SAGA salutes Michael Sherriff
It was with sadness that the South African Golf Association learned of the unexpected passing of one of the country’s rising stars, Michael Sherriff, who lost his life in a car accident over the Easter weekend.
“Michael was a true gentleman, a feisty competitor and a passionate golfer and he will be sorely missed and long remembered by both Western Province Golf and South African golf,” said South African Golf Association president Geoff Taylor.
Sherriff started his competitive golf at the Mupine Mashie Course in Pinelands.
He quickly progressed through the junior ranks and was named to the Western Province Under-19 Inter-Provincial teams in 2013, 2014 & 2015.
In 2016, he realized a big dream when he was selected to represent Western Province at the South African Premier Inter-Provincial. Sherriff would have been an automatic choice for this year’s SA IPT as the number one ranked player on the Western Province Golf Order of Merit.
Sherriff carved out his own bit of history on the Western Province Golf Premier Amateur Tour in 2016.
After finishing second on the 2015 PAT Order of Merit, he nearly doubled his points in 2016 to amass 1205.75 points to top the Order of Merit with the most points ever achieved in the six years of the PAT Tour.
Sherriff competed in all 16 PAT tournaments, breaking par in nine events and winning four – Westlake, Kuils River, Rondebosch and the PAT Finals. He was a runner-up twice and only failed to make the top 10 on two occasions. His stroke average was 71.7 per round.
“A fierce competitor on the golf course, who had a ‘never give-up attitude’, Michael was a friendly, courteous soul with the biggest smile,” said Taylor. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family and friends, who have lost one of life’s true heroes.”
Rest in Peace – Michael Sherriff 1997 -2017