My favourite Hobby Horse – handicapping – drew a total of 11 replies from golfers around the country and it would certainly seem that Seniors do prefer the forward tees as it gives them a better opportunity to reach greens in regulation. Also short holes with a carry of plus or minus 180 metres are not reachable for these players.  I do believe that with forward tee handicapped players having to cut their handicaps by the difference in the course rating between the club tees and forward tees, their handicaps will go out accordingly.

The Sanlam Cancer Challenge Finals held annually at Sun City is always a highlight for amateur golfers around South Africa and this year’s edition last month was no exception.
Well organised both on and off the course, the event is not only an unforgettable experience for the participants but also an excellent vehicle to raise funds for the continued fight against cancer. WELL DONE SANLAM! and congratulations to the organiser Gary van Loggerenberg on his hole in one at De Zalze.

October also saw the playing of the annual Khan/Winter Trophy where the golf media challenge the Sunshine Tour pros in a Match Play competition. This event was played at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s East Course. Unfortunately for the media, even though they were given four extra shots on top of their handicaps, the tour players won again.  With my opponent almost driving the green at the 10th I was delighted when the weather siren went off and I was credited with an all square result.

Turkey certainly seems to have become a must visit destination and the Turkish Airlines Open event with prize money of $7-million attracted a world class field at a world class venue. Bad luck to Jaco van Zyl but I am sure his second place,  nearly 700 000 euros which equates to over R10 million, helped to soothe his pain.

The Nedbank Golf Challenge is around the corner and it looks like they will have a great field this year.

Our mixed event at Euphoria from December 11 – 13 is filling up fast so don’t forget to enter.

See you on the Tee
Allan Jones

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