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Bertine attempt fourth victory at SA Girls Champs

Triple SA Girls Champion Bertine Strauss , playing out of Rustenburg, will be back at Orkney Golf Club this weekend to defend her Nomads SA Girls Championship title. But with her focus shifting to obtaining an A Matric this year, she has not competed in many of the Provincial championships and her form has not been the same as it was last year.

Strong opposition can expected from the in-form Connie Chen and Lara Weinstein, Rose Bowl winner Izel Pieters, and young Gauteng challenger Kirsten Campbell. The winner of this prestigious event will be rewarded with an all-expenses-paid entry to the Duke of York Junior Trophy to be played at Royal St Georges, Sandwich, Kent from 14 to 16 September.

The SA Girls’ Championship was moved from its traditional June date to this long weekend due to the high traffic and expensive airfares expected during the world cup. The event had been extended to 54 holes stroke play for all players of 18 handicaps and below and the 19 to 33 handicapped players will compete in a stableford event over 36 holes.

This year’s championship had attracted 154 players from all corners of the country and because of the generosity of Nomads, the players will not be responsible for any expenses, including transport, meals and accommodation. All players are accommodated at The Key across the road from the golf club and enjoy great camaraderie during breakfast and dinner in the complex. Girls who have been at Orkney in the past make sure that they return every year until they are over 18 and the golf friendships that they make at the event are evident at all National and Provincial championships around the country.

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