On 5 September 2014, Gauteng held their 47th annual Andrew Mentis Golf Day. My thanks go to Modderfontein Golf Club and all their staff, who assisted in making the day a huge success. A particular mention to Brandon, who was at the course early and by the time I arrived at 06h15 the whiskey, glasses and milk were all ready for our first tee off time at a rather cold 07h00. I would also like to thank each and every Nomad who participated on the day. We had many Nomads who, as usual, donated generously with hole sponsorships, prizes and the purchase of raffle tickets. The purpose of the day is to raise money for charity and for all players to have an enjoyable day of golf and entertainment. I think we achieved both of these objectives by raising a significant amount of money for St’ Laurence’s Children’s Haven and it appeared from the balcony of the club house that everybody enjoyed the SAB beer tent on the 18th hole. It wasn’t long before the 15 cases of Castle Light were a thing of the past. The golf was well supported with 7 fourballs in the morning and 32 in the afternoon. The eventual winners of the fourball alliance format were, Miguel Cardoso, Larry Bredenkamp, Mark Temlett and a recently inducted Anton Masterson, on a score of 90 points.
So as one event comes to an end another one begins. The rugby day on 4 October will be our final charity event for 2014. Arrangements are going to according to plan and we have managed to sell all 150 tickets, in fact we are over-subscribed and I have had to purchase an additional seven. We also have guys who already have tickets and will be joining us on the busses and at the venue to enjoy the day’s festivities. Thank you to all those who have generously donated your Bell’s and beers after prize-giving during the year. I have been accumulating all these donations, with the assistance of Randpark Club, who are storing them on our behalf. Year to date we have collected 31 cases of Castle Light and 22 bottles of Bell’s (some of which were used at the golf day). The end result of these donations will be a reduced drinks bill and a greater profit for the charity. Once again, if you are interested, you are welcome to have a look at their website at www.childrenshaven.co.za