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It is quite amazing what a good spell of rain can do to a golf course and Randpark’s Bushwillow was no exception.  Despite the other course (Firethorn) being totally unplayable, the Bushwillow course is standing up to having to handle what must be an enormous amount of traffic for a normally two-course golf club.  The tees, the fairways, the greens and the entire course were all in immaculate condition. I had the honour of teeing off first on the 18th hole, not only because I was the only one to score a point on the 17th but because the Senior Tee was ±100mm behind the Club Tee.  Someone, from the morning field I believe, had a lot of fun moving the Senior Tees around as on at least three occasions the Senior Tee was only 100mm in front of the Club Tees.  We had a superb field of 171 players on the day and the afternoon field moved very well.

There was a wonderful vibe at the Xmas Cup, which carried on into the prizegiving and then we had a magnificent meal with cold buffet, hot buffet and very tasty puddings.  Thank you to Randpark for the excellent spread and a big thank you to your Executive Committee for their generous sponsorship of ±66% of the meal.  If you went home hungry you had only yourself to blame.

This was the first year we invited all the Captains, of the Clubs we play at during the year, to join us as our Guests and to play for the 1st ever Gauteng Nomads Xmas Cup Trophy.  10 of the Captains took up the invitation and congratulations to Rob Clouston, the Captain of Bryanston, on being the winning Captain.

Congratulations to Craig Clarke and Lee (not a brother to Guy) Fawkes, who were inducted on the evening.  At 35 and 34 respectively, they help to keep our average age down (currently sitting at 59.28 years).  We hope both of you will enjoy many many years of Nomads camaraderie and fellowship always remembering that the more you participate the more fun you will have.

On the evening Joan Dixon attained her 25th year of membership, Norman Leys and Alan Tonks received their 5-year ties and Antonio da Mota was awarded his 100 game badge.

Thank you to Stephen van der Merwe, another just a 14-month Nomad, for doing your first fine session.  It was quite a difficult task, with such a big crowd and lots of visitors.  Well done.


Tony Shaw     75     Basil Wilcox    60     Dobri Stanisavljevic     50

John “Pye” & Irene Bredenkamp       50th


 Pino & Kerry Gerin, belatedly, on the arrival of their pigeon pair.

Tony & Ana Maria, also belatedly, on the marriage of their younger daughter.


 Hennie Ehlers had a knee replacement recently and he is progressing well with lots of physiotherapy.


Southern Natal Nomads on the passing of Mike Roe.  Mike was a Transvaal/Gauteng Nomad for 37 years until he retired down the Coast and he received his 40 year-tie in February this year.  His wife Wendy would like to thank the Gauteng Nomads who attended Mike’s memorial service and wake at the Wanderers Golf Club.

Easterns Nomads on the passing of Gaby Schoeman, whom a lot of us will remember as “Rover Gabby” at Golforama.

Randpark Golf Club on the passing of their CEO Doug Bain.  The one minute silence during the afternoon of our Xmas Cup was quite a stirring moment.


It was good to see Heinz Abt playing at Randpark, he had a heart attack two months ago and drove himself to the hospital as his wife was, and still is, away overseas.

Congratulations to the team of 36 players chosen for the 50th Nomads National Tournament to be played at Champagne Sports Resort in the Southern Berg.  A special mention of the first timers, namely :- Andrew Souris, James Gowans, Les du Preez and Andrew Somerville, this is going to be lifetime experience.  I am just sorry that my “old” body won’t let me play 4 games in six days as I would love to play in the 50th National Tournament and receive my 25th National Tournament badge.  I might still be there incognito!!

Despite the very polite letter to so many defaulting members, for the number of games they have played in the first six months of the year, the Membership Officer has not been inundated with replies.  Please just send Nic du Toit (or the Captain) a note or a fax to explain the circumstances of your current poor playing record, preferably before you pay your subs., now due!

It is a sign of the times that Tie Awards and possible Badge Awards, during the coming year, will no longer appear in the Inside Right magazine.  In future if you wish to check your current standings, like all the annual competitions, you will have to log on to the Gauteng Nomads Website and then click on to your member profile.  Good luck!

If I have missed a special occasion during this past year, be it happy or sad, please forgive me as I can only write about the feedback that I get and that has been very sparse this year.

That just leaves me with the pleasant task of wishing you and your loved ones a Very Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  If you are travelling anywhere, go well and come home safely.


Dorothy and Edna, two Senior widows, are talking.

Dorothy : “That nice George Johnson asked me out for a date.  I know you went out with him last week and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer.”

Edna : “Well, I’ll tell you.  He shows up at my apartment punctually at 7pm, dressed like such a gentleman in a fine suit and he brings me such beautiful flowers!  Then he takes me downstairs.  And what’s there a limousine, uniformed chauffeur and all.  Then he takes me for dinner, a marvellous dinner, lobster, champagne, dessert and after-dinner drinks.  Then we go to see a show.  Let me tell you Dorothy, I enjoyed it so much I could have just died from pleasure!  So then we are coming back to my apartment and he turns into an ANIMAL.  Completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me three times!”

Dorothy : “Goodness gracious!  So you are telling me I shouldn’t go!”

Edna : “No, no, no. . . I’m just saying wear an old dress.”