SA 19-handicapper mixes it with McIlroy


Imagine being a 19-handicap and playing in the same fourball as birdie machine Rory McIlroy. Well, Neill Bam from Kempton Park did just this in Turkey. Bam was on top of the world after winning the Grand Final of the 2015 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, and then to make his trip to Turkey for the finals even sweeter he pegged it up alongside four-time Major champion McIlroy over 18 holes.

Now we’re not talking the $7-million Turkish Airlines Open, which involved some of the world’s top players, but rather the amateur event that takes place throughout the world every year, involving tournaments in 70 destinations and 47 different countries, with more than 4500 golfers participating.

Bam won the B Division of the Johannesburg leg at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington back in March, which meant he qualified for the Grand Final which involved 128 golfers in all and culminated in the Belek/Antalya region in Turkey, which is known as the country’s golf coast.

Bam then went on to win the Grand Final, which earned him a place in the Turkish Airlines Open Pro-Am on the fabulous Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club course alongside McIlroy in which their team came second on the day.