A warm greeting to our readers on this beautiful day in early December. Late November’s news of a COVID-19 vaccine and the opening of our borders has us teeming with excitement and positivity for the future. We’re holding thumbs that our Swallows and visitors from overseas will be able to make their way here for summer and 2021 will be a year for recovery, growth and joy!
You may have noticed that we skipped a newsletter. Our sincerest apologies, but Clovelly has been a hub of activity and all hands were on deck over the last month as we prepared for and ran our Club Championships, our Noordhoek Farm Village Golf Day – in honour of the late Pete de Bruin, and many other social events which, having taken catering in-house, has been a wonderful challenge! Talking about events and catering, this next month is going to be busy! Please note the closing of the Range from 16:00 this coming Thursday, 10th, for the Victory Christian Church’s Fun Run. Also, we will not be hosting a Christmas Lunch this year.
Although not first in line for the month of November, we’ll be diving straight into our Club Champs, which a few members labeled as being the best they had attended! Defending Champions were Matthew Cooper and Isabella van Rooyen; two young, ambitious golfers who spend hours in practice. Defending B Division were Cameron Mackintosh and Joan Mauchline and last year’s winners in C Division were Richard Hodge and Pat Quill, both of whom couldn’t play this year.
This year we changed the timing of our Club Championships from March to November, which worked out well. Below is a recap of some of the reasons that we made this decision;
1. The condition of the course at this time of year is far better
2. There are positive financial implications
3. There are fewer other events to conflict with
4. To make our Club Champs more accessible to our Swallows.
COVID-19 thwarted the last of those efforts, didn’t it? Anyway, we were lucky enough to have our Ladies Club Championships take place on the same days as our Men’s Rounds 1 and 2. With understandably smaller numbers than usual in both the Men and Ladies’ sections, having everyone together made it all the more special.
A massive congratulations to Isabella van Rooyen, who defended her title of Ladies Club Champion, winning it for the third time in a row. Isabella’s success is a testament to her commitment and hard work and we’re sure that she has a bright future and many victories ahead of her. Well done, Isabella!
Further congratulations to Gill Briggs, who won B Division and the Senior Cup, and to Jacky White in C Division. Also worth a mention is Pat van Heerden who improved a full 27 shots between Round 1 and 2! Congratulations ladies, and to the many other winners whose results are displayed at the bottom of this newsletter.
Thank you to our Ladies Committee for organizing another wonderful championship, and to our photographer, Shaun Holman, who captured the amazing images of the Champs and Farm Village Golf Day, which we write about further below. It is great to have him back after his brush with a taxi during lockdown.
We were blessed with spectacular weather over all four days of our Club Champs, excluding a little drizzle, which would naturally assist in high scores achieved. However, Club Captain, Greg Daly, and Golf Manager, Hanko Bothma, intent on testing our golfers’ mettle, had devious ideas afoot. Their selection of tees and pin setups sure resulted in a fresh and interesting challenge, and some surprising scores. Amongst these, were 7-putts for our ex-Chairman, Dave van Eyk, and current Premier League player, Dean Sossen, who up until then, had been a real contender for the Championship.
In the end, Matthew Cooper, following Isabella’s footsteps, secured the title of Men’s’ Club Champion, for a second time. Congratulations Matt! Your consistency and composure is something else! Congratulations to the rest of our trophy winners, in particular, Nico Snyman who won B Division and Gerald van Heerden who won C Division (36 holes). Gerald played one of his rounds with Ollie Malyon, who at 10 years old, left a 63 year age gap between them! Ollie won the Prentice Competition with a nett score of 160 over 36 holes.
A special mention of Don Oliver, who at 85 years of age, was our oldest player in the field and still managed to win the Memory (36 holes nett) and Veteran’s Cups (Best Over 45 nett).
Thank you to our players, Committees, and volunteers, including Chris Goldsbury (our Rules Official), for your support and time and congratulations to Hanko on the positive feedback. Although your first Champs at Clovelly, we are thoroughly impressed and happy to hear that you are already planning and bouncing ideas around to make 2021 even more special and eventful for all our participants.
If any of our players have any queries or comments on the past Championship that you would like considered for next year, Hanko would appreciate it if you’ll share them with him at email@example.com
Chammy and Matchplay Champions 2020
In the background of post-lockdown 2020, our Individual Matchplay and Chammy knockouts were taking place. After a testing year, with many postponements, Jan van Rooyen took on Ron Dunn for the Gus Ackerman Cup. They battled it out, right up to the 17th hole, where Ron prevailed and won the title. This is the second time that Ron has won the trophy, this first time being 20 years ago in 2000! Well done, Ron!
The Chammy Cup final, between Boetie Muzzell and Gerrit van Zyl versus their competitors, Dave Liebrecht and Phil Mason, was also closely contested. The match didn’t see a team go more than 1 up on any hole up until the 17th, where Boetie and Gerrit triumphed 2 & 1! Well done to our winners of 2020 and thank you to our participants for their support over the season!
Perhaps our favorite moment of the knockout season was after Dave Liebrecht, who took on and beat our Treasurer, Wizz Good, in the quarter-finals of Individual Matchplay, had this number plate made for him.
The Farm Village “Pete du Bruin” Golf Day
Undoubtedly our most special golf days of 2020 was one in honour of our late member, Pete du Bruin. Pete’s friends and colleagues, led by James Eckley, threw their energy and love into organizing a beautiful golf day in his remembrance.
All proceeds went to HOKISA, a home that cares for children infected with and/or affected by HIV and AIDS who cannot be looked after by their own parents or family. They were able to raise R 31 000 for the charity! Pete’s family, pictured above (from left his daughter, Mia, his Dad, Chris, his wife, Kim, and his son, Danny), chose the charity and were with us for the day. Danny even fired the cannon to mark the first tee time!
The love that Pete’s friends, family, and community felt for him was tangible and very visible in the way that everyone came together and shared the joy of his memory. Thank you to the organizers, donors and volunteers who made it so great, including our own retired June Featonby, who volunteered to wrangle the players for raffle purchases at registration.
My Father’s House Golf Day
The next and last golf day on the cards for this year is the ‘My Father’s House Golf Day’ that we are hosting in support of Shaddie next Friday.
My Father’s House has been feeding the homeless in the area for many years. With COVID-19, what started as a small feeding program for 450 children at Redhill has developed into various kitchens and the feeding of thousands of people! My Father’s House is dependent on donations to keep its doors open and those donations have dwindled drastically. We’re hoping that a charity golf day will ease some of the pressure and we would like to invite you to join us on Friday, 18th December from 10:00 – 13:40 to take part in this special day. There will be a competition fee of R 150 per person, on top of your usual green fee. Visitor’s greenfees are R 300 per person. Shaddie has already been donated many lovely prizes and some local families have come together to provide a variety of authentic Indian cuisine for after-golf, so it’s going to be a goodie!
Bookings are open. Please email/call our bookings office or WhatsApp them on 081 285 8018 to book. If you can’t play but would still like to support Shaddie, please donate any amount to the details below:
Clovelly Banking Details:
Current account #: 270394605
Branch Code: 036009
Ref: Shaddie MFH
Shaddie, who has been donated an incredible amount of raffle prizes, has started selling tickets online already! Please see the poster below for those details.
You’ll be pleased to know that June has volunteered her time to assist with raffle sales at registration again, so if you are missing her as much as we are, here’s your chance to catch up.
As Shaddie says, “We know we can’t save the world and the poor will always be amongst us, but by working together we can eliminate hunger in our local communities.”
We hope that you are able to join us. There are a few slots available still. Thank you for your support, especially to those members who have sent in donations.
Some of our senior members, belonging to the Patrick Murray Golf Group, had their annual End of Year lunch last month. Not only did they include a fun dress-up before golf, where Annya Jones and Selwyn Lange swapped genders (may we draw attention to the strikingly beautiful woman Selwyn makes?), but they also celebrated Member, Jack Holmes, (pictured below) 90th birthday!
Congratulations to Rodney Yates on his hole-in-one on the 11th Hole yesterday. A brilliant achievement and hopefully, the start of another series of hole-in-ones!
One of the best parts of hosting weddings, other than helping make a couples’ special day even more special, is seeing our halls at their finest. The below wedding, for Sebastian and Janine last Saturday, was beautiful! Their protea, pink and blue styled decor complimented our restaurant to a tee.
Congratulations to Phil Mason, Caroline Ayers, Rob Anderson and Lynn Berrisford who won the Monthly Mixed Competition on Sunday. Thank you to Mr. Ackerman and Grootepost Winery (Rob, himself!) for your sponsorship. It is great to see everyone looking so pleased.
Although a great few weeks, filled with action and many happy faces, we were terribly sad to share the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our Vice-Presidents, Brian Michell, in mid-November.
Brian was loved by many, and his Celebration of Life, held on the Range, was a testament to that. What a beautiful evening! Stories of Brian’s adventures and elaborate tales were shared and his family spoke of his love and pride for them. It was hard not to tear up and feel a little jealous of their special memories and bonds.
We are so grateful for what we did share with Brian and his commitment and love for Clovelly. Below is a document highlighting some of the things on the course that we can attribute to Brian and his Committee Members. Thank you, Brian, and rest in peace. We will all miss you.
Please continue to practice safe COVID practices. We have had a couple of events cancel due to family members testing positive and these cases are coming closer and closer to home. Of utmost importance is our members’ and staff’s safety, which we can help if we work together.
Lastly, we are happy to announce the return of the lucky draw, sponsored by Lyall Morgan & Associates Insurance, starting Friday, 8th January 2020! Craig is working on a food offering too, so pretty exciting!