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Golf Di­gest is an im­por­tant ar­chive for record­ing un­usual feats in club golf in South Africa. If these feats were never men­tioned in the mag­a­zine, many of them would be for­got­ten. I would en­cour­age golfers and golf clubs to send you this in­for­ma­tion, as a mem­ber did with the story about the Met­ro­pol­i­tan club golfer who shot 63-7-56 in a club com­pe­ti­tion (De­cem­ber is­sue). Hope­fully one day you can col­lect them all and re­pub­lish them, as the SA Golf An­nual used to do in the old days. My own story goes back more than 40 years to a spe­cial round at Krugers­dorp Golf Club, where I am still a mem­ber, with three good friends of mine, Martin and Hugh James, and Rod­ney Fletcher. Martin, who still plays golf at the club, achieved some­thing which I be­lieve is un­sur­passed in the his­tory of golf in South Africa. I’d love to know the odds on that hap­pen­ing. Be­gin­ning his round on the tenth tee, Martin had a par on the 12th, his first par 5 of the round. He then made a birdie on the next par 5, the 17th. On the sec­ond nine he be­gan with an ea­gle three on the par-5 first. On the fi­nal par 5, the eighth, he hit a 3-wood for his sec­ond shot which was head­ing straight for the pin.We looked for the ball around the green, and then Rod­ney went to the hole and found it there – in the hole for an al­ba­tross two! Martin shot a 70 that day off his 5-hand­i­cap. Gor­don Slab­bert, Gaut­eng

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