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Friday, March 6, 2020 - 15:11

Sit back, relax and enjoy the read!

6956 Is the number of players that has gone through the golf course for February… February being the shortest month of the year, even with a bonus day in 2020, is historically always the busiest month. Hats off to Neil and his team from STM for the condition of the golf course! In 2017 / 2018 we had electricity, but no water. Now in 2019 / 2020 we have water, but no electricity. For me this is still hard to fathom, with the real sad part being how we just accept it and go on.

The chicken or the egg?

I’ve had this question so many times and I still don’t feel there is a 100% correct answer, as a traditionalist I like it out! Chicken or the egg? Flag in or out? Have a look at the video and make your own decision…

Wednesday means Sponsor Day

Novel Ford Stellenbosch treated the members to the first sponsored day of the new year on Wednesday (12 February). With a full afternoon field enjoying a dance around the course (format 4 Ball Alliance Waltz) it was the 4 ball of Danie Momberg, Christiaan Laubscher, Kobus van der Merwe and Tiaan van der Merwe “dancing” to a total of 95 Stableford points on the day.

During prizegiving I stated most people think Ford only has a 2.2 or 3.2 litre bakkie, but they have a variety of automobiles. For me, it’s the Mustang I felt that suits me the best! Please contact Morne De Vries from Novel Ford who will gladly assist you on purchasing your next dream vehicle. Thank you, Novel Ford, for a great day!

Danie, Christiaan with Morne De Vries (Novel Ford) and Tiaan, our winning team

Action Beats Crime

ABC Security, a loyal sponsor for the last number of years, made sure that everyone was well looked after on Wednesday (19 February). Great win for the smiling 4ball of Carlo Wernich, Tatum Raasch, Mark Nicholson and Chris Dorrington with 91 Stableford points!

All Smiles for the winning team – ABC Golf Day

Stellenbosch GC is privileged with so many wonderful sponsors / supporters at the club annually, please feel free to contact me if you would also like to get more involved with sponsoring at the club by clicking here.

Disappointing Birdie?

Tiger Woods played the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open on legendary Torrey Pines.

At the second hole on Sunday, he made this wonderful stroke.

Wow! Tiger’s ball was in the hole, then mysteriously bounced up and out! Unfortunately, the ball is not considered to be holed in this situation. The definition of “holed” states, that a ball is holed when it“…is at rest in the hole after a stroke and the entire ball is below the surface of the putting green.”

Interpretation 2 to this definition explains it in more detail: “The words “at rest” in the definition of “holed” are used to make it clear that if a ball falls into the hole and bounces out, it is not holed.”

Tiger’s ball was not at rest, and therefore it was not holed. In his next stroke, Tiger holed out for a birdie. Still, it is understandable that someone wrote this on Twitter: "Most disappointing birdie in 2020!"

Global Sunday Mix Competition

Global Accommodation was the sponsor of our February Mix Competition, not only looking after our members and guests on the day, but also raising much needed money for Love to Give in Kayamandi. The raffle on the day raised R7150 for this special cause with Elria Nienaber, Vince Nienaber, Carol van Niekerk and James van Niekerk being crowned the champions on the day after winning the count out on 92 Stableford points.

Winning 4ball – Elria, Vince, Carol and James

Saving you time, paving you money, putting you first!

When Nashua Winelands are involved with a day, you can always look forward to a great day, with a great format. Better Ball on the par 4s and 5s with both players scores to count on the par 3s. Scores were a little lower than I expected, but the “light” south easterly might have played a little role there.

Our winners on the day were Chef Gerhard van der Merwe and partner Wichard Boonzaaier with 53 Stableford points. We are all looking forward to the invitation for the braai Gerhard! Well done to our winners and thank you for the continued support, Nashua Winelands.

Our winning twosome on Wednesday!

Town versus Country ... and the winner is ...Country!

Six of our Stellenbosch lady golfers were selected by Boland to take on Western Province in the Town (WP) versus Country (Boland) Competition at Metropolitan Golf Course on Monday, 25 February 2020. Three divisions (A, B, and C) of 16 players each made up the field of 48 players.

It was a fabulous day: the weather was perfect; the players were friendly; and Country won A and B divisions, narrowly losing C division, making us the overall winner!

From right to left: Bianca Wernich; Carol van Niekerk; Noreen Sturrock; Uli Boegeholz-Stolte; Mareta Loubser; Jill Sawers

Wernich’s Auto Better Ball Series

On Wednesday we launched the brand-new Better Ball Series for 2020, proudly presented by Wernich’s Auto. Each month for the next 10 months ending in December, Wernich’s Auto will be spoiling the members with some lovely prizes. As in the past, the highest aggregate of the best six Better Ball Stableford scores out of the ten will determine our overall Champion Team for the year.

We really do appreciate your involvement at the club, Carlo. A he said at prizegiving, please contact him if you are in the market for a new car and he will make sure you get the match! Winning on Wednesday with 45 Stableford points was Andre Kruger & Johan Kotze.

Andre Kruger (of the winning team) with sponsor Carlo Wernich

What to look forward to

Not only is the 1st major of the year only a couple of weeks away (time for the Masters!), so is the annual Stellenbosch Club Championships. This prestigious event will be played on the 4th & 5th of April with the Junior Club Champs and Putting Champs taking place on the 3rd of April.

We are also going to have a great event on the 27th of March, a little quick 9-hole special event after work. Don’t miss out – more about this later, but remember the date for now.

I would like to end off by congratulating Francois Hanekom who has been selected for the Boland Senior Interprovincial Team, the tournament will be played at Stellenbosch GC form the 20th to the 24th of April. Making it even more special is that he will also be captaining the side. Dewald Botha made the Boland Super Senior side (hard to believe he is that old). We are all proud of you Dewald, not many golfers have played provincial golf through so many decades and so many times!

Have a great one,