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.