Luke Truter wins EG Open at Kokstad

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on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 in News

Luke Truter is a resilient youngster, so he has been able to handle an extreme high and then a rather disappointing low, all within the space of a few hours in Kokstad last Sunday.

The 16 year old from Victoria Country Club (no relation to pro Mark Truter), who is a pupil at St Charles College, carded two under par for the day at the East Griqualand Champs, to win by one from past winner Tom Lovett and Kyle Kistensamy, both from Prince’s Grant.

On the way home, he and some others stopped at KFC in Kokstad town to grab a bite and his clubs were stolen from the inside of the canopy of the vehicle!

So, he is now a golfer with a trophy but sans any sticks.

He was able to laugh at the unfortunate situation.

“Probably shouldn’t have left the car like that but I really didn’t think something like that would happen, but anyway,” he said.

Hopefully he’ll be able to get back on the course with some new weapons before too long.

He'll also be looking to break into Victoria CC's premier league side on a more consistent basis but he is also busy with junior golf.

At Kokstad, he had a morning round of 72, four behind Tom Lovett.

He started his afternoon round with three birdies in a row and held it together for the 70. 

“The course was in good condition, greens were soft. The ball plugged a bit,” he noted.

Lovett had 75 in the afternoon and Kistensamy 74 after their pace-setting morning efforts.

Perhaps the wet weather and the long drive home was on their minds.

Tournament convener Bruce Eaglestone said the course had received plenty rain of late, with a storm on Friday and Saturday softening things up.

Another typical East Griqualand storm lashed the course in the afternoon, but it paused for a bit and play was able to be completed.

It then hit again after the tournament was over, thankfully.

Speaking of the course, some players reckoned it was the best they have ever seen Kokstad, and that they would be rounding up their mates to return for this tournament next year.

There was a three-way tie on 145, shared by Robert Mavundla (Margate CC), Nathan Trodd (Maritzburg GC) and Sean Baker (Oubaai).

Baker is a former Kokstad member but is now based in George and a member at Oubaai.

He started with 71 but faded slightly out of contention in the afternoon with a 75.

Still, it was great to see him supporting this event.

Next up in terms of tournament golf is the Kzn Invitation at Amanzimtoti GC on March 1, followed by the Midlands Open at Gowrie Farm on March 8.

Before that though, there’s more league action, taking place on February 23.

Premier fixtures: Durban CC ‘2’ vs Kloof; Mount Edgecombe CC vs Zululand; Cotswold Downs vs Victoria CC; Royal Durban vs Umhlali CC. Byes for Maritzburg GC and Durban CC.

A division: Royal Durban ‘A’ vs Prince’s Grant; Toti bye; Mount Edgecombe ‘A’ vs Bluff; Kloof A vs Durban CC ‘A’. Byes for Zimbali and Southern Kzn.

David Rush

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