I have returned from a week of understudying arguably one of the best CEOs in the golf business, Mr Jeff Clause (Santa) of St. Francis Links. I would like to thank Jeff and his team for inviting me into their space and for being so generous with their information and ideas.
I have returned home better for it.It was my first time visiting St. Francis Bay and I was pleasantly surprised by the course and offerings of the town. Jeff has encouraged me to put a trip together for club members next year and this is something I hope to do!
The work on the 16th hole is now complete and is looking superb. Our intention behind the project was to experiment with a new bunker shape, creating a shallower entry point with natural grass edging. The front right bunker lip was dropped to stop balls from hitting the down-hill on the greenside, shooting the ball out of bounds. Another reason for dropping this lip was to be able to see the flag better from the teeing ground.
I believe that these changes will have a positive impact and I am really looking forward to the reshaping of the 6th green and, of course, the laying down of the bent grass surface. This grass type has been chosen as it could be better suited to the course than the current type used for Clovelly’s greens. This green will be part of a 12 month experiment to see whether the grass can stand our high number of rounds and annual temperature variations, with hot sun in the summer and plenty of shade in the winter. Regular communication will follow throughout this project but I encourage you to pop into the office if you would like to hear more about what is happening on the course.
Many of you are aware by now that Lyndsay Harrison will be leaving Clovelly at the end of the year and Jessica Yiend has been promoted to take over from her. With this in mind, we have been looking for a new Bookings Consultant and are proud to welcome a new member to our Clovelly team, Monique Swanepoel.
She was, by far, the best applicant and I am confident to say that Monique is the right person for the position and will do an outstanding job looking after your golfing needs. Please be patient with her as she learns the various intricacies of the job and all your individual requirements. Take the time to welcome her and show her that Clovelly Country Club has the best members in the world.
Junior Pitch n’ Putt Results
Michell Golf’s Pitch n’ Putt Competition went well, with 25 children thoroughly enjoying themselves!
Below are the results;
Under 13 girls – Justine Thomas
Under 13 boys – Jordan de Beer
Under 11 boys – Dylan Jenni
Under 9 boys – Daniel Roos
Under 7 boys – Oliver Malyon
Under 7 girls – Danielle Biddecombe
Thank you to Darren van Eyk from Clear Design for their continued support!
The Ackerman Champs
This weekend was all about the Ackerman Championships, one of the longest standing provincial events in the calendar. Mr Gus Ackerman, Mr Raymond Ackerman’s father, was approached in the 1980s by then President of WP Ladies Golf, Mrs Bern Tribelhorn, to sponsor the tournament. Mr Gus Ackerman said that he would be happy to sponsor the trophy event as long as it had the ‘Ackerman’ name attached to it.
Well it’s been running for 36 years now and is well entrenched as an annual event. Wendy Warrington, from Clovelly, has won the trophy an incredible 6 times—more than any other player.
There are three sections to the event, the ‘Gus Ackerman Trophy 0-9’, the ‘Raymond Ackerman Trophy 10-18’ and the ‘Jonathan Ackerman Trophy 19-32’. Our girls were doing superbly with Asheeqa Bisoonpersan leading the Jonathan Ackerman Trophy on 1 under par nett and Ashleigh Mckie and Bridget Woodhouse following closely behind. In the Raymond Ackerman Trophy division Jessica Green was lying 4th on 1 under par nett. Finally, in the Gus Ackerman Trophy division Katia Shaff carded a 73 nett and finished strongly with a level par back 9.
I enjoyed walking around and watching some class golf!
Golf, in so many ways, is like that of the seasons. You flourish some months, you struggle during others and at times you’re just plain old average!One of our league stars of the past, Gerald van Heerden, has always been a solid golfer, but consistently aimed to do better. Gerald has the ability to play off a single figure and has been a 9 in previous years. On Saturday Gerald opened the flood gates, holing out for an eagle on the 1st hole. He maintained his form during the round and finished on a score of 5 over par 77, off his 15 handicap. Well done Gerald, a fantastic performance indeed sir!
Pictured above is the winner of the event, Kaylah Williams of Bellville, with a score of 219 with Damian Wrigley and WGWP organisers.
The Spur Offer
Friday Night Draw
The name drawn for the LM & A draw was Warren Godfrey.
Unfortunately Warren was not present!
The next draw will be for R 9 400.
The name drawn for the Evergreen draw was Tony Wright.
Unfortunately Tony was not present!
This draw remains at R 5 000.