Royal Port Al­fred Golf Club crowned king of the Roy­als

Talk of the Town - - Sport - LOUISE CARTER

and An­cients Golf Club of St An­drews, ar­rived at RPAGC early Fri­day morn­ing for a hot break­fast fol­lowed by the tra­di­tional flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony.

Golf knows no age limit and this year the tour­na­ment’s old­est player, Mike Rein­ders, 83, from Royal St An­drews and An­cients showed that he could keep up with the young­sters.

Ken Aitken from Royal Cape acted as prize-giv­ing con­venor and wel­comed all to the fi­nal evening of the tour­na­ment.

“We are grate­ful for the weather, we have had rain the last two years so the tour­na­ment was moved, but thank­fully we man­aged three great days of golf,” he said.

“Thank you once again Port Al­fred, you have ex­celled your­selves and made us feel most wel­come,” he said.

“Cor­rie makes it hap­pen,” Aitken said.

The first day of the Roy­als was played at RPAGC in the bet­ter ball Stable­ford for­mat and fin­ish­ing on top were Oliver Al­war and Tom Tagg in first place with 49 points.

The sec­ond day at Fish River Sun, was a real treat for the play­ers who en­joyed the beau­ti­ful scenic en­vi­ron­ment and great weather.

Royal Jo­han­nes­burg spon­sored the day and saw Ted Brown and Lind­say Mor­ri­son win the round with 48 points.

“We had a great day at Fish River Sun. We don’t know what the fu­ture holds for the course, but it was a def­i­nite treat,” Aitken said.

“Congratulations Royal Jo­han­nes­burg who brought the most play­ers,” he said.

On the last day, golfers re­turned to RPAGC for the fi­nal ef­fort to be­come king of the Roy­als. In the end, the lo­cal play­ers, per­haps with course knowl­edge, out­played the vis­it­ing teams by 20 points against the run­ners-up. Royal Jo­han­nes­burg play­ers, ea­ger to re­claim the tour­na­ment win which they won in 2015, were dis­ap­pointed they came in sec­ond place, but ad­mit­ted that they par­tic­i­pate more for the fun than the com­pe­ti­tion. The fi­nal day’s top play­ers were Rory Rooney and Bob Shaw with 47 points. “Each of our groups has cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics and there was one per­son­al­ity that def­i­nitely stood out,” Aitken said. Royal Harare player Giles Dor­ward was iden­ti­fied as the man who en­ter­tained all with his lively charisma and funny an­tics. Grif­fiths said both cour­ses were in good con­di­tion and that a lot of fun was had by all. “A spe­cial thanks to Royal Harare who brought 10 play­ers and trav­elled far for this event.”

A ROYAL AF­FAIR: Feel­ing on top of the world af­ter win­ning the fi­nal day of the Roy­als Golf Tour­na­ment are Rory Rooney from Royal Harare, mid­dle, and Bob Shaw from RPAGC. Man­ager of RPAGC Cor­rie van Zyl, left, con­grat­u­lated both play­ers

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