On Tuesday evening, the sun set on 2019. We had a fabulous ‘Legends of Rock’ New Year’s Eve Party, where ‘Mike and the Harmonix’ rocked us into 2020. We’re grateful to everyone who came to celebrate with us. What a night! Pictures will follow in our next newsletter.
Thank you to our wonderful members and visitors who have been part of our family and journey. We wish you the very best for this new year… and much golf! Please remember that we will be running ‘one-tee starts‘ on most Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays until the end of March.
Before we go further into 2020, we would like to take a quick look back at this past year.
February flew by in the blink of an eye. It was a month where daily rounds shot up to almost 220 a day, and Buffel, the elephant seal, settled in to molt on Fish Hoek Beach. Mvusi, Andy’s son, was accepted into Stellenbosch University to complete his Bachelor of Engineering. Mark Weber, Bruce Neill and Alan Michell achieved Hole-in-Ones and our Captain, Ian McPherson’s, team beat Vice-Captain, Greg Daly’s team, in the Captain’s Day Competition (they’re both pictured below).
Our Ladies AGM saw Janeen Alford, Lynn Berrisford and Carol Reid join Marnie Wolmarans, Jacky White, Joan Mauchline, Anne Keable and Birdie Jenkinson to complete the Ladies’ Committee.
Nine Clovelly ladies took part in the WP Silver, Bronze & Copper Cups at King David Mowbray and Bridget Woodhouse won Bronze. Jane Hall and Olivia Wood placed in the winnings too. Also flying the Clovelly flag high was Jonathan Bernard who was chosen to represent Western Province Golf at the Senior Interprovincial Tournament.
We ended off the month on a high note with the annual Raymond Ackerman Invitational Golf Day, in aid of RAGA. 128 players attended the day and were treated to top comedy ventriloquist, Conrad Koch, and the most delicious sushi spread. Half a million was raised for RAGA through this golf day. Credit goes to Karen Denman and Jonathan Ackerman.
At the Club AGM, RAGA staff member, Shaddie, proudly announced that their students had achieved a 100% matric pass rate. News like this shows why we are so invested in this youth program. These kids are great!
Another top event in March was the Ladies Club Championship, which saw Isabella van Rooyen winning the championship with 157 points. Winning the silver division was Joan Mauchline and at the top of Bronze was Pat Quill.
April was a bit of a whirlwind, starting off with two weekends of Mens’ Club Championship rounds, followed by Hollow Tyning. Exceptional golf was witnessed over the tournament, with Matthew Cooper (below) exhibiting top form. He won the title of Club Champion 2019. Richard Hodge and Cameron Mackintosh were at the top of the log in the ‘C’ and ‘B’ divisions.
The Clovelly Staff used Hollow Tyning to their advantage, with Management scheduling a team-building session, lunch and an awards ceremony for our long-standing staff.
May was a month of ups and downs for us. Munashra welcomed her precious son, Manoah, into the world and, sadly, we saw Nicolas Vaudrey leave. Nicolas was a proud Clovelly member and resident and he fought cancer bravely and positively until the end.
The rest of the month was filled with achievements by our members. In the WP Interclub at Hermanus, Jane and Rose won ‘Best Round C Division Day 2’, Pat and Birdie won ‘Runners Up Best Dressed’ and our own June and Bridget won ‘C Division’. Olly Malyon came third in the second Clovelly Winter Junior Series, and also in the SA Kids Golf tournament!
We also began a marketing and relationship-building initiative, inviting tour operators and hotel representatives to join us for a ‘Clovelly Experience’. We have hosted another one since then and will organize more in the future. Thank you, again, to Karen Denman for her hard work and wonderful PR skills.
June brought rain and blustery wind storms, but also a few Berg winds which left us feeling as if it was summer! John Spyker was left in the dark when his power lines were blown down during one of the storms and we lost a few branches on the course. It’s not surprising that our rounds went down to less than 3 000 for the month.
We also lost another person dear to us; June’s husband, Keith Featonby. We’re happy to report that June is doing well, although she will always miss Keith. She is currently on holiday in Seattle with her grandchildren and we’re looking forward to her return next Monday!
Positive action to come out of June was the commencement of work on our bunkers. Have you enjoyed the changes to our bunkers on the course?
July, a quiet, cold and magically misty month saw Dave Thompson and Daniel Joseph chosen for the WP Mid Am Team! Dave was also chosen to Captain the side. We also had our Ladies’ ‘Christmas in July’ which bought a bit of warmth and festivity to the heart of winter.
Whales in the bay seemed to signal a month of exciting achievements for Clovelly. Sadly, we lost another two precious members, Neil van Tonder and Arthur Huber, in the midst of it. John Spyker, after attending Neil’s funeral, commented on his family – so dynamic and loving. Clearly, Neil did a good job whilst here on Earth.
Being the first month of Spring seemed appropriate as September brought with it some changes. We began transforming our course information boards and 1st tee, the HNA introduced changes to the maximum score on each hole and work began on re-stroking the course.
It was a beautiful time to be in Cape Town, with the whales continuing to frequent Fish Hoek and dazzling displays of bioluminescence. The Ndlovu Youth Choir blew us away and had us all proud to be associated with this country with their performance of “Higher Love”.
October seemed to signal the start of our approaching high season, with eight successful golf days and many exciting developments. We started off the month with the promotion of Paul Stoner to General Manager. Three months down the line and we are all happy with his leadership, and grateful that John Spyker was able to continue as Clubhouse Manager!
We hosted the WP Clovelly Junior Open, sponsored by the Bridge Fund Managers, and the Cape Town Junior Open. In an amazing display of talent, Southern Cape junior, Jordan Duminy, won both tournaments!
James Eckley and Jason Sharples achieved Hole-in-Ones and Sebastian and Emelia had a baby!
George Bowes played his 500th game for the Western Province Nomads at Clovelly and our First Challenge League won first place!
On the course, work on our bunkers neared its end and snakes seemed to emerge from the woodwork. Luckily, there are peaceful creatures who happily go on their way. We also began the scarification of the 10th fairway.
Out of all of this good news, we were sad to hear news of the passing of past Ladies’ Captain, Paulette Coppez, who passed away at the age of 94.
Before you know it, summer’s on its way and our Swallows are returning! The Rugby World Cup Final had us all enter November with a swing in our step and our chests puffed out with pride!
Jan Badenhorst was similarly joyful, having won the Gus Ackerman Trophy after taking on Willie Mentoor. David van Eyk and Ian Hutchison followed with their own victory soon after, beating Wizz Good and Shyam Makanjee for the title of Chammy Cup Champions of 2019!
The Ladies hosted a fabulously successful Friendship Cup, which saw 60 players attend including ladies from Westlake, Steenberg and Simons Town Golf Clubs. They also hosted their fun and festive Turkey Trot Competition, in amongst all of their trophy competitions.
Christmas spirit seems to inspire an awful lot of good and we spoke about our Ladies’ support of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Masiphumelele Preschool and Senior’s Club. We would like to take a minute to acknowledge the effort our Clovelly Seniors put into the support of charities.
Throughout the year our Seniors collected and donated R 53000 to various charities, excluding their toy collection where every member brought along at least one toy for the Red Cross! The charities that our Seniors supported this year were the Victory Kids Crèche, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, False Bay Hospital, the Safe House, and the Clovelly Masi Fire Relief Fund. They make a concerted effort to support local charities and have made a big difference in the Valley. Thank you for your big hearts. We are so proud of this section of Clovelly!
Speaking of our Seniors, congratulations to Dave Martin, pictured below right with Rolf Hediger, for winning the Senior ‘Player of the Year’ award. Rolf Hediger won the first quarter competition, the second was won by Selwyn Lange, the third by Malcolm Morrison and the final quarter by Dave Martin, who also won the overall trophy
More success was in store for Joan Mauchline, who was awarded the Rita Easton Trophy as the Ladies’ ‘Player of the Year’ as well as the Rose Bowl Trophy, and for Bruni Bensch and Helen Bowes who tied for the Bertha Sussman Cup.
Nearing the end of the month we had the exciting A Division Matchplay final between good friends, Matt Mills and Gareth Wobbe. It began a closely contested match with Matt drawing first blood and going 1 up. He retained the lead until the 13th hole where a true swing of events saw Gareth made a good par to draw level in the match. Gareth followed with a couple of holes won in a row, to take a 2 up lead after 15 holes.
Matt pulled back a shot on the 16th with a fantastic birdie to be 1 down walking up 17. After the tee shots, the pressure was on and Matt followed up his birdie from 16 with another one on 17 to draw level once again. However, after a superb up and down from behind the green for Gareth, Matt could only settle for a regulation par and stayed one down for the match.
Playing the 18th, Gareth had a slight 1 up advantage and once again Matt was forced to make a late charge to have any chance of a playoff. In the end, the 18th was halved and gave Gareth Wobbe the victory, allowing his to defend his title!
Well played to both gentlemen and congrats to Gareth Wobbe!
Sadly, putting a damper on a brilliant month, we lost another one of our special members; Louis Goosen. Frankie, Louis’ partner, and Louis were Swallow members, and we are thankful to see that Frankie is still with us. We admire her courage and grace through this period and wish her peace and happiness.
We’re sure that you can all agree that we have had a wonderful year! Thank you all for being part of these memories. There was so much that we couldn’t fit into this newsletter. Our Juniors have been excelling and this section is growing daily. We have had so many golf days and club events; all of them well-run and well-supported, and so much happens daily on the course! Thank you to our Committees, staff and members for your contributions to this club and we wish you the best for this coming year!
Friday Night Draw
The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 20th December was Phil Mason.
Phil was here and walked away R 7 200 richer! Well done, Phil!
The name drawn for the LM&A Draw on Friday, 27 October was Susan Feldman.
Unfortunately, Susan was not present!
The next draw will be for R 2 200.