PHILIP GALGUT 1952-2016

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

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.”

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