St Cathryns News 23 April 2012

The TUTA Carriers,  St Cathryn’s Club Championships were played over the weekend in almost the perfect weather.  Sunday morning greeted the first two three balls  with a quick wake-up,  shake- up shower,  but otherwise perfect golfing weather.  Two lady golfers played in the ladies section, one  golfer in the men’s  A division,  eight golfers in the men’s B division and nine players in the men’s C division. This gives us a representation of 35% of our members that played in the championship. The organising committee also received two apologies from juniors due to school sport commitments, two students, unable to leave their Varsity commitments and four golfers that cancelled during the week after being part of the starting line up, at the time of the draw. We also missed stalwart Klaus Kluver who is not well at the moment.

There was a feeling of tenseness and anticipation in the air when golfers arrived and were greeted on the tee box, and set off by the official starter – just like in the US PGA.  One golfer received a two stroke penalty on hole one for arriving late for his 10H40 tee -off time.  The rules committee decided on that ruling as format was stroke play and quoted rule 6.3,  from the “ rules book.   In all divisions, when Stroke play is played, the result is determined on the gross, ie. the least amount of shots played. A person’s handicap comes into effect afterwards,  when the prize for the best Nett is determined.

In the setup of the course, areas of concern were marked out.  Casual water was marked and ground under repair was marked with white paint.  Distance markers were checked and with large amounts of adrenalin flowing around the course,  golfers constantly remarked on the correctness of these distances. A temporary water feature was made by the green keeper to re-inforce the lateral water hazard.

Over and above the TUTA Carriers sponsorship, prizes were received from NMI DSM Commercial Vehicles  Pinetown and sponsorship from Klaus Kluver. All St Cathryns members are very grateful to the generous sponsors and appreciated the prizes won. Winners received the Division Trophy as well as Meat Hampers or a leatherman or a golf bag.

For the first time in St Cathryn’s twelve year Club Championships,  history was made.  A division’s result had to be determined by Sudden Death play- off.  This was played over holes,  nine , one  and five. Only one play- off hole was needed,  when Merwin Rabe  and Oscar Ndawonde, played.  Merwin  tee’d off first and put his ball to the right of the green. Oscar’s ball skimmed the hole and was he left with a two meter putt.  Merwin chipped his ball within a foot of the hole,  but Oscar calmly sank his two meter putt….. for a birdie two.

Results:

Ladies : 1st Liekie Steyn Gross 190

2nd Carina Rommelspacher

A Div Men Paul Els Gross 139

B Div         Oscar Ndawonde 159

Merw Rabe 159

JP Ackerman 172

C Div         Piet Nel Gross 188

Paul Du Preez 193

Rob Martin 196

Nearest to the pin 2/11: Rikus Kloppers

Nearest to the pin 8/18: Oscar Ndawonde

Longest Drive on the 10th: Mens : Ruan du Plessis

Ladies : Carina Rommelspacher

( Shank of the Day : JP Ackerman – the best one of his 4 shanks of the week end.)

Shot – of –the – Day : Eagle 2 on the par 4 third : Piet Coetzee

Best Gross Tee 2 pin member : Brent Barkhuizen

Best Nett for the Weekend: Paul Els 131

Homeowners Champion : Piet Nel.

TUTA Carriers – St Cathryn’s Club champion 2012 : Paul Els  139 gross.

This week end the “ Nomakanjani Team” will be  staying at St Cathryns while they participate in a Fund Raising Adventure Race. The Golf Course and Pub will be open all weekend –  to book for golf please phone 083 269 1661. As we have had our phone lines stolen please also use 082 555 2661.