FOR A man who on average only plays one round a week, East London GC’s Johan du Plessis manages to still produce some pretty special golf. In June the 38-year-old won the Border Stroke Play at his home club with rounds of 74, 69 and 70 on the superb par-73 coastal course for an impressive six-under-par 213 total, two better than Sean Bradley of Royal Cape who was the runner-up on 215, with Dainfern’s David Meyers third on 219.
Du Plessis has played for Border over the years but in between work and family commitments golf is far from a full-time commitment. But he’s deadly accurate off the tee and, growing up in the wind in East London, he’s learnt to work the ball both ways through the air.
“And I’m not bad on the greens,” he admits. “Although I’m not able to play a lot these days because my focus is family and work, most of my golf is tournament golf and I try and make the most of my limited opportunities, and now that I’m over 35 that includes mid-amateur golf as well.”
After winning the Border Stroke Play, Du Plessis returned to East London GC the following week to complete the double by winning the Match Play as well.
“I’ve had a good run in golf in the last year or two,” says the man who after a few exceptional rounds recently has brought his handicap down to a plus-1.
Luke Trocudo from Atlantic Beach and SA’s No 1 mid-amateur Gerlou Roux from Bellville tied for fourth in the Border Stroke Play with Darin de Smidt (Krugersdorp), Andre Nel (Kingswood)and Siegmund Human, a junior from Uitenhage, next best on 221.