Month: February 2016
It started in an open field near Franklin Manchest’s home when he was four years old, and on Monday the 17-year-old golfer again underlined his potential when he finished as the leading South African in the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship’s 36-hole stroke play qualifying at George Golf Club. Manchest finished just three strokes behind Proudfoot Trophy winner Rory Fransse from Scotland.
Scotland’s Rory Franssen led Sunday’s first round of qualifying for this week’s Sanlam South African Amateur Championship in his first tournament appearance in South Africa. Franssen opened with an eight-under-par 64 at George Golf Club on Sunday to lead the 36-hole stroke play qualifying by three strokes.
It wasn’t half as spectacular as his blistering seven under 65 in the first round at Kingswood Golf Estate, but Herman Loubser still got the job done and protected his overnight lead in the Sanlam Cape Province Open Championship with a one-under-par 71 at George Golf Club on Wednesday.
The recent Border Championship at East London Golf Club served up a feast of celebrations for Azelia Meichtry from Switzerland, local favourite Demi Flanagan and Gauteng junior Ivanna Samu.
Meichtry claimed her third title this season in the Stroke Play Championship and Samu regained the number one spot in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings on Sunday, while Flanagan recorded an unprecedented fourth Match Play victory on Tuesday.
National pride will take precedence when four of the country’s top juniors line up in South Africa’s title defence at the 2016 All-Africa Junior Golf Championship in Tunisia at the end of March. The South African Golf Association (SAGA) selected Herman Loubser from Boland, Central Gauteng pair Marco Steyn and Dylan Naidoo and new cap Dylan Mostert from Ekurhuleni to chase down the country’s 18th consecutive title in Africa’s most prestigious junior team championship at the El Kantaoui Golf Course in Sousse from 23 – 26 March.
Local rising star Alex van Wyk grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead in the Southern Cape Open with former SA Stroke Play champion Jason Smith on Friday. Smith set the clubhouse target at seven under with rounds of 71 and 66 at Mossel Bay Golf Club, but the Gauteng North amateur was forced to share pole position when the Fancourt junior opened with a 69 and added a 68 in round two.
Woo-Ju Son described her final round in the Gauteng North Junior Championship as “very ordinary”, but even when the petite Gauteng junior punches below average, Son is tough to beat.
Just a month after a breakthrough victory in the Nomads WGWP Junior Championship at Durbanville Country Club, the Eagle Canyon golfer was delighted with a podium finish at Waterkloof Golf Club.
Swiss amateur Azelia Meichtry will be looking add to her growing list of victories on the Womens Golf South Africa circuit in this weekend’s Border Championship following her rare ‘double’ triumph in the Eastern Province Championship this month.
South Africa’s Albert Venter swept to a five stroke victory in the inaugural African Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Saturday thanks in no small part to two superb 65s at the Leopard Creek Golf Estate.
Birthday boy Jack McDonald and compatriots Connor Syme and Grant Forrest combined for a superb final round 207 to win the inaugural Team Competition in the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Friday.
South Africa’s Albert Venter matched his opening 65 in the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Friday, but this time the Gauteng North golfer fired a flawless seven under at Leopard Creek Country Club to pull away from a large group of international challengers.