Twenty-two teams (88 players) teed up in the GBADS Golf Day on Thursday, the format American Scramble
THE EAGERLY awaited outstanding semi-final between PJ Gerber and Peter Jansen against Adrian McLaren and Alan Doherty for the Blacklaw’s Trophy, the 2018 Betterball Matchplay Championships took place on Saturday.
Gerber and Jansen set a sizzling pace but McLaren and Doherty with three birdies in as many holes were three up after four. A three-hole swing, six through to eight, saw them back to level at the turn, Jansen on level par.
Little separated them through the back nine finally, however, it was an eight-footer at the 18th from Gerber that ensured a result. The finals will see Gerber and Jansen take on Venetia Salo and Gail Aysen the first complete women’s betterball entry into this age-old tournament.
Cedric van der Ross, Yusuf Kana, Frikkie Norman and Dawood Jardine posted 91 points to take the morning field in the Saturday fourball alliance, two scores to count.
Willie Nieuwenhuizen, Johan Oosthuizen, Susan Ferreira and Pat Ansley were the runners up on 87 points.
In the afternoon it was Adrian McLaren, Alan Doherty, PJ Gerber and Peter Jansen who returned the top score, 93 points. The runners-up on 89 points were Nigel Page, Steven Turner, Christo Botma and Susan Ferreira.
Wade King returned 19 points and the better count-out to win the Friday Sun Flamingo Niner. Losing that count-out was the runner-up OJ Maimane. Three players followed on 18 points – Gavin Williams, Bernie Turton and LJ Thomane.
Twenty-two teams (88 players) teed up in the GBADS Golf Day on Thursday, the format American Scramble.
The ever-competitive team Rheinmettal led by Colonel James Keating, also featuring Nigel Page and Neil Steyn, were the ultimate winners in a tournament where all 88 players receive a token in recognition of their entry.
Keith Brown carded a gross 73 to post +5 for a comfortable win in the Wednesday afternoon competition. Ian Kidson was the runner up on +2 in a count-out.
The Coming Week
It is the Darsha Insurance Brokers IPS tomorrow.
The KWV Niner will follow on Thursday.
On Friday there will be a Sun Flamingo Niner and draw as well as the first informal practice rounds for the early Mid-Amateur IPT arrivals.
On Saturday it is the St Andrews Presbyterian Church annual fund-raiser. Members are advised to book early as the field will also have Mid-Amateur IPT early arrivals entered.
From Sunday through to Friday the course and the practice facility will be closed for the 2018 SA Mid-Amateur IPT.