By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Supporting South Coast Hospice galvanised golfers in the inaugural Kingfisher Birdie Challenge at Port Shepstone Country Club on Saturday.
Over 100 golfers teed it up while many more attended the Da Diva Dollz display and calendar launch that coincided with the golf competition.
The Dollz initiative aims to raise awareness of women’s health issues, particularly regarding the prevention and early detection of cervical and breast cancer.
Good golf was played and ultimately five points were all that separated the top 10 pairings.
Howard Frizelle and Louis Klopper were the eventual winners on 49 points with Steve MacCarrol and Shawn Nathanson counting out Tony Fairburn and Carl Grobler for second place on 47 points.
Gavin van Wyk and Terry Kotze were fourth on 46 points while the next five pairings finished on 45 points.
Neil Retief and Christo Jansen van Vuuren were fifth, Ivan Fabricius and Abel Yeeranna were sixth, Mike Webster and Geovanni Ledetti were seventh, Andy Platt and Kath Platt were eighth, S Herbst and L Maree were ninth and Emmanuel Mseleku and Tom Pearson were 10th on 44 points.
The longest drive prizes were wrapped up by Bryan Lind and Yzelle Greyling while the nearest to pin prizes went to Andy Platt (5th), Grobler (8th), Frizelle (14th) and Mtshaka (17th).
South Coast Hospice CEO Diane van Dyk was overjoyed by the support and thanked the community and sponsors for making the event a success.
“After the excitement of the last two weekends, and sitting in the quiet of my office, I know without a shadow of a doubt that our South Coast community supports their Hospice.
“To record that we are grateful falls far short of how much we appreciate the fact that people have stepped forward, cycled [in the Halfway Toyota/Illovo Sugar Mountain Bike Challenge], teed off, sponsored, donated, sewed and worked to make the lives of our patients and their families easier to bear.
‘Our dedicated staff prefer to stay out of the limelight as theirs is a walk of humbleness and compassion and with every one of your actions you have acknowledged and paid tribute to this band of angels.
“On behalf of the quiet voices of our Hospice teams, I extend my grateful thanks to you all. With your contributions you have spoken from your heart, as after all, that is what giving is.
“Know that your heart has touched the hearts of our patients and their families,” she said.
Event organiser Sandy Danckwerts said it was a very enjoyable day.
“The weather at times was a bit drizzly but the golf was good and the spirit of the golfers even better.
“We also had a pretty good turnout for the Da Diva Dollz with lots of interest in the motive behind the Dollz and how we focused on women cancers and the early detection of it.
“We had a pirate team collecting money for Hospice and had loads of fun having them play various games like digging in our sandpit for treasure and skits.
“We traded the ‘pirate money’ for real money and brought in a lot of money for Hospice.”
Photos by Sandy Danckwerts