Through working together with the Hope Through Action Foundation (changing lives through sport and education) and SCORE (a non-profit organisation that specialises in changing lives through sport and recreation) started a golf development program at the Mbekweni Sport Community Centre, a partnership was formed through PGC and BF Golf Academy with KWV as the sponsor and the process started at the centre this year during June.
Many enthusiastic children were introduced. A selection process was followed and the coaching started. Ben Fouchee did the initial basic coaching at the centre in Mbekweni and as the children became more interested, they were taken to Boschenmeer for their first encounter with a golf course.
Siya – the assistant for golf at the centre & Alwaba – programme coordinator at the centre accompanied the children. Marshalls from PGC also assisted in showing the kids around. After this initial introduction to the golf course, club and facilities the coaching was moved to the driving range and the short game area close to the clubhouse.
Liezl Klotz, a fully qualified PGA coach with lots of experience and enthusiasm was also pulled in to assist Ben with coaching the group of children. Liezl enjoys working with the children and is looking forward to the new season next year.
This year’s program ended with taking the children out to play on the golf course. Again the children were so eager and overwhelmed by this wonderful opportunity.
Here is what a few of them had to say:
“Thank you for taking us this was a very good experience and it was nice when the coach told me I have a good swing” – Thokoza Spogter (female:12 years) grade 7 leaner at Mary Help of Christians Primary School.
“I did not know that I can hit a ball that far coz we usually hit at the net so we can’t see how long we can hit” – Sibu Jacobs (female:13 years) grade 8 leaner at Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School.
“I was so nervous at first because I have never been out of Mbekweni before, so I had a great time” – Siyolise Tyatyam (female: 13 years) grade 6 leaner at Mbekweni Primary School.
“It was the best experience ever, it was my first time at a golf course” – Iminathi Tyatyam (male:11 years) grade 5 leaner at Mary Help of Christians Primary.
This project is a total new experience to Ben as well. He enjoys the childrens’ interest, willingness and seeing them develop and showing progress.
To all parties envolved the project is a learning process and we all are looking forward to the new season in the new year.
Fitted for Victory
Jaco Vd Westhuizen is ready to conquer the course
Paarl GC member Jaco Vd Westhuizen reaped the benefits of a golf lesson this week, when he and his partner, Johan Van Zyl, won the Wednesday Competition. Last week Jaco was complaining about his shortgame, and so he booked a session with Ben – our Teaching Pro. After Ben identified some technical flaws with Jaco’s technique, he rectified it with the correct method which Jaco then started practicing.
On Wednesday Jaco didn’t hit the ball from tee to green, as well as he had hoped, but his shortgame saved him several times. The day consisted of windy conditions, which brings your shortgame more into play, and Jaco was ready for it. He shot an 85, which is even better than his handicap. He was however mostly satisfied with how his shortgame performed under pressure.
Well done Jaco! It is always satisfying to see our students performing well.
Invest in your game for the 2020 season by booking a lesson. Your success on the course is just as important to us, as it is to you.
Thank you so much for the emails received to identify the group photo from last week. With lots of memories and historical moments, it was great to be able to identify who was in the photo.
3rd from the left is Schalk Burger Sr and next to him is André de Villiers (former South African rugby captain Jean de Villiers’ dad). Thank you for André de Villiers and Leon Serfontein for identifying members on the photo.
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Arina van der Vyver
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Congratulations to Jannie van Breda for winning the Mercedes Benz Paarl Order of Merit. The Order of Merit runs from January to November every year, and players can accumulate points based on the position they finish in the Individual Stableford competition played on the last Saturday of every month. Jannie finished on 24 points for the year and was crowned champion on Saturday 30 November 2019. We would like to thank Estienne Cronje and Mercedes Benz Paarl for their continued support.
See you in 2020!
As in any other business, we at Paarl Golf Club also recognize our star performers on a monthly basis with an outright winner at the end of the calendar year. Some of you might be familiar with the fact that we have a good Samaritan in an overseas family, who for each of the last 5 years “sponsored” the funds to support the employee of the month as well as employee of the year competition.
This year Junaid Ahmed, our debtors’ clerk, took the honours of being selected as the employee of the year. In second position was Carmen Baxter and third was Jaco Botha. We thank each and every member of the PGC for their continuous effort in making PGC a wonderful golfing experience.
We had various requests to try and regenerate the Sundowner competition on a Friday afternoon. We sat down with Ben and decided that PGC will take over the administration, running, scoring and prize giving of the Sundowner again. We also agreed on the following rules applicable to the Sundowner competition.
The Sundowner competition will be every Friday from 15:30 to 17:00. If you want to play in the Sundowner please book accordingly. Due to the limited tee times available we would not be able to accommodate walk-ins without bookings. The costs to play in the sundowner will be as follows:
R20 – Unlimited members
• Unfortunately, will we not be able to accommodate non affiliated visitors due to a restricted tee time availability for specifically the Sundowner competition.
With the fantastic food offerings available in the halfway house, we increasingly experience situations where golfers “forget” that there are another 9 holes to be played. (Sometimes I also feel like just sitting to try get over the 9 holes that were just played. BUT the show must go on!) In order to ensure a 15-minute turnaround time in the halfway house, we would like to suggest the following:
If the chef has his “specials” on the fire in front of the halfway house, we would suggest that no further requests for preparation of food by the chef be done. What we mean by this is that golfers then either enjoy the chef’s special or select something to eat from the ready food cabinet such as pies, pizzas, croissants, quiches, chocolate brownies and muffins. I know that the breakfast in between the two nines is probably the thing that most golfers play for, but hopefully we will have a system in place soon where you as golfer would be able to pre order your preference to be ready when you enter the halfway house. We are investigating a few options and will have something in place soon.
In the meantime, please help us to maintain a 15-minute turnaround time in the halfway house to ensure that the entire field can easily move through and that we do not create problems for the marshals who have to control this.
Another request is that you please hold on to your till slip if you felt that you were not helped quick enough in the halfway house. Through that invoice and our camera feed we would then be able to confirm if indeed there was time wasting going on. Thank you for your willingness to help us achieve this goal.
We are all familiar with the drought conditions in various areas of our country. Some of these areas are “very close to home”. PGC and Golfing Goat have decided to pull our resources together and do something that would help these areas during these harsh times. We will hold a special Drought Relief Golf Day on Friday the 31st of January 2020. Costs would be R2000 per fourball of which PGC will donate all our greenfee income to the drought relief kitty. Golfing Goat will also ensure a wonderful golfing experience food and beverage wise with their “income” also going to the drought relief kitty.
You will also see two small “JOJOs” in the clubhouse, one in the bar area and one at registration desk, where we would like you to clear you small change into (so that you don’t have to carry that weight while playing golf). Also be very aware that the Club Captain might just dish out some fines for “infringements” that he may see fit for the JOJO. Please let us support this initiative because we all know too well where we were two years ago with availability of water at Paarl Golf Club as well.
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8 December 2019
Golf Greenfee Special
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8 December 2019 | 18:00