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Greetings from Stellenbosch Golf Club

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 16:51

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Greetings Fellow Golfers,

At the end of the day we were still here...the world did not come to an end on 23 September and Planet X did not hit us!
Great news today, as we are hosting 136 ladies from all over the Western Cape in the annual Mediclinic Stellenbosch
Ladies Open Day! A warm welcome to all the ladies and you'll be sure to have a lovely day with us as we have organized
perfect weather for you...

The Presidents Cup began in 1994, with a competition held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County,
Virginia, USA. Throughout the 20-plus-year journey, the world's best players have come together to compete for team,
'country' and the honour of raising the Presidents Cup trophy.

The 2003 Presidents Cup ventured to George, South Africa and for the first time, fittingly, it was led by our very own
Gary Player, who led the International Team for the first time that year in a contest against Jack Nicklaus' United States Team.
The host venue, The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, saw the first tie in Presidents Cup history, and the
Republic of South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, served as the Honorary Chairman.

Nick Price will be the this year's team captain with Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir being
captain’s assistants.

1. Hideki Matsuyama -Japan
2. Jason Day – Australia
3. Adam Scott – Australia
4. Louis Oosthuizen – South Africa
5. Charl Schwartzel – South Africa
6. Marc Leishman – Australia
7. Branden Grace – South Africa
8. Jhonattan Vegas – Venezuela
9. Kim Si-woo – South Korea
10. Adam Hadwin – Canada
11. Emiliano Grillo
12. Anirbn Lahiri

The Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National in Jersey City USA, from September the 28th to October the 1st,
where I had the pleasure of being hosted by Paul Fireman earlier this year when I visited the USA!

Me with the Presidents Cup Trophy

Inside A $250 million golf course
Our 29-foot MJM speedboat glides across the Hudson River, cruising past the sandaled feet of the Statue of Liberty,
before cutting a hard right toward the marina of the Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey.

Fifteen minutes ago, I was standing on the dock beside the Chelsea Piers driving range along Manhattan’s West Side,
but I won’t be hacking golf balls off an Astroturf mat today. Instead, I’m on the club’s private vessel, speeding to a
round at the $250 million private golf course–the most expensive ever built. The cost of membership: $500,000
plus annual dues.

On shore, Liberty’s steel and glass clubhouse reflects the Manhattan skyline. The inside of this sleek Lindsay Newman
design looks more like the lobby of the W Hotel than the usual oak-panelled clubhouse: The ceiling soars overhead and
abstract paintings hang in minimalist rooms. Speakers play the Grateful Dead’s 'Touch of Grey'.

Past the entryway, a freestanding staircase gives me a clear view of the bar, and beyond it the 18th green.
The total cost of the 60,000-square-foot building: $60 million. Construction began February 2007, and was completed
last November.

Paul Fireman purchased the North American distribution rights for a sneaker company in 1979 for $65,000.
He bought out its British owners in 1984, taking it public the following year. Fireman later sold Reebok to rival
adidas for $3.8 billion during the bull market of 2006. He netted nearly $700 million from the deal, earning a spot
on the Forbes 400 that year.

His son, Dan, runs Fireman Capital Partners, a private equity fund investing in consumer products, golf courses and films.
Fireman Capital has outside partners, but the Firemans own all of Liberty National and the 160 acres it sits on.

The first hole reveals the club’s surreal setting–an ancient Scottish links course crowned by the glistening skyscrapers
of lower Manhattan. On the banks of the Hudson, workmen assemble the PGA’s white circus tents in preparation
for the Barclays Tournament scheduled there for late August.

This is definitely most of the exciting tournaments on the golfing calendar...#PresidentsCup2017

Crystal is off to Australia!
Continuing with competitive golf, our Ladies Champion Golfer is off to Australia, to play in a junior international event.

I would like to thank everyone who entered the raffle to assist this very special young ladies and making her dreams
come true!

All the best Crystal, Stellenbosch Golf Club and all its members will be rooting for you...#tomorrowschampion

The fastest hole in golf - 6 October 2017 from 15h00 'till sunset on the 5th Hole
Lots of banter and talk have been taking place with the build-up to the much anticipated Fastest Hole in Golf
that will be taking place on Friday 6 October on the 5th hole. You will have to take a bit of time to put your
team together. This will determine the division you will be participating in. Watch the video below to find out more.

Click to watch

A Division – Teams total combined handicap less than 21.
B Division – Teams total combined handicap less than 62.
C Division – Teams total combined handicap of 62 and more.
Ladies A Division - Teams total combined handicap less than 100.
Ladies B Division - Teams total combined handicap more than 100.

Let’s see who the fastest 4 -ball is!

It’s all happening out on the course! We are converting the 2nd tee box into a “mini clubhouse” that will
have a fully stocked bar, braai area and music to help you start your weekend the right way!

Select your team – consisting of players with the same ability: That’s why I’ll be playing in the Stellenbosch Pro's Team!

#fastestholeingolf - R50 per team per GO.

Book your team here.

The winning team- Louise, Leonie and Mollie The world might not have come to an end, but the rain on Monday
morning did not help with getting the first Generation Challenge off and running. We unfortunately had to cancel
the event do to the inclement weather. We are now looking at a date in December to see who will be the
generation champion!

On Tuesday we tried for the second time to host the Ladies Spring Cup and again the weather was not playing
along with most ladies teeing off in their rain gear. But the day got better and we hope that spring has now finally
sprung! The winning 4-ball of the 2017 Spring Cup on 81 Stableford points were Mollie Kern, Louise Brink,
Leonie Malherbe and Charlene Theunissen.

Yesterday we hosted the 3rd annual Harcourts Winelands sponsored day, with a very unique format.
Although I know of a few people that did not enjoy it too much, I found it enlightening and I do believe
that variety is the spice of life!

As I mentioned during prizegiving last night using a saying of one of the greatest golfers of all times –
Bobby Jones – “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots;
you get good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies.
Congratulations to the winning 4-ball of Mossie Mostert, Pierre De Villiers, Louis Swannepoel and
Cris Bruwer scoring 81 points.

Harcourts Winelands 2017 winning 4 ball with Eberhard Kruger

Happy golfing!