Graceland hosts Senior Pro-am

The course was very wet in some places but still playable although playing very long because of the soft conditions.

The Bulletin Newspaper

Graceland Casino and Country club hosted a Senior Golf Pro-am tournament played on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December.
The tournament was played in the format of a better ball alliance with the two best scores of the four players to count. Each team consisted of one senior professional golfer and three amateurs. A senior professional golfer would be a professional golfer over the age of fifty. The same amateur players will play as a team on both days but with different professionals.
On Thursday evening a welcoming function was held in the Augusta lounge where professionals could meet their amateur team mates. Tee off times, playing format and rules for the tournament were discussed.
Friday morning greeted the golfers with a hazy atmosphere with the sun never really appearing. The course was very wet in some places but still playable although playing very long because of the soft conditions. The dreaded wind, which Graceland is known for, luckily stayed away on Friday.
The first day belonged to professional golfer Norman Mashaba and his amateur partners Hugh Crofford, Dave Uren and Terrence Cole.
Saturday was a bit warmer with much more sun. The course was still wet with patches of water still present on some of the holes. Later during the day a fresh breeze started which influenced play, for most golfers, on the last few holes to play.
Saturday saw the same amateur team taking the laurels but this time with another professional namely Paul van Biljon, the local professional playing from Graceland. The amateur team consisting of Hugh Crofford, Dave Uren and Terrence Cole were also the overall winners of the tournament.
The overall winning professional was Steve van Vuuren who played his last tournament in South Africa before leaving for Ireland.
Prize giving took place in the Augusta and the winners of each day and overall winners all received gaming vouchers sponsored by Graceland Casino. Novelty prizes were also awarded to the players who could manage to hit the ball closest to the pin on the four short par three holes.
Senior professional Derrick Landman and his wife celebrated their 59th anniversary at this function.
Proceedings came to an end with a dinner enjoyed by all. – Jan Ferreira


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