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The Gauteng Nomads  and before them the Transvaal Nomads used to complete an annual trek to Durban around the 1st of July. There were two reasons for this; one was to play Natal for one of the oldest Trophies in Nomads, the Langham Edward, trophy. The other was to watch the Durban July at the Royal Durban Golf Course and have a small bet or two. The best of both worlds, unfortunately this is no longer possible as Royal Durban rents out their facilities to the serious punters and politicians and by all reports they do very well out of that weekend. It was due to this that the Langham Edwards Trophy was not up for contention last year, well done to Janus Horn for resurrecting a fine old Nomadic tradition. Congratulations to the Gauteng team, both the Drakensberg Cup and the Langham Edward Trophy are in our Cabinet to defend next year, when Natal and Southern Natal come up to Gauteng.

On the Golforama front the Nomads guys and girls worked at the Sun City Challenge, a Winter Sunshine Tour / European Tour Co – hosted event at the Lost City Course, Sun City. It is a lovely course but quite a walk I can tell you. The tournament was won by Keith Horne from Eye of Africa G.C. on -13.

The Andrew Mentis financial year end is approaching very quickly and I am pleased to advise that my charity was approved at the National Management Meeting held in Natal in July. The charity is Prim-villa, a home for the Elderly especially those with Alzheimers. Their request was for an addition to their Sensory Room along with various items for the residents to use. These items have been designed to calm people with dementia and stimulate the senses of those with these ailments. The building work is well under way and the Sensory items have been ordered, I am looking forward to a visit next week to check the progress at the home. If you are interested you are welcome to have a look at their website at:     www.mha.co.za

Barry Bruton