The first step....FOLLOW THE SUN
In 1960, shortly after the life story of American golfing legend, Ben Hogan,
was portrayed in the movie "Follow the Sun", Mike Florance and
his committee announced the formation of the
"Follow the Sun" NOMADS
Golf Club under the aegis of the National War Memorial Health
The lapel badge adopted was similar to the Nomads badge we have now hanging
from the name
bar but it consisted of a bell alone with a scroll on the top edge
with the legend "Follow the Sun" and "Onthou 1939-1945"
immediately above the bell. The background colours were top half -
and bottom - green (grass). The choice of the Bell was prompted by the
of John Donne (and now our Creed) - "For Whom the Bell
Tolls", symbolising the aim of the remembrance of those who had lost their
lives in the War.
At this time, Mike was also Honorary Organiser of the South African National
which had been formed as a result of a donation from the
"Follow the Sun NOMADS" on the 18 October 1960 for the promotion of
golf among the juniors. So it was no surprise that two
additional aims of the
new Club were the furtherance of golf and to raise funds for Charity.
The "Follow the Sun" NOMADS Golf Club came into being officially in
April 1960, with 106
"Founder" members attending the first monthly
meeting scheduled for the first Saturday in May
at the Glendower Golf Club. The
meeting itself was washed out but what a party! Rain also
the second attempt at Parkview so it was June before the first complete
NOMADS meeting took place, this time at Irene Golf Club. The special
"Rules of Play"
used were virtually the same as those developed in the NUMIC days, and still in use today. The guiding principles being: Fellowship
(fourball); Least inconvenience to Club members - avoiding
slow play (stableford
medal, continuous putting, calling up on short holes etc) and Courteous
Behaviour (properly dressed, fines for misdemeanours etc).
In addition to each monthly meeting being a complete competition in itself,
competitions (or their forerunners) were in place so that there was
always that little extra to consider when playing your game. In forming the
club, it was stressed that a Member's first
loyalty was to his home club which
should always take precedence.
The following circular started the ball rolling.....
Since the announcement of the winding-up of the
"N.U.M.I.C." Golf Club, I have been assailed
on all sides to continue,
in some form or another, a similar type of association.
You all know of my interest (as Honorary National Organiser) in the annual
"Follow The Sun"
Golf Tournament and, arising from it, the formation
of the S.A. National Golf Foundation - it is, therefore, with some pleasure that
I now announce (under the aegis of the National War
Memorial Health Foundation)
the birth of the
FOLLOW THE SUN
The primary object of the Club will be to stimulate,
encourage and maintain a strong and
influential nucleus of interest in the
annual "Follow The Sun" charitable tournaments, by
means of the
regular meeting-together of members of the Follow The Sun "NOMADS"
Any profits arising from the Club will be devoted entirely to the annual
"Follow The Sun" Golf Tournament.
Members of "N.U.M.I.C." are being offered FOUNDER
MEMBERSHIP of the new Club, and it is
hoped that all will accept this
Ordinary membership will be opened up more than was possible
under "N.U.M.I.C." and we
are hoping that every ex-'N.U.M.I.C."
member will interest and introduce at least one member
of good standing to the
The Club will run - broadly - on exactly the same lines as did
"N.U.M.I.C."; every member will
be given a special "NOMADS"
handicap; the main competition will still be a Combined Stableford
"drawn from the hat"; the various sweepstakes, swindles and/or
shenanigans will continue; all, in fact, as before.
Meetings will be held on 3rd Saturday mornings for eight months
of the year, interspersed with quarterly meetings on 3rd Thursdays. The Thursday
meetings will include luncheon and special competitions and at these meetings
the "CHUBBY LLOYD MEMORIAL TROPHIES" will be
A new programme of meetings and venues is being drawn up and
will be circulated to all
members, together with a members pocket book which we
are preparing, setting out the aims, objects and rules of the Club.
I shall look forward keenly to our continuing association under
the new banner.
signed M.H.A. FLORANCE
.... and the notice recording the wet conclusion to the first
FOLLOW THE SUN
P.O. BOX 8446
There was a wry (but certainly not dry) humour in the Club's title on the
morning of Saturday
last. In a continuous downpour, which gave no encouragement
that it would EVER cease,
"FOLLOW THE SUN" as a phrase veered between
the extremes of pious hope and hollow
In consequence, and abetted by the fact that the Glendower Pro
shop ran out of stock of
Aqualungs and Frog-feet, the game was abandoned after
the field of 68 water nymphs had completed nine lengths of the Glendower lake.
Tony Sherlock was full of protest at the abandonment, avowing
that he was all for carrying on.
But, then, it couldn't spoil his golf anyway -
AND he holds the singular advantage (in such
climate) of being from
The "CHUBBY LLOYD" trophies for Individual Stableford
returns were withdrawn, necessarily,
from the meeting, whilst the 3rd HOLE
AGGREGATE and "DURAO'S FOLLY" on the 17th were
cancelled... the seas on both greens being too choppy. The results of the
"TEAMS-OF-FOUR" Combined Stableford are overleaf, for those who
remember that some golf
Pursuing the nautical idiom to its bitterest end, it is only too
true that at 10.30 a.m. the
Glendower bar was a sea of "White Horses".
Anti-flu vaccine, or something.
LATE NEWS: Survivors of Glendower will be
charmed to know that the
"NOMADS" Club has now applied for affiliation to the S.A. Swimming, Water
Polo and Spear-Fishing Association.