By Michael Vlismas
While they weren’t leading after the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Parys Golf and Country Estate, Vaughn Groenewald and Andre Cruse had bigger fish to fry. Or they were looking for some.
Groenewald was four off the lead and Cruse five behind. But rather than take to the putting green or driving range after their rounds, they took to the river with their fishing rods.
The Parys course is a favourite amongst the Sunshine Tour’s top fishermen for yielding great yellowfish, particularly the 17th and the stretch of the Vaal River that runs alongside it. And Cruse and Groenewald spent the afternoon reeling in some fish.
Cruse’s record here is a 4.5 kilogram yellowfish. “I can tell you that catching such a big fish on line with a 3.5 kilogram breaking strain beats shooting a 65 any day,” said Cruse, who along with Doug McGuigan, Des Terblanche and Titch Moore, makes up the fishing club on tour.
Groenewald was getting his first taste of catching yellowfish and had one break his line just as the TV cameras arrived to film him.
Cruse usually brings along the rods for the other pros to use. But after his last experience he’s thinking of telling them to get their own.
“Keith Horne was using two of my rods. The river was high and we both got washed off this rock. We both nearly drowned. I held onto my two rods, but Keith dropped the two I gave him and we lost them. He still hasn’t replaced them. I figure he’s making good money on tour now, so I’m going to collect from him soon.”