Month: August 2013

Solid SA performance at Italian U-16 Champs

After helping South Africa to a runner-up finish in the Nations Cup, Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie carried his form to a joint third finish at the seventh Italian International Under-16 Championship on Thursday.

McClatchie combined with Keegan de Lange for a final round 149 to seal a second place for South Africa in the 36-hole teams competition. In the individual competition, he overcame an opening 80 with three successive rounds of 72 to tie for third on four-over-par 296.
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McClatchie makes a big move in Italy

Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie blasted into the top 10 at the halfway mark of the seventh Italian International Under-16 Championship in Valcarozza, Italy alongside team mates Keegan de Lange and Ross Sinclair from Gauteng North. McClatchie fired a second round one-under-par 72 to vault to joint 10th on six-over-par 152.

Meanwhile De Lange held on to a share of fourth with a 77 and Sinclair moved to joint eighth after carding a 75.

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SAGA Launches New Official Website

The South African Golf Association launched its redesigned official website on Wednesday 28th August 2013.

The new, user-friendly portal is easy to navigate and offers members and golf fans from South Africa and around the globe effortless access to the latest amateur golf news, tournament information, results, statistics, rankings etc.

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De Lange and Ross impress in Italy

Gauteng North’s Keegan de Lange carded a level-par 73 at the Golf Club Biella Le Betulle in Valcarozza, Italy for a three-way share of third while Ross Sinclair from Tshwane is joint 17th at the Italian International Under-16 Championship after an opening 76. Their combined score of 153 left South Africa five shots off the pace from Norway in the Nations Cup team competition.

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LPGA legend impresses in Sweden

When you talk about women’s golf, the list of names that pop up might include Nancy Lopez, Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Imbee Park and Ai Miyazato. However, one name is never left off the list….former world number one, Annika Sorenstam, whose achievements still rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history.

Womens Golf SA president Cynthia Rayner had the opportunity to observe Sorenstam when she accompanied top SA juniors Bianca Theron and Magda Kruger to the Annika Invitational Europe this August.

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SA juniors geared for Italian challenge

South Africa’s top ranked junior Jovan Rebula from Southern Cape, Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie and Gauteng North golfers Keegan de Lange and Rosswell Sinclair will use today’s practice round at the Golf Club Biella in Italy to become well acquainted with the par-73 championship layout before they tee it up in the seventh Italian International Under-16 Championship this week. The junior quartet will compete in the individual 72-hole competition and the 36-hole Nations Trophy team event, played over the first two rounds of the championship.

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The Back Nine with Greg Sheard

In the second instalment of our Back Nine series with South Africa’s top mid-amateur golfers, we talk to South Africa’s number two ranked mid-amateur, Greg Sheard, who busted into the top five of the mid-amateur rankings when he claimed the Volvo South Africa Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship in May and has since bolstered his ranking with a second place finish at the Eastern Province Mid-Amateur in June, a tie for seventh at the North West Mid-Amateur Stroke Play in July and his second victory this season at the Pro Shop / Volvo KZN Mid-Amateur Open in August.

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Strategy pays for Mowat at Southern Cape Open

Central Gauteng’s Callum Mowat stuck to a well-laid game plan in squally conditions at Plettenberg Bay Golf Club on Sunday to come from behind and claim his second title this season at the Southern Cape Open.

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Faber’s fabulous ace a good omen?

Local favourite James Faber is counting on a recent hole-in-one being a good omen ahead of this weekend’s Southern Cape Open at Plettenberg Bay Country Club.

The 40-year-old Faber, or FJ as he is fondly known, knows he has the home course advantage and he can rely on the support from his regular playing partners, friends and family, but he is hoping that the ace will bring him luck, and the winning edge on Sunday.

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Strauss snatches Ekurhuleni Stroke Play

Former SA number one Bertine Strauss proved she is still a force to be reckoned with when she came from behind to steal victory in the Ekurhuleni 54-Hole Stroke Play Championship on Monday.

The 21-year-old from Koster in the North West Province dominated the local amateur scene for many years until she took up a golf scholarship at the University of Texas in August 2011. The psychology student just couldn’t resist the temptation to test herself against South Africa’s top ranked amateurs during her summer break home.

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Top 40 for Wellington at Royal Aberdeen

Although the Senior Open Amateur Championship ended in a downpour of heavy rain and hailstones, South Africa’s Jock Wellington manage to grind out a final round 77 to claim a top 40 finish at Royal Aberdeen on Sunday.

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Garcia claims Top 25 at English Amateur

Nicole Garcia may have barely made the cut at the Mannings Heath Golf Club, but following the reprieve, the South African knuckled down to claim a top 25 finish in her English Womens Amateur Stroke Play debut in Sussex, England.

Disappointed after an opening 81, Garcia improved by six shots with a second round 75 to make the cut to 36 and ties on the number on 12-over-par 156. A third round 76 still left her hovering around the lower echelons of the leaderboard, but the 22-year-old Ekurhuleni golfer put everything she learned into producing a final round 73 that lifted her to joint 21st on 17-over-par 305.

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SA pair ready for Girls British Amateur

South Africa’s Magda Kruger and Bianca Theron completed the final round of the Annika Invitational Europe in Sweden on Friday and will be off to the United Kingdom this weekend to prepare for the Girls British Open Amateur Championship at the Fairhaven Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes from 12-16 August.

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Top three for Fletcher in Germany

– KwaZulu-Natal’s Michaela Fletcher claimed a share of third at the RB German Junior in Germany while compatriot Lara Weinstein shot to sixth in the final round at the Heddesheim Golf Club in Gut Neuzenhof on Thursday.

The 17-year-old golfer carded earlier rounds of 72 and 69 to move into the top three and closed with a 74 to finish on one-under-par 215, alongside Sunna Vidisdottir from Iceland in the World Junior Golf Series event.

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Kruger keeps pace at Annika Invitational

South Africa’s Magda Kruger stayed within striking distance of the lead in the second round of the Annika Invitational Europe in Sweden on Thursday.

On a day when only 10 players in the field of 71 juniors could break par, the Gauteng North golfer followed an opening 70 with a four-over-par 74 to move to eighth on even-par 144. Kruger lags five shots behind 36-hole leader Celia Barquin from Spain, who carded a two under 70 to take the sole lead on five-under-par 139.

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Garcia through to English Womens Amateur weekend

It was touch and go for a while, but South Africa’s Nicole Garcia survived the cut at the English Womens Amateur Stroke Play in England and now the Ekurhuleni golfer will use the reprieve to soak up as much experience as possible over the next two days of play at Mannings Heath Golf Club in Sussex.

The 22-year-old from Ekurhuleni said her patience was tested as she waited to hear where the cut to 36 and ties would fall.

“I carded rounds of 81 and 75, so I was sitting on the bubble at 12-over-par 156,” Garcia said. To her delight, she made the cut-off point on the number.

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Kruger in touch at Annika Invitational

An untimely shot into the drink at the 18th hole at Landskrona Golf Club cost Gauteng North’s Magda Kruger the outright lead of the Annika Invitational Europe, but South Africa’s number two ranked junior will start the second round just one shot off the pace and full of determination on Thursday.

The 16-year-old Centurion golfer took her double bogey finish on the chin and signed for an opening two-under-par 70 to finish in a group of four golfers chasing first round pacesetters, Martina Edberg from Sweden and Spain’s Celia Barquin.

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Fletcher gives chase at RB German Junior

KwaZulu-Natal’s Michaela Fletcher dropped just one shot in the second round of the RB German Junior to move into third place at the 36-hole mark of the prestigious World Junior Golf Series event in Germany.

The 17-year-old from Maritzburg Fletcher carded a three-under-par 69 to finish just five shots off the pace from Sweden’s Lynn Carlsson.

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Du Plessis claims Kenya Junior Championship

South Africa’s Hennie du Plessis put on a master class from tee to green for at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi to claim a commanding victory in the Kenya Junior Championship on Thursday.

Although the 16-year-old Polokwane golfer dropped four shots in the last three holes of the final round, his fourth successive 70 was good enough to secure a 17-shot victory in the prestigious Kenya Junior Golf Foundation event.

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Du Plessis surges clear in Kenya

South Africa’s Hennie du Plessis will take an almost unassailable lead into the final round of the prestigious Kenya Junior Championship on Thursday.

The 16-year-old Polokwane golfer shared the 36-hole lead with the country’s number one ranked amateur and defending champion, Daniel Nduva, but pulled well clear of the chasing pack with a third successive 70 at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.

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