Clovelly has had an eventful two weeks since our last newsletter. Eventful, and thankfully, all positive! Our thoughts have been with the residents and wildlife affected by the devastating fires in the Garden Route and we are all hoping that the cooler temperatures and recent rainfall help put an end to the ongoing destruction. Well done to the hundreds of firefighters and volunteers who continue to battle the fire!
After our past heatwave, we were excited to receive some lovely rain! Our course benefited immensely and it is so nice to experience the cooler temperatures of spring again. Despite the rain received over the last few months, the national Department of Water and Sanitation says it will not lift the water restrictions in the Western Cape and we are committed to continue doing our best to save water. We encourage you to join us.
Chammy Cup Winners of 2018
On Saturday, 27th October a very important match took place! This match saw Dave Thompson and Tim Henshall take on Brian Papas and Ian Gordon for the title of Chammy Cup Winners of 2018.
It was shaped to be a tough one before the match even teed off, with Dave and Tim playing off of 1.9 and 4.1 handicap indexes and Ian and Brian off of a 2.4 and 9.0 respectively.
It was clear from the beginning that birdies would be required to win holes, and before long Brian birdied the 7th hole to go one up. Unfortunately for Brian and Ian, back-to-back birdies on the 8th and 9th holes resulted in Dave and Tim turning one up. A solid partnership from Dave and Tim saw them hold the lead on the back nine and eventually claim the cup with a 4 & 3 victory overall.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Chammy Cup! In the history of the Clovelly Chammy Cup, dating back to 1948, the only pairs to have repeat wins have been George Bowes and Paul Barrett (four wins) and Antonio Bruni and Craig Small (two wins), so it is always exciting to see who pulls through the ranks to claim top spot! Remember to book yourself and your partner for a chance to win next year’s.
Welcome, baby Kyller
We would like to congratulate Staff Member, Daniel Musimbirachako, and his wife, Angie, on the birth of their little girl, Kyller (pronounced Kayla) Matipaishe Musimbirachako. She is absolutely beautiful!
Kyller was born at 14h30 on 25 October, weighing 3.8kgs. We can’t wait to meet this precious bundle.
The Opening of Amor’s Bistro
Amor’s Bistro officially opened on Thursday, 1st November with a beautiful evening of wine and gin tasting, art and canapes. The evening was a great success and we are looking forward to the delicious food that Amor is going to be serving in the future.
Amor’s Bistro will be open from 7:00 am until the close of the Club and she will be offering savory and sweet croissants, light meals and coffee and wine. Amor’s menu will be evolving constantly and you will be able to see her daily meals offered on the board in the bistro.
Freda Ackerman Winner of 2018
On Tuesday, 30th October the ladies played for the Freda Ackerman Trophy. Forty ladies were set to have a fabulous game, but not everyone experienced smooth sailing, as demonstrated by our Ladies’ Captain, Jacky White, below. Jacky ended up free from the bunker, but into the bushes! I have a feeling that we can all relate.
At the end of the day, one of our lovely Swallows, Clare Williams, came first place, followed by local ladies, Margaret Gravenor and Lynn Berrisford.
On Sunday, 28th October Clovelly hosted the Western Province Clovelly Open, which saw 64 players take on 36 holes of strokeplay. Our Starter, Solly Daniels, was the lucky guy picked to fire the canon.
The Clovelly Open saw an outstanding two rounds of golf played by Strand’s Deon Germishuys, pictured below. He was in a class of his own, managing to putt 17 birdies in the 36 holes, recording a total score of 64-65 (129).
Deon was followed, not so closely, by Pearl Valley’s Keagan Thomas, seven shots behind. Mention must be made of Durbanville’s Tyran Snyders who carded the lowest round of the tournament (a 9-under-par, 63). Unfortunately, he had shot a 74 in his morning round and came in third.
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Black Sparrow Hawk Project
Some of our golfers may have noticed members of the Black Sparrowhawk Project on the course in mid-October. This project is a University of Cape Town financed endeavor that has been running since 2001, with the aim of monitoring Black Sparrowhawks in the Cape Peninsula.
Clovelly is privileged enough to have a Black Sparrowhawk nest on the 5th. The nest has been empty for the last two years, but this year we have been lucky enough to have three chicks! The little chicks, two females and a male, were removed from the nest by the volunteers and were ringed and given a general health test. Their growth statistics were also recorded. By now, after quite a bit of wing-flapping, as the chicks strengthened their wings in preparation for flight, they should have fledged the nest. We wish them success and health in their adulthood!
Improvements have been made over the last few months, including the widening of the cart path below the Clubhouse and the painting of the Clubhouse and Range buildings. We hope that you approve!
Our Bagroom Assistant, Wikus, assists the starter with a recent golf day. Looking smart, Wikus!
Future pro-golfer, little Olly Malyon, birdied the 8th on Saturday. Awesome job, dude.
Merle Christian shows that even the most elegant of our ladies have bad days. Two different shoes have never looked so good.