Kloof to the fore despite Selborne’s slick greens
KLOOF Country Club dominated affairs at this year’s KwaZulu-Natal Interclub golf tournament, held at Selborne Park, Umdoni Park and Scottburgh golf courses.
Kloof won the A and B divisions, beating Durban CC and Southbroom GC in the respective finals.
Umkomaas GC won the Frog division, while Durban CC won the hugely popular Senior Frog division.
In the A division, the effervescent Mark Cox beat Ashwin Krishen 2/1 despite a series of back nine three-putts which everyone got to hear about.
To be fair, putting on Selborne’s slick greens in that ‘beasterly’ wind was no easy thing.
Darryn Myers saw off an out-ofsorts Sean Fenger 4/3, who, if he didn’t have back luck wouldn’t have had any luck at all.
Gareth Atkinson had a tight game against Jason Broomhead, which ended in a half.
In an amusing moment, Broomhead hit his tee shot into the bush on the 14th where the search crew found four other balls, but not his.
In the semi-finals, Durban CC beat Vryheid (Corné van Deventer, Ryno Crous and André Smit) and Kloof beat defending champions Mount Edgecombe (Graeme Inggs, Luke van den Bergh and Steve Cullen).
When it came to the B division, Guy O’Connor, Bradley Jones and Stewart Theunissen won back the trophy they lost to Umdoni Park last year.
Jones beat Kevin Murray 5/4, Theunissen beat Gary Purtell 2/1 and O’Connor lost to Gavin Sole 3/2, but put up a decent fight.
Southbroom have now lost in six, maybe seven B division finals over the years. No one is sure what will come first: A World Cup win for the Proteas, or a B division title for the boys from down south.
In the semi-finals Kloof beat Victoria, while Southbroom had a walkover after Scottburgh withdrew.
Umkomaas pulled off a rare hat trick, beating Gowrie Farm in the final.
Saga Reddy and Viv Naicker produced comfortable wins against Byron Ugljanin and Nico McNamara respectively, 5/3 and 4/3.
Talismanic Moonsamy Nelson lost to Pitso Molefe 3/2, but struggled during the day with his back. Still though, there was no way he was going to quit.
Losing semi-finalists were Maidstone (Omar Singh, Alex Harker and Martin Harker) and Ethekweni (Jimmy Ngcobo, Muzi Dlamini and Mandla Khumalo)
Durban CC whitewashed Selborne Park, despite it being on their home track. Glen Passmore beat Gary Leader, Lance Whiteford saw off veteran Des Shepherd, and Laghlan Gourlay triumphed against the one-handed chipper Darren Aiken.
They had a much tougher game in the morning against clubmates Kurt Stander, Sean Cullen and Alan Chetty in the semi-finals.
The Super Seniors Interprovincial will be held at Pezula from December 4 to 8 this year.
The team is Richard Nel (captain – Maritzburg GC), Lynton Beckett (Royal Durban), Steve Cullen (Mount Edgecombe CC), Alan Eriksen (Selborne Park), Poenie Holm (Durban CC) and Max Magnussen (Bluff National). The manager is Brian Olsen.