2020 - IT'S A WRAP!
by Matt Pearce
After being postponed from its scheduled date in May, the BCX Supersport Shootout made a welcome comeback to the Pearl Valley Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate, with three trophies at stake, for the individual net medal competition, the better-ball competition and the Ryder Cup-style team competition between Team BCX and Team Supersport.
Defending champions Team Supersport had a new captain in CEO-elect Marc Jury and there was plenty of banter in the build up to the event between him and Team BCX captain, Jonas Bogoshi.
A warm welcome at Val de Vie on Saturday night.
Impi Visser and Marius Schoeman from the Blitzboks.
The weather was forecast to be wet for much of the weekend in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley, but Saturday’s opening round was almost entirely dry, although played in very strong winds.
Given the windy conditions, the round put together on the Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Pearl Valley by former Springbok scrum-half and 2007 Rugby World Cup winner Fourie du Preez, was astonishing.
For the first time ever in his golfing career, he had a bogey-free round, adding two birdies to 16 pars for a gross round of 2-under par 70, a net 68. That gave him the overnight lead of five strokes in the individual net medal competition over scratch golfer Graeme Watson, who posted a round of 73.
The rain did not stay away for Sunday’s second round – in which an early shotgun start was used – and the early part of the round provided extremely tough conditions.