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Horne relishing a return to Humewood links

Many well-known SA golfers to challenge for coveted trophy

Sunshine Senior Tour chief operations officer Neville Clarke addresses the media at the Boardwalk Hotel in Gqeberha on Tuesday at an opening function for the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic golf tournament. On the left is Nelson Mandela Bay MMC for sports, recreation, arts and culture Bassie Kamana and on the right is professional golfer Mark McNulty. The R500 000 Senior Tour event gets under way at Humewood on Golf Club on Wednesday and finishes on Friday.
SWING AWAY: Sunshine Senior Tour chief operations officer Neville Clarke addresses the media at the Boardwalk Hotel in Gqeberha on Tuesday at an opening function for the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic golf tournament. On the left is Nelson Mandela Bay MMC for sports, recreation, arts and culture Bassie Kamana and on the right is professional golfer Mark McNulty. The R500 000 Senior Tour event gets under way at Humewood on Golf Club on Wednesday and finishes on Friday.
Image: Michael Sheehan

South African professional Keith Horne is relishing the prospect of pitting his skills against his contemporaries when the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic golf tournament takes place at Humewood in Gqeberha this week.

The second edition of the R500,000 Senior Sunshine Tour event takes place from Wednesday to Friday and the 50-year-old Horne is excited at returning to the links course, which he has not played for many years.

Though defending champion Chris Williams has other commitments this week, there will be many well-known SA golfers challenging for the coveted trophy, including players such as Mark McNulty, Doug McGuigan, André Cruse, Neil Cheetham and Kenneth Dube.

Keith Horne is excited to return to the Humewood Golf Club on Wednesday for the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic.
A FAN: Keith Horne is excited to return to the Humewood Golf Club on Wednesday for the Nelson Mandela Bay Classic.
Image: GALLO IMAGES/ CARL FOURIE

Horne, who has been competing on the regular Sunshine Tour, said he had played only a handful of pro-ams on the Seniors Tour and was looking forward to this opportunity and a return to Humewood.

“I can’t wait to play at Humewood as I haven’t played there for years.

“I think my last time might have been in the SA Open [in 2006],” he said.

“But it is one of my favourite courses and I am really excited to have this chance to experience it again.

“I grew up in Durban where you have similar courses, but have been in Johannesburg for most of my golfing career where you play mainly parkland courses, and they can get a bit boring.

“The Humewood links is the kind of course I enjoy and I look forward to the challenge of a layout which requires some imagination,” added Horne, who will have a practice round on Tuesday before the pro-am starts on Wednesday.

Besides the course, the winner of 12 professional titles is looking forward “to meeting up with some old friends”.

“I’m also looking forward to guys perhaps not hitting it 30m past me as happens to me now on every single hole on the other tours,” he said.

“So that’s going to be great and I’m sure it will be a fun week.”

Horne has not been over-excited about his golf in recent times.

“On the whole, my golf has been a bit disappointing for the last two years,” said Horne, whose last win came in 2017 at Arabella.

“I have been struggling a bit but in the last two months, I must admit I have been starting to hit it better, so it’s encouraging to be at that level and feeling that I can be competitive again.”

Horne will join his fellow professionals for the pro-am, which will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, while the pros will tee-off by themselves in the final round on Friday.

 

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