Defending champions keen to retain Restoration Trophy

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By Quintin van Jaarsveld

Over 100 golfers from across the province will look to get their hands on an old jewel of South Coast golf in this weekend’s Restoration Trophy at Port Shepstone Country Club.

One of the most storied events in the history of South Coast golf, the Restoration Trophy – played over two days – dates back to 1959, when it was first held after the course and clubhouse had been devastated by floods.

Entry was free as the competition was a means to thank neighbouring clubs, members and local farmers for their assistance in repairing the damages.

Interest in the four-member team tournament waned over the years, but its rich history demanded that it be revived last year after it had been shelved since 1999.

Peppy Govender, Abel Yearanna, Pete Govender and Bob Govender won the coveted silverware when they edged the team of George Raman, Teddy Pillay, Sagren Pillay and Justin Pillay by two points and the 2013 winners have confirmed they’ll aim to defend their title this weekend.

The Restoration Trophy will get underway with a betterball stableford on Saturday and conclude with an alliance on Sunday.

To enter, contact the pro shop at 039 695 0140.

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