King David Mowbray Golf Club, 7 November: David Watts completed a four-shot victory over Iglin Grobbelaar to claim the Cape Town Disabled Open hosted by the City of Cape Town at King David Mowbray Golf Club on Monday.
The win capped a phenomenal debut season of disabled golf for Watts who captured titles at the Ebotse, Irene, Kwazulu-Natal and Tshwane Disabled Opens respectively.
Holding a four-shot lead over Grobbelaar after round one, Watts endured a topsy turvy opening-nine, mixing four bogeys with a birdie-4 at the 6th to turn in 39.
Grobbelaar meanwhile turned in 38, a nine highlighted by a birdie at the 6th. A ding-dong battle played out over the back-nine with Grobbelaar getting one back after a birdie at the 12th. Watts increased his lead again however with a pars at the 13th and 14th .
Watts made an untimely double-bogey at the long par-4 15th and with Grobbelaar securing par, the event was set for a thrilling conclusion.
Ultimately, Watts punctuated a fantastic year’s golf with three closing pars while Grobbelaar dropped shots at the 16th and 18th which allowed Durban Country Club member Watts to put the finishing touches on a fantastic victory.
Crawford wins Physically-Disabled Stableford
Les Autres golfer Sebastian Crawford won the Physically-Disabled Stableford division in a count-out over Anthony Roberts after the pair carded ended on 73 points apiece.
Crawford posted 38 final round points, a round which featured no fewer than six three-pointers. The defining three-pointer came at his final hole of the day, the par-5 9th. Handy two-pointers were key to maintaining Crawford’s momentum and ultimately ensuring he prevailed on a tightly contested day.
For his part, Roberts played equally outstanding golf and carded 18 outward nine points before coming home in a further 20 points highlighted by three-pointers at the par-5 6th and par-4 7th respectively. A one-pointer at his final hole of the day was not the finish Roberts was after but he should be commended for two days of solid golf.
Overnight leader Yolandi Magatye carded 32 final round points to finish alone in 6th-place.
Botha Triumphs in Deaf Medal
Jay-Jay Botha followed up his opening round 80 with a round of 78 that ensured a four-stroke win over King David Mowbray member Charles Williams.
Botha began with two dropped shots in the first four holes – at the 1st and 4th – but a birdie at the 6th offset some of the damage. A third dropped shot of the day at the 7th saw Botha shoot an outward nine of 38.
The inward half was something of a mixed bag – birdies at the 10th and 18th the highlights of a nine which also included a triple-bogey 7 at the 12th and a double-bogey at the 14th. Despite bettering his round one effort by 10 shots, Williams’ final round 76 saw him finish as runner-up to his Deaflympics teammate.
Astounding Asia wins Deaf Stableford
Mary Kihn pupil Aidan Asia completed an astounding four-point victory over Zubenathi Kroti and Elvirno Visagie after carding a two-round tally of 65 points.
Asia made the perfect start to his day, making a four-pointer at the par-5 10th. Amazingly, two further four-pointers followed – at the 17th and 18th – and a welcome three-pointer at 13 sawe the First Swing Program golfer turn with 20 points to his name.
Though he cooled off with a 13-point inward nine, two-three pointers at the 7th and 9th holes were instrumental to Asia seeing off the challenges of Kroti and Visagie.
Four fantastic golfers took top honours in the event and it is a testament to the quality of the SADGA’s First Swing Program that three of their current golfers made up the top-3 of the Deaf Stableford division.
The second staging of the Cape Town Open was a resounding success that wouldn’t have been possible without the significant contribution made by the City of Cape Town.
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