Well, that’s it, 2018 has come and gone and we are back in the swing of things for 2019.

I sincerely hope that you all had a fantastic holiday season and that you all travelled safe. It appears that not all of us are back yet because there are still several fourballs available for Saturday, but I am sure that will pick up after this weekend.

The course will be closed for the first week in January due to hollowtining taking place which also means that for the first two weekends there will be sand on the greens but after that our greens will be back to their brilliant condition again.

Quite a few significant changes are due to take place at the club in the very near future and I urge you to take heed of these and even give some feedback if you feel it is necessary.

I wonder who of you take notice of the condition of our gardens when you enter our club and during your game around the course. Well, I think they are magnificent, and I thought I should share some information about the lady who takes time almost every day to maintain these gardens without any compensation.

Her name is Jenny Johnson and here is some information about this wonderful woman:

Your own garden expert at the Krugersdorp Golf Club, Jenny Johnson sums up her life.

It all started with my entry into the world on the 6th April 1940 in Sister Waite’s Nursing Home, Krugersdorp. At age two my dad joined Sub Nigel Gold Mine and we moved to Dunottar. As a little girl of three I attended Mrs Berry’s nursery school and subsequently started my school career at Nigel Primary School moving on to Nigel High.

I completed my matric year at Krugersdorp High attaining a university entrance pass in 1956 – with my mother’s voice ringing in my ears ‘Jen if you don’t get a matric you will land up being an usherette in the Vaudette bioscope!’ Her old-fashioned type of motivation really worked!

At the tender age of sixteen, I had no idea of a career choice, so I joined the banking fraternity at Barclays Bank Krugersdorp in 1957. Three years later I was offered a job in the share transfer department of General Mining Head Office in Johannesburg for the princely sum of 28 pounds a month. All dressed up in stockings, gloves and high heels I caught the train from the West Rand to Park station and walked to Main Street and back every day.

A marriage ensued with the love of my life, Stanley Lund Johnson on 8 July 1961 in St Peters Anglican Church followed by a reception at the Luipaard Hotel. Fifty-five years later and we are still blissfully happy.

I became a stay-at-home Mom and brought two beautiful children into the world – Deborah Jean born 2 May 1962 and Shaun Lund born 31 October 1963. They are most definitely the best part of our lives.

I later joined the staff of Monument Primary as a school secretary where I spent thirty happy years, interacting with the teachers and pupils was a constant joy and I was able to spend the afternoons with my own children.

During, this time I also started giving aerobic classes at Krugersdorp High School. It was the Jane Fonda era when gym was first performed to music. What fun we had dressed up in our headbands and leg warmers! Teachers and friends all got together four days a week for a good workout.

In those days, tennis was my sport of choice. I joined the West Rand Tennis club in 1968, where I became a committee member and was selected to play league. Sadly, West Rand Cons closed, and Daphne James persuaded me to join Krugersdorp Golf Club in 1985.

I have some wonderful memories of my time spent on the Ladies Committee. I was a committee member from 1993 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2014 for a total of 20 years. I was the Lady Captain in 2005 and 2006 and the President in 2009 until 2010. I also served as the Treasurer from 2000 to 2004, 2008 and 2010 to beginning 2014. I also did a stint as captain of one of our Western Gauteng weekday league teams.

Stan and I were very fortunate to have played golf abroad. Memorable golfing trips to Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Ireland and England come to mind. The highlights of which were attending the Open Championship twice at St Andrews and taking Debbie and Shaun to Troon when the Open was held there. Such precious memories!

My hobbies are varied but I do love reading and can get lost in a good book. Gardening is my passion and brings out creativity that I never knew existed. I thoroughly enjoy looking after the gardens at the club. It is truly my happy place! I am also fascinated by genealogy and I am researching my own family genealogy. I am also extremely interested in the study of the theory of the origins and evolution of mankind.

Well Jen, I can honestly say that we appreciate every minute you put into our club’s gardens. They are looking magnificent.

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Cheers till we meet on the greens again.
Brian Cornelissen

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