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Vol. 74 • MARCH / APR 2016 • www.sagolftrader.co.za

Special Features:

• Ups & downs: Life on the Sunshine Tour • Celebrity golfer profile – Nick Mallett • The South Coast Swing • KPMG on golf tourism growth trends

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BETTER GOLF WITH BALDERSTONE, TRIVIA QUIZ, RESULTS & RANKINGS, GOLFING GALS, GREENKEEPING AND SO MUCH MORE… Cover photo: Selborne Park Golf Estate

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On the Cover: The KZN South Coast in a golfer’s paradise that is easily accessible and very affordable and in this edition we bring you an in-depth look at the area and where to stay and where to play. Ryan Cairns talks about his early days overseas and we put some questions to Nick Mallet. Enjoy the read.

Celebrity golfer profile – Nick Mallett

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Ups & downs: Life on the Sunshine Tour

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The South Coast Swing

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KPMG on golf tourism growth trends

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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Letter to the Editor

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News from the PGA

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Golfing Gals Trivia quiz

TUITION & INSTRUCTION

Neville

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Louis

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Know your rules

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Balderstone on golf

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AFFORDABLE GOLF

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AMATEUR NEWS

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RESULTS & RANKINGS

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EVENTS CALENDAR

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KIDS STUFF

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GREENKEEPING

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EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

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Classifieds

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SA Golf Trader directory

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Laugh out loud

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Send us your letters, giving us your views, opinions or articles of interest (max 500 words). The most interesting letter will be published in the next edition of SA golf Trader.

WINNING LETTER To the Editor I have read recently about the number of players that are leaving the game of golf and it is often said that the time needed skill level required to play the game can be off putting, I feel that it is more about the traditions of the game and what constitutes acceptable behaviour. As far as I’m concerned what is disturbing is the number of ardent golfers leaving the game because they have to put up with the behaviour of “beginners” who arrogantly play the game with an “I paid my money now leave me alone” attitude. Slops and shorts? No problem. Twenty minutes late for your tee time - your problem, get me out. Took three hours to play the front nine? So what! Failed to repair your divots, what’s the big deal? In my opinion the game better start addressing the twenty percent of the golf population who are currently playing not only eighty percent of the rounds, but are also spending on equipment, food, clothing, and housing. In a few years, ten percent of the golf population will be playing ninety per cent of the rounds, and that’s a good thing. We ought to follow the European model of having Golf Professionals qualify new golfers in order to let them on the course, and who have the power to remove their “qualifying card” for gross breaches of etiquette, poor care of the golf course (not raking bunkers, not fixing ball marks, not fixing divots, and most of all slow play)! Then

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the game can start attracting suitable people and the rest can take up alternative sports that tolerate bad behaviour from their participants! Regards Trevor Becker

Dear Trevor

Thank you for writing in, I feel that there has been a decrease in the standards of social behaviour on and off the golf course. As we all know golf is a game that should bring the best out in people. Regrettably, today, that is just not the reality. It should be a game of honour and politeness towards other golfers. However, I think we must bear in mind that golf courses in today’s economic climate are under immense pressure. They are walking a tight rope between attracting new members with new attitudes and retaining the stalwarts of the game. Your idea of adopting a “qualifying system” is not without merit. Regards

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PGA OF SA ON DRIVE TO HELP GOLF CLUBS GROW

PGA NEWS

not their facility,” says Ivano Ficalbi, the Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa. Under its new “Valuing the PGA Professional” initiative, the PGA is sharing international best practice with golf clubs about a process they believe will help clubs to create golfers, add members, retain golfers and create a bigger community spirit within the industry. “The programme has been very successful in America. In their research there they found that only half the members of a golf club knew the name of their PGA professional, and only about 14% had ever had a golf lesson.

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he PGA of South Africa will this year intensify its drive to assist golf clubs in growing their membership base with the introduction of its new “Valuing the PGA Professional” programme at clubs around the country.

“What the PGA of America has seen is that members who are in a coaching programme with their local PGA professional are 100% more likely to remain members of the golf club than those who aren’t. And rounds of golf at these clubs increased by 20%.

Since November last year, the PGA has been providing its member professionals with best practices that drive more participation in the game, including various new initiatives which they will be implementing at golf clubs across South Africa.

“So it is quite obvious that there is a greater role that a club’s PGA professional can play, and greater scope for growth at golf clubs in this area.”

“Our aim is to help South African golf clubs realise where their true value lies, namely in their members and in their local PGA professional. Golf clubs need to realise that their biggest asset is their members

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Ficalbi also believes the South African golf industry can play a greater role in promoting golf as a sport. “I think more can be done in promoting the benefits of golf as a sport. We don’t talk enough about that in this country. And we will continue to provide our members with best practice and cutting-edge education to ensure that they keep driving the industry forward.”

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GOLFING

GALS Vote for your favourite Golfing Gal and she can win a host of exciting prizes. If you would like to see Courtenay-Zera win then Email: SAGT MRCH/APR to info@sagt.co.za. Terms and Conditions apply. 1. Name: Courtenay-Zera James. 2. What is your handicap? 5. 3. When did you start playing Golf? From the age of 10 4. Who got you into playing Golf? It was something I just decided to try after watching it on TV. 5. Who is your favourite women’s and mens golfer? No favorite woman’s golfer, men’s Ricky and Rory. 6. Where are you currently a member at? Mt Edgecombe and Durban Country Club. 7. Which is your favourite golf course in South Africa? Lost City. 8. What has been your most embarrassing moment on the golf course? Called my playing partner by the wrong name only to find out my mistake after 18 holes when introducing her to a friend. 9. St Andrews or Augusta ? St Andrews -Only because I’ve played there.

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HEALTH & LIFEST YLE 10. What do you hope to achieve in the coming years? Golfing as well as career. Golfing as well as career. Leaving for America on golf scholarship in August to obtain business degree and then turn pro. 11. Any superstitions? No. 12. Favourite Movie: Star Wars 13. Three things I can’t live without: Pillow, Phone, family. 14. My guilty pleasure: Chocolate brownies. 15. My favourite food: Chicken Salad 16. Happiness is: ...knowing what you want in life. 17. Get me a plane ticket to: Greece. 18. Someone I look up to: My Mom. 19. I’m not embarrassed to say that I: ...have a crush on Cristiano Ronaldo. 20. Favourite quote: Your attitude at the beginning of a task determines the outcome. Season Seven 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 two photos of your choice to neville@ sagolftrader.co.za. 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 31/08/2016. If you are selected by us you will have to answer the questions that SA Golf Trader puts to you.

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TRIVIA quiz HEALTH & LIFEST YLE

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Congratulations to Miquel de Souza our winner of the Trivia Quiz Jan/Feb edition: he receives two bottles of KWV 12 year old brandy.

1. Who is known as the “Towering Inferno”? a) b) c)

Mike Hill Tom Wieskopf Gil Morgan

2. What is the name of the first Mark O’Meara designed golf course? a) b) c)

The Lake Joseph Club Diamond Links Grandview Resort

3. What was Bobby Jones’ middle name? a) b) c)

Tyson Trent Tyre

4. Which of these does Scott Verplank suffer from? a) Epilepsy b) Diabetes c) Myopia

Paul Casey Ian Poulter Andrew Coltart

6. Who was the first European to win the U.S. Masters? a) b) c)

Seve Ballesteros Eamonn Darcy Sam Torrance

a) b) c)

Prestwick Ailsa Carnoustie

8. Gavan Levenson turned professional in 1978 and collected his first victory a year later at which tournament? a) b) c)

Belgian Open Dutch Open French Open

9. What is a sandbagger?

a) A golfer who is excellent out of the bunkers. b) A golfer who never pays for drinks after the game. c) A golfer who lies about his handicap.

10. What are the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole?

5. Lee Westward was married to which golfer’s sister? a) b) c)

7. Which of these courses hosted the Open Championship for its first 12 years?

a) b) c)

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The winner of the trivia quiz will receive two bottles of KWV 12 year old brandy!

1. The first correct entry drawn will be declared the winner. The draw will take place on the 18th of April 2016. 2. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence either in terms of the questions, answers or winner will be entered into. 3. The answers to the questions and the name of the winner will be published on the quiz page in the following issue. 4. Results and answers will be published in the next edition of SA Golf Trader. Instructions: 1. Choose one of the answers for each question. 2. Send the 10 letters of your chosen answers in sequence via email to info@sagt.co.za or Fax your chosen answer letters to 086 694 2185.

ANSWERS TO THE JAN/FEB EDITION 1.A 2.B 3.B 4.A 5.A 6.A 7.A 8.C 9.B 10.B 10

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JORDAN SPIETH

BY THE NUMBERS

By Mark Fairbank

Mental Coach at The Golf School of Excellence

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ordan Spieth had an incredible 2015, winning 2 major championships, the FedEx Cup and 3 other PGA Tour wins. He was Player of the Year, leading money winner, had the lowest stroke average and reached world number 1. Spieth’s tenacity, resilience and hunger are exceptional, but immeasurable. A look at his performance statistics for the 2015 season make for astonishing reading and provides much for the average amateur or aspiring professional to learn. With an average driving distance of 266m and a fairways hit percentage of 62%, Spieth was ranked 78th and 80th on the PGA Tour respectively in these categories.

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Our expectations of his performance, or any professional’s performance in this category is largely disproportionate to reality. We may believe they regularly bomb it out to the 300m mark and never miss a fairway but the numbers portray an entirely different picture. While averaging 9 fairways a round is certainly respectable, he is still missing nearly 40%. With an average of 67% greens in regulation he finds himself ranked 49th , again a respectable statistics but indicates that he is missing 33% or 6 greens per a round and barely breaks into the top 50 on the PGA Tour in this category.

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tuition & instruction Looking at his proximity to the hole still does not meet the high expectations amateurs have, he averages 33ft with all clubs and 19ft using his wedges from 100 to 125 yards, he is ranked 26th and 60th in these categories respectively.

It is a common error for us to assume that a professional will hit his wedge shots to 6ft on a regular basis, this is certainly not the case, a combination of intelligent course strategy and human error lead to these higher than expected numbers.

27.8, he further holds the number one spot with putts made from 10 – 15ft with almost a 3rd of putts made from this range. He is ranked 11th in avoiding 3 putts from outside 25ft, a great indication that while we want to hole putts, it’s vital to avoid 3 putting. He is also head and shoulders above the rest in 1 putts per round, 1 putting on 44% of the greens he hits in regulation.

These astonishing figures highlight the overwhelming power of a great short game and in particular being a great putter, which is a combination of making putts and avoiding 3 putts. A solid short-game allows players to score incredibly well when striking the ball great, it also allows players to save par regularly to keep momentum going when their ball striking is not at its best.

So how did Jordan Spieth managed to surpass 50 million dollars in earnings and dominate the PGA Tour in 2015 when more than 50 of his fellow players are beating him in almost all these categories. The answer is a simple one, short game! He is missing 6 greens per round but averaging 4 out of 6 saves when missing the green, this 66% average ranks him 4th. His proximity to the hole from the fringe is 1.8ft, an incredible statistics that easily puts him 1st in the world in this category. He is ranked 2nd in proximity to the hole from anywhere around the green with an average of 6ft and is unchallenged on the top of the rankings with a putts per round average of

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There is no better illustration of this than comparing Henrik Stenson’s 2015 season to Spieth’s. Stenson obliterated the field with his ball striking in all categories throughout the year, finding himself ranked 1st with an average of over 70% greens in regulation and 1st in total driving, making him the stand out ball striker in the world, yet was unable to lift a single trophy in the 2015 season and could not touch Jordan Spieth for dough.

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NE WS CLIP

Parkview Golf Club unveils statue of Bobby Locke

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he memory of South Africa’s iconic golfer, Bobby Locke, is now enshrined proudly and permanently at Parkview Golf Club. A bronze statue of the former Parkview player who, on four occasions, won The Open Championship was unveiled at the weekend by former SA Open winner and well-known golf commentator, Denis Hutchinson. Locke stands doffing his cap to the clubhouse.

Guest of honour at the function, another former golf champion and now commentator, Dale Hayes, said: “For many years, Locke simply was the best golfer in the world. It’s easy for today’s sports fans to forget that. So it’s only right that there should be a statue in his honour and it’s appropriate that it should be at Parkview, Locke’s home club for many years.” Parkview Golf Club President, Colin Robinson, said: “The statue stands not only as a permanent homage to one of golf’s greatest exponents but as confirmation of Parkview’s commitment and historical attachment to golfing achievements. Locke portrayed a spirit of excellence, which he imparted both to the game and to this club. “As we begin our second century,

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Parkview golf club is thriving. The course is in excellent condition. And as we salute the excellence that Bobby brought to golf, we pay tribute to all the Parkview golfers who, through the years, have made a similar outstanding contribution to Parkview’s proud reputation.” The unveiling, attended by dignitaries and club members, was the first of several events the club is planning this year in celebration of its centenary. Its official birthday is July 1. Arthur D’Arcy Locke, who was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977, won both the SA Amateur and the SA Open at Parkview in 1935 and played at the club until his passing in 1987. He was the first South African to win a major golf event, and the first to defeat the best golfers in the world, both in Europe and the United States. The statue was sculpted by the established South African sculptor, Heidi Hadaway, at her studio in Northcliff, Johannesburg. Working from photographs of Locke, and with guidance from Parkview members who had known him, Heidi created original artwork in clay before it was cast in bronze at a foundry in the Cape.

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A M AT E U R N E W S

Victorious Venter marches to African Amateur victory into the par fours on the back nine, and that was my game plan. I really want to thank SAGA and GolfRSA for giving us this tournament and the chance to compete against top class international players. “We are really grateful to Mr Rupert for his huge contribution to the National Squad and for opening up Leopard Creek to us. It was an unbelievable experience to play in a field of this calibre at a championship course like Leopard Creek.” Meanwhile Scotland swept to victory in the African Amateur Team Competition. McDonald anchored the side with a sweet 66, Connor Syme added 70 and Grant Forrest 71 for a superb final round 207 to defeat RSA Seniors and France by eight strokes on 639.

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outh Africa’s Albert Venter swept to a five stroke victory in the inaugural African Amateur Stroke Play Championship in February thanks in no small part to two superb 65s at the Leopard Creek GC The 19-year-old stunned with seven birdies on the back nine in the first round to lead England’s Jamie Bower by six strokes with his first 65. He had to share pole position with Bower, Scotland’s Jamie Savage and fellow South Africans Kyle McClatchie and Jason Rossiter after a second round 73, but a flawless performance for 65 in the third round pushed Venter clear of the chasing pack. The Centurion player was three strokes ahead of Bower, who recently won the Gauteng North Open, at the start of the final round, while Savage and Rossiter lurked five off the pace and Scottish pair Jack McDonald and Craig Ross a further stroke back. Venter triumphed on 16-under-par 274 and the fact that he limped home with a hat-trick of bogeys at the closing holes barely diminished his delight at the international breakthrough. The 2014 Eastern Province Stroke Play champion was over the moon with his international coup. “This is a huge win for me,” he said. “There were international champions and the top golfers from more than 10 countries in the field this week and to beat them is a huge deal for me. “I saw that you could hit a lot of wedges or short irons

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Top 10

274 279 281 282 285 286

Albert Venter Jamie Savage Jack McDonald Craig Ross Jamie Bower Rosswell Sinclair Connor Syme Kyle McClatchie Grant Forrest Yashab Chandra Ugo Coussaud

65 73 65 71 71 67 70 71 73 70 66 72 66 73 70 72 66 72 68 75 73 66 73 70 73 70 70 72 71 67 74 73 77 69 71 69 73 74 66 73 73 73 68 72

FINAL RESULT – TEAM COMPETITION

639 Team Scotland 223 Jack McDonald 73 Connor Syme 73 Bob MacIntyre 77; 209 Grant Forrest 69 Jack McDonald 70 Connor Syme 70; 207 Jack McDonald 66 Connor Syme 70 Grant Forrest 71 647 Team RSA 222 Herman Loubser 67 Tristen Strydom 77 Marco Steyn 78; 220 James du Preez 70 Herman Loubser 73 Tristen Strydom 77; 205 James du Preez 66 Marco Steyn 69 Tristen Strydom 70 647 Team France 222 Ugo Coussaud 73 Victor Veyret 74 Robin Roussel 75; 217 Robin Roussel 70 Ugo Coussaud 73 Anthoine Auboin 74; 208 Ugo Coussaud 68 Robin Roussel 68 Victor Veyret 72 650 Team (Jnr) RSA 218 Dylan Naidoo 72 Rosswell Sinclair 73 Luca Filippi 73; 212 Rosswell Sinclair 66 Dylan Naidoo 72 Luca Filippi 74; 220 Luca Filippi 72 Rosswell Sinclair 73 Dylan Naidoo 75 652 Team India 227 Yashab Chandra 73 Samarth Dwivedi 77 Aman Raj 77; 215 Samarth Dwivedi 69 Veer Ahlawat 72 Yashab Chandra 74; 210 Yashab Chandra 66 Aman Raj 72 Samarth Dwivedi 72

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WP wins titanic battle to take Provincial Challenge hat-trick

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estern Province proved yet again that golf is played on grass, not paper, as the four bankers and 17-year-old rookie Ignation Douries sealed a hat-trick of victories in the South African Disabled Golf Association’s Hollard Provincial Challenge, at Zwartkop CC last month. Over 36 holes of rousing shot-making and spirited competition, Western Province rallied to triumph on 11.5 points, defeating defending champions Rest of Country (ROC) by two points, while Gauteng finished a close third on nine points. There were lots of doubting Thomas’s who didn’t believe that Douries would keep pace with deaf player Ryan Lotz and the experienced leg-amputees Morne Cronje, Riaan Spreeth and Trevor Reich. But in face of speculation, the Citrusdal teenager underlined his selection and proved that the will to win is often enough. Douries collected two points for Western Province in the first round and surprised with unexpected determination and grit at the closing hole in the final round. Standing on the 18th tee, Douries was 1-down to Virgil Foster from Gauteng and all square with Nico Wentzel from

ROC after the former Nedbank SA Disabled Open champion won the 17th hole. “It was very, very tight at the end, but Ignation handled the pressure like a real pro,” said proud Province skipper Pieter Verwey. “We had 10 points in hand, but ROC was on 9.5 points and Gauteng had 8.5 points. Ignation had to halve against Virgil and beat Nico to win the Provincial Challenge for us. “It was touch and go, but Ignation he was like a little terrier that just wouldn’t let go. He lagged his first putt three feet short of the hole and he boxed the second putt with total confidence to halve against Virgil and to beat Nico. Douries and Lotz both collected three points for Province, Spreeth amassed two points and Cronje won the Most Valuable Player honour for the champions with 3.5 points. “Trevor didn’t contribute any points this year, but the team awarded him a gold star for inspiring everyone else to greatness,” said Verwey. “Of course that means he pays for all the celebratory drinks and all the Fanta Ignation wants.”

Triple delight at Border Championship

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he recent Border Championship at East London GC served up a feast of celebrations for Azelia Meichtry from Switzerland, local favourite Demi Flanagan and Gauteng junior Ivanna Samu. Meichtry claimed her third title this season in the Stroke Play Championship and Samu regained the number one spot in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings on Sunday, while Flanagan recorded an unprecedented fourth Match Play victory on Tuesday. Just a week after Meichtry emulated former WGSA number one Nobuhle Dlamini to capture both the Stroke Play and Match Play Championships at Port Elizabeth GC the KeNako Academy golfer was in ascendancy again. Meichtry opened with an expensive seven over 80 at East London GC She lagged eight shots behind first round pace-

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setter and defending champion Zethu Myeki, but the 19-year Sierre golfer showed the class that has carried her to the winner’s circle five times on the local circuit.

Meichtry dipped two shots under par in round two and fired a seven under 66 in the final round to win by two strokes on two under 217. Samu carded rounds of 76, 71 and 72 to take second and the runner-up finish helped the 17-year-old old to retake the number one spot she surrendered to Kaleigh Telfer late last year. (Telfer missed the Border Championship to compete in the Annika Invitational at the Reunion Resort in the United States, where she finished 40th in a field of 70 top ranked international competitors). Flanagan further denied the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation a podium finish in the Match Play Championship when she defeated Myeki 1-up to win the prestigious trophy a fourth successive time.

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Beckley banks Sanlam Cape Province Open title

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ig-hitting Aubrey Beckley from North West closed out an emphatic five stroke victory in the Sanlam Cape Province Open last month.

The Potchefstroom golfer denied defending champion James du Preez repeat success in the 72-hole curtain-raiser when he fired a blistering third round 64 and a flawless final round 65 at Kingswood GE to triumph on 20-under-par 268. Gauteng North’s Du Preez returned a third round 66 and carded 64 in the final round to take second, while 36-hole leader Herman Loubser from Boland settled in third on 274 with rounds of 67 and 71. “My putter was pretty cold in the first few events this season, so my coach Emile Steinmann and I worked on a couple of things to improve my rhythm and stroke,” said Beckley. “The putts started dropping this week and I was striking the ball really well, too. I made a good start and I felt that I could challenge. My game plan for the last

two rounds at Kingswood was to target the par fives and the shorter par fours on the front nine. “The back nine is tough and you have to treat it with respect, so I took a more conservative approach and it paid off. I managed to give myself a decent cushion going into the last nine holes and I kept it going.

FINAL RESULT Top 10 268 273 274 275 276 277 279

Aubrey Beckley James du Preez Herman Loubser Marco Steyn Albert Venter Dylan Naidoo Matt Saulez Jovan Rebula Andre Nel Jason Smith Alfie Plant Kyle McClatchie Luke Trocado

69 70 64 65 76 67 66 64 65 71 67 71 70 68 68 69 70 67 64 74 69 69 70 67 69 70 69 68 73 69 69 66 71 69 71 66 72 69 69 69 72 68 71 68 71 73 66 69 70 69 70 70

Samu strikes gold in North West

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Ivanna Samu’s patient strategy proved to be the winning formula as she stormed to a sensational wire-to-wire victory in the North West Championship at Mooinooi GC last month.

out to be an amazing course. We played the same holes six times and each time the holes were different and really challenging. It was a great event and I really enjoyed winning at this course.”

The 17-year-old Ruimsig CC player scaled to the top of the leaderboard with an opening three-under-par 69. She produced a battling four over 76 to keep ahead of the field and fired another 69 to triumph by 11 shots with a winning total of two-under-par 214.

The victory followed just a week after Samu regained the number one spot in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings with a runner-up finish in the Border

She struggled to get going in the second round, though. “It was stop-and-go over the first four holes and I just couldn’t find my rhythm,” Samu said. “I dropped seven shots and only managed to make three birdies. Kaleigh (Telfer) fired a one under 71 to cut my lead to just three shots and I decided that patience was the key if I wanted to win.”

A-DIVISION – TOP 10

214 225 226 229 231 232 236 237

Ivanna Samu Kaleigh Telfer Caitlyn Macnab Casandra Hall Chiara Contomathios Lenanda van der Watt Eleonora Galletti Crystal Cooper Kaiyuree Moodley Woo-Ju Son Symone Henriques

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SPECIAL FEATURE - CELEBRIT Y GOLFER PROFILE

Nick Mallett

Former Springbok rugby player/national coach and currently an analysist for SuperSport rugby 1. Where were you born and which schools did you attend? Hertfordshire, England

5. Who would you say is the greatest rugby coach ever? No individual, All coaches are worthy of respect.

2. Who did you first play provincial rugby for? Western Province

6. In three words what can be done to improve South African rugby? Practice more skills

3. You played two tests for the Springboks in 1984, one at Loftus and one at Newlands against the South American Jaguars, what was that like? Nerve wrecking but a huge honour. 4. You have had an illustrious career as a rugby coach. The Springboks, Italy and the Boland Cavaliers all achieved new heights with you in charge. What is it that makes a great coach? Communication Skills, Passion, Competitiveness

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7. What do you think of the new expanded 18-team format for Super Rugby and which South African team has the best shot at winning it? Interesting! Stormers because of their draw. 8. What did you think of Sonny Bill Williams giving his World Cup medal away? An incredibly spontaneous gesture from a wonderful sportsman.

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SPECIAL FEATURE - CELEBRIT Y GOLFER PROFILE 9. Do you think the standard of refereeing is up to scratch and is technology being used correctly in the decision making process? Yes, But refereeing is an extraordinarily difficult job. They need as much TMO help as possible to make correct decisions. 10. I believe that you were a very decent cricketer and that you once hit a certain Sir Ian Botham for three sixes in one over, can you please elaborate? That is an exaggeration; I made 36 against Botham for Oxford University and may have hit him for a few sixes in that knock.

11. How are you enjoying your stint at Super Sport? It is a fantastic job and I am very happy there. 12. Which would it be; a lovely meal at an Italian restaurant or a good old fashioned braai? A lovely meal at an Italian Restaurant. 13. Where do you like to go to relax and get away from it all? Stay in Knysna, fish, play golf and eat at excellent restaurants with my wife/ family and friends.

GETTING ON TO GOLF • When did you start to play golf? When I was 15 (1971) • What is your current handicap? 12 • Are you a member of a golf club? Yes, Simola and Westlake • Which is your favourite golf course? “The old course” St Andrews • If you had to play a round of golf with one club, which one would you choose? 5 wood • Do you walk or take a cart? Walk • Your favourite golfer is? Rory McIlroy • Have you ever had a hole-in-one? Yes (2) • Your ideal fourball would be? Anyone from “Tuesday School” at Simola

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“He is scheduled to have more tests this weekend,” Justin Richmond said.

American two-time PGA Tour winner Jason Bohn has suffered a heart attack at the age of 42 during the Honda Classic in Florida.

“We know he appreciates the concern from so many people in the PGA Tour family who have reached out.”

Bohn, ranked world number 71, had chest pains following the second round and called for a medic.

The PGA Tour statement added Bohn’s wife was at “home in Atlanta but his in-laws joined him at the hospital, as did fellow player George McNeill, who said Bohn was in good spirits”.

ason Bohn, ranked world number 71, is due to undergo more tests.

“He was taken by ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, where tests revealed a mild heart attack,” a PGA Tour statement said. “Jason is resting comfortably and in good spirits,” his agent added.

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Bohn carded 72 in the second round, which would have seen him make the cut at the PGA National. The third and fourth rounds proceeded without Bohn, and finished with Australia’s Adam Scott winning the title by one over Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

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Baptism of Fire

in the Arizona Desert

By Ryan Cairns

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n early June 2005 my brother Brendon and I touched down in Phoenix , Arizona to take up residence on The Gateway Tour for the Summer. It was hot, dusty and at times uncomfortable as the temperatures were regularly in the forties. The upsides far outweighed any weather woes though, as we were living in America - Scottsdale at that, as player and caddie/sports psych for the Summer. My sponsor had lined up an amazing rental apartment just a stones throw from TPC Scottsdale, which

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later became my home course by complete fluke and fortune, but I’ll get back to that later. The Gateway Tour was one of the most successful mini-tours in the U.S at the time, attracting fields exceeding one hundred players each and every week. When you calculate each of these players paying USD$1,200 into ‘the pot’, our purses were paying out a $20,000 (plus) winners’ cheque each event. Finishing behind the winner, around 30% of the field made the cut and last place of that group walked away with around $800. To put the competitive-

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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E - U ps & downs: L ife on the S unshine Tour ness of this tour into perspective; In a 54-hole event at Gainey Ranch midway through the season, I shot 14 Under Par to finish in a tie for 17th. Making money was not going to come easy and I learned this the hard way! Now that the backdrop has been set, I will let you in on a short, event-filled story surrounding my first ever tournament as a professional golfer in the Arizona desert... Shortly after landing in Los Angeles, we checked into a $29 motel near a block of flats which would have been a perfect fit for Training Day’s final shoot-out scene. I’m pretty sure that Denzel would not have stayed in our motel during filming but looking back now, the Free 40 minute airport transfers were probably worth more than $14,50 each anyway. Night one in America was spent at a southern fried chicken diner, surrounded by members of the infamous LA Street gangs, no doubt carbo-loading for the long night ahead. For two Zimbo kids who had grown up glued to all the crime TV shows that DSTV had to offer; This. Was. Epic. Once we had finished eating, thrown away our paper plates and fist-bumped our bandanna wearing waiter, we walked out of what had felt like a movie set and headed back to our shady motel for thirty minutes of free wifi in the reception before bed. On to Phoenix the following day and I have to say, that whenever I see that C.I show ‘the first 48’, I think of my brother and I over those first two nights in America. Still deep in conspiracy-filled conversation about all the gangsters, drug dealers and assassins we had seen in LA the previous night, we had no idea what lay in store for us in the East of Phoenix. Little to our knowledge, ‘East Phoenix’ is to put it mildly, a rough area. The flight landed late, Scottsdale was an hour away and so we made an executive decision to stay near the airport, (located in the heart of East Phoenix) in another $29 room - Before I go any further, our only knowledge of Phoenix and Scottsdale was what we had seen, watching the PGA Tour coverage of the tournament each year - The shuttle pulls up to the hotel, which was exactly what you would expect a $29/night motel to look like. We had no cash and so we dropped our bags and then obliviously walked into town in search of an

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ATM, at dusk, passports and wallets in hand, unarmed. Less than a block from the motel’s inflatable pool we were approached by a tipsy homeless man in dire need of help; “Hey guys, wanna buy my pants?” (this is a true story and for the record he was wearing a pair and selling another).. “Sorry guy, we have no cash and so we will see you on the way back if that’s okay..” *Look at each other in disbelief before returning to our mission of ATM, food, motel, sleep* Two hours later, walking back from the nearest Hooters through the back streets of East Phoenix, still unarmed, we noticed a lot of commotion near the bridge overlooking our motel before noticing the yellow crime-scene tape. Without going into more detail than necessary, our homeless friend had approached a car under the bridge, in what I can only assume was another attempt to sell his pants and caught the driver unaware, who then shot him. I can still clearly see the shocked look on my brothers’ face as his first 48 hours in America ticked down. At the end of our very own episode of ‘the first 48’ we checked into our apartment, unpacked and got our bearings around the local grocery store. We then began plotting the next few days leading up to my professional tournament debut. Practice rounds, buckets of balls at the driving range and time around the short game area were only interrupted by fifteen minute Arnold Palmer Ice-Tea breaks during that week. On the evening before Round One there was no doubt in our

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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E - U ps & downs: L ife on the S unshine Tour minds that we were ready. An Arizona desert sunrise is hard to beat and once the pre-game routine was complete we headed for the First Tee-Box. “On the tee, from Harare Zimbabwe..... Ryan. Cairns...” The moment was finally here and other than my heart not getting the memo to be calm and collected today, I was ready. The standard fifty seconds to gather myself, complete any swing and mental rituals before striking my first ever tee shot as a pro had begun. With one final (nervous) glance at my target, I returned my eyes to the ball, started my swing and then watched it sail down the fairway of that opening Par Five. A four iron approach later and we were in a green-side bunker assessing the slopes of the green as we’d both seen the Pro’s do on TV so many times over the years. The bunker shot left me with about four feet for Birdie, which Brendon and I again stalked intensely. To any casual spectator or green-keeper driving by, it must have looked like we knew what we were doing. The putt was on line and fell in just as planned for a welcome Birdie on our first hole of our first ever Professional Golf Tournament. This was easy! ... However, seventeen holes later the Game of Golf left us with the exact opposite feeling. I’d managed to shoot 87, even after that opening Birdie. It was a catastrophe. The next day we went out with a fighting spirit, which despite my fair share of disappointing rounds of golf over the last eleven years as a Pro, I still manage to possess somehow. That fight eventually ended and I shot 79 to finish twenty-two over par, miss the cut by miles and feel like a complete failure.

That evening, Brendon and I sat in the living room running through the chain of events, trying to make sense of it all with no luck. Eventually we got up, hugged it out and agreed that we’ll do better next week. At the time I only said that to give him some hope, as those two days really left me feeling defeated and hollow. Maybe I just wasn’t good enough to be a pro? I slept it off and spent the next few days practicing for tournament number two of a Fourteen Tournament Schedule, all of which had been paid for in advance by my sponsor Rob Bailey back in South Africa. This could be a long and very embarrassing Summer! “On the tee from Harare, Zimbabwe... Ryan. Cairns...” - By the time I heard the starter announce my name on the tee this week, I had gathered my thoughts, convinced myself that I am good enough and spent a lot of time around the greens at McCormick Ranch Country Club in preparation. It showed too as I found bounced back with rounds of 70-72 to make the cut. My first cut made and a twenty-four shot improvement from the embarrassment a few short days before. My pay cheque that week was handed out at the local diner, where Gateway Tour members received 15% off on Friday nights. It amounted to $901.60 and sent me on the journey which I still find myself on now. It’s been eleven years since then and I’m closing in on two hundred and fifty professional tournaments played across dozens of countries on each of the world’s seven continents. Some of the more recent tournaments have taken me to places like Mauritius, Peru and Australia. I’ve had tournament winnings of R150,000 in a week but I’ve also had many weeks pay out R0,00 after missing a cut. I’ve sold my car on two occasions (to date) in order to fund my next few weeks or months on the road. My CV of jobs before and even during my time as a professional golfer have included warehouse packing, waiting tables,

“Shake off the bad days, smile and keep showing up, as you never know which day this game is going to smile back at you.” - Ryan Cairns

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picking up range-balls and pub-singer to name a few. At the end of it all, the highs are high and the lows are low. That’s life, and that’s golf. That first Summer as a Professional Golfer living in Arizona resulted in eight cuts made and six misses. It also saw me shoot 63 to win a Monday Qualifier on the Web.Com Tour and play alongside Bubba Watson, Camillo Villegas and Brendon De Jonge amongst others. As promised in the beginning of this story, this is where the “fluke and fortune” of Member Rights at TPC Scottsdale winds back around. ‘TPC’ stands for Tournament Players Club, and so only PGA Tour and Web.Com Tour players are permitted to use the facilities at the bottom end of the range. To guys like me, it was the holy grail. To make things worse, I lived across the street and so the perfectly manicured grass and brand new ProV1 practice balls were in plain sight every day, taunting me. The regulars were Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddely, JB Holmes and the list went on.. After shooting that 63 to win the Monday Qualifier for the Gila River Classic on the Web.Com Tour, I collected my players badge for the week and drove straight to the TPC of Scottsdale. The tournament was being played at another course near Phoenix, but this was my moment and I was not going to blow it... Upon arrival I walked

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into the Pro Shop and introduced myself to every staff member individually, making a point to remember their names. I then went outside to the bag-room and cart sheds to do the same before collecting my bag of brand new ProV1 range balls and join Ogilvy and the boys out on the range. The Web.Com tournament week ended and as a result, so too would my short-lived TPC member experience (had I not made a point to introduce myself to every single employee at the TPC of Scottsdale that day)... Having done that whilst flashing my Web.Com Tour players badge (even though it was only for one event), every member of staff at the TPC simply assumed that I was a full-time member of the Web.Com Tour. Needless to say I never corrected them and as a result, I spent the next twelve months as a ‘Tour Member’ at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. I guess that sometimes you have to walk the rough streets of downtown LA and East Phoenix before being able to hit those ProV1 practice balls off the perfectly manicured grass in the Arizona sunshine. Just don’t put your name down with me in the annual member-guest competition at TPC, Scottsdale anytime soon. Follow Ryan on Twitter - @CairnzyGolf

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R E S U LT S & R A N K I N G S Sunshine Tour

SUNSHINE TOUR order of Merit as of 29 February 2016 1 Brandon Stone 2 Haydn Porteous 3 Charl Schwartzel 4 Zander Lombard 5 Justin Walters 6 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 7 Dean Burmester 8 Anthony Michael 9 Richard Sterne 10 George Coetzee 11 Ross McGowan 12 Jaco Van Zyl 13 Jacques Blaauw 14 Mark Williams T15 Keith Horne Retief Goosen Branden Grace 18 Trevor Fisher Jnr 19 Dylan Frittelli 20 Darren Fichardt

Well done Charl in winning the Tswane Open.

Tswane Open Pretoria CC, 11 - 14 February 2016 1 2 3 T4

Charl Schwartzel Jeff Winther Anthony Michael Justin Walters Richard Sterne Dean Burmester T7 Brett Rumford Jamie McLeary Zander Lombard T10 Brandon Stone Jaco Van Zyl Haydn Porteous

RSA DEN RSA RSA RSA RSA AUS SCO RSA RSA RSA RSA

71-64-66-63 73-66-69-64 64-69-71-70 71-68-71-65 68-70-69-68 70-68-68-69 75-67-68-66 68-70-69-69 72-67-63-74 71-70-70-66 66-72-72-67 70-66-68-73

264 272 274 275 275 275 276 276 276 277 277 277

(-16) (-8) (-6) (-5) (-5) (-5) (-4) (-4) (-4) (-3) (-3) (-3)

R 2,932,250.00 R 2,127,500.00 R 1,280,200.00 R 775,766.67 R 775,766.67 R 775,766.67 R 466,816.67 R 466,816.67 R 466,816.67 R 334,233.33 R 334,233.33 R 334,233.33

Dimension Data Pro-Am, Fancourt, 19 - 22 February 1 George Coetzee 2 Dean Burmester T3 Ross McGowan Alexander Knappe Darren Fichardt T6 Brandon Stone Garrick Porteous 8 Julien Guerrier T9 Ben Eccles Bobby Wyatt Toby Tree Espen Kofstad

RSA RSA ENG GER RSA RSA ENG FRA AUS USA ENG NOR

68-70-64-66 67-70-65-67 70-66-69-66 68-66-70-67 66-68-68-69 65-72-69-66 69-66-70-67 67-65-73-69 70-64-77-64 69-72-67-67 67-66-73-69 67-68-70-70

268 269 271 271 271 272 272 274 275 275 275 275

(-21) (-20) (-18) (-18) (-18) (-17) (-17) (-15) (-14) (-14) (-14) (-14)

R R R R R R R R R R R R

752,875.00 546.250.00 252,700.00 252,700.00 252,700.00 154,137.50 154,137.50 116,850.00 90,012.50 90,012.50 90,012.50 90,012.50

Eye of Africa PGA Championship, Eye of Africa GC 25 - 28 February 2016 1 2 3 T4

Jaco Van Zyl RSA Dean Burmester RSA Ockie Strydom RSA Dylan Frittelli RSA Scott Vincent ZIM T6 Jacques Blaauw RSA Mark Williams ZIM Andrew Curlewis RSA Jacques Kruyswijk RSA Garth Mulroy RSA

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68-67-66-67 70-66-67-65 66-70-68-67 68-70-67-69 68-70-66-70 68-75-66-67 70-67-71-68 64-70-73-69 67-74-66-69 70-67-69-70

268 268 268 274 274 276 276 276 276 276

(-20) (-20) (-20) (-14) (-14) (-12) (-12) (-12) (-12) (-12)

R 190,200.00 R 138,000.00 R 85,680.00 R 55,740.00 R 55,740.00 R 32,040.00 R 32,040.00 R 32,040.00 R 32,040.00 R 32,040.00

RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA ENG RSA RSA ZIM RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA

4 4 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 4 1 1 3 5 5

R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R

3,014,370.83 2,965,039.58 2,932,250.00 2,626,628.67 2,162,516.67 1,913,350.00 1,869,966.67 1,415,500.00 1,241,018.67 1,220,501.79 771,300.00 755,670.83 687,915.00 592,877.50 582,375.00 582,375.00 582,375.00 569,662.50 506,029.29 415,362.00

PGA TOUR AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Pebble Beach GL, Monterey Peninsula CC, Spyglass Hill GC, 11 - 14 February 2016 1 2 3 T4

Vaughn Taylor Phil Mickelson Jonas Blixt Hiroshi Iwata Freddie Jacobson

USA USA AUS JPN SWE

70-68-67-65 68-65-66-72 67-69-67-69 66-66-69-72 65-69-68-71

270 271 272 273 273

Other Southern Africans T26 Dawie van der Walt RSA 66-76-69-70 T60 Thomas Aiken RSA 68-73-72-75 Tyrone Van Aswegen RSA 75-69-70-74

(-17) (-16) (-15 (-14) (-14)

281 (-6) 288 (+1) 288 (+1)

$ 1,260,000.00 $ 756,000.00 $ 476,000.00 $ 308,000.00 $ 308,000.00

$ $ $

52,850.00 15,050.00 15,050.00

Northern Trust Open, Riviera CC, 18 - 21 February 2016 1 Bubba Watson T2 Jason Kokrak Adam Scott Dustin Johnson T5 K.J. Choi Marc Leishman

USA USA AUS USA KOR AUS

66-68-67-68 68-64-70-68 68-68-67-67 68-66-68-69 69-67-67-69 68-67-68-69

269 270 270 271 272 272

(-15) (-14) (-14) (-13) (-12) (-12)

$ 1,224,000.00 $ 598,400.00 $ 598,400.00 $ 326,400.00 $ 258,400.00 $ 258,400.00

Other South Africans T20 Tyrone Van Aswegen RSA T26 Ernie Els RSA T45 Charl Schwartzel RSA Retief Goosen RSA

68-72-67-71 74-67-70-68 68-68-73-73 68-72-73-69

278 279 282 282

(-6) (-5) (-2) (-2)

$ $ $ $

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73,666.66 44,385.45 19,059.43 19,059.42

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R E S U LT S & R A N K I N G S The Honda Classic, PGA National, 25 - 28 February 2016 1 Adam Scott 2 Sergio Garcia T3 Blayne Barber Justin Thomas 5 Graeme McDowell

AUS SPA USA USA IRE

70-65-66-70 66-69-67-71 70-66-69-70 69-69-68-69 71-69-67-69

271 272 275 275 276

(-9) (-8) (-5) (-5) (-4)

$ 1,098,000.00 $ 658,800.00 $ 353,800.00 $ 353,800.00 $ 244,000.00

Other South Africans T43 Retief Goosen RSA T65 Dawie van der Walt RSA T70 Ernie Els RSA T72 Van Aswegen RSA

71-72-72-69 71-68-78-71 71-72-73-73 71-70-74-75

284 288 289 290

(+4) (+8) (+9) ( +10)

$ $ $ $

web.com TOUR web.com tour order of merit as of 29 February 2016 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

18,574.50 12,566.00 12,139.00 11,895.00

PGA Tour order of Merit as of 29 February 2016 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Adam Scott Kevin Kisner Brandt Snedeker Russell Knox Justin Thomas Kevin Na Graeme McDowell Hideki Matsuyama Smylie Kaufman Bubba Watson

Other Southern Africans 47 Tyrone Van Aswegen 84 Branden Grace 109 Charl Schwartzel 114 Brendon de Jonge 133 Dawie van der Walt 152 Tim Clark 161 Thomas Aiken 163 Rory Sabbatini 168 Ernie Els 180 Louis Oosthuizen 182 Retief Goosen

AUS USA USA SCO USA USA IRE JPN USA USA

5 8 8 9 9 9 5 7 11 5

$ 2,507,218.00 $ 2,362,171.00 $ 2,320,421.00 $ 2,157,976.00 $ 2,104,177.00 $ 1,846,457.00 $ 1,809,100.00 $ 1,667,493.00 $ 1,639,208.00 $ 1,565,300.00

Sebastian Munoz Ryan Armour Kyle Thompson Matt Atkins Richy Werenski Martin Flores Curtis Thompson Trey Mullinax Steven Alker Taylor Pendrith

12 3 3 11 11 7 8 9 3 1 4

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

126,000.00 116,687.00 69,278.00 63,231.00 61,600.00 40,437.00 36,250.00 32,431.00 32,306.00 30,800.00

CHAMPIoNS TOUR Chubb Classic, TwinEagles GC, 12 - 14 February 2016 1 2 T3

Bernhard Langer Fred Couples Scott Dunlap Jesper Parnevik Kenny Perry

Other South Africans T15 David Frost RSA RSA RSA ZIM RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA

COL USA USA USA USA USA USA USA NZL CAN

GER USA USA SWE USA

62-66-73 68-70-66 69-66-70 69-69-67 68-67-70

RSA 71-67-71

201 204 205 205 205

(-15) (-12) (-11) (-11) (-11)

$ 240,000.00 $ 140,800.00 $ 95,466.67 $ 95,466.67 $ 95,466.66

209 (-7)

$ 28,000.00

$ 577,597.00 $ 378,000.00 $ 276,309.00 $ 261,531.00 $ 196,717.00 $ 110,361.00 $ 87,908.00 $ 85,919.00 $ 71,154.00 $ 55,500.00 $ 53,026.00

Bernard Langer, winner of the Chubb Classic.

Champions Tour order of merit as of 29 February 2016 1 2 3 4 5

Adam Scott, winner of the Honda Classic! as well as the current PGA Tour order of merit leader.

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Bernhard Langer Duffy Waldorf Esteban Toledo Tom Lehman Fred Couples

Other South Africans 30 David Frost

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GER USA MEX USA USA

3 3 3 3 2

$ $ $ $ $

333,850.00 313,110.00 290,864.00 270,989.00 215,800.00

RSA

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59,773.00

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Sunshine Tour

DATE EVENT VENUE MARCH 2016 9 - 12

Investec Cup

Millvale Private Retreat

14 - 17

Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open

Royal Harare GC

21 - 24

Zambia Sugar Open 2016

Lusaka GC

4 - 7

Investec Royal Swazi Open

Royal Swazi Spa CC

12 - 15

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Four Seasons GC

20 - 22

Lombard Insurance Classic

Royal Swazi Spa CC

APRIL 2016

MAY 2016

Amateur events - Men DATE EVENT VENUE MARCH 2016 1 – 4 8 – 10 13 – 14 13 13 – 15 16 – 18 17 – 18 18 – 20 20 – 21 20 22 – 23 23 – 24 23 – 24 26 – 27 28 – 30 30 Mar – 1 Apr 31 Mar – 2 Apr

Sanlam SA Amateur Championship Curro South African Junior International KZN Senior Open Gauteng North Mid-Amateur Open Northern Amateur Qualifying Northern Amateur Boland Senior Open Northern Cape Open WP Senior Open Boland Mid-Amateur Open African Mid-Amateur Teams Event Nomads North & South Junior Championship Winelands & African Senior Open Southern Cape Mid-Amateur Open Nomads SA Boys U19 Championship Gowrie SA U15 Challenge Nomads SA Boys U19 Championship

George GC Durbanville GC Durban CC Silver Lakes CC Randpark GC Randpark GC Robertson GC Sishen GC Steenberg GC Stellenbosch GC Devonvale GE Kimberley GC De Zalze GC Fancourt CC Schoeman Park GC Gowrie Farm GC Schoeman Park GC

CONTAC T DETAILS Boland Golf Union Border Golf Union Central Gauteng Golf Union Eastern Gauteng Golf Union

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(021) 873 6828 (043) 740 3899 (011) 485 4251 (011) 425 5316

Freestate and Northern Cape Golf Union Gauteng North Golf Union Karoo Golf Union Sunshine Tour

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(057) 899 1724 (012) 667 1087 (054) 332 3323 (021) 850 6500

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events calendar MRCH, APR & maY 2016 Amateur events - Men (continued) DATE EVENT VENUE APRIL 2016 1 – 3 9 – 10 10 11 – 15 17 18 – 20 21 – 23 25 – 27 30 – 1May MAY 2016 2 – 4 3 – 6 6 – 8 16 – 20 16 – 20 26 – 27 29 – 30

North West Open EP/Border Stroke Play Highveld Mid-Amateur Open INDWE Senior Inter Provincial Free State Mid-Amateur Open Western Province Amateur Qual Western Province Amateur MP Boland Amateur Stroke Play Vaal Senior Amateur

Sun City GC TBA Middelburg CC Wanderers GC Parys GC Clovelly CC Clovelly CC Robertson GC Maccauvlei GC

Prince’s Grant Invitational SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play KZN Stroke Play SA Country Districts Challenge Cup Fancourt Senior Open Southern Cape Senior Open

Princes Grant GC Silver Lakes CC San Lameer CC Nelspruit GC Parkview GC Fancourt CC George GC

Amateur events - Women DATE EVENT VENUE MARCH 2016 6 - 8 8 – 10 13 14 – 15 21 – 22 APRIL 2016 4 - 9 24 - 26 MAY 2016 1 - 4 7 - 8 15 - 18 22 - 25

Western Province Amateur Championship Curro SA Junior Championship Kwazulu Natal Championship - Stroke Play Kwazulu Natal Championship - Match Play Nomads SA Girl’s Rose Bowl Stroke Play Championship

Durbanville & Rondebosch GC Durbanville GC Victoria CC Victoria CC Port Elizabeth GC

All Africa Challenge Trophy Sanlam South African Stroke Play Championship

Tunisia Westlake GC

Pro Shop Gauteng Championships Free State Championship SA National Senior Women’s Championship 72-Hole Teams Championship

Ruimsig GC TBC Boschenmeer GC Middelburg GC

CONTAC T DETAILS KZN Golf Union Mpumalanga Golf Union Limpopo Golf Union North-West Province Golf Union

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(031) 202 7636 (013) 692 3002 (015) 295 4118 (044) 533 3507

Southern Cape Golf Union Eastern Cape Golf Union Western Province Golf Union Sunshine Tour (Joanne)

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(044) 873 5823 (043) 735 4443 (021) 686 1668 (021) 850 6500

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R E S U LT S & R A N K I N G S EUROPEAN TOUR

European Tour Order of merit as of 29 Feb 2016

Omega Dubai Desert Classic Emirates GC, 4 - 7 February 2016 1 T2

Willett Danny Cabrera-Bello Rafa Sullivan Andy An Byeong Hun Quiros Alvaro

Eng Esp Eng Kor Esp

70-65-65-69 67-67-67-69 70-66-66-68 71-67-69-65 68-69-70-65

269 270 270 272 272

(-19) (-18) (-18) (-16) (-16)

€ € € € €

402,669.00 209,845.00 209,845.00 111,621.00 111,621.00

Other South Africans 8 Porteous Haydn 18 Els Ernie T26 Coetzee George Fisher Jnr Trevor

Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa

72-66-66-70 68-67-74-67 72-70-67-69 67-68-72 -71

274 276 278 278

(-14) (-12) (-10) (-10)

€ € € €

45,029.00 29,089.00 22,952.00 22,952.00

T4

1 Stenson Henrik 2 Grace Branden 3 Willett Danny 4 Schwartzel Charl 5 Cabrera-Bello Rafa 6 Fraser Marcus 7 Wood Chris 8 Oosthuizen Louis 9 An Byeong Hun 10 Holman Nathan

Swe Rsa Eng Rsa Esp Aus Eng Rsa Kor Aus

3 5 5 3 4 6 6 6 4 5

€ € € € € € € € € €

895,884.00 765,255.00 664,564.00 530,984.00 463,965.00 463,429.00 427,562.00 388,982.00 336,004.00 330,373.00

Other South Africans 17 Stone Brandon 19 Porteous Haydn 27 Van Zyl Jaco 28 Frittelli Dylan 29 Lombard Zander 33 Walters Justin 43 Coetzee George 49 Aiken Thomas 52 Fisher Jnr Trevor 57 Burmester Dean 60 Horne Keith 62 Sterne Richard 84 Els Ernie 94 Blaauw Jacques

Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa Rsa

7 7 5 5 3 6 6 2 7 4 5 5 5 5

€ € € € € € € € € € € € € €

235,522.00 224,820.00 159,730.00 154,672.00 152,356.00 146,204.00 116,437.00 112,705.00 101,504.00 92,360.00 81,432.00 79,738.00 53,573.00 44,727.00

Well done Louis in Winning the Perth International.

Maybank Championship Malaysia, Royal Selangor GC 18 - 21 February 2016 1 T2 T4

Fraser Marcus Lee Soomin Tabuena Miguel Campillo Jorge Quesne Julien

Aus Kor Phi Esp Fra

66-69-66-68 66-68-64-73 66-68-69-68 65-69-69-69 70-69-65-68

269 271 271 272 272

(-15) (-13) (-13) (-12) (-12)

Other South Africans T12 Oosthuizen Louis Rsa 67-70-73-66 276 (-8) T24 Horne Keith Rsa 70-70-69-69 278 (-6) T36 Kruger Jbe Rsa 74-67-65-74 280 (-4)

€ € € € €

439,459.00 229,015.00 229,015.00 121,818.00 121,818.00

€ 42,715.00 € 25,840.00 € 18,457.00

ISPS Handa Perth International, Lake Karrinyup GC 25 - 28 February 2016 1 2 3 T4

Oosthuizen Louis Levy Alexander Scrivener Jason Bourdy Grégory Uihlein Peter

Rsa Fra Aus Fra Usa

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272 273 274 275 275

(-16) (-15) (-14) (-13) (-13)

Other South Africans 38 Van Den Berg Ulrich Rsa 72-69-73-70 284 (-4)

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Marcus Fraser, winner of the Maybank Championship Malaysia.

€ 186,760.00 € 124,506.00 € 70,148.00 € 51,771.00 € 51,771.00

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR First Tournament 17 March 2016.

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR €

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First Tournament 26 May 2016.

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Ladies European Tour order of merit as of 29 February 2016 1 2 3 4 5 T6

Beth Allen Charley Hull Nicole Broch Larsen Camilla Lennarth Holly Clyburn Georgia Hall Catriona Matthew 8 Katie Burnett 9 Nanna Koerstz Madsen 10 Su Oh

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USA

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Henrik Stenson

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Rickie Fowler

USA

8.08

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Justin Rose

ENG

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Dustin Johnson

USA

5.91

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Adam Scott

USA

5.76

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10 Patrick Reed

USA

4.93

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4.68

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19 Louis Oosthuizen

RSA

3.91

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32 Charl Schwartzel

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2.88

52

49 Jaco Van Zyl

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2.34

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77 George Coetzee

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1.80

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86 Dean Burmester

RSA

1.66

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114 Brandon Stone

RSA

1.42

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181 Brendon de Jonge

ZIM

0.98

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188 Tim Clark

RSA

0.93

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RSA

0.92

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195 Haydn Porteous

RSA

0.91

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196 Rory Sabbatini

RSA

0.91

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Other Southern Africans

Beth Allen, Ladies European Tour order of Merit leader.

LPGA order of merit as of 29 February 2016 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Ha Na Jang Haru Nomura Lexi Thompson Hyo Joo Kim Lydia Ko Sei Young Kim Brooke M. Henderson Stacy Lewis Jessica Korda Anna Nordqvist

Other South Africans 36 Paula Reto 41 Lee-Anne Pace 70 Bertine Strauss

KOR JPN USA KOR AUS KOR CAN USA USA SWE

4 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

335,668.00 296,695.00 286,712.00 226,534.00 199,646.00 182,628.00 176,666.00 122,558.00 119,164.00 118,555.00

RSA RSA RSA

3 3 2

$ $ $

43,058.00 37,640.00 16,365.00

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Ha Na Jang, LPGA Tour order of Merit leader.

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The South Coast Swing F

or this edition we spent an unforgettable week visiting the golf courses on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. This is an area that offers so much and yet is extremely affordable. Over the next 12 pages we have endeavoured to offer you a cross section of what the KZN South Coast has to offer from a golfing point of view. Our cover picture features the Selborne Park Golf Estate and this beautiful 18-hole, Par 72 course which has water features at most holes and stunning sea views from 11 of the 18 holes is the epitome of what this area has to offer. Designed by Denis Barker, the man who established Selborne, the golf course is renowned as a great test of golf and regularly hosts Sunshine Tour events. A world-class driving range adjoins the property, alongside Africa’s biggest putting green with their resident Pro always on hand.

Although difficult to single out a signature hole, the par 5 third challenges you to really climb into your drive with trouble on the left, but some forgiveness right. Described by Dale Hayes as “A hole not for the faint-hearted”, the second has been likened to hitting into a funnel with natural bush on the right and “out of bounds” on the left. For the low handicapper who hits a very long ball, taking on the green is full of reward but the risk left and back of the green looms in the form of a stunning natural water feature. Set amidst an eco-estate, golfers are sure to spot some of the resident wildlife that graze around the course’s manicured fairways, costal forest and lush, natural bush. The subtropical climate provides a fantastic all-year-round golf experience, and the luxury villas offer visitors an unforgettable seaside holiday experience. The estate’s private beach club offers resident visitors a tranquil and private facility with unlimited beach access away from the hubbub of the public facility. Selborne Park Golf Club also caters for a variety of functions. Choose from an elegant 20-seater conference room or the Old Halfway House for larger functions. The Old Halfway House is a beautiful thatched venue with stunning views of the course and sea accommodating up to 80 people.

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Q & A’s with Fred Beaver - Wild Coast Sun stalwart

• You have been the Director of Golf at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club for many years now, take us back in time and tell us how it all started. I have been at Wild Coast for 34 years now. I started with Holiday Inns at Royal Swazi in March 1980 and moved to Wild Coast in September 1982. • You have hosted numerous “stars” over the years, does anybody stand out in particular and if so why? Well, Seve Ballesteros played in the first ever Pro event sponsored by Pan Am but I have hosted many top players – Faldo, Price, Ernie, Strange, Langer, Couples – Seve had such amazing charisma. Bernard Langer, Nick Price & Ernie Els are all incredible individuals on and off the course. Mark McNulty also stands out; he has always played the course well and is a wonderful supporter of the Wild Coast. He is also an honoury life member - the ultimate professional. • Has the course changed much over the years? When the greens were re-grassed, Matko (Peter Matkovich) redesigned the 1st fairway and 12th green (minor subtle changes). • What makes the Wild Coast Sun special? Wild Coast is an incredible lay out. Robert TrentJones (Jnr) made the most of all the natural features and we have three feature holes No6, No12 & No13. The elements can change the course daily creating challenges at all times – club selection from the tee being of utmost importance. • What is your favourite memory of your time at the Wild Coast Sun? I have many wonderful memories – having great General Managers (Alberto Chiaranda, Melville Vogel, Alec McMath & Myan Moodley) to work with,

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making my challenges a lot easier. It’s wonderful to have support and understanding of the golfing experience. Pro events are always special – the preparation, build up, operations during the event and obviously celebrating the success over a few cold ones. Our annual Founders event has been very special, with an incredible group of people that enjoy the concept and the tradition of the event. Working with Charles Fiddian Green, Nigel Matthews & John Cheshire has been great. • The KZN South Coast offers some of the best golf courses in South Africa, what needs to be done to attract more golfers to the area? The lower South Coast is certainly the best value for money golfing destination in the country, perhaps more marketing needs to be done by tourism. I think the clubs continue to be very proactive promoting the South Coast. I am very optimistic that the South Coast in time will grow in numbers of golfers and the courses will continue to get better. It is a pity that there is not more to attract the younger overseas visitors, the majority of overseas visitors at the moment are elderly, either retired or semi-retired – additionally, quality restaurants would help. • What are your plans for the future? At some stage retire, enjoy a bit of golf, fishing and consuming that wonderful brown ale. • Do you have a humorous story or two concerning the pro’s that have played there that you can share with the readers? Obviously over the years there have been many humorous events going back to Vin Baker and his mischievous antics and Hennie Otto’s dispatching of his equipment that was not working too well at the time – working with Zoom Zoom our cart mechanic for many years was a laugh a minute.

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he San Lameer Estate is one of the most sought after establishments on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and in South Africa. It was the very first golfing Estate developed in South Africa and is just as renowned now as it was at its inception. Encompassing a variety of elements that will truly enrich our lives. When it comes to facilities, not many Estates in the area come close to the endless offering of San Lameer. It’s a paradise for someone who enjoys an array of daily activities literally on his/her doorstep. At the centre of its amenities is its championship golf course. Much like the entire Estate, the golf course is enclosed by an oasis of wild-

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life, which includes 195 different bird species, impala, red, grey and blue duiker, reedbuck and bushbuck, as well as an abundance of tropical fauna and flora. The 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes provides golfing enthusiasts with a natural challenge through vast clearings, forests and wetlands, with the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing alongside. One of the most prominent challenges of the golf course, aside from its varying gradients and difficult lies, is to avoid getting distracted by the striking views. For a more relaxed and casual golfing experience, San Lameer additionally boasts 9 holes on the Pitch and Putt course.

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Margate Country Club

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ituated one and a half hours from Durban and only two minutes from Margate Airport is Margate Country Club, a magnificently maintained and manicured Country Club. An essential aspect to the enjoyment of any golf experience is the condition of the course and here you will find that the course is beautifully kept. The 18-hole course was designed by the world renowned Peter Matkovich and he ensured that the outstanding natural features of the area were not compromised. Margate Country Club boasts an “A� grade bowling green and a very competitive Bridge Club. Furthermore they offer free Junior

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coaching every Saturday morning to any young aspiring golfers. The Club House has all the amenities that are essential to ensure a memorable stay. These facilities include the 19th-hole bar, restaurant, halfway house, conferencing and function venue. Be it just a snack or a braai or a banquet dinner they can do it. There is also a very well stocked Pro Shop for all your golfing equipment needs. Contact them and let them organise your golf tour, your accommodation, your golfing equipment, your wedding or your company conference.

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Umdoni Park Golf Club

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esigned by Sid Brews, Umdoni Golf Course has a considerable reputation as a hidden gem on the KZN South Coast. It is breathtakingly beautiful and tremendously pleasurable to play. The 18-hole course covers truly striking terrain, with the front 9 running alongside the sea and the back nine stretching inland through dense indigenous forest vegetation. Anything but flat, Umdoni Golf Course and its elevation changes not only translate into an adventure of judgment and

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shot-making but provides any number of ‘view-site moments’. Majuba, the signature par-3 12th is played uphill and is just 110m but it will have you talking about it for an age at the 19th. On a fine day, with lush fairways underfoot and the ocean swells just breaking into whitecaps, a round at Umdoni is food for the soul and with excellent stay and play packages as well as being only an hour out of Durban - this is how golf is meant to be!

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ribi Outdoors is one of the youngest companies out in the beautiful Oribi Gorge. They started operations in 2012 and have slowly been gaining momentum ever since. One of their many highlights is the half day rafting trip in the heart of the gorge on the Umzimkulu river. This section of the river boasts class 3+4 white water and is a challenge for all outdoor enthusiasts. The Trip lasts about 3 to

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3,5 hours (water level dependent), but you will cover a distance of 7km encountering rapids like The Omen, Rodeo and the Maize to name a few. They also offer full day trips and an amazing overnight trip. The area gets its name from the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve which is hidden on the western side of the plateau. The Oribi gorge is a must for all those who are looking to discover something more on the KZN South coast.

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PORT SHEPSTONE COUNTRY CLUB you along a decidedly more links-style approach for the back nine, which are exposed to wind interference and feature a number of water-traps which lie in wait for errant shots. Birdlife here is remarkable and features fish eagles, Egyptian geese, various species of stork, duck and many more. It is also not uncommon to see dyker and monkeys foraging around whilst out on the course.

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gem on the KZN South Coast and just an hour’s drive from Durban, Port Shepstone Country Club stands tall today as one of South Africa’s preferred golf courses. The course is set alongside the stunning uMzimkhulu River and the Indian Ocean.

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The history of Port Shepstone is enthralling and dates back to 1912 when the first nine holes were laid out. Whilst enjoying the famous 19th the locals are always more than keen to share a couple of anecdotes with visitors. Today the club is a regular championship host and you can expect all the facilities of a first rate club kept in pristine condition. Book your tee-off ahead to avoid disappointment.

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World Club ProAm Scores 3rd Victory

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week of golf celebration at every level was celebrated in KwaZulu-Natal as PGA Professionals and their amateurs battled it out for the prestigious title and trophy in the 3rd annual PGA of South Africa World Club Pro Am. Chief Executive of the PGA of SA, Ivano Ficalbi, addressed the golfers at the Closing Awards ceremony saying that the World Club ProAm is a bucket-list opportunity for networking and global friendships and thanked the teams for their endorsement and participation in 2016.

Keynote speaker, the HOD at the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Desmond Golding, said, “Golf has a fundamental economic benefit for KwaZulu-Natal, that ticks our box of indicators for growth, and we will continue to support this sporting category through this incredible event. We have seen the economic impact on our community when an event of

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this international stature takes place.” The PGA Professionals battled it out over 90-holes across four championship courses Zimbali Country Club, Cotswold Downs Golf Estate, Prince’s Grant Golf Estate and the final two rounds at Durban Country Club. After taking the lead at the end of Round 3, French PGA Professional, Julien Gressier (Chateau de Raray) converted his lead into a victorious win on 190 total and bagged the winner’s cheque of US$ 33 285. The World Club ProAm marks Gressier’s first tournament win on the PGA Pro tour as well as his first tournament played in South Africa. The final round of the World Club ProAm team event saw a surprise victory when the team from Project Golf Club (Germany) charged up the field in the final two rounds and clinched the trophy on a combined total of 331 points.

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ooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, known for its spectacular view of the unforgettable Southern Drakensberg, crisp mountain air, rejuvenating clear streams and azure blue skies, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking forward to a golfing weekend away or adventure-filled holiday. A golfer’s paradise, the resort prides itself on the renowned Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club, the only 18-hole golf course in the Southern Berg (NGU affiliated). Known to be challenging but fair, the course is ideal for all golfers from seasoned professionals to the first time player. Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club boasts the most spectacular views of the Rhino Horn Peak and Lake Kwanyoni boating and trout fishing dam with a beautiful clubhouse, unspoilt fairways and arresting greens that are kept in perfect playing condition throughout the year. The Club’s membership has been increasing every year and now has over 2000 members. Having undergone an upgrade, the course now has an improved appearance with new bridges, cart paths, improvement on the level of the tee-boxes, as well as the additional golf carts. Not only does the resort offer a first class golfing experience, but there is also an array of adventurous activities for families. 2015 saw a number of exciting new editions, with the introduction of a zip line called “The Rinkhals” that stretches from half way up the Beacon Hike down to the Adventure Park, a cricket Field with netted pitch and field, based inside the BMX track (great for all ages, especially father and son bonding) as well as a bow range at the Adventure Park for archery enthusiasts. More adventure-based activities include a the 12km custom built mountain biking track which passes by the resort’s picturesque dam, through the golf course as well as the lush pine forest and is suitable for all riders of all levels, horse-riding which can be booked for beginners all the way through to seasoned veterans, a mini-animal farm, putt-putt, swimming pool with slide and even something for mom – an on-site spa, wellness centre complete with sauna and jacuzzi.

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athedral Peak Hotel is an award winning establishment, renowned for its location in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. The majestic beauty of the area makes this Cathedral Peak Hotel a firm favourite with many local and international tourists. Cathedral Peak Hotel boasts a magnificent 9-hole course, with alternate tees for an 18 hole game. The valleys in which the course is situated are among the most beautiful in the Berg. In his Golf Digest article of July 2013 entitled The Best 9 Holers, Stuart McClean described the course as being “one of the most charming and challenging of 9-hole courses”.

The golf course at Cathedral Peak Hotel was designed and built by one of South Africa’s legendary amateur golfers Roly Taylor, with collaboration from his well-known brother, Reg. The course, which was known as “the thinking golfer’s course” was opened on 13 January 1996 by Dayle Hayes. The design, variety and risk-reward quotient is diverse on the course, the slopes are subtle and the grass, under the continuous care of a full-time greenkeeper is immaculate. The varying elevations, high tees and the odd water hazard make it an exciting course to play. Golfing facilities include a full clubhouse, with showers and change-rooms, as well as a TV lounge with fireplace and a full bar. Green fees are a modest R115 and R190 for 9 or 18 holes respectively. Golf clubs and golf carts are available for hire if needed, subject to availability. Hugely popular with visiting golfers, regular guests and locals is the Cathedral Peak Golf Club annual golf tournament which is hosted at the hotels golf course; dress is collared shirts, and golf shoes are required. The tournament is being held on the 11th, 12th and 13th March 2016. Contact the Cathedral Peak Golf Club on 0860 774 625 or go online at

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www.cathedralpeakgolfclub.co.za to enter. The golf club has preferential accommodation rates at Cathedral Peak Hotel for competitors in the tournament. Accommodation ranges from spacious, inter-leading family rooms to the private Honeymoon Suites and a Presidential Suite, all with features expected in a 4 star establishment. Uniquely, the Cathedral Peak Hotel has been owned by the van der Riet family for two generations, and the current proprietors, William and Belinda van der Riet continue to uphold the traditional and homely values of this wonderful hotel where people come to unwind, often for a week, from the stresses of the outside world. The lure of the great outdoors and the many facilities and activities brings guests back for holidays, time and again. Hotel guests can enjoy a vast array of sporting activities, many of which are free to guests; guided hikes, both heated and cold water pool’s and paddling pools for the kiddies, tennis, lawn bowls, beach volleyball, table tennis, badminton, access to mountain bike and jogging trails, gym and steam room, kiddies playground and games room with X Box games. Golfing at Cathedral Peak Hotel will take you as close to the big mountains as anywhere in the world without actually touching them, the steep wall of the mountains loom over the landscape and the panoramic view from every hole on the course makes for a spectacular game of golf. Tel: 036 488 1888 Fax: 036 488 1889 Email: info@cathedralpeak.co.za Web: www.cathedralpeak.co.za

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ean Burmester walked away with the lion’s share of the awards last night in the Sunshine Tour Players Awards as he pocketed four of the seven honours up for grabs. The 27-year-old from Bloemfontein won four tournaments on the Sunshine Tour during the 2015 season, and he added to his celebrations at the awards evening with the news that he had moved into the top 100 players in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

Nathan, the Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour, to a player who has served professional golf in South Africa particularly well.

He took the Gary Player Trophy for the best stroke average of the 2015 season (69.34 over 59 rounds of tournament golf ), the Media’s Player of the Year as voted by members of South Africa’s golf journalists, the Players’ Player of the Year which is an accolade from his fellow professionals, and the Commissioner’s Award, which is given by Selwyn

The other awards went to George Coetzee, who won the Sid Brews Trophy for winning the 2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Rourke van der Spuy, who took the Bobby Locke Trophy for Rookie of the Year for 2015, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who topped the Big Easy Tour’s Order of Merit.

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“I’m overwhelmed,” said Burmester after he came up to the podium for the fourth time during the ceremony. “It’s especially humbling to be acknowledged by the players with whom I compete all the time, and to be recognised by Mr Nathan who gives so much himself to golf in this country.”

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uintin Byleveldt is certainly a man for a challenge. The 27-year-old PGA of South Africa professional took over as the Golf Operations Manager at Sun City only a few months before the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge, and at the same time his wife was due to give birth. “It was quite a big step up for me. In six months I’ve already been involved with four Sunshine Tour events and a major tournament such as the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Then there’s been the task of working with international guests and different languages. But it’s been fantastic,” says Byleveldt, who is relishing the opportunity of managing two world-class golf courses at one of the most iconic of South African tourist venues. Byleveldt is not oblivious to the challenge facing him as the man tasked with keeping the Gary Player

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Country Club and Lost City Golf Course at the fivestar level golfers expect them to be. “We’ve got two golf courses to run, and the maintenance that goes into that is a big job. You cannot skip a maintenance meeting or a walkabout where you’re looking at standards. That’s a daily job. We want to keep our standards at a five-star level because every day we see how people from all over the world still want to tick off the Gary Player Country Club in terms of their golf bucket list.” Then there is also the not-so-small task of fulfilling his other role as a new dad. “My wife and I had a baby boy in January and he’s keeping us awake. But we’re really enjoying Sun City and would like to stay on as long as possible. There are a lot of young families here and it’s actually a great place to raise a child before school starts.”

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He was born in Haworth, Oklahoma U.S.A. on March 31st 1916 and passed away on August 30th 2008 in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army during World War II and turned professional in 1946. He worked as a caddie and club professional in Shreveport, Louisiana. He only joined the PGA Tour when he was in his thirties, but he went on to win fifteen PGA Tour titles, including one Major, the 1958 U.S. Open. Bolt was a member of the United States Ryder Cup teams of 1955 and 1957. His career Ryder Cup record was 3-1, including a singles victory over Christy O’Connor Snr in 1955 at Thunderbird Golf and Country Club in Palm Springs, California. His fiery disposition earned him the nickname “Thunder”. He was known to break clubs during rounds, and his penchant for throwing clubs led to the adoption of a rule prohibiting such behavior. In his later years, he admitted that a lot of his on-course eruptions were merely showmanship and that he felt they had detracted from his playing. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.

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NE WS CLIP

Louis Oosthuizen wins Perth International for first title in two years.

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ouis Oosthuizen overcame a nervous start to his final round to win the Perth International by one stroke for an eighth European Tour title in an event also sanctioned by the Tour of Australasia. The 2010 Open winner, who had not won a tournament for two years, went into the final round with a three-stroke lead but that advantage was reduced to one after a bogey at the 2nd, and Australia’s Jason Scrivener briefly tied for the lead. The 33-year-old South African, making his first tournament appearance in Australia, shot a

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final round one-under-par 71 for an aggregate of 16-under 272. France’s Alexander Levy finished second, with Scrivener a stroke further back in third. Oosthuizen, the world No21, admitted he had been disturbed by his shaky start. “I missed the second and third greens and was a little rattled after that,” he said. “But I settled in nicely and got back to hitting greens and giving myself opportunities. Then I had a good stretch from holes seven through to 12, although I did leave myself with a vicious first putt on the last [from 50 feet] but luckily I had three so could afford the bogey.”

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KPMG on Golf Tourism Growth Trends

Over the past few decades, the success of golf tourism has risen appreciably. Many golf tour operators around the world are tailoring their offers to the specific needs of golfers. Whether as a primary motivation for a holiday or simply as a secondary activity, golf attracts millions of holidaymakers worldwide. The business of golf tourism is not only a revenue generator for golf facilities themselves through spending on green fees, golf equipment and cart rental, but also for a wide variety of travel, leisure and hospitality services, such as hotels, restaurants, retailers, car rental and airlines. This year, KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice undertook a survey of golf tour operators to find out about recent golf tourism trends around the world. The latest survey data was collected from nearly 50 golf tour operators and mainly reflects the situation in 2014.

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The volume of touristic golf bookings in 2014 generally increased compared to 2013. 80% of all surveyed operators indicated that they had experienced an increase in the number of bookings YoY from 2013 to 2014. These results and the increasing demand for golf holidays suggest a continuous recovery of the golf travel industry following the lengthy economic crisis.

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As in previous years, the majority of trips booked through golf tour operators were four to seven days long. The proportion of longer trip bookings started to increase in 2014 compared to the years before, suggesting an increasing willingness of golf travelers to spend more time and money on their golfing holidays.

According to golf travel operators who participated in this year’s survey, most bookings are made over the internet, by phone or e-mail. Despite its relatively low number, golfers still find it important to seek personal contact with agents for matters of inquiring additional information and advice. While

Furthermore, according to 43% of all survey respondents, golf package prices increased in 2014, while 50% indicated that prices have generally remained at a similar level compared to 2013. Spain and Portugal were named as the destinations with most significant increases in prices in 2014. Likewise, the UAE and the USA also registered some price increases. According to the surveyed golf tour operators, accessibility (including the availability of direct flights), package prices and the quality of the golf courses and facilities are the most important factors for golf travelers when choosing their golf holiday destination. While Spain and Portugal remain the two most popular golf destinations globally, South Africa, Morocco, the UAE, Southeast Asia (specifically Thailand and Vietnam) and Bulgaria were named among popular emerging golf tourism hot spots in 2014. According to the surveyed golf tour operators, well established locations such as the USA and Scotland remain ever-popular destinations for golf holidays.

The most common golf travelers are still the Brits and the North Americans, although they often choose domestic trips too. Scandinavians (mainly Swedish), Germans and Danish travelers are also near the top of the list, with a strong interest in travelling abroad for golf.

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While only a few years ago most operators didn’t find the internet a viable option for golf trip bookings, the main trend mentioned in this year’s survey was the emergence of improved online booking systems, as well as various smartphone and tablet applications. With changing customer needs, this direction is expected to gain importance in coming years. As for the timing of bookings, about half of the trips are booked 1-6 months prior to the travel date, while about 40% are booked more than six months in advance (these are typically group bookings). Only approximately 10% of last year’s bookings were made within one month prior to travel. As the results of our survey show, 2014 was a successful year for golf tour operators. Worldwide, the number of bookings increased alongside increasing lengths of trip and greater spending. Golf travelers are exploring more destinations for their golf holidays and are now keener to travel beyond traditional golfing destinations. Besides this, the most active golf travelers still come from the more affluent nations with long-standing golfing traditions, i.e. British, Americans, Canadians, Scandinavians and Germans. With all this in mind, we anticipate that today’s positive trends in the golf tourism industry will continue in the coming years. For more detailed findings and further analysis please contact the Golf Advisory Practice of KPMG.

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EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

ACCOMMODATION

1x Luxury w/end for 8 to Langebaan Golf Estate. 4 BedroomLodge. (West Coast). Self catering including a round of golf per person. Total cost R 5 500-00. Contact 083 293 0220.

KZN, MIDLANDS & DRAKENSBURG Cathedral Peak Hotel. 2 night weekend getaway for two - Dinner/Bed/Breakfast. R 3 500-00 all in. Contact 082 705 8764.

Barton Vineyards Villas. 4 night weekend getaway for 6 - 5 Star self catering. R 5 000-00 for all 4 nights. Contact 083 293 0220. SWAZILAND Royal Swazi Sun. 6 night stay for 2 including breakfast. R 6000.00. Contact 083 293 0220. game drives. (Naboomspruit)Total cost R 3 500-00. Contact 083 293 0220. 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. (Naboomspruit)Total cost R 1 600-00. Contact 083 293 0220. FREE STATE Luxury w/end for two to Stonehenge River Lodge. (Parys). Including b/b. Total cost R 1 500-00. Contact 083 293 0220.

Champagne Sports Resort. Weekend for two incl. all meals. R2 500. Contact 082 705 8764. Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort - 2 night weekend getaway for two - Bed & Breakfast and golf included. R 2 000-00 all in. Contact 082 705 8764. Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort. 4 night getaway for 6 - Self Catering and golf included. R 4 000-00 all in. Contact 082 705 8764. Monks Cowl (Near Champagne Sports Resort) - 2 night weekend getaway for two - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and golf included. R 2 000-00 all in. Contact 082 705 8764. LIMPOPO Luxury w/end for two to Monate Game Lodge (Nylstroom). In the hart of the Waterberg region. Including all meals and

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MPUMALANGA Luxury 4 night break for 6 to Mjejane Game Reserve on the banks of the Crocodile river in the Kruger Park. Self catering. All in R6 000-00. Contact 083 293 0220. Sabi River Bungalows. 2 night weekend getaway for two - Dinner/Bed/Breakfast. R 2 500-00 all in. Contact 083 293 0220. Luxury 7 night week stay at Kruger Park Lodge for 4 people. Self catering. R 8 000-00. Contact 083 293 0220. WESTERN CAPE Mosselberg on Grotto. 4 Star. Weekend stay for 2 including breakfast. R 2000.00. Contact 083 293 0220.

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BAGS

Cobra imitation leather bag. Very good condition. R 400-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Taylor Made synthetic stand bag. R 600-00. Good condition. Contact 082 440 9827.

CARTS

Battery operated moonbuggy for sale. 3 months old – Ideal for golfers, last up to 36 holes when fully charged. Can also be used as a mobility scooter. Reason for selling: Storage space. R 8 000-00 negotiable. Contact 082 497 2249.

DRIVERS

Titliest Driver 910 D3 9.5 degree loft. Fijikura Rombax pro 95 stiff shaft. R2 500.00 Contact: 081 464 6612 / 081 748 8988 Cleveland Classic 290 driver for sale. It has 9.0 of loft with a 43” Stiff Miyazaki shaft. Still brand new and asking price is R1 750. Contact: | montgf@unisa.ac.za / 082 853 9022. Taylor Made R11. S driver & 3 wood. Stiff shaft , as new. R 4 000-00. Contact 082 830 8880. Callaway Alpha driver stiff stock shaft. As new. R 4 700-00. Contact 082 805 4277. Cobra bio cell driver (black&white) plus stiff shaft. As new. R 4 000-00. Contact 082 805 4277. SLDR 430 TP driver (only one in RSA). Brand new. R 5 000-00. Contact 082 805 4277. .

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FAIRWAY WOODS & HYBRIDS

Callaway 3 deep fairway wood. R 2 600-00. As new. Contact 082 805 4277. Taylor Made Burner 3 Fairway wood 15deg. Good condition. R 800-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Titleist 980F 3 Fairway wood 15deg. Good condition. R 800-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Taylor Made SLDR 15 degree, new. R 1 500-00. Contact 082 375 7757. Titleist 913 F and FD, fairway metal, new, with head cover. R 2 000-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

IRONS

Titleist 735CM irons. Shafts S300. R 4 000-00. Contact 082 644 9041. Mizuno MP 32 irons 3-PW, Dynamic Gold Lite R300 shafts. As new - 10 rounds played. R 2 500-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Ping Eye 2 #1 iron. Good condition. R 400-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Ben Hogan Apex PC irons. 3-SW. Good condition. R 1500-00. Contact 082 440 9827. Cleveland TT, stiff flex brand new in the box. 4-SW. Only R5 000-00. Get 3 new, Z stars balls included. Contact 082 375 7757. Cleveland 588 MB Forged Irons (3-PW) DG. R 10 500-00. Contact 082 375 7757. Cleveland 588 ALTITUDE STEEL (4SW) R 5 750-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

Titleist 714, AP1 irons (Longest Iron in Golf) 4-PW (stiff or regular flex). New Dynamic Gold XP 95 shafts KBS tour and Dynamic gold s300/x100 shaft also available for this product. R 7 999-00 or R 6 900-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

button centre shaft R2500 & Red X like new R1800. Pretoria. Contact 071 855 0000.

Ping G20 irons. Mint condition. R 5 400-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

Nike Method mod, mallet putter. Used, immaculate condition, great putter. R 2 000-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

Miscellaneous

Cyclops HD Golf Video camera for rental for events like Golf Days and functions. Can be rented per day for R500 inclusive. Portable and simple Plant, Point and Shoot. Contact Michael 079 443 2070 in Gauteng. Sonacaddie Golf GPS V500. Pre-loaded with SA courses, excellent condition, full working order. Easily 2 rounds without re-charging. Complete with all accessories, instructions, box. R1200 or nearest. Johannesburg. Contact 082 652 1144.

PUTTERS

Taylor Made Spider Blade Putter with cover. R1 500.00. Contact: 081 464 6612 / 081 748 8988 Scotty Cameron putters with original grips shafts and head covers for sale. Newport 2 studio select R1800. Contact 071 855 0000. Newport 2.6 select black head 3

Nike Method 35 inch, slim 2.0 grip. Great condition. R 750-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

PROPERTY

Plot for Sale : Nkonyeni Golf Estate (Swaziland ). Situated on 4th Green. Beautiful landscape. Close to all amenities on this magnificent Golf Course. Please contact me on E-mail should you need more info contact 071 897 1285 or email kobiep.11@gmail.com

WEDGES

Titleist Vokey SM 5 wedge series 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 and 64 degree wedges available. R1300-00 per wedge. Any 3 wedges R 3 750-00. Contact 082 375 7757. Cleveland Rtx Wedges. 54 & 60 degree X 100 shafts, brand new. R 2 000-00 for both or R 1 100-00 per wedge. Contact 082 375 7757. Cobra BIG trusty rusty (new) 50 degree. R 650-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

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Cleveland 588 ALTITUDE GRAPHITE (4-SW). R 6 650-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

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Mizuno JPX EZ forged, 4 to sandiron, XP105 Shaft. R 7 900-00. Contact 082 375 7757.

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SA GOLF TR ADER DIREC TORY

Golf Shops

GAUTENG Golf Clubs Akasia GC Avion Park GC Benoni CC Bronkhorstspruit GC Bryanston 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 Royal Jhb & Kensington GC Royal Oak CC Services GC Silver Lakes CC Southdowns CC Springs CC State Mines CC Wanderers GC

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Waterkloof GC Wingate CC (012) 542-1309 Woodhill CC (011) 970-7000 Zwartkops CC (011) 849-5211 (013) 932-3940 Driving Ranges (011) 706-1361 Colbyn D/R (011) 472-8060 Grasslands D/R (012) 668-8900 Greenhills D/R (011) 875-0400 Jim and Jerrys’ D/R (011) 801-6611 Kimiad D/R & (011) 749-1638 Mashie Course (011) 826-2466 Observatory D/R (011) 827-7818 Panorama D/R (011) 453-1013 Sandy Bunker D/R (011) 432-3150 Six Fountains D/R (012) 546-1764 Verwey D/R (012) 667-1081 Wits D/R (011) 251-6721 Zwartkops D/R (011) 202-1620 (011) 970-1075 Golf Shops (011) 442-3880 (011) 660-4365 Second Chance (010) 594-0034 The Golfers Club (011) 466-2888 Edenvale (016) 422-1263 The Golfers Club (016) 362-0809 Fourways (011) 608-2033 The Golfers Club (011) 648-9574 West Rand (011) 646-5400 The Pro Shop (012) 808-0883 Woodmead (011) 362-6757 (012) 460-3372 (012) 386-6836 (011) 215-8600 (011) 693-5414 (011) 907-8906 (016) 430-1380 (011) 640-3021 (011) 740-0016 (012) 651-4411 (012) 809-2110 (011) 943-4448 (011) 362-5031 (011) 740-9962 (011) 447-3311

(012) 460-2542 The Pro Shop (051) 430-7313 (012) 997-1298 Bloemfontein (012) 998-0011 WESTERN CAPE (012) 654-2111

Golf Clubs (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

(011) 440-0558 (011) 453-6352 (011) 465-9985 (011) 475-7519 (011) 602-8888

FREESTATE 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 (056) 353-2131 (056) 818-1567 (051) 408-3811 (051) 402-1489 (056) 811-2013

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Arabella GC Atlantic Beach GC Bellville GC Bredasdorp GC Clovelly CC Devonvale GE Erinvale GC King David GC Kleinmond GC Langebaan 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 (028) 424-1855 (021) 784-2111 (021) 865-2080 (021) 847-1144 (021) 934-3056 (028) 271-3525 (022) 772-2112 (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 Riverclub

(021) 447-3757

Golf Shops The Golfers Club Century City

(021) 555-3540

THE GARDEN ROUTE Golf Clubs Fancourt - Montagu / Outeniqua Fancourt - The Links Fynbos GCE George GC Goose Valley GE Kingswood GE Knysna GC

(044) 804-0183 (044) 804-0785 (042) 285-0321 (044) 873-6116 (044) 533-5082 (0861) 727-170 (044) 384-1150

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SA GOLF TR ADER DIREC TORY Mossel Bay GC Oubaai GE Pezula GC Pinnacle Point GR Plettenburg Bay GC Simola GE

Golf Shops The Pro Shop Bells Academy

EA STERN 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

(044) 691-2379 (044) 851-1234 (044) 302-5300 (044) 606-5300 (044) 533-2132 (044) 302-9677

Prince’s Grant GC Royal Durban GC Sakabula GC San Lameer GC Scottburgh GC Southbroom GC St Cathryns GC Umdoni Park GC (044) 871-0620 Umhlali CC Umkomaas GC Victoria CC CAPE Wild Coast CC Windsor park 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

(041) 363-0470

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

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(032) 482-0041 (031) 309-2581 (033) 330-6751 (039) 313-5141 (039) 976-0041 (039) 316-6051 (033) 444-1945 (039) 975-1320 (032) 947-1181 (039) 973-1330 (033) 347-1394 (039) 305-2799 (031) 303-1728

Driving Ranges 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

LIMPOPO Golf Clubs Elements Private Golf Reserve Euphoria GC Hans Merensky GC Kameeldoring CC Koro Creek GC Naboomspruit GC Polokwane GC Swartklip GC Univ. of Limpopo GC

MPUMAL ANGA Golf Clubs Barberton CC Belfast GC Bethal GC Delmas 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

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GOLFING ASSOCIATIONS

THE P.G.A. of (011) 485-1370 (018) 462-6696 South Africa (018) 386-3086 (012) 207-9102 To be listed in the (014) 574-4111 (018) 473-2899 SA Golf Trader directory, (012) 244-8000 please contact (018) 293-0210 (014) 597-1814 Neville on 082 705 8764 or (012) 244-3000 Louis on 083 293 0220 or (082) 804-2780

Driving Ranges Jim & Jerrys

(013) 755-6156 (013) 757-0960

(014) 743-5000 Golf Shops (013) 757-1264 (015) 781-3931 The Pro Shop (015) 491-5563 Nelspruit (014) 495-0026 LESOTHO (014) 743-1963 (015) 295-4118 Maseru GC (00266) 223-21164 (014) 786-0186 (015) 268-2183 NAMIBIA Windhoek CC

Klerksdorp GC Leopard Park GC Magaliespark GC Mooinooi GC Orkney GC Pecanwood CC Potchefstroom GC Rustenburg GC Sandy Lane GC Seasons Eco Golf Estate

(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

Driving Ranges

Broham D/R (014) 736 6910 Riverside Golf Park

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Something Funny! The A to Z of Golf

A game - The very best golf you can play. A phenomenon seldom experienced by normal golfers, the A game is what Greg Norman used to bring to the golf course every day – except Sunday, and Tiger Woods does bring every day. Ace - A hole in one. Like an ace in a deck of cards, though not quite so common. Completion of a hole in a single stroke. The odds against this happening are about 45,000 to 1-somewhat worse than the odds of finding a brand-new ball lost in the rough (27,000 to 1) but considerably better than the odds of hitting a perfect drive off a crowded first tee (1,195,000 to 1)

Addressing the Ball 1. Assuming the correct stance and placing the head of the club on the ground behind the ball prior to hitting it. 2. Directing statements to the ball before it is hit or while it is in flight, such as: “If you go into that trap, I’ll never wash you again” or “In a way, I hope you miss that cup-I’ve always wondered what’s inside a golf ball.” Advice - According to the rules of golf, advice is “any counsel or suggestion made by one golfer to another about the choice of club, method of play or making of a shot, which contains no more than five errors of fact, contradictory statements or harmful recommendations. Six or more such pieces of misinformation or misinstruction shall constitute a formal golf lesson.”

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Age Players - Accomplished golfers who have recorded one of two equally unusual golfing achievements: playing a round of 18 holes at the end of which they had a score equal to their age, or playing a round of 18 holes during all of which they acted their age.

Airmail - To hit a shot much farther than planned (most commonly over the green). Amateur golfers frequently airmail approaches to greens fronted by hazards. Albatross - Another name for a double eagle, a score of three under par on a hole. The most famous albatross in golf’s history was recorded by Gene Sarazen on the fifteenth hole at Augusta NationalGolf Club during the 1935 Masters Tournament. A term generally not used by the amateur golfer. All Square - A term used in match play to indicate that both teams or individuals have cheated on an equal number of holes. Amateur Golfer - One who plays golf for pleasure. Amateur side - Derisive term for the low side of the hole when putting. Amateur golfers often miss their putts short, or come out on the low side of the hole, meaning the ball hasn’t been struck boldy enough to have a chance of falling in. Although a missed putt counts one stroke no matter where it stops, balls

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that run by the hole are apparently more “professional.” Analyst - Psychiatric specialist who treats individuals suffering from the delusion that playing golf is a form of pleasure. Approach Shot - A shot which, if it had not caught the lip of the bunker and dropped back into the sand, would have rolled across the green and gone into the water.

Army golf - Phrase used to describe the inconsistent, wayward shots of amateur golfers, that is, “left-right, left-right” (like the drill sergeant’s call during an army march). Arnie’s Army - Name given to the legions of loyal fans who flock to tournaments to follow Arnold Palmer, golf’s “king.” Arnie has always been a fan favorite, and dozens of times his fans have kicked, blocked, or thrown a wayward Palmer shot back onto the fairway or green to help their hero. Away - The player whose ball lies farthest from the hole is “away” and is required by the rules of golf to make the first shot. If, after the stroke is taken, the ball still lies farthest from the hole, the rules permit the player to kick the first bag and throw the first club.

Answers: Ball 5,Tommy Bolt

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