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.
South African number one Nobuhle Dlamini led the favourites into the third round of the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship at Milnerton Golf Club on Monday.
After a first round bye, Dlamini enjoyed a comfortable 7&5 win over Durban golfer Claudia Redinger.
She was followed into the third round by the country’s number two ranked player, Kim Williams, who in contrast had to work for her 6&4 victory over Sylvia Masango.
Nobuhle Dlamini emerged from Milnerton Golf Club’s Sunday afternoon mist with a two-stroke victory in the stroke play tournament that was no more than a warm-up for her attempt at the double in this week’s Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship.
The 36-hole stroke play serves as a seeding tournament for the main match play championship from Monday to Wednesday. And Dlamini reinforced her status as favourite with her rounds of 75 and 68 for a total of one over par 143.
The University of Pretoria lifted the USSA Championship title on Friday with an unparalleled performance in the A-Division at the Koro Creek Country Estate in Limpopo.
Although their second round match play triumph over The Golf School of Excellence – Johannesburg (TSGE-Jhb) effectively sealed their victory, the 2008, 2009 and 2011 champions kept their undefeated record intact by defeating the University of Stellenbosch A 6.5 - 2.5 in the final round.
Lara Weinstein accomplished what she set out to do when the defeated Kim Williams in a thrilling final to clinch the Gauteng North Womens Open title at Centurion Country Club on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golfer won the closely fought contest with a regulation par after Williams paid the price of a wayward tee shot at the last hole.
Matthew Spacy made three eagles on his way to a second round six-under-par 66 that not only won him the Individual Standings title, but help the University of Pretoria to an emphatic victory in the Stroke Play qualifier of this year’s USSA (University Sport South Africa) Championships in Limpopo.
The University of Pretoria won the prestigious universities championship in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and are firm favourites to win their fourth title at the Koro Creek Country Estate. The Tuks team took a seven shot lead into the second round of the 36-hole qualifier and combined for a second round total of 364 to finish 21 strokes ahead of the Stellenbosch A side, who returned a second round 379.
The University of Pretoria team fought swirling winds, tough greens, first round nerves and the challenges of 15 other sides to earn the first round lead at the annual SSA (University Sport South Africa) Championships in Limpopo.
Helped by a two-under-par 70 from Regard Neethling and a pair of 72s from Werner van Niekerk and Andrew van der Knaap, the Tuks side combined for an opening score of 363 to finish seven shots clear of Stellenbosch University A.
South African number one Nobuhle Dlamini has her sights set on a rare national amateur double when she tees it up as the favourite in next week’s Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Championship at Milnerton Golf Club.
In April, the Swazi golfer won the Sanlam Amateur Stroke Play Championship by a commanding 12 strokes at Pretoria Country Club and is focused on a career first of adding her name to the match play trophy as well.
Ekurhuleni’s Nicole Garcia underlined her growing stature when she claimed an emphatic seven stroke victory in the Gauteng North Golf Union’s Womens Open Championship Stroke Play qualifier at Centurion Country Club on Monday.
The victory was her third this season, following triumph at the Gauteng 54-Hole Championship at Randpark Golf Club and the Free State & Northern Cape Championship title at Clarens Golf Estate in May.