Dundee hosts 90th Northern Natal Open

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Derek Scullard won the 90th Farmers' Agri-Care Northern KZN Open at Dundee CC on Sunday 20th Jamuary.

IT wasn't as clinical as he would have liked but in the end Derek Scullard (Mount Edgecombe CC) got the win at the Farmers' Agri-Care Northern KwaZulu-Natal Open played at Dundee Country Club.

He used a brand new driver, which took a few holes to get used to, missed a bunch of putts he'd normally make with his eyes closed and parted ways with his caddy after 28 holes.

Scullard last won this event in 2010 and was pleased to do so again, posting the same winning score as back then, 141 over 36 holes.

“I enjoy the golf course, but struggled reading the greens. The rough was not the place to be as you could get some really bad lies in there. It's a tough little course to play, chipping is not that easy and the lies in the rough didn't allow you to catch the ball cleanly, or made it difficult to do so,” he said.

The weather wasn't unbearable, surprisingly cool in the morning, but warming up as expected in the afternoon.

He carried his bag for the last eight holes of the tournament, after he and his bag-man had a disagreement that led to both deciding it best to forge their own path.

Overall, Scullard had a good trip, catching up with former country districts teammates Corné van Deventer, Ryno Crous and Jens Hillermann.

Van Deventer, also a multiple past champion, finished third, Crous tied for ninth and Hillermann, leading left-hander, a creditable 29th.

On the day he played with defending champion Jason Gilliver and up-and-coming talent Kyle Kistensamy, who kept pace with him in the morning.

He was impressed with the youngster. “Kyle hits it nicely, and I like the way he carries himself and handles his way around the golf course,” he said.

In the end it was home-town favourite Mason Meyer who finished second, with Gilliver, Van Deventer and Kistensamy in a tie for third.

Scullard may be lost to amateur golf in the not-too-distant future, as he is considering signing up as PGA pro - more the teaching side of it, than the playing.

Now 40 years old, he's achieved pretty much everything he's wanted to in recent years in the amateur ranks, having represented South Africa for the mid-amateur team in India, and then winning the KZN Amateur, finally, last year.

“I haven't made up my mind yet. I enjoy the amateur scene, and the great camaraderie, but at the same time I've also enjoyed the club-fitting side and helping people with their games, so that's something to consider,” he said.

“I think I've always been of value in the golf industry. I get asked a lot of (technical) questions and I believe I can add value. We'll see, I haven't made my final decision on that but we'll have a look. I have until the end of March,” he said. 

Top 10:
141 Derek Scullard (Mount Edgecombe CC) 70 71
143 Mason Meyer (Dundee CC) 71 72
144 Jason Gilliver (Umdoni Park) 74 70
144 Corné van Deventer (Vryheid) 73 71
144 Kyle Kistensamy (Prince's Grant) 70 74
145 Ryan Welsh (Kloof) 74 71
146 Louis Barnard (Maritzburg GC) 71 75
146 Elvis Sithebe (Newcastle CC) 71 75
147 Thomas Lovett (Prince's Grant) 76 71
147 Ryno Crous (Vryheid) 75 72
147 Joe Khumalo (Dundee CC) 73 74

* Coming up, the East Griqualand Open will be played at Kokstad Golf Club on February 3. For more info, contact Bruce Eaglestone at 082 7713149.

* The opening league games for the season will be played on February 10. 

In premier league games, promoted Zululand host Umhlali CC, while Cotswold Downs host Royal Durban in the blue pool. Durban Country Club have a bye.

In the red pool, Amanzimtoti host DCC'2' and Mount Edgecombe CC are at home to Kloof. Maritzburg Golf Club have a bye.


David Rush

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