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Jeremy Campion – Randpark’s CHAMPION golf photographer and CHAMPION one-putter!

Jeremy Campion – Randpark’s CHAMPION golf photographer and CHAMPION one-putter!

RENOWNED golf photographer Jeremy Campion, who sent back to South Africa brilliant images from the 27 straight British Open he attended as an accredited Press cameraman, is one of Randpark’s long-standing members who has a great love for the club.
And perhaps this super senior – who looks considerably younger than his 76 years – should now be renamed Jeremy CHAMPION! (This after a TATS competition on Thursday, August 20).
After starting his round by hitting his tee-shot into the river on Firethorn’s first hole, he – as he puts it – “duffed the next couple of shots” before finding himself just short of the green lying five …

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Bullett drives: Whacking it like Wilco

Bullett drives: Whacking it like Wilco

WHEN Wilco Nienaber hits a golf ball, it stays hit. So, if you don’t follow professional golf too closely, who is Wilco Nienaber anyway? Well, he’s a tall, wiry 20-year-old South African from Bloemfontein who turned professional last year after winning the SA Amateur. In fact he won no less than 21 titles as an amateur. And now he’s beginning to make his presence felt in the pro ranks – not only for his par-busting antics, but because he hits the ball further, considerably further, than pretty much anyone else on the major world tours …

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Positive advice from the great Gary Player to our boys in the PGA, and us Randpark members!

Positive advice from the great Gary Player to our boys in the PGA, and us Randpark members!

AFTER the disruptions to the international golf schedule because of the pandemic and the cancellation of last month’s British Open, this week sees the first Major of the year taking place – the US PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. Technically South Africa has six players in the line-up – Louis Oosthuizen, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Erik van Rooyen, Charl Schwartzel, Dylan Frittelli and Shaun Norris. Branden Grace was also …

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Ladies Captain Debbie Gillings is ‘giving back’

Ladies Captain Debbie Gillings is ‘giving back’

“I’m certainly not the shy, quiet type,” says Debbie Gillings. Which is just as well because anyone who holds down the position of club captain of a golf club needs to be a people’s person, able to communicate well verbally with fellow members in addition to being a hard-working, good organiser and administrator …

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Down Golf’s Memory Lane – St Andrews, July 2000

Down Golf’s Memory Lane – St Andrews, July 2000

This week, exactly 20 years ago at St Andrews, a 30-year-old Ernie Els was trying hard to fight back the tears after he had holed his final putt for a 69 and a 277 total in that year’s Open Championship. I was covering the event for Independent Newspapers and Ernie asked me to join him on the short ride back to the Old Course Hotel where he was staying …

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Club Captain Derek McGowan: A ‘Phenomenal’ Guy

Club Captain Derek McGowan: A ‘Phenomenal’ Guy

DEREK McGowan can’t hide his enthusiasm when talking about Randpark. “It’s a phenomenal club with two phenomenal golf courses,” he says. “There’s so much right about it – be it, in Francois, the best club manager in the country, be it the people in charge of the finances, be it the very special family atmosphere, be it management and the …

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“I was born in a bunker!”

“I was born in a bunker!”

“I WAS born in a bunker!” I’ve heard him say it before and I’m sure the Big Easy would have said it again – if only to himself – after the final hole of the Hoag Classic on the PGA Tour Champions on Sunday …

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