Hi Fellow MGC Members
It’s been a busy month, interrupted on my part by a 10 day excursion/break to the Southern Cape. Much golf and camaraderie was enjoyed by my fellow travellers.
Hollowtining has come and gone. Yes, we survived the sandy greens and, although I haven’t seen them since 13th October I believe that by end October they will be back to “magnificent normal”.
The Ryder Cup in USA was an anti-climax for me and is now confined to the history books.
Our league teams are not doing as well as I had hoped but more from Garreth Johnston elsewhere in this newsletter.
Over the past 22 days I have played 6 courses and looked at what their offerings are. I am content that our course is clearly comparable and generally superior to all of the others. I do concede that our catering offering is our weakness and I assure all members that our committee is looking at alternatives in this regard.
Advertising Space on the Course: Peter Waison still has a few “Tombstones” available at the Yellow Tee Boxes for you to advertise your business on. We are on the brink of having the new signage made and printed so act fast. Contact him ASAP to get your business involved.
We have read the words of wisdom of the Captain and Vice-Captain and I have been nominated to follow in the famous footsteps of these gentlemen. As a Member of the Committee I will share some progress that is being made at the Club and some history on how I got here to be a member of this great Golf Club.
I was born in Johannesburg “Transvaal” grew up and went to school in the Province Post School was recruited into Banking and spent my entire career in this field. Can write a book on mergers takeovers reapplying for work in new ‘Banks” Retired as a General Manager from the ABSA Group to concentrate on playing Golf.
First ever golf membership was at Wingate Park Country Club, Pretoria which at that time was in the sticks. As banking was known for, I got transferred to Durban in ‘Natal”, and joined Beachwood Golf Club. Member there for many years and saw the course experience both droughts and then floods. Served on the Beachwood committee a wonderful peoples club well supported by its members.
Got transferred back to “Gauteng” Rejoined Wingate Park Country club which was now a suburban course. Also become a member at Rand Park and enjoyed corporate membership at Houghton Golf Club Retired to Durban KZN and was a member at Beachwood, where I had remained as a Country member, and which eventually got taken over by Durban Country Club.
Moved to Cape Town and became a member at Milnerton Golf Club. During my working years I was fortunate to travel overseas and played at a number of courses including well known courses St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kings Barns, Wentworth and Pinehurst, Greater Greenboro in the USA.
This experience most likely qualifies me to add some value at Milnerton and I am on the Sub Committee that is reviewing the Constitution. We are approaching this project with view to upgrading the club structure supported by a fair and equitable constitution. This review of the Constitution will be presented to members for comment before proceeding to a SGM for approval.
Also serving on subcommittee looking at Beach restoration project which has been long debated. The City of Cape Town’s Coastal Management, headed by Greg Oelofse has been very supportive of the Club and provided valuable insight. The CoCT have budgeted for their area of responsibility and tenders will go out and work could commence early 2022. The Club awaits their project details and will then commence planning looking at a number of options these options will in due course be presented to Members for their decision making.
The Club has many projects which are considered as work in progress and members will benefit in the longer term. I end off by echoing the words of our Vice Captain-
“I personally would like to hear from you all on what we can do to make Milnerton a better club in writing please.”
We welcome the following new members
Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results
Ladies Captain’s Corner:
It’s unbelievable that we only have two months left of this challenging year. We however are enjoying our golf and are privileged to be out on the fairways.
I would like to thank our lady members and visitors who played in our Ladies Open Day and my sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their amazing support. We had a fantastic turn out and I like to thank Mark and all the Club staff for their invaluable help in making the day a huge success. I was extremely overwhelmed with all the compliments and positive feedback from the players it made me proud to be a Milnerton member.
I would like to congratulate Atella Hefer and Keneilwe Moloko for finishing 2nd in the Western Province Senior fixture held at Milnerton and Denise Whiffler finishing 4th and S Weakley nearest to the pin well done ladies.
Myself and Ntsoti Morojele attended the Western Province annual Council meeting this month. It was very informative where all aspects of women’s golf was discussed and questions answered.
Casey Hattle and Megan De Vries played in the Ackerman WP Championships at Rondebosch Golf Club on the 17th October 36 holes event. Congratulations to Casey for finishing 4th for best gross.
Our committee is busy arranging our Christmas Mix fixture for Sunday the 14th November 2021 should anyone be interested to play kindly book at the Proshop. The format is 4 BBB.
Thank you all once again for adhering to the Covid protocols.
Stay safe see you soon on the fairways.
Functions & Restaurant
Premier League Update
On Sunday 17 October we played against Somerset West at Somerset West Golf Club. The team played golf to a very high standard but just came unstuck against the surprise team of the season so far and lost 5-7. A couple games went down to the last hole in both foresomes and singles that just didn’t go our way. The home course advantage for Somerset West definitely was a factor in their favour.
On Sunday 24 October we played against Durbanville at Royal Cape Golf Club. The boys were up against it from the start, but you could see their never give up spirit starting to show. Jack Buchanan held a brilliant birdie putt on the 18th in the foresomes to keep the scores at 2-2 going into the singles. After 9 holes in the singles things were looking very even and it was too close to call who would be able to pull off the win. But Murray Boast showed class in always being ahead and won his match. Matt Lotz chipped in for birdie on 16 and hit a quality approach into 17 to win his match.
Giles Buchanan looked to go 1up on 17 after hitting his approach from about 150m to inside 1 foot, but his opponent chipped in to halve the hole. Giles played a solid 18th and halved his match. Darren Dunlop was in serious trouble on 17 after an errant drive and having to chip out back the fairway. He then pitched onto the green to about 20 feet. His opponent was about 30 feet away and probably need just 2 putts to go 1 up. But he ran his putt about 6 feet past the hole down the hill. Then Darren made a superb clutch putt for the par to rattle his opponent who duly missed his par putt. Darren went on down 18 to win 2up. Kyle Lee was the player of the day by beating a WP IPT player 2&1. Kyle got up early to go 4 up, but his WP opponent made a comeback to be level with 3 to play, Kyle then showed great determination by making birdie on 16 & 17 to win 2&1. 4.5 to 3.5 in the singles and a 6.5 to 5.5 win for Milnerton. Get in!!
Golf course update:
The greens have made an almost unbelievable comeback from holotining and are almost back to being great again. The recent rains have helped a lot in keeping the course looking green. The remodelling of the bunker on the from left of the 14th hole is just about complete now. The new pathways will also be completed soon. Thanks for your patience while the above projects have taken place. All the above helping the course be ready for a busy summer of golf. Bring it on!
Yours in Golf