Party of doctors robbed on golf course’s unlucky 13th green

2013-08-07 00:00

AN afternoon out on the golf course turned into a nightmare for three local doctors who were robbed while preparing to putt on the 13th hole.

Wentzel Dowling and his two colleagues, Vince Oppong and Mikhail Botha, were on the green at Windsor Park Golf Course when they were confronted by two men armed with a gun and knife.

Dowling said it was about 4.30 pm when they noticed the men on the opposite side of where they were playing, but made nothing of it as there were always people working on the course. He said as they were preparing to putt, the men suddenly headed towards them and one of them pointed a gun at his face while the second man charged at them brandishing a knife.

“This is not something you would think you would experience on the golf course. The man with the gun became a bit agitated and demanded valuables.

“They took my cellphone and my watch, which was my wedding present. They also took two cellphones and two watches from my colleagues.”

Dowling added that the thugs then ran towards the perimeter fence, which borders the railway line.

Dowling said he would have expected better security in place on the course.

“We were lucky that we were not hurt by these men,” he said.

He told The Witness that they had started going to the course three months ago, and had since been playing at least twice a week.

Oppong and Botha could not be contacted as they were both on call late yesterday.

The course manager Rajen Sewgolum meanwhile invited the doctors to speak to him and discuss what had happened.

Sewgolum said he had heard about the incident, but had no details.

“This is an isolated incident. I understand that the players were near the railway line boarding the perimeter of the golf course when they were robbed.

“As far as I know, the matter was reported to the police. The course is about six to 7 000 square metres and stretches towards Umgeni Road, so we need to look at the spot where the incident happened and see what we can do in terms of security.

“I would also like to invite the victims to come talk to me as I was not given a full report on the matter,” said Sewgolum.

An employee at the establishment said players had always been advised not to play in the vicinity of the 13th hole in the late afternoon.

Provincial police spokespersonCaptain Thulani Zwane said a case of robbery was opened at the Durban Central police station.

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