9th September 2016

Terblanche shows up; talks playing again

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Vodacom Origins of Golf: Day 1He last won a tournament in 2007, and a single appearance in the 2014 season was the last time he played on the Sunshine Tour, but Des Terblanche is contemplating playing golf again.

The man who won 12 times on the Sunshine Tour put in an appearance at Sishen Golf and Country Club during the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament being played in his hometown of Kathu.

And with plenty of allegedly inside information doing the rounds that he had turned his back on golf, it was something of surprise to see him standing near the 10th tee and chuckling as a player hit a less-than-perfect shot off it to get the second half of his round underway.

“I’m thinking I should start playing again,” said the man who turns 51 next month. “I’ve been away from golf long enough to clear all the bad thoughts I had about it.”

There is enough golf in his blood to make it no surprise that he should be thinking that way. In addition to the 12 Sunshine Tour titles, he won three times on the Asian Tour with the last title there coming in the 2000 Thailand Open.

While he may never get back to being as competitive as that, there are a lot of the older players on the Sunshine Tour who would be thrilled to have him on the circuit again – he was one of the most popular players on tour in his heyday.

In reality, simply getting back onto the fairways of the Bob Grimsdell designed course through the kameeldoring forest after which Kathu is named might be enough for Terblanche – rather than embracing the rigours of touring life again.

Although his health is good now, he still has to take care of himself. He’s done some of that by taking up – amongst other things – shooting with a bow and arrow. That he practices by shooting from his front door, down a passage in his house, out the back door and to a target, probably means his wife Zelda would like him to play golf again.