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May was the official visit of our National Chairman, Greg Clack. Thankfully, Spero picked Greg up from OR Tambo on the Tuesday afternoon, which proceeded to be a two and a half hour trek back to my place. We had a fantastic dinner with our committee and wives, at my place that evening. Even though the boys were still suffering terribly from the Swazi Nationals, brave faces were put on and the hangovers were quickly a thing of the past. Graham Swallow put on a mesmerising magician show and tried hard to burn holes in the National Chairmans new Jacket. Graham, thank your lucky stars you got that one right!

I would like to thank Greg, on choosing us for his first official monthly visit. Greg it was fantastic having you up in Gauteng and I hope all your visits are as quiet and restful as this one! I really enjoyed the wine and chat around the fire until 2am, no wonder we played so terribly! You are certainly going to have a blast this year. Erno is waiting anxiously for you in the Boland for your next monthly visit, don’t forget your Proheps and Mypaids.

What a fantastic day we had at Kyalami, in what was my first game as Captain, and what an honor it truly is. As usual the course was in excellent condition and the weather played its part. I was joined by Greg Clack, our National Chairman, Steve Van Der Klis, the Captain of Kyalami and Neil Hommann, the Assistant Executive Director of the SAGA. Well, the Nomads boys got taught a lesson or two on the day with Neil making 34 points off a +4. I am not going to mention what Greg and I made, we certainly didn’t come to the party. Kyalami, has some interesting local rules when it comes to playing golf, as I found out after the round with 2 tequilas, 2 snakes(depth charges) and 1 rumbler, (1 tot of Red Hart Rum in a beer that has been heated up in the microwave for a minute), for my four putt. We certainly look forward to coming back to Kyalami next year for the golf, but not the “straf dops”!

We had a Silver Tray for Jamie Gowans for our December game as well as Silver Trays for Doug Watson and Larry Breedenkamp for their 40 points at Nationals in P.E. Congrats boys.

It was my honour to induct one new Nomad Member into our club, Mike Heffill. Welcome Mike and I hope you have many fantastic years with Nomads, remember that what you put in, you get out. So give it horns.

The Second Swaziland Nationals has come and gone and what a fantastic event it was again! My thanks to all the Gauteng Nomads that made the trip up to Swazi. We were certainly well represented with 18 members making the trip down and enjoying the festivities in true Gauteng Nomadic spirit! A big congratulations to the Swazi boys for organising a fantastic tournament and party, you will certainly see us next year.

It is with sad regret that we say goodbye to Past Captain, Honorary member, and Nomad of 51 years, Pat Mcgurk. You will certainly be missed, may you rest in peace Pat.

The entries for the Gary Player Trophy are open. Please could we get entries in A.S.A.P. Remember spots for the 50th Nationals will be tight so you will need all the entry points you can get if you wish to get selected for this prestigious Nationals event at Champagne Sports Resort, next year March.

See you all at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington.

Cheers,

Darren