Another two weeks seem to have flown by in the blink of an eye. It always does at this time of year. We hope that you all had a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones last Thursday. Our roving photographer, Pat Quill, sent the following;
To all my friends in committed relationships, happy Valentine’s Day. To all the single ones, happy Independence Day. To all who were once in love, happy Heritage Day. To those who are fighting, happy Boxing Day. To those who are trying to make things work, happy Worker’s Day. Finally, to those who are expecting no load-shedding anymore, happy April Fool’s Day.”
It is always good to laugh!
Load shedding came as a surprise and brought with it its challenges. It is easy to get discouraged, especially if you have a business being impacted, but what better reminder than Valentine’s Day to handle it with grace. With a little love, a lot of positivity, and the mindset that two hours of no electricity could be an opportunity to connect, to look at the stars without the city’s lights competing, to check in at your favorite golf club…the list is endless! We have a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people, and load shedding is not going to get us down!
We wish you all a great next two weeks. Please remember that we have our
Men’s AGM (18:30) and our Club AGM (19:00)
this Saturday, 23rd February. We look forward to seeing you there and we appreciate your support of our great Committees and Staff.
One of the highlights of the last two weeks was the ‘Captain’s Day’ held this past Saturday. The focus of this day was to acknowledge our amazing past and present Club Captains and to thank them for the time and effort that they have all committed to Clovelly. Captains play an important part in creating a warm and inviting environment, as well as enforcing boundaries, and the impact they have on the Club cannot be underestimated.
Of course, this event had to be held in a spirit of fun and competitiveness! The day saw our current Captain, Ian McPherson, and a team randomly selected, take on current Vice-Captain, Greg Daly, and his team. The format for the day was a Betterball Stableford with a twist, which saw the player’s scores being combined and even multiplied on some holes. The players all teed off the deck and some interesting pin placements made for a stern challenge!
The total Stableford points for the Captain’s and Vice Captain’s Betterball pairings were totaled to determine the overall winner and as the scores were being tallied both teams were neck and neck. The last few groups coming in turned the tide and made Ian proud. The result was the Captain’s victory of a total of 1110 points to 1038.
(Pictured above left is Vic Christian and Abe van Rooyen. Directly above are some of the day’s winners; Darren van Eyk, Steven Dunn, Ron Dunn, Erl Hvidsten, Angel Engelbrecht, Ken Jenkins and Shaun Holman.)
After golf, everyone enjoyed a delicious spit braai prepared by Chefs Carl and Bibi. They were also treated to a beer tasting by Camelthorn (now available on tap) and a brandy tasting by KWV. After tucking into their meals a number of our ex-Captains shared some interesting, and at times funny, stories of their tenure at Clovelly. It was a great evening and one which reminded us all of just how awesome Clovelly is!
Thank you to Global Golf and KWV for sponsoring the awesome prizes. The overall Betterball winners were Erl Hvidsten and Angel Engelbrecht with a score of 67 Stableford points, beating Ron Dunn and Steven Dunn on a count out.
Another great event that took place last week was our Ladies Annual General Meeting of 2019. This took place last Tuesday, shortly after the Wendy Warrington Trophy was played for (winner, June Harrison, is pictured above with Wendy and Ladies’ Captain, Jacky White).
The ladies were all in good spirits and the highlight of the evening was the welcoming of new Committee Members, Janeen Alford, Lynn Berrisford and Carol Reid. They are pictured above with the rest of the Ladies’ Committee Members; Marnie Wolmarans, Jacky White, Joan Mauchline, and Birdie Jenkinson. They make up a warm and dynamic team and we are excited for the future of the Ladies’ Section.
Bridget Woodhouse was thanked for her term as Ladies’ Captain, and she thanked the Ladies for their support, wishing them all well and encouraging them to be passionate about our wonderful Club, which is dear to all of us.
Course Closed on Thursday
Just a reminder that this coming Thursday, 21st February, we will be hosting our annual Raymond Ackerman Invitational Golf Day, in aid of the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy. The course will be closed, excluding late 9-hole golf from 16:00, but our Golf Director, Paul Stoner, has arranged reciprocity at Westlake, Royal Cape, and Rondebosch Golf Courses.
If you do play away, we wish you a fantastic experience! Thank you for your support.
Welcome to the Clovelly Family, Tim
We are delighted to introduce new Bartender, Timothy Wolfaardt, to you. Some of you may recognize Tim as he is a past RAGA student. He did very well under RAGA, winning the President’s Award (Bronze), and being awarded Student of the Year in 2013.
Tim has completed his Cocktail Bartending qualification with SIP Exclusive and is excited to bring a new dynamic to the bar. Tim has a passion for music and you may hear him playing the piano or his guitar around the Club. We are happy to welcome Tim into the Clovelly family!
Clovelly Represented in the WP Silver, Bronze & Copper Cups
We are very proud of all nine Clovelly ladies to take part in the WP Silver, Bronze & Copper Cups held at King David Mowbray last Monday, but even more proud of Bridget Woodhouse, Jane Hall and Olivia Wood, who all placed in the winnings.
Jane won 5th place in Bronze, Olivia was the runner up for Silver and Bridget was a clear winner in Bronze, carding a 6-under-par net 66, three ahead of Strand’s Judith Jung! Well done, ladies. You are all a great representation of the Club!
Disaster Risk Management Volunteers
“From the Community, for the Community”
Many of you may have noticed that the old municipal building, at the entrance to Clovelly, has received a much-needed facelift recently. This has been done by the team of the ‘Disaster Risk Management Volunteers’ as this building will be their new headquarters. The volunteers were previously stationed in the garages under the Fish Hoek Fire Station, which were inadequate in terms of space and air ventilation.
To aid the volunteers’ move, Clovelly Country Club donated eight bed bases and mattresses. The mattresses that they had been sleeping on were over twenty years old, so this small act of kindness was one that was appreciated. They are not allowed to receive monetary donations but the DRM volunteers are looking for a couple flat screen tvs and gym equipment. The volunteers work twenty-four hour standby shifts from Friday to Sunday every weekend, and all day every day throughout the year, so these comforts go a long way!
The DRM volunteers assist emergency services and offer auxiliary support to Fire and Rescue, medical providers, relief aid, public education campaigns and even help keep our beaches safe. Many of the volunteers are unemployed youth who come from communities such as Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Retreat, Muizenberg etc. and this program instills a sense of responsibility, discipline and pride in them. They have the opportunity to learn firefighting skills, advanced first aid, radio communications, traffic control and other emergency and life skills. Looking at DRM’s stats, they have attended to 3 166 emergency call outs, they have treated 1 781 members for injuries, they have assisted re-housing 18 889 displaced people and have rendered 191 822 man hours of service to the residents of the Far South!
I am sure that we can all agree that this is a valuable organization and we are fortunate to have them at our doorstep! Andy Greenwood and Wayne Dawson are extremely proud of what they and their team have achieved at their new home and have said that if anyone is interested in popping over to learn a bit more about what they do, their doors are always open. If the flags are flying someone is home!
Isabella; Gauteng Ladies’ Open
Another member of the Ladies Section doing really well is Isabella van Rooyen, who competed in the Gauteng Ladies Open this month. She shot a 77 gross and a 74 gross over two rounds. At one stage Isabella was lying tied 5th place, however, a tough four holes saw her slip to 9th place overall.
This was a fantastic opportunity for Isabella to test her skills against the best in the country. She ended up tying with Jordan Rothman and beating Kayla Williams. These are two of the most promising Ladies Amateur talents currently which makes this a great achievement! Well done, Isabella!
Clovelly Festival Week
Preparation for our festival is underway and we are getting more excited by the day. This will be the second year in a row that we hold a Mashie Open for our younger golfers; this year we are going along with the theme of Hollywood. Coach Dave is busy securing a trophy and we hope that we will have kids from all over Cape Town take part in this fun event!
We have secured some great raffle prizes! You can buy a raffle in the bar, bookings office or pro shop. All funds go towards our Clearwater Day Fund, which is used for projects on the course or perhaps machinery needed.
We can’t wait to hear Chapter Three play live at Clovelly on Saturday, 9th March!
Golf Director-Paul Stoner, Manager-John Spyker, Chairman-Stephen Thomas, and Captain-Ian McPherson (missing from the photo), all attended the Ladies AGM. It was great to have them there and Stephen was able to eloquently answer a few questions regarding the Club and Course. I am sure that we can agree that they make a great team and clean up well!
Pictured below are February’s Ladies’ Monthly Medal Winners. Pat Quill, on the left, was Bronze’s winner, with a score of 73 net. Lavi Rend, on the right, was Silver’s winner, with a score of 73 net too.
Two of our younger golfers, Evan Marais and Olly Malyon, were able to support our Sunshine Tour golfer, Peter Karmis, a couple of weeks ago as he took part in the Cape Town Open.
Royal Cape Golf Club hosted the Cape Town Open from Thursday, 7th February to Sunday, 10th February and Peter was positioned in the Top 3 throughout the event! Unfortunately, Brandon Follet-Smith beat Zander Lombard, JP Strydom and Peter to become Cape Town Open Champion of 2019. Peter’s efforts will be focused on his preparation for the Japanese Tour after securing his playing rights earlier in January. Well done, Peter and all of the best going forward!
Well done to Evan and Olly, too, for being such great supporters.
Amor’s Bistro displayed these beautiful, happy roses this weekend. Amor made a delicious Captain’s cake, in honour of our Captain’s Day.
With only three minutes to find your ball, having three sets of eyes helps!