Wayne Westner dies in hostage drama

2017-01-04 15:43
Wayne Westner (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South African golfing star Wayne Westner has died in an apparent hostage drama on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Wednesday morning.

According to the South Coast Herald website, police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum confirmed the identity of the deceased man, who died as the result of a gunshot wound to the right side of his head, as Westner.

Westner is alleged to have held his wife hostage before committing suicide.

Westner, 55, was best known for winning the South African Open in 1988 and 1991 - on both occasions at Durban Country Club - where his power and prodigious length off the tee enabled him to use a 1-iron to navigate his way around the notoriously tight layout.

He won 14 professional events, including two European Tour events, as well as the 1996 World Cup of Golf at Erinvale Golf Club in Somerset West alongside SA golfing great, Ernie Els.

His career was unfortunately cut short through injury in 1998.

At one point he was ranked as high as 40th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Westner had recently been coaching aspiring young professionals at the Wayne Westner Golf College in KwaZulu-Natal.

This is a developing story and will be updated...

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