By: Rob Harris
Somehow I missed this jewel of a story, published last month in South Africa’s Estland and Midlands News about an elderly golfer who claims that he has been wrongfully deprived of victory in his club’s “Monthly Mug” tournament:
“An 81-year-old golfer has labelled the club’s committee biased, especially when it comes to awarding senior members prizes. Speaking out against the golf results published in the Estcourt News on August 12, the golfer says that the results were incorrect, explaining that he should’ve taken first place for that competition, he substantiated that it was not the first time that the reported results were incorrect.
“We asked one of the people in charge about how the scores work and he told us to play on our handicap. We also go by the computer at the club, which we were instructed to do. If this is the case, then I was misled because we were told to play on the handicap but my score was cut,” explained the resident.
Adamant that the winners names and scores of the August 6 monthly mug was not a true reflection, the resident challenged the golf club committee to explain themselves via the media.
Competition Secretary George van Niekerk explained that senior players who played off the ladies tee box immediately forfeited four shots off their score. This, he said, was a directive from the Natal Golfer’s Union, which was explained to all club members.
He has requested a meeting with the golfer in order to explain the rules but this was refused by the golfer, who wanted a response via the Estcourt News.