Ryan is ready for the inter-provincial tournament

Ryan Dreyer likes testing his skills against other golfers. Photo: Nicholas Zaal


Ryan Dreyer (45) is once again prepared to play golf for Central Gauteng at the upcoming inter-provincial tournament.

The Killarney Country Club golfer is 25 years older than some of his teammates, but come 17 September, he will compete against the best amateur golfers in the country.

Ryan Dreyer putts during a practice round at Bryanston Country Club. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

“I have been playing golf for 31 years and was professional for 10 years,” he said during a practice round at Bryanston Country Club.

“I played on the Sunshine Tour and in Canada but dropped golf for two years afterwards because it was hard to make a living.”

Despite his frustrations with the sport, golf was in Dreyer’s blood and a social round with friends led to a resurgence in his career in 2008.

“I got my amateur status back quickly and won the SA Amateur Championship in 2009, as well as the Tailhade Cup in Argentina the same year.”

Now a father of two young daughters, Dreyer represents South Africa at mid-amateur level in international tournaments and the Central Gauteng Golf Union in the open age category.

“I have a competitive nature and it is nice to pit my skills against others. I usually win or am at least competitive,” he laughed.

Central Gauteng is the favourite to win this year’s tournament, having won three of the last five editions. The 12 other teams will also venture into the heart of central Gauteng (Bryanston) where conditions will favour local golfers in a familiar setting.

Ryan Dreyer tees off ahead of the inter-provincial tournament. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

“We have a good bunch of guys and we are playing at home,” said team manager, Jaco du Plessis. “Our preparation has mainly been about taking individual stars and making them a team – making them gel as a unit and play for each other.”

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