Golfers from across the country competed in the 30th Southbroom Men’s Amateur Classic recently.
2020 has dished up many curved balls, one of them being the re-scheduling of the 2020 Men’s Amateur Classic.
For the first time, the popular annual competition was played over three days in September, a change from its usual four days in early July.
September is known by locals as the real ‘winter’ on the coast. Rain is always expected at this time of year, often with a strong, cold, South-Wester.
It was a successful tournament played in typically unpredictable September conditions with lots of entertainment, food, drink, friendship and laughter involved.
After registration and some light entertainment from Winston Smile on the Wednesday evening, the golfers were treated to a near-perfect start to their tournament weather wise.
This resulted in a tight affair with seven teams separated by just two points. Andy Rex and Grenville McWilliams and Barry Elliott and Mike Anthony were both a point ahead of the chasing pack.
The second day proved a different challenge. For the few players teeing off in the morning field, they were treated to hot and humid conditions with no wind.
Anthony Hughes and Howard Kelly and Gerhardus Bothma and Francois Bothma both took full advantage to make 47 points each.
The afternoon field didn’t have it so lucky; a near-gale picked up and it proved to be a very tricky afternoon. Southbroom locals Gary Purtell and Clive Miller put in a solid performance and shot 45 points. Gary’s father and Southbroom legend, Hugh Purtell, started the Men’s Amateur Classic 30 years ago.
Braving all these conditions were sponsors, Ubuntu Resource Management and CTL Holdings on the first tee, along with Realty-One on the tenth tee, providing players with much-needed refreshments and encouragement. Hibiscus Brokers continued its support as main sponsor of the competition.
Heading into the third and final day, there was a great sense of optimism as 11 teams were separated by just five points. A cool, breezy day met the golfers.
Purtell and Miller were unable to replicate their display in the previous day’s wind and only managed 39 points to finish third on 124 points.
After a consistent tournament, Kelly and Hughes put solid performance on the third day, shooting 42 points, leaving them second on 125 points.
However, after a quiet week, Bob Thomas and Pat Cronin put in an inspired performance, making 48 points and winning the tournament by four with a final tally of 129 points.
A special mention must be made for Thomas, who only a couple weeks before his 73rd birthday, managed to shoot 73.
Prize-giving was well attended. 104 happy players listening to local band, The Legends, while enjoying club mechanic Nic’s famous beef potjie and a chicken curry.
1st – Bob Thomas & Pat Cronin 129
2nd – Howard Kelly & Anthony Hughes 125
3rd – Clive Miller & Gary Purtell 124
4th – Dave Donald & Jan Pienaar 123
5th – Ken Crawford & Alex Crawford 123
6th – Mike van der Riet & Kevin Kassel 122
7th – Tommy Paulsen & Dillan Farndell 122
8th – Malcolm Greenland & Hennie vd Aardweg 121
9th – Alan Sutton & Jack Noble 120
10th – Graham Volck & Peter Volck 119
11th – Andy Rex & Grenville Mcwilliams 119
12th – Barry Elliot & Mike Anthony 118
Hibiscus Brokers, Ubuntu Resource Management, CTL Group Holdings LTD, Realty One Southbroom, Bandit Golf, Birdi Clothing, Callaway Golf, Cleveland Golf, Cutter & Buck, Emthunzini Hats, FootJoy, Maser Security, Mizuno Golf, Pringle Of Scotland, Puma Golf, Riverbend Art & Wine, Southbroom Pro Shop, Srixon, Stegman Golf, Swagg Clothing, Titleist and Under Armour.
Photo: 2020 Southbroom Men’s Amateur Classic winners Pat Cronin and Bob Thomas.