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Tomorrow at DCC we commemorate and record the contribution made by one of our four long-serving professionals in our history, Hugh Inggs when DCC hosts the first day of the Hugh Inggs Betterball tournament.

At golf we regard this as in important day as we try to acknowledge valuable contributions made by both our Members and professionals who have contributed to the legacy that is the Durban Country Club.

To this end I am very grateful that Members Lance Whiteford and James Shaw of POSTNET-UMHLANGA and MAXPROP UMHLANGA respectively have generously sponsored the opening day of the tournament in which the full all-day field will play for great prizes. Thanks also to Dave Phillips of CALLAWAY GOLF for the sponsorship and cooperation afforded to golf operations in connection with this day.

As this is an all-day competition we will play off a tournament tee, [white] and a forward tee. Those Members who play off the forward tee, subject to the usual SAGA and Club protocols will have to surrender two shots off their handicap. For more information, kindly read the article written about Hugh in Blast 6 that was published in April in the News Now.

As I wrote, “It is truly an outstanding almost incomprehensible achievement that in the first 80 years of this Club’s history three people, Sid Brews, Jimmy Ockenden and Hugh have 77 years service between them as the resident golf professional at DCC.

Ockenden was replaced by Hugh Inggs in May of 1977. Hugh thereafter served the Club with distinction until April 2003 and remains a polite, knowledgable, accomplished and regular golfer at the Club.

Before becoming the Head professional at DCC he was an accomplished professional with many stand-out performances including a third place in the South African Open in 1965, a second place in the above reported Minnesota Classic in 1969 finishing in front of the respected Dave Stockton and runner up to USA Ryder Cup player Frank Beard who later that year topped the USA Money list for 1969.

Numerous high finishes and back to back wins at the Rhodesian Dunlop Masters in 1969 and 1970 confirm what a fine golfer Hugh was.’


Centenary Bowl Ours for the Moment


Most of the content of this article appeared on the 13th of June last year but remains relevant in light of next week’s fixture against the Greyville lads.

We play our near neighbours, friends and rivals Royal Durban Golf Club for bragging rights in the “Ours for the Moment” trophy and the “Royal Centenary Challenge”

Our history and heritage is intertwined with that of our near neighbours and since the very beginning there has been a healthy rivalry, respect and considerable banter between ourselves and “GREYVILLE GOLF CLUB”

It is a matter of common knowledge that the Country Club was built as a result of the drainage issues that almost caused the cancellation of the 1918 South African Open at Royal Durban.

“Low-lying and flat, its course flooded during the heavy rains and the event became a slop fest. The city of Durban was Africa’s second biggest at the time and the thought of never hosting the continents most prestigious event prompted several local businessmen to start Durban Country Club.” From the earliest times there was a healthy rivalry between the clubs, in the late 1920’s G.R. Whyte challenged J.T. Hemphill, A.S.P Johnson and S.F. Simms to a match that started on the first tee of Royal and finished on the 18th hole of the Durban Country Club. [Imagine that today]

Country Club Member, Hemphill duly won with an impressive score of 55 but that was insignificant compared to the tales of altercations with ladies in curlers, members of the Railway police and a milkman. Apparently Hemphill’s success was based on his uncanny ability to hit the ball long distances down the tramlines. Resourceful bunch us DCC Members1.

1 The Durban Country Club 1918-1965, Book commissioned by the Committee for which member W. Gibb is credited with much of the writing.

Quite naturally history reveals that one of the few official inter-club matches played at this time was between us and our Greyville rivals, initially as a home and away fixtures but with no trophy.

By 1932 when DCC hosted the challenge Hemphill, after leading the victorious DCC team, bemoaned the lack of a trophy, apparently some Member ran into the Club, grabbed a brass bowl full of flowers, threw the flowers into the bin and walked into the bar holding the Trophy” aloft saying “this old thing will do’.

Hemphill then apparently took the trophy and said “it’s ours for the moment” and a great tradition instantly became entrenched in both club’s rich history. By 1982 each team consisted of 12 players, of whom at least four were club office bearers such as the Chairman, the Captain and Heads of Committees. Although this has evolved over the years the format remains largely the same with a team made up of the champions, captains and Board Members.

At the same time the Royal Centenary better Stableford challenge is played, pitting the two great rivals against each other with every score counting towards the outcome. Last year both trophies returned to DCC after a comprehensive victory .

Next weekend presents an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and is an opportunity for some friendly competition against our old rivals from Greyville. I urge you to contact golf operations and help to ensure that the trophies remain at DCC.

Yours in golf.
Garth Davis – Golf Captain DCC

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