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Our annual game at Wanderers always proves to be popular, and it certainly didn’t disappoint as the greens and course were in great condition. The weather played its part this month and it turned out to be an absolute scorcher of a day. The ice cold sponsors brew certainly went down a treat on the 18th green. I had the pleasure of playing with Jim Hughes, a fellow Randpark member and friend, Paul Bolton and the ever chirpy Brian Bolton who was playing his 400th game. It was an especially proud moment for Paulie walking up the 18th with his “old man.” Congratulations Brian, it is always an honour to hand out these significant game badges.            

I would really like to thank Spero for stepping up to the plate to do the fines session. What a humorous fines session it was, hopefully Anton is not a Lions supporter and certainly hands you boys a few fines.

The twenty Gauteng boys that travelled to Easterns for the Captains Cup put up a massive fight in what was a really tight battle. We needed twenty points to retain the trophy but fell short by one, going down 21-19. There were four halved games on the Sunday afternoon singles, which just shows how close it was. The boys were so looking forward to the Sundays 36 holes that at least half the team didn’t get any sleep on the Saturday evening! A special thank you must go to Matty and the boys from Easterns for hosting us and organising a fantastic event. The spirit between the two clubs is something to behold. I cannot wait for next year’s event.           

The 50th Nationals is almost upon us, in what is going to be a fantastic event to be at Champagne Sports resort in the Drakensburg. We have a team of thirty seven participating. I wish you all the best of luck and enjoy the tournament in true Gauteng style. A quick thank you goes out to Sean Ledden for all your organisation.

Please remember to get your Gold Cup entries in early to avoid disappointment. The gold cup game is the flagship event on our calendar. Please go to the competition standings on our website to see if you are in the running. Remember the game is on Friday the 17th April.     

I would like to thank our starters, Barry Bruton and Steven Greasley. A special thank you to Hennie Ehlers, who is recovering from a knee op for helping out. As usual Tony Shaw, for doing starter duties.

Last but not least, to our ladies Bev, Wilma and Roz, for helping out at the registration table. We really wouldn’t cope without all your help and effort you put in every month. We really, really do appreciate everything you do for us.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Houghton Golf Club, on the 11th March.

Cheers,

Darren