The Southern Cape Golf Championship gets underway in Plettenberg Bay tomorrow, with some of the country’s top women’s players in action, including Western Province’s defending champion Gilly Tebbutt.
Organisers are expecting about 80 entrants into the championship, which has been running since the early 90s.
Speaking to gsport … for Girls!, President of Southern Cape Golf Association, Karen Marshall, said its been very wet in Plettenberg Bay, and some parts have been flooded by a breaking of a dam.
“The green-keepers have really been battling to get the course into shape. But I’m standing on it right now, and it looks beautiful, full marks to them.
“It’s still wet, but OK for now, and the weather report is encouraging for the next three days. Hope it lasts into Sunday,” said Marshall.
Turning her attention to golf in the region, Marshall said it was very exciting to be President of the Southern Cape Golf Association at this time, as the standard of amateur golf in SA is generally high and improving all the time.
“Southern Cape in particular has come such a long way in the last few years. A few years ago, we were not able to field even one team in the 72-Hole Stroke Play Champs.
“For the last two years, we have had two teams and this year at Humewood, one of our team’s beat Gauteng Lions, generally considered to be the strongest team there, which is really an achievement,” continued Marshall.
“It is undoubtedly true that our success is thanks to the superb coaching of Val Holland, who has taken S. Cape to new heights,” said Marshall.
Although Gauteng is not represented at this Championship, Marshall is confident of a successful tournament.
“There are players from Western Province, Boland, Eastern Cape and from KZN, so it should be a great tournament.
“One of the entrants, Kelli Shean has just been nominated as part of the 3-man squad to play at the World Amateur Teams Champs at De Zalze and Stellenbosch in October, so you can’t do better than that,” said Marshall.
The tournament starts with a triangular game between Western Province, Province, Boland and S. Cape tomorrow – Foursomes and Singles.
The main Championship over 36 holes is on Saturday, and then an open Foursomes game on Sunday.