Month: April 2009
For the second time in four days, Nicol van Wyk finished runner up. This time he lost to Matt Jager, of Australia, 6 and 5 in today's 36 hole match play final of the New Zealand Amateur Championship at the Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland.
The SAGA continuously reviews its handicapping and course rating system. At the National Executive meeting held on 7 March 2009 at Benoni Country Club, detailed discussions took place led by the Handicap and Course Rating Sub Committee. In this discussion stakeholders' recent comments about the system were taken into account. Some salient points and decisions arising out of the meeting are the following:
Both Dean O' Riley and Nicol van Wyk successfully negotiated their way through the first two rounds of the New Zealand Amateur Championship, being played at the Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland, to set up an all South African quarter final tomorrow.
When you think of Nohbule Dlamini, certain images come to mind: a toothy smile, dimpled cheecks and a charming demeanor.
At the end of the Sanlam SA Women's Amateur Championship at Royal Cape we can add a formidable opponent in one-on-one tussles after she won the Matchplay Championship at the 37th hole from Lumien Orton.
Nicol van Wyk, playing in strong blustery weather conditions, recorded a level par 70, giving him a 54 hole total of 206, four under par, two shots off the lead going into tomorrow's fourth and final round of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship.
Matchplay golf can be unpredictable and never more so than at the Sanlam South African Women's Amateur at Royal Cape on Thursday.
While former professional Lumien Orton survived the quarterfinals and semi-finals comfortably enough to advance to the 36-hole final on Friday, Western Province's Gilly Tebbutt downed Bertine Strauss before she fell to Swaziland's Nobuhle Dlamini by a one shot margin in the nail-biting round of 18 holes.
She sets up at the tee, studies the ball for a few moments and swings in a motion that looks effortless. The ball starts off low and then begins to rise, soaring far down the fairway until it hits in the middle.
This isn't an LPGA pro - it's an 11-year-old girl from Johannesburg.
As expected, teenager Bertine Strauss hammered her way to the Sanlam SA Women's Amateur Matchplay quarterfinals at Royal Cape, but it was a day of upsets and disappointments for tournament favourites Kim Williams and Yvette du Plessis.
Gauteng star Kirsten Campbell enjoyed a memorable triumph when she lifted the B-Division title at the Sanlam SA Women's Amateur Strokeplay Championship on Tuesday.