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Greetings Nomads,

July at Umdoni! What an experience. The month has brought about so many highs that it is hard to place them in some sort of magical order where we can say “the sardine run was amazing” or the Scottburgh Sardine run (golf) was outstanding, not to mention the KZN Junior Golf held over 3 days at Southbroom, Margate and Sheppie, these kids are good.

But we must pay homage to Umdoni for hosting us for our monthly game, I do not believe that we could have asked for better conditions or warmer hospitality than what we received on the day, well if I must be picky, the greens were a bit too slick for me but that’s coz I just played crap, but good enough to take John Webster’s cash again.

With its magnificent sea views on all but a few holes it was a marvel to behold the big shoal of sardines on the break line at the Ninth Tee box, a first for me, Wow.

As you know we will always have a new or sometime a repeat chop that makes the day just that bit more special in a comical or unpayable way. This month was no exception, with Bob in my Four ball, I was convinced that we would see a club or two being tossed, alas not even a slight flick at his bag. But….

Papa Smurf made an appearance, the fuzzy beard, loads of weight increase and a demeanour that was comical was all there except for the red hat. I assume correctly or otherwise that a private bet was the new order between Captain “Tubby” and JVC Sean, let’s hope that clubs will heed my call that these two tuckboxes will only get one pie each for lunch from now on.  

It was rumoured that Norman had his own Photographer at his side but on consultation with the said gentlemen I can assure all and sundry it was just Norm’s son out to photograph the magnificent view and occasional golfer while spending quality time with his pop.

Papa Smurf did try and get everyone to drink the Glyver and by the time he got round to Bob and I he was nice and dizzy, me thinks that he was having a tot with each group he visited, nice one Sean.

On a sad note Nomads said goodbye to a Nomads legend in Andrew Mentis, not only was this fine gentleman a founder member of our organisation, but the person who started the Andrew Mentis Endowment Fund that is a cornerstone of our existence and guideline. How we plan and distribute our fundraising endeavour each and every year is in line with this great man’s vision. Gauteng Nomads lost a true friend but Nomads South Africa lost a legend and scholar. Rest in peace my friend.

Till next time keep it on the fairway.

Shaggy 

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Greetings Nomads


Well it was back to Margate for our June game, and as per normal “Curly” and the staff accommodated the Nomads in true homely and friendly manner. The course was in good condition and the majority of the field took advantage of this by scoring more than the day’s average of 31 points.

As a Nomad of long standing, I have seen my fair share of bizarre and hilarious antics and at times been amused at our monthly games, but none had me rolling on the floor as much as what Captain “Tubby” brought to the game.

FS Gonzalves Construction did an honourable thing by lending our esteemed Captain their Golf Cart, now I’m no expert in the construction and dynamics of Golf Carts and like any golfer I will grab the opportunity to ride rather than walk, but man this is something to behold. By now we all can relate to the influx of Chinese goods worldwide and there attempt to make anything cheaper, mostly! never better in some instances and certainly have yet to master the concept of large or x large clothing. But to build what can only be described as a Hobbit mobile and try and pass it off as a golf cart had us all in fits of laughter, which opened up the door for some verbal slander, abuse and banter. Everyone was convinced that the cart belonged to Dave Stevens and maybe that he was sharing with
Johnny Vryonides. In the end Captain “Tubby” kindly loaned the cart to Uncle Norman and his partner. To date both are still walking around with a bent back and bouts of leg cramp. Pictures of the now infamous Hobbit mobile can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Chaps we are halfway through our year and we still have members who have not paid their subs. If you have omitted to fulfil your monetary obligation to our club please do so.

Till next time keep it on the fairway.

Shaggy

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Greetings Nomads,

If like me you were a bit sceptical about playing at the Wild Coast, with all the talk about winds up to 40km/h and rain that can appear at any time like uninvited in-laws, the trip to this remarkable golf course was filled with prayers to the golfing gods for fair weather and a smooth controlled swing. The fair weather request was acknowledged alas the rest was S.O.P. Flashes of brilliance and showers of crap, well for some of us anyway.

When I arrived and had a chat to Benjie, he assured me that he had set the course up as easy as he could, he also heard the rumour of huge wind and decided to take pity on us. Forward Tee’s, pin positions that were accessible even to the blind and placed on relatively smooth patches of green. As he said,” the only thing I can’t give you is a swing like a seasoned pro”. So for those of you who shot above the day’s average of 30 and had your best round ever at the Wild Coast this may be the reason why. For the rest, myself included, we just played crap.

I have to make mention of two gentlemen who for complete opposite reasons made the day spectacular, “King Raffa” blitzed the course with 44 points, well done Raefe Dyer it could not happen to a nicer guy, you upped the bar big time buddy. Then there was Geoff Evans who managed to bag just 3 points on the course and with his handicap came in with 21 points to claim the coveted Crying Towel. Now for those of you who do not know these gentlemen are business partners, no guessing what the conversation will be on Wednesday morning and no doubt for the rest of the month, something along the lines of “hey Bitch get me some coffee”.

On a positive note it was good to have our National Chairman at our monthly game for his official visit and nice to see that we had a full house at prize giving, thank you Nomads for staying and showing the respect he deserves.

Much to my surprise the Hobbits stayed off the tables, the Durban Boyz did not take any glasses from the bar for the trek back home, Lappie’s used choice language in moderation and Jimmy and Norman kept the consumption of Klippie’s and Coke to under 3 bottles. Things might get back to normal at Margate next month.           

Till next time keep it on the fairway.

Shaggy 

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Greetings Nomads,

Southbroom at its finest, well almost except for the wind and rain in the late afternoon.

Welcome to our new playing year. Good luck Roelof. May your year as Captain be successful and an absolute ball for you. It was nice to see that you kept it to one Pie for lunch buddy.

Past Captain Paul Tedder well done to you and your committee for keeping our club afloat and upholding the ethos of what Nomads is all about.

As some of you might have noticed, we have introduced a new and in my humble opinion better way of scorecard tally and submission at the table after the game. The playing captain of the four ball has to sit and wait for approval from the ladies that all is in order before leaving. This is twofold, one it adds responsibility to the Captain of the four ball and second the four ball scores will only be entered once they have given the green light. All in the name of getting the prize giving up and running sooner, overall a good thing.

Chaps the committee are striving to make your playing experience better and exciting on the day, the first of which will come into effect at Wild Coast, free beer for all!

Remember that our next game is at the Wild Coast. It is a shotgun start at 10am and carts are included in the playing fee. 

We will be hosting Andrew Bullen, our new National Chairman. This is his first official visit and he has chosen us, Southern Natal to kick start his year. Please, please Nomads show respect and commitment by behaving in a manor becoming of a Nomad and attending Prize Giving. I know that the dop is a bit pricy at Wild Coast, but you are getting a free beer to start with.

Till next time keep it on the fairway.

Shaggy