A Superb 68 in round one paved the way for William Skinner to secure victory in the Lowveld Senior Amateur Open at White River.
“What I’ve learnt is that you have to back yourself in this game, and that’s what I did,” said the 55-year-old from Zwartkop who reckons he’s always been a good driver of the ball, but only in the last few years has his putting become a s lot sharper.
He added a 73 to his 68 for a 141 aggregate to edge out Francois le Roux into second place on 143, with Nelspruit’s Andre Basson and Ian Smith of Houghton sharing third on 144. Steve Smit (Middelberg CC), Johan Coetzer (Rustenburg) and Mark O’Brien (State Mines) were next best on 146.
Skinner, a financial consultant (“I make money for people,” he quips) started to play golf seriously at Free State University and won the SA Universities championship in 1982. “I played a lot of golf with Ian Palmer who was one of my contemporaries then,” he says, referring to the well-known Free State professional who won on both the Sunshine and European Tours.
Basically only a weekend golfer because of his work commitments, how does Skinner fancy his chances in the INDWE SA Senior Amateur Open at Humewood this month?
“Look, there’s a lot of good senior amateurs around but my attitude is that I’m alive and I believe in myself so I’ve got a chance. I just enjoy the challenge.”