As always, there was a full field of players with great industry support in terms of sponsorship on the various tee offs. “The day was a huge success and all industry members attending had an entertaining day,” said Jaco Pieterse, Johannesburg chairman of the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC).
It was a sunny day, but the course was still quite wet from the heavy rains the day before, causing some players to spend a bit more time on the field than initially anticipated. But the fact that the golf day was held on a Friday this year ensured that everyone enjoyed themselves to the outmost.
Thank you to the sponsors
“On behalf of the Johannesburg SAIRAC committee we would like to extend a special thank you to all our sponsors,” said Pieterse. “Without you, the day would not have been possible. Only through your continued support and generosity are we able to host a golf day of such a high standard and with bountiful prizes.”
The following sponsors are thanked:
- Africa Stay
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (ACRA)
- Atlas Air
- Belvedere School
- Fourways Airconditioning
- Gree Products
- Hyundai Aircons
- I Smart
- RPM Engineering
- Service First GP
Thank you also to the following companies for sponsoring the drinking holes:
- • Atlas Air
- • ACRA
- • A-Gas
- • Eurocool
- • Gree Air Conditioners
- • Hyundai Aircons
- • TecsaReco
Winners of the day
A total of 36 teams played on the day.
First place: The winning four-ball for the day went to the team from Temp-U-Air. They walked away with the floating BAC trophy (sponsored in 1988) as well as a prize sponsored by Samsung. The winners, with a score of 96 points, was Anton Esterhuizen, Leon van Rooyen, Carl La Reservee, and Dean Bester.
Second place, with 94 points, went to Johan Vorster, Marvin Alberts, Oliver Macrae, and Jarred Naidoo (not present) from team TecsaReco. Robert Larkan of Samsung (second left) handed over the prize.
Third place, with 92 points, went to Michael Johnson, Graham Berman , Rhyno Erasmus, and David Mackay from team Eurocool. Gareth Channer of SAIRAC (left) handed over the prizes.
Fourth place, with 91 points, went to Selmo Das Neves, Andre van der Merwe, Michael Hein, and Marius du Preez from team Evapco. Belvedere School sponsored the bomas and principal Hannes du Plessis (left) presented the prizes.
Fifth place, with 90 points, went to Louis Jansen, Pieter Taljaard, Deon de Jager, and Johan Swanepoel from team Gree Air Conditioners.
Sixth place, with 85 points, goes to Andries Duvenhage, George Arnold, Steven Barrett, and Gonnie Pandither from team Trox SA.
Seventh place, with 85 points, went to Monrae Barkhuyzen, Kristoff du Plessis, Thomas Aphane, and Telmo de Bastos from team Daikin.
Eight place, with 84 points, went to Riaan Nel, Francois Liebenberg, Andrew Kietzmann, and Dean de Swart from team Zest WEG Group.
Ninth place, with 82 points, went to Mischa Tessendorf, Michael Williams, Rainier Krause, and Miguel Jardim from team Baltimore Aircoil.
Tenth place, with 81 points, goes to Jacques Coertze, Rhyno Swanepoel, Darren Mcmanus, and Scott van Zyl from team Trox SA.
- Longest drive on the fourth hole: Karen Fourie from team DDCS.
- Longest drive on the 12th hole: Frikkie Klein from team VMG Consultants.
- Nearest to the pin on the fifth hole: Johan Vorster from team TecsaReco.
- Nearest to the pin on the eighth hole: Clive Korope from team Broll.
- Nearest to the pin on the 15th hole: Darrell Kramer from team Daikin.
- Nearest to the pin on the 17th hole: Dean Pizani.
- The best sponsored hole was chosen independently by the club. The winners received a cash prize as well as a floating trophy sponsored by the Veldon Family in memory of Michael Veldon. John Veldon presented the trophy to the winning team — the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (ACRA) — who went all out this year with their Scottish-themed hole, complete with snacks and drinks to match.
- The best dressed four-ball was also selected by the club and went to the team from Zest WEG.
- The longest day four-ball was selected by the club and went to the team from HC Heat Exchangers.
- The Best Individual SAIRAC Player of the day received the Metraclark floating trophy and was Kristof du Plessis on 44 points.
- The Best Individual Player, Non-SAIRAC Member with 46 points went to Oliver Macrae from team TecsaReco.
For a good cause
Before the prize-giving, a few items were auctioned off to the benefit of the Belvedere School, the official beneficiary of the SAIRAC Golf Day. A donation to the value of R50 000 will be handed over to the school.
Everyone had great fun as the MC for the night, Piet Pompies, entertained them not only with songs, but with his quick wit and humour.
After the formalities, everyone enjoyed dinner and some (more) drinks.
Until next year.