PHILIP GALGUT 1952-2016
Philip Galgut, who passed away during the week of the SA Open at Glendower, aged 63, was a rare individual, a man who played provincial golf for Natal, and who later wrote exceptionally well about the game for Compleat Golfer. Galgut, who majored in English at Natal University, represented Natal Robins at the Interprovincial in the 1970s. He was a Royal Durban member, and played in Natal’s famous 17-7 win over Transvaal at Huletts (now Mount Edgecombe) in 1977. Of slight stature, he was as accurate with a driver or fairway wood as most golfers are with their wedges, and a fierce competitor. He later lectured at Wits University, and played golf at Houghton.
Former Compleat Golfer editor Duncan Cruickshank remembers Galgut as “a writer who painstakingly chose every word and phrase, and then carefully wrote them down in deliberate cursive with an HB pencil. Every fact was checked and rechecked. If a story was worth telling, it was worth telling properly – and in full. Word counts and deadlines meant little; the apologies when the reams of hand-written prose were eventually dispatched through the fax machine were effusive and sincere.”