By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Port Shepstone Country Club turned back the clock and looked to the future in a bumper edition of the Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Restoration Cup at the weekend.
The 54th running of the two-day event – which honours the efforts of members, neighbouring clubs and local farmers who restored the club after the devastating floods of 1959 – was jam-packed with golf, bowls and squash action as well as live entertainment to keep the camaraderie going throughout the weekend.
The golf tournament attracted a sizeable field that included an influx of visitors, 50 in total, from as far afield as Cape St Francis.
Leon Bunge and Justin Hinchliff won Saturday’s betterball stableford after counting out Pete Govender and Abel Yeeranna, who formed part of the 2013 Restoration Cup-winning team, on 51 points.
Sweady and Maliga Chetty won a count out for third place on 50 points.
Sunday’s alliance (two scores to count) produced more clear-cut winners in the form of Dalene Steyn, Bevis Fairbrother and the Chettys on 103 points.
Jimmy Parsons, Rob Piers, Craig Lindsay and Ian Jones were the runners-up on 99 points, followed by Niel Retief, Christo Janse van Vuuren, Thys Blom and James Llewelyn, who won a count out for third place on 98 points.
When the grass and sand settled, it was the team of Steyn, Fairbrother and the Chettys who were crowned 2015 Restoration Cup champions on 196 points.
Retief, Janse van Vuuren, Blom and Llewelyn were the overall runners-up on 192 points, while Graham Fabricius, Ricky Naidoo and Ashoo Singh (ghost Willem Lindeque) placed third overall on 189 points.
Super squash, brilliant bowls
An enjoyable squash tournament was played on Saturday (results unavailable at time of publication) before about 50 bowlers added to the team numbers in Sunday’s bowls competition, which was decided over two games of mixed trips.
The winners of the event were Kieran Dacey, Sharolyn Dacey and Steve O’Moore ahead of second-placed Ron Weddell playing with Anne and John Gibson and third-placed Bez Bezuidenhout, who played with Danie and Annetjie Human.
Alan Booth was the lucky winner of a hamper sponsored by Halfway Toyota.
Sandy Danckwerts, the club’s advertising, media and events co-ordinator, said it was a fantastic event and thanked players, sponsors and other role-players for contributing to the fundraiser.
“A tournament like this adds tremendous value into our community and also into our club, and for this we as a team at the Port Shepstone Country Club are truly grateful for all the support,” said Danckwerts.
“An extremely big thank you to Halfway Toyota for being our main sponsor for the event and also thanks to all the other businesses who sponsored tees and greens and flew their flags over the weekend.
“It was a great weekend and without all of their much-needed sponsorship this weekend, this event could never have been as successful as it was.
“As always, a competition like this would never have been possible without the help of so many members and staff who assisted in getting ‘the show’ on the road.
“To the ladies section headed by Cilla Lindsay, our ladies golf captain, Juliana Ziervogel and Charles and Jen Hulley, thanks so much for your enormous input, contribution and dedication that you gave of yourselves for our club.
“To Carrie Pieterse our club manager and her wonderful team of staff who worked tirelessly in assisting with the organising and for ‘behind the scenes’ co-ordination and to Saffron Chefs for making sure no one was left hungry – a thank you to all of you,” she added.