Welcome to February!

Hello everyone!

Well, February is here and the year is now well and truly underway.

We had a very entertaining evening last Friday with the Barn Dance. Thanks to everyone who came along. There was some serious talent on display and great fun was had by all.

The next club evening is poker! This is on the 24th February and all members are very welcome, so please diarize and come and try your luck.

A last reminder to enter your name on the lists on the noticeboard if you would like to play league this year. It is a great way to test your skills regularly and enjoy competitive golf with your friends. All league players have the opportunity to sell a book of raffle tickets with some awesome prizes. If you sell your book, all clothing expenses are covered. More info from Club Captain Todd.

On the golf front, The Mug of Mugs is this Saturday and the Silver Trophy on the 11th. Put your names down and book your places in the pro shop, (011) 907 3666, or online as usual.

Sean and his team continue to work away at the various projects on the course, despite being hampered for a couple of days earlier this week by torrential downpours. The rain has worked wonders this summer and the course is looking lush and healthy. The temporary green on the 9th is finally being moved to its new home behind the 11th green as a practice facility.

Our bowlers continue to be involved in various competitions and the turnout has been very good. Twilight bowls on Friday evenings is well supported and the big news this week is that BOLF starts on the 9th February. Spectators are welcome for all 5 weeks that this fun activity is on the go. Golf Director Barry has full fields and everyone is looking forward to testing their bowling skills.

We have also begun small upgrades here and there. You will notice that the entrance board is now lit at night when you drive into the club and the dart boards have individual spots on them. Our thanks to Eddie Olver for his assistance.
From the local newspaper this week
(With special thanks to Marietjie Tame)

History was recently made on the bowling greens at Reading Country Club when a husband-and-wife team walked away with the Open Singles Men & Women Championship titles.

Wim van Gils (73) and his wife Ursula (66) won the championships towards the end of 2016 and in doing so, became only the second married couple in the 78 year history of Reading to have achieved this. In 1982 Charlie and Rose Russak were the happy couple walking away with these coveted titles.

Talking to the Van Gils, it soon becomes abundantly clear that not only do they love their bowls, but they cherish the club, its members and the camaraderie they experience on the bowling greens and in the clubhouse. “This must be one of the friendliest clubs in the whole of Gauteng, we’ve been members here for 21 years and have absolutely no intention of ever moving to another club,” they passionately declare.
Wim and Ursula van Gils,
Reading Bowling Club’s 2016 Champions.

The Van Gils used to stay just across the road from the club in New Redruth, but five years ago packed up their home and moved to the Alberton Retirement Village. Wim, who before retirement was head of the South African Press Association, has won the Open Men’s Championships a whopping seven times whilst for Ursula it was a first.

Off the bowling greens, the couple enjoys a game of bridge, travelling through South Africa and loves watching sport such as cricket and tennis.

Will they ever retire from bowls? – “not a chance,” they quickly remark.

Have a great week,
David & the Team