Can you believe that this will be our last newsletter of 2018? This year has flown by and has been one filled with growth and positivity. We wish all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. We hope that you get to spend some quality time with beloved family and friends, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!
We would like to remind you that with the start of 2019 the revised edition of the Rules of Golf (R&A and USGA) will come into effect. Be sure to update your knowledge by watching the below video by Yves Ton-That from Expert Golf. Another fantastic link has been posted below too; this will take you to a short video about the top 20 changes that you need to be aware of.
You are more than welcome to collect the new “Player’s Guide to the Rules of Golf” from Golf Director, Paul Stoner’s, office. He is also available should you want to query anything.
The Western Province Golf Referees Association has kindly arranged a series of sessions in January where the new golf rules will be explained to all junior golfers and their parents. This is a fantastic opportunity and we encourage as many of our kids and their parents to attend!
Please email Helene Marais at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. Below is a list of venues and times.
Looking Back at the Last Year
At the end of every year we take a moment to look back at the adventures that Clovelly experienced throughout the year. It is always fun to take a walk down memory lane…sometimes amusing, sometimes a little sad, and yet always heartwarming. We truly belong to a special Club, made up of many special people.
Click here to add your ownThe first month of 2018 set the pace for the year to come. January was easy-going, the course was filled with happy members and holiday-making visitors. The weather was delightfully warm, with a few chance rain showers to bless the course and gardens. With a caracal spotted in Clovelly and a puffadder removed from the course, we felt nature’s presence. Wildlife on the course is just one of the many benefits of being situated in our valley, surrounded by the mountains.
Showing us all how to enter the new year, Laury Auret and Dave Parry both scored Hole-in-Ones in January.
The Ladies League also season kicked off in January. This season saw forty-four ladies, under the guidance of League Secretary, Birdie Jenkinson, represent Clovelly over a period of ten months. We must mention Bronze 2, who won their section and topped the Bronze division, and the Silver team, who won their section and placed 3rd overall in their division.
Throughout the year these ladies had many ups and downs, some downs including a broken shoulder, carpal tunnel operations, and even the loss of a fingertip to a dog bite, and yet our League Ladies came out tops! Well done.
We were able to empty the dam on the 11th, with the objective of dredging the dam and performing some maintenance on its lining and surrounds. The depth of the silt was deceiving as poor Merle Christian demonstrated when trying to retrieve her ball.
February saw the holiday mindset finally end and brought with it the Club AGMs, the start of the Men’s Mid-Am and Masters Leagues, and the recruitment of twenty-seven new RAGA students, selected from Ocean View. We love a challenge and fitting so much into the shortest month of the year, whilst preparing for our Festival Week, was nothing short of a challenge!
The Club AGM saw Stephen Thomas selected as Chairman, Jonathan Ackerman as Vice-Chairman and Richard Goveia a Governing Body Member. Wizz Good remained as Treasurer. The Golf AGM saw Ian McPherson selected as Captain, Greg Daly as Vice-Captain and Jan van Rooyen, Dave Thompson and Rob Pilkington selected as Committee Members. The Ladies’ Committee remained largely as it was. These Committees have been fabulous throughout 2018 and we are looking forward to another year of their enthusiasm and drive.
Pictured above left are some of the ladies who took part in the ‘Nations vs Internationals’ competition, which saw the Nationals claim victory. On the right are the Greens Staff enjoying a ‘thank you’ braai.
Below is Vic van Schaik who achieved a Hole-in-One on the 11th.
February ended on a high note with Clovelly Country Club climbing four places forward on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in South Africa, moving from 53rd to 49th place. We were also voted the 6th best-conditioned course in the Western Cape, behind Pearl Valley, Arabella, Erinvale, De Zalze, and Royal Cape!
March, being the last month of our high season, saw a bit of the summer rush fade. This was a welcome relief as we could focus on our Festival Week and the Ladies Club Champs.
As usual, the Clovelly Festival was a blast! We had three fun-filled days of festival shenanigans. Members and staff alike came dressed to impress to the theme of ‘Disney’. The music was pumping, everyone was in high spirits and the vibe was infectious! Thanks again to our sponsors, Lyall Morgan & Associates, Fine & Country, Pick n’ Pay and Clear Design, as well as to our many other supporters who contributed.
Another high note of March was the Ladies’ Club Championships, where fifteen-year-old Isabella van Rooyen beat far more experienced golfers to win the title of Clovelly Lady Campion of 2018! Isabella is one of our most committed juniors and we were all ecstatic for her.
Unfortunately, Clovelly suffered a sad loss with the passing of Bobby Nombewu, who had been a caddie of Clovelly’s for over fifty years! We all miss him.
The first of our winter months saw 150 golfers take part in the 2018 Men’s Club Championships. Two days of strokeplay saw Shyam Makanjee win C Division, Patrick Nolan win B Division and Gareth Wobbe win Club Champion of the year! This is Gareth’s second Champs win, so definitely deserving!
Another fun event in April was the Ladies’ ‘Red Hat’ Open Day. Our ladies are always game to dress up and we are always excited to see the outfits that they come up with! Member, Marie Pardey, is well known for organizing something outrageous and we just love it!
May was a month for improvement! We embarked on a number of projects, including the new cart garage, the reconstruction of the ladies’ 11th tee, the alterations to the 12th green (pictured below) and 13th tee as well as alterations to the 7th green and 8th tee. We hope that you enjoy the final results and we always welcome your feedback.
May also gave us the opportunity to host the first fixture of the inaugural Clovelly Junior Winter Series. This series saw four events held at Clovelly and was endorsed by the WPGU. When the series ended in September, our own Jan Stals van Rooyen had risen to the top spot with rounds of 73, 78, 78 and 75. Great job, Jan!
Unfortunately, May brought us the passing of one of our dearest members, Eric Warrington. Eric had been a member of Clovelly for 38 years at the time of his passing, and he was loved by many! His legacy continues at Clovelly with his children, Mark and Wendy.
June was a quiet month, with our league events being played in the background (Harry Solomon, unfortunately, coming to an end) and golf continuing as usual. One new event at Clovelly was a bingo evening organized by George Bowes and Paul Barrett, which was a hit with our members present.
Mark Coram, Dave Thompson, Donny Tsai, and Richard Shone did us proud at a Winter League event held at Erinvale, coming in third place.
We were also proud of Steven Dunn, Jimmy Smith, Peter Motale, Joan Mauchline, Lavi Rend and Caroline Ayers who were the Clovelly representatives that qualified for the Sanlam Cancer Regional Tournament.
Something that all made us laugh in June was the look of Club Administrator, Jessica Yiend’s son, Eliah, when he met Andy. Andy’s vibrant personality does take some getting used to.
In July we held the much-anticipated Staff Championships. The winners for the day were Bennie Frans (B Division) and David Mampies (A Division). Peter Mampies, below, also had reason to celebrate, winning three nearest the pins!
Carl’s Catering warmed our hearts when in honor of Mandela Day, they fed some disadvantaged children in Ocean View. By the looks of it, they enjoyed the hearty stew that Carl provided.
Despite being in the heart of winter, July was a busy month! We had another fun night golf event and another great quiz night. There was also the most spectacular solar eclipse. We had an awesome ‘Open’ matched competition and Jimmy Smith won the regional Sanlam Cancer Challenge, which would ultimately see him heading off to Sun City! RAGA hosted, on behalf of the Department of Social Development, a delegation made up of Dr. Clarke and post-graduate students from Rutgers University and Cedric Touzard represented Clovelly and South Africa at the World Deaf Golf Championships.
Sadly, we lost another dear member of our Clovelly family, Sandy Smith, at the end of July. Sandy was eighty-four years old at the time of his passing and was still playing golf at Clovelly at least twice a week. He left a big gap in the Seniors group and we all remember him fondly.
August, the last of our winter months, saw the continuation of our wonderful rains, as well as much snow in the Western Cape! Calmer that July, Clovelly saw the Chammy Cup and Singles Matchplay tournaments drawing closer to their finales, with the competition getting more fierce by the day. On-course upgrades also continued, keeping the Greens Team and Committee busy.
Our ladies flew the Clovelly flag high, with Jacky White, Marnie Wolmarans, Joan Mauchline and Bev Roberts winning the WP Rutherford Trophy.
We were also happy for our young golfer, Evan Marais, who achieved his first birdie on Hole 11. He had another on Hole 8 a few weeks later! He is pictured below with Clovelly’s future professional golfers (we have a feeling), Jan Stals van Rooyen, Olly Malyon and Adam Maggott.
September, the first of our mid-season months, saw the start of spring and was a month of success for Clovelly and our members.
Gareth Wobbe, our current Club Champion, started the month off with a Hole-in-One on Hole 11.
Peter Karmis made us all very proud, once again, by winning 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. What a fabulous achievement!
Mark Coram and Dave Thompson were also fantastic representatives of Clovelly, being selected for the WP Mid-Am B squad. They both played integral parts of our Mid-Am and 1st Challenge sides, whilst also regularly participating in WP Amateur Events.
Bringing it home for the ladies was Lynn Berrisford, this time scooping up a prize for the Western Province Senior Women Golfers Society Golf Day which took place on Friday, 14th September.
Thank you to all of our members who represent Clovelly so finely! We are lucky to have you.
October saw the steady increase of returning swallows (hooray!) and proved to be a month of success for our Ladies Section. Ladies’ Vice-Captain, Joan Mauchline, began the month by winning the Western Province Seniors Championship, shooting an 80 gross!
The Clovelly Ladies Section then invited ladies from Westlake, Steenberg, and Simonstown Golf Clubs to join them for the annual Friendship Cup. Michelle Godfrey, Margaret Gravenor, Marilyn Franklin & Caroline Ayers were the winners of this year’s competition. This competition is a wonderful example of the spirit of golf and friendship and we commend the ladies for being so warm and welcoming.
Katia Shaff made Clovelly proud when she was chosen to play for the Western Province A-Team at the SA Women’s Inter-provincial Championship. Katia is always a wonderful representation of Clovelly and our Ladies.
Not just a winning month for our Ladies, Clovelly was also the proud host of the Clovelly Junior Open, the Ackerman Championships and the Noordhoek Farm Village and DARG golf days! We were ecstatic to have five ladies represent Clovelly in the Ackerman Championships and our own Olivia Wood won the Jonathan Ackerman Trophy!
We ended off October on a high note, when Dave Thompson and Tim Henshall defeated Brian Papas and Ian Gordon to win the title of Chammy Cup Champions of 2018! After months of knock-out rounds, we are left with bated breaths and high suspense levels, desperate to know whose names will be engraved on the Trophy! Well done, gents.
November, the first of our mid-season months, was a month packed with note-worthy events and enjoyment.
On the very first day of November, Amor opened her bistro on the top floor of Clovelly. She has since wowed us with wonderful soups, croissants, and delicious comfort food.
Another one of the most exciting happenings this month was having the legendary photographer, Mark Sampson, take a few images of Clovelly. We are pretty sure that no one quite captures the essence of a golf course as well as he does!
Focusing on golf, we held one of our favorites, The Clovelly Open. This thirty-six hole event saw an outstanding two rounds of golf played by Strand’s Deon Germishuys, recording a total score of 64-65 (129), which saw him win the event.
We were also the proud hosts of the SA Navy Golf Day.
The Ladies Section held their Freda Ackerman Trophy, won by Clare Williams, and the Ladies Spring Open. The Spring Open was set to the theme of ‘Hawaiian’ and the participants went all out in the name of fun.
Lastly, but very worthy of being celebrated, November saw Steven Dunn beat defending Champion, Richard Goveia, to win the Singles Matchplay Gus Ackerman Cup!
Our last month of the year has already been one to remember. We began the month by celebrating our Club President, Mr. Raymond Ackerman. We all look up to Mr. Ackerman and we were grateful for the opportunity to show him our appreciation.
We also had the opportunity to show off our new range building facilities with the Victory Church Christmas Fun Run and a couple of junior golf clinics which included lunch and a movie.
ason Sharples ended the year off sweetly with a Hole-in-One on the 6th!
Jason wasn’t the only member celebrating. Matthew Cooper brought in his Western Province Premier Amateur Tour Order of Merit trophy after amassing 185 points over 2018.
ur Course Manager, Steven Webber, also ended the year on a high note with an Open Day at the Workshop.
Our ladies also took the opportunity to celebrate the end of their league season, presenting the perfect picture of friendship and strong bonds made over many 18 hole rounds throughout the year.
Our Seniors also celebrated a successful year with their annual year-end prize-giving, dinner, and toy donation for the children at Red Cross Hospital. Gerhard Hach, Bevan Hitchcock, David Nagle and Padraic McMahon were the quarterly winners of 2018. Padraic was also the most consistent golfer of the year and Vince Reilly had the best score.
All in all, 2018 saw Clovelly grow in leaps and bounds. Our Junior Section, now being managed by Dave Matthews, is expanding and we have seen the fruits of MichellGolf’s labours repeatedly throughout the year, especially in young Jan Stals van Rooyen, Olly Malyon, Daniel Roos, Evan Marais, Olivia Wood and Isabella van Rooyen, to name a few. Their high-performance students are also something to be proud of! Our course is healthy and flourishing, and we aim to continually improve the golfing experience. Our Clubhouse and other buildings have been painted and have received much TLC. It has been wonderful sharing our Clubhouse with the RAGA students and staff. Our members are as wonderful as ever and we are lucky to have dynamic staff and committees who strive to make our players feel welcome and who hold Clovelly dear.
Our sponsors; Barons Tokai, Seeff, Fine & Country, Lyall Morgan & Associates, Peresoft, Atlantic Forwarding, Evergreen, Clear Design, Mantellis, Pick n’ Pay, Guthrie Colananni Attorneys, Spur and many more; Clovelly would not be as successful without you, and we appreciate your involvement!
I think that we can look back and be proud. Thank you all for being part of the journey!