Johannesburg, September 2018: Some of South Africa’s leading sportspeople swapped their rugby and cricket balls for golf clubs this weekend as they battled it out against members of the media and Team Steyn City to see who would take home the Eagle Trophy after the Steyn City Challenge.
This is the fourth time the luxurious Steyn City Golf Club has hosted the golf challenge, which sees four teams (Team Rugby, Team Cricket, Team Media and Team Steyn City) pitting their talents on the greens.
Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari headed Team Steyn City, while Team Media – which included SuperSport presenter Richard Maspero, Sunday Times sports writer Liam del Carme, Simon Hill of Hot 91.9fm, Robbie Kruse of 5fm and Kyknet, OG Molefe eNCA sports presenter and President of the OG Molefe Foundation, Ben Karpinski, head of sport at Cliff Central – was captained by SuperSport’s Louis Hattingh. The presence of former Springboks added an undeniable touch of excitement to proceedings: Divan Serfontein, Breyton Paulse, Toks van der Linde, Ray Mordt and Danie Gerber were led by Naas Botha. Meanwhile, the Proteas were represented by Team Cricket, with Quinton De Kock and AB de Villiers under the guidance of captain Albie Morkel.
Unlike previous years, where the tournament’s action took place over two days, this year’s format followed a shot gun start, making for even greater tension and excitement.
All teams lived up to the challenge, showing great spirit and fine form.
After a great day’s golfing, and some excellent dining before each tee-off at Steyn City’s acclaimed Nineteen (XIX) Restaurant, the prizegiving got underway, with Team Media with 478 overall points being named winner of this year’s Eagle Trophy with Team Steyn City in second place, just three points behind the winning team with 475 points, Team Cricket third place with 448 overall points and Team Rugby in fourth position with 457 overall points.
All who participated agreed that it was a fantastic afternoon on one of South Africa’s most beautiful golf courses, and Louis Hattingh, Captain of winning Team Media indicated that this year’s challenge was second to none, and parted with the promise of returning to show off their team’s flair once again on the fairways next year.