The year 2017 has been a challenge for SAGES, surviving through the huge economic crisis we are facing, but with our continued support from our 29 Branches country wide, the spirit and enthusiasm was not dampened.
Our second Mini National Tournament was played at Graceland Country club in Secunda on 18 and 19 September hosted by our Highveld Branch. The weather was unbelievably cold with a bout of rain accompanied by a fairly strong wind affecting the ball flight! Nevertheless, excellent scores were recorded – betterball 51 points from two teams! The winning four player team event over two days combined stableford was won by the East Rand Branch with a total of 186 points. Congratulations to Eddie Vos, Piet van Graan, Manny Merket, and Chris Ross.
A team of three SAGES members and one member of the executive management team are invited every year as a guest of Sanlam to attend the final Sanlam Cancer Challenge which is held at Sun City as a token of appreciation for the funds raised for Cansa.
Last year’s contribution raised by our 29 branches amounted to R497 877 bringing the total amount raised since the inception of this initiative to R4 050 392. This year`s event took take place on 9 and 10 October on both courses, Gary Player and Lost City.
The event ended with a gala dinner and prize giving. Trevor Woollett SAGES National Treasurer receiving a certificate of appreciation from Cansa for the SAGES contribution at the awards ceremony.
Our third Mini National Tournament took place in Natal hosted by our Drakensberg Branch, and was played on 9 and 10 October at Dundee Golf Club. They were very fortunate to have the heavens open up and were blessed with excessive down pours, changing the course from a dull brown to lush green. The Drakensberg teams were in control, palming in the first place on 175 combined stableford points over two days – Gerald Majoro, Petrus Mhlungu, Pieter Coetzee and Chris Booysen.
Our final Mini National Tournament took place in the Cape on 23 and 24 October where all the participants thoroughly enjoyed playing at Durbanville , a course in pristine condition despite the drought they are experiencing. The overall winners over the two-day team event (combined betterball stableford) with a total score of 176 points was won by our Overberg Branch – Daan Victor, Gerry Pienaar, Guy West, Harry Kruger and the runners up on 173 points our Langeberg branch – Brian Oosthuizen, Lampies Lampbrecht, Steve du Toit, and David Franke. The Day One stableford points was won by Jim Moore and John Price with 52 points from our Eastern Province branch, and the winners of Day Two from our Boland branch were Con Esterhuysen and Danny Heyns with 48 points.
Article By: Elfie Alston