Most would agree that holes 10-18 on Firethorn is the harder of the course’s two nines but sweet-swinging 79-year-old Koos Loots had no trouble touring the tough inward loop in just 37 strokes in the club’s Senior Competition on Tuesday morning.
Not only was this good golf but, seeing he made 42 on the first nine, he was able to shoot his age for the first time in his long association with the game and with Randpark.
“It’s a great feeling to have finally achieved this because it’s been one of my goals,” said Koos who has a deadly short game and helped his cause by chipping in for a birdie three at the 11th followed by a string of pars. He was just short of the green in two at 18 but putted up to about five feet and then holed what was clearly a little tester – seeing so much was on the line – to seal a very memorable 79 for him.
Koos has been a Randpark member for all of 44 years and served the club with distinction as a former Vice-Captain and Captain, and former Vice-President and President.
Tuesday’s competition was a combined Stableford and, not surprisingly, Koos (44 points) and his partner Elca Faure (34 points) cruised into first place with 78 points.
Written by Randpark member Grant Winter