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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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