Season Greetings from the Club President

As the year comes to an end and with Christmas around the corner, I would like to share a message from our Club President with you...

“Met 2019 amper op ‘n einde, is dit vir my ‘n plesier en voorreg om ons lede, ons bestuur en ons personeel te bedank vir nog ‘n suksesvolle jaar in die Klub se geskiedenis.  Die positiewe atmosfeer wat by die Klub heers, maak ons gholfervaring uiteraard net soveel aangenamer.  Die uitstekende leiding wat Peter Hill en sy mede-komiteelede neem, aangevul deur Chris van der Merwe en sy bestuurspan, het die fondamente gelê vir Stellenbosch Gholfklub om die toekoms met vertroue aan te pak. 

Ons het onlangs Projek 1904  geloods, waarvolgens die Klub se luisterryke geskiedenis van 115 jaar nagevors en gepubliseer gaan word. Riaan Gerber het goedgunstelik ingestem om die projek te lei en ons beoog om die eerste fase daarvan binne die volgende 12 maande te voltooi.  Ons nooi lede uit om by Projek 1904 betrokke te raak deur enige relevante inligting of foto’s met Riaan of Chris te deel.

Mag die feestyd wat voorlê, vir elkeen van julle en jul geliefdes ‘n welkome rustyd bied.  Kom veilig terug, want daar is heelwat rondtes gholf wat in 2020 gespeel moet word.

 
As we approach the end of 2019, it is my pleasure and privilege to thank our members, our management and our members of staff for yet another successful year in the history of our Club.  Golf at Stellenbosch has become a real pleasure, no doubt partly as a result of the positive atmosphere that prevails at our Club.  The excellent leadership displayed by Peter Hill and his fellow Committee members, ably supported by Chris van der Merwe and his management team, has laid a solid foundation for the Stellenbosch Golf Club and we look forward to go from strength to strength.

We recently launched Project 1904, aimed at researching and recording the Club’s proud history spanning 115 years.  We are delighted that Riaan Gerber has made himself available to lead the project and are aiming to have the first phase thereof completed towards the end of 2020.  Please feel free to share any information or pictures that you may have, with Riaan.

May you and your loved ones enjoy a welcome rest during the festive season.  Come back safely, as there are many rounds of golf to be played in 2020.”
 
Leon de Wit,
President 


Our ladies are getting festive


Nobody can get the Xmas spirit going like the Stellenbosch GC Ladies – what a special evening and as always how beautiful! Thank you so much to all the ladies who made the day and evening so special – Santa enjoyed it! Congratulations to all the prize winners...


Ladies Xmas Party 2019 – and it was a party…… #AsAlways


Annual Captains Day

Our year at the club comes to an end at the annual Captains Day and as always it was well supported. I would like to thank Cluver & Markotter for sponsoring this year’s day. It’s a day of saying thank you to the members and acknowledging the special achievers during 2019. 

Four members have been with the club for more than four decades and then some, Kobus van Wyk (40 years member) Thys Walters & Eon Venter (50 years member) and most special Jeff Wedgewood (60 years member). I would once again like to thank these members for making Stellenbosch GC their home for so many decades.

Justin Harding had another exceptional year on tour winning for the first time on the European Tour and finishing 12th in the Masters securing his return in 2020. He spent some time in the top 50 during the year – well done Justin! Steeling the hearts of everyone however the evening was Garett Slattery, I got goosebumps reading his achievements for 2019 in South Africa and all over the globe. Garret had a standing ovation as he made his way to the podium, proudly assisted by his guide and coach Erich, this duo has truly shown the world of blind golfers they are a force to be reckoned with. What a proud moment, Garett I would like to thank you for everything you do for the wonderful game of golf!

Coming in for his only win for 2019, Gavin Blows and partner Neville Carew on 50 Stableford points. Well played gentlemen and what a wonderful score to win the Captains Day with!

The Singles Knock Out was won by – Nieuwoudt Heerschap, with Deon & Philip Joubert winning the Doubles Knock Out. Kruger Player of the year was Philip Spies and Brodie Player of the year Anri Theunissen.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Hill, our Club Captain, your contribution to the success of the club is greatly appreciated! Thank you for the wonderful day!


All the special achievers for 2019 being recognized during the
Annual Captains Day

What an epic end on Wednesday!

We salute Group One Nissan / Renault for their wonderful contribution throughout 2019. WP Botha and MC Uys made 49 stableford points to win the day. The overall winners of the series were Pierre De Villiers and Flip Liebenberg, smiling as their vehicle was handed over to them. What a way to celebrate XMAS!


Neels with MC and WP our winners for the day


Neels handing the keys over to Pierre and Flip - our series winners!

300 rounds for Carel Nel!

Longtime member of Stellenbosch GC Carel Nel enjoyed his 300th game as a Boland Nomad, special that he enjoyed the great achievement at his home course – to many more rounds oom Carel!


Enjoying a cold one after a special special achievement –
300 games as a Nomad!

Thank you for wonderful year…. I’m looking forward to 2020, enjoy the festive season with your loved ones. Hope you will be playing lots of golf during the next couple of weeks!

Feliz Navidad,
Louis


In Die Skroewe - Deur Riaan Gerber
In gesprek met Robbie Blair

In die jare sewentig was die skopvoet van Robbie Blair op losskakel een van die grootste redes hoekom die WP se rugbyspan in daardie jare so ‘n krag was.

Blair het in Curriebeker-rugby altesame 956 punte aangeteken.

In 1977 is hy vir die Springbokspan gekies wat teen ‘n Wêreld-vyftiental op Loftus Versveld gespeel het, en het in daardie toets 21 punte met die skoen aangeteken.

In my onderhoud met Robbie het hy onder meer vertel watter losskakels was die beste teen wie hy ooit gespeel het.  Hierso volg die volledige onderhoud.





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