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2015-07-01 06:05
Match play champion Brent Barkhuizen (left) with Piet Nel.

Match play champion Brent Barkhuizen (left) with Piet Nel.

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ST Cathryn’s Match Play finals as well as the Farmers’ Agri-Care Monthly Mug were played over the weekend and seemed quite confusing at times, because in a match play game one can give the putt to his or her opponent to win or concede the hole, but in medal play scoring is done only when the ball is in the cup. If that scoring system is confusing add the stableford scoring to the game and then scoring really becomes interesting, but the members and visiting golfers came through it all unscathed.

The match-play players started at nine and Paul Els had a bye in the first round, as his opponent cancelled at the last minute. Neill Manser took Piet Nel four and three, Dieter Meyer took 19 holes to beat Liekie Steyn by one. Brent Barkhuizen beat Stix Manser three and two.

The afternoon rounds, the committee decided, were to be played on carts to speed up the semi-finals and some very interesting results were achieved. Dieter played Neill Manser in the one semi-final and Brent took on Paul Els.

When the golfers came in after dark, Paul had lost to Brent, two and one and Dieter was beaten by Neill. The spirit and quality of golf was excellent and the braai on Saturday night would determine Sunday’s results, as more golf and more golf, and more golf was discussed and played as stories were re-inacted round the braai fire with the aid of one or two brown beverages.

Now the official tee-off time for Sunday was earmarked for 8am and with match play if one is late for the official tee-off time you lose the match, but the two opponents in the finals, Brent and Neill, were both a few minutes late for the official tee-off time, but the rules referee on the day allowed the game to continue, on foot, a few minutes late and no carts to be used.

In a hard-fought match, at the turn the game was standing all square, but the Westbrook mayor, Brent took the game on the 16th hole to edge out a now very tired Neill Manser.

Brent showed that coastal golfers are adaptable to the inland dry, hard and cold golfing conditions and when trying on the “Nel” Blue jacket, a tailor could not be found to make the jacket fit. Well, the loser had to wear a kilt, as in the Scottish tradition - tigers don’t cry.

Results Farmers’ Agri-Care monthly mug:

1st Neill Manser Nett 68

2nd Oscar Ndawonde nett 69

3rd Deon Van Dyk nett 70

Nearest to pin 9/18th : Piet Nel

Captain’s Putter : Rene Risch

Best Stableford : Oscar Ndawonde 38 points

Sanlam Cansa challenge and Farmers’ Agri-Care monthly mug will be played on Saturday 25 July, and members are to please take note of the date change and we ask all members and friends to please come take part and support this worthy cause.

This Friday 3 July, Ernie and Ann will be cooking their famous lamb curry and rice. Bookings to be made by Thursday 12pm to Piet on 083 269 1661 or email

St Cathryn’s will have a winter special for the holidays, R125 for 18 holes – cart sharing included – by arrangement only. Please phone Piet to book.

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