St Cathryn’s news

2020-02-12 06:01

THE most beautiful rain fell over the weekend with 68 mm of rain measured.

The greens had a slight verticutting, fertilizer was applied and then the rain fell.

In exciting news for Hermannsburg pupils and St Cathryn’s members, two PGA professionals, Marc Alexander and Ryan Kimber, have joined Hermannsburg School to run their academy from St Cathryn’s.

Here is an introduction from Alexander: “My name is Marc Alexander, I am a PGA professional from Johannesburg and, with my colleague Ryan Kimber, also a PGA professional, we will be starting the golf academy for Hermannsburg School. We have both worked in different facets of the golf industry.

“Kimber started his career in golf as an apprentice at Eye of Africa, where I was employed as well, he then moved to Els Club at Copperleaf as a shop assistant. Kimber moved to the retail business as a hard-lines sales consultant at The Pro Shop where he completed his degree and graduated as a Class A full member PGA professional. I myself started at Eye of Africa as well where I completed my degree with the PGA and went from an apprentice to head professional before moving on. The next chapter for me saw me take on the role of assistant golf director at The Country Club Johannesburg (CCJ). While at CCJ, I worked closely with the PGA and soon upgraded to AA Professional.

“Both Kimber and I have a great passion for coaching and working with people in helping them improve their game as well as their understanding of the game. We look forward to working with both Hermannsburg School and St Cathryn’s Estate in order to make the academy a great success.”

We will let golfers know when the academy will be open for lessons with the pros.

St Cathryn’s members are looking forward to upgrading their golfing skills.

Over the weekend, one of our previous members, Russel Wulfsohn, turned 60, and at the gathering of friends it was like a Greytown reunion. Carl Goenewald, past chairman of the notorious “Dirty Dozen” and current St Cathryn’s golf member, was present and shared many fun stories of the famous club that roamed the Umvoti District in the late eighties and nineties.

Other members present were John Odendaal, Eddie Conradie (a past St Cathryn’s club champion) and Pete Clark. Clark was never a golf member but one will remember Stan Clark — who is his father. Stan played at St Cathryn’s.

Other old Greytownians, but younger in age, were Janet McBain (daughter of John Martens) as well as Sharon Butler née Northmore. Later we bumped into Rupert Gebers at the Hilton tennis club. Gebers was also a small farmer and very big timber contractor in the Greytown area.

Wulfsohn made St Cathryn’s very famous as he was involved in one of the longest golf games ever of six hours for 18 holes — imagine Mo Wulfsohn’s comment on that!

The next Farmers Agri-care Monthly Mug will be played on Saturday, February 22 — come rub shoulders with the PGA professionals.

To book for golf please contact Piet at 083 269 1661.

— Supplied.

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