Events at Clovelly Country Club

It is with great excitement that we can announce that we now have a “Live Notice Board” on our awesome Clovelly website. You will be able to find this under the News tab, and it is labelled as Live Updates. In this section you will be able to find all the necessary details for upcoming events, as well as any important and relevant club announcements. We urge all our Members and followers to make use of this facility on our website to make sure you do not miss a thing! You can have a look at this page by clicking the button below.

News from around the Club….

We can start off this week by simply acknowledging how beautiful our course is during these still. calm winter days! This is illustrated below in a photo submitted by Richard Goveia, a member of our Governing Body. Thanks Richard! We remind everyone else to please send through any interesting material to the Editor.

We all know that John Spyker has been a loyal member of Clovelly for the past 37 years, as well as our awesome General Manager for the last 6 years. However, this all pales in comparison to the remarkable achievement of his mother-in-law, ….. ……, who celebrated her 100th Birthday at the Club two Saturdays ago. She can be seen pictured below enjoying her special day with her daughter Yvonne and grand daughter Jes. It was a great occasion with friends and family!

On Monday 16th July we hosted the Clovelly Staff Championships. This is an annual event which sees staff from the Clubhouse, Golf Operations and Course Maintenance take to the course for a fantastic social round of golf, all while chasing the title of Staff Champion.

The weather was absolutely perfect, and the course was in immaculate condition. In the B-Division (Top Photo below) the winners were Philip Mdaka (Caddie, 3rd place, Left), Benny Frans (Golf Ops, Champion, Centre) and Joseph Wayeni (Driving Range, 2nd place, Right); with 29 points, 35 points and 34 points respectively. In the A-Division (bottom photo below) we had Willie Mentoor (Golf Ops, 3rd place, left), David Mampies (Caddie, Champion, Centre) and Solly Daniels (Golf Ops, 2nd place, right); with 80 gross, 76 gross and 79 gross respectively. Pictured above is Peter Mampies celebrating his 3 nearest the pins for the day! Wow!

It really was a special event fulled with togetherness and fittingly so all during the week of Mandela Day!

The goodness of Mandela Day did not stop there though. Our caterer Carl decided to give back to the Ocean View community where a large number of our staff reside. He provided a heartwarming stew for the children which was gratefully received during these cool winter months! While Carl is the driving force behind this feeding scheme none of it would be possible without the generous donations from a number of members, namely Peresoft and the Dirty Dozen. Thank you and well done to you all! Above and below are some pictures from the day.

We would also like to wish one of our members, Cedric Touzard, well on his endeavors at the World Deaf Golf Championships. This will be taking place at Carlton House – The Montgomerie Course between the 24th and 28th July. Cedric will be the only South African representative and we are certain he will do South Africa as well as our Club proud. Cedric is pictured below in his chefs attire as he is a talented pastry chef as well!

Proshop Specials

We take great pleasure in announcing that all Clovelly members will now receive 10% OFF ANY ITEM PURCHASED IN THE PROSHOP WHEN SPENDING ON THEIR CLUB ACCOUNT!

But wait the offers don’t stop there….look at these fantastic offers from the Clovelly Proshop!

  • Replace 9 grips or more; get 1 free
  •   20% off all belts
  •   R75 per sleeve for JPX balls
  •   Twin-pack Pringle shirts for R1200
  •   Buy 1 get 1 free rails for both men & ladies
  •   Cleveland wedges for R999 and R1500

They will also be joining in The Open festivities this weekend where for a minimal R50 entry you will go into the draw to win a custom “Open” Callaway golf bag! Be sure to enter when paying your competition fee or pop down for some of the specials and enter then.

League Update

The Ladies League teams were in action again, capitalising on the good weather to catch up on a rain delayed fixture. This saw them in action in the Silver League where we beat Steenberg 5/1; our Bronze 1 side beat Atlantic Beach 3/0; our Bronze 2 side beat Kuils River 2/1; and finally our Bronze 3 side unfortunately lost to Ronderbosch .5/2.5. Well done on a great effort Ladies and we wish you all the best of luck for the next round of fixtures being played today!

Our scratch golfers were at it again in the Bradshaw Foursomes Trophy which was held at Parow GC. The team was a mix of experience and novice with Dave Thompson, on of our Golf Committee Members, (far right) and Tim Henshall (second right) making up one pairing and Matthew Cooper (second left) and Donny Tsai (far left) making up the other. We will will let you guess who brought the experience??

The event was to be played over one weekend with 36 holes of foursomes match play potentially on the cards for those who made it to the final stages. We started off with a fantastic win against Kuilsriver GC which saw us clinch both matches on the 18th green. This victory put us through to the quarter finals where we met our arch nemesis in Westlake GC. In tough conditions our boys did us extremely proud winning both matches 2 & 1. This saw us into the semi-finals on the Sunday against Milnerton GC. With Parow GC and the Milnerton B-side in the other semi-final.

Due to adverse weather conditions on the Sunday the matches were postponed until the next Saturday. Unfortunately the break between the rounds also broke our momentum and we were unable to progress to the final. The competition was eventually won by the hosts Parow GC. It was a great showing and hopefully a sign of things to come!

On that note we would like to congratulate all the Clovelly Members who took part in the Royal Cape Open. At the end of the 36 holes we had 4 players in the top 20, with our best placed player being Donny Tsai on an impressive level par. Donny is part of the Michell Golf High Performance program which is geared towards improving young students into solid amateur golfers, and who knows maybe professionals one day! A special mention must be made of Jessica Green, who has joined us for afew months while on summer holiday from the USA. She manged to finish inside the top 50 as well.

Weekly Competitions

The 1st Friday of the month saw a healthy field of players take part in the monthly Frankie’s Friday competition sponsored by yours truly Clovelly Country Club. the format was a straight forward 4 ball Alliance 2 Score to Count. In favorable conditions our winners, pictured above, managed to claim the prizes with a score of 95 stableford points. From left to right they are Bruce Condon, Phil Mason (celebrating his victory!), Caroline Ayers and Willem Verster.

The Seeff Monthly Medal competition was played on the 1st Sunday of the month and the challenge of medal golf was accepted by all the participants. There were some great scores. In the morning Ian Gordon shot a 67 nett in the A-Div, Jimmy Smith shot a 70 nett in the B-Div and Tyrone Middleton shot a 67 nett in the C-Div.

And it didn’t stop there the afternoon field showed the morning field how to do it! David Mampies shot a 67 nett in the A-Div, Bobby Perel shot a 63 nett in the B-Div and Kevin Packer shot a 65 nett in the C-Div. Well played everyone and we hope you enjoy sipping a celebratory whiskey out of the crystal glasses sponsored by Seeff.

On Wednesday the 11th July it was time for the monthly BB Medal competition sponsored by Barons Tokai. The field was full with over 100 players and it was great to see the support shown towards these loyal sponsors. There were some great prizes up for grabs with an Under Armour Jersey for first place. There were also some handy scores with Richard Goveia and Steven Dunn recording a 62 nett between them. This however was not good enough as Richard Gold and Gavin Coppin carded a 61 nett to win first prize by one shot. Well played everyone and we look forward to next months competition!

Our Ladies section had fun on Tuesday and celebrated Christmas in July. Everyone put in a great effort with their hats and outfits, it was great to see such a festive vibe around our Clubhouse! The winners for the day (pictured below from left to right) were Jessica Green, Ronel Smolders, Bruni Bensch and Margret Hanhardt winning themselves some gifts from Santa! It was also  Dawn Pieter’s birthday! Well done Ladies on a successful event.

Juniors at Clovelly

This Sunday will see us host the third installment of the Clovelly Junior Winter Series. This has been an extremely successful event hosted monthly during the winter months and has attracted full fields from all over the Cape. We look forward to welcoming them all back again and wish our Clovelly juniors well!

He has been at it again! Jan Stals van Rooyen represented Clovelly Country Club at U/19 Western Province Championships played at Strand GC. After two rounds of strokeplay Jan finished 14th overall with scores of 79 and 77. This meant h qualified to progress to the matchplay portion of the tournament where he would compete in the Plate competition. After beating a 16 year old, 1 handicap player by a convincing 3/1 margin he moved onto the final matchplay for the Plate. In strokeplay terms he was 2 over after 32 holes at this stage! WOW!

He took to the course early on the final day to compete for the Plate. After a great battle he managed to take it down to the last hole but was unfortunately unable to record a victory, it was a narrow loss of 2/1. Jan is pictured above second from the left before teeing off in the final.

There are always great moments and golf. This is evident in the photo below which shows one of our young stars, Evan Marais with fellow Clovelly members Jeremy Kilian and Peter Karmis (who plays on the Sunshine Tour). What a great opportunity it was for the youngster to play with such an accomplished players. Who knows maybe one day it will be him standing on the right hand side!

Rule of the Week

 Putting Infringements

Question 1:
In stroke play a player’s ball is at rest a few inches from the hole and he walks up to it and drags it into the hole with his putter.
a) Has he incurred a penalty?
b) Does he have to take the putt again?

Answer 1:
a) Yes, two strokes.
b) No. The stroke counts, whether or not the putt was holed using this invalid method of striking the ball.
Rule 14-1 states;
“The ball must be fairly struck at with the head of the club and must not be pushed, scraped or spooned.”

Question 2:
What is the ruling if a player misses with his putt and then taps the ball back into the hole while it is still moving?

Answer 2: The putt stands but the player incurs a penalty of two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play, Rule 14-5.

Question 3:
A player lifts the flagstick and holds it with one hand while he putts with the other;
a) Does he incur a penalty if he holds the flagstick above the ground while he putts?
b) Does he incur a penalty if the flagstick touches the ground as he putts?
c) Does he incur a penalty if his ball hits the flagstick while he is holding it?

Answer 3:
a) No.
b) No.
c) Yes, two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play.
A player is permitted to hold the flagstick with one hand while he putts with the other, providing the flagstick has been removed from the hole and the ball does not strike it, Decision 17-1/5. However, a player may not use the flagstick to assist him in making his putt, e.g. by resting against it for better balance.

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Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 6 July was Geoff Taylor.
Unfortunately,  Geoff was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 13 July was James Selkirk.
Unfortunately, James was not present!

The next draw will be for R6 600.

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 6 July was tony Rounce.
Unfortunately,  Tony was not present!

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 13 July was TJ Biggs .
Unfortunately, TJ was not present!

This draw remains at R 5 000.