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 The Krugersdorp Golf Course was in exceptional nick, so it should have been after all the rain we have had.  The fairways ran very fairly and evenly and the greens were probably the slickest we have played on in many a year.  There was lots of hot water and plenty towels this time around.  Thank you to the Captain Billy Pollock for the warm welcome to your Club.

There was keen competition for places in the Gary Player Knockout and the Gary Player Plate Finals and it turns out that irrespective of who wins there will be new pairings’ names on both of the trophies.  Good luck to all of you.

Congratulations to Alec Saunders and John Warwick who received their 45 and 40-year ties respectively.  The Captain received his 20-year tie and Ian Bradley was awarded his 200 game badge.  I reminded the Captain that we have now had a bet for one month short of 20 years, not many of them last that long.

Welcome to Sheldon Botha, Dawid Ferreira, Chris Keary, Byron Stephenson (Sponsor) and Greg Yeoman all of whom were inducted on the evening.  We wish all of you a long and happy tenure at Gauteng Nomads, please remember that the more often you play the more fun you will have.   With the change of the year, the new one (2014/15) starts in May, you will be able to play in the Gary Player Knockout.  If you don’t know any other Nomads, besides your Proposer and Seconder, just fill in an Entry Form, pay your money and we will find you a partner.  To the best of my knowledge this is the only trophy in the world that carries the name of Gary Player.

Congratulations to Les du Preez on his first winning of a Division, after being a Nomad for just 16 months.  It’s a pity that he will be overseas and not able to play in the Gold Cup at Glendower.  He said he was looking forward to playing at his home club in May but not that crazy playing off of a 1 handicap.

Jimmy Littlewood had a long afternoon and he managed to extend his total Matchboxes won to 14 over a duration of 45 years, this could well be a countrywide record!

The Captain has had a very busy year inducting new members.  At last count there were 24 new Nomads in his 16 months at the helm and this has kept our overall total membership numbers at a very good level.

Thank you Nic du Toit for your slick fines session at your “old” club.



Andy Ostle   60  Walter & Ann Kuner  30th  James & Glenda Lazenby  30th
Colin & Betty Nicholls 30th    Pat & Ruth Gaffney  25th



David & Cindy Bailey on the arrival of their third granddaughter.



Our AGM must have been almost the smallest attendance in many years.  In fact there were more apologies (57) than attendees (42)!  However what was more disturbing was that of the 24 inductees and “transfers in”, during this past 15 months, only 5 attended and 4 sent their apologies.  The AGM is where you can have your say about anything that you are unhappy with at Nomads, on the other side of the coin perhaps that means that all the members are happy with what your Executive Committee are doing!

Congratulations to Doug Watson and Larry B who both made Silver Trays at the Port Elizabeth Nationals and Larry B was the Gauteng Nomad with the total most individual points at the Tournament so he will be awarded the Derrick Transell Trophy.

Next year’s National Tournament, the 50th, has been “taken over” by the National Executive and will be played at Champagne Sports in the Drakensberg.  At this stage I cannot say how many playing spots will be available but I would imagine that it would be less than the normal amount, so playing all your game is going to be imperative.

One of the things that came out of the National Council Meeting was that in future you would be allowed to play a Make Up game two months before and four months after the month in which the game should have been played.  I do understand the reasoning behind but this is sure going to make it so much easier to retain a continuous playing record!  Just remember to mark very clearly on the card, that you bring back from a Make Up game, exactly what month’s game is being Made Up.

Many thanks to all of you, including the Nomads from Northerns and Easterns, who came out to CCJ to lend a hand on Golforama at the Telkom PGA Business Tournament.  There were quite a few new faces and everyone had a great lot of fun.

I was delighted to hear that Ron Burg, who has not been well for a while, will continue as a Gauteng Sponsor Nomad even though there is no longer a Race Day at Turffontein.  Many thanks for your more than generous sponsorship over many years, I’m sure that Graham Bishop (our incoming Vice Captain) will liaise with you in this respect.


 The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers.

Suzie Smith stood up and walked to the podium.  She said, “I have praise.  Two months ago, my husband, Phil, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed.  The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know if they could help him.”

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Phil must have experienced.

“Phil was unable to hold me or the children,” she went on, “and every move caused him terrible pain.  We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Phil’s scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place.”

Again the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Phil.

“Now” she announced in a quivering voice, “thank the Lord, Phil is out of hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely.”

All the men sighed with unified relief.  The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.

A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.

He said, “I’m Phil.” The entire congregation held its breath.  “I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum.