It’s the Holidays – yeowzers, already?
It’s only two months away and some of you are already in motion with plans for the holidays. Two of our main events (always a sellout) are open for early bookings – Christmas Day Lunch and New Year’s Eve. Bookings can be made by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 042 200 4500 for more information.
Our full season calendar including our special 10th Anniversary events will be featured in the weeks to come. Our accommodation agents are telling us that it will be another bumper season – St Francis Links will be the place to be!
PS – free and convenient parking with no pestering guards, great food and beverage with fantastic views and a pretty special golf course, too! Add anticipating service and we have a winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Team up for TEAMWORK!
As a club still growing in so many ways, getting enough enthusiastic ladies to play league can be tricky. This year we teamed up with a couple of girls from Hankey and Zwartenbosch with improved results.
Herewith a picture of the LHZ Ladies League Team taken today at our ‘End of Season’ lunch held at Le Chameleon.
They are Left to Right Back Row : Dita Meulmeester (SFL), Helen Bridges (SFL), Yvette Bezuidenhout (ZWT), Chante De Lange (ZWT) Front Row : Gillian Hammond (SFL), Sandy Cunningham (AFL), Zana Gouws (HKY) Not in photo : Sonnette Korff (ZWT); Elmarie v d Spuy (SFL) This season proved much easier to field a team of 6 ladies for each of the 4 games as we amalgamated with Zwartenbosch and Hankey. The ladies all played with great spirit and willingness and we are pleased to advise that, after coming bottom of the League last year, we came 4th this season – a great achievement.
Chante is one of our up and coming young players and is going to be doing her PGA apprenticeship in PE.
We wish her well with her chosen career.
St Francis Links pays tribute to our stars!
All participants from our Wednesday school and everyone else who would like to share an evening of entertainment, great food, drink and laughter, should make a plan to be here on Wednesday, the 23rd of November! Who leads from the front and who knows how to pick a partner. Who are our Order of Merit winners and our major champions? Join us as we celebrate the highs and not-so-highs from this year’s golf.
Please come and support the boys!
Vodacom Origins of Golf Returns
…and you should come and watch!
The Vodacom Origins of Golf is in it’s second decade of play and we have hosted many events here and at Pezula before. The finals will be played the first week in November concluding on Saturday, the 5th with 72 amateurs and 72 professionals playing a two-day pro-am on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then the professionals will follow on playing 54 holes on our great course. Last year, young Christiaan Basson posted the best 54-hole total in our history eking out a one shot victory as 19 players broke par. This year, he will be joined by other winners from the Vodacom events played before ours as well as the likes of Titch, Wallie and Lyle, out local favorites. We would really like to encourage you and your friends to make a plan and join us for the 2016 Vodacom Origins of Golf FINAL at St Francis Links from 31 October to 5 November.
Scoring conditions were great for the 2015 Vodacom Origins of Golf
GOLF SHOP ANNUAL “Blow out” SALE! Up to 50% off!
It’s still going! Do your Christmas shopping early!
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…
-24 years old – Class A PGA Professional
-Recently turned cart mechanic (Note from JC – and greatly appreciated)
-I like to maintain a fit lifestyle, and the fact that I don’t have a car contributes to the effort.
-I am at my most comfortable when outdoors; fishing, hunting, running, hiking are things I like to do in my off time.
I dream big to prepare my mind to do big things.
Something I like to say: “Every new person I meet, is a potential new best friend“.
St Francis Links was part of my development plan (for myself). I am eager to learn and experience all there is, to prepare myself for the next chapter of LIFE.
Louise Nieveldt, housekeeper.
Louise has worked for St Francis Links for about nine years as a housekeeper. She has two children who are her life.
Her hobbies included exercising and going to the beach. Louise says: ‘ I love my job and the role I play at St Francis Links.”
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
October 20: PSG Corporate Golf Day – 120 Pax
October 30-November 6: Sunshine Tour returns with the Vodacom Origin’s of Golf FINALS
November 9: ITEC open Wednesday – special rates for your guests and “the meat”
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 23: Wednesday School “Oscars” night – our annual awards!
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
September 24: Final Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
September 30, October 1-2: Links Cup – South Africa are again the Champions
October 2: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula – St Francis Links were the winners!
October 30: Inter-Estate Challenge at Goose Valley NEW DATE
October 31: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula 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
Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. Arnold Palmer