His­toric re­match af­ter 102 years

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Larry Bent­ley

MEM­BERS of the Royal Dur­ban Golf Club trav­elled to eShowe over the week­end to par­tic­i­pate in a tour­na­ment, which it is be­lieved was last played in 1916.

The his­tory be­hind the Green Bot­tle Tro­phy is sketchy, but it must have been held shortly af­ter the found­ing of the eShowe Golf Club in 1907.

The num­ber of tour­na­ments held be­tween the two clubs is also un­known.

The in­scrip­tion on the tro­phy reads, ‘The green bot­tle tro­phy to be com­peted for an­nu­ally at eShowe be­tween teams of the Royal Dur­ban Golf Club and the eShowe Golf Club’.

eShowe Golf Club emerged as win­ners at the week­end with a to­tal score of 592 points. Royal Dur­ban col­lected 478 points.

The over­all in­di­vid­ual win­ner was Marc Up­fold, fol­lowed by Brian Car­pen­ter and Dr Nish­lan Goven­der, all of the eShowe Golf Club.

It is hoped that the Green Bot­tle Tro­phy will now be com­peted for an­nu­ally.

Royal Dur­ban Club

The Royal Dur­ban Golf Club was es­tab­lished in 1892 as the Dur­ban Golf Club, af­ter a lo­cal bank man­ager, John Watt, ap­proached the city coun­cil.

He was granted per­mis­sion to lay out a links de­sign course on the grounds within the Greyville Race­course.

In 1932, the Dur­ban Golf Club was re­built and a brand new club­house was built, re­plac­ing the orig­i­nal wood and iron shanty and a new course lay­out was de­signed by Bob Grims­dell, who qual­i­fied as a course ar­chi­tect at Colt & Al­li­son of Lon­don, Paris and New York.

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