Despite earlier predictions of potentially foul weather, Saturday morning though initially cloudy with a very slight drizzle, turned into a peach of a day with ideal conditions for a day’s golf.
In fact, those who started later in the day may have been wishing for some of that cloud and drizzle as the sun beat down in windless conditions.
The first 4 ball of a full field for the day teed off at exactly 07h00 with the last 4 ball coming back to the clubhouse around 17h30. As always, our local businesses as well as some companies from Port Elizabeth rose to the occasion with their generosity ensuring that the top six 4 four balls were rewarded with some amazing prizes, as were the 4 players closest to the pin of 4 of the holes – certainly worth playing for. Not only that but lucky players were rewarded with their entry by winning a string of lucky draw prizes.
A total of R26 000 was raised through sponsorship and it is really gratifying to see how the work that FOSTER does in the four reserves is noted and rewarded by our sponsors and donors by their willing support. When adding the FOSTERS share of the entrance fees close to R40 000 will have been added to FOSTERS coffers.
The winners were: –
1st – Greg Bentley, Dave Micklem, Jannie Botha, Dean Nysschen – 96 pts
2nd – Craig Haverly, Paul Lawrie, Richard Kellett, Don Spiers – 93 pts
3rd – Mike Rishworth, Brett Parker, Keith Simpson, David Offerman – 92 pts
4th – Keith condon, Corris Meyer, Len Terblanche, Caroline Kettlewell – 91 pts
5th – Ricki Dembo, Jayden Hirsch, Glen Smith, Barry Buchman – 90 pts
6th – Doug Cornish, Leon Engelbrecht, Pandy Katakuzinos, Kevin McClure 89 pts.
Players closest to the pin were: –
3rd – Jethro Cadman
8th – L. Potgieter
10th – Pete Lourens
17th – Con McAloon
In addition to thanking all our sponsors and donors listed below, a special word of thanks goes to the St Francis Lower Golf Club for hosting the event and all their help. ALL the PLAYERS who supported our FOSTER GOLF DAY. Lastly members of the FOSTER golf organising committee Paul, Trevor, Nita and Antoinette who as always gave selflessly of their time to make the day a success.
List of sponsors and donors: –
Jendamark Automation Sandy Coffee Photography
Horak Family Port Elizabeth Hotel Group
Gallup Strengths Finder (Sandy Coffey) Build It
Grindstone Property Management Pty Ltd Calibre Security
St Francis Links/St Francis Bay Golf Clubs Lindy & Keith Schlosz-Tranquility
Dirk Ellis VW – Jeffreys Bay Spar Group EC
Village Square Spar Lempriere Wool Services SA
Stone Pine Holdings Pty Ltd A C Whitcher Pty Ltd
Pam Golding Properties Remax on Sea
Ilse de Waal-Anna’s On The Beach Chemdry
Fresh Laundry Liquid Lines
Bayline Pools Albert Saunders Attorneys
Blue Bottle Store Allister Robertson
Hempel Family Hogan Family
Meikles Hibiscus Health & Beauty Studio
Never Mind Restaurant The Quays
22 Eatery Bruce’s Coffee Shop
Cape St Francis Resort-Joe Fish Restaurant Trade Winds Coffee Shop
Resort Adventures/St Francis Safaris
Kouga Print & Design
The annual FOSTER Golf Day is nearly here, and with just a few days to go before tee-off on Saturday 5 November, there are only a few tee-off times left. As it is the PGA as well next weekend, if you wish to play golf on Saturday in St Francis it will have to be at the lower course and you will be aiding a good cause to boot, by playing in the FOSTER golf day.
Just R280 per player gets you a great day’s golf with some awesome prizes to win. Weekends away, premium wines, meal vouchers and professional photo shoots, to mention a few, are waiting to be won. Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters.
Call the lower golf course on 042 294 0467 to book your place before it’s too late.
Whilst we may not have been very active in news over the last few weeks due to both planned and unplanned travel, there has been a lot happening with the team and committee working hard ensuring that the reserves and trails are well kept and as alien free as possible.
Considerable work has also been done on maintaining the paths and walkways around the lighthouse and some much-needed repair and rerouting of the paths on the path from Queen of the West to the Sunset rocks is now also complete.
The firebreak from Anchor Gardens to Osprey and Diaz Crescent has been cleaned up and is now complete. The paths around the tennis court area in the Irma Booysen Reserves have been cleaned up and are looking great. Local Fire chief Marlin Sodiem inspected the fire breaks on Wednesday and promised assistance going forward.
The vandalised no cycling signs in the reserves have now also been replaced. On a positive note there is very little illegal cycling on our trails, according to our camera trap.
We will be doing some weed control and spraying in various areas. This is done with environmentally friendly pesticides developed to target specific species. It will not damage the other sensitive vegetation. Please don’t be alarmed if you see Dave and the team busy spraying in the various reserves. It is done under the watchful eye of Prof. Richard Cowling to ensure that the right protocols are observed.
In the next few weeks at least another 8 new signboards will be erected at the various entrances to the reserves and this project should be completed by the end of October. A huge thank you to Alex Odendaal from Alan’s Woodwork for making the structures, Trudi Malan for the design and final assembly, and the Ritchie-Buchanan family for supplying much of the material.
An important event coming up is annual FOSTER Golf Day on 5 November, the same weekend as the PGA at the links. Last year was a complete sell out and we expect the same this year so get in early and book your 4 ball at the “old” course on 042 2940467. Sponsors and donors are urgently needed so please come forward and support this important event on the Golfing calendar.
The International Coastal Clean Up is an opportunity for members of the community to get involved in keeping our beautiful part of the world clean so that human and animals alike can enjoy our wonderful coastline.
This is a global initiative to clear our oceans, beaches and waterways of plastic, rubbish and other debris. The International Coastal Clean Up has participants from 191 countries. Governments, volunteers and organisations get together to tackle the global waste problem and build up more sustainable world. Last year over 60 million volunteers collected over 303,000 tons of waste from the oceans and beaches.
This world-changing idea began in the small northern European country of Estonia, in 2008. 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours. On that day, a global bottom-up civic movement was born. It captured the imaginations of people worldwide. They were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula.
The simple idea has grown into a global movement with millions of volunteers. The simple act of cleaning has become a force that binds together people and groups that, otherwise, might not likely work together towards the same goal.
The Kromme Enviro-Trust spearheads this initiative in the greater St Francis area and are inviting volunteers get involved. We have planned our Coastal Clean Up for Saturday 1st October 2022. We ask anyone who wants to join us to meet at Cape St Francis Lighthouse parking lot from 9am to 12pm.
The Enviro-Trust will be issuing bags and gloves to all participants and will record the items brought in. The municipality collects the full bags, usually over 200 of them, as well as larger items like drums and boat wreckage. We invite everyone who has a desire to keep our coastline beautiful to join us.
Despite the earlier predictions, Saturday morning turned out to be a balmy winter’s day ideal for cleaning the litter off our coastline in and around the Seal Point Nature Reserve as we got stuck into the FOSTER Clean Up.
A big thank you to the volunteers who arrived with their rubbish bags and tongs ready to remove the litter that has washed up over recent weeks on the coastline in the Seal Point Nature Reserve and beyond, especially in the small inlets and rock pools. A shout out to the Krom Enviro Trust for partnering with FOSTER and providing recycled bags and gloves for those who needed these. As promised our councillor Lorraine, arranged for the municipality to come and remove all the collected bags of rubbish at the various collection points and by 12h30, as the rain started everything had been collected.
Raf, Richard’s dog with the large plastic sheet and one of the bags of rubbish that they collected, with Si looking on.
FOSTER and Krom Enviro Trust representatives were on hand at the well-branded lighthouse to give advice and assistance to those requiring it and it was heartening to see the number of rubbish bags that were filled and collected on Saturday. The volume of microplastic in the bags was astounding, apart from some big items such as the large hard plastic sheet that Richard Arderne and his dog Raj brought back, huffing with exertion as it was dammed heavy.
Bags and debris awaiting collection at Sunset Rocks one of the other collection points.
Certainly, a Saturday morning was well spent in preserving some of our special coastlines and helping to secure our quality of life. Thanks to all who gave up a few hours of their Saturday to do this.
FOSTER CLEAN-UP AND MAINTENANCE
It’s hard to believe that we have had two Saturdays with the same foul weather in a row and now possibly a third one this Saturday, August 6th. As we know a forecast a few days out in Cape St Francis is not always accurate, so we are hoping that by Saturday morning the weather will be conducive to finally doing the clean up as planned for 10h00, with the meeting point at the lighthouse. The Kromme Enviro-Trust and the St Francis Cycling Club will be supporting and helping FOSTER with the clean up.
On the positive side, the beach and area next to the surfers car park is looking pretty clean, but it’s the wild side from the lighthouse westwards that needs urgent cleaning up, especially in the many pools and inlets. So please bring something to help you retrieve rubbish, such as kiddies fishing nets, braai tongs, etc.
We will know on Saturday morning whether we can proceed. If we need to cancel due to bad weather, we will advise via the various social media channels.
Dave Bowmer and his team have been very busy over the last few weeks in the Seal Point Nature Reserve upgrading the path from the Surfers car park to the Lighthouse, including improving the drainage. The first of our new information signs which were designed by Trudi Malan and assembled by Alan’s Woodworks with wood donated by the Buchanan-Ritchies has also been erected at the start of this walk. You will soon see more of these information signs going up at the entrance points of the Reserves. Many thanks to those who made this possible.
Badly needed due to the recent rains and now complete is the rehabilitation of the path from Queen of the West Boulevard to Sunset Rocks, with some of the path rerouted and better drainage put in. This will minimise the damage to wetlands and sensitive vegetation in the area.
The team are now busy on the paths and trails in the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve and will shortly return to the Seal Point Nature Reserve to improve the entrance at Sunset Rocks. Thereafter they will continue with the alien plant removal project.