Shane, James and I made our way to Bloemfontein early Sunday morning, stopping in Graaff Reinet to stretch our legs and to enjoy a Wimpy breakfast. The men shared the driving and were amazing, dodging potholes and waiting patiently at the many stop-starts along the way. What could have been an eight hour trip, took a little over nine hours. We arrived at our B&B, Andanté, just in time to freshen up and follow Simon to Schoeman Park Golf Club for the official opening of the Championship – flags were raised, the National Anthem was sung and then to the hall for the formalities. Both Shane and Simon were introduced as the main sponsors and both were given an opportunity to address the boys and their parents. We then presented the boys with our Oakhill/SwingFit packs and whilst the boys enjoyed their ‘boerie’ rolls, the parents were invited to share in some great Packwood Wines and delicious Packwood cheeses, kindly sponsored by Peter and Vicky Gent, an Oakhill Family. Whilst the boys and their parents headed off to rest up for an early start on Monday morning, we were treated to some great Bloemfontein hospitality and enjoyed a great get-together and braai hosted by the Schoeman Park Golf Club members and SAGA officials.
Waking up early yesterday morning to that clear, crisp Karoo air, took me back decades to my Karoo Experience in De Aar. I taught there for a year, indeed I did! After a delicious breakfast, it was back into the car, right about turn, and let’s head on home. Shane did offer to stop briefly at the Mimosa Mall, but I saved him the stress and instead, he, James and I enjoyed a great lunch stop at the Drostdy in Graaff Reinet. Do yourselves a favour next time you’re passing through GR, stop for a bite, delicious and great value for your money, not forgetting the friendly service!
We were back in Knysna just after five. Yes, always great to be home! Perhaps we were a little crazy travelling that distance in two days, but when you’re sharing with others about a great school and a great golfing academy and great opportunities, then it actually is worth the diesel and the time and the effort.