Five separate events Friday through to Monday generated some 450 rounds of golf and a high energy feel at the KGC for the long weekend.
Top billing went to the very first NCGU Senior Open, a stroke play tournament over 36 holes that attracted a remarkable response from many of the top ranked Senior golfers throughout the RSA who were no doubt also encouraged by the fact that the results counted towards the national rankings. Taking the honours was Duncan Neill from Germiston Golf Club. He posted two successive 70s to finish on a four under par gross 140, eight shots clear of the field. Gorden Wessels from Wingate Golf Club was second on 148. Three players followed on 150 this included two players from the NCGU – Frans Smith from Kimberley Golf Club and AP Botes from Hartswater Golf Club – as well as Ramon Rahme of Glendower Golf Club. The overall success of the tournament was underlined by the many favourable comments as well as the commitments to return received from the visiting golfers.
The weekend commenced Friday evening with the Sun Flamingo Niner in which Flexx Rantoa posted the winning score, 22 points. Fred Wyngaardt was the runner up on 21 points with Adrian McLaren third on 19 points. Cedric van der Ross was fourth on 18 points in a count out from Donald Whitebooi.
The Saturday morning IPS saw JP van Rooyen first on 39 points. Dries Mostert was second on 38 points with Yusuf Kana third on 37 points.
Sunday had the return match between the Free Sate and the NC Senior Societies for the Blacklaws Cup. And it was a rear occasion for the home side in which they never lost a match, drawing two and winning seven, thus claiming the cup 8 and 1.
On Monday, Woman’s Day, the KGC Ladies Section hosted the day. Fritz van Dyk posted the winning score an outstanding 43 individual stableford points. Andre Williams was second and on 41 points in a count out from third placed Joanie Herselman. Dickie Thomas was fourth, alone on 38. Luchmen Poonawassy was fifth on 37 points. Four prize winners followed on 36 points – Neil Langley, Adrian McLaren, Ivan Coetzee and Susan Alexander.
Earlier in the week Neville Alexander enjoyed a convincing win in the KWV PowerPlay Niner Thursday. A powerplay six pointer at the second coupled with a a personal best 39 gross on the nine saw him return the the highest KWV Niner score to date – 26 points. Dave Benade was second on 22 points in a count out that included an eight pointer on the par four 13th. Dave Wilson, who lost that count out, was third.
Gavin van Zyl returned the top score, 39 points, to win the Leon’s House of Liquor monthly IPS on Wednesday. Three players returned 36 points. The count out deemed Kevin Collings second, Johan Herselman third and Dries Du Plessis first reserve.
Flex Rantoa set a new Tuesday Super Six record when he posted 16 points, two short of a full house, for a narrow win over Peter Salo who was just one back on 15 points. Jehaan Richards was third on 14 points in a count out.