all of you in Port Elizabeth, you know what you did, you know how you helped, you helped her believe. You gave her love.
My little girl will leave soon. She is already a little lady. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Getting the course READY (means doing very little)
With the news of the PGA Championship coming so late, one would think we would have to hustle up a plan to get the course ready. But, let’s be real, the course is ALWAYS ready. What Charl has done is to lower the “closely mown” (fairways) cutting heights a little, given the primary rough a good trim and soon will start the process of “burning” in the fairway lines for good TV, simply by mowing in the same planned directions on each hole. Thursdays and Friday, the first two rounds, will be recorded with results and footage on Supersport (213). The back nine will be featured with the live Saturday and Sunday coverage (Supersport 213) and fed to other sports networks around the world!
Golfers of the week!
October 9 – Alliance three to count – David Honeyball, Pierre Potgieter, Ryan Coesens and Hein Spangenberg
13 October – Warwick Wealth – 4BBB – Norman Pretorius and Percy Owen
14 October – Windhoek Pairs (Regional Finals) – Ronnie Nienaber and Percy Owen
Pierre Potgieter aced the top green at four on a windy Saturday. What is most amazing is the fact that they saw the ball go in – not from the tee, but as they walked to the green! From 6 inches, the wind kicked and moved the ball to the hole. Ronnie, also playing in a perky westerly, found the hole on 17. R20 got him R20 000! He and Percy later received 1st prize for the day. The wind is your friend…the wind is your friend!
From St Francis Today 15/10/21
This amazing seascape was captured by local Seal Point resident, and artist, and photographer Juliette Godfrey. Early morning, looking across to Shark Point.
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Thank you all for caring about your course – #leading the way! Adopt a hole (AAH) works.
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 Wealth / Wednesday – Chris van Rensburg and Nic van Rensburg
10 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun – Sally Nienaber and Barry Phillips
15 Sep Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday – Steve Emary and John Hanley
17-19 Sep Men’s 15th Invitational Member/Guest, Tony Gunton and Mark Fensham
25-26 Sep Links Cup (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits) South Africa 22 1/2 – 19 1/2
2/3 Oct EP Champs, Altin VD Merwe, Medalist
6-8 Oct Nomads National Order of Merit/ Dimension Data, Daniel Bennett
16 Oct Ladies’ Invitational (postponed)
20 Oct Easy Life Kitchens / Wednesday
4-7 Nov The 86th PGA Championship (Sunshine Tour Event)