Oldies but goodies

by Golfer on

It has been agreed that the addition of the eight-man field of senior professionals that contested separate event, the Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge, was a huge success. Consider this: Mark McNulty, who scored 67, made 31 on the back nine – if this isn’t golf of the highest standard, what is? Also, Tommy Armour III, who holed his approach to the par-four 15th, whipped it round in 30 on the homeward loop.

But besides their scores, these legends of the game went out of their way to entertain off the course, and for the spectators it was a thrill to watch these icons rolling back the years and producing the sort of golf for which they are famous.

Senior players at the Nedbank Golf Challenge 2010

(L to R) - David Frost, Gary Player, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Mike Brown, Mark McNulty, David Coutts-Trotter, Jeff Sluman, Fred Funk, Fulton Allem and Tommy Armour III

The champion Jeff Sluman could not say enough about the quality of the golf course, the Sun City Resort in general, and the fun he had playing in the event. “I have heard so many good things about the tournament from the guys who have been here over the 30 years – and they weren’t exaggerating. Beautiful golf course, the crowds were fantastic, and Nedbank has done a fantastic job,” said Sluman.

Sluman was invited at short notice after Corey Pavin had to withdraw – something he is now obviously happy about. “I’m going to send Corey a Chrismas card,” he said.

Just as happy to be competing at the venue where he has enjoyed so much success in the past was three-time Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Nick Price. After leading the senior event after the first round with Sluman, Price shot a somewhat indifferent 73, but suggested that his performance on the greens left a lot to be desired. “I saw a bunch of baboons out there on the course today, anyone of which could have putted better than me,” said Price with his trademark grin.

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