BRIAN BLENKINSOP, 1931-2017

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

A lead­ing fig­ure in East­ern Prov­ince golf for more than half a cen­tury, Blenkinsop has passed away at 85. A fine all­round sports­man in his youth who rep­re­sented EP at cricket, he was a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the EP In­ter­provin­cial golf team in the 1960s and 1970s, and won var­i­ous EP ti­tles. He was al­ways guided by the rule that a per­son must put back more into life than one takes. A mem­ber at Walmer CC for nearly 67 years, he was club cham­pion, cap­tain and chair­man in his time. He rep­re­sented Walmer at the Kelly Four­somes for 37 un­bro­ken years, from 1965 to 2002. He was one of the found­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers of No­mads East­ern Cape in 1971, and his late wife Fen­neke was the No­mads match sec­re­tary for 30 years. He was ac­tive in se­nior golf, help­ing found the EP Vet­er­ans in 1990, and in 2010 served as pres­i­dent of the Se­nior Golfers Union of SA. Promis­ing Western Prov­ince golfer Michael Sher­riff died, age 19, in a car ac­ci­dent over Easter. A Dur­banville mem­ber, he had rep­re­sented WP at the last two Pre­mier IPTs af­ter three years at the Ju­nior IPT from 2013 to 2015. Last year he won the PAT Or­der of Merit, win­ning four opens in the Cape.

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