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25 May 2016 - Francois wins historic Prentice Cup

Francois wins historic Prentice Cup

This past Sunday, the 22nd May, saw the 95th playing of the Prentice Cup (a short history follows at the end of report) at Mowbray Golf Club. The players were greeted by another lovely day for golf.

A total of 89 boys and girls participated. The B division was won by Jordan Rothman (Durbanville) – she recorded a good 83, with Reuben Kayster (KD Mowbray) 2nd on 85. The C division saw Slade Strydom (Atlantic Beach) narrowly beating Kyle Dunsdon (Bredasdorp) by a single point.

Because of the increase of under 13s participating in these events, there is now an A as well as a B division. Jack Buchanan (Milnerton) recorded a fine 78 gross to win the U13 A division while the U13 B division was won by Jamie Ricketts (Durbanville) – an 87 gross.

The Prentice Cup for 2016 was won by Francois Cilliers (Strand) with an excellent score of 2 under par 70. Francois has shown tremendous improvement the past month or 2 which augurs well for his golf going forward. The runners-up were Ayden Senger (Durbanville) and Marcelo van Rooyen (KD Mowbray) on 73.

A highlight of the day was the attendance at the prize-giving of the 1944 winner of the Prentice Cup, Mr Bill (WAB) Bensimon. He kindly presented the prizes at the presentation.

Report by Peter Little

The Prentice Bequest

Of importance to the Golf Union in 1920 was the matter of the J A W Prentice Bequest which needed to be resolved. Prentice was killed in action in the first months of WW1 but before going on active service he bequeathed 60 pounds to the SAGU for the purpose of encouraging the youth of South Africa to play golf. The wording of the bequest is as follows:

"That a sum of 60 pounds be handed to the SAGU for the encouragement of golf amongst the youth of South Africa to be divided thus: 10 pounds to be retained by the SAGU, 10 pounds to the WPGU or Royal Cape Golf Club, 10 pounds to the PE Golf Club, 10 pounds to the Durban Golf Club, 10 pounds to the TGU or the Johannesburg Golf Club and 10 pounds to the Kimberley Golf Club.

It was decided that the most suitable way to carry out Prentice's wishes was for each centre to purchase a floating trophy and to hold an annual competition under terms as laid down by the bequest. The first Prentice competitions took place in 1921.

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