It’s raining golf balls!

Money from heaven is what it looked like when 50 golf ball, each worth R1 000, were dropped from the sky recently as part of the interesting Pink Trees For Pauline (PTFP) golf day at the Mossel Bay Golf Course. This novel idea was part of a fundraiser for PTFP.

Most golf players are accustomed to driving a golf cart on the course, but going home with a brand new Avalanche Reflex bike worth R4 000 plus, is a novel prize. The lucky player was Ian Deport, a visitor from Christiana in the Free State. Here Johnnie Koen from Johnnie Koen Cycles in Mossel Bay congratulates Delport (second from right) while Jan Havenga from Dragons Sports (left) and Annemie Koen share the moment. On the far right is Ricus Serfontein who was part of the organizing committee.  (PHOTO: Denise Lloyd)

It took some maneuvering from ace helicopter pilot Kobus Crause from Mossel Bay Helicopters to dispense the balls via a pink pipe onto the course. The ball closest to the circle (or inside) on the green meant R10 000 in the pocket of the owner.

Adri van Nieuwenhuizen, MD of Pink Trees For Pauline, who had organized the Pink Trees For Pauline golf day at the Mossel Bay Golf Course with the rest of the committee. From left: Shirley Schmidt (Afrishore), Adri, Annemie Koen (Johnnie Koen Cycles) and Ricus Serfontein (Aida Mossel Bay).  (PHOTO: Denise Lloyd)

The winning ball, Number 40, belonged to Summit Cranes from Cape Town. Shirley Schmidt from Afrishore, who had brought Summit Cranes onboard, made the welcome announcement that they have decided beforehand that if any of their balls should win, they would donate their prize to PTFP.

SwitchGrip, the revolutionary new club grips that Mossel Bay’s best-known golfer, Louis Oosthuizen, plays with formed part of the prizes for the line-up at the Pink Trees For Pauline golf day at the Mossel Bay Golf Course. Photographed with the feather banner is Adri van Nieuwenhuizen, MD of PTFP. (PHOTO: Denise Lloyd)

“We bargained on R40 000 from the ball drop (R50 000 – R10 000 prize money), but now we have R60 000,” an overwhelmed Adri Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, managing director of PTFP said at the prize giving. She thanked Summit Cranes for their wonderful gesture that had placed the cherry on the top of a wonderfully successful day.

 She told the players that the purpose of PTFP is to create awareness, unite communities and raise money for those afflicted with cancer in a uniquely inspired way ……. by turning towns pink! The money raised in each town is allocated to help residents of that specific town.

The ball drop nearly did not take place as the company that was initially contacted to supply the helicopter could no longer do so. With less than 24 hours left Kobus and Lizelle Crause from Mossel Bay Helicopters stepped in and with a strategically placed pink pipe lowered from the helicopter, he released the 50 balls amidst the amazement of not only the spectators but also a herd of Springbuck grazing on the course.

An array of wonderful prizes was dished out to the different winners. The prizes included exclusive wines (Anthony Rupert), sunglasses (Bondiblu), wheel balancing and alignments (Hi-Q), games (Friends Pub & Grill Mossel Bay) and even foldable ladders (sponsored by Afrishore).

One of the teams walked away with a brand new golf grip, SwitchGrip, which is the grip that Mossel Bay’s most famous golfer, Louis Oosthuizen, uses. The grips are available in the Southern Cape and it guarantees to better your drive, increase your swing speed, accuracy, your consistency as well as the length of your shots.

One of the most interesting prizes was an Avalanche Reflex cycle worth in excess of R4 000. This prize was sponsored by Jan Havenga from Dragons Sports and Johnnie and Annemie Koen from Johnnie Koen Cycles in Mossel Bay. The excited winner, Ian Deport, a visitor from Christiana in the Free State, was overwhelmed by the prize. He and his two sons Jacques and Niel took part and mom Hettie watched from the side. So excited were the Delports that they decided to buy each member of the family a cycle that would remain in Mossel Bay when they return home.

PTFP would like to thank the following sponsors for donating prizes and services to make this golf day such an amazing success:

Cobus and Lizelle Crause (Mossel Bay Helicopters); Shirley Schmidt (Afrishore); Annemie, Johnnie and Miemsie Koen (Johnnie Koen Cycles); Antonij Rupert  Wines; Cliff Coombe (Bondiblu); Jakkalsvlei; George Golf Club; Kingswood Golf Estate; Pezula Golf Estate; Van Rensburg Foods (George); SwitchGrips SA; Hi-Q Mossel Bay; Friends Pub & Grill Mossel Bay; Jan Havenga (Dragon Sports); Mossel Bay Golf Club; Plaas Frederick Botha; Eagle Tiles; Semper Prima; Multi Properties George; Synergy Worldwide Logistics; Summit Cranes; Kwikspar -Wilderness Village; OK Minimark Hartenbos; Midas Mossel Bay; Midas George; Albert Wiffen and Albatross Marine Security.


  • Cobus and Lizelle Crous from Mossel Bay Helicopters
  • Shirley Schmidt Afrishore
  • Annemie, Johnnie en Miemsie Koen van Johnnie Koen Cycles
  • Antonij Rupert  Wines
  • Cliff Coombe Bondiblu
  • Jakkalsvlei
  • George Golf Club
  • Kingswood Golf Estate
  • Pezula Golf
  • Van Rensburg Foods
  • SwitchGrips SA
  • Hi-Q Mossel Bay
  • Friends Pub&Grill Mossel Bay
  • Jan Havenga Dragon Sports
  • Mossel Bay Golfclub
  • Plaas Frederick Botha
  • Eagle Tiles
  • Semper Prima
  • Multi-Properties George
  • Synergy Worldwide Logistics
  • Summitcrane
  • Kwikspar -Wilderness Village
  • OK Minimark Hartenbos
  • Midas Mossel Bay
  • Midas George
  • Albert Wiffen
  • Albatross Marine Security

(Denise Lloyd)

CAPTION: (Winning Ball).  And the lucky number is …. No 40. This ball was the closes to the predestined circle and belongs to Summit Cranes from Cape Town. However, Summit Cranes decided that if they won, they would donate the R10 000 cash back to Pink Trees For Pauline.  (PHOTO: Denise Lloyd

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