Class act Konzani wins Indwe SA Senior Stroke Play

By Lali Stander

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CREDIT: Michael Sheehan

David Konzani claimed the Indwe Risk Services SA Senior Amateur Stroke Play Championship in swashbuckling style at Humewood Golf Club. Having gained a considerable advantage with earlier rounds of 67, 70 and 74, the 55-year-old Port Elizabeth golfer continued in the same vein in the final round to score a runaway 12-shot victory at his home course.

Showing no sign of nerves, Konzani overcame a stumble around the turn with a hat-trick of birdies down the straight to post a joint best-of-the-day one under 71.

His wire-to-wire victory at six-under-par 282 left him well clear of second-placed Brian Mamphies from Parow Golf Club, who closed with a 75, while William Skinner and 2014 champion Mellette Hendrikse from Gauteng North finished third on 295 with respective rounds of 72 and 71.

Konzani signalled his potential to win the flagship tournament this year by rising to the number two spot in the senior rankings with a victory, three runner-up and four top five finishes in eight starts.

Now, having conquered the country’s historic links course, the diminutive Konzani ended Hendrikse’s two year reign at the top.

“This is just incredible,” said the delighted champion. “This is the one I’ve been wanting to win since I joined the senior ranks and I was up there from start to finish. It was a really long week and the wind on the Tuesday of the tournament knocked the stuffing out of us, but I knuckled down, stuck to my game plan and pulled it through.”

Konzani began the final round with a seven-stroke lead and was still well clear of the chasing park through nine holes but, he said, he got too clever at the par-four 10th.

“There are two really tough holes – 10 and 13 – on this course,” he said.

“I always play for a bogey at 10, but I tried to force a putt that just wasn’t on into the hole and ended up three-putting for a double-bogey. The birdie at 11 took some of the sting away and after par at 13, I felt I had taken care of that double at 10.

“I two-putted for birdie at 15, played the 16th exactly as I planned and knocked in the four-footer for birdie and drained an eight-footer for birdie at 17. When we reached 18, my playing partners and the group walking with us were all shouting birdie, birdie.

“That hole killed me all week, but I tried to beat it. I was on the green for two, but missed the birdie putt. It felt great to make par, though, in front of all the people cheering me on.”

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CREDIT: Michael Sheehan

Konzani described the Indwe Risk Services SA Senior Amateur Stroke Play victory as the biggest achievement of career.

“I’ve always thought of this event as my Major and when I saw all the people around the green at 18, it really hit home how big this is,” he said.

“Helping Eastern Province to win promotion at the SA Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial (the week before the SA Senior event) was unbelievable, but this really is a cherry on top. I don’t think I will stop smiling for a long while.

“We owe a lot to Peter Olyott and Lynn van As from Indwe Risk Services for giving us seniors this fantastic ‘mulligan’. It took me a lot of years to get here and this is huge for me. I am thankful to Indwe for making this possible.”

Konzani’s second playing partner Kevin Curren, the former tennis champion, was disqualified after signing for an incorrect scorecard.

“I hope the youngsters take a lesson out of this, because it’s a great pity what happened to Kevin,” Konzani said.

“Kevin signed for a three instead of a four at 14 and it not only cost him a top five finish, but a lot more when you start looking at travel, accommodation, meals and whatever.

“Never forget this – your scorecard is the most important part of your round. Always take your time, check and double check your scores.”

FINAL SCORES

282 David Konzani 67 70 74 71
294 Brian Mampies 72 76 71 75
295 William Skinner 75 78 70 72; Mellette Hendrikse 72 82 70 71
296 Schalk Naude 73 79 71 73
297 Ramon Rahme 74 76 75 72
298 Ian Espitalier Noel MRI 75 76 74 73; Mzuyanda Zingela 73 77 73 75
299 Gavin van Aswegen 76 77 74 72
301 Bruno van Eck 77 76 73 75; Basil Naidoo 75 81 72 73
302 Jaco Visagie 78 75 74 75; Colin Mavuso 75 81 73 73; Jock Wellington 75 79 73 75; Wilhelm de Kock 73 81 75 73; Norman Phillips 71 79 80 72
303 Leonard Pienaar 80 80 75 68
305 Tim Hewan 73 77 74 81; Manie Daniels 71 82 79 73
307 Francois le Roux 79 78 72 78; Attie Burger 74 78 78 77; Anton Bezuidenhout 72 82 75 78
308 John Mitchell 79 76 80 73; Derek Reyneke 76 85 75 72; Alex Pillay 75 75 77 81; Alexander Anderson 74 83 72 79; A W Glover 70 79 81 78
309 Lawrence Franklin 75 78 75 81; Morgan Phillips 72 88 77 72; Gordon Wessels 71 84 72 82
310 Mark Hair 79 78 76 77; Ian Smith 77 81 76 76; Peter van Coller 77 77 79 77; Adrian Kriel 69 80 81 80
311 Malefetsane Joseph Lekhasi 77 83 72 79; Richard Bruyns 75 82 79 75; Rajen Sewgolum 74 81 80 76
312 Corrie Leonard 77 84 76 75; Henri Swanepoel 77 83 80 72; Alan Fraser 71 85 75 81
313 Japie Koopman 77 84 74 78
314 Eugene Louw 81 76 83 74; Hugo Calitz 77 80 80 77; Christie le Roux 75 84 76 79; Duncan Neill 75 78 77 84
315 Peter Waison 84 75 83 73; Johannes Fortuin 82 77 82 74; Ivan Kidson 80 81 78 76
316 Ivan Palframan 76 81 80 79
317 Neil Goosen 79 81 79 78; Ben Kleynhans 76 80 78 83
318 Stephen Rossiter 76 84 80 78
319 Declan O’Loughlin 80 80 82 77; Patrick Totyi 78 79 85 77; Denis Jones 76 82 82 79
320 Brian Dougherty 76 82 80 82
321 Hennie Heyns 81 79 79 82
322 Ernest Motase 79 82 81 80
323 David John Wakeford 76 83 82 82
324 Colin Weinstein 80 81 78 85; Herman Matthee 78 79 85 82; Andre Potgieter 77 82 85 80
326 William Prince 80 77 89 80
327 Guilliam van Wyk 83 78 81 85
DQ Kevin Curren 69 75 75 DQ

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