St Cathryn’s News 15 May 2012

St Cathryn’s News.

The Farmers Agri- Care Monthly Mug drew 14 players to play at St Cathryn’s over the weekend. In the field were the eight Match play golfers and their field started earlier than normal to accommodate their 36 holes that lay ahead of them.   Like the 87km is to the Comrades marathon and the five days in Test Cricket, many of these golfers had to psychologically and mentally prepare them selves for the task at hand.  The first 18 holes was regular play, but anyone could have gone to the next round if they had beaten their opponents in the morning field.

After the first round, Paul Els defeated Dieter Meyer, 3 and 4.   JP Ackerman defeated Ruan du Plessis, 2 and 1. Piet Coetzee beat Oscar Ndawonde and Merwin Rabe needed a nineteenth hole to beat Mbongeni Khumalo, as after the first eighteen holes they were all square.

The Monthly mug golfers teed off at ten thirty and many were unaware of the different battles being fought out on the golf course. With match play you play to win the hole and at different times you can give a short putt to your opponent and in some cases it can cost you dearly.

The afternoon tee for the Match Play saw Paul Els gets drawn against JP Ackerman and Piet Coetzee against Merwin Rabe. The final would then be contested on Sunday Morning and after the 36 holes played on Saturday, Paul Els had a walk- over for the final, as Merwin had to get back to work urgently on Sunday and could not play in the final.   In real terms, Paul would have received the Match play championship on a plate and he opted in true sportsmanship- to play the winner between players Piet Coetzee and JP Ackerman.  These two had to play in a playoff to determine who would be Paul’s opponent for the Sunday.  After the first sudden death play off hole, Piet Coetzee was the winner to play Paul.  For Piet it was a real hard tussle and the tricky pin position on the sixteenth was the reason that Paul went  “ one up “ in the game and the final score in that tussle was Paul Els beat Piet Coetzee, 2 and 1.

A very Welcome surprise was to see Klaus Kluver and his daughter amongst the spectators. It was good to see you around about on the course, Klaus and we hope to see you playing the course soon.  Paul Els also won the “Blue Jacket” the very same idea as at the US Masters, where the winner receives a Green Jacket, which also serves as the floating trophy. At the prize giving speech Paul dedicated his win to his mother and it was a very fitting idea as Sunday was Mothers day. The Green keeper showed other talents and made a delicious chicken potjie, enjoyed by all. St Cathryn’s thanks all who supported and enjoyed the day with us.

Results of the Farmers Agri -Care Monthly Mug:

1st Zane Padoa 65 Nett

2nd Paul Els 67 Nett

3rd Piet Coetzee Nett 68 o.c.o

Oscar Ndawonde.

Nearest to Pin 9/18th : Hennie Wium

Captains Putter :  Carina Rommelspacher.

This Friday 18/5/2012 Supper will be Chicken Curry and Rice, to book for meals and / or golf -  please phone 083 269 1661.