This week at Clovelly – 23 March 2015
Newsletter 405 – Damian Wrigley – Golf Director
I feel like I can hear myself thinking again after the mad rush of the high season.
It has been a really busy past 3 months both at the club and on the golf course. I am very happy to report that we have shown growth in both rounds played and capital brought into the club.
Tee sheets have been very full and at times some of you did find getting your optimum playing times problematic. This was particularly the case over the month of February.
As the Golf Director I did not anticipate to what extent the problems that Steenberg Golf Club faced with their greens would have directly on us at Clovelly Country Club.
There were literally hundreds of golfers sent to us by Steenberg and some who chose to come a second and third time. The end result is that we did 6,598 rounds of golf in February which is a great deal of traffic.
I would like to thank all our Members for being so incredibly accommodating to visiting guests. There are very few clubs in the world that would allow visitors to play in their member competitions.
As I allow my mind to drift back in time there was however one time that I did come under the cosh: I thought it was a great idea to host the HMS Dragon navy crew as they were in town for a brief stay and we have always played home venue to the HMS crew when here in South Africa.
Well, this crew arrived to the course in high spirits, I think largely to do with their previous night’s affairs. This brought much attention from a few of the members who were quietly enjoying a drink on the balcony. Well let’s just say these guys could hardly hit a ball, and after watching a few fresh airs and grass flying I knew there was heat on the way.
It was a very eventful couple of hours but despite a few heated letters and conversations the day went off well and the bar revenue that night was superb.
Saturday 21st March was the first round of both the Men’s and Ladies Club Championships. The conditions were somewhat testing with gusting North West winds and rain in the morning.
The scores were very average considering the very fair set up of the course. The golf course was presented to the players with pride and great attention to detail by one on the country’s finest Turf Grass Manager’s our very own Steven Webber.
Leading our Ladies section after round 1 is Katia Shaff on 74 and the Men’s section Gareth Wobbe who carded a respectable 72 which was two shots better than Mark Coram on 74.
Ladies Club Championships
Sunday 22nd March was the second round for the Ladies which was indeed won by Katia Shaff (pictured) with scores of 74 & 79 followed by Wendy Warrington with 83 & 84, 3rd place went to Gill Briggs with scores of 81 & 91 and 4th place to Karen Denman on 88 & 85.
The Bronze Division was won by Pat Hancock with scores of 95 & 100 after a count out with June Harrison who carded 98 & 97.
3rd place was won by Pirjo Carr on 97 & 100 and 4th Place to Jacky White on 99 & 100.
The Junior Cup was also won by Katia Shaff.
Sponsor Jacky White & Bronze Division winner Pat Hancock.
RAGA Student, Jessica Green winner of the Nett in the Junior Competition, pictured with Sponsor Jacky White.
Wendy Warrington with Carol Goldsbury.
Sponsor Jacky White and Lady Captain Lilian Brand.
Moving on to a little bit of fun in the pipelines – I am so excited to announce that my good friend Kenneth Svensson is coming to town from Sweden.
He is the master behind the world renowned Q Scramble. It’s the most fun you will have whilst playing golf. You enter as a team of four and you take the best shot of the four played right the way over the 18 holes.
You can go as low as 14 under par if you do well on the day. A really nice touch on the greens is that you can stand behind your partners and watch them putt to get an even better idea of break on the greens.
So for R250 for members and R450 for visitors it’s well worth it. The winners will be invited to play in the Q Scramble World Final at Arabella.
This includes all green fees for 2 rounds and accommodation valued at R11 500. Call the booking office (021 784 2100) to enter your team of 4 today.
This Weeks Results
|Tuesday 17th March 2015
|1st||Margaret Macdonald, Helen Bowes, Lynne Gordon & Dawn English||86|
|2nd||Margaret White, Pat Hancock, Carrie Smales & Ann Booth||83|
|3rd||Gill Briggs, Bridget Jenkinson, Merle Christian & Angela Beel||79|
|Wednesday 18th March 2015
|1st||Ferdi de Lange & Brian Michell||49|
|2nd||Allen Jeniker & Benny Manuel||48|
|3rd||Don Feeley & Gerry McGuiness||48|
|4th||Vic van SChaik & Gerald van Heerden||46|
|5th||Erl Hvidsten & Steven Dunn||46|
Friday Night Draw
The name pulled last Friday was Gary Deneys. Unfortunately Gary was not present! The draw now stands at R3 800.