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Blast from the Captain’s Bunker 7 of 2015

2015 Club Champion Golfer of the year 17 year old Jason Broomhead

Jason Broomhead and the magnanimous runner-up Sean [Sore] Fenger

Exactly a month ago the 2015 Scratch medal qualifying rounds for the A and B Divisions commenced at the Country Club Course with the finals being played on Sunday the 26th at the Beachwood Course. We were fortunate to host the biggest Club Championship in KZN with more than 200 competitors entering the competition.

Golf Operations understand that the bar is set very high at this tournament and competitors experience “the full tournament, golf experience” throughout the event. With extensive sponsorship we were able to offer great prizes and “added value” to all competitors while at the same time being in a position to greatly discount green fees for the two days by nearly 20% on 2014 prices.

We are grateful to the sponsors for their support. Without them, the scale of what we managed to offer at this tournament would have been greatly diminished. A huge thank you to the following: –

  1. Dave Phillips of Callaway/Odyssey
  2. Glen Nugent of Glen Nugent Optometrists
  3. Castle Lite
  4. Wildekrans Wines
  5. Richard Michael of Cobra Puma

A DIVISION

As usual the A Division was littered with the top golfers, not only from our league teams but also from Members who ply their trade within other club’s league structures. The carrot at the end of the tournament is the invitation to participate in the World Club Championships Top 100 Tournament at the “Nine Bridges’ course in Korea which remains a significant attraction to the better golfers.

SHOW-DOWN AT HIGH NOON AT THE BEACHWOOD CORRAL

SHERRIF SORE SUNK!!!

[The alternative ending to the Sheriff Pat Garrett and the outlaw William Bonney-Billy the Kid Story]

By 11:30 on Sunday there were only two protagonists left standing – Sore Fenger who had prevailed in a tough draw, accounting for past champion Ashwin Krishen, former Premier league Captain and KZN Mid Amateur stalwart Keith Forde and former Beachwood champion and captain of our Premier 2 league team Clive Lazarus.

The other gunslinger was a cherubic William Bonny look alike, 17 year old, Westville Boys High School student, Jason Broomhead who had accounted for KZN Senior number one player Philip Grant, Premier league regular Jonathan Ellis and former champion Graeme Inggs en route to the final.

A quality match ensued with Sore clawing back an early deficit of 2 down to level matters at the fourteenth. It was game on with 5 to play and the betting man’s money was surely on the grizzled veteran whose prowess at Beachwood justifies the description – the Sherriff of Beachwood, rather than the kid who was playing in unchartered territory in front of the Sherriff’s loyal compadres.

Nerves and experience favoured the steady and unflappable Fenger, pars on 15 and 16 meant that the match was all square going down 17.

Even against a 2 club wind the 17th remained reachable for both players who are fairly long off the tee, both were greenside in two but both were left with difficult chips.

Sore hit a good chip over a bunker to about ten foot to raise the stakes even more. Showing composure beyond his years, the young gun, like a seasoned poker player did not blink. With the touch of a pick-pocket the kid hit a delightful chip off a tight lie over the right bunker to 4 inches and a concession.

This left a ten-foot left to right breaker for a half for the grizzled veteran of many Match-Play scraps.

Not cowed, the resolute sheriff of Beachwood caressed a putt that looked good for a long time before rolling over the right lip of the hole — the margins of this great game of ours.

One final opportunity for redemption on 18 came to nought when Sore’s birdie attempt narrowly missed leaving a junior as Club Champion for possibly the first time ever in DCC’S history.

Although Warren Schutte won as a Junior at Beachwood, we are unable to find any other instances of a Junior winning at DCC, especially as I suspect in the early days Juniors may not have been eligible to play. We will be following up on this.

Congratulations to Jason Broomhead on this fabulous achievement and kudos to past Captains Laghlan Gourley, Glen Passmore and Murray Leydon who through their involvement in the League structures at the Club continually promoted the playing and development of Juniors – this win is a vindication of their progressive vision.

It is some achievement on the part of young Jason when you consider that in June 2011 he still did not have a handicap. 4 Short years later he is our Club Champion. Plaudits not only to Jason, but to his parents and their efforts. Congratulations to the Westville Boys High School Golf Programme who “discovered” him in 2011. We are fortunate to have such a close association with a school that values golf as a sport and currently has in excess of 60 golfers in their various golf programmes, many of whom play at DCC as juniors.

We are fortunate that our last South African women’s golf representative and former Jackie Mercer trophy winner, Ms Pam Hayward discovered him and played a great role in ensuring he ended up with us and not at the club up the hill.

Similarly, a big thank you to Kurt Stander who runs the “Better Players Golf School” for assimilating him into his group, as the top quality competition has clearly assisted his progress.

Another piece of good news is that Jason’s younger brother, Jonathan who is in Grade 9 [Std 7] at aged 14 at a KZN School’s tournament held at Kloof in the first term shot a 67. A sure indicator that good things lie ahead.

Talented juniors like Samuel Mckenzie, Liam King and Lasanthan Moodley, Callam Yeats, Liam Stuart indicate that the conveyor belt of precocious, young talent will continue.

Not forgetting of course, Matt Saulez, a matric Learner at Michaelhouse who is already a full provincial player and possibly the stand-out talent amongst our young players who along with 20 year old Clayton Mansfield surely have the talent to one day be professionals.

B Division

The B Division trophy, competed for by those Members with handicaps between 9-15, was won by the current holder of the Jimmy Ockenden Trophy and loyal Member, Paddy Goss.

After comfortably qualifying in the top 16 in the qualifying rounds, Paddy played very steady golf throughout the weekend winning both matches on Sunday 1 up on 18. He beat Steven Mylrea in the semi-final and the loser is a younger golfer with some talent who surely belongs in an Allerton League team. In the final, as stalwart league supporter Lee Madsen would write, Paddy “beat the scribe 1-up”.

Paddy has been a Member of DCC for a long time and is currently the Chairman of the Mount Edgecombe Country Club. In my capacity as Captain I have had some dealings with him pertaining to matters of common interest to our clubs and cannot imagine a more loyal supporter of club golf and DCC in particular.

He is without doubt a very popular and worthy winner.

C Division

Dr Selvin Pather won the C Division wire to wire in the true sense of the phrase, a phenomenal achievement.

He won the scratch medal- qualifying round for the C Division with an excellent score of 81 that translates to a net 64 and followed that up with four solid matches in the Match-play.

On the Saturday he beat Messrs.’ Hodges and Karstadt by identical scores of 2 up on 18. Easier wins followed on the Sunday when Dr Pather beat Graham Smith in the semi-final and then Mike Hodges in the final by identical scores four and three.

To win the scratch medal qualifying tournament and then the Match-Play is a rarity so well done to the good doctor.

A vote of thanks to Golf Operations who put on an excellent show and well done to the winners and to everyone who competed. Such support almost guarantees success. A big thank you to all those who came out to support on Sunday afternoon and stayed for the somewhat delayed prize-giving. Your patience and support is greatly appreciated.

Yours in golf

Garth Davis
Golf Captain DCC

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