Month: July 2013
Ekurheleni’s Nicole Garcia has undoubtedly played the best golf of her career this season and will be taking her form to two prestigious British amateur championships when she departs for the United Kingdom on Monday.
Garcia will tee it up in the English Womens Amateur Stroke Play at Mannings Heath Golf Club in Sussex from 6-8 August and the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play at Prestwick Golf Club from 21-23 August.
The South African Open Championship goes back to the classics with the announcement that 103rd playing of the second oldest Open Championship will be hosted by the prestigious Glendower Golf Club from November 21-24, 2013.
No stranger to top level championship golf, Glendower staged the country’s flagship event in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and the 18-hole championship course has been home to the Sunshine Tour’s annual BMG Classic since 2009.
The course has also provided the backdrop to some of South Africa’s flagship amateur championships, including the 1986 Womens 72-Hole Teams Championship, 1987 SA Amateur and SA Stroke Play Championships, the 1993 SA Mens Inter-Provincial and the SA Womens Amateur and SA Stroke Play Championships in 2003.
When South Africa’s Haydn Porteous fires his opening shot at the Russian Open on Thursday, his number one ranking will pass to Tshwane golfer Zander Lombard.
The number one spot may have fallen to him due to Porteous’ departure from the amateur ranks, but Lombard said he takes nothing for granted and will work hard to hold on the honour. “It’s the natural progression on things,” he said. “The number one spot fell to Haydn when Brandon Stone left South Africa for college golf in the United States. Now that he has joined the paid ranks, the honour has fallen to me. But it has been my goal all season to get to the number one spot and now it’s up to me to keep myself in this position.”
Nobuhle Dlamini’s challengers have to be wondering just what it will take to stop this tour de force after the world number three cruised to her eighth victory this season at the Nomads Gauteng Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday.
Ekurhuleni’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout underlined his growing stature when he leapfrogged the frontrunners to claim a surprise come-from-behind win at the Limpopo Open, sponsored by The Pro Shop, on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Nigel golfer carded a sublime five-under-par 67 at the par-72, 6,253 meter layout to overtake the leading threesome and lift the title on a winning total of 11-under-par 205.
Kim Williams ended a three-year drought of major titles with victory in the final of the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship at Milnerton Golf Club on Wednesday.
Williams beat Ji Sun Kang 2&1 in the final to claim her biggest victory since winning the national amateur double in 2010.
The first bit of wind to sweep across the Milnerton links in this week’s Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship did enough to rattle a few major title hopes on Tuesday.
The biggest name to fall was that of the top-ranked Nobuhle Dlamini. The Swazi golfer, ranked number one on the South African rankings, saw her hopes of an amateur double crushed by a 3&2 defeat at the hands of Ji Sun Kang in the quarterfinals.
Norman Phillips wore the bridesmaid tag three times in June, but the 53-year-old East London golfer finally got the monkey off his back when he marched to his first provincial Senior Amateur victory in the Jacobsen’s Eastern Cape Senior Championship on Sunday.
South African golfer Paul Boshoff claimed a top 20 finish in the 2013 Swiss Amateur Championship in Lausanne on Sunday.
The 16-year-old Ekurhuleni golfer fired rounds of 71 and 73 at the Lausanne Golf Club to make the cut, set at four-over 148, by four shots. Boshoff and carded a final round 76 to claim a share of 11th on four-over-par on the final leaderboard.