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What a great day we had at Randpark for our X-mas Cup. I think the combination of our monthly game with a year-end function and adding the Captain’s and partners to the event was a huge success. That was probably the best R80 I spent all year. I believe that the idea of hosting the Captain’s at this event and having them experience an entire Nomadic day with us is an improvement on the older tradition of listening to a speaker who most of us have already heard. For those of you who like to plan ahead, the event will again be hosted at Randpark next year on 20 November, with one change, we will be playing the much awaited New Firethorn layout. After having driven around the course and witnessed the re-design I think it is going to be a massive improvement and I am not expecting any Silver Salvers that day. My only regret is that Doug Bain will not be around to open the course in March 2015.

The fund raising efforts from January have been unbelievable and the members have dug deep to raise a substantial sum of money. To my Andrew Mentis Nomads Foundation committee, I thank you all for your efforts and assistance throughout the year. We undertook some large events, with some reservation, but on each occasion we created an enjoyable experience for the members and managed to turn a profit at each of them. I wish Barry Bruton all the best for his charity raising initiatives for 2015, which will commence in January at Bryanston.

As the year end approaches, I am busy at St Laurence’s Children’s Haven with the final improvements to their facilities. To name but a few, security fencing, monitors, cameras, painting, salt chlorinator, kitchen and cooking facility upgrades, plumbing and electrical upgrades, carpet installations and television installations.

So the games for the year are a thing of the past and we now look forward to spending some time at the South coast with friends and family. For all the Nomads going down, see you in and around Port Shepstone, Umdoni, Southbroom and the Wild Coast.

Happy holiday golfing.

Graham Bishop