The past week at Clovelly has given us the loveliest weather; a taste of things to come we’re sure! Of course, that changed when we were met with gale force winds and promises of showers this morning. We have had a little rain since, at quite an angle due to the strong wind, and apparently, there is more rain on its way. We have to acknowledge some of our ladies, who still went out there and played 9 holes, although “standing up to take a shot” was a challenge in itself!
On Thursday Richard Gill’s Corporate Cup Golf Day took advantage of the perfect golfing conditions. As usual, the field was fully booked, the carts were all allocated in advance, and the Club was a hive of activity from early morning. We always enjoy hosting the Corporate Cup, and watching Richard work (he does his own registration, organisation, scoring, drinks cart etc) is impressive! We have a couple of golf days coming up this month, so keep an eye on the timesheet.
The Corporate Cup wasn’t the only awesome thing to happen at Clovelly this past week! Karen Kent, pictured below, started her week off with a bang, by winning the Greenwall Trophy on Tuesday. The Greenwall Trophy was presented to Clovelly in 1952 by Dr. RE Greenwall, and this is the second time that Karen has won it, after putting her name on the trophy first in 2011. Congratulations Karen! Manager, John Spyker, pictured ‘photo-bombing’ below left, looks pretty happy about your win too!
Our weekend started off with quite a bit of excitement due to the annual ‘Clovelly’ President’s Cup. This event, which coincides with the President’s Cup and the Ryder Cup each year, sees two of our regular Saturday morning groups, the ‘Sunshine Corner’ and the ‘Dirty Dozen’ challenging each other. They have competed for the Cup for the last sixteen years and at the start of Saturday, Dirty Dozen had won a total of eight times, compared to six for the Sunshine Corner.
The players in the Sunshine Corner brought their ‘A’ game, and although the Dirty Dozen put up an incredibly tight fight, Sunshine Corner did it again, beating the Dirty Dozen 21½ to 20½ and bringing the total games won to eight versus seven.
It will be interesting to see who wins next year! The Sunshine Corner is either going to win for a tie, making the following year even more exciting, or Dirty Dozen will extend their lead. Pictured below is Dave Martin, representing the Sunshine Corner, accepting the Cup from Peter Williams, representing the Dirty Dozen.
A little later on Saturday, our League teams took to the fairways in the fourth round of both the Mid-Am and Masters League. This time they were taking on Milnerton and Parow respectively.
Milnerton came into the matchup undefeated for the season, and a win for us, although challenging, would see us go top of the pool. On the day, the South Easter was in full force, which meant that our ‘away’ team was in for a tough time on the coast at Milnerton Golf Club. At home, our team put up a great fight against strong opposition, securing 2 ½ points out of a possible 4 points, with Daniel Joseph and Mark Coram winning their matches, and Shaun Fraser achieving a tough draw. Although the ‘away’ team turned onto their back 9 with all their games being relatively close, the second 9 proved tough, as they headed back into the wind. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure any points away and lost the fixture by 5 ½ to 2 ½ points. We now need to win both of our next two fixtures to stand a chance of making it to the finals, and we have full confidence that this is achievable!
Our Masters League side managed to continue their good form against Parow. Our ‘home’ teams, made up of Jon Bernard and James Wight, and Wizz Good and Richard Goveia, both won their matches convincingly, while the pairing of Erl Hvidsten and Craig Small fought hard for a valuable away point. We won the fixture by 3 points to 1 point. Congratulations guys!
Club Champion of Champions!
On Sunday Westlake Golf Club hosted the GolfRSA – Club Champion of Champions.
This event has been initiated by GolfRSA to give value back to their members and pits all Western Cape Club Champions, from various divisions, against each other in order to qualify for the national event at Glendower in November. Clovelly’s representatives were Shaun Fraser (Men’s ‘A’ Div), Jimmy Smith (Men’s ‘B’ Div), Yatish Garach (Men’s ‘C’ Div), Katia Shaff (Ladies’ ‘A’ Div) and Sue van Zyl (Ladies’ ‘B’ Div).
It is with great pride that we can say that Yatish Garach, also our previous Men’s Captain, won his division and will be representing Clovelly at the National Final in November. Well done to all our participants and good luck Yatish, we are all behind you!
October Monthly Mixed
Whilst Yatish was dominating at Westlake, we had a full field, half of which was made up of the October Monthly Mixed Competition. Pictured below are the winners of the competition; Paul Barrett, Helen Barrett, Helen Bowes and George Bowes, with Ladies’ Captain Bridget Woodhouse.
Well done to the winners and to Bridget, who puts so much effort into these events!
Online Bookings Update
In an effort to continually improve the management of our timesheets for both members and guests, we have decided to make a minor adjustment to the online booking process for our members. Previously a Clovelly member could book a four-ball by inputting his/her name and could then add guests under a generic name (ie. Member Guest or Associated Visitor).
This has now changed and the member making the booking will be required to input the names and details of the players he/she expects to be playing with them in the relevant tee time. This adjustment to the online booking system will be implemented from 1st November 2017.
It will take a little more time, but it will help our Bookings Consultants immensely, and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Clearance Sale in the Pro Shop
We are so excited to have the Pro Shop up and running again, after our latest renovations! They are celebrating with a massive clearance sale on a huge selection of clothing and shoes. Please pop in to find a bargain!