Due to us having played Nationals, it felt like ages since we last played a monthly game. It was great to see all the familiar faces at Umkomaas Golf Club again. We were well received by Umkomaas Captain Peter Toward and his staff. I played with Peter against Frans Kemper and Howard Ainsworth with whom we had a good tussle till the last hole. Eventually we ended up handing over some cash to Frans and Howard, this seems to be my life story at the moment.
With a field of only 92 players, there was no pressure on the field and everyone was relaxed and had a most enjoyable day on a course that was in good condition. It was nice to support Umkomaas, a club that is celebrating its Centenary. We wish them all of the very best for the next 100 years. Prize giving started on time and apart from a results sheet mix up, all went off smoothly. Melville Muir presented us with a lively fines session which included fines from Nationals, what a hoot! I had forgotten some of the indiscretions and fun that was had.
Congratulations to Gary Smith and Eddie Wentzel who scooped the Triple Draw Jackpot, by correctly predicting the divisional scores of 36 points for A, B and C divisions. They share the R7825.00 jackpot.
Well done to all the winners on the day and good to see Butch Armitage and Guy Armstrong filling up their boots with all the prizes.
Waiting list members who played with us on the day were Nathi Mathenjwa, Darren Harrison and Alan Armstrong. Kevin Pistorious who is out with a wrist injury helped with the starting. Our cousins down South were represented by Jimmy Spear and Clive Hill. Visitors for the day were Darren Smit our Dolphins Cricket Captain and Craig Redfern from Umkomaas.
Awards: Congratulations to Daryl Francois who is fresh from his visit to Base Camp in the Himalayas, on his 15 year tie award.
Our Andrew Mentis fund raising Golf Day is fully subscribed for Friday 3rd May. Well done to Eric Morsner and Butch Armitage and the rest of the Andrew Mentis Committee for a sterling effort. Enjoy the day and play well.
By the time I write my next monthly report we will have returned from the inaugural Swazi Nationals which take place from 16 – 18 May 2013. With most of us travelling together in a bus, I am sure we are in for an awesome time whilst sharing some great Nomadic camaraderie. To all the participants, drive safely and enjoy what promises to be an eventful national tournament.
It was to great applause the announcement at prize giving of the truly remarkable recovery that Jay Van Rensburg has made fighting Cerebral Malaria. He is home in Durban now where he will continue his strengthening process. We hope to see him back on the golf course soon. I paid Manie Snyman a visit and was pleased to see how he has recovered after his multiple strokes that he suffered. He tells me that he has been at the driving range learning to hit the ball again and battles with his balance on his follow through. I am sure we will see him back on the greens in the not so distant future. Mark Ward Able snapped his Achilles tendon and is out of action for up to 10 weeks, unfortunately he has had to pull out of the Swazi Nationals. Speedy recovery.
Our next game is at Zimbali Country Club on Thursday 23rd May 2013, where Captain John Winton will host us. See you all there.
In closing “Long, Long ago (when Tony Bolt was a lighty), when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it is called golf”.
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