After the heavy rains, a big thank you must go out to our members who took the decision to not allow golf carts on the course without missing a stride. I fully understand the frustration that your mind is ready and full of golf but that the body sometimes doesn’t play along. I would like to suggest that members that desperately need to use a golf cart in order to play a round of golf, phone the club early on the morning that they are supposed to play just to confirm that golf carts will be allowed. This is obviously only after heavy rains have fallen. We do phone all the members who booked club carts on the morning if a decision not to use golf carts on the course is inevitable. We will try and expand that to our estate members and those that have private carts on the premises.
And then came Sunday and our expectations were high for more relief from the Covid grip, BUT our president bowled us all over by declaring the selling of alcohol was to be prohibited with immediate effect. No stocking up time, so members if you cannot take it anymore, I fully understand. I am almost there as well. Luckily, I discovered a bottle of “forgotten” (and now forbidden) pleasure stowed away in an old fishing crate while searching for a specific reel. Man, I tell you the feeling of utter joy that came over me when this discovery was made. It made me worry about the effect that Covid had on our drinking habits. All the best with the cravings… I wish I could helped but unfortunately it will not be possible.
Please remember to stay safe and keep that social distance intact. Till next week.
Congratulations to Deon Breedt who had the perfect shot to achieve a hole in one on the 17th hole on the 12th of July 2020. The pin was 135m from the tee. Well done Deon.
Some of you might recall that Deon also won a bottle of wine being the 200th member to register on the Spotlight Social app. It must be his lucky month!
We have had good progress on the Golfscape system errors but there might just surface a new problem that we do not know about. Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding.
You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. We are currently on 215 members so please put in some effort to register on the app.
We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs.
This week we get to know Carel Goosen, our finance committee chairman, better. Thanks Carel for being a sport to complete the questionnaire and from our side thanks for your efforts in keeping the club financially afloat.
Thank you to all the members for the very positive reaction to our recently send out dues renewal reminders. It is very heartwarming to get such a positive reaction and even offers to pay the membership renewals immediately, even if you only must settle the amount before 1st of August 2020. We thank all members who have already paid the amount on the dues’ renewal notice, you will also receive an official invoice for record keeping purposes during this invoice run.
During next week the finance department will send out the official tax invoices reflecting the amounts as per the dues renewal letter, or where members have made changes to their membership, the invoice will reflect the amount due for the new membership type. Please note that the invoiced amounts are due and payable by 1 August 2020. After 31 August, unpaid accounts will be defaulted unless payment arrangements have been made with the finance department.
Please remember that you can even pay your membership renewals via our newly established QR Code using either one of the bank’s masterpass apps or through Snapscan or Zapper. The system will ask you for your membership as reference. It is easy and fast!
Golf Rule myths
This week I will look at some golf rules myths – these are all things that players do either because they think they are proceeding under the rules when that rules do not exist or, worse still, they are getting the rule wrong and could end up with penalty shots or even disqualification.
Declaring a lost ball
A common phrase on a golf course is ‘I will just declare that ball lost’. This is not allowed; a player may not make a ball lost by declaration. The ball is only lost if you do not find it within the three-minute search time allowed when you get to the area you believe your ball to be.
You can ask your playing companions, ‘Not to search for his/her original ball’, but if someone does find your first ball, then it is not lost – it is still the ball in play. This rule could be particularly beneficial to know about if you are in a match.
Practicing on the course
A lot of people believe that you are not allowed to do any form of practicing on a golf course during a competitive round. You are allowed but there is a limited amount of practice that you can do and that is restricted to the tee of the next hole you are about to play, or the green of the hole you have just played.
You can practice your putting and chipping between the play of two holes provided you have completed play of the previous hole. You are not allowed to practice bunker shots.
It is a common practice that players, when making changes to their scorecard before handing it in, initials next to the changes, but this is not necessary.
You only need to cross out any mistakes and ensure the correct score is clearly visible. You will not be penalized.
Nearest point of complete relief
A big misunderstanding in golf is that when you are taking free relief from a path, or another immovable obstruction or abnormal course condition, players interpret that they are entitled to a perfect lie and line.
It is important to remember that you get free relief from the condition, at the nearest point. You do not get to pick and choose your spot. In some situations, the conditions may be less advantage to the player, for example the nearest point of complete relief is in a bush, and you might be better off playing the shot from the original spot.
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Enjoy your golf
Once again Anville van Wyk was quick out of the blocks identifying the two golfers in the black jackets to be Dirk van Jaarsveld, a Worcester member who played for Boland, and our own Bertus Valentyn who was our club manager during the 90s. The gent and lady represented the sponsor of the day and will remain unidentified for now.
FLTR: Unknown (sponsor), Dirk van Jaarsveld, lady unknown (sponsor) and Bertus Valentyn
The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please email me at email@example.com if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.
Cape Sparrow (Gewone Mossie)
The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus), or mossie, is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae found in southern Africa. For a sparrow, the Cape sparrow is strikingly coloured and distinctive, and is medium-sized at 14–16 cm (5.5–6.3 in) long. Adults range in weight from 17 to 38 grams (0.60–1.34 oz). The breeding male has a mostly black head, but with a broad white mark on each side, curling from behind the eye to the throat. On the throat a narrow black band connects the black bib of the breast to black of the head. The underparts are greyish, darker on the flanks. The back of the male’s neck is dark grey, and its back and shoulders are bright chestnut. The male has a white and a black wing bar below its shoulders, and flight feathers and tail streaked grey and black.
The female is plumaged like the male but is duller and has a grey head with a different pattern from the male, though it bears a hint of the pale head markings of the male. The juvenile is like the female, but young males have black markings on the head from an early age.
Behaviour, feeding and breeding
The Cape sparrow prefers habitats with an annual rainfall of less than 75 centimetres (30 in), though in desert areas it is usually found near watercourses or watering holes. While it occurs in urban centres, it prefers parks, gardens, and other open spaces, and has a low reproductive success in more built-up areas.
Cape sparrows primarily eat seeds, and also eat soft plant parts and insects. They typically breed in colonies, and when not breeding they gather in large nomadic flocks to move around in search of food. The nest can be constructed in a tree, a bush, a cavity, or a disused nest of another species. A typical clutch contains three or four eggs, and both parents are involved in breeding, from nest building to feeding young.