The Sunshine Tour Media Challenge was won by the professionals at The Els Club Copperleaf on Sunday as they defeated the media by 32.5 matches to 17.5.
And charity was the big winner as Investec put up a stake R5,000 per match for a total of R250,000, which was donated to Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology and to Study Trust.
With the professionals winning 30 matches and sharing five, they raised R162,500 for Study Trust, and the media’s 15 wins and five halves meant they raised R87,500 for Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology.
Doug McGuigan accepted the trophy on behalf of the pros, but there were some professionals who were left smarting by some unexpected defeats at the hands of amateurs who watch the sport for a living.
For example, Josh Cunliffe finished two down to the Citizen’s Tamlyn Patterson after it was discovered that Cunliffe had played the first two holes with 15 clubs in his bag instead of 14. And with rules guru Dennis Bruyns in his fourball, Cunliffe had no option but to forfeit those two and that was eventually the margin.
And KFM personality Jeremy Harris beat Christiaan Basson one up. Riekus Nortje took on Sasha Martinengo, and defeated him, while a trio of golf magazine editors in Allan Jones (Tee and Sandwedges), Stuart McLean (Golf Digest) and Brendan Barratt (Compleat Golfer) also won their matches.