GOLF: Activity restricted to festival as 2007 ends

2007-12-18 00:00

GOLFING activities over the next couple of weeks in the KwaZulu-Natal area will be restricted to “festival” competitions in the main as 2007 draws to its end. But in turn it heralds the start of a bright new season of intense competition over the next 12 months.

Top priority in men’s golf is to regain its A-division status in the SA interprovincial tournament towards the end of the year because the event will be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union in 2009 and the KZN team will hardly want to be playing B-division golf at that competition.

So the search is on for a team of talented and competitive players to achieve this objective.

The first tentative shots in this direction will be fired in January with three tournaments scheduled.

First up is the Northern Natal Open at Newcastle on January 13. Then there is the Prince’s Grant Invitation event followed by the most important of all the KZN Open strokeplay at Selborne over the weekend of January 26 and 27. Entry forms are readily available.

The KZN Golf Union will be closed until the second of January so golfers aiming for the heights this season have time to consider their options.

Of great importance early in February is the SA Amateur championship qualifying tournament at Mount Edgecombe and the KZN U23 tournament at Victoria Country Club in Pietermaritzburg.

The big fish of the year, however, is the return of the Sanlam SA Amateur championship to Royal Durban over the week of February 2 to February 7.

The KZN Golf Union are anxious for a top-class field and have already sent out entry forms.

The championship runs under the auspices of the South African Golf Association and entries should be directed to the executive director at P. O. Box 85303, Benmore, 2010 or to the secretary of the KZN Golf Union before noon on the closing date of January 21.

It is several years since this tournament was last hosted in KZN and every effort is being made to ensure that it will amount to a rousing success story at its conclusion.

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