PHOTOS: Restoration Trophy ‘keeps getting better’

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Port Shepstone Country Club played host to another bumper edition of the Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Restoration Trophy at the weekend.

One of the most storied events in South Coast sport, the Restoration Trophy honours the efforts of members, neighbouring clubs and local farmers who restored the club after the devastating floods of 1959.

The club was practically washed away by the floods in May of that year; members’ records were lost and the piano from the hall was eventually discovered on the beach at Sea Park. The club has certainly come a long way since then, and stood up much better to the recent floods.

The weekend was a real celebration of the club’s legacy and rebirth, and was jam-packed with golf, bowls and squash action, as well as live entertainment.

Golfers from across the country participated in the two-day combined betterball tournament and consistency was key as always. In the end, Dr Ayoob Bux, Ganes Munsami, Peppy Govender and Altaaf Bux were crowned the overall winners on 172 points.

Charles Hulley, a member of the organising committee, said it was a highly successful event.

“We had a huge number of visitors participating this year and thanks to our sponsors and players, we have again managed to raise a substantial amount for the ‘betterment’ of our club. Each year it gets better and better, which means that more people want to visit. That’s great news,” he said.

“Thanks to Brian Jones of Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach as our main sponsor. He was again most generous with both a cash sponsorship as well as very substantial prizes. We are fortunate enough to be able to call him a friend to the club. Brian has been a member of the club for over 35 years and gives so much to the community. Without support from businesses such as Halfway Toyota, our beautiful club would not be where it is today.

“Thanks to the Garrun Group who were very generous in their sponsorship of cash and prizes as well. We had Garrun teams from Johannesburg, Port Shepstone, Kokstad, Underberg and Scottburgh here and we really appreciate being part of such an ethical and competent company.

“Thanks to all of our other sponsors, all the people that helped put this event together and to all our members for their fantastic support of this event,” added Hulley.

Results:

Overall winners: Dr Ayoob Bux, Ganes Munsami, Peppy Govender & Altaaf Bux -172

Betterball winners:

1st: Paul Tedder & Koos Jacobs – 91 points
2nd: Suveshan Iyaloo & Santhos Baskali – 88 points (on a count out)
3rd: Altaaf Bux & Peppy Govender – 88 points

4th: Howard Crouch & George Bowie – 87 points
5th: Thys Blom & Johann du Plessis – 85 points

Saturday
Closest to the Pin:
5th: Yugeshan Naidoo
8th: Jimmy Parsons
14th: John Ridle
17th: Neil Erasmus
Longest Drive Men 4th: Trevor King
Longest Drive Lady 4th: Paula Danker
Longest Drive Men & Ladies 13th: Koos Jacobs

Sunday
Closest to the Pin:
5th: Christian Hendey
8th: Leon Reeders
14th: Paul Geoffery
17th: Rob Calder
Longest Drive Men 4th: Kavish Naidu
Longest Drive Lady 4th: Melissa Erasmus
Longest Drive Men & Ladies 13th: Nicolaas du Plooy

Lucky Draws:
Stella Artois: Anni Stoppel
Castle Lite: Ilse Steyn
Castle Lite: Craig Lindsay
Selborne Golf Voucher for two: Ryan Ringo
Selborne Golf Voucher for two: Ian Jones
Magnum Warwick Rose Wine: Koos Jacobs

Bowls:

1st: Paul Mundell
2nd: Gareth Olivant
3rd: Kevin Lancaster
4th: Michelle Vermeulen
5th: Nico de Jong
6th: Bernie Sinclair

Photos by Sandy Danckwerts

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