SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - "Knysna Golf Club was chosen as this year's venue after an extensive tendering process by all the clubs in the Southern Cape, and the club and Knysna in general certainly rose to the occasion. Our visitors, from all parts of Southern Africa as well as Australia and New Zealand at the conclusion of this annual event - the largest amateur golf tournament in the world - left Knysna with wonderful memories of our special town."
"What impressed all was the friendliness and warm hospitality shown by so many of the locals. Without doubt many will return both for holidays and also to retire.
Well done, Knysna and thank you to all our residents, shopkeepers, restaurateurs and especially our local sponsors for making this a tournament of which we can all feel justifiably proud.
"We as Southern Cape Nomads are also delighted that the main competition between the 17 clubs, The Bert Hunt Trophy, was won by our Southern Cape team."
History and purpose of the Nomads Golf Club of South Africa (As set out by John Lees)
The Nomads Golf Club was started in 1959, by founder Mike Florance. He had a deeply held feeling that there was room in this game for some kind of association or club for business and professional men to come together in a closely planned and integrated programme of golf, with all games interrelated and offering a continuing thread of interest, and that out of this activity could arise some tangible benefit to two very proper causes, "the game of golf itself, and to those less fortunate than ourselves".
Over the past 56 years Nomads have contributed many millions of rand to the furtherance of golf and not only have our talented young golfers, both boys and girls, benefitted from the programme but also disabled and development golf have received the bulk of their sponsorship from Nomads.
Through its Andrew Mentis Endowment Fund each year every Nomads club throughout the world chooses a local charity to support, and over the years Nomads have contributed over R32-million to various local charities.
It is obvious that to fund all these projects a great deal of money needs to be raised each year by each club. By offering their services to the running of all the Sunshine Tour Tournaments around the country, Nomads clubs are paid by the Tour for their efforts. These funds so raised are then put back into the furthering of golf.
It is interesting to note that Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Charl Swartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Hennie Otto and Brandon Grace as well as all the other young professional golfers playing on the circuit have benefitted from Nomads, and many are honorary members of one of our clubs.
We in the Southern Cape are proud to have John Bland, Louis Oosthuizen and Hennie Otto as members of our club.