By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Golf takes centre stage on the local sporting front this week with the South Coast playing host to men’s and women’s tournaments.
Southbroom hosts the Men’s Amateur Classic, while Port Shepstone Country Club welcomed women’s golfers for the second annual Ladies Festival of Golf.
Both tournaments got underway this (Monday) morning, with the Men’s Amateur Classic running until Friday and the Ladies Festival of Golf being contested today and tomorrow.
No less than 180 players teed off in the Men’s Amateur Classic, which began under the guidance of Hugh Purtell in 1991, this morning.
The betterball stableford tournament will be played over four days, Wednesday being an off day.
Nearly 100 women’s golfers from as far as Umhlali and Pietermaritzburg are participating in the ladies festival sponsored by Union Motors South Coast.
The fourball alliance (two to count) competition will crown daily as well as overall winners.
Port Shepstone ladies secretary and ladies festival convenor Jenny Hulley explained that the two tournaments have close ties.
“The Ladies Festival of Golf originated to give the ladies who come down with their husbands for the men’s amateur champs as well as the Southbroom ladies an opportunity to play as well,” Hulley told eHowz!t.
“Last year’s competition was a great success and we’re hoping to build on that this year.”
Hulley added that it’s hoped the festival would help boost women‘s golf on the South Coast and solidify Port Shepstone as a golfing destination.
“A lot of people drive past Port Shepstone and they don’t realise how wonderful our course is until they play on it, so hopefully this event will lead to people wanting to stop in Port Shepstone on their tour of the South Coast.”