Month: June 2015
Ivanna Samu sealed an emotional Nomads SA Girls Championship victory at the third hole of a thrilling play-off at Orkney Golf Club and the tears streaming down her face told the story of the pressure, the battle and the glory to own one of junior golf’s most prestigious titles.
Phillip Swanepoel from Stellenbosch University claimed the Individual Competition in the 36-hole Stroke Play qualifier at the USSA Championship on Tuesday. Swanepoel’s well-timed five-under-par 67 at Port Shepstone Golf Club carried him to the top of the standings and also helped Maties 1 to a tie for fifth in the final Teams Standings.
South Africa’s number one junior Ivanna Samu stayed in the hunt at Orkney Golf Club, but the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur and Stroke Play champion will have to find a way to shake off Danielle du Toit if she hopes to claim the prestigious Nomads SA Girl’s Championship on Tuesday.
For a second year running, Reinhardt Blaauw gave the University of Pretoria an early boost as Tuks for their title defence at the annual University Sport South Africa (USSA) Championships underway at Port Shepstone Golf Club on Monday.
Blaauw, who took the Individual honours in the 36-hole Stroke Play qualifier last year, fired a blistering five-under-par 67 and combined with Marco Loubser (72) and Ryan Lane (73) to steer the Tuks 1 to the top of the Stroke Play qualifier standings on 212.
Matt Saulez was convinced that he blew his chances in the Nomads National Order Merit Coastal after a bit of bushwhacking on the back nine at St Francis Links, but the KwaZulu-Natal player hung tough and produced the goods to seal a maiden victory on the South African Golf Association’s national junior circuit on Monday.
South Africa’s top ranked junior Ivanna Samu finished in a strong position to challenge for the Nomads SA Girl’s Championship title for a second year running. Looking to add to her growing list of accolades, the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur and Stroke Play champion overcame a rocky start at Orkney Golf Club on Sunday with four birdies down the back nine for a one-over-par 73 and a share of second with Gauteng North’s Danielle du Toit.
Jason Smith from Irene Golf Club will be the lone South African challenging over the final two rounds of the Brabazon Trophy in Nottingham, England. Smith, who ranks third in the South African Golf Association Open Amateur standings, carded rounds of 73 and 75 to make the 36-hole cut, set at four-over-par 148.