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Finalists decided for GolfRSA Champion of Champions, delivered by The Courier Guy

With the regional finals of the GolfRSA Champion of Champions, delivered by The Courier Guy, having been wrapped up, a grand total of 84 players, featuring club champion men and women from A, B and C Divisions, as well as 12 caddie club champions, have qualified for the National Final, to be held at Kyalami Country Club from 16 to 19 October 2022.   

Defending champion Bertie Steenkamp, from the Northern Cape, who also won the event in 2017, is back once again and faces some stiff competition in the Men's A Division, with the likes of victorious Western Province IPT player Matthew Cooper, rising Souther Cape star Blake Botes, IPT players Gareth Matthysen (Ekurhuleni) and JP van der Watt (Eastern Province), and Border stalwart Ben Jonas.

The women's A Division features a large number of new faces, but promises to be fiercely contested with the likes of South African Mid-Amateur champion Vicki Traut from Western Province, GolfRSA National Squad members Sam Whateley (Central Gauteng) and Jasmine Furstenburg (Southern Cape), recent Protea Bronwyn Doeg (Gauteng North) and rising stars Demi Flanagan (Border), Kaylan Boshoff (Ekurhuleni), Rose Mokoena (Free State) and Kim Boshoff (Boland) in the field.

In an exciting addition to this years tournament, GolfRSA has added a Caddie Division, and a total of 12 club caddies will battle it out over 36 holes of medal to determine the Caddie Club Champion of Champions for 2022.

The A, B and Caddie Divisions will play medal rounds, while the C Division golfers will play Individual Stableford.
The full list of players who have qualified for the final can be found below:

UnionVenueDate Champions – WomenChampions – Men
BolandPaarl GC2022-08-14A-Div: Kim BoshoffA-Div: Paul Baatjies
B-Div: Lee-Handri SnymanB-Div: Arno van Wyk
C-Div: Susan EsterhuyseC-Div: Denzil Potgieter
Caddie: Sidney James
BorderA-Div: Demi FlanaganA-Div: Ben Jonas
B-Div: Sanet PieterseB-Div: Mziyanda Sixaka
C-Div: Kathleen FrewenC-Div: Johnny Meyer
Caddie: Nqabisile Nkombe
Central GautengA-Div: Sam WhateleyA-Div: Gustav de Lange
B-Div: Leigh RoseB-Div: Avinash Kalkapersad
C-Div: Ditebogo KgomoC-Div: Tjaart Swanepoel
Caddie: Thabiso Dijo
Eastern Province A-Div :Chante van ZylA-Div: JP van der Watt
B-Div: Chanre CoenraadB-Div: Charles Coenraad
C-Div: Michelle WalshC-Div: Owen Putzier
Caddie: Roman Jacobs
EkurhuleniERPM2022-08 -06A:Div: Kaylan BoshoffA:Div: Gareth Matthysen
B:Div: Leslie NienaberB:Div: Mike Fick
C:Div: Helena PienaarC:Div: Martin van der Merwe
Caddie: Thomas Masetle
Free StateClarens GC2022-09-04A:Div: Rose MokoenaA:Div: Ignatius Maas
B:Div: Miempie KingB:Div: Boy Bekker
C:Div: Amanda NeethlingC:Div: Raymond Barrington
Caddie: Shadrack Rantsho
Gauteng NorthWingate Park2022-07-31A-Div: Bronwyn DoegA-Div: Tertius van den Berg
B-Div: Marinda van der WerffB-Div: Stevan Swarts
C-Div: Olga ZorgmanC-Div: Roberto Welthagen
Caddie: Patrick Bruno Maubane
KwaZulu-NatalKloof CC2022-09-08A:Div: Olivia WoodA:Div: Travis Welsh
B:Div: Joan SolmsB:Div: Deon Myburgh
C:Div: Mariette SmitC:Div: Gator Reddy
Caddie: Patrick Jili
LimpopoA-Div: Stephanie RobbertseA-Div: Vincent Olley
B-Div: Tiffany RobbertseB-Div: Erik Holtzhausen
C-Div: Mash MakenaC-Div: Zach Chuenyane
Caddie: Dixie Buys
MpumalangaA-Div: Rowena AlexanderA-Div: Rikus Nel
B-Div: Patrizia LombardB-Div: Johan Burger
C-Div: Herine van der MerweC-Div: Bafana Mbaba
Northern CapeA-Div: Mikah PoonawassyA-Div: Bertie Steenkamp
B-Div: Susan AlexanderB-Div: Willem du Toit
C-Div: Sandra NelC-Div: Chris Shergold
Caddie: Patrick Kganyego
North WestA-Div: Mandie BadenhorstA-Div: Andrew Hagemann
B-Div: Karen StanzB-Div: Tshupoeng Metswamere
C-Div: Luanda van der WaltC-Div: Phillip Myburgh
Caddie: Stanley Chauke
Southern Cape A-Div: Jasmine FurstenburgA-Div: Blake Botes
B-Div: N/AB-Div: Marius Kruger
C-Div: Michelle van den HeeverC-Div: Kevin John Horack
Western ProvinceA-Div: Vicki TrautA-Div: Matthew Cooper
B-Div: Gillian DaviesB-Div: Ian Ferguson
C-Div: Renette RheederC-Div: Kevin Wildschut
Caddie: Ivor Hartzenberg

The Courier Guy to deliver the Champion of Champions

GolfRSA’s popular Club Champion of Champions Final returns to a familiar venue in October and delivered by the fastest-growing courier company in South Africa.

With a new sponsor on board in the shape of The Courier Guy, the National Final returns to Kyalami from 16-19 October, where the country’s ultimate club champions, across multiple divisions, will be crowned.

This is the fifth edition of the tournament, launched in 2017, with golfers first needing to win their home club championship, before successfully progressing through regional finals in order to earn a spot in the prestigious National Final. Winners of the 36-hole final are crowned the ultimate club champions of champions.

 This year, The Courier Guy is getting behind the tournament as part of a two-year event sponsorship that will help to grow the amateur game in South Africa.

“The Champion of Champions tournament appeals to us because, although the event is open to all golfers in the country, it is only through consistently strong performances at all levels that golfers will be able to reach their final destination,” explained The Courier Guy’s head of marketing, Simon Hill.

“With 165 Kiosks and over 2 000 drivers, The Courier Guy has a huge national footprint so it just feels right we support golfers from all over the country. We also love the game of golf and everything it stands for – it’s how we like to run our business.”

 GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn welcomed the news that The Courier Guy would be on board as the tournament sponsor for the next two years.

“Over the years the Club Champion of Champions tournament has grown into a very popular event,” he said. “And the reasons for that are simple. It’s well structured, professionally run and open to golfers of all levels. It’s also a lot of fun.

“It’s exciting to be able to welcome a progressive and exciting company like The Courier Guy as one of GolfRSA’s partners for the next two years in an event that will continue to create exciting finishes and great stories.

“We are delighted to be able to bring the tournament back to Kyalami, which proved to be such a tremendous venue last year. The course is superb and the staff at Kyalami Country Club played a huge role in making the event an overwhelming success.”

In last year’s National Final, Upington’s Bertie Steenkamp and Serengeti’s Kiera Floyd walked away as A-Division men’s and women’s champions respectively, with Tokkie van der Westhuizen (Schoeman Park) and Mandie Badenhorst (Mooinooi) successful in the B-Division and Jürgen Erhart (Steenberg) and Jessica Bennett (Killarney) the victors in the C Division.

The win proved to be a good omen for both Steenkamp and Floyd, who went on to win big events earlier this year. Steenkamp, who is a two-time winner of the Club Champion of Champions, won the 2022 South African Mid-Amateur Championship, while Floyd was victorious in the 2022 South African Stroke Play Championship.

“I am extremely proud to have my name on that trophy again,” said Steenkamp. “When you think about having to win your Club Champs, then the regional final and then to beat a seriously strong field of players in the final, it is a real honour to be standing here as the GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions.”

How it works:

Finding the 2022 Club Champion of Champions

The GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions event pits the country’s club champions, across all divisions, against each other to determine the ultimate club champion golfer of the year. The winners are crowned Champion of Champions.

The GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions Tournament is open to golfers of all abilities and focuses on the ordinary club golfer, who makes such a valuable contribution to amateur golf in general.

For more information about the 2022 event, please contact Paul Adams on paul@golfnotions.co.za

It is simple for any golfer to participate: just enter your Club Championships!

Divisional Club Champions from all the Men’s and Ladies’ A, B and C Divisions are eligible to represent their golf club at the Regional Union Champions Final. Divisional Champions from all participating clubs in the region compete against their counterparts at these Regional Finals for a place in the team to participate in the National Finals and strive to be crowned the National Champion of their Division.

The regional champions are hosted by GolfRSA at the National Final. Competitors are invited to play a practice round if they wish, followed by 36 holes of tournament golf, with the format being Strokeplay for the A and B Divisions and Stableford for the remaining Divisions.

The 2021 GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions National Final

South Africa’s No 2-ranked Kiera Floyd put on a display of superb shot-making as she surged to a massive 10-stroke victory in the Ladies A Division of GolfRSA’s Club Champion of Champions tournament.

In the Men’s Division, things were a lot tighter, as former champion Bertie Steenkamp held on to beat Cole Cruickshank by a stroke to claim the A Division title.

With men’s and women’s club champions from three divisions represented, there was plenty to celebrate at Kyalami Country Club as the dust settled on another year-long tournament, where players who won their club championships progressed to a regional final, before qualifying for the National Final.

For the six winners, their titles represented a long journey from their club champs to being crowned the ultimate club champions of champions.

Floyd has been in great form in the latter part of the year, with three provincial titles since August. The 17-year-old club champion at Ebotse followed up her opening round of 74 with a stunning second round of 69 that saw her win by 10 strokes over first round leader Bronwyn Leigh Doeg from Pretoria Country Club. No 1-ranked Isabella van Rooyen from Clovelly finished in third, a further three shots back.

After lifting the trophy, Floyd admitted that a change in attitude saw her come out with a fresh approach on Day 2.

“Yesterday’s weather wasn’t great, and I grew a bit impatient, which really showed up in my putting,” she said. “I hit 16 greens in regulation, but I got frustrated when I couldn’t sink anything. Today I managed to stay patient and stay in the moment. I wasn’t thinking about winning, I just concentrated on each shot and I’m very happy to have come out on top.

“This is a big win for me because there is always such a strong field at the Champion of Champions Final. I’ve worked really hard on my game this year, so I’m delighted to get another big title under the belt.”

In the B Division, Mooinooi’s Madie Badenhorst claimed a narrow win over Standerton’s Patrizia Barnard, while Killarney’s Jessica Bennett claimed the honours in the C Division, winning by six points over Isabella Heber from King David Mowbray.

The Men’s A Division came down to a tight battle between Upington’s Steenkamp, the 2017 champion, and Cruickshank from Royal Cape. When Cruickshank’s birdie putt on the last agonisingly slipped by the hole, Steenkamp tapped in for a second win.

“It was tough out there today,” he explained. “I was pulling the ball left all day so that put pressure on my short game and I needed to chip and putt well.

“I am extremely proud to have my name on that trophy again. When you think about having to win your Club Champs, then the regional final and then to beat a seriously strong field of players in the final, it is a real honour to be standing here as the Club Champion of Champions.”

In the B Division, Schoeman Park’s Tokkie van der Westhuizen came from eight strokes back to beat overnight leader Glen Wynne from Polokwane, while Steenberg’s Jürgen Erhart claimed the C Division on 69 points, winning by one stroke over Koro Kreek’s Ernest du Plessis.

GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn was pleased to be able to run a full series of events after having to cancel the 2020 tournament due to COVID-19.

“The 2021 GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions event has been a great success,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of people will focus on the winners of the A Division, but I want to congratulate the winners across all six divisions.

“The majority of golf across the world is not played by the elite players, but by golfers across a wide spectrum of handicaps and we want to celebrate the Club Champions across every division.

“My thanks must go to Paul Adams for the running the tournament so successfully and to the team at Kyalami for putting on a tremendous event.”

Past champions

 VenueA DivisionB DivisionC Division Caddie Division>
2022- MenKyalamiJP van der WattStevan SwartsGonaseelan ReddyThabiso Dijo
2022 - WomensKyalamiVicki TrautSanet PieterseMariette Smit
2021 - MenKyalamiBertie SteenkampTokkie van der WesthuizenJürgen Erhart
2021 - WomenKyalamiKiera FloydMandie BadenhorstJessica Bennett
2020No event due to COVID-19
2019 - MenZebulaRyan DreyerChristo HattinghMonty Botha
2019 - WomenZebulaKera HealeySuzan JacobsJoanie Herselman
2018 - MenGlendowerRu-Jean LessinghDomingos da ConceicaoBarend Saayman
2018- WomenGlendowerCaitlyn MacnabBronwyn Leigh DoegCarene le Roux
2017 - MenGlendowerBertie SteenkampJohan BrandTyrone Rees
2017 - WomenGlendowerCaitlyn MacnabAntoinette Human

The dates and venues for the Regional Finals of the GolfRSA Club Champion of Champions are as follows. While dates and venues may change, we will do our best to update the site regularly. 

Good luck to all participants. 

UnionVenueDate Champions – WomenChampions – Men
BolandPaarl GC2022-08-14A-Div: Kim BoshoffA-Div: Paul Baatjies
B-Div: Lee-Handri SnymanB-Div: Arno van Wyk
C-Div: Susan EsterhuyseC-Div: Denzil Potgieter
Caddie: Sidney James
BorderA-Div: Demi FlanaganA-Div: Ben Jonas
B-Div: Sanet PieterseB-Div: Mziyanda Sixaka
C-Div: Kathleen FrewenC-Div: Johnny Meyer
Caddie: Nqabisile Nkombe
Central GautengA-Div: Sam WhateleyA-Div: Gustav de Lange
B-Div: Leigh RoseB-Div: Avinash Kalkapersad
C-Div: Ditebogo KgomoC-Div: Tjaart Swanepoel
Caddie: Thabiso Dijo
Eastern Province A-Div :Chante van ZylA-Div: JP van der Watt
B-Div: Chanre CoenraadB-Div: Charles Coenraad
C-Div: Michelle WalshC-Div: Owen Putzier
Caddie: Roman Jacobs
EkurhuleniERPM2022-08 -06A:Div: Kaylan BoshoffA:Div: Gareth Matthysen
B:Div: Leslie NienaberB:Div: Mike Fick
C:Div: Helena PienaarC:Div: Martin van der Merwe
Caddie: Thomas Masetle
Free StateClarens GC2022-09-04A:Div: Rose MokoenaA:Div: Ignatius Maas
B:Div: Miempie KingB:Div: Boy Bekker
C:Div: Amanda NeethlingC:Div: Raymond Barrington
Caddie: Shadrack Rantsho
Gauteng NorthWingate Park2022-07-31A-Div: Bronwyn DoegA-Div: Tertius van den Berg
B-Div: Marinda van der WerffB-Div: Stevan Swarts
C-Div: Olga ZorgmanC-Div: Roberto Welthagen
Caddie: Patrick Bruno Maubane
KwaZulu-NatalKloof CC2022-09-08A:Div: Olivia WoodA:Div: Travis Welsh
B:Div: Joan SolmsB:Div: Deon Myburgh
C:Div: Mariette SmitC:Div: Gator Reddy
Caddie: Patrick Jili
LimpopoA-Div: Stephanie RobbertseA-Div: Vincent Olley
B-Div: Tiffany RobbertseB-Div: Erik Holtzhausen
C-Div: Mash MakenaC-Div: Zach Chuenyane
Caddie: Dixie Buys
MpumalangaA-Div: Rowena AlexanderA-Div: Rikus Nel
B-Div: Patrizia LombardB-Div: Johan Burger
C-Div: Herine van der MerweC-Div: Bafana Mbaba
Northern CapeA-Div: Mikah PoonawassyA-Div: Bertie Steenkamp
B-Div: Susan AlexanderB-Div: Willem du Toit
C-Div: Sandra NelC-Div: Chris Shergold
Caddie: Patrick Kganyego
North WestA-Div: Mandie BadenhorstA-Div: Andrew Hagemann
B-Div: Karen StanzB-Div: Tshupoeng Metswamere
C-Div: Luanda van der WaltC-Div: Phillip Myburgh
Caddie: Stanley Chauke
Southern Cape A-Div: Jasmine FurstenburgA-Div: Blake Botes
B-Div: N/AB-Div: Marius Kruger
C-Div: Michelle van den HeeverC-Div: Kevin John Horack
Western ProvinceA-Div: Vicki TrautA-Div: Matthew Cooper
B-Div: Gillian DaviesB-Div: Ian Ferguson
C-Div: Renette RheederC-Div: Kevin Wildschut
Caddie: Ivor Hartzenberg