Smuts bags the big one

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THE annual Rotary Club of Queenstown charity golf day generously sponsored by Twizza took place in fabulous weather conditions and a field of 88 golfers was treated to a well-organised sporting spectacle.

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The course was in fine shape and with sponsors’ flags all over, it was a colourful affair.

The golfer bringing his main game on Saturday was Tiaan Smuts who bombed away at the pins to score 41 points and narrowly pip a fast-finishing Asanda Qoba on 40 points, with Bryan “Biggest Grin” Kretschmer (39) making a long overdue appearance, solidly in third spot. Elijah Dayi (38) and Rassie van der Berg (38) were just out of the medals with Derek “Seagull” Helm the best of the 37 pointers in sixth place. The remainder of the impressive prize list was filled by Justin Wood (37), Danie Nel (37), AJ Smith (36) and Jared Scharneck (36).

The non-golfers’ section was won by Alan Buchanan ahead of Colin Pote and Adi Peltenburg. The short holes were all up for grabs as closest to the pin glory was offered and Heinrich “Knock it Stiff “ de Kock 5th, Tiaan “Kuif” Smuts 8th, Sanet “Good Bounce” Pieterse 11th and Tony “ Boxed the Putt” McDougall 16th all made their tee shots count. The closest for two on the 18th was taken by Sean Heidemann.

Thanks to the Rotarians for superb on-course beverages, half-way snacks, supper and a well-convened day that ran without a hitch.

From the prize list it is quite apparent that the Madalas are showing some early Ryder Cup form, while the Kweds are still fumbling around trying to find some form players.

With just more than two months to go, the respective team captains are likely to announce their teams soon and the annual rivalry will begin in earnest. The Kweds are really on the back foot with only their mouths doing the talking while the hardy veterans are letting “Johnny and the Clubs” do the walking.

This weekend there will be a betterball Stableford competition so get those clubs back in action and enjoy some fresh air.

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