George Golf Club News

Greetings from Sandra and Jenny 

Our Lady members Leonie de Beer and Marie Frylinck winged their way to Cape Town at the beginning of March. This was to take part in the finals of the Pam Golding Ladies Series, having already won the regional leg at George Golf Club on the 30th of November 2010.

The ladies were collected at Cape Town Airport on Monday 7th March 2011 by their very own private chauffeur and taken to the Peninsula Hotel at the Waterfront where they would spend the night. Lunch on Monday was at the Pam Golding head quarters in Bishops Court, where they mingled with other guests and the lady herself, Mrs. Pam Golding. Dinner that evening was at the Nikita wine estate in Durbanville.

Tuesday morning dawned bright and early and the ladies were again collected by private chauffeur and taken to the Royal Cape Golf Course, where 10 teams of ladies took part in the final Better Ball Competition. Our girls did well, finishing with 42 points, only 3 points behind the winners of the event.

Congratulations to you both!

Click here to read the current league standings of our A and B teams after Round 3. The SC Closed results can be viewed by clicking here.

The Beaumont Early Learning Centre has a fundraising dinner and dance at the club this Saturday evening, 26 March 2011. Theme is ‘Back to School’ and tickets are R120p.p. including the meal. Please contact Nicky Buhr on 083 305 8344 to buy tickets!

I’m sure you all remember Steve Botha, a George Golf Club Member who left for Australia with his family in 2010… Steve comments on life, and golf, in his new country…

‘I think the last time we exchanged some e-mails was back in February, so I decided it was time to make good on my promise to Jenny way back in August last year to send some pictures when I have played some golf in Australia.

So here it is now!

Steve Botha proves he’s in Australia!

Last Saturday (12 March 2011) I played only my 2nd round of golf since hitting the shores of Australia on 17 May 2010! So was a bit of a pathetic effort golf-wise so far, but I’ll offer the excuse that it has taken a bit of time to settle down with the new job, the new house, the new society, the environment, the new people, the new way of doing things, the new weather, the new shops, all the other new stuff, etc., etc. – so golf came a very distant 2nd to the above stuff up till now (very much out of character for me, who normally scheduled other stuff around my golf!) 

So ja, played my 1st round of golf in Oz way back around mid October last year (2010) when I took on “The Cut” golf course – a “beast of a difficult” links golf course (see http://newsletters.retailtribe.com/servlet/link/21/71334/353535/1752177) with unreal narrow fairways and bush everywhere – if you go around that course without losing a ball it feels like you shot a 69!

So last Saturday I played in my 2nd round of golf at Secret Harbour Golf Links situated inside an estate in the suburb of Secret Harbour (see www.secretharbourgolflinks.com.au/home.html) which is about 50km’s south of Perth on the coast and about 30km’s north of where we live in Dawesville, a suburb of the City of Mandurah which is about 80km’s south of Perth. The golf day was an “All South African” affair with 56 “Saffers” (Ex-South Africans) taking part and that is only 56 of the around 100 SA Golfers living in this area – and you can imagine the amount of South Africans living in this area. We run into Afrikaans-speaking people on a daily basis here in Mandurah and also in Perth when we visit there. If you do not see the kangaroo’s hopping across the road from time to time and the strange number plates on the cars, you would believe you are in Cape Town or George, so adapting is not that difficult in the end.

It is a nice links-type setup with fantastic fairways and greens in great condition taking into consideration WA is experiencing quite a bad drought. The fairways looks like bowling greens with a very fine-bladed grass on it and cut down to probably 3-4mm and leaves you most times with an extremely tight lie that requires a ball-first-strike and is quite intimidating for the higher handicappers, but great for the more skilled players. Playing a “flop” shot from the fairways with say a 60 degree lob-wedge is still quite a challenge! You get serious roll on your drives on this course and I often got 60-70m roll on my drives (I won the longest drive on one short par 5 of 436m when I drove quite flat and pitched it around 220m and got around 50m of roll to end up with a drive of 270m!)

The greens are great and very fast – around 10 on the stimp metre – and I probably three-putted three times before I got the speed right. The SA golf days are very social with many players not having official handicaps and either being “given” or “choosing” a suitable handicap as per their form over last few rounds – quite a strange setup, but on a fun day it’s all ok and in a good spirit. It’s more about the social side, so nobody cares too much about results and all prizes are mostly for things like longest drives, and closest-to-pin’s and lucky draws or the odd “blind-alliance-drawn” team result. Individual competitions are seldom held due to the handicap thing and the emphasis is on fun, so all is good! I also attached the Secret Harbour Scorecard with my score written in for the day and I was quite “surprised” with my gross score of 78 on the day after not touching a club for around 5 months – I am being very honest if I say I found my clubs with cobwebs and serious dust on them and also some rust on the shafts, so that tells the story… (I was particularly happy with my three-under par score on the par 5’s – three birdies and a par).

Well I have to get back to work before I get fired, so I’ll stop my long e-mail for now.

Regards to you all the golf club!
Steve’

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