Month: February 2010
EAST LONDON, 28 February 2010 - Teenager Allan Versfeld made a strong run for the Glacier SA Amateur Championship title with a flawless 67 to set the early target in the first round of the 36-hole Stroke Play qualifier at East London Golf Club today.
EAST LONDON, 27 February 2010 - With the mass exodus of the country’s top amateurs to the paid ranks over the last two years, East London Golf Club offers a new wave of golfers a great opportunity to stake a claim for the country’s most prestigious amateur honour at the Glacier SA Amateur Championship from February 28 to March 5, 2010.
The final round of the ever-popular Sanlam Cancer Golf Challenge will be played at Sun City this year. This tournament was held with great success at San Lameer on the KwaZulu-Natal coast for the past 17 years. The event will be played from 24th – 27th October 2010.
What looked like it may be a back-nine battle quickly turned into a one-girl show. Two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Victoria Tanco notched a fourth Invitational title to her name with a win at Reunion.
South Africa's Connie Chen finished tied 13 on 225 after a final round of 77 while team mate Bertine Strauss was two strokes back in 18th position. She carded 78 in the final round.
Connie Chen and Bertine Strauss have good rounds at Annnika but Victoria Tanco fires a 66 to lead the field with day one leader, Laetitia Beck
Israel's Laetitia Beck and Florida's Victoria Tanco share the second round lead of the Annika Invitational after their impressive play on Sunday, day two of the event. Beck, who led after the first round, shot one-under-par, while Tanco fired a six-under 66 to jump from tied fourth to share the lead at the Reunion Resort.
South Africa's Connie Chen and Bertine Strauss carded 72 and 74 respectively on day two to remain in the top 13 of this 72 player international field of junior golfers.
Results day 2
In freezing temperatures at the Annika Invitational in Orlando, both Bertine Strauss (75) and Connie Chen (76) played solid rounds on day one to lie in 10th and 17th positions respectively. And after the round, Annika spent time with the players giving them a clinic with lots of good advice - both Connie and Bertine were able to demonstrate shots with her.
Connie Chen days that she had the best day of her life when she went to practice at Champions Gate on Wednesday 10 February in Orlando, Florida and met Trevor Immelman and Suzanne Petterson. As if that was not interesting enough I also got time with David Leadbetter.
The second Annika Invitational gets under way today. Saturday 13 February and at the opening ceremony last night, South Africa's top ranked juniors, Connie Chen and Bertine Strauss met Annika once again.
Twenty year old Dean O’Riley started the final round of the 72 hole South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship, played at Pearl Valley Golf Estates, near Paarl, with a seven stroke lead. By the time the leading group concluded hole 7, in the final round, the Ekurhuleni amateur had relinquished his lead to Graham van der Merwe, having dropped six shots.
Playing steady golf all day, overnight leader Dean O’Riley was one of only four players who managed to break 70 in the third round of the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship. He extended his lead over the rest of the field to seven shots, finishing with a 54 hole total of 206, ten under par.
17 year-old Namibian Bonita Bredenhann and KZN's Tiffany Avern-Taplin are the respective 2010 Nedbank Eastern Province stroke play and match play champions. The championship was concluded on Tuesday 9 February and played at Port Elizabeth Golf Club, venue of the upcoming 2010 SA Amateur Championship.
Sixteen year old Brandon Stone, the son of professional Kevin, caddied for his father in the South African Open Championship, played at the end of last year, also at Pearl Valley Golf Estates, near Paarl. Walking the course and observing his father’s progress paid off after he recorded the lowest morning round, a 68, four under par, of the second round of the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
It was a memorable day for Graham van der Merwe, the eighteen year old amateur for Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. He finished on top of the leader board after the first round of the 72 hole South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship, with a three under par 69.
Unheralded Graham van der Merwe recorded a rare albatross, three under par on a par five. This spurred him on to a pace setting round of 69, three under par, in this morning’s first round of the 72 hole South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship being played at Pearl Valley Golf Estates, near Paarl in the Western Cape.