I wish all our members a pleasant and peaceful 2014. I trust that everyone is refreshed and ready for 2014 after the December break. I apologise for being missing at Amanzimtoti but I was in Stellenbosch enrolling my daughter at university. What a lovely part of South Africa, I look forward to the odd visit down to the winelands this year.
A huge thankyou to Eric Morsner and John Elliott for standing in for me and getting things done. The batting practice will allways come in handy later in the year.
From what I hear the course was in exellent condition compared to when we played there a year ago, "well done Toti". Congratulations to all the winners and recipients of service awards. I have been waiting since October to hand Past Captain Richard Agar his 10 year tie, unfortunately we missed each other and Eric got in before me to perform the honour.
It was sad to hear of the passing of a much loved Natal Nomad, Bruce Groves. Bruce succomed to cancer on Friday 31 January 2014. Bruce joined Southern Natal Nomads in February 1984 and was one of their founder members. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.
Our quest for the Bert Hunt Trophy will commence on 9 March 2014. All team members should start taking their liver tonic now and get to the driving range to sort out their swings. Currently we have a full team of 30 players with one member on the waiting list. This year the Nationals Cocktail Party will be held at Sicas Guest House, Alan Hillary will confirm the date with all the participants.
Mark Philp our Immediate Past National Chairman has been elected as the Nationals 2015 co-ordinator. After the brilliant event he organised in The Strand a few years ago, we look forward to the 2015 event to be held at Champagne Sports Resort.
Swaziland Nationals will take place from 15 – 17 May 2014. After the success of the 2013 event we have had an influx of entries, unfortunately we have only been given 11 spots. Priority will be given to people who attended the event last year.
Congratulations to Butch Armitage and his team on successfully running the Nelson Mandela and Volvo Champions Golforama events in December and January. We had support from Swaziland, Easterns and Southern Natal and Boland Nomads for these events and the camaraderie amongst the volunteers was awesome. Alan Lukan invited Butch Armitage, Trevor Vosloo and I to experience the course "as the pro's played it", on the Monday after the Volvo Champions Tournament event and our Nomads team ended up coming second in what was a well organised and sponsored event. Well done and thanks to Alan.
Graham van der Veen qualified for the Volvo Amateur event where he played together with the pro's on the Friday of the Volvo Champions Tournament. He was placed second best amateur at the tournament, a great achievement.
After a yearlong absence, Bluff National Park will host our February monthly game. We have had a chat to the management of the club and they have assured us that the course will be in a playable condition come 20 February 2014. They have been experiencing problems with grass mowers but these have been resolved.
See you there.
Trevor Larkan - Cappie
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