On the cover Welcome to 2014 and in this our first edition of the year we bring you a host of exciting, informative articles. From improving your vision to the positive outlook predicted for the global game, various Golf Course reviews and a greenkeeper dealing with stress! It’s all here. I hope you enjoy the read. SA Golf Trader is published bi-monthly by SA Golf Trader cc. Reg. No. 2004/063586/23 66 Hoylake Drive Durban North, 4051 For all enquiries please contact: Office 086 101 9005 Louis Naude 083 293 0220 Neville Bellairs 082 705 8764 Fax 086 694 2185 E mail email@example.com
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Congratulations to Sally Mason our winner of the Trivia Quiz Nov/Dec edition. 1. Who sank a putt on the 18th hole on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup which retained the cup for Europe and successfully overturned a four-point deficit against the United States at the start of the final day's play? a) Martin Kaymer b) Francesco Molinari c) Lee Westwood 2. Emmett Cary Middlecoff (January 6, 1921 â€“ September 1, 1998) was a top-ranking professional golfer on the PGA Tour, from 1947 to 1961. His 40 Tour wins place him ninth alltime, and he won three major championships. What did he first qualify as? a) A doctor b) An accountant c) A dentist
b) May c) November 6. a) b) c)
Luke Donald is passionate about? Wildlife Classic cars Art
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Justin Rose was born in which city? Cape Town Bloemfontein Johannesburg
8. Graeme McDowell supports which English football side? a) Chelsea b) Liverpool c) Manchester United
3. Which of these golfers learned to play golf left-handed but eventually switched to playing right-handed? a) Martin Laird b) Brian Davis c) Jason Dufner
9. Thongchai Jaidee did not start playing golf until he was sixteen, and he later went into the Royal Thai Army where he was a? a) Paratrooper b) Helicopter pilot c) Sniper
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10. Nicolas Colsaerts nickname is what? a) The Belgian bomber* b) Nic the slick c) Iceman
Who was the son of a chiropractor? Steve Sticker Zach Johnson Mark Hensby
5. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played in which month a) March 1. 2. 3. 4.
The first correct entry drawn will be declared the winner. The draw will take place on the 10th of February 2014. The Editorâ€™s decision is final and no correspondence either in terms of the questions, answers or winner will be entered into. The answers to the questions and the name of the winner will be published on the quiz page in the following issue. Results and answers will be published in the next edition of SA Golf Trader.
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Vote for your favourite Golfing Gal and she could win a host of exciting prizes. If you would like to see KOLANIE win then Email: SAGT JANUARY/FEBRUARY to email@example.com. Terms and conditions apply 1. Name: Kolanie van Baalen 2. What is your handicap? 9 3. How long have you been playing Golf? I started playing on and off from October 2011, but only one round every two weeks or so. Since March 2013 I’ve been taking my golf a lot more serious and my first tournament I played was in April 2013 and was the Sanlam South African Stroke Play Championship held at Pretoria Country Club which is kind of one of the biggest tournaments of the year for an amateur golfer. So in my head I’ve only been playing for about two years now. 4. Who got you into playing Golf? My dad and my brother and the ladies of Koro Creek Golf Estate 5. Who is your favourite golfer?
6. Where are you currently a member at? Koro Creek Golf Estate in Nylstroom, Limpopo 7. Which is your favourite golf course? Mmm… tricky question, its either my home club Koro Creek or Wingate Park Golf Course. 8. What has been your most embarrassing moment on the golf course? Well it is embarrassing telling you this, but way back when I just started playing, Koro Creek asked me to play for them in their ladies league team and I was so extremely nervous I hit 3 consecutive “freshies” on the first hole! 9. What is your definition of success? My definition of success in golf, is setting yourself a goal and practicing until you achieve that goal. January/February 2014
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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 10. What do you hope to achieve in the coming years? I truly love this sport and I really want to become a professional golfer one day. So my goal is to raise funds for coaching, because till now I’ve not had one golfing lesson at all, and also for the entry fees and traveling fees for all the tournaments I need to play all around South Africa in 2014. 11. Any superstitions? For some reason when I tee off and putt, my ball needs to face me so that I can see the name and so that the clubface doesn’t hit any printings but only clear white ball. And my tees that I carry with me, the short hole tees are always wood tees and small and are always in my left front pocket and the longer ones are always bright plastic ones that don’t brake easily and are in my front right pocket along with my pitch repairer. 12. Favourite Movie: Forrest Gump 13. Three things I can’t live without: Well you said THINGS, not people, because I love my family. But 3 things: My mobile phone, my sunglasses and my car. 14. My guilty pleasure: Sleeping very late without setting an alarm to wake me up! 15. My favourite food: Pasta, Pizza, Steak and Sushi 16. Happiness is: waking up and knowing that I’m going to see my 3 best friends and we’re going to play some golf that day! 17. Get me a plane ticket to: To Scotland. I need to play The Old Course at St. Andrews! It’s on my Bucket List! 18. Someone I look up to: Kim Williams. She is totally going to kill me when she reads this but she is my local hero, very good friend and an amazing person 19. I’m not embarrassed to say: that it is truly my wish to become a professional golfer! The sooner the better! 20. Favourite quote: Don't take life too seriously; you'll never get out of it alive. If you can't win, make the one in front of you, break the record. Season Six If you would like to be considered as a SA Golf Trader “Golfing Gal” please submit three colour photo’s of yourself on the golf course and one photo of your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org. One girl per edition will be chosen by us (the editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into). The winner will be the girl who receives the most emails. The competition will be over six editions and closes on 31/08/2014. If you are selected by us you will have to answer the questions that SA Golf Trader puts to you. January/February 2014
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WINNING LETTER To the editor As someone who regularly bets on sports outcomes, I thought that I would offer your readers my views on betting on golf. Firstly it is very important to gather as much information about the players and the game itself to boost your chances of winning. Also, there are a couple of pointers that you might want to focus on. They include remaining patient throughout the tournament, studying the statistics, and examining the course where the tournament will be played.
Professional golfers are very familiar with certain golf courses and you should take note of them before placing a bet. Also, it would be best to bet a minimal amount if the players will play on a particular course for the first time. This is because strange things tend to take place if golfers play on a course that has a different layout and landscape.
There are also many other sources of information that you can check out to make sure that you have everything you need to place a bet that has a high Numbers play an essential role when it comes to golf chance of winning. From Internet sites to mobile betting. It is essential to check out official statistics point spread appâ€™s, there are so many tools out there and disregard the opinion of other bettors. Scoring that can assist you. Good luck. average, stroke average, and total driving are essenRegards tial statistics that you should focus on if you want to win as many bets as possible. Selwyn Clegg
Dear Selwyn Thank you for writing in. Yes a lot of people I know like to take a flutter every now and then. Knowledge of the rules of the game, the environment and the competitors is obviously essential. Modern technology certainly makes loads of data instantly available to us â€“ does this make betting any easier? No, but it certainly increases interest in the game. Regards
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Better vision = better golf A new series brought to you by Sir Nic Rose (Dip-Optom(SA)FOA(SA)Wits 1976)
Golf is an extremely demanding visual sport Sir Nicholas Rose has spent the last 2 months investigating a multitude of sports specific, off-the-shelf sunglasses, some better than others... One very unique product, which is not available from your local sunglass shop, stands far above the rest!
A golf ball travelling away from you on a long drive requires excellent vision to be able to track and follow its path and landing. Besides the requirement of being able to see it as it gets smaller and further away, you have the added difficulty of it blending with the colour of the sky, clouds and the green of the grass as it travels. Tracking the ball is actually similar to a visual acuity test. As the ball travels further away it gets smaller and more difficult to see. 6/6 or better is essential to follow its course.
mium product, up till now not available in South Africa.
Evaluating the contour and topography of the course is also essential and generally not easy with natural eyesight.
Well, the Carl Zeiss Golfing Professional High Definition, High Contrast Sunglass arrived for the very first time in South Africa late last month and we have spent all week testing them to give you a solid professional opinion.
In my hunt for the perfect pair of high contrast golf specific sunglasses, I discovered that Carl Zeiss, one of the worldâ€™s top optical companies offers a pre-
These lenses, manufactured to Europe's highest quality standards are simply "Mind Blowing and unparalleled".
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What they do: Blue light present in normal sunlight overlaps and mutes other colours in the visual spectrum thus hampering your ability to determine contrast. Speciality filters used in the Carl Zeiss golf lens eliminate this blue overlap thus giving you exceptional high contrast and enhanced visual definition. When you put them on all colours become brighter and clearer. The brain actually initiates a colour shift program to accommodate the new filters and as you watch everything actually becomes incredibly clear and contrasting. It is hard to believe that this is possible without seeing it for yourself. The lens tint intensity is specially formulated to be just the right darkness for sunny and cloudy golf days too. If you have ever tried playing in a 90% sunglass tint you will appreciate what I mean - the minute there is shade you have to take your sunglasses off to see clearly. Not so with these, you just keep wearing them whatever the weather. One player who tried them asked me if wearing them was not cheating! I replied, â€œcertainly not" as they are actually still classed as sunglasses. Take them off and it's like someone has switched the lights off! To summarise, this is what they achieve /provide: Significantly enhanced contrast Greens become highlighted and more defined and contrasting allowing you to see the exact contour of the green in front of you. The direction of growth on the putting green is easily seen and slight deviations in slope are easily recognized. The white of the ball is highlighted both against green and the blue of the sky and even against clouds allowing you to follow the path of the ball on a long drive.
order to have the highest optical quality and distortion free transmission values. Such highly specialised coatings are not often found on sunglasses but more usually seen on untinted prescription spectacles as it is essential for night vision and proper HD vision for computers. A little known fact is that without this coating on sunglasses the reflections actually double. Double the reflections means that vision is disturbed exponentially reducing clarity. Complete UV Protection UV impacts on an unprotected eye resulting in a chemical change in the lens of the eye where clarity is lost. My own personal clarity score went down by 5% per year until I started protecting my eyes correctly. Proper UV protection is an essential ingredient. Unparalleled optical quality which translates to superior vision. A patient of mine told me how he has to aim 30 cm to the left of the hole when putting. This is called prism shift and can occur when you are wearing an older pair of spectacles. The new design of the Zeiss golf lens will take care of this problem. The "pincushion" effect with high minus prescription spectacles can also be eliminated completely. A professional lens product that is completely customisable The Zeiss golf lens uses the latest digital optimised freeform distortion free technology and can be customised for your particular needs: either as a zero prescription, in your own distance prescription or even further customised in a sports multifocal design. The lenses can be fitted into virtually any frame
Exceptional anti-glare and anti-reflection technology
Please feel free to contact me should you require more detailed information. I can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by calling my Fourways Practice on 0114653871
This is essential for a top quality sunglass lens in
Next edition: Contact lenses for Golfers
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Golf Assessment Program for any player aspiring to progress up a level in the game. Paul Cuningham, PGA Qualified Teaching Professional at Eagle Canyon
Welcome - class of 2014! So, you've had your downtime, chilled over the festive season with friends, family and loved ones, reflected back on your 2013 season, created closure with it and then just got away from it all :-) aybe you wanted to pull a sneaky on the rest of the pack, taking a few days off around Christmas and New Year but trained hard, ate responsibly, wanting to jump out early on in the season to a hot start establishing the platform to achieve your goals?
always those elements beyond our control that we just have to deal with staying the course of time. Herein lies wisdom, the sum of your experiences and those within your support structure able to impart theirs. Golfing harmony is found through emotional intelligence.
Whatever your reason for doing what you did or didn't is all okay :-) There are no formulas, no right nor wrong way. All you have to do is listen to your voice of reason, consult with your trusted support structure and make the best decision for yourself going forward :-) everyone is unique, every situation different.
There has been many a talented player quit before that impending moment of positive change, many a moment where mediocre players rise up above the rest where against the odds, through a positive outlook on life and perseverance, surprise us all ;-)
Sometimes with your best intentions things work out and sometimes they don't. There are
Then there's that balanced individual, the one that just floats around under the radar, engaging and disengaging where need be, putting just the
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right amount of work into their game on a holistic level and focusing on specific areas that need priority. These players also understand the difference between a training or playing phase and phase into and out of technical work where it doesn't impact on their competitive play. In the balanced individual there lies a calm centre, a sense of knowing, knowing what they want and what it takes to get there. In essence this is all that matters. It's not up to anyone else to know. It's all up to you but what with your support structure being 100% behind you, believing in you, operating only through a point of positivity and affording you the financial platform to grow in the game, only then may it be possible for success. There is no place for negativity. Negative thoughts are 100% effective :-( One thing is for certain ;-) nothing in life is GUARANTEED! The game as a reflection of life gives and takes as it does. There will be times when with your best intentions and efforts to control your physical, mental and Spiritual Being things don't work out but the resilient, optimistic character always has a greater chance at finding moments of success. Those brief moments are all it takes to make the journey worth while. The joy between a river of tears. Because success is so rare in this game and relative to each individual, find moments in your life, even none golf related, that offer a sense of success and enjoyment. Even just the mere fact of waking up on each given day, brushing your teeth like a champion or that great drive you smoked down the 14th, acknowledge the good things you do. Success builds success :-) In the context of time life is short, as is a shot gone in the blink of an eye, so to a round of golf,
a tournament and a season. Life reflects in all of this, in everything we do and mirrors us back toward ourselves. The game is a reflection of life :-) when we tee-off it is like birth, when we finish it is like death and how we handle the ups and downs along the way are the measure of the man or woman :-) The nice thing about golf is we get another chance to discover ourselves and grow as individuals every time we peg it up ;-) Enjoy the journey, be accountable to no one, be professional in what you do and just allow your true ability to reveal itself along the way.
This will be my last mental or inspirational article for a while. The journey will now be on more advanced scoring techniques around the greens. So let's enjoy the journey together. Check out www.gap2success.co.za for more info :-)
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Indwe Risk Services renews Senior golf sponsorship Indwe Risk Services have signed a three-year extension to their sponsorship agreement of the SA Golf Association’s senior amateur golf. The short term insurance broker have been a partner to the senior amateur golf circuit for nearly a decade as the title sponsor of their two flagship events, the Indwe Risk Services South African Senior InterProvincial and Indwe Risk Services Senior Amateur Open Championship. Indwe's executive director of marketing, Joe Szemerei, explains that the partnership dates back to 2005. “The initial agreement was with Prestasi Brokers in 2005, and we continued our association with senior amateur golf after the company merged with Thebe Risk Services and re-launched as Indwe Risk Services. “We have enjoyed a successful partnership with the seniors for nearly a decade and we are extremely proud to continue sponsoring their two national championships,” says Szemerei. "The benefit of the continued sponsorship is the association value for the company. There is a considerable upside for us as established sponsors, in that we can continue to build a brand that has already been established over the last six years. As the partnership expands and grows, the seniors become more associated with our brand with each event that we host and sponsor.” January/February 2014
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Constructive Short Game Practice By Roger Wessels and Jan Fourie
There is that well known adage that tournament professionals drive for show and putt for dough which is arguable but does have a semblance of truth to it. More often than not the tournament winner has been one of the best putters that particularly week. Tiger Woods is a great example, there is so much focus placed on his long game and how impressive it can be but has there ever been a better tournament putter? Roger Wessels â€“ Golf Director KeNako Golf & Sports Academy
onstructive practice on the putting green will go a long way towards improving your putting stats and there are a few simple tools and drills which are easily accessible which will give you instant feedback. A chalk line, alignment stick and a few tees will improve your alignment, rhythm, strike, accuracy and confidence. Find a flat area on the green of not more than 3 meters to utilise the chalk line drill, the idea with this drill is to improve your alignment and start the ball rolling along the
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line. Place a tee on either side of the line and challenge yourself to roll the ball through the 'gate' you can have the best stroke in the world but a missaligned putter face at impact will result in a missed putt.
Try the following drill to assist with your rhythm and tempo which will have an effect on your ability to strike the ball consistently. Trap the alignment stick (you may have to alter the length to suit) between putter and chest and keep the stick and shaft parallel to each other during the putting stroke. This drill is visually effective as it gives instant feedback of the relationship between shoulders, hands and clubhead.
Enjoy the drills and hole that winning putt. January/February 2014
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A traditional Country Club - that is Wingate Park Country Club! Wingate Park Country Club is a Country Club in the true sense of the word. Private, and offering a variety of recreational sports facilities. Situated in Moreletapark on the eastern side of Pretoria, Wingate offers golf, tennis, bowls and road running. They can cater for weddings, parties and business functions and the clubhouse offers privacy and a stunning outlook.
teeped in history, Wingate Park CC was founded in July 1947. Named after MajorGeneral Orde Wingate, Wingate Park CC was originally a Jewish club where all persons were welcome regardless of their position or creed. Initially offering riding, tennis, bowls, cricket and swimming, the golf course was opened in April 1951. Desiree Stone has been working hard to bring the traditions and history of the club to the fore. Trophies and memorabilia that were stashed away for decades have been unearthed and are now being displayed. Desiree has always added the so called x-factor to clubs that she has managed and it looks like she is set to do the same at Wingate Park CC.
Wingate is not the longest track in the country but don't be fooled by this, accuracy is a must of the tee and with some of the best putting surfaces around its important to leave yourself in the right areas on the greens. It comes as a big surprise to see that Wingate is not rated in the top 50 in the country as the course is superbly manicured throughout the year and their clubhouse facilities are fantastic. It gives you the feeling that this club has a lot of history and tradition which only comes with time. They have a fully stocked pro-shop with Shane Hayes as their resident P.G.A. professional who is available for coaching, playing lessons, repairs and club fittings. Golf carts can be hired and qualified caddies are available to make your golfing experience all that much better. Wingate takes one back to a period of traditionalism and offers a Country Club experience that only time can bring about. We wish Desiree and her team all the best in their endeavours at Wingate Park CC. 20
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Madiba Magic yields two 59s in Nelson Mandela Championship When the sun finally came out over Mount Edgecombe during the Nelson Mandela Championship it shone down on a ninth and 18th green that within 30 seconds witnessed European Tour history. Spain’s Jorge Campillo and South Africa’s Colin Nel both shot rounds of 59 – the first in European Tour history – in the second round of this weather-affected tournament. They finished within seconds of each other, Campillo first and moments later Nel. Both will not go down as official records on the European Tour because both were scored on a Course One reduced to a par-70 because of a waterlogged fifth fairway and both were scored using preferred lies. But both still had to be scored, and for this they remain an incredible achievement. In 2009, Peter Karmis shot 59 in the final round of the Sunshine Tour’s Lombard Insurance Classic on his way to victory at the Royal Swazi Sun Country Club. It remains the only official 59 in Sunshine Tour history. 24
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A Nick Price first Parys is a small town nestled on the banks of the Vaal River and is home to the fantastic Vaal de Grace Golf Estate. This is the first 18-hole championship golf course designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price in South Africa. The course is built on an island on the Vaal River and is unique in the fact that it has 4 holes in the Free State and 14 holes in the North West province.
e were fortunate to spend a couple of days on the estate in one of their luxury, state of the art, self catering houses situated on the bank of the river, and experience what the estate and area has to offer. Being only an hourâ€™s drive from Johannesburg, Vaal de Grace is ideally situated for a weekend or short break away from the busy city life to come and relax. This estate offers far more than just the golf. It features a host of natural fauna, including a large variety of bird species, impala, springbuck and more. Moreover with an abundance of yellow fish (small and large mouth) it offers some of the best fly fishing I have come across. So don't forget your tackle box. 26
With its unique lay-out the golf course is designed along the banks of the river and has some of the most spectacular views to be found along this stretch of river which makes concentrating on your game a bit trickier than most courses.
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The course itself is not the longest, measuring 6403m from the club tee's, with lots of dog legs and some short drivable par 4's for the long hitter, but then again accuracy is of big importance. It requires good course management due to the doglegs, large bunkers and of course the river. The tees are in fantastic condition and the bent grass greens are some of the best putting surfaces I have played on, and good reading of them will be rewarded. With the lack of rain during spring and early summer the fairways and surrounds are a bit dry but hopefully with some good rain forecasted for the next month or two the course will be in superb condition again in no time.
The Estate is only a couple of kilometers from Parys, which in itself is a special little town. The area surrounding Parys is distinctive in that a Table Mountain sized meteor struck the earth nearby some two thousand million years ago – leaving an indent called the Vredefort Dome, the biggest and oldest of its kind in the world. Consequentially, the impact resulted in a rare array of geomorphological shapes and flora and is a huge tourist attraction. Parys also features an array of antique shops and art galleries. There are eating places and restaurants galore, eateries with chairs facing the broad street, tables under giant spruce and oak trees… Funnily enough, one of the town’s top eateries is right on the estate, an ideal spot for a sundowner after a hard day’s golf or shopping from the lady's point of view. . . Not too far down
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stream, there is also some spectacular whitewater rafting, quad biking, skiing (believe it or not) and lots more for the outdoor adventurer on offer. Proper planning during your stay at Vaal de Grace is imperative as there is so much on offer. The houses on the estate are 3 and 4 bedroomed units, all en suite, and can accommodate between 6 and 8 people, fully furnished, all equipped with washing facilities and full dstv. Most of the houses are riverfront units with fantastic views. Ideal for a fourball or two or three or four couples where the guys can play some golf and maybe fish a bit and the ladies can explore this quaint little town. Here you will have time and space – to play and to relax, yet to be in the midst of a special kind of beauty and grace… Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate is decidedly the ideal break away destination, be it permanently or transient.
For golf groups, business conferences, weddings, celebrations, anniversaries, please contact the Club on 056 8112013 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org For more info on their various specials please see page 29. 28
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LET joy for Williams and Dlamini World number six Dlamini reeled in four birdies at the challenging Samanah course at Golf Al Maaden in Marrakesh, but a bogey at the final hole cost the Swazi golfer a joint second place. Nevertheless, the reigning Sanlam SA Stroke Play champion signed off with an impressive 69 for a 90-hole total of four-under-par 356 that vaulted her from an overnight share of 17th to joint fourth on the final leaderboard. Meanwhile seventh ranked Williams overcame a few hiccups early in her round to close out a dream season during which the 27-year-old Pretoria golfer won the Sanlam SA Amateur Match Play and reclaimed the top spot in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings. “Q-School is a real rollercoaster of emotions and it’s hard to put into words just what a mental challenge this week has been. I was gutted after missing last year and I wasn’t even sure I would come back. But I had a really good season, so I decided to give it one more try.” Williams was tied for ninth going into the final round and knew it would be a mental, rather than physical battle she faced. But while Williams and Dlamini will be celebrating their success, Williams spared a thought for fellow amateur Nicole Garcia, who missed the top 30 cut-off by just two shots. Bredenhann, who turned pro at last year’s QSchool, carded a closing 73 to tie for 27th and January/February 2014
claim one of the five final cards available on twoover-par 362. The African quartet will join regular LET campaigners Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Simon, Connie Chen, Stacy Lee Bregman, Tandi von Ruben, Morgana Robbertze and Laurette Maritz in Europe next year, while Williams, Dlamini and Garcia will also make their professional debut in South Africa on the Sunshine Ladies Tour in February.
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Central Gauteng crowned SA Junior IPT champs The junior side looked great on paper and was among the favourites to challenge ahead of this year’s national championship, yet they didn’t make their presence felt until they pulled together for a superb turnaround victory against hosts Western Province in the fourth round. “This match was a lot closer than it looks on paper, but I have to commend every player on the team for the way they pulled together and played for each other,” said manager Andy Truluck.
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SPECIAL FEATURE – CELEBRITY GOLFER PROFILE
Where were you born and which schools did you attend? I was born in Veereniging, I moved down to Durban at the age of 2 and attended Atholton Primary School in Umhlanga and then Durban High School and matriculated in 2007. I am currently studying through UNISA and busy completing a BCOM in I&O Psychology. At what age did you start swimming? Until the age of 4 or 5 I was terrified of the water so I only really began swimming training at the age of about 9. Where you coached from a young age? Yes I have been with the same coach since I started swimming competitively at the age of 11. I train at Kings Park Swimming Pool in Durban under the guidance of Alistair Hatfield. You compete in the 400 meters individual medley; do you favour a particular stroke? The 400 meters individual medley is 100m of each stroke but I do prefer the Freestyle and Backstroke legs, the Butterfly is one of my weaker legs. You were at the 2012 Olympics in London, what was that like? The London 2012 Olympic Games was an incredible experience and one that I will remember for a very long time, it was amazing to be able to be a part of something so spectacular. 36
What I enjoyed the most was seeing all the big names we hear about on TV and to be in the same dining hall having lunch/ dinner with them sitting a couple of tables away. I also enjoyed watching the Men’s tennis final in the Wimbledon stadium. Briefly what does it take to be a top-class swimmer? A lot of hard work and dedication and putting in at least 3-5 hours of swimming every day from a fairly young age. How important is genetics? I believe genetics do give people an advantage but out on the field the athlete who has worked the hardest and has the will to win generally does. Who would you call the best swimmer ever? I would have to say Michael Phelps, he has achieved so much in his career and to be able to be in such good form for almost 15 years is truly amazing. Do you swim in the ocean much? Yes I enjoy the feeling of being out in the open as opposed to staring at the white line at the bottom of the pool! What are South Africa’s future prospects like in the swimming department? There are a few good swimmers coming up and I think South Africa will have a few medal contenders at the Olympics in Rio 2016 but more so in the 2020 Olympics.
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GETTING ON TO GOLF When did you start to play golf? I started playing golf in July 2013. What is your current handicap? I am currently at a 24 handicap. Which is your favourite golf course? Are you related to Roland Schoeman? My favourite course is De Zelza in Stellenbosch. No we are not related. Haha the most Your preferred club is? commonly asked question. Probably my 7 iron, because itâ€™s the club I am the most acWhat do you do outside of swimming? curate with. When I am not at the pool I am studying, playing a lot of tennis and trying to Do you walk or take a cart? Walk. squeeze in a round of golf! Your favourite golfer is? Tiger Woods, I have spent a lot of What do you do for relaxation? I gen- time on YouTube watching his swing and style and have erally enjoy going to the beach and just learnt a lot. hanging out with friends. Have you ever had a hole-in-one? On the putt-putt course Do you live by a specific mantra? Life yes but otherwise no. is a series of experiences, each one of Do many of the South African swimmers players play golf? which makes us bigger, even though Yes there are a few of the guys who play, Cameron Van Der sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, Burgh is pretty good. and we must learn that the setbacks and Your ideal fourball would be? Tiger Woods, Michael grieves which we endure help us in our Phelps, Will Ferrell and Ernie Els. marching onward. January/February 2014
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Why Mossel Bay? Because: Garden Route Why is Mossel Bay the perfect investment, golf, and holiday destination? Well, the people of the town have always known that this is because it’s on the Garden Route – and now the people of the world are beginning to see it, too. “We were incredibly excited when we heard that the Global Golf Tourism Organisation, IAGTO, had named the Garden Route its Golf Destination of the Year for Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf States,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm. She checked a little, and added: “Not to sound too smug about it, but we nodded our heads knowingly.” Mossel Bay, she said, boasts 60 km of sandy beaches and year-round beach and golfing weather. “It’s safe and affordable; it’s got some of the best health care and educational facilities in the Cape; and it’s easily accessible because it’s less than 40 minutes from the George airport, and it’s just 400 km from both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the N2. “But, especially for golfers, these facts paint just part of the picture, because Mossel Bay is also where you’ll find Louis Oosthuizen’s home course, the Mossel Bay Golf Club, and the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort – which must be two of the friendliest clubs in the country. And it’s within a short drive of at least a dozen other desirable courses like Oubaai, Fancourt, George, Kingswood, Knysna, Pezula, Simola, Plett, and Goose Valley.” Ms. Holm pointed out that Oubaai is an Ernie Els course - and that The Big Easy won this year’s IAGTO Honourary Award, which the organisation describes as a ‘tribute to the achievements of one extraordinary individual.’ 38
But, she said, golf isn’t the only activity in the area – strange as this might seem. “Mossel Bay calls itself the ‘Do stuff destination’ for solid reasons, and its unique confluence of sea, sand, mountains, fynbos, culture, and modern facilities makes it a playground of epic proportions. “So whether you’re into adrenalin sports like surfing, diving, skydiving or flight training – or whether you prefer more relaxed activities like whale watching, birding, or even just doing nothing in an especially beautiful environment – it really does offer almost everything we South Africans love when we’re at leisure. “And to complement all this – it’s got a full diary of entertainment and sport,” said Ms. Holm. Events for Q1 of 2014 include the Dias Festival (www.diasfees.co.za - from the 30th of January to the 2nd of February); Proe Mosselbaai (www.proemb.co.za) - the town’s annual culinary celebration, which will run from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March; and the Christianthemed Arendsfees (www.arendsfees.co.za: 18 to 20 April). More information: www.visitmosselbay.co.za.
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FANCOURT’S MAN BEHIND THE LINKS GOLF CLUB Tyrone Farrell (31) is Manager of The Links Golf Club at Fancourt, South Africa’s leading golfing and leisure destination on the Garden Route. Since taking up the reins in 2012, his personal approach has strengthened this exclusive club’s ranking among the country’s best, and enriched the unforgettable golfing experience offered at The Links golf course – the prized jewel among Fancourt’s trio of awardwinning courses.
Although he is a self-proclaimed traditionalist, his penchant for introducing fine touches to enhance the overall experience has made him a firm favourite among members. ‘My main focus is to create a warm and hospitable environment, where members enjoy spending time before and after a round on the golf course. Along with this, they need to feel cared for at all times’, he said. Born in Pretoria, Farrell spent much of his childhood in the coastal town of Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route, and his family still run their very successful coffee roasting business ‘Espresso Concepts’ from here. January/February 2014
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RESULTS & RANKINGS
SUNSHINE TOUR South African Open, Glendower GC, 21st - 24th November 2013 1 Morten Orum Madsen T2 Jbe' Kruger Hennie Otto T4 Charl Schwartzel Trevor Fisher Jnr 9 Warren Abery T10 Garth Mulroy Christiaan Basson T12 Jean Hugo Martin du Toit Peter Karmis Jaco Van Zyl T17 Merrick Bremner Thomas Aiken T22 Michael Hollick Ulrich van den Berg Retief Goosen
DEN RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
67-66-69-67 65-70-71-65 72-66-65-68 67-65-69-71 70-67-73-64 68-71-68-68 70-67-70-69 66-68-71-71 71-67-70-69 70-70-68-69 69-72-67-69 71-70-66-70 73-69-67-69 70-67-71-70 75-67-68-69 70-66-71-72 66-71-70-72
269 (-19) 271 (-17) 271 (-17) 272 (-16) 272 (-16) 275 (-13) 276 (-12) 276 (-12) 277 (-11) 277 (-11) 277 (-11) 277 (-11) 278 (-10) 278 (-10) 279 (-9) 279 (-9) 279 (-9)
€ € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € €
174,350.00 101,310.00 101,310.00 49,720.00 49,720.00 23,760.00 20,625.00 20,625.00 16,500.00 16,500.00 16,500.00 16,500.00 13,486.00 13,486.00 11,220.00 11,220.00 11,220.00
Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player GC, 5 - 8 December 2013 1 BJÖRN Thomas T2 DONALDSON Jamie GARCIA Sergio 4 STENSON Henrik 5 DE JONGE Brendon 6 SCHWARTZEL Charl T7 MOORE Ryan ROSE Justin 9 JAIDEE Thongchai 10 UIHLEIN Peter
DEN WAL ESP SWE ZIM RSA USA ENG THA USA
Other South Africans T12 FICHARDT Darren RSA T14 OOSTHUIZEN Louis RSA STERNE Richard RSA 20 GRACE Branden RSA 24 VAN DER WALT Dawie RSA 29 ELS Ernie RSA
67-70-66-65 67-66-67-70 66-73-66-65 69-67-69-67 70-68-69-66 68-70-71-66 71-65-67-73 73-67-69-67 69-70-66-72 70-69-70-70
268 (-20) 270 (-18) 270 (-18) 272 (-16) 273 (-15) 275 (-13) 276 (-12) 276 (-12) 277 (-11) 279 (-9)
€ € € € € € € € € €
795,338.00 414,478.00 414,478.00 238,602.00 202,335.00 167,022.00 131,231.00 131,231.00 106,894.00 95,441.00
71-68-69-74 282 (-6) 74-69-67-73 283 (-5) 73-73-71-66 283 (-5) 75-71-69-73 288 (0) 77-72-73-69 291 (+3) 75-71-77-77 300 (+12)
€ € € € € €
79,455.00 71,581.00 71,581.00 56,310.00 51,061.00 43,903.00
Alfred Dunhill Championship,Leopard Creek GC, 28 - 1 Dec 2013 1 SCHWARTZEL Charl RSA 2 FINCH Richard ENG T3 DYSON Simon ENG FISHER Ross ENG WATTEL Romain FRA T9 ABERY Warren RSA T16 DE JONGE Brendon ZIM KINGSTON James RSA VAN ASWEGEN TyroneRSA VERSFELD Allan RSA T24 BUHRMANN Hendrik RSA OTTO Hennie RSA
68-68-67-68 68-70-67-70 72-69-70-67 72-65-72-69 70-69-68-71 73-71-69-68 73-69-68-74 69-74-70-71 70-68-72-74 66-77-69-72 72-72-72-70 69-71-69-77
271 (-17) 275 (-13) 278 (-10) 278 (-10) 278 (-10) 281(-7) 284 (-4) 284 (-4) 284 (-4) 284 (-4) 286(-2) 286 (-2)
€ € € € € € € € € € € €
237,750.00 172,500.00 79,800.00 79,800.00 79,800.00 30,900.00 19,114.00 19,114.00 19,114.00 19,114.00 15,300.00 15,300.00
Nelson Mandela Championship, Mount Edgecombe CC 11th - 15th December 2013 1 Dawie Van der Walt T2 Matthew Baldwin Jorge Campillo 4 Romain Wattel 5 Oliver Bekker T6 John Hahn Jaco Ahlers Adrien Saddier Branden Grace 10 Merrick Bremner
RSA ENG ESP FRA RSA USA RSA FRA RSA RSA
67-62-66 67-62-68 70-59-68 64-67-67 64-66-69 69-66-65 66-68-66 66-67-67 64-66-70 68-66-67
195 (-15) 197 (-13) 197 (-13) 198 (-12) 199 (-11) 200 (-10) 200 (-10) 200 (-10) 200 (-10) 201 (-9)
Other Southern Africans T11 Jbe' Kruger Titch Moore Jacques Blaauw T23 Jake Roos T28 Keenan Davidse Tjaart van der Walt T35 Brandon Stone Thomas Aiken T40 Lyle Rowe Colin Nel Charl Coetzee Jaco Van Zyl
RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
67-67-68 69-64-69 68-64-70 68-70-66 67-70-68 67-67-71 68-69-69 70-69-67 71-66-70 77-59-71 67-68-72 74-65-68
202 (-8) 202 (-8) 202 (-8) 204 (-6) 205 (-5) 205 (-5) 206 (-4) 206 (-4) 207 (-3) 206 (-4) 206 (-4) 206 (-4)
R 2,250,700.00 R 1,307,820.00 R 1,307,820.00 R 697,220.00 R 586,460.00 R 394,405.00 R 394,405.00 R 394,405.00 R 394,405.00 R 278,320.00
R R R R R R R R R R R R
215,231.43 215,231.43 215,231.43 144,840.00 121,308.57 121,308.57 103,660.00 103,660.00 82,360.00 103,660.00 103,660.00 103,660.00
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DOUG MCGUIGAN NEIL SCHIETEKAT LYLE ROWE WALLIE COETSEE TYRONE FERREIRA BRYCE EASTON CHRIS SWANEPOEL JJ SENEKAL
RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
R R R R R R R R
427,392.43 423,555.54 421,001.71 410,558.00 351,098.17 347,462.87 343,484.50 305,075.97
18 26 26 26 27 22 25 24
PGA TOUR PGA TOUR ORDER OF MERIT AS OF 16 DECEMBER 2013
SUNSHINE TOUR ORDER OF MERIT AS OF 16 DECEMBER 2013 1 DAWIE VAN DER WALT RSA DARREN FICHARDT RSA 3 JACO VAN ZYL RSA 4 HENNIE OTTO RSA 5 JBE' KRUGER RSA 6 GARTH MULROY RSA 7 LOUIS DE JAGER RSA 8 TREVOR FISHER JNR RSA 9 OLIVER BEKKER RSA 10 MERRICK BREMNER RSA 11 JAMES KINGSTON RSA 12 TJAART VAN DER WALT RSA 13 CHARL COETZEE RSA 14 JAKE ROOS RSA 15 DESVONDE BOTES RSA 17 JEAN HUGO RSA 18 JACO AHLERS RSA 19 WARREN ABERY RSA 20 ULRICH VAN DEN BERG RSA 21 ANDREW CURLEWIS RSA 22 JACQUES BLAAUW RSA 23 TITCH MOORE RSA 24 KEITH HORNE RSA 25 VAUGHN GROENEWALD RSA 26 DANIE VAN TONDER RSA 27 CHRISTIAAN BASSON RSA 28 DEAN BURMESTER RSA 29 RUAN DE SMIDT RSA 30 JUSTIN WALTERS RSA 31 ALLAN VERSFELD RSA 32 MICHAEL HOLLICK RSA 33 JAMES KAMTE RSA 34 DYLAN FRITTELLI RSA 35 PH MCINTYRE RSA 36 JUSTIN HARDING RSA 37 RYAN CAIRNS ZIM 38 BRANDON PIETERS RSA 39 MARTIN DU TOIT RSA 40 GRAHAM VAN DER MERWERSA 41 ALEX HAINDL RSA 42 JARED HARVEY RSA
R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
5,094,332.50 4,518,495.00 3,027,749.04 2,475,830.37 2,045,404.82 1,607,056.50 1,372,668.37 1,367,186.91 1,291,688.58 1,281,149.45 1,159,890.08 1,115,802.57 1,106,543.75 1,050,634.21 1,003,348.75 971,580.46 959,297.30 912,664.25 883,132.05 855,809.92 845,470.03 799,655.91 798,151.66 775,374.12 721,102.69 685,319.69 672,983.67 652,280.47 643,125.54 624,459.61 623,148.33 565,203.90 564,960.00 551,995.11 512,635.00 473,301.52 472,736.91 456,003.50 444,841.67 444,369.55 436,213.07
2 12 9 10 10 8 14 18 17 24 15 11 25 23 25 27 16 23 27 24 23 25 12 26 26 25 26 27 10 26 25 24 9 26 24 24 15 25 20 26 23
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ryan Moore Dustin Johnson Harris English Jimmy Walker Webb Simpson Chris Kirk Jason Bohn Ian Poulter Gary Woodland Brian Stuard
Other Southern Africans 16 Tim Clark 25 Rory Sabbatini 73 Trevor Immelman 87 Brendon de Jonge 90 Louis Oosthuizen 135 Tyrone Van Aswegen 146 Retief Goosen
USA USA USA USA USA USA USA ENG USA USA
4 1 4 4 2 3 4 1 2 4
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
1,520,350.00 1,400,000.00 1,361,817.00 1,330,500.00 1,251,417.00 1,072,308.00 859,000.00 850,000.00 756,000.00 746,200.00
RSA RSA RSA ZIM RSA RSA RSA
5 5 4 3 1 4 3
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
563,883.00 338,853.00 120,750.00 101,158.00 93,500.00 46,200.00 29,608.00
WEB.COM TOUR WEB.COM TOUR FINALS ORDER OF MERIT AS OF 28 OCTOBER 2013 1 2 3 4 5
Michael Putnam Ben Martin Chesson Hadley Edward Loar Kevin Tway
USA USA USA USA USA
19 18 18 15 14
$ $ $ $ $
450,184.00 399,769.00 305,999.00 303,993.00 260,541.00
Other South Africans 49 Tyrone Van Aswegen 52 Dawie van der Walt
CHAMPIONS TOUR CHAMPIONS TOUR ORDER OF MERIT FOR 2013 1 2 3 4 5
Bernhard Langer Kenny Perry David Frost Fred Couples Tom Pernice Jr.
Other South Africans 111Nick Price
GER USA RSA USA USA
23 19 24 14 25
$ $ $ $ $
2,315,428.00 2,154,688.00 1,630,234.00 1,595,312.00 1,444,527.00
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SUNSHINE TOUR JANUARY 2014 14 – 17 21 – 25
Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School Sunshine Tour Qualifying School
Crown Mines GC Schoeman Park GC
Royal JHB and Kensington East London GC Fancourt The Els Club, Copperleaf
€ € R €
1,300,000 1,000,000 4,000,000 1,500,000
Johannesburg CC Millvale Private Retreat
FEBRUARY 2014 6 – 9 13 – 16 20 – 23 27 Feb – 2 Mar
Joburg Open Africa Open Dimension Data Pro-Am Tshwane Open
MARCH 2014 6 – 9 20 – 23
Telkom PGA Championship Investec Cup
AMATEUR EVENTS – MEN JANUARY 2014 5
12 13 17 18 24 25 31
– 15 – 19 – 19 – 26 – 26 –2 Feb
SA Boys U15
Fish River Sun GC
Central Gauteng Mid-Amateur Open Prince's Grant Amateur KZN Stroke Play Gauteng North Senior Open Gauteng North Stroke play Free State Senior Open Free State Stroke play
Roodepoort CC Princes Grant GC Victoria CC Pretoria CC Silver Lakes CC Harrismith CC Schoeman Park GC
FEBRUARY 2014 4 7 14 15
– 7 – 9 – 16 – 16
South African Amateur Stroke play Senior Players Championship Eastern Province/Border Stroke play Central Gauteng Senior Open
Benoni CC Sun City GC Fish River Sun GC Houghton GC
Boland Golf Union Border Golf Union Central Gauteng Golf Union Eastern Gauteng Golf Union 48
(021) (043) (011) (011)
873 6828 740 3899 485 4251 425 5316
Freestate and Northern Cape Golf Union Gauteng North Golf Union Karoo Golf Union Sunshine Tour
(057) (012) (054) (021)
899 1724 667 1087 332 3323 850 6500
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AMATEUR EVENTS - MEN, Continued 16 20 23 25
– – – –
17 21 24 28
26 – 27
Ekurhuleni Mid-Amateur Open Senior Cape Winelands Boland Senior Open Sanlam S A Amateur Championship - Matchplay Western Province Senior Open
Reading CC De Zalze GC Paarl GC Hermanus GC Westlake GC
MARCH 2014 9 12 16 21 22 23 28 30
– – – – –
11 14 17 23 23
Northern Amateur - Stroke play Northern Amateur - Match play KwaZulu Natal Senior Open North West Open Northern Cape Amateur Open Gauteng North Mid Amateur Open – 30 Cape Province Amateur Open – 1 Apr S A Boys U19 Championship - Stroke play
Randpark GC Randpark GC Durban CC Rustenburg GC Kimberley GC Services GC Kingswood GE Umhlali CC
AMATEUR EVENTS – WOMEN JANUARY 2014 8 – 9 11 – 12
Boland Junior Championship NOMADS WGWP Junior Championship
Kuilsriver GC TBC
FEBRUARY 2014 9 – 11 16 22 – 23
Eastern Province Championship Gauteng North Junior Girls Open Border Championship
Port Elizabeth GC Zwartkop CC East London GC
MARCH 2014 2 3 9 16 31
– 3 – 6 – 11 – 18 –1 April
North West Championships World Junior Championships South Africa Kwazulu Natal Championships Pam Golding Western Province Championship Nomads Rose Bowl Girls Championship Atlantic Beach
TBC TBC Mount Edgecombe CC King David GC TBC
KZN Golf Union Mpumalanga Golf Union Limpopo Golf Union North-West Province Golf Union January/February 2014
(031) (013) (015) (044)
202 7636 692 3002 295 4118 533 3507
Southern Cape Golf Union Eastern Cape Golf Union Western Province Golf Union Sunshine Tour (Joanne)
(044) (043) (021) (021)
873 5823 735 4443 686 1668 850 6500 49
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RESULTS & RANKINGS EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR ORDER OF MERIT 2013
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
EUROPEAN TOUR Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC 5 - 8 Dec 2013 1 JIMÉNEZ Miguel Angel T2 MANLEY Stuart MEESAWAT Prom 4 DERKSEN Robert-Jan T5 COLOMO Javier LARA José Manuel
ESP WAL THA NED ESP ESP
70-67-65-66 268 (-12) 67-67-66-68 268 (-12) 66-70-67-65 268 (-12) 69-67-68-65 269 (-11) 72-66-68-66 272 (-8) 69-68-65-70 272 (-8)
Other South Africans T24 KRUGER Jbe
RSA 67 66 73 70
€ € € € € €
159,063.00 82,894.00 82,894.00 47,720.00 34,168.00 34,168.00
EUROPEAN TOUR RACE TO DUBAI 2014 AS OF 16 DECEMBER 2013 1 BJÖRN Thomas 2 SCHWARTZEL Charl T3 DONALDSON Jamie GARCIA Sergio 5 MADSEN Morten Ørum 6 STENSON Henrik 7 DE JONGE Brendon 8 VAN DER WALT Dawie 9 FINCH Richard 10 JIMÉNEZ Miguel Angel Other South Africans 11 KRUGER Jbe 15 OTTO Hennie 19 FICHARDT Darren 23 GRACE Branden T27 STERNE Richard OOSTHUIZEN Louis 38 BEKKER Oliver 44 ELS Ernie 50 VAN ZYL Jaco 54 BREMNER Merrick 55 AHLERS Jaco 58 MULROY Garth 60 FISHER JNR Trevor 69 AIKEN Thomas 71 KINGSTON James 75 VAN DER WALT Tjaart 85 HAINDL Alex
DEN RSA WAL ESP DEN SWE ZIM RSA ENG ESP RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
1 3 1 1 3 1 2 4 4 1 4 2 4 2 2 1 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
€ € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € € €
795,338.00 454,492.00 414,478.00 414,478.00 241,662.00 238,602.00 221,449.00 209,561.00 192,972.00 159,063.00 132,114.00 166,610.00 91,155.00 84,085.00 71,581.00 71,581.00 49,770.00 43,903.00 34,956.00 33,086.00 32,275.00 31,125.00 29,755.00 20,786.00 20,608.00 18,893.00 14,523.00
Andrea PAVAN José-Filipe LIMA Brooks KOEPKA Shiv KAPUR Johan CARLSSON Daan HUIZING Adrian OTAEGUI Roope KAKKO Sihwan KIM Tyrrell HATTON
Other South Africans 32 Dylan FRITTELLI 81 Brandon STONE 141 Oliver BEKKER 159 Haydn PORTEOUS
ITA POR USA IND SWE NED ESP FIN KOR ENG
23 20 10 9 17 12 19 17 22 17
€ € € € € € € € € €
147,811.00 123,697.00 119,423.00 118,323.00 113,066.00 104,870.00 104,811.00 100,293.00 95,708.00 92,114.00
RSA RSA RSA RSA
20 4 9 4
€ € € €
52,659.00 16,601.00 5,047.00 2,860.00
EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR MCB Tour Championship Constance Belle Mare Plage 13 -15 December 2013 1 WESSELINGH Paul T2 FROST David MARTIN Miguel Angel T4 CHAPMAN Roger LINHART Pedro
ENG RSA ESP ENG ESP
67-66-69 70-71-66 66-74-67 67-72-69 72-68-68
202 (-14) 207 (-9) 207 (-9) 208 (-8) 208 (-8)
€ € € € €
62,814.00 35,595.00 35,595.00 20,980.00 20,980.00
Other South Africans 28 BUHRMANN Hendrik 36 VAN VUUREN Steve
218 (+2) 221 (+5)
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RESULTS & RANKINGS EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR ORDER OF MERIT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Paul WESSELINGH Steen TINNING Simon P BROWN Miguel Angel MARTIN Peter FOWLER Philip GOLDING Andrew OLDCORN Santiago LUNA Angel FRANCO David J RUSSELL
ENG DEN ENG ESP AUS ENG SCO ESP PAR ENG
16 14 13 13 15 14 13 12 14 12
€ € € € € € € € € €
311,644.00 206,087.00 181,493.00 181,349.00 174,994.00 152,166.00 147,017.00 136,201.00 123,620.00 123,320.00
Other Southern Africans 31 Chris WILLIAMS 52 Hendrik BUHRMANN 54 Steve VAN VUUREN 63 Tony JOHNSTONE
RSA RSA RSA ZIM
16 11 13 7
€ € € €
55,688.00 32,233.00 26,678.00 16,340.00
ASIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Suzann PETTERSEN Lee-Anne PACE Lexi THOMPSON Gwladys NOCERA Carlota CIGANDA Charley HULL Holly CLYBURN Beatriz RECARI Shanshan FENG Valentine DERREY
Other South Africans 15 Ashleigh SIMON 51 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 81 Connie CHEN 121 Tandi VON RUBEN 157 Laurette MARITZ
NOR RSA USA FRA ESP ENG ENG ESP CHN FRA
3 20 3 22 13 15 17 4 4 18
€ € € € € € € € € €
518,448.81 250,927.42 228,794.05 221,287.93 173,328.96 135,994.36 116,100.83 114,936.36 106,166.13 97,685.48
RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
10 17 19 10 12
€ € € € €
88,592.49 41,925.89 23,587.83 8,087.23 2,409.90
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Gaganjeet BHULLAR Scott HEND LIANG Wen-chong BAEK Seuk-hyun Thongchai JAIDEE Wade ORMSBY Anirban LAHIRI KIM Gi-whan Prayad MARKSAENG
Other South Africans 15 Bryce EASTON 25 Jbe KRUGER
THA IND AUS CHN KOR THA AUS IND KOR THA
6 6 9 3 10 6 8 9 11 4
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
664,620.99 269,066.43 246,868.83 185,383.29 171,198.54 160,172.53 145,317.27 139,380.50 115,108.94 113,864.15
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKINGS AS OF 13 DECEMBER 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Tiger Woods Adam Scott Henrik Stenson Justin Rose Phil Mickelson Zach Johnson Rory McIlroy Matt Kuchar Steve Stricker Sergio Garcia
USA AUS SWE ENG USA USA NIR USA USA ESP
11.26 9.18 8.95 6.90 6.80 6.24 6.19 6.18 5.51 5.15
41 43 59 52 49 54 49 54 32 50
OTHER SOUTHERN AFRICANS 18
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he Volvo Golf Champions, The European Tour’s season-opening ‘Tournament of Champions’, will return for the second consecutive year to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and will once again be played at the magnificent Durban Country Club, from 9th to 12th January 2014, with an increased prize fund reinforcing the Championship’s position as one of the most prestigious tournaments on The European Tour International Schedule. Memberships are now open at Durban Country Club (DCC), recently voted one of the Top 100 golf courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and they have some really attractive options available, consider the fact that they have two courses, DCC & Beachwood which are both in fantastic condition. They have no entrance fees, monthly memberships and free golf options to golf members and I must stress that visitors are most welcome. South Africa is hosting no fewer than eight tournaments in the 2014 Race to Dubai. Durban Country Club as mentioned hosting the first, the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions. There are approaching 500 courses of every variety dotted throughout South Africa’s vast and very beautiful landscape. They exist not just in quantity but in quality, a testament to which is the fact that they will be home to more European Tour events in 2014 than any other country.
At the time of going to print Louis Oosthuizen captured the title for a second year in a row
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Stressedâ€Śâ€Śwho me? We are at the time of the year when just about every Superintendent either loose some hair or keep all their hair but gain a few grey hair along the way!
eeping a course in good condition during periods of high temperatures and higher rounds takes some effort from the maintenance team and one wrong move can set you back for weeks with regards to conditioning of the course. Greens are usually the focus point on the course when it comes to keeping the perfect surface all year round, and greens are also usually the first surfaces that take strain with regards to heat stress and higher traffic over a smaller surface area.
There are many products on the market to help alleviate stress on greens, and I have tried many. The most success I have had was with the Aqua aid range of products. These are quality products that gives you what you pay for, the golden rule is just to stay with the program all year round, this will ensure that the applications gets cheaper as you go along. You can contact Jenna Hattingh from TurfNetwork SA for more info on the Aqua Aid range (082 467 8527).
Ways to manage heat stress is by cooling the greens down on regular intervals during the day without disturbing the golfers on the course, we call this a light syringe cycle. This is the process where water gets put down on the surface by means of the sprinklers next to the greens in short bursts, basically one turn of the sprinkler or by means of staff manually cooling down the greens with a hosepipe and nozzle. Specialized products such as wetting agents in the form of tablets or liquid formulations can be applied to the soil through special applicators and in this way keep the soil moist through days with high temperatures. The goal at the end of the day is to have a consistent moisture level through the entire profile of the soil, this will also create a consistent root depth and will ensure a uniform and stress free grass surface. 54
Results with aqua aid products
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Other products that can almost be seen as must have products are “Greenstim” from Nan Turf, they also have a wide range of products and they will give you expert advice on programs that will take you and your course through the year without a glitch. Call Ockert Fourie @ NanTurf (044 690 4428).
Insects….. You can either employ a group of people to monitor your insect movement (Very expensive) or use an insect catcher, this device attracts insects with light at night and collects them in a tray at the bottom, this way you can see what insects are on the move during the year and spray preventative insecticides with the information that you have. It is very important not to spray any pesticides if you have not got proper reason to do so! Insects can build up resistance to certain insecticides due to over use of certain products and most of all think about the environment before you spray without reason.
Happy golfing and please come visit us at St Francis Links for the experience of a lifetime. Charl Blaauw “SUP” Golf Course Superintendent “SUP” St Francis Links
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Dawie makes his own magic for Madiba title It was always going to be a special week. But Dawie van der Walt had no idea it would be this special. With a final round of 66, Van Der Walt won the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa on a 54hole total of 15 under par at Mount Edgecombe CC last month. He finished two strokes clear of Matthew Baldwin and Jorge Campillo, and claimed his second victory on the European Tour this year after winning the Tshwane Open early in 2013. With his victory he also won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, overtaking Darren Fichardt in the final tournament of the season. It was an incredible finish to a year which began so promisingly for him when he won his first European Tour event, and which then hit rock bottom in the middle when an ankle injury combined with poor form for the worst few months of his career. Van Der Walt came into this tournament hoping to just find his game and play half decent golf. And as has been the case with the entire country, he found a world of inspiration in chasing a title that, finishing on the eve of the state funeral of Nelson Mandela, will always be a historic one. “This is so small compared to what Nelson Mandela did,” Van Der Walt said. “But it makes it a little more special. You can win the Nelson Mandela Championship in 10 years time, but this one will always be a special one.” 56
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Bosch Hoek Golf Club
– Setting New Standards A trip to the KZN Midlands cannot be considered complete without a round of golf at Bosch Hoek Golf Club; we reviewed Bosch Hoek some three years back and found it then to be a fantastic 9-holer designed around lakes, dams and streams. With an abundance of bird life and magnificent views of the indigenous bush on the surrounding hills, it was a fantastic day of golf.
rriving in the Midlands for this visit we discovered that Bosch Hoek has been in the process of a serious upgrade. Originally designed by Bob Grimsdell in 1963, who by then already had many highly acclaimed courses behind his name including the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington - East course, it was strictly private for many years. It was then launched as the Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate in 1990 and was made available to discerning golfers of the public. Bosch Hoek Golf Club is today owned by well known South African entrepreneur Ivan Clark and his vision is to have it be the finest 9-hole golf course in South Africa and ultimately one of the finest in the world. Golf Data and head designer Sean Quinn were called in for the redesign (Golf Data are one of the county’s leading golf course design, construction & maintenance companies) and a number of exciting and significant improvements have been made including newly laid Bentgrass greens.
The Clubhouse kitchen has also been extended and state of the art kitchen equipment installed. The Men’s and Ladies’ change rooms have been renovated and the Clubhouse Patio area has been enlarged and upgraded. We have been invited to the official opening which will take place early this year. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to returning to Bosch Hoek Golf Club. 58
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Nottingham Road Brewing Company makes history Established in 1997, nestling in the shady grounds of the renowned Rawdons Hotel, in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is making history. Nottingham Road Brewing Company is one of South Africa’s oldest craft breweries and up until now, has been distributing to local outlets and also in Johannesburg. The reason for the restricted distribution has been as a result of the need for refrigerated transport, given the fact that the ales and lagers delicate balance can be spoilt by exposure to heat and light. After intensive investigations and testing over a period of 6 months, Notties Brewery as it is affectionately known by beer lovers, is now offering 440ml canned beer. This is the first craft brewery in Africa to take this ambitious and costly move. Says Peter Dean, Rawdons Proprietor and visionary behind the brewery `From the start, we have worked with South Africa’s best brewers to produce our beer. The quirky names assigned to the beer – such as Pickled Pig, Whistling Weasel, Tiddly Toad and Pie Eyed Possum have added to their allure, however our secret truly lies in the fact that we use only the finest quality hops and purest spring water which we draw from our artesian well on the grounds. We have been very proud of the success of the brewery but equally frustrated that we could not get our beer `to travel’. Now that has all changed. We have already had orders coming in to produce beer from other breweries and to can it for them. This alone will be doubling our current production levels and with time and the ability now to sell our beer not only in South Africa but throughout the world, we have certainly achieved a long awaited milestone’. So here’s to making history – Cheers! January/February 2014
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HOWICK GOLF CLUB The Howick golf club was established in 1912 and is the seat of the KZN Midlands Golf Union.
Being over 100 years old it has a lot of history behind it including the old Voortrekker wagon trails that traverse the course and are still very evident to-day. The Midlands Open Tournament is held annually and over the past 40 years the trophy has amassed the names of a number of very successful South African golfers. The Lee Bromley Golf Foundation operates out of Howick, coaching the disadvantaged community as well as tutoring members of the club. Both carts and clubs are available to hire on a daily basis. Light meals are served and the club caters for wedding receptions, birthday and office parties and meetings of any description at competitive rates. 62
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estled in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains lies the picturesque 9-hole, 18-tee Amphitheatre Golf Course. Whilst playing on one of the best maintained golf courses in the Drakensberg, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Amphitheatre and surrounding mountains.
On first sight this course is often misconstrued as a mashie course, but, as stated by many a player...â€?this is quite a challenging courseâ€?. They are affiliated to the SAGU and you can swipe your membership card and enter your score on the National Handicaps terminal at reception. Not only is it a great course, the rates are extremely reasonable to play; from R70 (for a resident) and R130,00 (non resident) for 9 holes and from R100 for 18 holes. They are a caddie-less course, but have golf carts and clubs for hire, as well as balls, gloves, tees, etc for sale in the shop. It is not essential to book, you can pitch and play, but should you require any further information (see their ad above). The course is situated on the Hlalanathi Berg Resort so one can enjoy a well deserved holiday with the course on your doorstep. Hlalanathi offers self-catering chalets from R600,00/chalet per day as well as caravan/camping sites from R90,00/adult per day. They also have a stay and play special where you can save 30%. Book for three nights or more (Sunday through to Friday morning, out of season only) and pay R250 per person per night sharing. Plus you pay for 9 holes and play 18. January/February 2014
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Monks Cowl Golf Resort - A whole new experience! We last played Monks Cowl some three years ago, it was back then a fairly ropey 9-hole track with some basic accommodation. After hearing that the well known Gooderson Leisure Group had recently taken over and that big changes were afoot we contacted them so that we could go and see first-hand what was happening.
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The resort is ideally situated in the Central Drakensberg approximately four hours from Johannesburg and two and a half hours from Durban, in the magnificent Champagne Valley, immediately next door to Champagne Sports Resort and adjoining the popular Cathkin Estate development.
We arrived after the fairly short drive from Durban and were instantly impressed with the new accommodation which is on the golf course, very spacious and with a flat screen TV and DSTV; I found myself lounging back catching up on the latest sporting action before dinner.
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The original Friar Tuck restaurant is still there and to eat I had a generous portion of ribs whilst Louis had a superb rump steak. The staff were friendly and with the restaurant being quite on a Monday evening we chatted to them over a few drinks. All of them are really excited at the changes that have been made and say that the feedback from guests has been extremely positive. We then retired to our rooms eager for an early start and a round of golf the next morning. Mornings in the Drakensberg are always special and few things beat an early round of golf. The golf course is 9-holes with 18 tees and recent refurbishments were evident. With views to die for from practically everywhere and some really challenging holes Monks Cowl is a fantastic course which it always was however it just goes to show the difference that a few changes and proper maintenance can make.
A new swimming pool and a spa are scheduled for early this year and with so many nearby attractions (Drakensberg Boys Choir, Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve, Valley Bakery) Monks Cowl Golf Resort now offers the golfing enthusiast and the whole family an affordable fun filled getaway.
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AFFORDABLE GOLF â€“ NORTH WEST
SA pros give Ladies Sunshine Tour a huge thumb-up With the 2013 season all but wrapped up, the countryâ€™s top professionals were back on home soil for some much deserved R&R and the ladies that proudly fly the flag for South Africa abroad have come out in strong support for the new Sunshine Ladies Tour, which kicks off in February 2014. The Sunshine Ladies Tour will comprise of six 36hole tournaments that will carry a R100, 000 purse each. Sun International, SuperSport and Dimension Data will sponsor one tournament each, while Investec will sponsor three events, as well as the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies. An order of merit will be run throughout the series of qualifiers to determine the top 10 professionals that will compete in the R300 000 Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies. January/February 2014
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I A L R E P SPECIAL SPECIAL FEATURE REPORT
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2014 to crown three years of consecutive growth for global golf tourism, predicts IAGTO
AGTO’s ground breaking global golf travel survey published last year showed that golf tourism grew by an average of 9.3% in 2012. According to the global golf tourism industry organisation, golf travel grew strongly once again last year and all the indications are that this trend will continue in 2014, which will then mark three years of consecutive growth. Speaking from Mexico’s premier golf destination of Los Cabos, IAGTO Chief Executive, Peter Walton, said today: “The vast majority of our 2,140 member golf resorts, golf courses, hotels and golf tour operators in 97 countries reported further growth in 2013 on the back of a strong 2012. Destinations as diverse as Spain, South Africa, Scotland, the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey and Thailand have all reported year on year growth. Our 520 golf tour operators in 62 countries are a good barometer for the coming 12 months and many have indicated that forward bookings for the first quarter of 2014 are looking healthy.”
travel bag out and heading to warmer, greener climes. So basically, a long warm summer followed by a cold and miserable winter should be good for the golf travel business!”
Walton added: “In very general terms, a long warm summer gets golfers out onto their local courses more often, lowering handicaps and increasing expectations, while a cold and unpleasant winter focuses their minds on getting the golf 78
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“This demonstrates clearly the importance of a strong and sustainable golf tourism sector to the wider golf business community,” Walton added.
Commenting on the impact of golf tourism on golf course development, Walton said: “It was interesting to learn in the National Golf Foundation’s excellent and ongoing study* of golf courses
under development that approximately two-thirds of the 1,000 or so golf course projects outside of the USA in all phases (including under construction, in planning, in preliminary planning or on hold) are considered to be tourism related (resorts with golf courses, or real estate developments with golf courses that have a resort component).
The NGF report cites China’s Hainan Island PIC8 as an example of one of the golf travel destinations that is enjoying golf course growth and it is to
Haikou that IAGTO will be taking its 3rd Asia Golf Tourism Convention from 24-27 March this year. “Asia continues to be a driving force both as an outbound market of golf travellers and an inbound market of golf destinations. We can report today that the number of golf tour operator buyers registered for this year’s AGTC has already exceeded the total for last year’s successful event,” said Walton. “With more than two months to go, 152 buyers from 35 countries, all selling golf destinations in the Asia Pacific, have signed up to attend, which will undoubtedly make this year’s AGTC the most important international golf tourism event in the region with the total number of delegates expected to exceed 500.” Continued on p80
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Further linking golf tourism to golf development, Xie Jing, Vice Mayor of Hainan’s capital, Haikou City, said on the announcement of the venue last year: “It is a great honour that IAGTO has decided to stage the 2014 Asian Golf Tourism Convention in Mission Hills Haikou. PIC11 This will have an enormous impact on Hainan’s strategy to develop
as an international tourism Island and a world class golfing destination.” *Tracking Golf ’s Global Expansion – a project by the National Golf Foundation with the support of the R&A. ** Mission Hills Hainan was voted IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year for Asia & Australasia for 2012 by IAGTO golf tour operators and is accredited as the World’s Largest Spa and Volcanic Spring Resort by Guinness World Records, among other accolades.
More about IAGTO Established in 1997, IAGTO is the global trade organisation of the golf tourism industry with over 2,100 member golf resorts, golf courses, hotels, tour operators, tourist boards and other golf tourism suppliers in 97 countries, including 520 golf tour operator members in 62 countries, which control more than 85% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide and which collectively have annual sales of over US$2 billion. IAGTO stages the North America Golf Tourism Convention and Asia Golf Tourism Convention each year. IAGTO established the International Golf Travel Market, now owned and operated by Reed Travel Exhibitions, in 1997 and the International Golf Travel Writers Association in 2000. It also runs the prestigious annual IAGTO Awards.
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Born in Ashwood, Virginia, America in 1912, he passed away in 2002.
He won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven Majors. He never won the U.S. Open, though he was runner-up four times.
He was known for his silky smooth swing and tremendous length off the tee.
The son of a farmer, he grew up in the mountains of Virginia, where he hunted and fished and caddied at a local resort.
Growing up in poverty led to one of his classic lines: "Keep close count of your nickles and dimes, stay away from whiskey and never concede a putt."
Although he didn't practice as much as his peers, he understood the value of it, which was summed up by another memorable quote of his: "Practice puts brains in your muscles."
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Answer on page 96
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CARTS & TROLLEYS
Adams Golf Signs Four-Time Major Champion Ernie Els ‘The Big Easy’ to Play Easy-to-Hit Golf Equipment, Showcase Company Brand Adams Golf, maker of the No. 1 Hybrids on the PGA Tour and European Tour, signed four-time major champion Ernie Els to a multi-year agreement where he will use a range of the company’s products and showcase the brand’s logo on his bag and headwear. Owner of two U.S. Open and two Open Championship titles, Els was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. His 70 professional global victories include two World Golf Championships and a record seven World Match Play Championship crowns. The former world No.1 has triumphed in tournaments in South Africa, Europe, United States, Asia, Far East, Middle East and Australasia. “’The Big Easy’ is one of the most prolific winners of his generation and a natural match for Adams, with our philosophy of creating the easiest to hit golf equipment,” said John Ward, Adams Golf President. “Ernie’s worldwide appeal and iconic status fit our international business growth as we extend our stronghold in hybrids to other categories.” January/February 2014
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ON TOUR WITH TANDI
Tandi on Tour
Another season on the Ladies European Tour draws to a close and the new season will start with the co-sanctioned events in Australia from February 2014. My last two events for the year were the Hero Handa Ladies Indian Open which was held in New Delhi and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters held at the Majalis course in Dubai. The event is India moved venue this year to the New Delhi Golf Club situated right in the city. The course was very challenging and narrow off the tee with “geehardy’s” running alongside the holes. These Geehardy’s are the local term for thick bush similar to that of Durban Country Club. The greens were firm, fast and true and made scoring low not always easy. 88
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Results for the South African Players: Connie Chen tied 21st on +4
Connie Chen tied 39th on +8
Tandi von Ruben tied 28th on +6
Stacy Bregman tied 54th on +12
Stacy Bregman made the cut but then had to retire.
Missing the cut: Tandi von Ruben and Laurette Maritz
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is always one my favourite events on the schedule on what I consider to be one of the best courses we play on tour. The rough this was thick and lush making accurate driving a premium. Hitting long irons and hybrids out of the rough was very difficult to control which meant that oneâ€™s short game had to be very sharp.
Lee Ann Pace was voted player of the year for the second time of her career for the 2013 season, well done Lee Ann! Both Ashley Simon and Lee Ann Pace attended the LPGA Tour School at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ashley Simon successfully secured a full card and Lee Ann Pace secured a conditional card, missing out on a full card by 3 shots.
Order of Merit positions for the South African Players: Lee Ann Pace 2nd on Euro 250 927.42
Laurette Maritz 157th on Euro 2409.90
Ashley Simon 15th on Euro 88 592.49
Melissa Eaton 168th on Euro 1238.30
Stacey Bregman 51st on Euro 41 925.89
Morganna Robbertse 174th on Euro 875.00
Connie Chen 81st Euro 23 587.83
Monique Smit 175th on Euro 854.90
Tandi von Ruben 121st on Euro 8087.23
Henriette Frylinck 180th on Euro 490.00
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SPECIAL FEATURE – KUIER SAM MET CRUSE
Daar was nog nooit soveel geld om voor te speel op die Sonskyn Toer nie. Met Investec wat ingekom het kan iemand soos Darren Fichardt maklik R10miljoen verdien gedurende die 2013 seisoen.
it is regtig ongelooflik en die top 20 spelers begin regtig ook groot geld maak in Suid Afrika. Maar die vraag moet tog gevra word, waar het al hierdie spelers begin? Ja, Ernie, Retief, Charl, Louis, Darren, Desvonde Botes, Jaco v Zyl, Tyrone van Aswegen en nog veel ander name wat ek kan noem - Die sogenaamde Winter Toer!! Hierdie spelers het saam met ons gespeel en van toernooi na toernooi gegaan. As ’n mens so na die Sonskyn Toer kyk, is dit maklik om te sien dat die sogenaamde "Somer reeks" (November -Maart) ongelooflik is. Maar wat van die Winter Toer?? ( April - Oktober) wat definitief daar moet wees vir al ons nuwelinge en ander spelers om beter te raak en ’n paar rand te maak sodat hulle kan betaal vir toerskool in Europa en Amerika wat jou huidiglik niks minder as R170 000 uit die sak uit gaan jaag nie. Die Winter Toer, waar al die spelers begin het, is stelselmatig besig om kleiner en minder te word en ek glo oor ’n paar jaar nie eers meer gaan bestaan nie, want ons as toeskouers kan 7 groot toernooie bywoon en van die beste spelers in die wêreld gaan dophou, so hoekom sal ons die kleiner Winter Toer toernooie gaan ondersteun. Die prysgeld vir hierdie is ook heelwat minder, en die besigheids mense wat saam met die professionele gholfer speel, maar jammer voel vir die ouens op die Winter Toer.
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SPECIAL FEATURE – KUIER SAM MET CRUSE
’n Mens kan hulle ook nie blameer nie, want as ons in Langebaan speel, is ’n speler se onkostes vir die week so tussen 6 & 7 duisend rand, en om soveel te wen in ’n toernooi waar die totale prysgeld R 600 000 is moet jy so 12de eindig. Kan julle dit glo, dan neem hy nog niks huistoe nie, en hoop maar dat "vroulief" ’n goeie werk het. . Maar die feit bly staan, almal moet êrens begin soos al die spelers wat ek vroeër genoem het, en ’n bestaan maak, en ’n wins maak, om dan oorsee te kan gaan. Om dan in die groot toernooie in te kom is nog ’n ding! ’n Speler moet eers in die top 50 spelers wees voordat hy in daardie 7 groot toernooie kan inkom. Vir ’n nuweling moet hy ± R 220 000 maak op die winter reeks, wat makliker gesê as gedaan is. Dit klink nie na baie nie maar as ’n mens dink jy kry net so R 7000 vir ’n 15de plek dan sal julle verstaan hoe goed ’n mens moet speel om by daardie merk van R 220 000 uit te kom in net 14 toernooie gedurende die winter reeks, wat elke jaar aansienlik minder raak. En daar lê die groot probleem, ons kry nie genoeg toernooie om in te speel gedurende die winter, om eerstens "competitive" te kan bly, en tweedens om genoeg geld te kan maak om oorsee te gaan speel, nie eers om ’n wins te kan wys nie. So vir al julle golf aanhangers probeer om by veral die winter toernooie uit te kom om die ouens te ondersteun. Onthou net hoe meer toeskouers daar is hoe meer sal die Borge wil betrokke raak, hoe groter sal die prysgeld word, hoe meer sal die spelers die toeskouers waardeer (vat die PGA en die Europese toere) en van ’n jong ouderdom af weet dat sonder die "fans" gaan dit baie moeiliker wees om ’n lewe op toer te maak. Hoop julle almal het n fantastiese 2014 en hoop om julle op die baan te sien.
Ek hoor graag van julle by: email@example.com of Cell: 082 990 7156. January/February 2014
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EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
Ping Rhapsody Clubs (Value R7999.95), Ping Putter (Value R1999.95), TaylorMade Burner Driver (Value R1999.95) TaylorMade Burner Fairway drivers x2 (Value R999.95 each) Ping golfbag (Grey) (Value R2500.00). GOOD AS NEW. R6 000.00. Contact Jorina 076 603 2063.
ACCOMMODATION Umdoni Golf Course - Weekend for 4 including two rounds of golf each. Totally self contained house on the golf course. R 1 600-00, Scottsburgh. Contact 082 705 8764. Fantastic weekend for two to Sabi River Bungalows. Including b/b and a round of golf. Total cost R 1250-00. Contact 083 293 0220.
Two night weekend break for for 4 (including breakfast) at the luxurious 7th Hole Guest Lodge situated on the Koro Creek Golf Course. R 2 000-00. Contact 083 293 0220.
Titlest 909D2. 8.5 degree, shaft Aldila Voodoo flex stiff. R 1 500-00. Contact 082 644 9041. Callaway Razr Fit Driver as new. Never played a round with it. Contact 083 565 1676.
Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort - 2 night weekend getaway for two - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and golf included. R2000 all in. Contact 082 705 8764. Cathedral Peak Hotel - 2 night weekend break for two including dinner, bed & breakfast and a round of golf. R2500 all in. Contact 082 705 8764.
Luxury w/end for two to Euphoria Golf Estate. In the hart of the Waterberg region. Including b/b and a round of golf per person. Total cost R 1 250-00. Contact 083 293 0220. Luxury weekend getaway to Sabi River Bungalows for two, accom-
modation, breakfast and golf. R 1 250.00. Call 083 293 0220. Luxury weekend stay at Monate Game Lodge for 2 people,all meals and game drives included. R2 500-00. Contact 083 293 0220.
Brand New Callaway RAZR Hawk TOUR Driver 8.5. Fujikura Motore Speeder. MARCUS CROESER +27 79 8866 479 X Flex Shaft.R2500. Contact 0798866479. Ping Rapture, 9 deg. Diamana X flex, 72 gram shaft, R 1 000-00. Contact 082 375 7757.
Private villa rentals SanLameervisit www.sanlameervillas.co.za
Cleaveland Hi bore, 8.5 degree, stiff flex , good condition R 55000. Contact 082 375 7757.
Taylor Made R11. S driver & 3 wood. Stiff shaft , as new R 4 000-00. Contact 082 830 8880.
Ping G20 golf set includes Driver, 3wd, 5wd, 4iron to SW, Ping Anser 60deg LW, Adams putter, Adams bag and Sonocaddie V500 golf GPS for R7500.00neg. Contact Kobus 0795034861. G20 Irons stiff shafts S/W – 4 iron G20 Driver regular shaft 10.5 deg G20 3 and 5 Fairway woods regular shafts 60 Deg Ping Lob wedge Adams putter Adams Golf bag ( Orange) Sonocaddie Golf GPS V500 (No annual subscriptions) R6500.00. Contact: Danie Harmse @ 082 853 1421
TaylorMade R9 driver with adjustable screw driver. It is second hand, but good as new. Contact 076 916 2756. Titleist 910 D2 , 10.5 degree driver, brand new, reg and stiff flex available. (blue diamana shaft). Original Cover and toolkit included. R 1800-00 per unit.
FAIRWAY WOODS & HYBRIDS Titleist 585H 19 degree, shaft -
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Aldila NV rescue Hybrid 85 flex stiff. R 600. Contact 082 644 9041. TaylorMade R7 TP. Mwt. 3 wood, blue grafalloy, stiff shaft, very good condition. R 700-00. Contact 082 375 7757. Titleist 910, FD. 15 degree. Fairway metal, blue stiff shaft and red regular shaft available. Brand new still in the wrapping. With original cover, R 1 400-00 per unit. Contact 082 375 7757. Titleist 910. 17 degree, brand new, project X, 82 gram stiff shaft brand new, never been hit R 1700-00. Contact 082 375 7757. Titleist 910. F19 degree, reg flex, brand new with cover. R 1 400.0000. Contact 082 375 7757.
Project X 6.5 shafts 2-pw + 3 extra wedge shafts @ R250ea 6 months old. New retail price R650 each. Contact no 0825332888.
PUTTERS Scotty putter virtually brand new @R 1000.00 Contact 082 853 1421.
Rocketballz irons brand new. Regular shafts. Contact 079 118 7920.
Titleist scotty cameron newport 2.5. R1 500-00. Contact 082 644 9041.
Titleist 735CM irons. Shafts S300. R 4 000-00. Contact 082 644 9041.
Scotty Cameron, stainless silver putter, R 500-00. Red cord grip. Contact 082 375 7757.
Mizuno JPX 800 irons, 4 - SW. Brandnew, still in the box, 12 new Pro V's included. R 5 800-00. Contact 082 777 9783.
Taylor Made Ghost Spider belly putter, like new with cover. R 1 250-00. Contact 082 7702857.
Titleist 710mb irons. 6.0 rifle shafts. 3 â€“ PW. Good condition. R4000.00 Call Gareth 072 383 6537.
SHAFTS & GRIPS X10 FST STIFH SHAFTS. R 1 000-00 neg. Contact 082 868 7799. X10 PRO TEAM TOUR VELVET GRIPS(black & white) R45 each (R450). Contact 082 868 7799.
WANTED Wanted (desperately): 8 iron, left hand, Big Bertha, or similar, to replace stolen club. Also 7/9/PW welcomed, or even full set considered. Will collect within 30kms of Hartbeespoort, or in Gaborone. Call or SMS Stephen 00 267 71799737. firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDGES Mizuno gap wedge MPT series 51-6. R 300-00. Contact 082 644 9041. Titleist Vokey SW BV 56.14 spin milled. R 300-00. Contact 082 644 9041. Cleveland CG lob wedge. 15 zip grooves. R 300-00. Contact 082 644 9041.
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SA GOLF TRADER DIRECTORY
GAUTENG Golf Clubs Akasia GC Avion Park GC Benoni CC Bronkhorstspruit GC Bryanston CC Centurion CC CMR GC Copper Leaf GE Dainfern GC Eagle Canyon GC Ebotse GC ERPM GC Germiston GC Glendower GC Glenvista GC Hillside GC Irene CC Jackal Creek GE Johannesburg CC Kempton Park CC Killarney GC Krugersdorp GC Kyalami GC Leeuwkop GC Maccauvlei GC Meyerton GC Modderfontein GC Observatory GC Parkview GC Pebble Rock GC Pollak Park GC Pretoria CC Pretoria GC Randpark GC Randfontein GC Reading GC Riviera on Vaal CC Roodepoort CC Royal Jhb & Kensington GC Royal Oak CC Services GC Silver Lakes CC Southdowns CC Springs CC State Mines CC
(012) 542-1309 (011) 970-7000 (011) 849-5211 (013) 932-3940 (011) 706-1361 (012) 665-0279 (011) 472-8060 (012) 668-8900 (011) 875-0400 (011) 801-6611 (011) 749-1638 (011) 826-2466 (011) 827-7818 (011) 453-1013 (011) 432-3150 (012) 546-1764 (012) 667-1081 (011) 251-6721 (011) 202-1620 (011) 970-1075 (011) 442-3880 (011) 660-4365 (010) 594-0034 (011) 466-2888 (016) 422-1263 (016) 362-0809 (011) 608-2033 (011) 648-9574 (011) 646-5400 (012) 808-0883 (011) 362-6757 (012) 460-3372 (012) 386-6836 (011) 215-8600 (011) 693-5414 (011) 907-8906 (016) 430-1380 (011) 958-1205 (011) 640-3021 (011) 740-0016 (012) 651-4411 (012) 809-2110 (011) 943-4448 (011) 362-5031 (011) 740-9962
Wanderers GC Waterkloof GC Wingate CC Woodhill CC Zwartkops CC
(011) 447-3311 (012) 460-2542 (012) 997-1298 (012) 998-0011 (012) 654-2111
The Pro Shop Bloemfontein
WESTERN CAPE Golf Clubs
Driving Ranges Colbyn D/R Grasslands D/R Greenhills D/R Jim and Jerrysâ€™ D/R Kimiad D/R & Mashie Course Observatory D/R Panorama D/R Sandy Bunker D/R Six Fountains D/R Verwey D/R Wits D/R Zwartkops D/R
(012) 342-3882 (082) 777- 8912 (011) 828-9555 (011) 662-1603 (012) 997-2240 (011) 487-3898 (012) 661-0533 (073) 109-4239 (012) 809-0430 (082) 371 7323 (011) 717-9416 (012) 654-4830
Golf Shops Second Chance The Golfers Club Centurion The Golfers Club Edenvale The Golfers Club Fourways The Golfers Club West Rand The Pro Shop Woodmead
(011) 440-0558 (012) 665-5221 (011) 453-6352 (011) 465-9985
Arabella GC Atlantic Beach GC Bellville GC Citrusdal GC Clovelly CC Devonvale GE Erinvale GC King David GC Kleinmond GC Langebaan GC Milnerton GC Mowbray GC Paarl GC Parow GC Pearl Valley GC Rondebosch GC Royal Cape GC Shelley point CC Simonstown CC Somerset West GC Steenberg GC Stellenbosch GC Strand GC Westlake GC
(028) 284-0000 (021) 553-2223 (021) 913-3100 (022) 921-2150 (021) 784-2111 (021) 865-2080 (021) 847-1144 (021) 934-3056 (028) 271-3525 (022) 772-2112 (021) 552-1047 (021) 685-3018 (021) 863-1140 (021) 930-2160 (021) 867-8000 (021) 689-4176 (021) 761-6551 (022) 742-1394 (021) 786-1233 (021) 852-2925 (021) 715-0227 (021) 880-0103 (021) 853-6268 (021) 788-2020
Driving Ranges (011) 475-7519
Golf Shops The Golfers Club Century City
FREESTATE THE GARDEN ROUTE
Golf Clubs Bethlehem GC Bloemfontein GC Clarens GE Clocolan GC Ficksburg GC Kimberly GC Kroonstad GC Ladybrand GC Oppenheimer Park Parys GE Schoeman Park GC Tempe GC Vaal de Grace
(058) 303-0940 (051) 447-0906 (058) 256-1270 (051) 943-1933 (051) 933-3711 (053) 841-0179 (056) 212-5169 (051) 924-3146 (057) 353-2130 (056) 818-1567 (051) 408-3811 (051) 402-1489 (056) 811-2013
Golf Shops www.sagolftrader.co.za
Golf Clubs Fancourt - Montagu /Outeniqua Fancourt - The Links Fynbos GCE George GC Goose Valley GE Kingswood GE Knysna GC Mossel Bay GC Oubaai GE Pezula GC Pinnacle Point GR
(044) 804-0183 (044) 804-0785 (042) 285-0321 (044) 873-6116 (044) 533-5082 (0861) 727-170 (044) 384-1150 (044) 691-2379 (044) 851-1234 (044) 302-5300 (044) 693-3438
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SA GOLF TRADER DIRECTORY Plettenburg Bay GC (044) 533-2132 Simola GE (044) 302-9677
Golf Shops The Pro Shop Bells Academy
Southbroom GC St Cathryns GC Umdoni Park GC Umhlali CC Umkomaas GC Victoria CC Wild Coast CC Windsor park GC
(039) 316-6051 (033) 444-1945 (039) 975-1320 (032) 947-1181 (039) 973-1330 (033) 347-1394 (039) 305-2799 (031) 303-1728
Golf Clubs Bushman Sands GC East London GC Fish River Sun GC Gonubie GC Hankey GC Humewood Links GC Jeffreys Bay GC Katberg GC Port Elizabeth GC Royal Port Alfred GC Shark River GC St Francis Bay GC St Francis Links Uitenhage GC Walmer Park GC Walmer CC West Bank GC Zwartenbosch GC
(042) 231-8000 (043) 735-1356 (040) 676-1101 (043) 740-5645 (042) 284-0335 (041) 583-2137 (042) 293-2532 (040) 864-1010 (041) 374-3140 (046) 624-4796 (041) 581-6188 (042) 294-0467 (042) 200-4500 (041) 966-1868 (074) 259-1788 (041) 581-1877 (043) 731-1523 (042) 291-0569
Driving Ranges Harbour View D/R Londt Park D/R Walmer Woods D/R
(084) 622-7259 (041) 360-8707 (082) 372-8252
Golf Shops The Pro Shop - PE
KZN Golf Clubs Amorello Game Lodge (035) 562-3182 Beachwood CC (031) 564-4257 Bluff National GC (031) 467-7448 Boschoek GC (033) 234-4232 Cathedral Peak GC (036) 488-1888 Cotswold Downs GC (031) 714-4432 Durban CC (031) 313-1777 Glengarry GC (033) 701-1355 Greytown CC (033) 417-2441 Kloof CC (031) 764-0555 Ladysmith CC (036) 637-3521 Margate CC (039) 317-2340 Maritzburg GC (033) 396-5755 Mt. Edgecombe CC (031) 539-5330 Port Shepstone GC (039) 695-0141 Princeâ€™s Grant GC (032) 482-0041 Royal Durban GC (031) 309-2581 Sakabula GC (033) 330-6751 San Lameer GC (039) 313-5141 Scottburgh GC (039) 976-0041
Lynton Hall Golf Academy Mt Edgecombe D/R University Dbn D/R Westville D/R
(039) 975-1502 (031) 502-3480 (031) 261-8062 (031) 265-0148
Golf Shops The Golfers Club Umhlanga The Pro Shop Durban
(031) 566-5292 (031) 263 0034
Golf Clubs (014) 736 6910 (014) 743-5000 (015) 781-3931 (015) 491-5563 (014) 717-1181 (014) 743-1963 (015) 295-4118 (014) 786-0186 (015) 268-2183 (014) 734-7700
NORTH WEST Golf Clubs Brits GC Klerksdorp GC Leopard Park GC Magaliespark GC Mooinooi GC Orkney GC Pecanwood CC Potchefstroom GC Rustenburg GC Sandy Lane GC
(012) 250-2522 (018) 462-6696 (018) 386-3086 (012) 207-9102 (014) 574-4111 (018) 473-2899 (012) 244-8000 (018) 293-0210 (014) 597-1814 (012) 244-3000
Driving Ranges Jim & Jerrys
(017) 620-1188 (017) 687-0122 (082) 888-0188 (017) 617-1145 (013) 737-5000 (013) 791-2406 (013) 235-3391 (013) 744-0958 (013) 282-6176 (017) 793-3074 (013) 764-2282 (013) 737-7311 (017) 719-1123 (013) 686-9660 (074) 259-1788 (013) 751-3781 (013) 656-3109
Broham D/R Riverside Golf Park
(013) 755-6156 (013) 757-0960
Golf Shops The Pro Shop Nelspruit
LESOTHO Maseru GC
NAMIBIA Windhoek CC
GOLFING ASSOCIATIONS THE P.G.A. of South Africa
To be listed in the SA Golf Trader directory, please contact Neville on 082 705 8764 or
Louis on 083 293 0220 or the office on 086 101 9005 or
Golf Clubs Barberton CC Belfast GC Bethal GC Delmas GC
LIMPOPO Elements Private Golf Reserve Euphoria GC Hans Merensky GC Kameeldoring CC Koro Creek GC Naboomspruit GC Polokwane GC Swartklip GC Univ. of Limpopo GC Zebula GC
Drakenzicht Mountain Links Graceland GC Kinross GC Komatipoort GC Kriel GC Kruger Park Lodge Leopard Creek GC Lydenburg GC Nelspruit GC Middelburg CC Morgenzon GC Sabie Country Club Sabi River Sun GC Standerton GC Tweefontein GC Walker Park GC Whiteriver GC Witbank CC
(013) 712-2923 (013) 253-0981 (017) 647-3265 (013) 665-5077
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LAUGH OUT LOUD
Laws of Golf LAW 1:
No matter how bad your last shot was, you should have Inner Peace knowing that a worse one is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of a tournament, a summer and, eventually, a lifetime.
The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.
All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until sunset.
Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.
LAW 10: Golf should be given up at least twice per month.
LAW 12: Since bad shots come in groups of three, your fourth consecutive bad shot is really the beginning of the next group of three.
Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this LAW 13: cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attrac- It's surprisingly easy to hole a 50-foot putt when you tion to water. Expensive clubs have been known to be lie 8. partly made with this most unusual natural alloy.
LAW 4: Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.
Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.
Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts.
The higher a golfer's handicap, the more qualified he deems himself as an instructor.
It's not a gimme if you're still 4 feet away.
A golfer hitting into your group will always be bigger than anyone in your group. Likewise, a group you accidentally hit into will consist of a rugby player, a professional wrestler, a convicted murderer and an IRS agent â€“ or some similar combination.
There are two things you can learn by stopping your backswing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.
All 3-woods are demon-possessed. Your Mother in Law does not come close.
Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make a double or triple bogey to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.
LAW 8: Golf balls from the same "sleeve" tend to follow one another, particularly out of bounds or into the water. See LAW 3. Answers: Ball 4, Sam Snead 96