We have had a gentle last few weeks as our greens began their recovery after Hollow Tyning and a few random, but heavy, downpours surprised us. We love the peace and quiet, but as the days pass the reality has set in that we are in the last of our low-season months, and before we know it our Swallows and visitors will be back with us, bringing an air of festivity with them.
So enjoy the open course while you can…and enjoy the read below too.
Good Luck, Pete!
We would like to wish former Director of RAGA, Pete Jones, good luck as he leaves RAGA for new endeavours. Thank you, Pete, for your passion and commitment given to the RAGA kids over the years, and for the impact that you have made on the future generation. We wish you all the best.
Caddies Competition, sponsored by the Dirty Dozen and Bobby Perel
On Sunday, 2nd September Clovelly had its second caddie competition sponsored by the Dirty Dozen and Bobby Perel. This competition is unique as each fourball is made up of two caddies and two members. The competition can only be won by individual caddies, although we are sure that there were one or two bets amongst players! Peter Mampies came first place, taking away a prize of R500, and he was followed by David Mampies and Daniel Joseph. There were ‘nearest the pin’ and ‘longest drive’ prizes too, and the lucky players who won these prizes walked away with R100 each.
This event was started last year by the Dirty Dozen as a way to brighten the caddie’s winters as well as to get a chance to know them better. Caddies are independent of Clovelly and their income relies on bags carried, so winter can be a long stretch. At this competition each caddie was sponsored a monetary value, as well as a Pick n’ Pay voucher, to help assist them through this period. Although that is a lovely gesture, it is not nearly as appreciated as the one-on-one opportunity to get to know each other and laugh together.
We are so lucky to have members with big hearts, and in a time where there seems to be a lot of hate in South Africa, these members and caddies can be an example to all. Do we have the best club members out there? Quite possibly…yes.
Achievements on the Course
Congratulations to Gareth Wobbe who made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole on Saturday, 1st September!
Congratulations to father and son team, Riaan and Evan Marais, who both birdied the 8th hole this last weekend. What a priceless moment!
Clovelly’s Junior Update
It is with great pride that we can belatedly announce that our very own Jan Stals van Rooyen won the inaugural Clovelly Junior Winter Series. The series was played over four months, with one fixture per month. The best three scores of the four counted towards an overall log. Rounds of 73, 78, 78 and 75 saw young Jan claim the u/15A division by two shots!
What an awesome achievement and we are so proud that it was one of our own. Throughout the season we saw many other Clovelly Juniors taking part, namely Isabella Williams, Olivia Wood, Matthew Tuzee, Oran Jolley, Oliver Malyon, Evan Marais and Alex Kalis. It is great to see so many young golfers coming through the ranks. We are proud of all of you!
Peter Karmis Wins Again!
We would like to congratulate member, Peter Karmis, who won his first Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament! Peter carded a final round of 68 to total 14-under-par 202 at Selborne Park Golf Club, which saw him taking home the prize. The Vodacom Origins of Golf is a series of pro-am golf tournaments in South Africa which began in 2004 and forms part of the winter swing of the Southern Africa-based Sunshine Tour. Well done, Peter, on another fantastic win!
Mark Coram & Dave Thompson’s WP Selection
We would also like to congratulate Mark Coram and Dave Thompson on their selection in the WP Mid-Am B squad which is set to take on the relevant Boland side this coming season. They have both played integral parts of our Mid-Am and 1stChallenge sides, whilst also regularly participating in WP Amateur Events.
This shows that hard work and dedication to the game does pay off. Well done gentleman, wishing you all the best in the upcoming fixtures.
This past Saturday saw three of our Men’s League sides in action; the 1st Challenge, 3rd Challenge, and our Super Seniors League.
We entered the 1st Challenge fixture against Kuils River in 3rd place on the log, behind the undefeated sides of Westlake and Belville, and with Westlake and Belville rostered for some tricky fixtures it gave us an opportunity to close the gap before heading on to the final two fixtures of the season. Pictured below are our ‘Away’ side, from left: Donny Tsai, Matt Cooper, Mark Coram and Dave Thompson. At the end of the day convincing wins at home from Matt McIlwain, Jon Bernard and Matthew Mills, combined with 2 points from our away side, saw us over the finish line with a 5 – 3 win.
In the 3rd Challenge, we were also up against Kuils River, who found themselves heading into this final fixture one point ahead of us on the log and sitting in at top spot. A victory from us would have seen us leapfrog them to win the league. Unfortunately for us, Kuils River brought their A-game and we lost 6 of the 8 matches.
It was a great season and we came within arms reach of winning! We will have to patiently wait until next year for another shot. Pictured below are our Home and Away sides, from left: Willie Mentoor, Shane de Kock, Yaaseen Manuel and Daniel Joseph; and on the right are Jeremy Kilian, Tim Henshall, Jan Stals van Rooyen and Jan van Rooyen.
Our Super Senior side was up against tough opposition in Milnerton. Although we could not win the league, a win in this fixture would have seen us finish second behind yet another undefeated side in Royal Cape. Unfortunately, the opposition proved too strong for us and claimed both matches to beat us 2 – 0, resulting in Clovelly finishing third on the log for the season — still impressive, well done gentlemen!
Pictured below is Erl Hvidsten taking on the 10th hole to try and close the gap after the turn.
On Saturday we also had two great Chammy Cup matches out on the course. These saw Sugen Naidoo and Bobby Perel vs Rohan Fraser and Jimmy Smith (pictured below left); and Brian Papas and Ian Gordon vs Geordi McIntosh and Ian Solomon.
In the first match Rohan and Jimmy turned 1 up, and they looked poised for a great back nine. Sugen and Bobby, not prepared to take defeat lightly, played determinately and ended the 18 holes with a playoff. In the end, and after a competitive game, the winners were Rohan and Jimmy.
In the second game, Brian and Ian (pictured below right) turned with a convincing lead of 4 up, however, Geordi and Ian gave a convincing fight and Brian and Ian were just able to scrape through to the next round with a 1up victory.
We are fast approaching the finals with only a few matches outstanding. Keep tuned for more to follow.
Pitch n’ Putt Comp
This coming Saturday we will be hosting another 9-hole Pitch n’ Putt game at the Range. This will not be competitive, as it is just going to be an opportunity for the kids and their families to let loose and have fun. We hope that you can make it!
From the Pro Shop…
Date: 13 September
Time: 1pm till 4:45pm
Date: 14 September
Time: 2:30pm till 5:30pm