PHOTOS: Camaraderie and excitement in Halfway Toyota Margate Challenge

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Willie Xolo and Sandile Khuzwayo became back-to-back Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Margate Challenge winners when Margate Country Club’s marquee annual golf competition concluded on Saturday.

The much-anticipated betterball stableford competition got off to an exciting start on Thursday with Creston College’s Marimba band welcoming golfers and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Cynthia Mqwebu (pictured below) returning to hit the opening tee shot.

Charlie Hartman and Robbie Myburgh topped the field by one stroke after the opening day on 50 points.

Defending champions Xolo and Khuzweyo made their move on Friday when a four-stroke Day Two win on 54 put them in the driver’s seat.

All eyes were on the 16th hole on Saturday, where a hole-in-one would see a lucky golfer drive away in a Toyota Yaris XS. There were a couple of close calls, but the competition’s traditional top prize continued to elude players.

Emmanuel Mseleku and Adriaan Lemmer finished on a high by winning Day Three on 45, but the day belonged to Xolo and Khazwayo (pictured below) in the bigger scheme of things as they counted out Ulric Gouws and Carlos Perriera on 140 to take the title for the second year a row. Graeme Massam and Maureen Ogilvie finished third on 138.

“There’s always a special vibe during the Margate Challenge and this year’s competition really took off,” Margate Country Club chairman Mike Lee told eHowzit.

“We had the perfect weather and received nothing but positive feedback from the players. Thanks to our sponsors, who were fantastic, and a special thanks to our convenor, Shannon.”

Lee added an auction was also held and raised over R30 000 for child welfare.

Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach automark manager Ettienne Kruger said it was clear that golfers thoroughly enjoyed the three-day competition.

“The competition went off really well. The players had great weather the first two days and on the third day, there was quite a bit of wind, which most handled well. Everyone that came past us were enjoying themselves…joking and jesting.”

Kruger said the tense hole-in-one ‘shootout’ for the Toyota Yaris XS on the 16th was once again one of the highlights of the event.

“The green on the 16th is quite tough to get on to and with the wind, it was even more challenging. One player hit a nice draw on to the green and the ball rolled just past the hole. That got everyone very excited!

“Everyone was very impressed with the car too. Many people said they wanted to get it for their kids for university.”

He added Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach was proud to continue its long-standing support as title sponsor of the event.

“We’re privileged to help out the community by sponsoring events like these…we just hope someday someone will win the car because that’ll be a ‘sale’ for us,” he laughed.

Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Margate Challenge results:

Day One (Thursday, 26 April):
1st; Charlie Hartman & Robbie Myburgh, 50 pts,
2nd; Ulric Gouws & Ghost (Carlos Periera) oco 49 pts,
3rd; Vusie Maphumulo & Emmanuel Godongwana, 49 pts.
Nearest to Pins; 2nd, Ivan Curlewis, 4th, Johan Stoltz, 8th, A Taljaard, 11th, sponsored by La Cappanina, Ronnie Mtshaka, 16th, sponsored by Umthunzi Hotel, Sandi Johnston.
Nearest to Pin for 2 on 7th; Rod Bouwer.
Longest Drive 17th; Ladies, Simone Ferreira, Men, Zuanru Coetzee.

Day Two (Friday, 27 April):
1st; Willie Xolo & Sandile Khuzweyo, 51 pts,
2nd; Winston Msezane & Koko Zithumane, oco 47 pts,
3rd; Corjan Hilt & Simone Ferreira, 47 pts.
Nearest to Pins; 2nd, Vusi Maphumulo, 4th, Dewald Jordaan, 8th, Ivan Curlewis, 11th, sponsored La Cappanina, Sandi Johnston, 16th, Vusi Maphumulo.
Nearest to Pin for 2 on 7th; Willie Xolo.
Longest Drive 17th; Ladies, Simone Ferreira, Men, Johan Stoltz.

Day Three (Saturday, 28 April):
1st; Emmanuel Mseleku & Adriaan Lemmer, 45 pts,
2nd; Johan Soltz & Dwie Stoltz, oco 44 pts,
3rd; Kallie Nel & Keith Duncalf, oco 44 pts.
Nearest Pins ; 2nd Emmanuel Godongwana, 4th, Flip Fourie, 8th, Joe Espach, 11th, sponsored by La Cappanina, Una McLachlan, 16th Umthunzi Hotel, Johan Stoltz.
Longest Drive 17th; Ladies, Simone Ferreira, Men, Sandile Khuzwayo.

Overall:
Winners; Willie Xolo & Sandile Khuzwayo, oco 140 pts,
2nd; Ulric Gouws & Carlos Perriera (ghost) 140 pts,
3rd; Graeme Massam & Maureen Ogilvie, 138 pts,
4th; Koko Zithumane & Winston Msezane, 137 pts.

Photos by Little Things

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