Putting and chipping.
That was the corner stone of ex-SA cricketer Adrian Kuiper’s victory during the Boland Senior Open that was held at Hermanus – the home club of Kuiper.
“For me – green reading is one of the most important aspects of putting and luckily I am a good reader of greens. It also helped that the tournament was played at my home course.”
Kuiper said he tries to practice his chipping and putting as often as possible. “I have a bag of practice balls and if I get an opportunity I “sneak” over to Hermanus or Arabella to practice my short game.”
Kuiper is on a hot streak and also won the Hermanus Club Championships this past week-end with a score of 152. During his first round he had only 25 putts – winning the Dennis Kell-trophy.
About 8 years ago Adrian worked at Hermanus for an estate agency and practiced and played as often as possible for that year. He improved quickly and was selected for the Boland Senior team for the IPT tournament in Durban.
He then went back to the farm and due to a neck-operation he did not play golf for quite a while. “Since the beginning of last year, I decided to concentrate on my golf and participated in a number of senior open tournaments – I enjoy the challenges that you face when you participate in open tournaments.”
After his victory at the Boland Senior Open Kuiper was selected as Captain of the Boland Super Seniors team (players 60 years and older) that will play at the Super Seniors IPT at Erinvale in April.
“We have a strong side and players like Dewald Botha, Tony Bailey and George Bezuidenhout have the experience and ability to play top-golf. I am looking forward to the IPT.”
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