|Greetings from Derek||Sunday, 03 September 2017|
A reminder that spring treatment is happening this week the course is closed on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and re-opening on Thursday 7th September.
We have organised reciprocity with San Lameer, Wild Coast Port Shepstone & Margate for our members to play during next week and over our spring treatment closure so phone us or come in to the pro shop to see your options.
David Rush Reports on the recent KZN Amateur – Top golfers struggle to ‘blow’ Southbroom away
The short layout proved to be surprisingly tricky for the top players.
IT took a little longer than he may have liked, but Malcolm Mitchell is finally the KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Champion. “This is the one I have wanted,” he said after his victory at Southbroom Golf Club last Sunday. He’s only 22 but it seems like he has been around for a lot longer than his years suggest.
Mitchell has been a member at Howick and Maritzburg Golf Club, but is now playing out of Kloof Country Club, under the watchful eye of coach Shaun Coetzee. Coetzee, who caddied for Mitchell, is a former South Coaster, so it was a happy return to some of his old stomping grounds. The final was a 36-hole affair which Mitchell won 8/7 against plucky 16-year-old Ryan van Velzen of Benoni Lake Country Club. His immediate reaction was joy, followed by relief. “To be quite honest, I am quite tired, it’s mentally draining,” he said, glad it was all over quite quickly.
Southbroom played surprisingly tough over the week, with the south-westerly wind whipping through each day, bringing with it a small downpour at almost the exact time that Mitchell closed things out.
On the way to the final, Mitchell beat Thabiso Magwaza (Umhlali CC) 7/6, Dan Copeman (Steenberg GC) 4/3, Warwick Purchase (Ebotse GC) 1-up and Dawid Opperman (Pretoris CC) 6/5. Purchase actually caddied for Van Velzen in the final. There aren’t too many who play faster than this ‘kid’. He picks a club, has a quick look, and before you can blink, has fired off his shot.
Gavin Sole (Southbroom GC) made it to the quarter-finals but was beaten by Van Velzen. It’s not often the Big Fish gets beaten by someone nearly three times younger than himself.“Had a bad first four holes, no swing. That’s the way it goes,” he said. Matthew Hands (Simbithi CC) caused the upset of the week, knocking out Albert Venter, a national cap, who led the qualifiers. Hands got into the matchplay via a play-off, one in which he piped a chip shot, but still ended up winning.
Other KZN team players, Matt Saulez (Durban CC), Greg McKay and Siyanda Mwandla (both Mount Edgecombe CC), all got knocked out in the first round. Jason Broomhead failed to make the matchplay, Derek Scullard didn’t play, and Clayton Mansfield is playing in a varsity tournament in the States. The qualifying scores were not out of this world, considering the length (or lack of) at Southbroom. However, with the south-westerly wind up, the opening holes were difficult, with the feared 3rd hole justifying it’s terrifying strokeplay reputation. There were quite a few scores there in double digits, some as high as 11 and 13. Ouch.
* Phil Grant of Durban Country Club defended his seniors title, with a 4/3 win against Grant Lister-James, also Durban CC. On the way he beat Richard Nel 3/1, Ronnie Nair 4/2 and Poenie Holm 4/2. “Got lucky to win seniors again, course was tough and it was very windy,” he said. If the tournament returns to the coast next year, he may fancy a holiday town three-peat.
The Quiz night was great fun and Congrats to The Cotton Ons who won first prize narrowly beating the rest of the room. All enjoyed Julie and Cleve’s great questions which were a great blend of general knowledge, music history, geography, and logic!
2017 Mixed Classic
The Mixed Classic is our next event and the field is filling fast. If you would like an entry form please e-mail us at Southbroomproshop@gmail.com
Course & clubhouse closed spring treatment
Saturday 9th September
Saturday 26th August
1st Tony Westoby, Terry Dore, Nic Van Deventer & Alan Woods 99 pts
2nd Bob Thomas, Gary Purtell, Malcolm Greenland & Colin Mckay 94 pts
3rd Gordon Moody, Dave Page, Kerry & Mari Fielden 90 pts
Wednesday 30th August
Mens BB Stab
1st Peter Volck & Paul Lawson 43 pts
2nd Stuart Janvier & Piet Joubert, Geoff Skelton & Osie Osborne, Gordon Moody & Kerry Fielden 42pts
Ladies BB Stab
1st Jan Germs & Eileen Neilson c/o 43pts
t2nd Irene Schanda & Mari Fielden 43pts
3rd Jackie van Eeden & Lyn Doveton 42 pts
Derek and Sheena