What a night to remember!

Rotarian and event organiser, Bev Frieslich stands proudly with Rotary Club past president and Springbok, Alan Ferguson, and Rotarian Koos Burger from the Cape of Good Hope Club.
Rotarian and event organiser, Bev Frieslich stands proudly with Rotary Club past president and Springbok, Alan Ferguson, and Rotarian Koos Burger from the Cape of Good Hope Club.

As part of the Fish Hoek 2018 centenary celebrations, the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope hosted the 101st birthday of the legendary golfer Arthur D’Arcy (Bobby) Locke by honouring local sportspeople.

Locke owned Bobby Locke Motors on Main Road and lived in Fish Hoek for some time, yet is best remembered for his golfing attributes at Clovelly and internationally, plus his larger-than-life and unforgettable personality, as well as his golf partner, the late Maurice Bodmer.

Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Fish Hoek and the 101st birthday of Locke, a special civic certificate was presented to the Clovelly Country Club to be placed in the pub where the other memorabilia of Locke can be found.

Paul Storer, the golf director of Clovelly Golf Club, received the certificate from Richard Valentine (a signatory on the certificate representing the Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond Committee) and Mark Wiley. The Rotary Club President, Susan O’Hagan Ward, was the co-signatory on the certificate.

Rotarian and event organiser, Bev Frieslich, says: “It seemed an ideal opportunity to also celebrate the achievements of the sportsmen and women from the Valley over the past 100 years, who have attained national or provincial colours, or have personally achieved remarkable results in their chosen sport or by acting as a coach. More than 120 people made up of sporting greats, their partners, friends and supporters gathered at the Clovelly Country Club, where they were recognised and honoured, with many of them proudly wearing their Springbok or Proteas blazers and ties while they rekindled old friendships and shared stories.

“Although, sadly, many could not be there or have passed away, all the names appeared on the Roll of Honour, which will be updated and lodged in the Fish Hoek Museum for posterity together with the photographs taken by couple, Keith and Evelyn Lyle.

Frieslich says one very special guest present was George Golding who was the first player of colour to become a member of Clovelly Golf Club, thanks to the intervention of Raymond Ackerman who managed to get the rules bent by the then prime minister, BJ Vorster­. “The friendship and their weekly golf partnership survives to this day, as these two gentlemen still tee off together every week. A big thank you to everyone and the two sponsors, Sergio Capellino and Grant Christian, together with the team support of the many Fish Hoek sporting who’s who, ensuring a flawless event with very happy guests.”

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