The former captain of DGS Dingaan Khumalo played almost flawless golf on Saturday’s final round of the Champ of Champs Competition in Durban as he narrowly won by two strokes at the Mount Edgecombe Course 2. Dingaan shot a 75 net score the previous day at the Durban Country Club followed by the scintillating 67 net score on Saturday at the Mt Edgecombe Country Club on Saturday for a total net score of 142.
The former champion Robert Msweli finished runner-up with an equally impressive 67 net score also on Saturday at My Edgecombe for a two-day total of 144 net score. Third place finish was a tie between Peter Lekhethe and Sandile Ngcobo who both finished on 146 net score.
The Thabo Boshoma Open IPS competition was also won by Dingaan Khumalo on a total of 76 points (35 pts first day and 41 pts second day). Second place finish went to our visitor and a former DGS member Lwazi Dlomo who posted an impressive 38 points on Friday followed by 36 points on Saturday to finish with a total of 74 points. Robert Msweli completed the top three also with a total 74 points (33 & 41 points).
Dingaan wrote the history to win 3 majors, namely Champ of Champs, Thabo Boshoma Open and Club Champ (Lowest Gross). He was the overall winner for the night. Well done Mntungwa!
The maiden Sanlam Dinaledi Friends Golf Challenge which was played as alliance of 6 players each from DGS, EC & DBN, was won by the Eastern Cape contingent comprising of Sturu Pasiya, John Kayula, Lungisa Mbuli (replacing Saki Poswa), Mbulelo Rhenene, Dumisani Balman and Ntsiki Mgqibelo. Congratulations Eastern Cape players.
Thabo Boshoma Dinaledi Open Winner and Lowest Gross Winner (Club Champ): Dingaan Khumalo (on the right)
Dingaan dawns the traditional green jacket as the Champ Champions.
Dingaan is congratulated by the previous Champs
Dingaan displaying his three major trophies: Champ of Champs, Thabo Boshoma Open and Club Champ
Summary of the prestigious year end event:
Dinaledi Golf Society was hosted by Durban Country Club on Friday, 27 November 2015. A course steeped in tradition and history, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and is rated in the top 10 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA.
Just as the Race to Durban climaxes, so is the race to the summit of the Dinaledi order of merit (OOM). Walter signed for a cool 1 over par in the course rated 1st in the Free State and top 50 in country which catapulted him to the top of our OOM, displacing Tebello Maphike who endured a long day watching Walter blitzes the course. Dinaledi last witnessed such scoring brilliance at Glendower Golf Club from, ironically, Tebello himself.
It comes as no surprise that a man who has amassed 800 points from shooting lowest grosses alone, eventually earned his first 500 points at Vaal De Grace Golf Club. Walter went out with 36 strokes, with the toughest hole on the course, par 4 9th, derailing him with a bogey, before he came in with a 37 to sign for his memorable 73. Coming closest to Walter was the pair of German Makoe and Khehla Ndlovu who both signed for net 68. As the changes on the top of the OOM, the reigning Champ of Champs, Robert Msweli, jetted off to Sun City to participate in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge as part of the perks of being a Dinaledi Champion.
While change happened in position 1 and 2, there was no change in the 3rd position currently occupied by Bheki Mthethwa, after he carded net 74 off a heavy 6 handicap. Dingaan Khumalo (net 70), swapped position with Simon Xaba (net 77) to complete the top 5.
As the points show, there is a lot to play for in our last game at Steyn City on Sunday 8th November.