Playoff decides the KZN Mid Amateur Champion

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on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 in Mid Amateur

Keith Forde

Keith Forde

KEITH Forde almost pulled off victory at the Volvo Mid Amateur champs at his home course Durban Country Club last Sunday.

On a day when scoring was tough, Forde finished on +3 in a tie with Josef Fourie, who hails from Hoopstad Golf Club in the Free State.

Both had rounds of 74 and 73.

Down the first they went, where Forde struck his tee shot under some shrubbery, while Fourie drilled his down the middle.

Forde's second shot, which was hampered by a limited backswing, went further into trouble.

And when Fourie, who captained the SA mid-amateur team in France this year, fired a rescue onto the green, it was time for handshakes.

Forde nailed his 2-iron as straight as an arrow for most of the day, using his driver sparingly.

The tactic worked and he probably should have stuck with it on the 14th in the afternoon, where he tugged a 4-wood into the bush on the left.

It led to some trouble and he ended up making a double bogey seven. Considering it was playing downwind, that's probably where he let winning the title outright slip from his grasp.

"The conditions weren't easy. The wind was up, and the course was set up as long as Durban CC can go. Luckily the greens were not as quick as they can get them. I hit my coastal poke swing all day, wore out my 2-iron. Luckily I had a 'go-to' club that worked very well on the day," he said.

Lyall McNeill ended third on rounds of 76 and 74, with Steve Williams next on 76 and 76.

Next best of the KZN players was Bradley Davison in a tie for 8th on 81 and 73, followed by Graeme Inggs and Clive Lazarus on 80 and 78.

Murray Gilson, who shot 83 and 77, won this trophy two years ago, but two quadruple bogeys on the 16th hole this time around cost him.

He wasn't the only one having hassles. The tiny 12th proved problematic for some.

"If you hit it down the left you may as well have taken a packet of sandwiches and a bottle of water because you would be there a long time," said Gilson.

In fact, one player, after an unmentionable number of duffs, picked up his ball and walked to the next tee!

Later, Gilson was named as the captain of the KZN mid amateur team to play in the IPT in Middelburg in Mpumalanga in October.

The KZN team includes Gilson, Sean Fenger, Forde, Elton James and Clive Lazarus (all from Durban CC), as well as Bradley Davison (Royal Durban) and Cotswold Downs' Brendan Adlam and Brad Trevethan.

McNeill and David Brown were unavailable this year. 

Neil Champion is the manager.

The winner of the B section was Kokstad's Sanele Nyangule who had 66 Stableford points for the day off his 11 handicap.



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