Cricketer swops her bat for a club

2008-04-14 00:00

The name Johmarie Logtenberg is familiar to local sports fans, but not really in her new field of endeavour — golf.

Logtenberg was regarded as one of the leading KwaZulu-Natal and South African women’s cricketers, with a record of impressive batting exploits over an extended period as a teenager.

Then suddenly last year she swapped her cricket bat and pads from the team sport for one concerning individual skill — women’s golf.

This week, beginning today, the Bronze Division kicks off proceedings and Logtenberg will be able to show off how easily she has made the transition from the swinging bat to the smooth rhythm of a nigh perfect golf swing — competing in the Pro Shop KZN Ladies Golf Union championships over the new Victoria Country Club layout.

In addition to the 49-strong Bronze Division championship field today, there will be a field of 99 starters for the Challenge Shield over 18 holes.

In the Bronze Division, the defending champion is Judy Adams of Mount Edgecombe, while Claudia Hinteregger and Carol Hubert are the only two from the 2007 Mt Edgecombe Country Club winning team who will be defending the Challenge Shield title. Their team of four will include Marilyn Venter and Sharon Catry.

After that there is a break of five days before the major Pro Shop KZN Ladies Amateur battles in which Tandi Cunningham from Gauteng is set to defend her 2007 crown.

This team event is wide open.

Home course advantage may help the likes of Mieke Walsh, Marion Todd, Jenny Hallowes and Maureen Bee in the Silver Division.

On Sunday, another field of 90-plus women golfers will be competing in the Gold, Silver and Junior Championships over 36 holes of strokeplay.

The top 16 from each of the divisions will advance to contest the matchplay stage on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Players wishing to enter the main championship draw must do so by Thursday.

Lara Weinstein (Glendower), Pam Hayward (Kloof), Madelaine Kleinhaus and many more will be adding a touch of class to a most impressive field.

Needless to say, however, that the lass likely to attract the most attention will be Logtenberg, after she proved herself by winning the Silver Division Sanlam SA Amateur Champs at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in her last outing

But the redesigned Victoria Country Club layout will be no pushover and the lush greens, though appearing to be most inviting, will require concentration of the highest order.

The new grass covering is still in the settling stage, according to tome reports, and as a result the green could be extremely sticky for those players caught unawares.

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