Team Rest of the World
Steve Du Preez (Captain)
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Captains Blog, stardate 4.11.14 – this is Captain Steve du Preez of the starship #teamROW
With only a week to go, team ROW have been hitting the fairways and the greens (and the occasional 19th) to hone our skills for the European offensive in Barbados. Summer has arrived with a vengeance in the Southern Hemisphere and the South African and Australians are making the most of the perfect conditions for early morning golf.
The team discussions this week has centred mainly around our strategy and we’ve bedded most of these down – and everyone is sworn to absolute secrecy. The main challenge I am faced with at the moment is trying to contain the excitement of the team but honestly, I have lost the battle on that front. The Flying Club boys have been posting memories of previous finals on twitter which has only served to exacerbate this problem.
Being an island, the weather in Barbados is about as predictable as my putting stroke but all indications are that we are in for a spectacular time. Sunblock and cocktails at the ready.
All that remains now is for us to get the last rounds in, pack out bags and settle into the comfort and hospitality of Virgin Atlantic as they jet us off to the #experienceofalifetime.
Captain's Blog - stardate 27.10.14. – this is Captain Steve du Preez of the starship #teamROW.
I can barely believe that there are only two weeks to go and team ROW have been silently plotting S11 finals domination. We have been picking the brains of our local secret weapon to ensure the last minute preparations are in areas where we will need them in Barbados. I have been sworn to secrecy on the details!
The banter on Twitter is heating up and the general (unbiased) view from the ROW team is that this, very important part of the gamesmanship is definitely being won by the team in red. There were some excellent suggestions on team songs and congratulations to John for taking the @sundogeyewear first prize.
The occasional peek at the Royal Westmoreland webcam shows that the “Weather Gods” are getting all rain out the way in anticipation for our arrival.
Friday 17 October 2014 - Captain's Team Profile
One week on from his announcemnt as Team ROW Captain, Steve du Preez presents the 11 players hoping to win their first final in 4 seasons. Can they send Europe home blue and paint the island red next month? Here's Steve's thoughts:
PK Dhawaan Handicap 10
The ever popular PK makes his fifth consecutive final appearance in his five years as a Swinger. PK plays his golf at Delhi Golf Club in India. He’s one of the most loyal Swingers we have and will be determined to experience his second ROW win after playing in the S7 Final victory.
Christine Godorov Handicap 18
Christine is making her second final appearance having played at Gleneagles last year. Christine is in her second season as a Swinger, and is one of our most active Swingers in the US, playing her golf at Berkleigh Country Club in Pennsylvania. We are sure she will prove a real asset again this year.
Dennis Gyde Handicap 12
Dennis is from Australia’s Gold Coast and is making his second final appearance after playing in Orlando in S8. Dennis is in his fourth season as a Swinger and will be raring to go once he arrives in the Caribbean. Dennis plays his golf at Gainsborough Greens GC.
Gary Jones Handicap 15
Gary is our first rookie this year, and has the shortest distance to make of any finalist as he already lives on the island! He is also the first finalist to ever be a member at one of the host venues, so we are looking to gain some valuable advice on how to play Apes Hill. This is Gary’s first season as a Swinger.
Andrew Lyth Handicap 3
Andrew, our Kiwi from Houston, Texas plays his golf at Wildcat GC. He is making his fifth final appearance in his seventh season as a Swinger. Andrew is a popular member and the lowest handicapper on the team. A big hitter, he is known for his cool head under pressure and we think he is key to our success in Barbados.
Brian O’Connor Handicap 14
Brian had an incredible season amassing a record number of points to win US Club Swingers Division 2. From the stunning Laguna Beach in Southern California, Brian plays his golf at Tijeras Creek. Brian is playing in his third final having represented ROW in Orlando and Gleneagles. This is his fourth season as a Swinger.
Mark Ray Handicap 6
Mark plays his golf at Highlands Reserve in Orlando, and is our second rookie having only joined Swingers this year. He’s definitely the form player with some superb golf in September which hopefully he can carry through to the final in November.
Mo Reardon Handicap 25
Mo, from Terrey Hills GC in Sydney, Australia is completing her hat-trick of final appearances, having played in Orlando and Gleneagles. Mo’s competitive spirit has seen her defy the odds to qualify again, and we look forward to that competiveness on display in Barbados in her fourth season as a Swinger.
Tom Riddell Handicap 9
Tom plays his golf at Pine Grove in Massachusetts, and is competing in his fourth final. He’s the second member of this team to have tasted victory back in Season 7, and we hope he will have another one to add to his collection this time. Tom, a true gentleman and one of the most loyal Swingers has competed since Season 2.
Ken Sugden Handicap 14
Ken has been playing his golf out of Nigeria this season but is on the move to Norway, so this will be his last season competing for the ROW – let’s hope it’s a memorable one! Ken has been a Swinger for 3 seasons and was a member of the ROW team in Miami.
Bill Wilson Handicap 22
Bill is our second team member from Southern California playing his golf at Crossing at Carlsbad. Competing in his third final, Bill is always a popular player and he has just completed his seventh season. Bill regularly plays in the US Swingers days where his beloved Club cover Kenny has become a real hit with the crew!
Steve du Preez (Capt) Handicap 4
I play my golf at Bryanston GC, in Johannesburg and have the honour of becoming the third South African captain in a row. I have been a Swinger for 3 seasons, and competed in the Season 9 Final in Miami.
Look out for more updates as we continue the countdown to the final!
Friday 10 October 2014 - Captain Announcement
We are delighted to announce that this year's Team ROW captain is Steve du Preez. Steve plays his golf at Bryanston GC, in Johannesburg and becomes our third South African captain in a row. Steve was the natural choice for ROW captain. His golfing ability earns instant respect and his competitive spirit will ensure his team are up for the challenge in Barbados. Steve has been a Swinger for 3 seasons, and competed in the Season 9 Final in Miami.
We caught up with Steve earlier in the week to get his thoughts on becoming captain:
"I was fortunate enough to make it to the final in Miami in 2012 and it was an experience I will never forget. The camaraderie between both team mates and opposition on and off the course was fantastic – which has been known to spill over into the pub till the early hours of the morning (I’m blaming the jetlag)."
"Having missed out on last year’s event, I put in a little extra effort during the December break and managed to get a couple of good rounds in, that put me in contention. The season went down to the wire with a lot of late movement on the leader boards but now the scores are locked, team have been selected and the build up to Barbados begins in earnest."
"I was humbled when Paul contacted me and asked me if I would captain the ROW team. We have a really strong team this year and will be going all out to reverse the fortunes of the European team from the last couple of years."
"All that is left to do, on behalf of myself and the ROW team, is to wish Alan and the European team all the best of luck. May the fierceness of the competition on the course only be rivalled by the friendship off the course."
Look out for Steve's first full blog next week when he previews his ROW team!