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2019-06-05 06:01
St Cathryn’s Midlands Spraychem Matchplay Championships victor Captain Fanie van Wyk (left) shakes hands with his opponent, Merwin Rabe, on the 17th hole.photo: SUPPLIED

St Cathryn’s Midlands Spraychem Matchplay Championships victor Captain Fanie van Wyk (left) shakes hands with his opponent, Merwin Rabe, on the 17th hole.photo: SUPPLIED

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THE St Cathryn’s Golf Club is proud to announce and thank our new sponsors of our Matchplay Championships — Midlands Spraychem — for their very generous sponsorship of the championships for the next three years.

The Midlands Spraychem Matchplay finals were played over the weekend, on June 1 and June 2. The weather was perfect on both days but frost hampered the mowing on day one, so golfers putted on the frosted greens until the weather warmed up.

The eight players, who qualified at the Tuta Carriers Club Champs played a few weeks ago, were matched as follows: Merwin Rabe beat Kevin Williams four and two. Father and son Tienie and Marius Muller took their game to six and four, with Marius the winner in that round. Dieter Meyer beat Piet Coetzee three and two to qualify for the next round and NTE work colleagues Fanie van Wyk and Lawrence Savage played to the fourteenth hole, where Lawrence put two balls out of bounds to lose that game.

The afternoon round started with Meyer playing van Wyk in a game that went to the twentieth hole before van Wyk won. Rabe played Marius only to beat him four and two.

On Sunday morning, Coetzee took on Muller, with both of these players having years of experience, much more so than the Proteas who lost their opening game in England against England. Coetzee walked off the winner of the game on the last hole. Muller was, at one stage, two holes up but Coetzee hung on to, in the end, be victorious.

The final of the matchplay had drawn a small crowd from the 14th hole onwards, and at that stage van Wyk was three up against Rabe. On that hole, van Wyk sunk a three-foot putt to halve the hole. On the 16th, van Wyk had to declare his second shot unplayable, drop the ball for a penalty on the red tee box 16th. He was now playing his third, whilst Merwin was well-placed on the opposite fairway. The sixteenth hole was halved when disaster struck for Rabe on the 17th short par four when his second shot deflected off a pine tree and he lost his ball. Van Wyk got his nerves settled to putt a well-placed second shot to win the hole and seal his victory three and one.

This coming Saturday, June 8, we will be playing the Sanlam Cancer Challenge and all golfers are welcome to play, where winners of each division qualify to play the regional round at the Victoria Country Club in Pieter­maritzburg. Please support this fund­raiser by Sanlam where the funds raised go towards cancer research.

To book for golf, please contact Piet at 083 269 1661. — Supplied.

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