2021 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Personal Bests, Beating Your Age, Playoffs and Champions Crowned
On Sunday we wrapped up two weekends of exciting golf with the crowning of the 2021 Club Champions. Congratulations to all the members who competed across the seven divisions and for your very special camaraderie, supporting and encouraging one another until the very last putt dropped. You are all winners!
Records were made this year, with Clarrie Middleton ‘beating his age' with a 70 gross in the final round of the Senior Division. Every division was hotly contested and the Senior Division was no exception with Dan Urquhart runner up and Jonathan Swardt the winner by one shot.
Stacey Clemen shot a personal best in the first round of the Ladies Bronze division and Ali Demery held onto her opening round lead to win the Bronze trophy by one shot. In the Copper Division, a thrilled Glynis Moraal won her first Club Championships with a rock solid 37 points in the final round.
In the Men’s C Division, Wikus Esterhuyzen and Dean Elliott went to extra time with an exciting two-hole playoff with Wikus triumphing and lifting the trophy.
Luke Pillay playing in his first B Division Club Championship shot a two-over 38 in the final nine holes to record his best score off the white tees and win the Overall B Division nett. Venthal van Aswegan fought off stiff competition from Lionel Trocado and Welmar O’Reilly to win the 72 hole Men’s B Division.
Silver division defending champion, Ashleigh Mills posted rounds of 72 and 73 to cement her lead going into the final round of the Ladies Silver division. Marle O’Reilly and Candice Woodbridge came back fighting however Ashleigh had done enough to secure a record-making fifth consecutive win. Candice won the Overall Best Nett.
It was a double for father and son, as Nigel Pillay won the Overall Best Nett in the Men’s A Division. Willie Olivier, Greg Woodbridge and Bekkie van Dyk were neck and neck in the Men’s A Division, and after 72 holes Greg and A2B Golf Academy elite member Willie were tied.
A thrilling playoff followed and with a 10-foot birdie putt for the win on the second playoff hole, Willie Olivier found the cup and claimed the title.
Members can Click on the division below for the full results;
To mitigate hearsay that Atlantic Beach allegedly chased away A2B golf academy and have not appropriately considered junior golf, we would like to bring the following general and specific considerations to your attention.
We always act in what we believe to be the best interest of owners and members and therefore we believe it’s imperative that when we make long term decisions, we ‘test the waters’ so to make sure that we secure the best possible long-term option to the benefit of owners and members.
Where we are looking at making improvements and concluding long term agreements and there is an existing service provider or alike in place, we will act within the provisions of our current agreement and personally meet with the provider to explain the process and invite the existing service provider to present their proposal for consideration.
On receipt of our notice, including an invitation for current service providers to put forward proposals, we anticipated that the current incumbents would embrace the opportunity to submit a proposal and providing that their service and instruction offering thus far matched or surpassed that of prospective incumbents, there should be no need for them to be alarmed. Unfortunately, A2B decided and accordingly advised that they would not be submitting a proposal, which is a decision we regret, but will respect. We would like to wish A2B everything of the very best with their relocation and new venture, which we believe will be in the KwaZulu-Natal.(we also draw your attention to their farewell notice included below)
Our main objective with the academy is to maximise the extent and quality to which tuition is made available to our residents, members, and their families. Simply put, we would like to see more programs and initiatives aimed at introducing more residents, juniors, ladies and others to golf, in addition to providing for the more experienced golfers and those who have ambitions of making golf their career.
While we understand the concerns raised, we want to reiterate that the Club’s intent is in fact always to improve the facilities and services offered to the long-term benefit of our Junior, Student and all other members of the club going forward.
In respect of the Prospective golf academy, closing date for submissions is Friday 19 March 2021.
Should you like to receive a copy of the said invitation for proposals, please find a link below:
- Golf Academy/ Driving Range Invitation for Proposals
Should you have any questions or suggestions regarding any of the above invitations for proposals or other we will be very happy to meet with any member, resident or other should you have further questions or concerns to discuss.
Junior Golf and League Players
We have communicated before that when we heard rumours of young players leaving the club to play league for other clubs as a result of the benefits offered by these clubs, we called a meeting with them and some of their parents to discuss their decisions and they made it clear that their motivation was not money, but rather a need for them to play at the level of premiere league, which as a club is something we cannot offer them at least for the next two years.
We were also concerned that these juniors were being confronted by some members who questioned their perceived lack of loyalty to the Club, which is why we expressed our support for their decision as ultimately, they remain members of our club and many of them have had a long history with the club as residents and members.
Regardless of these junior’s clarifications to us in our meeting with them, some members remain convinced that this is merely a front and the real reason they choose to play for other clubs is the fact that Atlantic Beach does not offer them player benefits as an incentive to play league for our Club. To this end we want to remind everyone that at the time, we communicated that the Links Committee is in the process of establishing junior golf expansion initiatives and looking at strategies around the anticipated premier reserve team and what practice and other benefits to provide this squad.
As with all other initiatives both the Links and Management Committees aim to put measures in place, which are well thought through and have proper objectives and criteria’s so to move forward in a transparent manner where everyone appreciates exactly what is required in order to benefit from said programs.
Finally, we envisage that whatever golf expansion and league golfer strategies we implement, will no doubt tie in with the prospective golf academy operators and their proposed initiatives, which needs to be considered when finalising any such a strategy, which we hope to finalise soon.
Should you have any questions or suggestions regarding the above subject matter please feel free to come and have a cup of coffee with us to discuss.
Members Suggestion Box
In order to encourage members to bring any concerns and/or suggestions to our attention, we will on a permanent basis include the Suggestion box button below. Simply click on the button to send us your suggestion and/or concern and we will get back to you asap.
May this year be filled with opportunity, cheer and many joyful and prosperous moments.
13 March- Karin De Villiers 14 March- James Hazell, Jose Henriques, Luke Laws, Braam Wahl 15 March- Nicholas Cawood 16 March- Stacey Clemen 17 March- Stephane Boullay, Samanthia Holmes, Lee Mann, Waldo van Zyl, Jerald Wagner, Roirdon Williams 18 March- Werner Adams, Tristan Boise, Jan Coetzer, Andriette Potgieter, Craig Tarr 19 Wilfried Diener
NEW MEMBERS ON OUR FAIRWAYS
A warm welcome to the newest member of our Atlantic Beach Links Family
Jan Diederik Coetzee- Snr
Jan Diederik Coetzee Jnr
Elna van der Walt
May you enjoy many happy memories at the Links with us.
For any referrals or objections to new memberships, please feel free to make contact with your friendly membership secretary HERE
Milkwood Deli I Sunbird Restaurant & Bar
To add to the family style setting we wish to create on our estate, we have introduced child minders to the children’s play area on a Friday evening to assist our young parents in enjoying a meal at the new Sunbird Restaurant & Milkwood Deli.
*Although Two Broke Girls are stationed at the play room tend to the children while parents enjoy a meal, we remind parents that it is still their responsibility to look after their kids and ensure their safety.
BOOKING INFORMATION & OPERATING TIMES
SUNBIRD RESTAURANT & BAR - 087094 7949 OR book online HERE Operating times Monday- Closed
Tony Hug & Kevern Pappin were in top form winning Thursday’s member/guest Combined Stableford competition with a massive 80 points.
Kevern opened with a 1-under 35 for 23 points and Tony matched him on the back nine with 23 points after a 2-over 38. Superb golf gentlemen - a combined tally of 41 points from Tony and 39 points by Kevern.
Runners Up: Mark Muller & Flip Niemandt - 75 points
3rd: Dave Jackson & Ray Melton - 73 points c/I
4th: Luke Pillay & Nigel Pillay - 73 points c/o
Some more moments captured at the 2021 Club Championship
We look forward to welcoming residents, members and local Melkbosstranders to our evening market on the 26th of March.
Some of the vendors you can expect to see are;
Bespoke & Unique Jewelery by Plain Soul Jewelery
Fresh floral Bouquets by Vida La Bloom
Baking goods perfectly packaged by Gift in a Jar
Creative Resin Inspired household items by Denzels Arts and Crafts
Original and Unique ladies clothing byJulibelle
Westcoast inspired Oyster Station, Bubbly, Fresh Breads and an array of delectable menu items by the Milkwood Deli,
Bizi Kidz will have something entertaining and interactive for the children.
Live entertainment throughout the evening by the Pauli Duo will finish off the atmosphere as residents, members and guests wander through the All-new Links Club and view our unique traders and bespoke product offerings.
We will continue to highlight some of our unique vendors in our weekly newsletters leading up to our Moonlight Market as a sneak-peak each week.
Also keep a look out on our official Estate and Links Club Facebook pages and Instagram accounts for more information and to stay updated with more exciting vendors at our Moonlight Market.
IT'S NOT JUST GOLF, IT'S A LIFESTYLE IF YOU WANT TO STAY ONTOP OF YOUR SOCIAL CALENDAR, BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DATES FOR MARCH