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Notes From The Editor
4 November 2021
It has been an exciting few days in South Africa as the population, well, a percentage of the people, turned up to cast their votes. With the voting all done and dusted and the ballot papers still being tallied, we can start looking forward to seeing how the next few years will plan out.
As previously mentioned, as long as you had the mettle to go and vote, you have done your bit for the country’s future. If you didn’t bother to vote and took Monday off to go and surf or hang at the beach, well, that’s a pity. A wasted vote on 1 November 2021 is something that we can never have back, gone forever into the sands of time. Remember, if you didn’t vote, you’re not allowed to moan.
Moving on, though, the town is busy, with the golfers in town for their PGA tournament at The Links.
It’s a big field, and there are television crews around and filming, and there will be live tv this weekend direct from the Links Golf Course. There are strict protocols and procedures in place, and you will find these and more information in the PGA column on St Francis Today.
This weekend also sees a surf contest at Seal Point, the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders Closed tournament, and a lot of our locals will be surfing in it and a few surfers from Port Elizabeth and surrounds. It should be loads of fun as per usual. For more, go to www.nelsonmandelabaysurfriders.co.za. The forecast looks quite good for the weekend, with some great waves on Saturday as well as Sunday morning. Hopefully, the organisers can get the lion’s share of the heats done before the predicted onshore comes up.
The St Francis Bay area is producing some great surfers at the moment, with a crop of groms and super-groms coming through. These guys and girls will be on the podiums across the country and maybe even overseas in a few years. So if you can, come down and support our surfers this weekend.
Finally, we have a big surprise in store for readers tomorrow. We have coerced a brilliant, award-winning writer and columnist to pen a column for St Francis Today. Of course, should it go disastrously, that person will be cancelled immediately to protect the good name of St Francis Today. But, on the other hand, should it go down well, that person might write a few more columns for us. Sometimes you have to take a chance.
PGA Golf Championship at St Francis Links
4-7 November 2021
You would have noticed all the new people in town by now. They’re in the shops and restaurants, as well as the TV trucks and their Outside Broadcasting Studios. The Sunshine Tour is in town, and St Francis Links hosts the PGA Championship over the next few days.
The morning field tees off just before 7 am, so they’re playing already, and the afternoon field tees off around 11:30. It’s going to be a busy few days, so the early morning start will be imperative.
We spoke to Jeff Clause, CEO of St Francis Links, to set the scene on what’s happening. Clause, fresh off the excitement of St Francis Links winning the Best Golf Course In South Africa Award 2021 as announced by the 8th Annual World Golf Awards in Dubai recently, is still pretty excited.
“We couldn’t have asked for more,” said Clause. “We have a top field of entries, including guys like Jaco Van Zyl and Dean Burmester, to name but two, but it’s as good a field as I could wish for.”
With R1,2Million in prizemoney, it’s a big event. The winner will walk away with around R170k, and the event will have live coverage.
“It’s going to be covered live on Supersport, on channel 213, on both Saturday and Sunday from nine am to two pm,” said Clause. “Still, it has been a tremendous opportunity for the local community and us. Everyone has been staying local and eating local, in guest houses and other accommodation. The St Francis Resort has been housing all the television crew and their vehicles. The SUPERSPAR has been assisting with catering and water, and Dirk Ellis Motors has supplied the VIPS with transportation.”
Still, there are COVID procedures in place. “Everyone who comes to The Links has to have a vaccination certificate,” said Clause/. “You can’t attend a sporting event in South Africa unless you have been vaccinated. The best way to prove this is to download the HealthDocs app on your phone and get your vaccination details listed on there.”
There will be temperature tests at the Clubhouse, and there will be a mobile COVID Test Centre from Pathcare on site.
Talking of phone apps, the whole event is happening on phone apps. Apart from that HealthDocs app, spectators can download the Sunshine Tour app to follow scores, tee times and schedules, and see the list of entrants.
Also, don’t forget the St Francis Links app, where you can see the course layout and other information about The Links.
Spectators must park at the bottom and walk up to the Clubhouse. Admission is free. See you there.
The St Francis Property Owners is proud to partner with St Francis Links to fund the repainting of the pedestrian crossings around the R330 traffic circle. Although this is a provincial road and should be carried out by province, both organisations recognize the safety aspects at this busy intersection, with public transport, drop off and pick up points located there and opted to get the job done, especially before the busy season ahead. Thank you to the public for driving carefully and slowly where there are crossings.