AUSTRALIANS as a whole are not my favourite nation of people but with no South Africans in with a chance at The Masters, Adam Scott seems to be one of the “nice Aussies” and after handing Ernie Els the British Open last year deserved to win a Major. His win, however, again reopens the “can of worms” ion the Long Putter saga.
The poor organisations of the SA Women’s Open must be pulling their hair out. Last year a last minute change of venue and this year – The Weather. As an ex Durbanite I know it never rains in KZN in April – maybe the odd drop but never the flooding as they experienced at the beautiful Southbroom Golf Club. With the growth of events and sponsorships on the men’s European Tour, South African pro women certainly deserve a number of events in SA before embarking on a difficult and expensive tryout on the overseas tours. Maybe “Big Easy” women’s events when local sponsors could still be solicited?
The average golfer in South Africa enjoys luxury motor vehicles, good food and of course a few drinks at the 19th. An innovative wine maker in Stellenbosch has launched a white and red wine called “The 19th” which is exclusive to golf clubs and we hear it’s already going down well in the Western Cape. Watch this space for news on the “19th” moving to Gauteng clubs.
On the Tee and Sandwedges front we held some great midweek golf days at Kyalami, Houghton and Wanderers and we are looking forward to our first Senior event at Champagne Sports Resort from 12 – 15 May. Age groups are combined over 100, 115 and 130 years in total and we have ± 60 golfers at this event. I then rush back to attend the Nedbank Disabled Golf at Legends and then off to Leopard Park at the Mmabatho Palms. When can I fit in Zebula, Eye of Africa and Wingate and of course Turkey and Malaysia?
It is not an easy life to be a golf mag owner!
See you on the tee.