St Cathryn’s news

2019-10-30 06:02

THE very hot and dry conditions we are experiencing are starting to have an effect on the golf course, and especially on the greens. They are a little bumpy and very hard, but still producing the odd birdy.

The windy conditions give distances on the downwind sides of the course and holding the ball up in the air on the fairways when playing into the wind. Verticutting of the greens is continuing, with a light dusting of sand being applied.

We are not doing our spring treatment yet due to the lack of irrigation water and the veritcutting — which removes thatch buildup — conditions experienced on the greens, so when some rain falls we would like the water to trickle through to the soil and growing medium.

The Farmers Agri-care Monthly Mug had some of the Plennegy St Cathryn’s interclub team members in the field — this was their final opportunity to work on their swing and putting before the biggest amateur golf tournament in the world, this being the KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union’s Interclub tournament, set to be played over this coming weekend on the South Coast.

The team is leaving on Thursday to have a practice round at Selborne and to acclimatise to the South Coast conditions. On behalf of all members, we wish both teams well under the captaincy of Fanie van Wyk and team manager Dieter Meyer.

Results:

First — Heinrich Sander nett 64 (playing with his new Taylor-made M4 clubs.)

Second — Maruis Muller nett 67

Third — Dieter Meyer nett 71

Nearest to pin 2/11th: Dieter Meyer

Nearest to pin 9/18th: Fanie van Wyk

Captains putter: Sue Harrison

Best Greytown golfer: Steve vd Merwe.

Grand Prix results:

The Grand Prix results stand as follows, with one mug to be played in November, and the last opportunity to gain Grand Prix points.

First — Dieter Meyer 95 points

Second — Fanie van Wyk 81 points

Third — Lawrence Savage 59 points.

The KZNGU membership rates for the coming year will be discussed at their AGM this Friday so we will have a clearer picture what subs for the 2019/2020 year will be. Members are reminded that if they would like to resign their membership from St Cathryn’s they must notify us in advance otherwise you will be held liable for the KZNGU membership fee.

To book for golf please contact Piet at 083 269 1661 or the club at 082 555 2661.

St Cathryn’s/Plennegy team interclub report

A Senior Frog and Frog team represented St Cathryn’s at the annual KZNGU Interclub tournament held at Selborne, Umdoni and Umkomaas golf courses over the weekend of October 25 to October 27.

The senior team played Umdoni on Friday and scored 102 points with Tienie Muller the leading scorer for them with 37 points.

The Frog team played an almost unplayable Umkomaas course, as the pin positions were very difficult to get to, and scored 87 points. Marius Muller was their top scorer with a fantastic 35 points. Interclub captain Dieter Meyer had a very difficult day with only 25 points which insured that he would have to wear the green “Not the winner” shirt for lowest round of the day.

The senior team moved onto Selborne on Saturday and scored 84 points with Muller once again leading the way with 35 points. Club captain Fanie van Wyk had a very poor outing, only scoring 22 points, which allowed Meyer to hand over the green shirt with much enthusiasm.

The Frog team had a good day at Umdoni, with 98 points scored, with Meyer overturning his poor form on Friday by scoring 34 points, the highest for the Frog team on Saturday.

Although the Frog team lost the internal competition with the senior team by one point, they went through to the Sunday Alliance competition played at Umdoni. They were placed sixth overall in the Frog division after being in 19th position after Friday’s round.

Marius (38 points), Lawrence Savage (34 points) and Meyer (33 points) played very well to score a total of 105 points. They tied in first place with Athlone Golf Club but, unfortunately, lost out to them in a count out.

St Cathryn’s is probably the smallest club represented at this tournament, with a limited number of players available for selection, so this result is certainly one to be proud of.

Muller won the trophy for the most points scored over the Friday and Saturday round with a total of 72 points with Marius coming in second with 68 points.

Thank you to Plennegy, who sponsor our team on an annual basis and make it possible for St Cathryn’s GC to compete in this fantastic tournament. We all really appreciate your generosity. — Report by Dieter Meyer, interclub convenor.

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