It is with great excitement that we would like to wish Jessica Yiend, our amazing Club Administrator, all the best as she embarks on her journey of motherhood this week. Good luck and enjoy every moment from the Clovelly family!
While Jess is on maternity leave we will certainly be missing her around the Club, but her absence will definitely be felt when it comes to the Weekly Newsletter. Paul Stoner, our Golf Director, will be taking over the editing responsibilities and to ensure we do not compromise the quality of the content we will be altering the schedule of the Newsletter to be published every second week. This will allow us time to accumulate noteworthy content as we head into our quieter season, and spend time ensuring it remains at the high level Jess has set for it. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
2018 Mens’ Club Championships sponsored by Atlantic Forwarding
Before we head into all the details of the weekend we would like to especially thank our sponsors Atlantic Forwarding and Taylormade for their generous contributions towards making this event memorable; Chris Goldsbury for his tireless efforts on the Golf Course to ensure the R&A Rules of Golf were followed and the course adequately marked; Carol for her hard work in the scoring office over the two days, making sure the score board was up to date and accurately recorded; Shaun Holman for the amazing photography over the two days; and to Robin Brand (and Lillian for offering him up) for his contribution and support of the awesome scoring system he has developed over the years allowing us to process results with ease. It is only through contributions such as these that events can be made successful! Thank you!
After a week of preparations on and off the course it was great to see 150 golfers take part in the 2018 Club Championships this year. The tournament started off early on Saturday morning where the C-Division and A-Division hopefuls took to the fairways. The weather conditions were perfect and the course was in pristine condition as the first tee shot was struck. Later on in the afternoon field the B-Division were out on the course, with slightly more challenging conditions.
As the morning field completed their opening rounds the scores were checked and recorded, before they were written on the board. Many participants and spectators stood in anticipation waiting to see who was leading after the first round. In the C-Division there were great rounds from Yatish Garach, the defending Champion, and Shyam Makanjee who handed in gross scores of 89 each which saw them tied in 1st place. they were closely followed by Kevin Pieters who shot a 91 gross in his opening round. In the much contested A-division there was lots of good golf being played, but Matthew Mills took advantage of the great conditions to card a 1 under par, gross 71 for his opening round, off a 4 handicap. He was closely followed by one of our promising student players, Matthew Cooper, who shot a level par 72 off a scratch. This was achieved despite some confusion surrounding a wrong ball being played which ultimately cost him 2 shots. Behind these front runners were Steven Dunn, Mark Schoombie, and Rohan Fraser who all carded 73 gross to be 2 behind the leader. It would be close heading into the final round on Sunday.
In the B-Division it was equally as competitive as the players completed their afternoon rounds. There was some solid golf played by a number of players but as always there are only a few who manage to keep it together for the full 18 holes of stroke play. In this case these golfers were Stephen Thomas who scored an 83 gross, followed by 8 golfers on 84 gross.Despite their best efforts Duncan Johanssen claimed the front runner position by 1 shot, with an 82 gross for his opening round. All the division were too tight to call as we headed into the final round, which is exactly how a Championship should be.
Sunday was another great day, although our amazing course did try and throw up some defenses for the final round. A rather blustery South Easter was present throughout the day, but all in all the conditions were still favourable. There were a few notable rounds from the morning field, who were looking for redemption after day 1. These were most notably from Wizz Good (74 gross of a 6 handicap), and Tim Henshall who improved by 7 shots from day 1 (74 gross off a 6 handicap). Well done to all the morning players and most importantly thank you for coming back for more punishment even if your first round was not as good as you had hoped.
The afternoon field saw the top 18 placed players of each division tee off, and with only a few shots separating them it was going to be close in all the divisions, and we all know stroke play competitions can turn very quickly after one or two difficult holes. As the South Easter continued to blow the 9th hole showed why it is the Men’s stroke 1, as a number of players fell prey to it. The average score for the day coming in at just under 7.
In the C-Division it was up to Yatish or Shyam to build on their first round lead. Yatish unfortunately ran in to some difficulty along the way which meant as long as Shyam kept a steady round going the trophy would be his. A challenge by Gerald van Heerden who scored a 90 gross in his second round brought him to a total of 183 for the tournament. However Shyam managed to hold his nerves and carded a final round 90, for a total of 179 to win the Cup by 4 shots.
In the B-Division Duncan failed to capitalise on his first round lead, while a number of the chasing pack also fell by the way side. However it was Patric Nolan who managed to improve on his first round 84 to shoot an 81 gross, and 165 total for the tournament to be named B-Division Champion.
In the A-Division the competition was fierce with under par round recorded for both Daniel Joseph (69) and David Thompson (69), which saw the finish with a total gross score of 146 and 147 for the Championship respectively. Matthew Mills struggled on day 2 and by the turn had dropped out of the running, however a steady first 9 from Matthew Cooper saw him in the lead by 1 as they turned onto the back 9. Little to his knowledge Gareth Wobbe, who teed off ahead of him, had shot a 2 under par front 9 which saw him close the gap significantly. As they progressed through the back 9 Gareth kept his momentum and finished off with a 3 under par 69, for an even par total of 144. Matthew Cooper headed into the last two holes needing to birdie at least one of them to force a play off, unfortunately it was not meant to be and a drop shot on the last saw him finish off two shots off the pace with a total of 146. Daniel Joseph’s earlier score of 69 saw him tied with Matthew on 146 in 2nd. It was and enthralling last day and we would like to congratulate our new 2018 Club Champions on their achievements!
Above: Jonathan Ackerman, Vice-Chairman, with our Club Champion, Gareth Wobbe.
The greens were in immaculate condition for the Championships, so it was sad to see our annual Autumn hollow tining take place straight after the tournament. However, it is a much needed cultural process after a busy summer season in order to alleviate compaction and restore a healthy soil profile to ensure a healthier plant in the future. It is through processes such as these that we are able to maintain our greens in fantastic condition year round.
Mid-Am and Masters League Update
Our Mid-Am and Masters league sides will be back in action on Saturday, after an extended break due to the Easter holidays and our Club Championships. As we head into these fixtures we hope that their performances in the Club Championships inspire them onto victory.
As both leagues are nearing the end of the Round Robin stages we see ourselves placed 3rd in our pool in Mid-Am, needing a draw or better against a touch Belville side to secure a spot in the semi-finals. While in the Masters section we take on Rondebosch who are placed above us in our pool. A victory this weekend would see us one match away from qualifying for a spot in the play offs.
We wish all our players the best of luck and know they will do us proud!
Water Saving at Clovelly
As the temperatures drop it, and the sun is taking those few moments longer to creep over the mountain at Clovelly, it is clear that we are heading in to Winter. We can only hope that this Winter season rings with it sufficient rain to replenish our dams.
Until that point though it is important that we as a Club, and individuals, continue to save water wherever possible to help facilitate this process. We would like to kindly remind all our members and guests to adhere to the “1 minute 30 second” shower rule, use water sparingly where possible, and if possible to bring their own towel as this can be re-used, and will reduce the need for us to wash towels on a once off basis.
Thank you for your cooperation. We are sure that together we can make a difference!