Seniors UK Tour
At the beginning of August, the South African Senior Amateur Golf Association sent a team of ten players to UK, to play an International against the UK Senior Amateur Golf Association, and to participate in the British Senior Amateur Championships.
Broome Park Golf & Country Club
Saturday 2 August
The International match was played at the American owned Broome Park, situated halfway between Canterbury and Dover, in Kent. The Estate used to belong to Lord Kitchener, and his house, a mansion of some 40 rooms, was his home for the final 5 years of his life. Great oil paintings, depicting his activities in Egypt and Sudan adorn the walls.
The golf course was constructed in the grounds of the house, and South Africa’s Tienie Britz has been the teaching professional there for the past 22 years.
The weather was poor, with incessant rain and wind in the latter half of the morning foursomes, and the South African’s battled in the conditions, so much so that, at lunch, the UK team held a 4 ½ to ½ advantage.
The afternoon conditions were a little better, and the team rallied to take the singles 7 to 3, to square the overall result. See attached sheet for complete results.
United Kingdom South Africa
Points Score Points
1 Mike Duley 1 2 holes 0 Denis Jones
Phil Corke Ian Moncur
2 Neil Franklin ½ AS ½ Jonathan Hobday
Reg Neal Herman September
3 Humphrey Hobday 1 4/3 0 Hennie Heyns
Alan MacNaught Anton Vortsman
4 Robert Gill 1 1 hole 0 Ivan Palframan
Bob Walker Tim Hewan
5 Ian Mason 1 4/3 0 Jock Wellington
Howard Moxon Terry Knight
1 Mike Duley 0 2 holes 1 Denis Jones
2 Reg Neal 0 4/3 1 Terry Knight
3 Neil Franklin 1 1 hole 0 Tim Hewan
4 Phil Corke 1 1 hole 0 Jonathan Hobday
5 Alan MacNaught 0 3/1 1 Hennie Heyns
6 Humphrey Hobday0 1 hole 1 Ian Moncur
7 Robert Gill 1 2/1 0 Herman September
8 Bob Walker 0 2/1 1 Ivan Palframan
9 Ian Mason 0 1 hole 1 Anton Vortsman
10 Howard Moxon 0 4/2 1 Jock Wellington
Match Result: 7½ 7½
The Senior Amateur Open Championships
Royal Cinque Ports and Princes Golf Clubs – Deal and Sandwich
Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 August 2008
Strong winds and at times rain squalls greeted the competitors for the Senior Open Amateur Championships the following week. The event, attracting the top Senior Amateur golfers from around the world was played over two courses in the Deal/Sandwich area. Players each played one round over Royal Cinque Ports and Princes Golf Club, and then the top 60 players and ties from the field of over 200 contested the final round at Royal Cinque Ports.
Three of the SA Team made it though to the final round, Jock Wellington on 153, Tim Hewan on 154 and Herman September on 155. Ivan Palframan and Anton Vortsman narrowly missed the “cut” which was on 156 – one of the highest of recent times and an indication as to the testing conditions.
The wind blew hard from totally the opposite direction in the final day, and for about an hour or more of play, the golfers had to deal with horizontal rain at time.
Jock Wellington and Tim Hewan each scored 80 and Herman September 78.
Final South African scores:
Herman September 80, 75, 78 233 T35th
Jock Wellington 75, 78, 80 233 T35th
Tim Hewan 80, 74, 80 234 T42nd
Missed the final round cut of 156
Anton Vortsman 80, 77 157
Ivan Palframan 75, 82 157
Terry Knight 80, 80 160
Hennie Heyns 77, 83 160
Denis Jones 84,77 161
Jonathan Hobday 81, 80 161
Ian Moncur 80, 83 163
Humphrey Hobday 82, 86 168