The drama of the U.S. Masters is upon us again

2008-04-09 00:00

THERE is always an element of excitement for those of us who follow golf and in particular for those who play the game and take it fairly seriously. We never tire of talking about it and this includes our own game of golf and the professionals playing internationally.

The first round of the Masters begins tomorrow. It’s the first of the four annual golf Majors and golfers and sports fans worldwide will be glued to their television sets. The real drama traditionally tends to unfold on the second nine of day four and for us in this part of the world, it will be quite late on Sunday night.

Now the burning question is: Can Tiger win yet another Major this week? Jack Nicklaus won 18 Major tournaments in his career with six Masters titles. Tiger has won 13 so far with four Masters wins. To give you some idea on how the bookies rate his chances, the betting according to the official Masters website is even money on Tiger.

The participants are the best professional golfers on this planet. A few amateurs will also be in the field, but they have little or no chance of featuring. Happy viewing and, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep in front of the TV, you could miss something dramatic.

Jimmy Demaret, the winner of three Masters titles, is also famous for his daring quip (in those days) that “sex and golf are just about the only activities that you can enjoy without being good at”.

It was a busy couple of days on the local scene last weekend. Both city clubs combined their April Monthly Mugs and Club Championships.

At Victoria Country Club on Saturday, the Bill Roberts Monthly Mug A division was won by Dave Sutton with 69 net. In second position was Don Nicholson with 70 net. Best gross was Chris Van der Merwe with a 72. The B division was won by Brandon Leer with 68 net and second was Peter Todd with 71. Don Airton and Terrence Rocky tied the C division, scoring 72 net. They will play off next month.

The 36-hole Stroke Play Championship event was played over Saturday and Sunday. Club Champion and winner of the A division was Chris Van der Merwe with 148 gross. In second spot was Leon Van Schalkwyk with 158 gross. The B division went to Brandon Leer on 162 and second was Peter Todd on 168. The C division was won by Boyd Michau with 181.

At Maritzburg Golf Club on Saturday, the Bed Store April Monthly Mug A division was won by Alastair Mackenzie with a net 66, his first Monthly Mug win in PMB — and he has been trying since 1986. In second spot was David Wooldridge with 67 net. Best gross was Alastair Mackenzie with 70.

The B division was won by Deon De Roubaix with 65 net and Craig Buxton-Foreman came second with 66 net. A score of 66 net by Cyril Shabalala won the C division and taking second place was Douglas Devon with 68.

In the 36-hole Strokeplay Championship event, also played over Saturday and Sunday, the club champion and A division winner was Elton James with a well-played 139 gross (five under par) and runner-up was Morgan Phillips on 141. The B division was won by Neil Parsonage with 154 gross, Deon De Roubaix came second on 155. Denis Milford took the C division title with 170 gross after winning a play-off with Alan Grant.

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