By Bev Mortimer
Christiaan Basson, who started off as an amateur in the Pro-Am part of the Vodacom Sunshine Tour Origins of Golf, rose to first place in what was described as a most amazing feat – he trounced top professionals highly tipped to win.
This Cape Town golfer who plays at King David Golf Club and who produced the most amazing golf over almost five full days, walked off all smiles with the winning cheque for R103 025. He told St Francis Chronicle that even though he was an amateur he still wanted to win the prestigious main event, the Origins of Golf, and believed he could do it.
There were great cheers from the big crowd on the 18th and at prize giving next to the clubhouse – even the normally blasé TV photographers and top South African journalists loudly applauded.
Jeff Clause, CE of St Francis Links commented afterwards : “I was proud to represent St Francis Links at the Prize giving and humbled by the performance of our Champion, Christiaan Basson. He played real golf on one of South Africa’s sternest tests. I salute a true Champion! Cheers! “
Photos by Bev Mortimer show the crowd on the 18th, the prize giving with Christiaan and the some of the big crowd of golf lovers at St Francis Golf today at prize giving.
Golfers said the golfing events this week at St Francis links had been well and professionally organised and they loved the hospitality!
Read the full story on Vodacom Sunshine Tour’s website: http://sunshinetour.com/?p=23822
Here are the results:
1 C. Basson 103,025.00 -11 205
2 M. Williams 74,750.00 -10 206
3 Z. Lombard 46,475.00 -9 207
3 B. Bibby 46,475.00 -9 207
5 M. Muthiya 30,550.00 -8 208
6 J. Hugo 24,700.00 -7 209
7 J. Senekal 18,091.67 -6 210
7 A. Curlewis 18,091.67 -6 210
7 U. van den Berg 18,091.67 -6 210
10 R. de Smidt 13,758.33 -5 211
10 T. Mahoney 13,758.33 -5 211
10 J. Ritchie 13,758.33 -5 211
13 L. Ferreira 11,440.00 -4 212
13 H. Bruiners 11,440.00 -4 212
13 A. Versfeld 11,440.00 -4 212
13 L. Rowe 11,440.00 -4 212