A once-in-a-lifetime front nine of 29 for local golfer in betterball competition

2013-08-23 00:00

TWO weeks ago, a local golfer had a once-in-a-lifetime round of golf at Maritzburg Golf Club.

It happened on a Saturday afternoon in a betterball Stableford competition. Russell Cumming playing off a seven handicap, started his round with eagle, birdie, par, eagle. That’s minus five in four holes. He went on to make two more birdies that nine, one at the long par-four seventh and the par-four ninth. The nine-hole total was a remarkable -7; 29 strokes with seven threes marked on the card. Of course, a round of golf is played over 18 holes and weekend golfers will tell you that quite often, after a good first nine, the second nine tends to be worse.

Well, Cumming continued to play well on the second nine, with two pars and a birdie at the par-five twelfth. He was now minus eight at that point. Another par came at the 13th hole.

He then made a bogey at the short 14th and another one at the par-three 17th to card a second nine of 37. His gross total of 66 gave him a net 59. Being a betterball competition, Cumming’s partner Lance Deysel was a virtual spectator. Naturally he found it difficult to improve on Cumming’s haul of 49 individual points. He did, however, manage to contribute one point to the team score of 50 points, which won the competition. Usually low rounds such as this one will include a chip-in, but Cumming’s round didn’t, he had only 12 putts on the first nine, totalling 27 in all.

No one at the Maritzburg club can ever remember a 29 gross being scored in the past, so the members will frame the card for display in the club house.

If you search through the available records for low golf scores by amateur golfers, you will find some feats that are barely credible, especially those that are registered in the first half of the past century.

These days, record scores, in order to be recognised, need to have been played on a course that is not less than 65 00 yards (5 944 metres), a medal round and playing the ball as it lies. The record low score for professionals is 58, by two Japanese golfers, Ryo Ishikawa and Shigeki Maruyama, on the Japan tour. There are five official instances of a 59 on the U.S. PGA tour; the first time was in 1977 and twice in 2010.

By the way, Cumming’s handicap was immediately cut by two strokes after his unforgettable round.


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