Piet and Barry win Margate Challenge

Driving in style: A Toyota Aygo was up for grabs for the first ace on the 16th on the final day. In the background, Ivan Curlewis stripes a tee shot down the middle of the first fairway.

THERE were some superb scores produced during the annual Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Margate Challenge, held at Margate Country Club from Thursday to Saturday last week.

Some of the players thought they may have ended up at the US Open, as the rough was a little gnarlier than usual.

It placed an emphasis on accuracy, and over the tournament, none could match Margate members Piet Ludick and Barry Oehme.

Some tried, like Edwin Steyn and Patrick Mavundla, who held the lead after day one with a score of 58 points.

Judy and Venessa Gouws got into the mix by having the best score on the Friday, but couldn’t maintain the pace.

Durban golfers Willie Xolo and Sandile Khumalo were consistent throughout, but just could not catch Piet and Barry.

The tournament was played as a betterball Stableford, but days one and two had a slight twist to them.

There was a lot to play for, with in excess of R80 000 given away as prizes.

On day one both scores had to count on holes stroked one to four, while on day two it was both to count on the par threes,

The final day it was a normal betterball, which made life a bit easier for whoever was marking the card!

No one was able to win the Toyota Aygo on offer for the first hole-in-one on the final day.

Good news was that Brian Jones, dealer principal at Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach, has agreed to sponsor the event again next year.

“It was a pleasure to be involved again, and I can see the tournament has gone from strength to strength, with golfers from far and wide making the trip to the coast to play,” he said.

OVERALL

1 Piet Ludick and Barry Oehme 153 pts; 2 Willie Xolo and Sandile Khumalo 149 pts; 3 Patrick Mavundla and Edwin Steyn 149 pts; 4 Johan Erasmus and Dries Barkhuizen 148 pts; 5 Graeme Massam and Maureen Ogilvie 148 pts; 6 Jurie Gouws Snr and Jurie Gouws Jnr 147 pts; 7 Rod Bouwer and Riaan Croucamp 147 pts; 8 Mark Robertson and George Thalrose 147 pts; 9 Neil Townsend and Ivan Curlewis 146 pts;

10 Mthoko Ngobo and Victor Mbhele 145 pts; 11 Juan Dixon and Anton Kohrmann 143 pts; 12 Stephen Herbst and Lee Maree 143 pts; 13 Joe Espach and Heinrich Espach 142 pts; 14 Sanjay Singh and Sachin Govender 142 pts; 15 John Crewe and Eddie Davies 141 pts; 16 Sbu Ntozakhe and Koko Zithumane 141 pts; 17 Dave Parsons and Dave Boyd 140 pts.

Nearest the pins: Day One – Mike Downes (2nd), Johan van der Walt (4th), Riaan Croucamp (8th), Barbara Jackson (11th), Dries Barkhuizen (16th). Day Two – Carlos Perreira (2nd), Tertius Myburgh (4th), Barry Oehme (8th), Ronnie Mtshaka (11th), Gordon Ross (16th). Day Three – Heleen Hissey (2nd), Mot Moleele (4th), Charlie Hartmann (8th), Robin Shuttleworth (11th), Ruaan Enslin (16th).

Longest drive: Day One – Nicolene Myburgh, Ruaan Enslin. Day Two – Venessa Gouws, Ronnie Mtshaka. Day Three – Rita Rino, Ronnie Mtshaka.

Best dressed were Brian Jolliffe and Barbara Jackson.

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