The Captain takes charge to steer the ship at Wanderers Golf Course on 20 March 2016

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In the picture: Robert Msweli on the right, receives the trophy from the President

Robert Msweli, the Captain led from the front at Wanderers to win with net 70 (gross 80 off 10 handicap). He also jointly won the lowest gross with Tebello Maphike, both shot gross 80.

The course was punishing after Gauteng received much needed rain few days before the game. Robert’s sterling performance prevailed against all odds to win by 4 strokes margin.

  1. Robert Msweli – net 70
  2. Sabelo Ndabazandile – net 74
  3. Tebello Maphike – net 75 (oco)
  4. Mthoko Mtshali – net 75 (oco)
  5. Olckers Koikanyang – net 75 (oco)

Robert’s winnings bring him to position 2 on Order of Merits table. Walter Manana still remains on top of the table.

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In the picture: Derrick Mthembu (in the middle) won the Sanlam Lucky Draw

The day was also embraced by Sanlam who sponsored the lucky draw prize. The lucky golfer on the day was Derrick Mthembu.

Congratulations to the winners.

The 4th game of the season will be played at Centurion Golf Course on 17 April 2016. This will be an afternoon game. Keep on shaping the swing!

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NEXT GAME – SUNDAY, 20 MARCH 2016– WANDERERS GOLF CLUB

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Wanderers Golf Club not only has a wonderfully warm club spirit, but a challenging golf course that is rated one of the best in Gauteng.

Wanderers are one of only three clubs in the country with a SubAir system below the greens that can flush heavy rain away in an instant. After all the recent rain this parkland course is a rich emerald green, and in splendid condition. With its magnificent variety of mature trees lining attractively-shaped fairways, and undulating terrain, it’s a delightful place to play golf.

It also has a wonderful history as a championship venue, having been the “home” of the PGA Championship for more than 20 years, from 1972 to 1995.

The Wanderers is not a brutal championship layout, but one that favours the shot makers. The holes demand finesse and accuracy rather than power, especially the ability to shape tee shots through narrow avenues of trees. There was always low scoring at the PGA, and the list of champions was a classy one. All the great South Africans of recent decades, with the notable exception of Nick Price, won titles there.

When you play the Wanderers, a striking aspect is the way in which the holes have been so elegantly squeezed into the property, which is not particularly big. No space has been wasted. Championship tees are tucked away in every corner. The original layout by Bob Grimsdell lost three of its opening holes when the Wanderers Cricket Stadium was built in the 1950s. The modernised stadium now towers over the par-five 10th hole, the longest on the course at 533 metres.

Situated in a prime locale, it is one of the most central courses in Gauteng, and home to an exceedingly friendly and social membership. Its popularity is evident in the fact that there are 1 200 very passionate members. The excellent club spirit is obvious in the number of special club competitions that take pride of place on a busy calendar, and the many Wanderers groups you will find touring other parts of the country. The Wanderers has long held a reputation of having a convivial 19th hole.

The par 71 Wanderers layout has an unusual routing, in that it has three par-3s on the back nine, just one on the front. The front nine, which opens with a hole that underwent a major change in the renovation process, being lengthened from a long par 4 into a 516-metre par 5, has seven par 4s. There are two strong par 4s on each nine where you need to bring out the driver. The 440m fifth, with a wider fairway than most, is currently being toughened with the addition of another fairway bunker. The seventh hole, at 441m, has changed slightly with the bunker on the right side of the fairway being removed and a dam replacing it, making this hole worthy of being Stroke 1 and a classic dogleg par four.
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Battle of the champions plays out at Maccauvlei: Xolisa Mvinjelwa is the Winner!

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In the photo: Xolisa Mvinjelwa receives his winnings from The Captain, Robert Msweli

On Sunday morning, 21 February, the Stars stopover the venerable Maccauvlei Golf Club. With the turf still covered in dew, the normally inviting terrain, it proved that looks can indeed be deceiving. It was only the second game of the season for the stars yet the competition was visible, enough to slice through it with a wedge. Out of the gate with a triple bogey 7, Xolisa Mvinjelwa who teed off from the tenth thought maybe a century was beckoning. At about the same time at the first, seeking his second win on the trot, with home advantage, Walter Manana opened the door for the reigning Knockout champion with a four putt double bogey before he signed for six pars on the row. The waterlogged bunker and the controversy of rules on the par 3 eighth ensured the home boy will not have his second win, just yet. As the dew made way for a searing heat, the reigning Knockout champion showed better resilience and handed to captains a neat scorecard nett 72 off 11 handicap. The reigning Order of Merit champion, playing off an unenviable 4 handicap, took the best gross of 78 with nett 74.

On the second 9 Xolisa played a superb and perfect golf to shoot 1 over par 37. After having shot 10 over par (46) on his first 9 (10th hole) Xolisa was determined to repair the damage on the second 9 and redeem his dignity by making eight pars, I guess he made bogey on the last hole due to fatigue. The common denominator between the winners of our first and second game is “ don’t give up or lose hope, show resilience and you will be rewarded. Don’t let small mistakes distract you because you will end up doing wrong things that you normally do on the golf course, just focus and think positively.

Judging by the numbers on scorecards The Mighty Maccauvlei golf course stood its test and played generally tougher than most guys expected. Looking at the players form single handicappers to the double figures no one shot gross 75, because of it’s beautiful fairways and greens the course looks simple and easy but it’s tougher than what you thought.

Good golf Xolisa and well done!

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Walter Manana wins the first game and also proved that Golf is a game of 2 halves

Believe it or not, it is that man again! Walter “Mr Cool” Manana from Maccauvlei Golf Club playing of HCP 5 emerged victorious at Dinaledi’s opening game that was played at Randpark Bushwillow course on the 17/1/2016.

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Walter Manana on the right receives his winnings from The Captain, Robert Msweli

Having started on the back nine, he shot 41 at after 9 holes. This meant he had no more strokes left to his handicap.

At halfway he told himself that golf is a game of two halves, as a player you have a choice of reducing your score or do more damage to your scorecard. He made a quick move to shoot 3 quick birdies on hole 1, 3 and 6 to seals the victory. He played an amazing second nine shooting a score of 33 (3 under par). This took his total score to a gross of 74.

Facts:

• Walter is the winner of 2015 Order of Merit

• He was also the monthly winner at Vaal de Grace in 2015

The following players showed outstanding performance to be in the top 5

• Position 2: Thando Mjebeza who shot net 71

• Position 3: Sabelo Ndabazandile who also net 71 (count out)

•Position 4: Robert Msweli who shot net 72

•Position 5: Olckers Koikanyang who shot net 73

The next game will be played at Maccauvlei Golf Club on 21 February 2016. This is the home course of Walter Manana. The stakes are high and everybody is rushing to the driving range to adjust the swing.

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The Stars will be rekindling the golfing resolutions at Randpark Bushwillow on Sunday, 17 January 2016

Bushwillow is the new name for Randpark’s Windsor Park course. The original Windsor Park course was commissioned during wartime, in the late 1940’s. 12 Holes were in play by 1946. A complete redesign of the course was undertaken in 1952 – the architect being none other than Robert Grimsdell.

randpark2In celebration of the course’s 70th anniversary it received a well-deserved birthday present in the form of a face-lift in April 2012. The result is a stunning new 18-hole, Par 72 lay-out. Even though it was safe to say that the leafy, old “Windsor” course was a favoured haven of green away from the hustle and bustle of the city the Club felt there was room for improvement and during the last six months a splendid transformation has taken place. The nines have been switched, re-routed and three completely new holes created. Several others were altered for the better with new greens and bunkers. A number of artificial ponds were also removed and the course given a general “spruce up” by Golf Data’s senior course designer, Sean Quinn.

 

 

randparkIn addition, it has been changed from a Par 70 with two Par 5s, to a Par 72 with four Par 5s. To sum it all up, Bushwillow is an exceptional, superbly manicured golf course and with the many trees lining the fairways it surely is one of Gauteng’s prettiest lay-outs too. Last but not least Bushwillow presents an interesting feature; you have no doubt heard of “Amen Corner” and “The Bear Trap”, well, Bushwillow now presents a unique challenge known as “The Gauntlet”. This consists of three consecutive holes, the Par 3, 15th, the Par 4,16th and the Par 5,17th. To conquer “The Gauntlet” a score of 10 Individual Stableford points is required, a tough challenge indeed but one which can make or break a round and create a talking point at the ever popular 19th hole, Randpark Club’s Terrace Bar.

Confirmations to play must be sent to the Captaincy. Tee-off time AM which will be followed by AGM in the afternoon

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Dingaan Khumalo becomes a notable star in the galaxy during the year end held in Durban on 27 and 28 November 2015

The former captain of DGS Dingaan Khumalo played almost flawless golf on Saturday’s final round of the Champ of Champs Competition in Durban as he narrowly won by two strokes at the Mount Edgecombe Course 2. Dingaan shot a 75 net score the previous day at the Durban Country Club followed by the scintillating 67 net score on Saturday at the Mt Edgecombe Country Club on Saturday for a total net score of 142.

The former champion Robert Msweli finished runner-up with an equally impressive 67 net score also on Saturday at My Edgecombe for a two-day total of 144 net score. Third place finish was a tie between Peter Lekhethe and Sandile Ngcobo who both finished on 146 net score.

The Thabo Boshoma Open IPS competition was also won by Dingaan Khumalo on a total of 76 points (35 pts first day and 41 pts second day). Second place finish went to our visitor and a former DGS member Lwazi Dlomo who posted an impressive 38 points on Friday followed by 36 points on Saturday to finish with a total of 74 points. Robert Msweli completed the top three also with a total 74 points (33 & 41 points).

Dingaan wrote the history to win 3 majors, namely Champ of Champs, Thabo Boshoma Open and Club Champ (Lowest Gross). He was the overall winner for the night. Well done Mntungwa!

The maiden Sanlam Dinaledi Friends Golf Challenge which was played as alliance of 6 players each from DGS, EC & DBN, was won by the Eastern Cape contingent comprising of Sturu Pasiya, John Kayula, Lungisa Mbuli (replacing Saki Poswa), Mbulelo Rhenene, Dumisani Balman and Ntsiki Mgqibelo. Congratulations Eastern Cape players.

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Thabo Boshoma Dinaledi Open Winner and Lowest Gross Winner (Club Champ): Dingaan Khumalo (on the right)

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Dingaan dawns the traditional green jacket as the Champ Champions.

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Dingaan is congratulated by the previous Champs

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Dingaan displaying his three major trophies: Champ of Champs, Thabo Boshoma Open and Club Champ

Summary of the prestigious year end event:

Dinaledi Golf Society was hosted by Durban Country Club on Friday, 27 November 2015. A course steeped in tradition and history, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and is rated in the top 10 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA.

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Roll of Honour 2015

 

DAY 1 Prize Presentation FLOW

 

# Prizes List Winner
1 Captain’s Award Tebello Maphike
2 Singles Knock Out Champion Xolisa Mvinjelwa
3 Singles Knock Out Runup German Makoe
4 Most Improved Player of the Year Bheki Mthethwa
5 Member’s Member of the Year Khehla Ndlovu
6 Longest Drive Day 1 Eric Mhlongo
7 Nearest Pin Day 1 Smash Spamla
8 Nearest Pin Day 1 Smash Spamla
9 Nearest Pin Day 1 Lindani Ntombela
10 Nearest Pin Day 1 Zakhele Ntombela
11 Day 3rd position – IPS- DCC Dingaan Khumalo
12 Day 1 Runner up – IPS- DCC Siyanda Mwandla
13 Day 1 Winner – IPS- DCC Lwazi Dlomo
14 Day 1 Runup – Medal- DCC Siseko Ntshanga
15 Day 1 Winner – Medal- DCC Olckers Koikanyang
16 Sanlam Dinaledi Friends Golf Challenge 2015 Eastern Cape

 

DAY 2 Prize Presentation FLOW

 

# Prizes List
1 President’s Award Simon Xaba & Cleo Mtshali
2.1 Dinaledi Young Player Award Uyanda Mteza
2.2 Recognition of Young Player Minathi Mvinjelwa
2.3 Recognition of Young Player Siyakha Mvinjelwa
2.4 Recognition of Young Player Sule Ndlovu
3 Dinaledi LPG Winner Thandazile Zama
4 Longest Drive Day 2 Siyanda Mwandla
5 Nearest Pin Day 2 Sabelo Ndabazandile
6 Nearest Pin Day 2 Sandile Ngcobo
7 Nearest Pin Day 2 Simon Xaba
8 Nearest Pin Day 2 Mgebe Sibango
9 Day 3rd Position – IPS – Mt Edgecombe Sandile Ngcobo
10 Day 2 Runner up – IPS – Mt Edgecombe Robert Msweli
11 Day 2 Winner – IPS – Mt Edgecombe Peter Lekhethe
12 Day 2 Runner up – Medal – Mt Edgecombe Robert Msweli
13 Day 2 Winner – Medal – Mt Edgecombe Peter Lekhethe
14 Thabo Boshoma Dinaledi Open 3rd Robert Msweli
15 Thabo Boshoma Dinaledi Open 2nd Lwazi Dlomo
16 Thabo Boshoma Dinaledi Open Winner Dingaan Khumalo
17 Dinaledi Recognition Award (outside top 24) Songezo Mdlulwa
18 Lowest Gross Winner Dingaan Khumalo
19 Order of Merit Runner up Tebello Maphike
20 Order of Merit Champion Walter Manana
21 Champion of Champions 3rd Peter Lekhethe
22 Champion of Champions 2nd Robert Msweli
23 Champion of Champions Dingaan Khumalo

 

MONTHLY WINNERS FOR 2015

 

Month Course
JANUARY (REPLAYED IN AUG) Germiston Golf Course
FEBRUARY Silver Lakes
MARCH Modderfontein GC
APRIL Highland Gate GE
MAY Glenvista CC
JUNE Glendower
JULY Maccauvlei
AUGUST Randpark Firethorn
SEPTEMBER Kyalami GC
OCTOBER Vaal de Grace
NOVEMBER Steyn City
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Upcoming Dinaledi Golf Days

 

DGS 2016 Schedule


DGS 2016 GOLF COURSES
Month AM/PM Name Date Region Cart Course Status
January AM Randpark Bushwillow 17/1/2016 CENTRAL N/A Confirmed
February AM Maccauvlei 21/2/2016 SOUTH N/A Confirmed
March AM Wanderers 20/03/2016 CENTRAL N/A Confirmed
April PM Centurion 17 /4/2016 NORTH N/A Confirmed
May PM Krugersdorp 22/5/2016 WEST N/A Confirmed
Jun AM TBC 2016/04/06 AWAY TBC Assessing Graceland / Zebula / Sun City (Gary Player)
July AM Copperleaf 17/07/2016 NORTH Yes Confirmed
August PM Royal Jhb East 14/8/2016 CENTRAL N/A Confirmed
September AM Pretoria Country Club 25/09/2016 NORTH N/A Confirmed
October AM Parys 23/10/2016 SOUTH Yes Confirmed
November AM Reading 2016/06/11 EAST N/A Confirmed

UGS 2016 Calendar Schedule


VENUES FORMAT TEE-OFF TIMES GREEN FEES HOST COURSE
Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
15th-May Ambassadors Renaissance GC Singles & Doubles Ambassadors
15th-May West Orlando Dinaledi GC Singles & Doubles West Orlando
7th-Aug Renaissance West Orlando GC Singles & Doubles Renaissance
7th-Aug Dinaledi Ambassadors GC Singles & Doubles Dinaledi
11th-Sept West Orlando GC Ambassadors GC Singles & Doubles Ambassadors
11th-Sept Dinaledi GC Renaissance GC Singles & Doubles Dinaledi
16th-Oct Ambassadors GC Dinaledi GC Renaissance GC West Orlado GC SINGLES West Orlando

 

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