With Christmas only two weeks away, the course is just getting busier and busier! The summer heat has also arrived in full force. With long, sunny days, the weather has never been better to enjoy a round of golf at Clovelly (let’s ignore the occasional little breeze that we are often blessed with). We hope that you can join us!
Charity Starts at Home
Our seniors and ladies have really blown us away over the last two weeks. This time it was not their golfing skills doing the talking, but their very big hearts.
Many of you are already aware that a certain portion of every Monday afternoon is allocated to our Seniors’ Competition, and anyone partaking in the competition has to pay an entry fee. Well, throughout the year our seniors have been collecting these entry fees with the intention of donating the accumulated amount to various charities of their choice at the end of the year.
2017 was an outstanding year as over R20 000 was donated, with the majority going to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Other beneficiaries are False Bay Hospital and St Luke’s Hospice.
As if that is not enough, if you, as a senior, want to play in the Senior’s Christmas Golf Day you have to bring along toys and/or toiletries for the Red Cross Hospital’s children. This golf day took part on Monday, 4th December and again the number of presents collected exceeded expectations. The photograph only shows part of the picture as not only does it miss out stacks of toys, but most of the toiletries, which are critical for the hospital, are beneath the table. Our President, Raymond Ackerman, also gets on board by generously donating toiletries to the value of R2000 each year.
Professor David Beatty from the Red Cross Hospital Board of Trustees attended the prize giving and gave a speech of thanks on their behalf. He is pictured below with Mike Tiffin and Paul Voss, who do the majority of the organisation. The whole evening was concluded by a wonderful meal from Carl and his staff.
The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is certainly favoured by our members, and we have a lovely tradition amongst our ladies where each year they knit (or buy) teddies for the oncology unit at the Children’s Hospital. It all started roughly ten years ago when Denise Benning, a past member of Clovelly, noticed that many children in the oncology unit did not have anything to ‘comfort’ them, and so she began a teddy knitting drive. Well, it is still going strong and she has managed to get the support of many other ladies as well. What a remarkable woman and a lovely gesture! The teddies are just lovely too!
We must mention Helen Barrett’s beautiful mum, Audrey Breese, (pictured below right) who is 94 and a resident at Carlisle Lodge in Fish Hoek. She has been making teddies since Clovelly first started collecting them and must have knitted hundreds over the years. She knitted twenty-nine teddies just this year! Well done Audrey! We love to see such selfless and caring acts and really admire your dedication.
Lastly, we would just like to mention our ‘Patrick Murray Golf Group’, which is a group of senior golfers who play first thing every Tuesday and Thursday morning. When they heard that the ‘Reach for a Dream Golf Day’ was taking place last Tuesday, they arranged a collection box for donations and raised a total of just under R 2700, even though they could not join the competition. This all happened at the last minute too.
It is members like these that make a difference in the world, and we are so proud that they all call Clovelly their Club!
Locals vs Internationals
The Seniors’ Christmas Golf Day itself was a great success with a turnout of sixty players. The format was an Individual Stableford, with exactly half the field being South African born ‘Locals’, and the other half ‘Internationals’ (expatriates and swallows).
The Locals won by quite a landslide, with their first six players accumulating 230 points whilst the Internationals scored 216. Pictured above are the top five local players, who joyfully accepted the trophy; from left; Dave Martin, Benny Manual, Peter Scott, Neil van Tonder and Gwyn Phillips. There were wonderful prizes donated by Tony and Lorraine Webb from Fine & Country, who have been generous supporters of the Seniors throughout the year. Their generosity has definitely allowed the Senior’s charitable efforts to be more effective, so big thanks to them!
Pictured above left is Tommy Jonsson, who received the trophy for the ‘most consistent golfer of the year’. He was very surprised to have won but was truly deserving after qualifying by playing 20 matches and consistently being at the top of the scoreboard, in spite of being a Swallow. In our opinion Tommy should just move here permanently; not only is he a good golfer and the perfect gentleman, but after returning to Sweden in May, he found it too cold and returned to South Africa after a few weeks! On the right is Tony Webb, handing over the ‘nearest the pin’ prize to Golf Director, Paul Stoner, who was the invited guest on the day, and who always seems to sneak in a victory somewhere along the line.
Festive Events Coming Up
Sotheby’s and STBB 9 Hole & Braai
After having to postpone our Sotheby’s and STBB 9 Hole & Braai event a couple of months ago due to bad weather, we were not about to let a bit of wind hinder Sunday’s event! So at 13:00 on Sunday a full field of members teed off for a fun, family game of 9 holes from each tee. At the same time Coach Dave was entertaining our non-playing juniors with a fun putting competition on the putting green, right next to a jumping castle hired for the event (pictured below, being enjoyed by Dawn English and George Bowes) and the Sotheby’s activation.
Whilst everyone was testing their golf skills, Carl was setting up a scrumptious boerie braai with a variety of salads and the Dusty Rhodes Band, which includes two of our talented members-Stephen Guild and Mark Larkin, were setting up the band for an evening of fantastic music. This was the first 9 hole event of its kind for us, and we hope to have another one soon! Everyone enjoyed it and Sotheby’s and STBB ensured that the day was amazing!
Western Province Golf Annual Awards Ceremony
The annual WPGU awards were handed out this past Monday at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton. It is with great pride that we can say there were a few Clovelly members included in the diverse and growing list of great golfers in the Western Cape! Our Women’s Silver League Team was among the prizes and other Clovelly names that came up were Jacky White, Bev Thompson, Bridget Woodhouse, June Harrison and Katia Shaff, who once again flew the Clovelly flag high as she walked away with multiple awards and received her provincial colours once again. We were also excited to see our Proshop Manager, Iglin Grobbelaar, who was announced as the Disabled Golfer of the Year for Western Province!
Well done to all our representatives! Our Golf Director, Paul Stoner, attended the event and his comment after the evening was “it is a privilege to be part of a club like ours!”. We all agree.