We have just returned from a magical trip to South Africa. The U.K. team of: Terry Mancini, Tom Hilliard, Julie Hilliard, Mike Plimmer, Roger Baker, Steve Hancox, Steve Paul and Terry Smith were beaten 12-8 over 4 rounds. The final day of 8 singles matches proved a bridge too far for the visiting golfers. Only trailing by a single point going into the final round, we could only collect 2 ½ of the 4 ½ points required to gain an honourable draw. Everyone agreed it had been a tremendous effort, very competitive and great fun played on 4 of CT's finest courses, Erinvale, Milnerton, Atlantic Beach and Clovelly. The strong 40K an hour winds on the back 9 at Milnerton played a major part in our downfall on the 2nd day, where we couldn't cope as well as the SA team. After a major surprise at Atlantic Beach in the 3rd round where we reduced the overall score to just 1 point, we felt we had a good chance of getting a result.The weather at Clovelly was a magnificent 33 degrees on the final round but it just sapped too much energy from our team and we wilted over the back 9 holes. Everyone in our team contributed to our 8 points won, with the leading scorer Terry Smith gaining 3 ½ points. The Trophy is being held in CT until I can muster another set of golfing pals to return to CT and challenge a fabulous group of SA friends, put together by my old pal Stan Williams. He even managed to include in his team, the ex-Rugby Springbok legend Marius Joubert ( what a great guy) who I managed to defeat with my partner Steve Paul in the 4 ball. So football 1 Rugby 0, between us, until the next time. Can't wait!
Some of the party visited a game reserve during their stay (picture below) and wrote this message on their return to the UK.
"Having just returned from Mancini Events latest trip to south Africa, I would like to congratulate Terry and his team on another tremendous trip. You organised for us to stay in a 5 star hotel in a fantastic location. The transport was always punctual and the golf clourse were breathtaking. As regulars at the La Manga events we are used to the professionalism of your organisation but this time you surpassed yourselves. Your hospitality to us and our wives was amazing and you even helped us to organise additional entertainment after the golf had finished. We met some lovely people on an unfortgettable holiday and would recommend anyone who is thinking about trying one of Mancini Events trips to definitely book. You won't be disappointed". Pam & Steve Hancox
“Just to echo the others an utterly breath-taking experience that ran smoothly form start to finish. It is testament to your organisational skills that everything ran like clockwork, even the late changes to itinerary. I agree with Richard that I would highly recommend to ANYONE if you were to make this a regular event on your travelling calendar. Looking forward to the next adventure but might take some beating!!”
“Just want to say what a great event, yet again, and how much we all, the footballers enjoyed that format and be able to play with each other! We all commented how relaxing and friendly, but competitive the golf was, and of course, there was a worthy, if not unexpected winner!!!!!!!”