The holiday spirit is really starting to pick up at the club and all our guests and members seem more relaxed and eager to enjoy their experience. Our focus over the next 2 years is aimed at exactly that – ensuring members and guests have an amazing experience from the moment they arrive until they drive out of the gate again. We are excited and eager to go the extra mile for you. Let’s have a look at all the great happenings at the club you can look forward to in the next few weeks:
15 players take on an amazing race
Next Saturday the 15th December is the culmination of the eagerly anticipated 15on15in5 fundraising venture. 4 golfers will be playing 15 different courses in just 5 days with the final round here at Westlake, followed by ahuge party! Prizegiving will be a little later than normal, but we ask all the regular Saturday golfers to stay and enjoy all the festivities. There are really great prizes up for grabs. Have a look at the attachment for more info. The 4 ball taking on this monster challenge includes our own Brent Lyall and Robbie Larson.
The cause is worthy of your support. See everyone here next Saturday for a great function and party.
Be in it to win it!
The R10K draw is happening this Friday, 7th December. It will be upstairs as normal. See you all there for the final R10k draw of 2018!
Pulling out all the stops this Saturday
Saturday is a big day, with regards to sponsors. Eagle lighting are sponsoring the morning field and there arebig prizes up for grabs! Young Turks sponsor the afternoon field along with Basillico and once again there are some great prizes available.
Our lady President, Annemarie Usher, along with all our ladies, are holding a very special Christmas party for the children of the Caddies and Greenkeeping staff at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon. This will be held on the driving range, so the range will be closed after 13:00 to accommodate this lovely enterprise. Thank you to the ladies for an amazing effort! Each child will get an individually wrapped present, and there will be a jumping castle and all sorts of other surprises for the kids.
Early Christmas celebrations coming up
Next Tuesday is a busy day. The WAGS are holding their Christmas Competition and lunch in the morning, and our ladies are having their Christmas party that evening after their golf.
Speaking of the ladies, they held their annual prizegiving on Tuesday night and it was very well attended. The standard of golf in the ladies section is improving in leaps and bounds and their Early Birdies and Bunnies programmes are reaping real benefits. We will be extending the idea to include gentlemen now too, so if anyone knows any gents keen to give golf a try, but unsure or intimidated by the whole “club” experience, they can contact me or watch the newsletter for more info.
Win or lose they rose victorious
In the Ladies leagues our Silver 2 team, captained by Sonja Sleep, had an incredible year and were the most successful team in the League throughout 2018, finishing with the most points.
As a result, they were seeded 1st for the eight team play-offs. They beat Erinvale in the quarter finals, Strand in the semi-finals and sadly lost to Durbanville in the final, played last week at Royal Cape.
Below is the team photo of the finalists – Fahiema Enous, Julie Dyer, Nancy Dorrat, Alison Bourne, Sonja Sleep, Pam Mouries.
Morag Magnussen, Edwina Burger and Tracey Gordon were also regular team members and all made a significant contribution to the team.
Well done ladies – this is a massive achievement.
Congratulations to a season well played
Our 2 Men’s winning League sides were honoured at the annual Western Province awards dinner held at Kelvin Grove on Wednesday evening. Well done once again to the Premier League and First League sides for an outstanding season.
Elton James also won numerous awards with Sean le Roux won and Sonja Sleep also being honoured. At the time of writing the details and photos weren’t available but we will include all details in next week’s newsletter. Well done to you all, you made us all very proud!
Start off the new year on the right foot
Speaking of Leagues, a reminder that anyone interested in playing Masters or Mid-Amateur League for the club next year can put their name down on the lists in the foyer. These Leagues start at the end of January. Give it a try!
For the love of golf
Hamper Day was held on Sunday afternoon. This is always a popular Mixed Competition. Well done to Denise Higgenbottom, Alistair Simmonds, Alison and Simon Gilbert who were the winners.
We’ve got you covered
Our diaries for 2019 are currently at the printers and should be at the club by next week. We will advise as soon as they arrive. Remember that the entire diary is also available on the new website and is already there. Have a look at www.westlakegolfclub.co.za
Looking ahead with bookings, there are 4 important announcements:
There are 2 ways to book:
1. Online at www.teesheet.co.za
2. Physically at the club reception as in the past.
Please note that we will still allocate numbers on a first come, first serve basis. This is simply a service
– The 26th December will not be an American Scramble as shown in the diary, but a 4BBB Stableford.
– Finally, bookings for New Year’s Day will open this Friday. The club always opens slots from 12:00 to 13:00 on 1st January. We always have some members who like to play, so book your slots now and secure your place.
Next time you call…
Our new receptionist Amanda is doing very well and has met many of you. I thought this may be a good time just to mention what the ladies in the office are primarily responsible for, so that you know who to talk to, when you need their help:
Something to consider
Late-score entry penalty scores
The Golf RSA Handicap System and the World Handicap System, when it is introduced into South Africa in 2020 – specifies that all valid scores, including No Returns, should be entered on the system as soon as possible after the round has been played. While the system allows a period of 72 hours before allocating a penalty score, golfers should be aware that, as per the Golf RSA Handicap Rules, golfers are obliged to enter the score before the next round is played.
The 72-hour period is the time allowed before a penalty is applied, which is usually the lowest score in the player’s last 20. Yet, as per the rules, it cannot be used to delay entering a score, and a player should not be allowed to enter a club competition if they have a outstanding score entry.
Have a great week and see you all at the club this weekend.
David and the WOW Westlake Team