William Skinner’s 2015 season in SA senior amateur golf got even better in November when he won the Ekurhuleni Open at State Mines. And he did it in style with a superb six-under-par 66 in the first round.
“I was disappointed to drop a shot on a par-5 early on which was a bit of a waste but then I had four straight birdies to turn in 33,” explained the Zwartkop CC golfer.
He then made 33 on the back nine too, before playing the opening loop the next morning in five-over-par. At that stage he looked as though he had lost momentum but he came home in two under for a 75 and a 141 total, good enough for a one-shot win over Randpark’s Schalk Naude (69-73).
This was Skinner’s second victory this year after his success in the Lowveld Senior Open at White River, and he moved to sixth in the SA Senior Amateur rankings.
“Now I’d like to get into the top five,” says the man who believes one of the keys to good golf is to back yourself, and trust in your ability.
He was in the ‘Madala’ (over 55) SA team that beat the SA under-55s ahead of the Indwe SA Amateur Open at Humewood this year.
Four back of Naude at State Mines were a quartet of players sharing third place on 146 – Mark O’Brien from the host club, Gavin van Aswegan (Eye of Africa), Leonard Pienaar (Glendower) and Mark Terrey (Kempton Park).