What a great month we have had so far! Our ‘Swallows’ have already begun to arrive and it has been such a pleasure to see them again. They were greeted by the loveliest summer’s weather, and despite a bit of expected rain at the end of the week, it looks like it is going to continue.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members; Carey Askeland, Bryan Finlay, Mike Lee, Cameron McFarlene, Damian and Martina McCaffrey, Cameron Bennetts and Alexander Prince. We are so happy that you can join us and we hope that you feel at home in this beautiful club.

Congratulations, Sebastian and Emelia!

One of the best things to happen this month is the birth of Logan-reign; son of proud parents, Sebastian and Emelia Brown. Many of you will remember Emelia who used to work at Clovelly. She is still very much part of the family as her husband is our popular Food & Beverages Manager.

Logan-reign, a total cutie, was born at 8:08 on Friday, 11th October weighing a whopping 4.19kgs. Welcome to the world, little one!

Other noteworthy achievements…

Congratulations to Jason Sharples who achieved his third Hole-in-One at Clovelly last Wednesday, 16th October.

Jason has been a member of Clovelly for six years and this is his second Hole-in-One on Hole 16, this time using a 9 iron from 155, with the wind.

Well done, Jason!

Another outstanding achievement this month goes to George Bowes, who played his 500th game for the Western Province Nomads in last Thursday’s golf day at Clovelly. Not many people can claim this accomplishment and he deserves a hearty congratulations.

George joined Nomads in 1973. He has been a member of Clovelly since 1964! Often playing golf three times a week, can you imagine how many games he has under his belt? Thousands, we’re sure! Thank you, George, for your commitment to golf and this club, and congratulations!

Scarifying the 10th Fairway

Some interesting news from our Course Manager, Steven Webber, is that we are going to be scarifying the 10th fairway this season.

The course staff will be scarifying the below highlighted 1 hectare of Kikuyu fairway in order to remove the buildup of excess thatch from the past year and the remains of our winter grass, which dies as the seasons change. This will smooth the fairway and has the potential to reduce later season thatch, which caused the isolated patches of scalping that we saw last year.

Scarifying is a cultural practice carried out on turfgrass and is a form of vertical mowing (verti-cutting) that goes deep into the turf’s organic thatch layer, removing large amounts of excess organic matter and thatch. The images to the left and below further depict what we can expect from the process.

Recovery is quick and the warm weather that we are enjoying will help a great deal. The fairway will remain in play, and an application of fertilizer, with irrigation, will have it looking great in no time. Soon, newly formed leaves will appear, and within two weeks, there should be a full recovery.

Steven has apologized for any inconvenience caused, and he thanks everyone for bearing with him during this procedure. We will all have a better golf course in the end, and we grateful for his team’s hard work and dedication!

League Update

It is with great pride that we can officially congratulate our awesome First Challenge League players for securing the trophy! Our team, compromising a mix of youth and experience, managed to navigate the entire season undefeated, beating teams such as Belville, Westlake, and Durbanville, who are all traditionally strong in the scratch league tournaments.

A big thank you must also be given to MichellGolf for their continued input into this league through the development of their Elite Squad players; namely Matthew Cooper, Dean Sossen and Jan Stals van Rooyen. The other squad members were David Thompson, Daniel Joseph, Jon Bernard, Steven Dunn, Gareth Wobbe, Tim Henshall and Jan van Rooyen. Well done!

It is a great achievement and hopefully a sign of positive things to come in our scratch golf department!

Our Ladies League teams are also nearing the end of the season. A total of 50 teams competed against each other once a month from January to October, with the top 8 contenders going through to the playoffs.

Unfortunately, Bronze 1 and 2 did not make it through, but our Silver team will be playing against Westlake in the quarter-finals next Tuesday at Milnerton. Bronze 3, who came 4th in their category, will also be taking on Westlake next week in the quarter-finals, but this time at Metropolitan.

Well done to everyone who played League this year, both men and women! Your support and commitment are so appreciated and we are proud to be represented by you. Good luck to the remaining Ladies League teams as you enter the last stages of the league, and thank you to our League Secretary, Birdie Jenkinson, and the Men’s Committee for all of their time and organization.

In Pictures

RAGA students head out onto the course with Coaches Dave and Richard from MichellGolf.

Carl has had a few opportunities to wow us with his offerings lately and he has not disappointed!

Remember that he has a scrumptious roast every Sunday. It is a great bargain at only R 150 for three courses of deliciousness. Call Carl’s Catering on 021 782 2920 to book!

Aren’t these peacocks beautiful?

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Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 11th October was Jack Holmes.
Unfortunately, Jack was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 18th October was Emeril Camis-Bateman.
Unfortunately, Emeril was not present!
The next draw will be for R 5 800.