Greetings Nomads,

Well, the Wild Coast game is out of the way and let us start with the conditions of the day at the course. The weather was superb, the course probably the best that we have seen it in winter for an exceedingly long time. Thanks to Benjie for the course setup that anticipated a stronger wind which never materialized hence the forward placement of Tee markers and accessible pin placements, all good for the big hitters and golfers of even mediocre ability. We had a field of 79 players of which 5 where visitors, not particularly good considering we had our AGM penned for after the game.

 As per normal the 28 -32 points applied and stats for the game are as follows, 28 got cut, 31 played honest golf and 14 played crap.

As was expected there was not a strong showing for prize giving and the AGM, amidst a resurgence of Covid and no showers, many players chose to vacate the premises even though the venue size was within allowable limits and protocols to accommodate one and all. As there was no vote on incoming JVC and VC this year the report back from the Captain and Secretary was delivered and received with enthusiasm.  One area of concern is the current lack of ongoing sponsors, both for our monthly games and prizes on offer. While we are aware that may of our sponsors have had to curb expenses in their own companies we now need to dig deep and find alternative funding or curb excessive spending within our own club. We would obviously prefer to find alternative sponsors, so if you know of anyone or company that would be interested in assisting us give John Ridl or Sean a call.

 For all those members who raised their concern and opinion on a weekend game rest assured we have reverted all playing days back to the second Tuesday of every month.

Our June game at Margate was contested on a course that is in the process of subtle transformation. We can only but shake our heads in sheer wonder and amazement at what Curly is achieving with limited funding, resources and staff. When all the rubble, an offcut from the trees and bush, has been removed, the dongas and water hazards defined and manicured all within the year I might add, this golf course will once again become a gem on the South Coast. We as Southern Natal Nomads can be proud of our association and assistance with this club.

As the boss imposed stricter Covid regulations country wide, and with the lack of water in Margate again, we did Prize giving in our playing kit, much to the joy of all the youngsters and those who prefer not to shower after a game of golf. This did not deter the Nomads who stayed to indulge in the sponsor’s brew.

We had a field of 84 players. The slight increase in numbers could be down to many playing their opening round of the Gary Player, but it seems that we will hover around the 80-player mark while Covid is still rampant. Stats for the game are as follows, as per the norm the 28-32 adjustment rule applied and 16 players got cut, 42 played honest golf and 19 were garbage.

Crying Towel went to none other than your esteemed Captain Sean Willis on a score of 22.

Our resident PRO from Scottburgh won his division again( C ). It would appear that his tour card is now secured, and he can concentrate on the run in to the Golfer of the year title.

We have had two Nomads reaching a serious milestone of 25 years, congratulations to John Webster and Jean Bouic on this achievement well done boys. 

On a lighter note, JW lost his all bets at Margate, yes, I won for a change, and being the true gentleman, he is paid his dues with a smile.

For all that played in the Gary Player Knock Out, congrats if you won, commiserations if you lost. Andre and Andrew, remember that July 13th  at Umdoni is the last day to complete Round 1.

See ya all at Umdoni.

Till next time, keep it on the fairway and stay safe.