Pam Golding Ladies Golf Day

Ladies Golf weekend in St Francis Bay

Pam Golding Properties Ladies Golf Open Weekend Rocked St Francis

Jeff Clause, Director of Golf and Operations at St. Francis Links has the saying “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a GOOD time”. That is exactly what happened over the weekend of 22nd and 22rd November when 164 ladies gathered in St. Francis Bay to participate in the Pam Golding Properties Ladies Golf Open Weekend.  This tournament gives the ladies the opportunity to play one round of golf at St. Francis Links and one round at St. Francis Bay Golf Club.

Golfing ladies came together from all over the Eastern Cape, Western & Southern Cape and Gauteng.  From Pretoria to Paarl! The boundaries of this tournament extend every year and soon will not only be the biggest ladies tournament in the Eastern Cape, but also in South Africa.

Ladies Golf St Francis Links and St Francis Bay Golf Club - Blue & Bling winners

BLUE & BLING WINNERS: – Jenny Smith, Julia Reed, Jean Campbell
(Click to enlarge photo)

In spite of the cancellation of the first round of golf on Saturday due to heavy rain, the ladies made up for the disappointment with joyful celebrations during the dinner and dance that evening. The theme was “Blue and Bling” and costumes varied from denims to hats with flashing lights!

Better weather on Sunday made for excellent scoring on both courses. After a tasty lunch and prize giving most ladies have indicated that they will again participate in 2016!

The highlight of the tournament was the possibility that a lady could win a Hole-in-One prize. On the 17th hole at the St. Francis Links Crawford Dougall and Dirk Ellis VW sponsored a VW UP as prize and on the 10th hole at St. Francis Bay Golf Club, Annemarie de Raay from Annemarie’s Boutique sponsored a R5000 shopping voucher! Two ladies came close to win these prizes.

There were 14 prizes to be won with the first and second prize winners on both courses as:

Pam Golding Ladies Golf - winners

FIRST: Ingrid Krige, Jenny Paola, Lois Fox from Pam Golding Properties, Jean Fynn, Heilie Uys (Click to enlarge photo)

  • Francis Links:
  • First: Ingrid Krige and Jenny Paola from Pretoria Country Club
  • Second: Hilda Hofmeyer and Venessa Cloete form Knysna Golf Club
  • Francis Bay Golf Club:
  • First: Jean Jynn and Heilie Uys from STFBGC
  • Second: Liz Keller and Bev Strain from Knysna Golf Club

This tournament brings not only lady golfers together, but gives the local businesses the opportunity to participate as sponsors. The Main sponsor was Pam Golding Properties who had been involved with St. Francis ladies tournaments since 2006. Other sponsors were:

  • Aqua Spa & Skin Clinic
  • Prestige Beauty & Body Boutique
  • Glo Beauty Studio
  • Hibiscus Health & Beauty Studio
  • Village Square Super Spar
  • Francis Point Vineyard

This tournament is an example of putting skills, endurance, enthusiasm and cooperation from two golf clubs together to ensure not only the success of the tournament but also promoting ladies golf in the Eastern Cape. The publicity this event has engineered is going far past the Village borders.

Organisers Pam Golding Ladies Golf in St Francis Bay

ORGANISING COMMITEE: Dawn Speirs, Carol Hemsley, Sandy Cunningham, Jeff Clause, Janine vd Merwe, Thinus Keller, Jean Fynn, Jenny Schulze, Heilie Uys

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Heilie Uys
STFBGC Ladies Captain
Tel: 042 298 0014 / Cell: 082 465 0935 / E-mail: huys@ibi.co.za

New Vodacom Towers

One of the matters brought up in the meeting of the St Francis Bay Residents Association evening by Wayne Furphy was the matter of better internet connectivity in the area. Certainly the service has deteriorated over the past few weeks and publishing this newsletter has become a nightmare at times. In fact we missed our 7:45 deadline yesterday, the first time in 4 months simply because we could not secure a stable connection. Now imagine those who rely on their internet connection to conduct everyday business. And the holidaymakers haven’t even arrived yet to put more strain on the network.

Here is an update on the Vodacom Towers sent to us by Rod Suter. Thanks Rod, much appreciated.

Further to the previous update on 4 November, the current status of the proposed erection of three new Vodacom masts in SFB :

  • Our DA​ Ward Representative, Ben Rheeder, has now held the meeting to discuss the matter with the Municipal Manager. It was established that all work by Vodacom on these towers was halted, and this decision has been confirmed in writing.
  • Vodacom have now withdrawn their proposal for the mast in Esmaralda Road, and are actively looking for an alternative location.
  • However, Vodacom wish to proceed as soon as possible with the other two locations (Cove, Shore Road and cnr. St Francis Drive/Neville Road).
  • Their objective is to install the masts prior to the holiday season.
  • They are holding discussions with the Municipality to expedite approval and have commenced advertising for objections
  • These masts appear to have morphed into temporary “Lamp Posts”, 15 m high.
  • The Vodacom proposals for the Cove, Shore Road and cnr. St Francis Drive/Neville Road sites have received the support of both the DA Ward Committee and the St Francis Bay Residents Association Committee.