John Smit - credit: Kody Mcgregor

Behind the scenes at…The Oakley X-Over Golf Event

In Events, Featured, Latest News, Oakley X-Over Challenge by Craig Jarvis

It doesn’t seem that taxing on the outside, but a round of golf to a non-golfer can be a real challenge thing. Difficult, frustrating and at times exhausting, some hardened athletes have faltered at the green.

Ryan Sandes, for one, can run ultra marathons with ease across incredible distances, but when required to hit a little ball a few hundred meters it’s a fairly complex and exhausting process for the legendary runner.

Bob Skinstad plays a good game along with John Smit, but it will obviously be Ruan de Smidt who will walk away with the gold in this discipline.

The St Francis Links is a world-class golf course, under the CEO leadership of the eminent Jeff Clause. The athletes competing in the Oakley X Over are always welcomed to the St Francis Links with open arms, and the reception is always warm and friendly.

Sometimes, a few other celebrities are around when the Oakley X Over golf tournament is on, like the time 11 times world surfing champ Kelly Slater was having a quiet game alongside the athletes, and came over to say hello.

The Golf tournament in the Oakley X Over is a kingmaker game in that the winner will ultimately be decided after this leg. The competitive spirit of some of the best athletes in the country means that no quarter will be given on the greens or fairways.

So it’ll be time to power up those golf carts, put head down and follow through for those of the contestants serious about going for the coveted Oakley X Over 2017 trophy.