By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Margate Country Club manager Dereck Hirson deemed the 2014 Halfway Toyota Margate Challenge the best yet following the conclusion of the ninth edition of the annual golf, bowls and bridge competition at Margate Country Club on Saturday.
The club’s major event of the year attracted players from all corners of the country with golfers and bowlers kicking off the action on Thursday and the bridge competition claiming some of the spotlight on Friday.
“It was a huge success,” Hirson told eHowz!t.
“I believe that this year was the best so far with visitors joining us from Melmoth Golf Club, Rustenburg and Gauteng.
“We also had more golfers participating than in previous years. More sponsors supported the event and we were also able to provide more prizes.
“The vibe was wonderful with fierce competition for the daily and overall prizes. The last evening was well supported with live music and the players enjoying themselves, celebrating and dancing.”
He added: “Thanks to Halfway Toyota for their sponsorship and to all the other companies that supplied prizes and most importantly, thanks to all the players that participated over the three days.
“I also want to give a very special thanks to Cedric Smith our event co-ordinator, who gave his time and energy to ensure the event was a success.”
R35 000 in prize money was up for grabs in the three-day event as well as a brand new Toyota Corolla for a hole-in-one on the 16th hole.
Brian Jolliffe came agonisingly close to winning the car but his tee shot finished just past the hole.
Marius Visser and Johan Erasmus were the overall winners of the betterball stableford competition on 135 points following three consistent days of golf, which saw them edge runners-up Louie Carriera and David Jenkinson by a single point.
Two bowls matches were played each day with a ladder system ensuring that the teams always had tough matches. In most cases, club members combined with top bowlers from other clubs, which ensured a good spirit without interclub rivalry.
The winners were Barry Delvin, Kobie Stander, Jimmy Holthauzen and Winnie Hess.
The runners-up were Ollie Coetzer, Marie Coetzer, Barbara Gradwell and Aubrey Gradwell while Phil Myburgh, Yvonne van Mentz, Ian Hutton and Trixie Smith finished third.
Brian Douthwaite, Olwen Gibbs, Chrissy Chancellor and Billy Eccles were the Plate winners.
The bowls competition was sponsored by Halfway Toyota, Warwick Wealth and Allan Uzzel Upholsterers.
The bridge competition was contested by 30 pairs over two sessions on Friday with Bella Miller and Kathy Moore emerging as the winners.
Jean de Gersigny and Nina Lloyd were second, Albert van Lier and Gerda van Zyl finished third, Peter Bircher and Richard Moore finished fourth and Jenny Darcy and Monica Volschenk finished fifth.
Lencel and Bev were there to bring you the sights and sounds on video.
Halfway Toyota Challenge golf results:
Day One (Thursday, 3 April):
1st; Guy Yeadon and Arthur Ehlert – 49 pts.
2nd; Marius Visser and Johan Erasmus – 48 pts oco.
3rd; Franscois Joubert and Joanna Harris – 48 pts.
Nearest to pin; 2nd, Gary Griesel. 4th; Patrick Mavundla. 8th; Flip Fourie. 16th; Jack Venter.
Day Two (Friday, 4 April):
1st; Louie Carriera and David Jenkinson – 49 pts.
2nd; Franscois Joubert and Joanna Harris – 48 pts oco.
3rd; Anton Kohrmann and Deon Meyer – 48 pts.
Nearest to pin; 2nd, Peter Roynon. 4th, Johan Ventzel. 8th, Patrick Mavundla. 16th, Mike Williams.
Day Three (Saturday, 5 April):
1st; Jack Venter and Gina Venter – 44 pts oco.
2nd; Robin Shuttleworth and Brian Jolliffe – 44 pts.
3rd; Doug Johnston and Dave Outram – 43 pts.
Nearest to pin; 2nd, Robin Shuttleworth. 4th, William Snr. 11th, Agnes Spielmann. 16th, Robin Shuttleworth.
1st; Marius Visser and Johan Erasmus – 135 pts.
2nd; Louie Carriera and David Jenkinson – 134 pts.
3rd; Bruce Matthews and Jim Finn – 133 pts oco.
4th; Franscois Joubert and Joanna Harris – 133 pts.
5th; Piet Ludick and Barry Oehme – 132 pts oco.
6th; Guy Yeadon and Arthur Ehlert – 132 pts.
7th; Jack Venter and Gina Venter – 131 pts.
8th; Angus McLachlan and Donald McLahlan – 129 pts oco.
9th; Peter Thompson and Beryl Olden – 129 pts oco.
10th; Shannon Gottlieb and Sandi Johnston – 129 pts.