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Cold front drops scores at KGC

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As predicted by GolfRSA, in most cases the individual course handicap has been reduced by one as compared to the past system

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A cold front that included a mid-afternoon spattering of sleet greeted the Saturday players at the Kimberley Golf Club. The average Saturday betterball score matched the temperature – somewhat low. Donald Whitebooi and Bernie Turton returned the best betterball stableford points in the Club competition, 45. The runners-up on 42 points were Ronnie Engelbrecht and Kariem Anderson.

Herbie Woodbridge posted 21 points to take the Friday Sun Flamingo Niner. Luchmen Poonawassy was the runner-up in a count-out from Donald Whitebooi, both players on 20 points. The final prizes went to Ronnie Engelbrecht and Peter Salo, each on 19 points.

A generous array of prizes was presented for the annual Kimberley Boys’ High School golf fund-raiser on Friday afternoon, the format a betterball stableford. Francois Schwartz and Allan Meyer (45 points), Adrian McLaren and Cedric van der Ross (44 points), Bennie van Rensburg and Evan Painting (43 points) and Gavin Oliver and Jewis September (42 points) were the top contenders. In all the prizes paid down to eighth position.

Making the most of the new reduced stroke ratings on the par fives, in Thursday’s KWV Powerplay Niner, Peter Jansen birdied the 3rd and the 7th to record two eight pointers on his way to a winning 29 points. Tenderson Manyetsa, a six pointer at the 13th, was the runner-up on 23 points, Dave Benade with two six pointers on the short par threes was third on 21 points.

Outside of the prizewinners Wedge Crozier led the charge for tickets in the draw with an eight pointer at the new stroke one 8th. Luchmen Poonawassy, Jock Robey, Keith Brown, Machiel Cronjé, Willie Uys, Kevin Wakeford and Dave Wilson also each recorded a powerplay.

Meanwhile, 39 individual stableford points was the top score in the Wednesday Darsha Insurance Brokers IPS. A count-out placed Bennie Claasen first and Cedric van der Ross second. Five players returned 37 points, a count-out followed by a draw placed Joanie Herselman third.

By now it seems like the first week on the new USGA course rating ran reasonably smoothly through the Golf Shop registration point. The printed Club Master report slip not only reflected the Handicap Index but also the converted course handicap for the White, Blue and Red KGC courses, the available conversion table was not actually required. As predicted by GolfRSA, in most cases the individual course handicap has been reduced by one as compared to the past system.

Coming Week

Starting tomorrow warm golfing weather is finally forecast. The Konica Minolta Business League is set for Wednesday followed by the Thursday KWV Powerplay Niner. On Friday GWK hold their closed Corporate Golf Day. A full field with 96 players entered, there will be no Friday Niner nor snowball draw.

On Saturday the KGC will hold an individual bonus bogey competition.

Dave Wilson