Ama­teur Scene

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

FORBES GETS NO 6 Six na­tional titles in eight years. That’s the im­pres­sive record of Alis­tair Forbes, who at the age of 68 again won the Se­nior Golfers Cham­pi­onship in Port Eliz­a­beth. It was the third time the Dur­ban CC mem­ber had clinched the ti­tle on an age countout from a younger man, hav­ing tied with De­nis Jones (East London) on a 36hole to­tal of 149 at the PEGC and Hume­wood cour­ses. Jones (73-76) was run­ner-up for the third time in four years, hav­ing also lost out on age to Forbes in 2013. Forbes shot 73 in his sec­ond round at Hume­wood, where in 2009 he had won his first ti­tle with a round of 64. Third on 154 was Terry Knight (CCJ), ahead of Kevin McKen­zie on 157. DREYER MOVES UP IN RANK­INGS For­mer SA Ama­teur cham­pion Ryan Dreyer (Kil­lar­ney) shot 72-67 to win the Highveld MidA­ma­teur at Mid­del­burg. Dreyer, 44, had seven birdies in the sec­ond round to edge Ger­lou Roux (Bel­lville 72-68), and move to No 2 on the na­tional rank­ings. Gary Daniel (Ermelo 75-69) was third. Shaun Sta­ple­ton (Wan­der­ers), 40, won the Free State Mid-Ama­teur with 70-69 at Parys, three birdies in the last five holes edg­ing Christo Peens (Potch 73-67), with Josef Fourie (Hoop­stad) and Gus­tav Ven­ter (Irene) T-3 on 143. DQ FOR NON CON­FORM­ING PUT­TER EP No 1 Mzuyanda Zin­gela suf­fered an un­usual DQ on the first day of the Se­nior IPT be­cause of his long put­ter, and it had nothing to do with an­chor­ing. Zin­gela for­feited both his sin­gles matches a£er Mark O’Brien (Ekurhu­leni) no­ticed that his put­ter did not con­form to the Rules of Golf. If a put­ter has two grips, each grip must be cir­cu­lar in cross-sec­tion, and they must be sep­a­rated by at least 38.1mm.

The most fa­mous vic­tim of an il­le­gal put­ter grip was PGA Tour player Tay­lor Smith, who in the 1996 Walt Dis­ney World Clas­sic was dis­qual­i­fied a£er tieing with Tiger Woods a£er 72 holes. His put­ter, like Zin­gela’s, had two grips, one flat and one round. Smith lost his PGA Tour card, be­came a cad­die, and died at the age of 40 in 2007.

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