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Cold snap arrives in time for Sardine Run golf

Denise Nell took home the attendance draw and Ken Koster scooped the 'birds' in the football sweep with Tranmere Rovers.

By P Utter

WINTER has officially arrived and with the Sardine Run (the golf tournament – not the little silver fishes!) starting on Thursday, hopefully the weather will be perfect.

Umkomaas Golf Club (UGC) welcomes all the golfers playing in the Sardine Run, both local and from upcountry, and hopes they have a wonderful tournament and may the best team win.

Up until last Friday, the weather was stunning but then Saturday dawned to a howling wind and scattered rain. The wind lasted the whole day and it’s hats off to all the golfers who braved the elements in their various competitions which took place. The cooler days are certainly welcome, as are the evenings but rain at this time of year? Strange indeed.

At Wednesday’s usual individual stableford, the club welcomed Alan Sherman and C Parsons from Scottburgh. The winner was club captain, Jimmy Spear who took the honours last week by scoring 37 points with Piet ‘Jorsie’ in 2nd spot, counting out Peter Williamson into third place, both on 36 points. In fourth slot was Dave Kemp, counting out Fred Welch (fresh from his holiday abroad), Dudley Pringle, John Thompson and Michelle van der Merwe, all on 35 points.

As mentioned, the wind blew like the ‘clappers’ on Saturday for the alliance league competition but this didn’t deter the golfers one bit. Club captain, Jimmy Spear welcomed visitors Clyde Leisegang, Mike Harvard and Renzo Avellini. The winners were the three ‘Italian Stallions’ Liv Mazzaro, Nevio Turco, Renzo Avellini – and ‘Italian boy’ by association, James Reynolds managed to tame the horrendous wind with a remarkable score of 89 points followed by ‘The Die-hards’ – Simon van den Bosch, Ken Koster, Dave Kemp and Hans Beuthe in second place, who scored 87 great points. The jackpot was won by Jimmy Spear on 10 but once again the hidden birdie (10th hole) went a-begging. The ‘kitty’ for the hidden birdie now stands at over R230, making it well worth winning. A few two-clubs were had, despite the wind – Kuben Naidoo and Peter Toward on the 4th; Simon van den Bosch on the 9th and Lesa Vergottini on the 17th. Denise Nell took home the attendance draw and Ken Koster scooped the ‘birds’ in the football sweep with Tranmere Rovers.

A huge well done to the women’s committee for the recent revamp to the women’s change room. It looks very smart for the start of the Sardine Run. Lesa Vergottini was the instigator in getting the girls together and the revamp started. This is a job well done. Thank you.

Peter Williamson has had another ‘visit’ to the hospital – hope all is well and that he gets better soon. Get well soon to all UGC members who are feeling poorly at the moment.

Since the Sardine Run starts on Thursday, 16 June and continues through to Saturday, 18 June, there will not be any social or competition golf on Saturday but Sunday, 19 June is open for social golfers. Call the club for a time on 039-973-1042. UGC members have reciprocity with both Bluff and Selborne Golf Clubs – phone the respective club for a tee time and produce your SAGA swipe card as proof of membership.

Visit UGC online at www.umkomaasgolf.co.za

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