Unity is key

David McIntyre tees off at Bryanston Country Club. Photo: Nicholas Zaal


The Central Gauteng golf team played a round at Bryanston Country Club ahead of the much anticipated inter-provincial tournament.

The region’s eight best amateur golfers will take on 12 other teams from across the country in this year’s tournament, at Bryanston between 17 and 22 September.

Hayden Griffiths lines up his putt during the round. Photo: Nicholas Zaal


Central Gauteng captain, Darin de Smidt backs his players to go the distance at this year’s inter-provincial tournament. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

Central Gauteng will be favourites after winning three of the last five editions, although they finished fourth at last year’s tournament in Port Alfred.

“We have a good bunch of guys and we are playing at home,” said team manager, Jaco du Plessis on a sunny 6 September. “Our preparation has mainly been about taking individual stars and making them a team – making them gel as a unit and play for each other.”

Team captain, Darin de Smidt agreed that the team was strong this year and the key to success lay in unity.

“We are all good mates and have a good vibe,” he said. “We have clicked well so when the tournament comes we must just take it shot by shot and not get ahead of ourselves.”

Unity did not appear to be a problem during the round. The players come from different backgrounds and up to 25 years of age separate some of them. Yet the format of the round meant players had to work together in teams of two, alternating shots.

Andrew Carlsson putts. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

Jason Rossiter tees off during the practice round. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

Encouragement was offered on many occasions, and while apologies were issued for poor shots, no one was blamed for them. The usual joking and banter that always accompanies a game of golf played itself out too.

“In golf, you meet the most amazing people of different lifestyles and cultures, and this is a very strong team,” said player, David McIntyre.

Bryce Leach of Featherbrooke is another member of the Central Gauteng team. Photo: Nicholas Zaal


The Central Gauteng golf team. Back: Jason Rossiter, Hayden Griffiths, Cameron Moralee, Jaco du Plessis (manager), Darin de Smidt (captain) and Bryce Leach. Front: Ryan Dreyer, Andrew Carlsson and David McIntyre. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

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