Playing With The Pros…
A Dream Comes True
After two days of intense competition to decide the winner of the Volvo World Golf Challenge, the 18 leading amateurs all looked forward to the golfing thrill of a lifetime as they prepared to team up with two top Professionals – stars of the European Tour – to form a 3-ball and play in Friday’s Amateur-Pro Team Competition.
Conditions were kind to the nervous amateurs, and the Pros all did their best to put them at their ease. With scoring quite tightly grouped, one team finally managed to ease themselves clear.
Mark Vandenberghe from the UK, was accompanied by fellow Englishman Lee Slattery and local hero Retief Goosen. Together, they compiled a very impressive team total of 18 under par. The 7-handicapper was understandably thrilled and described the golf course as “awesome… both the guys made me feel very comfortable, it was great, absolutely great.” Joking about the experience, former US Open champion Goosen said, “He hit some better shots out there than me!” Third member of the team, Lee Slattery, shot the day’s best score, an 8 under par 65. He felt that Mark, “…holed some great putts under pressure and hit some great shots as well. We all gelled well as a team.”
A more detailed report will follow, but for all eighteen amateur qualifiers from the Volvo World Golf Challenge, and for Mark Vendenberghe in particular, this was a day they will remember forever.