That was an eventful week! A successful SGM, good live music at the R10k draw, Saturday rained out with 14mm falling at the Club, the Springboks losing and a windy Heritage Day with a “bring and braai”… It is never boring at Westlake!
Starting with the Rugby World Cup, following their loss to New Zealand, Rassie’s boys need to win all their other pool games convincingly to qualify and possibly become the first team to win the World Cup despite losing in the round robin stages of the tournament. They face neighbours Namibia at 11h45 on Saturday and we will once again have grab ‘n’ go in the morning, so that the morning field can watch most of the game. There will be food on sale in the bar for members who would like to watch the game here and the bar specials are still in place, namely:
· Stellenbrau draught is on special during all World Cup rugby games (once the bar is open at 11am daily) R65 for 2 x 500ml draughts. Please note that this is the discounted price for the promotion. Fill in your details on the cards provided and also stand a chance to win a Stellenbrau hamper!
· Purchase a Jack Black draught and you could win a Triumph 900CC street scrambler worth R164 000. Hand your slip to the bartender/waitress to enter.
I hope and trust everyone had a good break on Heritage Day and like most of the country, had a braai. We had 40 members for the afternoon competition, I made a good fire and out came that Westlake “gees”! A “bring and braai”. It was a great evening and is definitely something we will consider doing more often. The pictures tell the story perfectly!
The week ahead is also a busy one with a few unusual golf happenings:
· W.P Nomads visit Westlake on Thursday afternoon.
· Club Knockout finals are on Saturday afternoon: Shannon Mark vs Glenn Gibbons.
· League this weekend:
– Super Seniors play Clovelly at Westlake
– 1st Challenge play Milnerton
· The Olympics visit Westlake for their annual game on Sunday morning (There are plenty of times available in the afternoon if you would like a game, so let’s fill the field).
· Tuesday next week is the next Festival event – The Ladies Classic. That is on Tuesday afternoon, so the morning field is a shotgun start at 07h00. Thanks to the Wags in advance for their understanding with this arrangement). On the subject of the Ladies Classic, it is a hippie themed party after golf with dinner and music so if any ladies haven’t entered, call us urgently – it will be a blast as always!
As mentioned last week, the Festival events are coming up in quick succession over the coming 2 months, culminating in the Big Bash on the 23rd November (The Ladies Classic is next week). Festival Raffle tickets are available at the office and will be on sale until the Big Bash. The draw will be done on that evening. Don’t forget to book your place at the party.
The prizes in the raffle are as follows:
1st Prize: Sun City Trip for 4: 2 rounds of golf (Lost City & Gary Player Country Club) + 3 night’s accommodation.
2nd Prize: St Francis Trip for 4: 2 rounds of golf (St Francis Links & St Francis Bay ) + 3 night’s accommodation.
3rd Prize: Win a 3 ball with Jacques Kallis at Westlake
4th Prize: M6 Taylormade Driver
5th Prize: Pearl Valley 4Ball + carts
6th Prize: Steenberg 4Ball + carts
7th Prize: Booze Hamper
Details of the Wags game on Tuesday morning are as follows:
· Players need to be at the club READY TO PLAY by 06h45.
· The first 4 to put their names down will go to the 1st hole.
· The second 4 will go to the 10th hole.
· The 3rd 4 ball will go to the 2nd hole.
· The 4th 4 ball to the 11th hole etc.
The competition will be ”Bonus 6” ie. two scores to count, for 6 points or more add 1 bonus point, for 3 points or less subtract 1 point, for a 3 ball, lowest handicap is the swinger. Enjoy the game gents!
To all our great players who take part in the Premier Amateur Tour, a reminder that entries are now open for the Metropolitan Open on the 13th October. More info below.
Weekly tip from EOGA
with Keagan Beyer (EOGA King David Mowbray)
The Dreaded Three Putt
Everyone who’s played golf has had a 3 putt and experienced that bitter taste as they walk off the green to the next tee bemoaning themselves for missing that 2nd putt. Below is a tip to help you with it avoid that situation:
Step 1: Setup position
The setup of any golf shot is very important as you can see in the 2 pictures below.
In the incorrect set up, there is an increase in the amount of wrist action in the putting stroke, leading to poor distance control and direction.
In the correct set up, the player makes a putting stroke with his arms and shoulders leading to an increased feel of the putter and in turn more control of distance and direction.
Step 2: the stroke
Wrist action is a very important and useful part of the golf swing but not in putting.
In the pictures below are examples of backswing and follow through with a lot of wrist angle. This leads to very poor distance control and most probably will result in a few 3 putts.
Below are examples of backswing and follow through with no wrist angle allowing the player to feel the head of the putter and control the length of the swing with his arms and shoulders. This leads to better distance control and less chance of 3 putting.
We hope this tip helps you next time you go out to play or practice.
If you need any further information on this aspect or any aspect of the game of golf, please find your EOGA coach:
Alec Ahrens at email@example.com or 082 829 7094
Have a great week and if the kids are driving you nuts at home during the holidays, let them come down for a game of golf!
David & the Westlake Team