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There is a fantastic history between Germiston Golf Club and the Gauteng Nomads. James Johnston(Germiston Captain), Johan Van Wyk, Mark Pledger and I certainly strengthened those bonds once more, nothing more said! The greens were probably the best we played at over the last twelve months and the course overall was the best I have ever seen it. Congrats to all the staff at Germiston for hosting us in such a fantastic way! We often hear rumblings as to why we are playing at the “smaller” clubs but year in and year out they welcome us as their own and no stone goes unturned to make us feel truly welcome. Long may this history last!

Our fines master for the evening was Sheldon Botha, another newbie! Guys it is truly fantastic that the new guys are stepping up to the plate. When I called Shellie to ask him to do fines, there wasn’t a second of thought or a Ja maybe Cappie! Thanks for stepping up once again and also a fantastic job done. I am sure I did buy you a drink after prizegiving.

We are currently chatting to the Lowveld lads to see if we can revive the original trophy which was played between the Lowveld boys and the then Transvaal Nomads (now Gauteng). It was called the Phelwana Trophy and was donated by an old Transvaal Nomad, Peter Ostendorf. The trophy was played from the late 70’s until 1996 when Lowveld officially became a Nomads Club. We will hopefully be playing at the new Highlands Gate course in Dullstroom. Many who have played this course say it’s the best they have ever played with dramatic scenery. Trust me it is very special. So watch this space.

I had the pleasure of handing Johan Van Wyk his 300 game badge, congrats Johan, it was fantastic playing with you, dit was nou n’ lekker dag boyjie! George Aldrich received his 200 game badge. Tie awards went to Warren Wallace 15 years, and a very special 45 year tie to Joe Civin. Congratulations guys. Silver Salvers went to Sid “Ringer” Rickhoff for his Fourty points at Ruimsig and to Miguel “Mulligan” Cardosa for his fantastic 41 pointer at Parkview. Well done lads!

I would like to thank Sean Ledden for taking over from Barry who was away on honeymoon in Mozambique, also to the Rickhoff brothers and as always the ever reliable Tony Shaw. Please could some of the newer Nomads please volunteer for starters duties, it really is a fantastic way of meeting your fellow Nomads.

Last but not least, to our ladies Bev, Roz and Wilma, 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. To Wilma, congratulations on officially been inducted, we really appreciate your help.

I would like to wish all the Nomads and their families a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. One positive thought for the New Year is that you only have to put up with me for four more games! Scary thought! Please travel safely and play hard.

See you all next week at Randpark for our xmas cup, make sure to bring your dancing shoes.