Local golfer shoots his age
GRAAFF-REINET — In golf, an “age shooter” is a golfer whose score matches or beats his age on a certified 18-hole golf course - for example, a golfer aged 70 who shoots a 70 or better.
This is a feat not many golfers in the world has achieved and is certainly an accomplishment that most golfers only dream about.
In the past four weeks, local golfer Weppie Weideman - aged 76 - has managed to do this not once, but twice, playing a score of 76 on two separate occasions. Needless to say, he was immediately cut by 2 shots.
Weideman, who has managed to achieve a handicap-best of -2 during his golfing career, has been playing golf for nearly 50 years on the Graaff-reinet Golf Course making him the longest full-playing Club member.
According to Weideman, as far as he is aware - and he has served as tournament secretary at the Club for about 35 years - this feat has never been accomplished at the Club before.
Interesting facts about age shooting:
• The overall record for the youngest golfer to shoot his age belongs to Bob Hamilton, a golf pro who shot his age of 59 at Hamilton Golf Club in Evansville, Ind., in 1975.
• The golfer who holds the age-shooting record on golf’s major professional tours is Walter Morgan, playing the Champions Tour. In 2002, at age 61, Morgan shot a 60 in the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship.
• On the PGA Tour, the record belongs to Sam Snead. Slammin’ Sam fired a 67 at the Quad Cities Open in 1979, when he was 67-yearsold. Then he set a new record a day later, shooting 66.
• The oldest golfer to shoot his age was 103-year-old Arthur Thompson of Victoria, British Columbia. Thompson was playing the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria when he accomplished the feat in 1972.
• How about the record for beating your age by the most strokes? OK, that’s Ed Ervasti, who in 2007, at age 93, posted a 72 at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club (Old Course) in London, Ontario.
• On the pro tours, the most-strokes-belowage record is held by Jerry Barber. In 1994, when he was 78-years-old, Barber fired a 69 in the Kroger Senior Classic, nine strokes below his age.
• And finally, the record for most times shooting your age belongs to T Edison Smith of Moorhead, Minn. Frank Bailey of Abilene, Texas, had long held this record, matching or beating his age 2,623 times, from age 71 until age 98.
But in 2006, Smith passed Bailey and continues on with the record.
Age shooter Weppie Weideman.