By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Port Shepstone Country Club has shaken up the South Coast golfing scene with the hosting of the Snaps Interservice Golf Day, an innovative new betterball stableford competition.
The creative concept pitted Sages, Nomads, Provision and the Senior Ladies against each other on Sunday for the coveted Snaps trophy and was hailed as a stroke of genius by the participants.
It was hoped that Albatros would also participate in the inaugural competition but they were unfortunately unable to do so.
Approximately 80 players participated including 20 unaffiliated players who didn’t contest the team competition but vied for top honours in the betterball stableford competition.
The Nomads emerged as the champions on 40.33 points, with Provision second on 38.07 points, Sages third on 37.42 points and the Senior Ladies fourth on 36.16 points.
Nomads Tony Westoby and Peet du Preez were the winning pair on 50 points, five points ahead of runners-up Maliga Chetty and Colin Moodley.
Leon Reeders and Charles Mostert finished third on 44 points while the efforts of Yzelle Greyling and Sanjay Singh earned them fourth place on a count out (43).
The ingenious competition was the brainchild of Port Shepstone Country Club men’s golf captain Roy Matkovich, who said the feedback from competitors was overwhelmingly positive.
“The whole idea was for golfers of these different clubs to meet each other and get some camaraderie among them and from all accounts it went down very well,” Matkovich told eHowz!t.
Matkovich added that they plan to entrench Snaps as an annual event.
“We definitely want to host it at least annually. There are suggestions that we do it throughout the year but we’ll go back and look at that, as well as what we can work on to make it an even better competition,” he said.