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Windhoek Lager International Pairs

14 March 2020

Laughter is good medicine for the soul

125 Year Anniversary of Worcester Golf Club

27 February 2020
Call 023 342 7482 to book your spot.

Clanwilliam Agrimark Golf Day

7 March 2020

Lambertsbaai Junior School Golf Day

14 March 2020

2020 Boland Closed Championship

Robertson Golf Club
15 March 2020
36 Holes

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Arabella Ladies Golf Open

20 March 2020
 

Who’s been winning at PGC?

18 February 2020
4 Ball Betterball
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Ronel Richard
Sandra Clift
281
4383
46 R140.00
2nd Elmien Jacobs
Ingrid Meter
283
6440
44 R110.00
3rd Annemarie Eksteen
Annemie Du Toit
7838
6319
44 R60.00
19 February 2020
Betterball Medal
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Shanon Ebden
Etienne Thomas
2033
3560
62 R296.00
2nd Gert Strydom
Gideon vd Heever
1956
2470
63 R222.00
3rd Carel de Beer
Sean Scott
3011
3231
64 R148.00
22 February 2020
4Ball Regressive Alliance

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Steph Lotz
Gert Strydom
Albertus Smit
Adrian Moon
333
1956
6645
785
91 R120
2nd Graham Brown
Dick Knight
Frans Van Dyk
Steyn Pienaar
6696
2577
2714
4006
89 R90
3rd Jack Edwards
Torben Martens
Paul Kretzel
Rob Thompson
5215
4190
276
9962
86 R50
 Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Anthony Johnson
Linley Truter
Joseph Williams
Ghost (Merle Viljoen)
2261
3345
4048
2411
84 R120
2nd David Naude
Jacobus Serfontein
Benjamin Fourie
Ghost (Merle Viljoen)
3743
499
788
2411
82 R90
3rd Wikus Minnie
Wessel Strydom
Jannie Van Breda
Stef Van der Walt
852
289
2908
Visitor
82 R50
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Janie Du Plessis
Andy Higgens
Vernon Els
Neil Lyners
675
2046
1457
4355
85 R120
2nd Rolf Moschinsky
Chris Grove
Deon Breedt
Arthur Worsley
196
158
213
3712
83 R90
3rd Morne Smit
Willem Prinsloo
Omar Botes
Dawie Botha
1118
1373
Visitor
7901
83 R50
Click here for a full summary of the results.

 

Reminder of the PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to remind members that the PGC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020 at 18:30 in the Winelands Hall.

We would like to invite members to please attend this important meeting and should you like to nominate anybody for some position on the Board or the Captains Committee, please note that you need to hand in a completed nomination form  at the PGC Administration office by 12:00 on the 20th of February 2020.

We look forward to sharing some interesting opportunities coming your way in 2020.

Vandalism remains a reality on the estate

Members might have seen, especially when playing early mornings that infrastructure on the golf course does suffer vandalism from time to time.

A concerted effort between PGC and BMHOA is currently taking place to try and curb the constant vandalism taking place. These incidents are happening more frequently when the school holidays are in place. There are also certain “hot spots” that will be under surveillance more often to try and catch these vandals red-handed. Please help us in identifying these culprits in order for us to deal with them in the proper manner. Below just an example of what they are up to.


Photo above of scene early morning on the 21st Tee box where the dustbin was rolled over and vandalised. The half barrel keeping the divot sand was emptied and cracked.

Rulesflash

Rules regarding starting times

Lately there is an increase of players arriving late at the teeing area and therefore starting their round late. Here is what the rules of golf have to say about starting your round: Rule 5.3a is applicable.

A player’s round starts when the player makes a stroke to start his or her first hole.

The player must start at (and not before) his or her starting time:

• This means that the player must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point set by the Committee.
• A starting time set by the Committee is treated as an exact time (for example, 9am means 9:00:00 am, not any time until 9:01am)

If the starting time is delayed for any reason (such as weather, slow play of other groups or the need for a ruling by a referee), there is no breach of this Rule if the player is present and ready to play when the player’s group is able to start.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.3a
Disqualification, except in these three cases:

• Exception 1 – Player arrives at starting point, ready to play, no more than five (5) minutes late: The player gets the general penalty (2 shot) applied to his or her first hole.

• Exception 2 – Player starts no more than five (5) minutes early: The player gets the general penalty (2 shot) applied to his or her first hole.

• Exception 3 – Committee decides that exceptional circumstances prevented player from starting on time: There is no breach of this rule and no penalty.

The interpretations of golf clearly state that examples of circumstances that would not generally be considered exceptional include:
• The player gets lost or his or her car breaks down on the way to the course.
• Heavy traffic or an accident results in the journey to the course taking longer than expected.

Hopefully this will make players aware that they should be ready to play when it is their starting time.

If you have any questions, please contact me at paarlmrrules@gmail.com

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the email received to identifying the gentleman in the photo.  His name is Johnny Pauw, the man behind the Boschenmeer Golf Estate development. Thank you, Jan Hanekom for being the first member to identify of the gentlemen in the photo.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph is. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

African Jacana (Groot Langtoon)
Description

African Jacanas are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are about 30 cm long, but females are larger than males. They have chestnut upperparts with black wingtips, rear neck, and eyestripe. The underparts are also chestnut in the adults, only in juveniles they are white with a chestnut belly patch. The blue bill extends up as a coot-like head shield, and the legs and long toes are grey.

Food and feeding

African Jacanas feed on insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the surface of the water.

Breeding

African Jacanas breed throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest.

The Jacana has evolved a highly unusually polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks. Such a system has evolved due to a combination of two factors: firstly, the lakes that the jacana lives on are so resource-rich that the relative energy expended by the female in producing each egg is effectively negligible. Secondly the jacana, as a bird, lays eggs and eggs can be equally well incubated and cared for by a parent bird of either gender. This means that the rate-limiting factor of the jacana’s breeding is the rate at which the males can raise and care for the chicks

The parent that forms part of the harem is almost always the one that ends up caring for the offspring; in this case, each male jacana incubates and rears a nest of chicks. The male African Jacana has therefore evolved some remarkable adaptations for parental care, such as the ability to pick up and carry chicks underneath its wings.

Golf quote of the week

 

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Wine not?

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Laughter is good medicine for the soul

Ladies this one’s for you

And the winners are…
09 February 2020
Valentine’s Mix – Betterball Stableford
Place Names Score
1st Denise Koeglenberg
Hannes Koeglenberg
46
2nd Mari Kilian
Christo Kilian
45 c.i.
3rd Karin Hanekom
Jan Hanekom
45 c.o.
  11 February 2020
Individual Stableford
Place Names # Score 1Prize
1st Maggie Minnie 2020 37 R220.00
2nd Andrea Kritzinger 1991 35 R170.00
3rd Carla  Hermans 3779 35 R100.00
12 February 2020
Individual Stableford
Place Name Score
1st Fred Bowles 41
2nd Sean Scott 40
3rd Jacques Mouton 40
15 February 2020
Windhoek Lager International Pairs

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Gideon van den Heever
Gert Strydom
2470
1956
47 R140 Q
2nd Cobus Barnard
Frikkie van der Merwe
3196
3747
47 R120 Q
3rd Johan Visser
Andre Visser
9130
2343
45 R100
 Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st George Joubert
Erhardt Joubert
Vis 0785
Vis 0785
48 R140 Q
2nd Shannon Ebden
Etienne Thomas
2033
3560
46 R120 Q
3rd Buks Rossouw
Tim Hadfield
0190
0425
45 R100
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Leslie Watson
Dries Grobler
8737
1177
46 R140 Q
2nd Jan Lotter
Frikkie van Greuning
0538
2560
45 R120 Q
3rd Riedwaan Abrahams
Danie Janse van Rensburg
0944
4885
45 R100
Click here for a full summary of the results.

CMASA Club Of The Year Competition

The Club Management Association of Southern Africa (CMASA) invited all clubs in South Africa at the end of 2019 to enter into the Club of the Year competition. Paarl Golf Club entered through a big administrative effort from specifically Heidi Strydom, our Financial Manager.

Only thirteen clubs in South Africa made it through to the final assessment for the honour of becoming the Club of the Year.

We did not win Club Of The Year but received a plaque for distinction on the following categories:

• Benchmarking and Finance
• Education & Training
• Communication & Participation
• Members survey & Guest Experience

From Left to Right: Werner Bernhardt, Willem Pretorius, Heidi Strydom and Wynand Viljoen
Members should note that this is not just for Golf clubs but all sporting clubs in the country. It is also good to know that only two clubs from the Western Cape went through to the final assessment. We congratulate our “neighbour” Stellenbosch Golf Club for also making that last hurdle. The winning club was Umhlali Country Club in Natal. Thanks to all our members who responded so well through the members survey and my personnel for keeping the standard of Club Management at this high level in Paarl.

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the email received to identifying the gentleman in the photo. His name is Johan Redelinghuys. Thank you, Jan Hanekom for the identification of the gentlemen in the photo.

Errata! Sorry for the wrong identification of Piet van der Merwe in the photo below as Hennie Liebenberg. We sincerely apologise for this error and hope that we will be able to avoid something like that in the future
Piet van der Merwe on the right
I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentleman on the photograph is. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

BMW Golf Cup International 2019 National Final

Well done to our own Jannie van Breda for winning the BMW Golf Cup South African Finals at Sun City. He will now represent South Africa at the World Finals to be held at Fancourt later this year. We wish him all the best and may you bring the title home!
Jannie at the prizegiving ceremony with his winning smile
Poetry in motion!

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Rulesflash
There seem to be confusion around playing a provisional ball. Rule 18.3 is applicable.

If a ball might be lost outside a penalty area or be out of bounds to save time the player may play another ball provisionally, under penalty of stroke and distance.

Announcing Play of Provincial Ball

Before the stroke is made, the player must announce that he or she is going to play a provisional ball:

It is not enough for the player only to say that he or she is playing another ball or is playing again.

The player must use the word “provisional” or otherwise clearly indicate that he or she is playing the ball provisionally.

If we have a look in the official interpretations of the rules, the rule states that the announcement should be clear so that everybody can hear the announcement.

Examples of announcements that clearly indicate that the player is playing a provisional ball include:

“I’m playing a ball under Rule 18.3”
“I’m going to play another just incase”

Examples of announcements that do not clearly indicate the player is playing a provisional ball, it means that a player would be putting a ball into play under stroke and distance include:

“I’m going to re-load”
“I’m going to play another”

Playing provisional ball until it becomes the ball in play or is abandoned.

Playing Provisional Ball More Than Once

The player may continue to play the provisional ball without losing its status as a provisional ball so long as it is played from a spot that is the same distance or farther from the the hole than where the original ball is estimated to be. See diagram below.

When a provisional ball is played from spot nearer the hole than where the original ball is estimated to be the original ball is no longer in play (even if it is then found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time or is found nearer the hole than had been estimated) and is now a wrong ball that must not be played.

If the player plays a provisional ball into the same general location as the original ball and is unable to identify which ball is which:

If only one of the balls is found on the course, that ball is treated as the provisional ball which is now in play.

If both balls are found on the course, the player must choose one of the balls to be treated as the provisional ball which is now in play, and the other ball is treated as lost and must not be played.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Common Moorhen (Groot waterhoender)
Description
The moorhen is a distinctive species, with dark plumage apart from the white undertail, yellow legs and a red frontal shield. The young are browner and lack the red shield. The frontal shield of the adult has a rounded top and fairly parallel sides; the tailward margin of the red unfeathered area is a smooth waving line.

Behaviour
This species will consume a wide variety of vegetable material and small aquatic creatures. They forage beside or in the water, sometimes walking on lily pads or upending in the water to feed. They are often secretive but can become tame in some areas. Despite loss of habitat in parts of its range, the common moorhen remains plentiful and widespread.

Habitat
This is a common breeding bird in marsh environments, well-vegetated lakes and even in city parks and built up areas.

Golf quote of the week

What’s happening?

Be my valentine

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Laughter is good medicine for the soul

Ladies this one’s for you

Wine not?

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Are you hungry?

And the winners are…

04 February 2020
Medal & Putt
Place Names # Score Prize
Silver Division
1st Sandra Clift 4383 67 R80.00
2nd Deborah James 659 70 R50.00
Bronze Division
1st Jane Hall 718 78 R80.00
2nd Linda Meyer 1074 79 R50.00
Copper Division
1st Karin Hanekom 4448 77 R80.00
2nd Elmien Jacobs 0283 80 R50.00
05 February 2020
Betterball Stableford
Place Names # Score 1Prize
1st Vernon Els
Graham Brown
1457
6696
43 R320.00
2nd Graham  Retief
Butch Strasheim
4952
3190
43 R240.00
3rd Johan Venter
Tom van Zyl
1216
1733
42 R160.00
4th Deon Breedt
Gerd Born
0213
3546
42 R80.00
07 February 2020
Individual Stableford
Place Name # Score Prize
1st Elroy McKay 1853 16 R40
2nd Sebastian Bowles 971 13 R30
08 February 2020
4Ball Alliance – 2 Scores to Count

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Frans Theron
Irvin Kellerman
Mike Lochner
Jacques Hamman
0864
2345
8508
5418
97 R130
2nd Janet Malan
Dawid Malan
Linky Malan
Dawie Malan
0864
3336
3313
3187
92 R100
3rd Bertie Sassman
Jan Lotter
Danie Oliver
Frikkie van Greuning
0243
0538
4578
2560
91 R60
Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Rodney Uphoff
Ryan Uphoff
Alex Kock
Rian Storm
0801
0801
1213
1213
88 R130
2nd Guillaume Brink
Johan Visser
Rassie Visser
Andre Visser
0997
9130
2342
2343
83 R100
3rd Bertus van Niekerk
Basson Hougaard
Linley Truter
Deon van der Spuy
1114
1012
3445
0768
82 R60
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Ben Fouchee
Christopher Droomer
Casper Lategan
Andre Gilliland
1390
1642
3263
1390
89 R130
2nd Gavin Blignaut
Maria Kirton
Nicolette Dunbar
JP Hugo
6362
6363
1440
2242
89 R100
3rd Merle Viljoen
Le Roy le Riche
Jacobus Serfontein
Junaid Ahmed
2411
0514
0499
1292
88 R60
Click here for the rest of the results.

Our juniors got into the swing of things

SNAG Open Day
We had a very good outcome with a lot of juniors pitching up with their parents and really getting into the fun of the game.

If you couldn’t make the Open Day, bring your juniors to the first class for the term. Starting next week Tuesday, 11 February, we are kicking off with jam-packed schedule for 2020 golf at SNAG.

Monthly medal now caters for a best gross prize

Our monthly medal competition has always just catered for the best nett score in all the divisions. From February 2020 we have decided to bring in a best gross overall. This will obviously cater for the low handicappers to be able to compete effectively for the honour of the best gross score at the monthly medal. However, there is a catch. A player must play off the Championship (Yellow) tees to qualify for the best gross prize and this must be indicated on the scorecard.

We sincerely hope that this will bring back the competition element between the low handicappers to be able to compete for this coveted accolade of best gross score in the monthly medal.

Reminder of the PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to remind members that the PGC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020 at 18:30 in the Winelands hall. We would like to invite members to please attend this important meeting and should you like to nominate anybody for some position on the Board or the Captains Committee please note that you need to hand in a completed nomination form at the PGC Administration office by 12:00 on the 20th of February 2020.

We look forward to sharing some interesting opportunities coming your way in 2020.

Garden and dams as well as maintenance teams now part of the Servest offering

Since the beginning of the year, we have experimented with additional teams on the Servest side that would concentrate their efforts on the gardens and the dams on the course. After we have succeeded in drawing the lines between the golf course and the Homeowners Association garden area’s, we realised that we need focused attention on our own “gardens” but more so our dams. This team will also start with the finer manicuring of the areas around the tee boxes and the greens to alleviate the problem of loose standing tuft’s of hard grass.

We also created a maintenance team under Servest that will concentrate mainly on the planting of poles to direct golf carts around the course as well as to start with the finer manicuring of our cart pathways.

We are starting to see the benefit of these teams and assume that members will also start experiencing the benefit of having them around.

Possibility of controlled fishing in some golf course dams creates big excitement

The article on the possibility of allowing controlled fishing in some of the Golf club’s dams have had a lot of very positive but also some negative reaction. We were requested to limit the dams to be “opened” for fishing to only three dams on the course. These three dams will be Wateruintjiesvlei, the irrigation dam and the small dam between the 11th green and the 12th tee box. It was decided to not allow fishing on the dams that were adjacent to houses on the estate. To draw an effective line of personal space around these particular dams were jut not possible. As soon as we have the green light from our members at the AGM of 26 February 2020, we will activate the controlled fishing plan. I personally will hold a clinic or two to explain the concepts of catch and release and things like barbless hooks for easy catch and release possibilities. I hope that we will be able to activate this plan to the benefit of the youngsters on the Estate. Please note that currently the Boschenmeer Estate rules forbid any fishing on the Estate so that will also have to be addressed in time.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Red-knobbed Coot (Bleshoender)

Description
The red-knobbed coot is largely black except for the white frontal shield. It is 38–45 cm (15–18 in) long, spans 75–85 cm (30–33 in) across the wings and weighs 585–1,085 g (1.290–2.392 lb). As a swimming species, it has partial webbing on its long strong toes. The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult’s black plumage develops when about 3–4 months old, but the white shield is only fully developed at about one year old, some time later.

Diet
The red-knobbed coot is an omnivore and will take a variety of small live prey including the eggs of other water birds. Its main food in most waters however comprises various waterweeds

Behaviour
The habits of the red-knobbed coot are practically identical to those of the Eurasian coot. It is much less secretive than most of the rail family. Where it is undisturbed it is likely to bully any intruder, even large birds such as Egyptian geese, if they do not defy its challenges. It can be seen swimming on open water or walking across waterside grasslands. It is an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season.

The red-knobbed coot is reluctant to fly and when taking off runs across the water surface with much splashing. It does the same, but without actually flying, when travelling a short distance at speed (to escape a rival, for example, or to dispute possession of a choice morsel). It bobs its head as it swims and makes short dives from a little jump.

Don’t make a mountain out of a mole heap

Rules regarding mole hills on the course

In the Rules of Golf that went into effect on the 1st of 2020, the term “animal holes” supersedes the term “burrowing animal.” The USGA and R&A define “animal” as “any living member of the animal kingdom (other than humans) including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (such as worms, insects, spiders and crustaceans).

And the official definition of an “animal hole” in the new rules is:
• Any hole dug in the ground by an animal, except for holes dug by animals that are also defined as loose impediments (such as worms or insects).

The term animal hole includes:
• The loose material the animal dug out of the hole,
• Any worn-down track or trail leading into the hole, and
• Any area on the ground pushed up or altered as a result of the animal digging the hole underground.”

The area affected by these animal holes causes Abnormal Course Conditions as per the definition.

When Relief Is Allowed from mole heaps?
Meaning of Interference by Abnormal Course Condition. Interference exists when any one of these are true:

1. The player’s ball touches or is in or on a mole heap (abnormal course condition),
2. A mole heap (abnormal course condition) physically interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or area of intended swing, or
3. Only when the ball is on the putting green, an abnormal course condition on or off the putting green intervenes on the line of play.

If the abnormal course condition (mole heap) is close enough to distract the player but does not meet any of these requirements, there is no interference under this Rule.

The Golf Club’s Rules Committee may adopt a Local Rule denying relief from a mole heap (abnormal course condition) that only interferes with the area of intended stance. At Paarl golf club we do have such a local rule so when the mole heap (abnormal conditions) interferes with your stance you cannot get relief.  Also please note when you do get a free drop one club length from the nearest point of relief that point should not be manipulated to better your line of sight to the hole. It is not called the nicest point of relief but nearest.

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What’s happening at the club?

Valentines Mixed Betterball

09 February 2020

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Little Tigers Annual Golf Day Fundraiser

20 February 2020

 


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to read more about adopting a player through the Little Tiger programme.

Windhoek Lager International Pairs
15 February
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Trophy Day Beach Party

20 February
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Kuilsriver Ladies Cabernet Classic
22 February
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2020 Riverside Golf Club Open
22 February
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Hermanus Golf Club Ladies  Open

6 March 2020
 
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Who’s been winning?

28 January 2020
Mixed Foursomes
Sponsored Day
Old Course
Place Name Score
1st Ronel Richard
Daniel Viljoen
38
2nd Werner Bernhardt
Arina Van der Vyver
38
3rd Willem Pretorius
Alida Kotzee
37
4th Karl-Heinz Lutzeler
Nicolette Dunbar
37
5th Adriaan Hemmes
Frederica Hemmes
37
6th Jacques De Coene
Mari Ste
37
7th Donald Humphries
Bernadette Nolan
37
Nearest the pin Ladies 4th: Maria Kirton
Nearest the pin Mens 7th: Mark Carlton Smith
Nearest the pin Mens 14th: M Waldeck
Nearest the pin Ladies 17th: Tol Janeke
29 January 2020
Betterball Bonus Bogey
Old Course  |  Players: 76
Place Name Mem. # Score Voucher
1st Werner Greeff
Stroebel Hofmeyer
4144
3634
+9 R270
2nd Johan Van Zyl
Andy Higgins
0766
2046
+8 R200
3rd Merwe Van Graan
Dan Frater
0059
1976
+8 R140
4th Frikkie Van der Merwe
Donald Humphries
3747
0469
+7 R70
Two Clubs (R33.00)
Name # Name #
Andy Higgins Vis HP Van der Merwe 3357
Graham Brown 2908 Hendrik Janse Van Vuuren 1062
Merwe Van Graan 3445 Francois Olivier 628
Joep Joubert 3300 Lumien Orton 1617
Johan Venter 1733
Nearest the pin 4th: Andy Higgins
Nearest the pin 17th: Werner Greeff
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