PUTTING IT TO YOU
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE RPAGC
ISSUE 21 I MARCH 2012
compiled by Terry Harris
PUTTING IT TO YOU has finally achieved its majority after the first issue was published in
December 2008. I guess its time for us to thank all the contributors who have given their
invaluable input to this newsletter over the 21 issues published. The original idea came from
Cecil Jones-Phillipson and it was his wife, Dee, who first coined the rather sad acronym PITY, a
name by which the newsletter now is fondly known. According to reports received by the
scribe, it has become a popular read for many members of the RPAGC and we intend to
continue to keep up the momentum of producing it into the future.
Some sad news is the untimely passing away of caddiemaster Michael Mlamla on Saturday,
18thFebruary. Michael collapsed and died whilst being transported to hospital. Michael has
worked at the RPAGC for more than twenty years and his familiar face around the carpark
area will be sorely missed by members. Our condolences go to his wife and family.
Can you believe that yet another new handicapping system was introduced by SAGA at the
beginning of February? It would appear that many of our members do not properly
understand the ramifications of how to manage one's gross score to be entered into the
computer for future handicapping purposes. So lets go over it once again.
Simply, for this purpose one only has to know whether one's handicap is 18 or less, OR 19 or
more. If you have a handicap of 18 or less, then you may take up to two shots over the par
rating of a hole, irrespective of whether you are, for instance, a h/cap 1 or a h/cap 18. You
cannot say, "I have already taken my 'x' two overs" when 'x' is your handicap. The stroke
rating of a hole no longer has to be taken into account when calculatuing your "allowed"
gross score. In a really bad round, you could take 18 two overs no matter what your handicap.
Similarly, if your handicap is 19- 36, exactly the same applies, except that you may take up to
three shots over the par rating of the hole. The stroke rating of a hole, your actual handicap,
and the number of "three overs" taken is no longer relevent.
The stroke rating and your handicap, of course, do come into play for your score in the format
being played as in the past, eg calculation of stableford points.
Finally, please note that the RPAGC website has been updated and is well worth a visit. Many
thanks to Alan Corrans for his management of this important facit of the club. For those who
don't know, the website is www.rpagc.co.za
There are also a number of new email address which you should note for your own use:
Admin (accounts etc.): email@example.com
Bookings enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thats all for me this time, folks. I hope you enjoy the read.
The busy time of the year traversing either side of Christmas and New Year is now over. Our
many visitors commented favourably about the condition of the course during this period and
we are endeavouring to maintain it so that we may all continue to enjoy our very special
venue for golf.
Having said that, it is now the time of year during which we welcome all our “European”
swallows who visit us year after year for extended periods subsequent to the festive season.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday in our treasured part of the world and we welcome
the way in which you participate in club activities and expand the numbers of our fields in
The next major activity at the club is our annual Mad Hatter Festival which takes place during
the last week in April. If you haven't yet booked your times for this prestigious tournament,
then you would be advised to do so without delay. The fields are rapidly getting booked up,
especially Thursday through to Saturday when individual Stableford is played. If you have
booked, please remember you cannot guarantee your tee-off time until you have paid, so
don't delay in settling your debt with Colin Reed.
The dedicated smoking area on the veranda at the far end of the lounge is separated from the
members’ bar. It is imperative that all adjoining doors and windows be kept closed. Children
are not allowed in this area. I hope that our smokers are happy with the facility we have
The new warm up area is up and running, having cost the club a minimal amount thanks to
very generous donations from members and sponsors. Please enjoy this long term facility,
which will improve both aesthetically and practically once the bunker is built, the green
settles into place and the trees and bushes in the area become established.
The dam project is dealt with later in this newsletter, but I would like to thank all those hard
working members who have volunteered so much of their time and effort into establishing
this. A number of indigenous trees have been obtained and will be planted to beautify the
present rather bleak view.
I am pleased to report that financially we are still solvent and that our application for our
estate to remain “rates free” by the municipality has been accepted. From this basis we can
continue to remain the premier club of the region.
There has been a slight readjustment with respect to committee member “chair” portfolios
which are listed below for your interest.
Tom Tagg: Finance and Vice Captain
Bob Shaw: Greens
Alan Corrans: House and Buildings (also maintains our website)
Rhodes Trameer: The dam project
Cecil Jones-Phillipson: Dams and water
Colin Reed: Tournaments
Doug Fincham: Game and Environment
Ronel Hough: Ladies' Section
It seems that lately our flags have been flying at half mast more frequently. Sadly, Clive
Molloy, Dave Palmer, Stan Rule, Bruce Moffatt, Chris Stone and Ronnie Wise have all left us
for another place. Our sympathies and deepest condolences go out to their families and
friends. Greens staff employee, John Yuli, also passed away recently and once again our
Michael Mlamla, our caddy master for more than 20 years, died very suddenly on Saturday
morning, 11th February. This came as a great shock to us all. Our sincerest condolences go to
his wife, Andrew his brother and the rest of his family.
COURSE AND GREENS
Repairs and levelling of the forward tee box on the 12thhave been completed and similar work
on the 15thforward tee is under way. The first tee box has been realigned. The plan is to do
maintenance on all tee boxes that are not up to scratch e.g. the back tee on the 8th.
Kikuyu grass is still invading various parts of the course and keeping it under control is an
uphill battle, one which we hope we will not lose. Many of our neighbours' gardens have
kikuyu grass as lawns and seeding from there to the course is impossible to fully control.
The seven-hole mashhee course is being maintained by funds from the junior section and
improvements to its present condition will be undertaken.
WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENT
Doug Fincham tells us that the recent good rains have left our course in excellent condition
with respect to grazing and herbage. Consequently, the wildlife are all in superb condition.
Doug has also supplied us with the latest game counts which are listed below for your
interest: I asked him about mongooses and he says they are around, often leaving and
returning through the precincts of our boundary.
Species Rams Females Babies
Impala (9) 2 5 2
Blesbok (7) 1 4 2
Bushbuck (13) 1 6 6
Blue Duiker (5)
Southern Bush Duiker (3)
Springbok (17) 6 11
Fallow Deer (2) 2
This financial year has been characterised by falling revenues, the result of decreasing
membership and the concomitant decrease in rounds and bar turnover. It is, however, of
little comfort that our club finds itself in the same position as most clubs, not only in South
Africa but, other than China, the world at large. Among the numerous contributing factors
none are unique to our club.
We do, however, expect to return a surplus for the year after writing off debtors, but before
any non-recurring income.
On a brighter note, trading over the holiday period was slightly better than expected and
though the overall downward trend in income is still evident, the pace appears to have
At the end of December our balance sheet was cash rich with investments and bank balances
standing at R1.4 million. However, this is before expected non-recurring outflows of around
R250k, mainly for the dam (R70k), computer software (R75k) and EPGU levies of R75k. Our
machinery is relatively new and well maintained so going forward we are not expecting any
major outlay for equipment.
WATER AND DAMS
The new dam next to the existing Peter Francis Dam was designed by Dave Palmer who sadly
passed away before its completion. It has been named after him in his honour. This new dam
should go a long way in alleviating any water shortages the Club may experience in the
Rhodes grass that has been sown into the dam wall has already taken root and buffalo grass
has also been planted.
The Dave Palmer dam has a capacity of 6 000 000 litres and supplements the Peter Francis
dam which has a capacity of 7 000 000 litres. The municipality's pump which is supposed to
pump water from the Atherstone dam (near the club's entrance) is still not working, but is
expected to be repaired in the near future. In the meantime, the club's small pumps have
been working overtime to compensate for this breakdown.
Ronel reports: The RPAGC Ladies' Open day was held on Sunday, 19thFebruary and was
deemed a great success by all, played in a true atmosphere of golfing fellowship. Thanks must
go to the ladies of the committee, Dee Jones-Phillipson, Ingrid Griffiths, Margie Siegers,
Shirley Heny, Sandy Fryer, Jenny Nelson, Leanne Meyer, Elfie Krummrey & Wendy Bradfield,
for their dedicated hard work in ensuring the success of the day.
Sixty three ladies participated on a morning which started a little drizzly and blustery, but
cleared later to give blue skies and warm sunshine. We hosted many visitors from as far afield
as Stutterheim, Port Elizabeth, East London & Grahamstown, as well as our seasonal
contingent of swallows from Europe.
Fantastic prizes were on offer with D & A Timbers as the main sponsor. It is amazing how
generous sponsors can be in a small town such as Port Alfred, despite the tough economic
realities of the times. We are very grateful to D & A and all our other sponsors for their
generosity in supporting this event.
The format was an Individual Stableford with the winner, Lady Vice-Captain Ingrid Griffiths,
carding 42 points, a superb score in relation to the windy conditions. For her efforts she won
a two night stay at the St. Francis Health Spar. Local ladies scooped four of the top five prizes.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF GOLF
Wife’s Diary: Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at
a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was
upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't
flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he
didn't say much.
I asked him what was wrong; He said, “Nothing.” I asked him if it was my fault that he was
upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.
On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving.
I can't explain his behaviour I don't know why he didn't say, “I love you, too.” When we got
home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me any more.
He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally,
with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But
I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I
cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My
life is a disaster.
Husband's Diary: A four putt; who the hell four putts?
The Boss phoned me today, he said, "Is everything okay at the office?"
I said, "Yes, it's all under control. It's been a very busy day. I haven't stopped yet."
"Can you do me a favour?" he asked…
I said, "Of course, what is it?"
Speed it up a little, I'm in the four-ball behind you."
A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind
her. One of the bags was ripped and every once and again a $20 bill fell out onto the
pavement. Noticing this, a policeman stopped her and said, “Ma'am, there are $20 bills falling
out of that bag.”
“Oh, really? Darn it!” said the old lady. “I'd better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks
for telling me, Officer.”
“Well not so fast”, said the cop.”Where did all that money come from? You didn't steal it, did
“Oh no, no”, said the old lady. “You see, my back yard faces on to a golf course. A lot of
golfers come and pee through a knot hole I've got in the fence, right into my flower garden. It
used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, why not make the most
of it. So now I stand behind the fence beside the knot hole with my hedge clippers. Every time
a guy sticks his thingy through the fence I grab hold of it and shout, 'OK, buddy. $20 or off it
“Well, that seems only fair, “laughed the cop. “OK, good luck! Eh, by the way, what's in the
“Not everybody pays”, said the old lady.
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