Another weekend has gone, and it feels like it might just be a good week to have a good week! The past few days have been filled with beautiful weather, many happy faces on the course, the fabulous Chaeli Campaign Golf Day, and some awesome achievements from our members too!
Another Hole-in-One at Clovelly
Bobby Couves started the week off with a bang, acing a Hole-in-One on the 11thHole on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations! We hope that the thrill of a perfect shot made up for the thirsty members in the bar!
This is the third Hole-in-One in two weeks…Clovelly must be a lucky place to be!
Happy Young Golfers
Our younger golfers had a great week too. Jamie Hodgkinson, a MichellGolf student, was fortunate enough to meet the legendary golfer, Gary Player. The look on his face says it all! It was also Matthew Finlay’s first time taking part in a club competition, playing alongside his Dad, Bryan.
I am sure that our readers are well aware that we have a soft spot for our junior golfers, and seeing them join our club competitions is a proud moment for us! It must be pretty daunting, and we hope that they find lots of encouragement from their fellow members and more ‘seasoned’ golfers.
Matthew Cooper at the Royal Cape Open
Although at twenty-one Matthew Cooper cannot be considered a junior anymore, he has been with us since he was thirteen, and we are super proud of his accomplishments!
Matthew’s hard work on the Driving Range with MichellGolf, as well as his time on the course, is starting to pay off! Matthew finished tied 8th in the Royal Cape Open with a total of 151 gross after 36 holes, just 8 shots off the leader.
Well done Matthew; keep up the good work!
Men’s Matchplay Winner!
Our Wednesday competition was a mid-month medal round, with trophies generously sponsored by Clear Design. After some hoped-for rain, the weather cleared up beautifully for the afternoon’s field!
Our highlight of Wednesday was the much anticipated final match for the 2017 Gus Ackerman Singles Matchplay trophy. Richard Goveia and Pierre Sarembock were the last two standing, and both men arrived at Clovelly with their game faces set! Unfortunately for Pierre, a steady round of golf from Richard made it difficult to carve any inroads to challenge for the title. Richard’s talent and composure proved him a formidable opponent and resulted in a 6 & 5 win for him. Congratulations, Richard!
Well done to both contestants on making it to the top two in Clovelly, and to all the other participants who took part in the challenge! We look forward to next year’s competition!
Matchplay Events in the Ladies Section
Two other important matchplay challenges were completed in the Ladies’ Section, namely the Bertha Sussman Trophy and the Helen Bowes Plate. The first single matchplays began in March, with sixteen ladies took part.
The Bertha Sussman Trophy was won by Helen Bowes, who beat Marnie Wolmarans on the 19th hole. They are pictured together below left. Lavi Rend beat Gill Briggs on the 18th hole to secure the Helen Bowes Plate, pictured below right. Congratulations ladies!
The Masters and Mid-Am League seasons resumed on Saturday after a small break. Our Masters side took on Bellville, who coming into the fixture undefeated and at the top of the log, proved tough opposition. It was a challenging matchup and our players fought hard. Unfortunately, our side was weakened by the absence of a few of our stalwart players and did not have quite enough power to record a victory, which would have guaranteed our spot in the semi-finals. Their next fixture is against Strand Golf Club on 4th November. A victory there will see us finish second in our group and will enable us to qualify for the semi-finals, where our likely opponents will be Royal Cape Golf Club.
Our Mid-Am side took on King David Mowbray Golf Club, in a must-win fixture for the team. Our home side took full advantage of their local knowledge securing 3 ½ points, while great displays of golf from Gareth Wobbe and Steven Dunn away secured the 2 points that gave us the victory we needed. We have one more fixture against Parow, which we must win, and require losses from either Bellville or Milnerton for us to claim second place and a spot in the semi-finals.
Well done teams!
The Clovelly Open
The 2017 Clovelly Open started with a bang on Sunday morning as 75 eager amateur golfers took the fairways for 36 holes of stroke play golf. The conditions were a little testing, as true to Clovelly the South Easter was blowing lightly, however this did not get in the way of the talented golfers.
After the first round Chris Wicks of Durbanville Golf Club led the board by 3 shots, recording a 4 under par 68 gross. He was followed by a number of players on 1 under par, including our very own Katia Shaff. Matthew Cooper and Daniel Joseph also had a good first round, both carding 1 over par.
In the afternoon the pressure was on Chris to maintain his lead as the wind picked up. There were late charges in the afternoon by Luca Fillipi and Daniel Copeman, however, some great golf from Chris ensured that he held onto his lead and was crowned the 2017 Clovelly Open Champion with a score of 3 under par after 36 holes. Luca finished close behind on 1 under par.
It was great to see a good crowd of twelve Clovelly participants in the field, some of them pictured below with Paul Stoner. Well done to all of our members and visitors, and especially, Chris Wicks, pictured above with Golf Director, Paul Stoner.
Use of your Club Cards at the Club
We are currently overriding a control on our member’s cards in order to allow our members to simply supply Clovelly staff with their member number in order to pay for food and beverages, without needing to swipe their card. Clubmaster has advised us that this is an important safety control, and overriding it gives rise to the risk of error or fraud, particularly as few members reconcile their card transactions and all member numbers are available to staff. As much as we trust our staff, we worry that they are being unfairly subjected to temptation.
With effect from 1st November 2017, Clovelly will reactivate the control on our member’s cards. This will require all members to bring their card to the club and use it for all transactions at the club. Therefore members will no longer be able to give their name or card number to a waiter and request that their card be debited. Should members insist on overriding this important control, they will be required to sign an indemnity form with Membership Secretary, June Featonby.
We hope that you understand that we are putting this in place to protect not only you, but our staff, and we thank you all for your cooperation.
Exciting News for our Friday Night Draws!
We have some exciting news from our Club Captain, Fred Fautley, regarding the Lyall & Morgan Friday Night Draws. As of this coming Friday, both draws will stand at R 10 000 and there will now be three names, as opposed to one name, drawn for each draw.
Once the amounts of R 10 000 have been won, the second draw will fall away, and the first will begin again at R 2 000, with only one name being drawn as per usual. This means that your chances of winning these draws have been tripled until both draws have been won! Please remember that you have to be present at the time of the draw to claim the cash
The Evergreen Draw of R 5000 will remain as it.
We hope to see you at Clovelly; someone has to walk away after having their names pulled!
Apologies to our Sponsors in the Ladies’ Spring Open Day
On Thursday, 12th October we held our well supported and very successful Ladies’ Spring Open Day. In our last newsletter, we omitted to include one of our very loyal and trusted sponsors and would like to sincerely apologise!
We would like it to be known that Guthrie & Colananni Attorneys, together with Fine and Country, were our main sponsors for the tournament. We would also like thank Mantelli’s, Lynda from Sublime and Iglin from Global Golf for their contributions. We would also like to thank Sandi Larkin from Sandi’s Bistro, Alan Michell from Michell Golf, Lenard from Melange Hair Design and High Tea for their vouchers. We appreciate you all very much for supporting us.