With the end of July we look forward to welcoming August, the last of our winter months.
We have had a lovely winter so far, with days of icy cold wind and rain, and others that could be mistaken for summer. We have had enough rain to put us in a better position than we were this time last year, and can expect some more this week! For this, we are grateful and looking forward to spring!
Sanlam Cancer Challenge
On Sunday, 29th July, it was our pleasure to host the Regional Finals of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge. This saw the top male and female players from all Western Cape clubs competing for a spot in the National Final which will be played at Sun City. This is an all-expenses paid trip so, as you can imagine, the competition was fierce.
We are very proud to say that we had six Clovelly representatives in the field, from both the Men’s and Ladies section, and all handicap divisions. Our players were Steven Dunn (A-Div Men); Jimmy Smith (B-Div Men); Peter Motale (C-Div Men); Joan Mauchline (A-Div Women); Lavi Rend (B-Div Women; and Caroline Ayers (C-Div Women). They all played extremely well and luckily the weather was pretty perfect too.
Congratulations to all who played, but especially to Jimmy Smith, who won his division and will be heading to Sun City, and Lavi Rend, who was the runner-up in her division.
Pictured above left are Peter Motale and Jimmy Smith. Pictured on the right are Caroline Ayers, Joan Mauchline and Lavi Rend.
This delegation was invited by the Department of Social Development Western Cape, and RAGA was asked to host the event by Minister Albert Fritz due to RAGA’s partnership with the department. The purpose was for Rutgers students to see various youth programs in the Western Cape in order to witness how they are run and the successes and challenges that they face
On Friday, 20th July we held another awesome evening of Night Golf at Clovelly. We have only done this a couple of times, but it was so much fun that we would like to make it a regular event!
Pictured below are Riaan Marais and his son, Evan, with Pro Shop Manager, Iglin, and Golf Director, Paul.
For those of you that were unable to join us, you certainly missed out on something special! We were spoiled to a breathless star-lit evening on our beautiful course. Golf Director, Paul Stoner, had some fun setting up the course, which was comprised of various shortened par 4s and 5s as well as a few interesting par 3s. The format for the evening was a Betterball Stableford and the tee off was set for 18:15, just as the sun was setting. Pictured below are Jessica and Gill Green.
The players all headed out eagerly and after some challenging navigation to the custom tee boxes, everyone was set to tee off. After dark it was magical to see the illuminated balls, green, blue, red and yellow, sailing through the night skies above the course and following the glow of headlamps, torches and cell phones as navigation points between tee boxes. As you were playing the nocturnal wildlife could be heard, from owls to night jars, as well as Member, Allan Booth’s, screeches and other recognizable cheer!
fter the round all contestants were spoiled to a belly-warming curry from our Chef, Carl, and some great music by The Dusty Rhodes Band.
A big thank you must be extended to our amazing sponsors, Lyall Morgan and Associates, who joined us on the night as well as GolfGuys, who assisted in running such a unique event.
The Open Championship is one of the most renowned professional golf tournaments in the world and is played at some of the most celebrated golf courses in the UK. Each year a field of hopeful professionals takes to the course in search of having their name engraved on the famous Claret Jug. To celebrate this fantastic event we allowed our members to select the professional they would like to be partnered with, after which their individual stableford score would be added to the professional score (with a level par round being equivalent to 36 stableford points).
After a solid round on Saturday of 38 stableford points from George Bowes, his selection of Alex Noran paid off as he carded a 4 under par round on moving day at The Open. On Sunday it was Chris Rohde who recorded 38 stableford points this time and he was paired with Justin Rose who shot a 2 under par round. The official prize winners of the combined results were:
Exactly a week after we hosted our Night Golf event, and during our quiz night (image above and thank you to Robin and Lilian Brand who organize and run these fun quizes), the universe gave us a beautiful display with a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. The moon turns deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. That’s because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface.
This eclipse was the longest lunar eclipse of the century and was visible from South Africa on Friday, 27th July. It began at 19:13 and the moon was fully eclipsed by Earth’s shadow by 21:30. The next lunar eclipse will only be visible in 2025. Above is a sequential photo of the eclipse as it progressed, taken by the very talented aviation photographer, Justin de Rueck.
It is with excitement, and maybe some nerves, that we can officially announce that from 2020 there will be a uniformed Handicapping system for the entire World, the World Handicapping System. Part of the transition towards this requires that all countries currently not using the USGA course and slope rating system need to be in line as soon as possible. A decision has been made by Golf RSA and the HNA that as of the 3rd September, 2018 these rating systems will be implemented nationwide in South Africa.
This means it is vitally important that our members take the time to read through the following material provided by Golf RSA and gain an understanding of the system before the official implementation date. If there are any specific questions please email them through to our Golf Director, Paul Stoner, for clarification.
If you cannot read the above clearly, please follow the below link to USGA’s Course Rating Primer.
The months are flying by and it was already time for the third installment of the Clovelly Junior Winter Series on Sunday, 22nd July. After a busy schedule in the WP Junior Golf section 42 eager junior golfers took to our lush fairways to see if they could win their divisions.
It was a testing day on the course and our very own Jan Stals van Rooyen used his home ground advantage yet again to claim top spot in the U15 A division. It was not an easy win however, as Jan finished on a score of 78 tied with Travis Procter of Durbanville. This meant it was time for a playoff. It took four holes for a winner to be decided with Jan paring the 12th hole to win! Keep it up, young Jan!
Pro Shop 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!
- 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
Clovelly Open Foursomes
Don’t forget to make your bookings for the Clovelly Open Foursomes! This is always an event that is enjoyed!
Spotted at Clovelly
Pictured above are Tuesday’s Ladies winners. In first place for the stableford competition was Jessica Green, second from left, followed by June Harrison, center. Karen Kent, Liz Cameron and Bev Roberts were all tie in third place.
Pictured above are a couple images from MichellGolf’s latest Pitch n’ Putt Mashie Competition.