“Dashing through the snow, on a one-horse open…” hmmm, not quite. Christmas in Africa means something else entirely. Memories of days on the beach, malva pudding, camping, braais, and mosquitoes, come to mind.

It’s a special time of year, where small acts of kindness become the norm and everyone has a smile, despite load shedding which seems to have ended, thank goodness! Our caddies, thanks to your donations, also left Clovelly with a smile on their faces last Friday, after receiving R 1000 each, a delicious lunch from Shaddie Valayadum’s family, and a R 300 PnP voucher from us.

Thank you to everyone who donated, and a very special festive season to our readers! Don’t forget about our Odyssey putter fitting tomorrow at the putting green.

December Special

We’re also running a special during the month of December, so please spread the word. This will be especially attractive to visiting golfers who we would love to welcome to Clovelly!

June to Retire

The biggest news to come out of the last two weeks, and news that is both exciting and emotional, is that June will be retiring in April next year. June has been working at Clovelly for forty-two years and knew a number of our members when they were children. Can you imagine the stories she has tucked away?

A part of the Clovelly family forever, June has been unanimously proposed for Honorary Life Membership, to be ratified at February’s AGM, and will continue to visit us. Despite this, we are all going to miss her! She has flown off to Seattle to have Christmas which her grandchildren but will be back in the new year, so we can all give her a little love then.

Keep your eyes open for news of her farewell to happen in April.

Axel’s Hole-in-One

Over our last festive season, we had hole-in-ones from Michael Webb, Jason Sharples, Isabella van Rooyen and Gill Briggs. We’re hoping that Axel Zimmermann has got the ball rolling with his hole-in-one on the 16th hole, at the end of November.

Well done, Axel! Have you ever been so relieved to see the bar so quiet? Just one of the perks of teeing off at 7:22 in the morning.

RIP, Louis

Unfortunately, we have also had sad news. One of our dear members, one that many of you will remember for his witty sense of humour, Louis Goosen, has passed away. Louis has been a part of Clovelly for many years and supported us during our Festival Week and Monthly Mixed competitions. He was the life partner of Frankie Greenwood, for whom we wish for peace and love over this terrible time.

We will be holding a gathering in remembrance of Louis this coming Thursday, 19th December, at 16:00 in the Clovelly restaurant. We would love for you to come and show your support to Frankie and share a fond memory of Louis. Our sincere condolences to Louis’ friends and family.

In Pictures

Congratulations to Helen Bowes, winner of the Sally Jacobs Cup, for the best four medal rounds of the year. Helen is pictured with Ladies’ League Secretary, Birdie Jenkinson.

Can you picture yourself lying on a blanket, enjoying a picnic, under these shady trees? It would be bliss without the fear of a wayward golf ball ruining the party.

Ron Dunn, Captain – Ian McPherson, and Matt Mills; enjoying themselves after our Wednesday competition sponsored by Barons of Tokai.

Congratulations to Joan Mauchline who was awarded the Rita Easton Trophy as the Ladies’ Player of the Year! What a fantastic achievement! Joan, a Committee Member, and totally committed, is so worthy of the title too.

Forthcoming Events

We are aware that it isn’t even 2020 yet, but we are so excited for our next Festival Week that we have to share the poster now. Save the date and remember to book. Bring your flip flops and Hawaiian shirts, because this year we will be going aloha-tropical!

Results

Member Offers

Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 6 December was Diane Flemons.
Unfortunately, Diane was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 13 December was Phil Mason.
Phil was present and walked away R 7 200 richer! Congratulations!
The next draw will be for R 2 000.