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The Randpark SAGES Sanlam CANSA Fund-Raising Golf Day
THE Randpark SAGES held their annual Sanlam CANSA fund-raising day on Bushwillow on Tuesday of this week with 74 players generously putting their hands in their pockets to the tune of R105 each which equated to R7 770 raised.
“And then a few individuals and companies added their bit and we raffled a night’s stay at Monte Casino which boosted the funds raised to over R10 000,” says Tom Buckle, the enthusiastic chairman of the Jimmy Gowans branch of SAGES which is based at the club.
The charity-driven SAGES – anyone over 50 is eligible to join – was started by Jimmy Gowans half-a-century ago and over the years they have raised close to R8-million for various worthy causes. There are 29 branches throughout the country with monthly competitions staged by each branch, as well as inter-branch competitions (as is the case at Magalies Park this Thursday), mini-nationals and full-blown nationals.
Not only is money raised, but the camaraderie and the fun had by the SAGES takes a lot of beating, and Buckle is encouraging more over-50s to sign up.
Tuesday’s competition was run in conjunction with the normal Randpark senior competition held every Tuesday and – maybe this was the reward for all the hard work he puts in – but the betterball was won by this very same Tom and his feisty, competitive partner Elca Faure, who is also on the SAGES committee, with 45 points.
“Mainly thanks to Elca because I never win these competitions,” said a smiling Tom who is a golf fanatic and regularly plays well over 300 rounds of golf each year but this is a story for another day. Theo Brandt, meanwhile, won the separate individual competition with 38 points.
It was a beautiful day on a course which is in great condition. Goodness, we are fortunate to be able to play this wonderful game and – in the case of the SAGES – to contribute to a worthy cause at the same time. Thanks to Sanlam and various companies and individuals who donated the prizes.
By Grant Winter