As we officially headed into the Winter months of 2018 the temperatures certainly did drop off, and the promise of some decent rains showed up! This is great news for the Western Cape as dam levels rose over the 25% full mark overall. Despite this small victory it is still important that we all do our bit to conserve water wherever possible as Level 6B water restrictions are still in place. Well done to all our subscribers on doing their bit to help this situation!

News from around the Club….

After a fantastic Mother’s Day lunch at Clovelly it is now time to honour the man of the house on Father’s Day. This is coming up on Sunday, 17 June 2018. If you are looking for an opportunity to spoil him why not join us for a Father’s Day Lunch at the Club, or take advantage of our Proshop’s Father’s day promotions!

Last Friday the Club was buzzing despite the cooler weather we have been experiencing this week. This was due to a well supported Club Draw followed by a fun Bingo evening generously run by George Bowes and Paul Barrett. The evening was a great success and all who attended enjoyed having some fun on a Friday evening. There were a number of winners throughout the night,a few to note were our ex-Chairman Pat van Heerden and ex-Captain Fred Fautley. For those that joined us thank you for your support and for those who missed there is no need to fear as there will be a Quiz Night coming soon. The details will be emailed to the members and published in the Newsletter soon.

The Monthly Mixed took place on Sunday 3 June and was well supported by all our fantastic members with over 80 players taking part. The format for the day was an Alliance with 2 Scores to Count all the way round. Pictured above of some of the winners on the day from left to right: Tim Wright, Sylvia McLeod, Irene Wright, Peter McLeod, and the two Vice Captains Jacky White and Greg Daly. These are really fun events and we would encourage all our members to support them throughout the year. they are scheduled to take place on the first Sunday of every month. We look forward to seeing you all at the next one.

As we head into June it is time to get look forward to the Inbound Tour to South Africa which sees the Springboks up against the English Roses. Please join us after your round of golf, or pop upto the club to be part of the festivities! All the details are listed in the poster below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Notice regarding Bar Price adjustments

As we all know in April 2018 there was an increase in both VAT and SIN Tax in South Africa. Coupled with these increases there has also been the introduction of Sugar Tax along and the drought in the Cape affecting wine production. Due to these factors it has become necessary for us to revise our relevant prices. We can assure our members and guests that we have put in our best efforts to ensure the effects of these increases are minimised when it comes to our patrons end experience at our Bar.  Based on the above information the following increases will become effective immediately.

  • Cold Drinks (Coca-Cola, Stoney etc) – This category will increase by an average of  9% in line with the imposed Sugar Tax
  • Wine (Red and White)  – Due to the drought there was a smaller harvest of grapes resulting in Wineries needing to increase prices. This category will therefore increase by an average of 5% in line with industry average. We have been assured by our suppliers that there will be no further increases for this year.
  • Hard Tack (Whiskeys, Brandy, Gin, Vodka etc.) – Although there was an average increase of 6% across this category industry-wide we have been able to ensure that all prices in this category will remain the same using our strong relationships with suppliers.
  • Beer – An average increase of 10% has been seen across this category industry-wide. As per the above statement relating to hard tack we have managed to limit this increase to an average of 1% on our beer products.

We would like to thank all our members and guests for their continued support of amazing Bar and Clubhouse.

League Update

Our Harry Solomon side has played tow fixtures since we last published a newsletter. These fixtures were against Steenberg and King David Mowbray. Unfortunately we were unable to secure a win against Royal Cape which meant we went into this past Saturdays fixture requiring a win against KDM to keep our chances of a Quarter Final Spot alive.The players teed of in testing conditions with a strong North Westerly wind and the threat of rain, don’t be deceived by  the still picture inserted above.

Our home side took full advantage of their local knowledge in the North-Wester and secure 3 out of 4 points. Our away side fought hard on unfamiliar territories however the result went King David Mowbray’s way as they claimed 3 out of 4 points on their home ground. This meant that overall the game was halved. We now have one fixture left which is against Atlantic Beach which we must win in order to stand any chance of qualifying to the knockout rounds. Keep on fighting and good luck next week boys! Below Brian Papas and Peter English look on as their opponent tries to drain a putt on the 15th green.

As part of the WPGU league roster the annual Winter League event was held at Erinvale Golf Club and of course Clovelly had a side their to do a fly the Club flag high, and our team certainly did that. The format was stroke play over 36 holes played in one day. We had a team of 4 players and the 3 best scores from each round counted towards the overall team result. After Round 1 solid rounds from Mark Coram and David Thompson of 1 under par positioned us in top spot against an extremely strong field. They were ably assisted by Donny Tsai and Richard Shone throughout the day. In Round 2 despite the teams best efforts we dropped a few shots which saw us finish up in 3rd place overall behind Durbanville and King David Mowbray. It was a great showing for the Club and our team certainly did us proud, they are pictured below relaxing after their round.

Weekly Competitions

In amongst and during some of the rain our members continued to brave the wintery conditions in order to play in their weekly competitions. On Tuesday the 29th May 2018 the ladies played a social 4 ball Alliance competition which saw a total of 21 ladies take to the fairways. The winners for the day were Marnie Wolmarans, Myrle Christian, Karen Kent and Charmaine Malyon pictured below.

In amongst the contestants was Jessica Green who has returned from the USA for a holiday. She is studying at and playing golf for Rogers State University in Oklahoma where she was awarded a bursary. It was great to see her back on the Clovelly Fairways! Pictured above are Maggie Martin and Marilyn Hugo enjoying some lunch as well as Jessica Green in her Oklahoma State kit. Visit our Facebook page via the link below to see some footage of our oldest Lady member Dawn English playing with on of our youngest Lady members, Jessica Green.

On Saturday a smaller than usual field of dedicated players took part in the Monthly Medal Competition sponsored by Seeff Properties. There were 50 players in the morning and a brave 20 players in the afternoon. After a truly testing round the following players managed to keep it together and win their relevant divisions. In the morning: A-Div = Jon Bernard; B-Div = Peter McLeod; and C-Div = Bob Winderbank. While in the afternoon the winners were: A-Div = Lyall McNiell; B-Div = Peter Stroebel; and C-Div = John Spyker. Well done on braving the conditions!

While all the players tackled the Medal Competition there was a singles matchplay on the go between our Chairman, Stephen Thomas, and RAGA Operations Manager, Shadrack Valaydum. The picture below shows them embracing the cold with fellow Governing Body member Richard Goveia on the 14th tee. After a tough battle Stephen made it through to the next round with a 2 & 1 victory.

Juniors at Clovelly

It is an old saying but hard work certainly does pay off when it comes to golf. This is especially true when you look at the brother and sister duo of Jan Stals and Isabella van Rooyen. They have put in many hours improving their games over the past 6 months and along with some great guidance from the coaches at MichellGolf they have made some great improvements. Jan Stals started the year on a 9 handicap, since then he has recorded his best 18 hole score of 72 and reduced his handicap to just 6. Isabella started the year on a 18 handicap and has since reduced it to an 8 handicap, while shooting her best round of 78 in amongst all the practice. She has also been called up to represent  Western Province at the SA Girls Championship which will take place at Orkney Golf Club in Gauteng.

Another Junior making some waves in the Club is young Oliver Malyon, he is one of youngest golf members and last Sunday took part in his first 18 hole competition in our Monthly Mixed. Olly, as he is affectionately known around the Club played well and managed to record a gross score of 51 on his back nine. He can be seen below with the Lady Vice Captain Jacky White.

Following the 1st successful event of the Clovelly Junior Winter Series held on the 20th May the second installment is coming up on Sunday, 10 June 2018. All the necessary information is contained in the poster below for those who are interested.

Rule of the Week

Ball Against Rake in Bunker:

Question 1:
A player’s ball lies in a bunker resting against a rake;
a) May the player remove the rake before making their stroke?
b) Must the player mark the position of their ball before moving the rake?
c) If the ball moves as the rake is being removed is there a penalty and if so, what is it?
d) If the ball moves as the rake is removed does it have to be replaced, or is it played from where it comes to rest?
e) May the player clean their ball before replacing it where it lay?
f) May the player push the ball into the bunker sand to ensure that it stays at the same spot it was at before the rake was removed?
a) Yes, the player may remove the rake.
b) No, though I recommend that they do so.
c) There is no penalty provided that the movement of the ball is directly attributable to the removal of the rake.
d) The ball must be replaced.
e) Yes, the ball may be cleaned.
f) No. If the ball will not come to rest on the spot where it originally lay, it must be placed at the nearest spot, not nearer the hole, where it can be placed at rest.
Rule 24-1a states; “A player may take relief, without penalty, from a movable obstruction as follows;
If the ball does not lie in or on the obstruction, the obstruction may be removed. If the ball moves, it must be replaced, and there is no penalty, provided that the movement of the ball is directly attributable to the removal of the obstruction. Otherwise, Rule 18-2 applies.”
Note: If the ball will not come to rest on the spot in the bunker where it originally lay, it must be placed at the nearest spot in the bunker, not nearer the hole, where it can be placed at rest.
If the player cannot place the ball in conformity with the Rules, they should proceed under the stroke-and-distance option of the unplayable ball Rule (Rule 28a) or, in equity (Rule 1-4), drop the ball, under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker, keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped.
Question 2: A ball lies on a rake in a bunker how should the player proceed?
Answer: When a ball lies on any obstruction in a bunker the ball may be lifted and the obstruction removed. The ball must then be dropped as near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball lay on the obstruction, but not nearer the hole – Rule 24-1b.

New Course and Slope Rating System for South Africa

As the whole world shifts towards a World Handicap System in 2020 the first step being taken is a revision of the current Course Rating system. With this revision all courses will now be rated in accordance with the USGA rating system which applies the Slope Rating system and a Handicap Index. Further information is contained in the poster below from the HNA. If you would like to read up further on the change over please visit the link below.


Upcoming Fixtures

Member Offers

Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 25 May was Shahir Ramjee.
Unfortunately, Shahir was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 1 June was Ross Tailford.
Unfortunately, Ross was not present!

The next draw will be for R5 400

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 25 May was Fred Runge.
Unfortunately, Fred was not present!

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 1 June was David Allan Kent.
Unfortunately, Allan was not present!

This draw remains at R 5 000.