10th Anniversary of the David Suddard’s trophy
David Suddards as pictured in the South African Golf Hall of Fame
On the Sunday following the running of the Durban July namely the 4th of July 2015, many of the elite amateur golfers hopefully including a good representation of DCC’s best players, will play for the prestigious David Suddard’s Trophy at Durban country Club over a 36 hole medal-play.
Although this tournament is run under the auspices of the KZNGU it goes without saying that at DCC we are very proud of what our Member and past Captain David Suddards achieved as an amateur golfer and regard it as fitting that the KZN Golf Union saw it fit to recognize David’s achievements by adding this tournament to the KZNGU calendar.
On the eve of the tenth hosting of the tournament we at DCC are determined to make this event a tournament that not only properly marks David’s achievements but want the tournament to evolve into an event that the elite player not only looks forward to playing but will want to return to play.
To this end DCC in conjunction with David, the KZNGU are thrilled to announce that not only have we been able to substantially reduce the cost of entry by 25 percent but have also been able to increase the number of prizes and value adds for the competitors.
We were very pleased to advise the KZNGU that not only will competitors play for vital ranking points but their entry fee will also include the following:
- Prizes up to fifth place.
- Best AM and PM Prizes.
- Halfway refreshments are included in the entrance fee.
- Substantial quality snacks at prize-giving.
- Discounted draught beer at prize-giving
- A 10th Anniversary commemorative gift of a unique ball marker and pitch repair.
- Personalised lockers
- Presentation of signed commemorative flags
Why the fuss
I firmly believe that, as a Club, we do not do enough to record and honour the great golf achievers at our Club especially as no club in the country can lay claim to the heritage that ours has.
No club has hosted more significant professional tournaments than us. We have hosted SA Amateur tournaments and our Members and their achievements remain intertwined with South African Golf heritage yet we barely acknowledge them in our Club. It is disappointing that after acknowledging the great achievements of the late Mr Murray Grindrod that so many Members came up to me and informed me that they did not know that he was such a fine golfer.
It is disappointing but not surprising that to find any acknowledgment of his achievements within the Club is a task in itself. For that matter, so are any of our SA Amateur champions!!!
David Suddards was inducted into the South African Golf Hall of Fame in 2010. As far as I am aware he is the only Member of the Club ever to have been accorded this honour.
He is generally acknowledged as one of the top two amateurs golfers of all time and it is extremely unlikely that his record of being the most capped South African amateur golfer of all time will ever be eclipsed.
The following appears in the museum at the Waterfront in Cape Town:
Durban, South Africa
Most capped Springbok (18) 1975-84
Represented Natal 1973-86 (ex 1984 played S. Tvl), Captain 1979-83
Voted 2nd best S.A. Amateur golfer 20th Century
1981 State President’s Award outstanding achievement on golf
1998 Compleat Golfer Award contribution to golf
Winner of KZN Golf Order of Merit award ‘David Suddards Trophy’
- Rhodesian Amateur Championship 1976
- South African Strokeplay Champion 1978, 79
- South African Amateur Championship 1981
- Cape Province Championship 1979
- Leman International Amateur, Switzerland 1983
- Natal Amateur Championship 1978, 79, 80, 82
- Natal Stroke Play Championship 1975, 80, 83, 84
- KZN Champion of Champions 5 times
- Durban Country Club champion 8 times
- S.A. Open 2nd 1976
- S.A. Amateur 2nd 1980, 83
- Eisenhower Trophy Team Member 2nd 1980
- British Amateur 2nd 1980
The golf publication Compleat Golfer published:
“One of South Africa’s finest golfers never to have turned pro is David Suddards, whose glittering amateur career’s crowning achievement is the fact that he remains the most-capped Springbok golfer of all time, with 18 appearances for his country between 1975 and 1984. The Durbanite also competed in seven British Amateurs, reaching the final in 1980, and his extraordinary list of accomplishments saw him voted the second-best South African amateur of the 20th century.
David Suddards on the tee of the best third hole in the world.
Yet, despite a resumé that would make anyone gawk, Suddards revealed he never seriously considered making the switch to the paid ranks. “It just never grabbed me,” the 60-year-old reflected. “I was really enjoying playing for South Africa, and going overseas on tours – not that there were many tours in those days of isolation! But I decided I was going to set my sights on becoming the most-capped Springbok, and in 1984 I achieved that.”
He continued: “In 1978 I got married, in ’81 we had our first child, and I was quite enjoying that way of life. I’ve never been one that likes travelling a lot either, and living out of a suitcase. I realised from a young age that, as a pro, that would have to happen. Living away from home just didn’t appeal to me.”
Out of necessity this is an abridged list of some of David’s achievement in golf:
Suddards first played for the Natal Junior team at the age of 15 and went on to represent the province at this level between 1969 and 1972, gaining selection for the South African Junior team in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was chosen to represent Natal Robins, as the second string provincial team was known, while still a junior in 1971 and 1972, before moving up to the Natal side the following year. Here are just some of the highlights from David’s distinguished amateur career
- Most-capped Springbok amateur golfer, representing South Africa on 18 occasions between 1975 and 1984
- Voted the second best South African amateur golfer of the 20th century
- 1981 State President’s Award for outstanding achievement in golf
- 1998 Compleat Golfer Award for contribution to golf
- Member of the South African team which finished second to the United States in the 1980 Eisenhower Trophy at Pinehurst and 7th in the individual championship with 292 (79 – 72 – 71 – 70) behind the winner Hal Sutton of USA. In all, David represented his country in three Eisenhower Trophies (1976, 1980 and 1982).
- South African Amateur champion in 1981, defeating fellow Springbok David Frost 2/1 in the final at Welkom Golf Club, and twice a losing finalist in 1980 and 1983
- South African Amateur Strokeplay champion in 1978 and 1979
- Finalist in the 1980 British Amateur at Royal Porthcawl, losing 4/3 to Duncan Evans, and semi-finalist (losing to eventual winner Peter Mc Evoy) at Royal Troon in 1978. David played in seven British Amateur Championships between 1977 and 1983
- Joint runner-up with Bobby Verwey on 286 (73 – 71 – 68 – 74) behind winner Gary Player (280) in the 1976 SA Open Championship at Durban Country Club
- 1976 Rhodesian Amateur champion, defeating Nick Price in the final at Bulawayo Golf Club
- 1979 Cape Province Amateur champion
- 1983 Leman International Amateur champion in Switzerland
- Natal Amateur champion on four occasions (1978, 1979, 1980 and 1982)
- Natal Strokeplay champion four times (1975, 1980, 1983 and 1984)
- Represented Natal between 1973 and 1986, except for 1984 when he played for Southern Transvaal. David captained Natal from 1979 to 1983
- Five time winner of the KZN Champion of Champions trophy at Kloof Country Club
- Durban Country Club champion 8 times between 1975 and 1990 and Scratch Medalist on 15 occasions between 1975 and 1995, including 9 consecutive years from 1979 until 1987
- Captain of the Natal team that won the 1980 Interprovincial at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town – the only team from KZN ever to win the Interprovincial away from home
- Undefeated in singles in all home encounters between Natal and the combined Transvaal team
He also had the honour of playing in the Eisenhower cup with his brother Kevin who was a beaten finalist in the SA Amateur at Durban Country Club losing to Coen Dreyer.
Let’s use our co-hosting of the tenth anniversary of the David Suddards Trophy to galvanise Members to support our players and to begin an initiative that will allow us to properly record our golf heritage