The 27th Men’s Southbroom Amateur Classic went down the wire recently.
As always, golfers from across the country converged on Southbroom Golf Club to compete for the trophy over four days.
The course was playing dry and fast with firm quick greens, so shorter than normal and if you got it right the players could put some very good scores together, which is what happened.
There was a little wind on day one and two and twelve teams within three shots of the lead.
On day three (which the pros call moving day), there was some serious moving with Graham and Guy Barkhuizen making 53 points in the morning to separate themselves from the field.
The afternoon was even better with Chris Miller and Tony Routledge making 54 points.
Milller doubled the first hole only to be saved by Routledge’s 4 for 3 points, then Miller played the next 17 holes in one over par shooting 75 off an 18 handicap.
This put the two teams well clear of the field and playing together on the last day in a two-horse race. Locals Bernie Vorster and Des Erasmus had other ideas, sneaking in under the radar with 51 points only to finish one point behind the two leading teams.
Graham and Guy made 45 points, catching Miller and Routledge who made 44 points. The tie meant a count out which goes the way of the best last day, giving the trophy to the Barkhuizen brothers and the second time that Miller and Tony Routledge have lost the Classic on a count out.
The club thanked Hibiscus Brokers and Barry Elliot for being the umbrella sponsor and all the other sponsors and players who made the event special.
|1||Graham Barkhuizen & Guy Barkhuizen||186|
|2||Chris Miller & Tony Routledge||186|
|3||Bernie Vorster & Des Erasmus||185|
|4||John Neaves & Don Osbourn||174|
|5||Rob Verseput & Raul Garbini||173|
|6||Ig Erasmus & Rudi Venter||173|
|7||Peter Volck & Paul Volck||173|
|8||Clive Miller & Alister Miller||172|
|9||Jan Pienaar & Dave Donald||172|
|10||Darrell Bailie & Jacques Kok||171|
|11||Barend Kok & Arthur Percival||171|
|12||Bob Thomas & Pat Cronin||170|