2019 HERALDS A NEW DAWN
by Matt Pearce
Sixteen years after its first edition in the Drakensberg, the BCX SuperSport Shootout made its way to the Drakenstein Municipality, contested on the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Val de Vie estate.
Val de Vie, established in 2005, hosted the event for the first time, having acquired and incorporated the Pearl Valley course into its offering in 2016.
At the opening function, hosted by renowned chef Reuben Riffel at his recently established ‘Reuben’s & Co. Café’ on the estate, there was plenty of banter between the two team captains in the Ryder Cup-styled team competition, Jonas Bogoshi of Team BCX and Gideon Khobane of Team SuperSport, CEOs of their respective businesses.
Neil Tovey, Naas Botha, Mark Williams, Stanton Fredericks, Neil Andrews and Matthew Booth.
Reuben's & Co. Restaurant at The Yard at Val de Vie.
Since the team competition had been established, the-then Team Telkom had won the first two titles, only for Team Supersport to claim the trophy in 2017 and 2018. Two-all going in to the 2019 event. As usual, in addition to the team competition – played on a better-ball matchplay basis – there was an individual nett medal and better-ball nett medal competition to be decided.
One would expect a pairing featuring the Springbok Sevens flyer Siviwe Soyizwapi to be quick out of the blocks, but the manner in which he and partner Curwin Bosch – both first-timers at the Shootout – surged into an early lead was impressive by any measure. (click here to read more)