The Springbok hooker talks about his ideal fourball, similarities between rugby and golf, and why he’s just a general all-round social golfer
Which other players in the Stormers group are handy golfers?
The guys I played the most with are Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, but I think the best golfer in the team at the moment is Neethling Fouche. He is a six or seven handicap.
How long have you been playing golf?
I started playing at the end of 2018 and I have been enjoying it a lot. I’m not playing as much as I used to but that gave me a base to work from.
What is your favourite club in the bag?
It is definitely my 6-iron. I don’t really know why – I just strike it well or better than the other clubs, sometimes even if it is the wrong choice.
Have you played any golf courses on tour overseas?
The last time we travelled, I wasn’t that keen or we didn’t play golf that much. When I travel, on my days off I like to see some of my mates or go sightseeing. But, next time when we travel abroad I would like to play more.
Do you watch a lot of golf? If so, who is your favourite player?
To be honest I don’t watch that much, but when we are travelling and the golf is on I usually watch it with some of the boys. I like getting my support behind some of the South African players so I think I’d pick Louis Oosthuizen at the moment.
Who would be in your ultimate fourball?
Gary Player would definitely be there. Winning nine Major championships is legendary and he was probably one of the best of his time. Big Easy [Ernie Els] would also be in there. I have met him once or twice, he is quite a character and would be awesome to play with him. Then, obviously, I would have Tiger Woods, especially after watching his documentary on Showmax. I have so many questions for him and would love to listen to what he has to say.
What similarities do you find between golf and rugby?
They are totally different sports but as a hooker there are a few similarities. Especially with throwing – a lot of it is about putting time into it. There is a lot of focus involved and it can get quite technical. Every game is different, every shot is different. Every time you play, even if it’s the same course, it’s still different. It’s the same with rugby. You train a lot and plan a lot of things but on the field there is always something you didn’t plan for. Every game is different, no matter how much you prepare for something
Do you have a handicap?
I don’t really have one. I play a lot of social golf with the boys. Last time I played was at Steenberg and I almost lifted my bat, so I’m not that great but I am still enjoying it.
Siyabonga ‘Scarra’ Ntubeni is a Springbok, Stormers and Western Province rugby player. He was born on 18 February 1991 in East London and matriculated at King Edward VII School. He has been playing rugby in Cape Town since 2010 and made his debut for the Springboks against Argentina in Pretoria in 2019.