Donovan Coenraad wins coveted Calamari Classic trophy

(Updated with overall results 26/9/11)

Donovan Coenraad from St Francis Bay is the overall winner of the 14th Calamari Classic at St Francis Bay Golf Club.

Donovan Coenraad from St Francis Bay, with a handicap of 15, won the 14th Calamari Classic Golf tournament at St Francis Bay Golf Club last night.

Coenraad with a handicap of 15 walked away with the coveted Calamari Classic trophy at the final prize-giving on Saturday night, plus a magnificent watch from Gabriel Jewellers  Jeffreys Bay.

Donovan Coenraad, this year's Calamari Classic Golf winner receives the first prize, sponsored by Gabriel Jewellers, Jeffreys Bay (Fountains Mall) - a magnificient watch that doesn't stop working and that can be worn underwater - from Gabriel van Eeden.

The overall ladies winner for the three days, 22-25 September, was Audrey Frankish from Cape Town with 97, who pipped local St Francis Bay resident Heather Rabie to the post by only 1 point. In third place was Debbie Hite, 93, followed by Linda van Niekerk, 93 and Michelle Niewoudt, 92.

Audrey Frankish from Cape Town was the overall Ladies Winner for the three days golf at this year's Calamari Classic Golf. Frankish, who has a handicap of 23, had an overall score of 97 and won a putter for her fine achievement.

Heather Rabie from St Francis Bay missed the first overall Ladies' Winner prize, by 1 point at this year's Calamari Classic Golf. Rabie who has a handicap of 29 had an overall score of 96. With her, above, is Charlie Byl, Club Captain.

The ‘Old Man’ trophy – presented annually to a player more than 50 years-old , who achieves the highest score over the three days of the Calamari Classic Golf – was presented to Petrus Senekal for his score of 109. His score was also 2nd highest overall so he was placed 2nd after Coenraad.

Petrus Senekal was presented with the Old Man trophy by Club Captain, Charlie Byl.

A record number of 256 players registered this year with players from all over South Africa and even abroad.  Golfers, family and friends had three days of good golf, fun, food and entertainment.

The Club organising team took great steps and underwent months of fine planning to bring about this year’s Calamari Golf Classic once again. The main sponsors were Barloworld Equipment, South African Breweries and Henry Tayler and Ries. Without them this event would not have been possible.

At prize giving the organising committee under Captain Charlie Byl and Janine van der Merwe, the club staff, plus the green staff under Pikke Langenhoven, the greenkeeper and club superintendent, were praised for all their hard work and determination to get the course in top condition and everything at the Club organised before the event.

Chairman Rowan Nicholls said it had been feared one month ago that this local premier golfing event could be cancelled. “One month ago there was water all over the course following heavy rains and floods. We seriously did not think we would be able to hold the Calamari Classic. It was feared the course would not be dry and ready in time. But the green staff worked tremendously hard to get the course in its current top shape and keep on schedule. Everyone has been so impressed with the condition of the golf course and the great ambiance and organisation at the club that has been highly complimented.”

Early results: (Updated later today or tomorrow)

The Men’s winner for Day 3 yesterday was MJ de Bruyn with a score of 39, followed by Andre Venter, 39, Rowan Nicholls (last year’s overall winner of the Calamari Classic), 38, Linda van Niekerk, 38, and Petrus Senekal 38.

MJ de Bruyn was the Winner of Day 3 at the Calamari Classic Golf with a score of 39 points. He is seen here with Club Captain Charlie Byl.

The  winning team prizes on the final day went to Keith Condon, Len Terblanche Ken Wiggins and Rowan Nicholls with 111, followed into 2nd place by Janners Byles, MJ de Bruyn and Norman Pretorius with 107, and 3rd place by Alan Jeffrey, Andre Venter, Anton van der Merwe and SJ Bezuidenhout, and 4th place by Derek de Villiers, Audrey Frankish and Johan and Michelle Nieuwoudt .

A special prize of R4000 was up for grabs each day by the first player that hit a hole in one. Perhaps it was the fierce wind that blew for most of the three days and messed around with players’ drives, strides, putting and overall form, but there were no winners for this prize. So at final prize giving last night  the R4000 was given back to the club by the sponsor Infinity.

Heather and Graham the catering staff who fed the big crowds over three days served  great curries ( meat and vegetarian) and rice with many delicious sambals for the final night’s meal at the packed clubhouse. They were thanked for their great efforts.

After supper St Francis Bay’s popular resident DJ and muso, Johan Cronje, once again took the mike, plus his red guitar, and had party lovers boogie-ing the night away.

 Overall Results: Men:

Top 12: (figures show handicap, days 1,2,3,  total, and placing)

1 Coenraad Donovan 16 39 37 34 110 1ST

2 Senekal Petrus 21 34 37 38 109 OLD MAN

3 Swart Fouche 8 37 34 37 108 2ND

4 De Bruyn MJ 14 30 38 39 107 3RD

5 Raasch Geoff 13 39 36 31 106 4TH

6 Pretorius Andre 11 41 30 33 104

7 Nicholls Rowan 8 33 32 38 103

8 Von Maltitz Adrian 11 37 32 33 102

9 De Villiers Louis 5 31 37 33 101

10 Bredenkamp James 8 36 33 32 101

11 Enslin Garth 10 41 30 30 101

12 Biggs Dassie 7 36 33 31 100

Overall Results: Women:

Top 12: (figures show handicap, days 1,2,3,  total, and placing)

1 Frankish Audrey 23 34 26 37 97

2 Rabie Heather 29 36 33 27 96

3 Hite Debbie 16 31 29 33 93

4 Van Niekerk Linda 18 26 29 38 93

5 Nieuwoudt Michelle 22 34 25 33 92

6 Kantor Ali 23 21 40 30 91

7 Botha Renee 13 32 34 24 90

8 Wales Renee 18 33 29 27 89

9 Steyn Jenny 16 25 31 26 82

10 Clark Ellen 18 26 29 26 81

11 Mead Margie 25 23 31 27 81

12 Barnard Celeste 15 25 28 26 79

Story and photos by Bev Mortimer (©)

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