George Golf Club News

Greetings from Sandra and Jenny

It is a sad newsletter this week as we have to say goodbye to Collin. He will be joining SAB on the 1st of March 2011. It has been a privilege to work with Collin and we all wish him everything of the best for the future. Collin will be on duty until Friday evening, so do feel free to pop around for a drink this week to say farewell.

It is already time for the 2011 Sanlam Cancer Challenge. The ladies event is being held on Tuesday 8th March and the gentlemen on Saturday 19th March. Normal green fees apply, plus an additional R60p.p. which is donated directly to Sanlam Cancer. The competition format for both events is Individual Stableford, with an A, B and C Division. Raffle tickets will also be available for sale in the foyer.

Congratulations to:
• JB Fletcher on winning the Men’s C Division Club Champs with 35 points on the 19th of February
• Iliska Verwey who won the Eastern Cape Match Play Championship last week. Ilska is the Southern Cape squad and will be participating in the Southern Cape tournaments.
• Philip Upton for his Monster drive at Simola earlier this month. Paul Sumner, fellow member and witness to the event comments…

JB Fletcher, C Division Club Champ

Whilst playing in a Sponsored Corporate Day at Simola, Philip Upton one of our George Club members hit an amazing drive which we nicknamed the Monster.

However, the reason for calling it a Monster drive was due to the fact that the ball actually ended up 40 meters behind him! This happened on the 12th a Par 5, which doglegs to the left.

Philip pushed his tee shot out to the right by approximately 230 meters. It landed on a slope next to the pathway. This was just the beginning of the journey for the ball, which then proceeded to roll back onto the path – where for a moment, it appeared to be at rest, not for long though! Suddenly it began its long roll backwards, slowly at first… And it appeared it would stop at the first bend, but no such luck! It then gained momentum, and finally came to rest after an epic 270 meters downhill to about 40 meters behind the tee!

 
Fortunately we were playing Stableford, so he did not have to record a double figure score for the hole. Well done Philip!

Kind regards
Paul Sumner

It’s the February Monthly Mixed this Sunday – normal green fees and R10 competition fee applies. Bookings via Marlene in the Bookings Office please.

New Director of Golf for the Southern Cape Golf Union – Louis Fourie

The newly appointed Director of Golf for the Southern Cape, Louis Fourie, hails from Oudtshoorn. An avid golfer, he was crowned Southern Cape schools champion in 2001. After finishing school he attended the Tygerberg Golf Academy for a short while, but traded that campus for the one at NWU in Potchefstroom where he completed his B.Comm (Hon) in Management Accounting.

During that period he represented the university in golf and was the golf coordinator for the University. He also captained the team for 2 years. After completing his studies he held the position of accountant including that of Complex Accountant at Sun City. He thoroughly enjoyed the benefit of playing golf on the 2 magnificent courses at the resort and especially having the opportunity to work at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Now, combining his passion for golf and working experience, he looks forward to a challenging position in the administration of golf. Building on the present effective system in the Southern Cape, one of his main goals is to make the SCGU a body that every golfer in the Southern Cape can be proud of and want to be associated with. He also wants to strengthen the ties between golfers, local business and the community in order to make the Southern Cape the most popular golfing destination in South Africa.

Louis’ office will be at the George Golf Club and he can be contacted at 0835609918.

‘Compleat Golfer’s Annual Golf Awards Dinner 22 February 2011 – paragraph courtesy of Dale Hayes Golf Chat newsletter:
Contribution to Golf Award: Dale Hayes
Compleat Golfer’s Golfer of the Year – Louis Oosthuizen & Lee-Anne Pace
Compleat Golfer Contribution to the Golf Industry – Frank Thomas (a regular contributor to Golf Chat, Frank is a former technical director of the USGA. He’s also an author, inventor, putting expert and a voice that champions the game of golf).
Compleat Golfer’s Professional award for the Performance of the Year – Louis Oosthuizen
Compleat Golfer Professional award for the Newsmaker of the Year – Lee-Anne Pace
Telkom PGA Journalist of the Year – Stuart McLean (Editor of Golf Digest, has been writing about golf for over forty years. I think its wonderful to see Compleat Golfer awarding this to the editor of their biggest competition).
Disabled Golfer of the Year – Iglin Grobelaar (back-to-back winner of the SA Disabled Open).
CMASA Lifetime Achievement Award – Roy Yates at Blair Atholl & Peter Hanley at Wanderers Golf Club
Course Superintendent of the Year – Sean Burns, State Mines Golf Club
Junior Golfer of the Year – Brandon Stone
PGA Teaching Professional of Year – Wayne Bradley
PGA Club Pro of the Year – Dave Whitfield. (From Glenvista Country Club, Dave is a long-standing member of the PGA. He has two sons that are PGA Professionals, Rudy and Leo).
SAGA Men’s Amateur Golfer of the Year – Dean O’Riley
WGSA Ladies Amateur Golfer of the Year – Connie Chen
WPGA Player of the Year – Lee-Anne Pace’

Enjoy the read,
Sandra and Jenny

From the Album…

Liz Hughes and Daphne Hutchinson win the Harvey World Travel sponsored Members competition with 41 points

Ian Rowan wins the club sponsored Individual Stableford competition on Saturday with 40 points

The George GC caddies win the first round of the caddy league on Monday.

John Bland can’t resist a photo with two of the ladies of the George GC! ‘Even though I only live 5 minutes away, I don’t know why I only play George GC so rarely, as I always thoroughly enjoy the experience! For me, it is the hidden gem of the Garden Route golf courses! Sandra & Jenny: thank you for your hospitality and I hope to return soon!’ says John

Gordon Winson clutches a cigarette and a Steri Stumpie after a big win over Heidelberg in last year’s league.

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