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I’m delighted to announce that André Gerber has been appointed as the Club’s new Course Superintendent and will join us on 13th December.

We received 30 applications for the post and André’s exceptional knowledge, skills, training and experience made him the prime candidate for the position.

He’s currently Turf Division Manager (Africa) for Mark Wiltshire Golf – the largest golf club management company in South Africa. He’s travelled widely, both here and in neighbouring countries, advising on a wide range course construction, management and maintenance projects.

André began his golf maintenance career in 1996 at George GC and was promoted to Assistant Course Superintendent three years later.

Since then André has been part of the team that prepared Fancourt Links for the 2002 President’s Cup, contributed to the landscaping of the newly-established golf estates at Oubaai and Goose Valley, acted as Head Golf Course Superintendent at Pezula and was Head Golf Course Maintenance Manager at St. Francis Links.

André, who is 45 and a 4 handicap golfer, also brings a deep understanding of social issues having studied Practical Theology and Psychology at Huguenot College, Wellington in his early years. This enabled him to undertake missionary work in Trovato, Cape Town, interacting with and helping underpriviledged and homeless people – including those with drug and alcohol abuse problems.

The Committee and I are genuinely excited that André has accepted the position and look forward to working with him to enhance the quality of our course.

Meanwhile, a huge vote of thanks goes to our Assistant Greenkeeper Charlie Luiters and his team who have ‘gone the extra mile’ to keep our course in such good shape over the past weeks.

Meyer du Toit