Captains Bullsheet January 2022

Captains Bullsheet January 2022

It’s 2022 already and I welcome all members back to another Nomads playing calendar. I trust that all members are safe and rested after a tumultuous 2021.

We ended the year with a fantastic Gold Cup @ Wingate Park and the interest in Northerns has increased incredibly already. Albeit we have had some unfortunate resignations (medical and personal), they come from members who were not as participative as one would desire as per our Nomad Constitution. We trust that the impact will be minimal, but we hope to see them back to participate some day!

The interest to join Northerns Nomads however, has been tremendous. I know that the reason is because of what we are doing as a unified consortium of people.

Thank you for getting the message out there  and continue doing it so that we can all enjoy our Nomads careers together for a lifetime.

Saying all this means I must remind you that with a New Year comes subs payments which have to be concluded by 31 January 2022 latest please.

If you are not able to do this in a lump sum, talk to me to conclude arrangements and we find something suitable.

Furthermore, id like to make sure we recognise and instil our sense of pride. Our uniformity distinguishes us and we recognise the ties we live in and continually look at our dress code, but while it is still recognised in its current format, lets be proud of it and disciplined regarding it.

We have introduced a new tournament to the calendar and will play at Free States February game annually when they travel to Clarens or Parys. This is called the Bell Cup and is an effort to expand our collaboration with other regions. Lets support and grow this. You have to enter online on the Free State portal. Guest are also welcome as it is a monthly game. Please liaise with Eugene Barnard regarding your entries please.

Onto the monthly meeting at The Els Club (and not Silver Lakes as I may have mistakenly opened with 😊.

What great golfing weather and what a great turn out. 86 players turned up of the registered 88 (1 x late medical cancellation and 1 x no show)

It is imperative if  you are not going to make the game to have the decency to notify the match secretary or myself and your playing partners on the day that you will not be making it. It is the courteous respect we show our fellow Nomads. Thanks to Jaap Coetzee for arranging his son Michael to play at the last moment even if we cut him to -5 😊 to start with.

When we have such a turn out, this means a small profit is gained that allows us to exceed our contributions to charitable efforts as well as to you the member. Well done to the ladies at the registration table Charleen and Antonette who continue to diligently manage the processes that allow us to play without issue as well as the hard work after to ensure the right people are recognised and the right data is captured for all.

A note to help the ladies, Players and Markers, please capture the correct scores under player or marker as some switch this around and the ladies wont pick this up easily. Captains of 4 balls, you should be checking accuracy please.

Our traditional Milkskeys were made available albeit slightly late (my fault) and thanks to Leon “Woody” de Jager collecting for me – thanks to Glenbrynth for continuing your sponsorship.

Glenbrynth also sponsored some whiskey glasses, ice bucket and bar mat which will be used as prizes in the near future.

We had 2 inductions ..Claude “Fraud” De Ville and Dan “The Man” Modzweleski. Welcome gentlemen and we trust that you will enjoy every facet of being a Nomad. Participation in this organisation brings a wealth of happiness associated to it.

Additionally we had some new prospectives playing as well. One in particular stands out as Northerns Nomads pioneered a change in Nomads with our very first lady prospective started her journey as a Nomad.

We understand that this will not suit everyone’s thought pattern about the game of golf,  however times have moved swiftly along and with the process followed as well communications to members, the idea of ladies being in Nomads received positive feedback. Playing off the blue tees, I must tell you that Chantelle Davis played in my 4 ball and can really hit a ball. Playing off a 5 in A division, Chantelle made 28 points and was a worthy and chirpy adversary.

I dare you to take your bets with her 😊.

My playing partner Claude choked nicely on his induction game with a 39 and visiting Nomad Steve “The Good Doctor” Davis rounded up the 4 ball with a solid 31 points.

The new greens at TEC were magnificent and I sense that when the greens have settled and the bunkers have been finalised, that this course will be superb to play on. It is unique to walk onto a green with no blemishes and the grass is the same throughout. Truly splendid. Well done Golf Data and TEC Copperleaf for what you are doing here.

Obviously some other players took advantage of this as well as the home course advantage and the results show.

Mark “Bo Didley” Ridley finished with a whopping 42 points (home course and extended leave I suspect 😊). Well done and great score and what a way to open Annual Comps. Enjoy the 5 point cut off of your handicap.

Our strength last year was having exposure to many guests and visiting Nomads. Our collaboration with Gauteng and Easterns is certainly paying off and it is creating a new dynamic in Gauteng that I’m sure will see many new friendships being built.

The guest numbers continue to be solid and well done for having so many out there. This is why we see the tremendous surge in prospectives and inductions. Our numbers are growing every month.

To the rest of the players, well done.  To the winners an additional well done.


Competition Sponsor Position Division Score Handicap Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Overall Winner 1 B 42 12 Mark Ridley
Matchbox 1 B 20 13 Nic du Toit (GP)
Cox Trophy 1 A 35 -4 Patrick O Brien (Guest)
Over 55 Winner Glenbrynth 1 B 39 12 Claude de Ville
Past Captain Winner 1 B 32 15 Stephen van der Merwe
Best Playing Pair 1 75 32 Mark Terblanche Mark Ridley
Worst Playing Pair 1 50 17 Pieter Smit (Guest) Pieter Dunwoody
Worst Playing Four SAB InDev 1 103 45 Pieter Smit (Guest) Pieter Dunwoody Clayton  Wright Dennis Cooke (Pros.)
Best Playing Four Winner SAB InDev 1 139 14 Jaco van der Westhuizen (Guest) Lincoln Fitz [PTG] Michael Drummond Pedri de Lange (Guest)
Best Playing Four Runner Up 2 135 46 Claude de Ville Chantelle Davis (Pros.) Steve Davis (E) Stephen van der Merwe
Divisional Winners 1 A 38 4 Pedri de Lange (Guest)
Divisional Winners 2 A 37 2 Jaco van der Westhuizen (Guest)
Divisional Winners 3 A 36 9 Mark Lamb (GP)
Divisional Winners 1 B 42 12 Mark Ridley
Divisional Winners 2 B 39 12 Claude de Ville
Divisional Winners 3 B 37 12 Cobus van Biljon (EC)
Divisional Winners 1 C 39 17 Gerald Williams (E) [PTG]
Divisional Winners 2 C 38 17 Brent Holmes
Divisional Winners 3 C 37 20 Mark Oosthuysen


Andrew “Andy” Anderson has sponsored the first hole for the year and we appreciate the sponsorship. Please advise me if anyone else would like to sponsor a hole for the year or even the game.

Jacques “George” Erasmus sponsored the closest to the pin on the par 3s thanks Jacques. We welcome this contribution from all members or public. Ask your clients, friends etc. and get them involved.

To Pieter “Pigeon” Dunwoody who stepped in to support the VC who was attending his wife’s (Jo) birthday, great job with prize giving it was nice and quick even considering all the long unpronounceable surnames. Well done I think that the guys were appreciative that that we finished in 45 minutes after starting. I’m glad that the start of the year also saw you raise the flag and remembering to take it back down.

To Brent “Tadpole” Holmes who held a quick opportunity to do an impromptu fines session , well done we raised R1710 from that. We appreciate your efforts also arranging prizes, kit and the altar every month.

I need to reiterate that our number 1s are still imperative as part of our dress code. As from 1 February 2022, the leniency given by Natex no longer exempts players from not being in number 1s at prize giving. If you want to partake in prize giving, please adhere to the dress code policy and for your guests a jacket and tie. This will be enforced.

Andrew Mentis Golf Day

On the 3rd February 2022, the VC Allan “Anal” Pennel will be hosting his AMF Golf Day. It will be played at Services which was in good condition when I last played 2 weeks ago.

It is imperative to support Allan on this day and especially our efforts in supporting Good Morning Angels and Martin Bester’s efforts for 94.2 Jacaranda FM.

Sponsorship is still available and the day looks exciting to say the least. Great prizes are on offer.

Let’s raise cash!!


It seems like we just had Nationals and the next one is upon us already. We have 19 spots and unfortunately some late cancellations. Guys put your names down because if we have reserves they will pull from that reserve list Nationally. Its in Durban this year from 05 to 11 March 2022 at Mount Edgecombe. Please liaise directly with Eugene regarding your entry or status of your entry.

Other Tournaments

Here is a list of other tournaments for you to consider:

  • Zimbabwe – 29 April to 2 May 2022
  • Zambia – 15 & 16 July 2022
  • Botswana – 15 Sept to 17 September 2022
  • Eswatini – No details of Nationals yet
  • Australia – 28 to 30 October 2022
  • New Zealand – No details of Nationals yet
  • United Kingdom – Gold Cup in November at Vilamoura Portugal


We will also be hosting Highveld Trophy this year as well as our 55th Anniversary which will be communicated accordingly.

I trust that I have said enough. Please be participative this year and lets show unity through strength in numbers.

As always, to the committee, continue your good interaction in your portfolios. We are grateful for your participation. To those who would like to get more involved in portfolios, we are always looking for additional assistance.

Yours in Nomads

Stephen van der Merwe

Captain: Northerns Nomads