We had the amazing privilege of hosting the first Annual YFC Charity Golf Day in aid of raising funds for this wonderful NPO in Knysna. It was a calling from above and we felt in our hearts to take our expertise and put it work for God.
The day was off to an interesting start when one of the organisers slammed his index finger in the front door of his house and fractured it – all this on the way out the door in a hurry to get the set up done for the day ahead..
Fortunately, thanks to his partner in crime and the rest of the team from YFC, there were many capable hands on site that jumped in to help set up everything. The first, of what we believe will be a string of successful Annual YFC Charity Golf Days kicked off at Simola Golf & Country Estate with a 2 tee start at 11:00, and the format was better ball stableford. We had a field of 52 golfers, of which one was a lady, that arrived super keen to play this world renowned course course. Service with a smile at registration table where players were met with personalised score cards, personalised golf carts and a goodie bag 🙂
Sotheby’s Knysna had a putting competition on the practice green for the players to and get their strokes & lines warmed up before they hit the tees. Let’s just say for some the weather was acceptable to play in… We will not mention names or refer to putting skills… hihihi
Judging from the arrival of the 4 ball players, there was an awesome vibe and energy among everyone! Some have never played this course prior to this event, others are members at Simola, and what better way to spend a Friday than being among friends and other business owners, playing golf, networking & supporting a good cause!
With 96 bunkers in total throughout the course, the remarks from some of the players led us to believe that there was no shortage of skills being put to the test with their swings and sandys!
The 11th must have been the highlight of the day where players stood a chance to win a R15 000 prize for a hole-in-one – sponsored by The Pro Shop George! This certainly created hype among the field, yet sadly, no one conquered and claimed the esteemed king of the 11th title – so let’s hope for better luck next year 🙂
After a lovely buffet dinner was indulged by a hungry field of golfers, we moved onto the formal proceedings. The prize giving ceremony was opened with a 3min video clip of what YFC does in a nutshell – and that is going out into the community, reaching out for the needy, the helpless and lost, and giving them hope through ministry, youth programs, skills development opportunities and other projects like holiday clubs, home visits, family planning, outreach programs and much much more. With the increasing need to facilitate and assist the Youth of Knysna, these projects need funding, and with many financial doors getting shut on YFC, this golf day is one way for us to raise much needed funds in order for lives to be touched and changed for the better. You cannot possibly imagine how much of an impact each of you made by playing on this golf day and especially those that donated and sponsored on top of that!
Some interesting and incredible items were auctioned off and we would like to congratulate and thank each of the bidders that walked away with these items!
The results for the day are as follows:
Sotheby’s Putting Competition was won by: Tony McEwan
Nearest to the Pin on the 11th: Kobus van den Berg
Longest Drive on the 18th: Michal Rher
Longest Day: David Waller & John Cooper
5th Place with 45 points went to: Albert MaClean & Michael Blake
4th Place with 47 points went to: Gerhard Dreyer & Senekal Dreyer
3rd Place on a count out with 48 points went to: Andre Kleinschmidt & Loffie Malherbe
2nd Place on a count in with 48 points went to: Riaan Schenck & Gustav Stenhobel
and the winners of the YFC Charity Golf Day 2015 with 50 points went to: Heinrich Matthee & Michal Rher – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You will be defending your title in 2016!
We would like to extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all our SPONSORS:
Simola Golf & Country Estate for giving us the opportunity to host our first charity Golf Day at your establishment
Penny Pinchers Knysna
Colven Group – Managed Workforce Solutions
Greeff’s Butchery & Meat Market
S. Colarossi Housing & Civils
VIP Bluestar Financial Advisory Services
Mossel Bay Golf Club
Pezula Championship Course
Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort
St Francis Links
The Pro Shop George
The Golfers Club George
Without your contributions, this day would not be as successful as it was!
Lastly and most importantly, we thank our Father God for looking after us in so many ways, for making this day possible and as successful as it was – we ask that you keep YFC Knysna and the Youth of Knysna in your thoughts and prayers!
Thank you to the YFC team that diligently went above their call of duty to make contact with people in order to sell entries for the day, you guys already do such amazing work out there and you simply climbed in with open hearts and did your absolute best – we salute you!
We look forward to hosting the 2016 YFC Charity Golf Day next year and hope to see you all there with more of your friends and business associates!
God bless you, we wish you beautiful and amazing things in the days and years to come!
From all of us at Golf in the Garden Route and South Africa
If you feel lead to get involved in any way with YFC Knysna from volunteering to donations / sponsors, you are welcome to contact director, Philip Shroder, on 082 570 5470 / 044 382 7474 / email@example.com
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