When Houghton’s Ian Smith turned 50 he joined the paid ranks, after which he enjoyed a brief campaign on the European Senior Tour and played whatever he could back home.
“But in the last few years there’s really been no activity here in SA, which is why I decided to go back to being an amateur and was re-instated early this year,” said Smith, now 67.
He committed to playing the senior amateur circuit this year and after a third place at White River and a top 10 at State Mines, he broke through with a maiden victory in the Lowveld Senior Open at Koro Creek.
“I keep fit, still hit the ball pretty well and I’m a competitive kind of guy,”
says Smith who shot 71-76 in the Limpopo event to win by one from Middelburg CC’s Steve Smit (71-77) with Kobus van den Berg slotting into third place on 149 after a 75 and a 74.
Ramon Rahme (Glendower) was fourth on 150, with Kyalami’s Jock Wellington, Lichtenburg’s Christo Reyneke, Ebotse’s Kevin Monk and Johan Coetzer (Rustenburg GC) sharing fifth place on 151.