They say those who can, do – but those who can’t, write about it. Well, the golfing media of South Africa get a chance to prove their golfing credentials when they take on the Sunshine Tour professionals at Copperleaf (formerly Gardener Ross) on Sunday 19th September in the Sunshine Tour Media Challenge.
Here’s the gig: 50 golf writers, presenters and broadcasters will take on 50 of the best local golfers in a challenge to see whether the journos know anything about playing golf – or if the players are as good as they claim to be.
In order to give them a head start, the Sunshine Tour pros will only play off +2 (most would have been off +4 or better when they turned pro), while the media golfers will play off their official handicaps. And yes, we all play off the same tees!
Compleat Golfer editor Brendan Barratt had this to say: “We will be going all out to clock up a victory. Sure, most of us will be in the pub, licking our wounds by midway through the back nine, but a victory for one is a victory for all.
“And I would not want to be the one Sunshine Tour pro who loses to a media hack…”
Some of the pairings are particularly interesting, with 5FM DJ Sasha Martinengo (15 handicap) drawing the short straw in being paired with European Tour star Thomas Aiken.
Barratt (8) will be up against Christiaan Basson, while other interesting matchups see SuperSport presenters Neil Andrews (17) and Terry Paine (12) up against Grant Muller and Matthew Carvell respectively.
Jacaranda FM presenter and regular Compleat Golfer contributor Simon Hill (0), playing at his home club, should provide some challenge for Josh Cunliffe, but it’s going to be tough going for the rest, with Naas Botha (18) against Doug McGuigan, Dan Nicholl (13) against Louis de Jager, Cape Talk’s Aden Thomas (15) against Vaughn Groenewald, Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts (17) against Jake Roos and Highveld Stereo’s Whackhead Simpson taking on Justin Harding.
Former Compleat Golfer editor Brandon de Kock (6) will be trying to outmuscle Charl Coetzee and, with the thin Highveld air, these two bombers should make an interesting pair to watch, especially when they are grouped with the EP Herald’s Alvin Reeves (9) and Mark Fensham.
Keep reading here to find out how the matches progress or follow @CompleatGolfEd on Twitter for live updates from the course.