Port Alfred women to defend title


The Belmont Golf Club ladies will host the Port Alfred ladies in the 50th anniversary of the Picture Match golf day on Tuesday 28 November, tee-off from 11am.

The Port Alfred ladies are defending their title and the picture will be brought to Grahamstown for the prize giving.

Joyce Heny, a member of the Port Alfred golf club said: “Because we were not able to participate in league in those days and so never had a team match-play experience (and this applied to Grahamstown as well) I thought it would be a good idea to play each other twice a year, alternating venues”.

While the first match or two were played without a trophy, Heny came up with the idea of agreeing to purchase a picture and sharing the costs. “They were agreeable so I set about looking for a suitable one” she said.

Richard John  Allen Coates a local artist heard about the picture trophy idea and he offered to paint a seascape and donate it to the two women’s sections (Port Alfred and Grahamstown).

The picture match began in 1967 and the painting was introduced as the “trophy” in 1968.

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