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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