Battle of the sexes – Ladies come first
Le Cock Trophy Ladies versus Gentlemen
The course setup was done to ensure a fair match between the Ladies and Gentlemen. The pin did not go to the top green on the 4th hole, a strategic advantage that was not used by the male staff members. Weather conditions on Saturday were one of those glory days, one that will be remembered, until the wind comes again on Wednesday.
The course played long as there was no assistance from the wind and kept everyone honest with regards to how far they actually hit the ball. Sally Nienaber joined Christo Krugel as the Starters of the day, Christo explained the rules, told some jokes and Sally handed each man a shot of Jagermeister, a little gift from the Ladies with a few words of encouragement.
In the first match out at 7h40 Elmarie Maarschalk and Tamara Webster led the ladies from the front racking up 45 betterball points. They were also the highest scoring pair for the Ladies. Craig Nel and Christo van Loggerenberg were the unlucky men on the receiving end of the very difficult match. The second group out Sandy Cunningham and Madeleine Barry did not take it easy on the men either coming in with 43 points. The trend was set and the predicted win for the Ladies looked very likely.
Unfortunately, the scoring of the men did not improve, a special mention to Danie Cronje and Rui Das Neves with a very solid 43 points. The highlight of the day came from the team of David Honeyball and last years Order of Merit winner, Hein Spangenberg. They didn’t look for any balls, dovetailed like identical twins and made the game look very easy. 47 Points, well-done, Gentlemen.
Prizegiving was opened by 3 short little funny golf videos and it set the mood for a very friendly presentation. The final result was that the Ladies won the Inaugural Le Cock Trophy with an average score of 39.13. The men could only combine for an average score of 37.64. This gives the Ladies bragging rights for the year.
Special thank you to the Golf Shop for donating the prizes for best ladies and best men and Sally Nienaber for organizing the event and sponsoring the nearest to the pin prizes. Sandra Marais generously sponsored the Trophy, thank you very much.
Fishing Champion and Champions
Members Grant Bowen, Dirk Ellis, Jr and Cassie Lotter and friend, SR Ferreira competed in the 2019 Offshore Classic in Gordon’s Bay. They didn’t arrive with the biggest boat or the latest technology but with only hours to spare, Grant landed a 1,77m, 88kg Yellowfin Tuna. That was the biggest in the tournament. The boys also bought themselves (under the radar) for R4000 in the pre-tournament Calcutta; by winning the tournament for the best catch, they earned a cool R177 000! Dirkie’s boat Geelstert is aptly named after their successful catch.
Our newest Ambassadors
The Shady Pines Strykers and the Participants in their own event, The Chokka Classic
St Francis Links Junior Invitational
A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
Anne Coesens, owner of the popular Bard’au, combining style, beauty and wellness, will open a second location here at The Links on 1 June!
Our Aqua Spa, independently owned and operating here since day 1 in 2006, was a drawcard for members and visitors alike. Bard’au has achieved success and a large following here in St Francis. Anne’s commitment to our members begins with 10% off on all treatments – at this location; another great member benefit here at the Club. The timing couldn’t be better as Bard’au had already committed to being the umbrella sponsor for this year’s Ladies’ Invitational on June 1st!
Please welcome Anne and her professional team to The Links!
What our members saw! Thanks, Linda.
When you spot something, take a pic and send it to me!
Coming soon – put these in the MUST DO column
The St Francis Links HOTEL by Mantis – 1st UNIT starting NOW!
The proposed St Francis Links Hotel by Mantis is being sold as a sectional title scheme. Commencement is based on the sale of the units.
The Hotel will consist of 60 1 and 2-bedroom suites, modelled after the successful hotel development at Pearl Valley, where the 2nd phase was launched recently. The Clubhouse will be home to reception manned 24/7, the Food and Beverage services, AquaSpa and of course, the home of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course! Pam Golding Properties are handling the sales for the Hotel. Neil Fox is the lead person. Neil Fox firstname.lastname@example.org Saria Blaauw is assisting and they are dividing their time at The Links
Ernie and Linda Müller and their Team from Selective Lighting are making Fridays extra special at St Francis Links. Once a month, they host the Selective Lighting/The Fireworks Friday Competition. We shotgun start the players for 9 holes. Starting times are based on the season, 14h30 in the “Cool Season” and 15h30 in the summer months. Be a part of growing the Club and join us for nine and some good times after golf! Please enter in advance for numbers.
ITEC are 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, sometimes Curry Night follows – stay or take away!
Monday Roll-up! Pitch up and play (9 holes or 18 Par-3 from 2pm) let’s add you to the What’s app group
All day Saturdays: Morning and afternoon fields – the afternoon field will be booked from 12 noon backwards with emphasis on “ready golf”
Monday Men’s Book Club – 5pm in Jack’s Bar (no reading required)
Ladies’ Tea (and Coffee) – Every Tuesday at 10am on the Veranda
Every Great shot starts (and ends) with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM