Selborne soars at Ernie Els Primary School Champs

Selborne Primary soared to victory in the 11th Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship at Oubaai Golf Club.

12 August 2022 – East London’s Selborne Primary soared to victory in the 2022 Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship at Oubaai Golf Club this August.

With three scores to count, the team of Benjamin Weber, Blake Horsely, Thomas Lyon and Jake Weber combined for a score of 22-over-par 454 over 36 holes to win by three shots.

Stirling Primary made it a double celebration for Border, finishing in second with rounds of 228 229.

And Laerskool George-Suid gave the locals something to cheer about when their first team edged into third place with rounds of 230 and 236.

Selborne led by two strokes over Stirling after the first round, thanks mainly to superb round of four-under-par 68 from Benjamin Weber. The youngster from East London Golf Club followed that up with a one-under 71 to finish third in the individual event.

Selborne kept the pressure on during the second-round battle of the East London schools, finishing on +12, and three strokes clear of their rivals.

2022 Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship winners Selborne Primary at Oubaai Golf Club.

“I am really proud of all four lads for really putting their hands up this week,” said team manager Pierre Weber. “Having my two sons on the team really made this a special week, as well. It’s been a privilege to manage this team for a few years now, and watching these boys grow as golfers and young men. They played some exceptional golf and I’m very proud of them.”

Individual honours went to Laerskool Muldersdrif’s Schalk van Ettinger, who fired rounds of 68 and 69 to triumph on seven-under-par 137, one stroke clear of Minjun Heo from St Dunstans College.

This is the 11th year that golfing legend Els has sponsored the tournament, and Ernie Els Business Development Manager Nico van Rensburg said the four-time Major winner is proud to see how much the event has grown.

“Ernie has been doing this for a long time and it shows just how committed he is to grow the game in South Africa. These kinds of events are incredibly important in the development of our young talent, and it was fantastic to see so many good players and great swings here this week.

“On behalf of Ernie, I would like to wish our juniors well, especially those that will be moving to high schools next year and I would also like to thank the parents. Behind every successful golfer, there is as strong support team and it was wonderful to see so many of you make the trip to Oubaai in support of your children and their teams.”

454 Selborne Primary 226 228
457 Stirling Primary 228 229
466 Laerskool George-Suid 1 230 236
481 Laerskool Muldersdrif 241 240
494 Generaal Hendrik Schoeman 248 246
503 Clifton Prep 252 251; Laerskool George-Suid 2 252 251; Curro Hazeldean 250 253
512 St Dunstan’s College 258 254
516 Laerskool Constantia Park 258 258
529 Steyn City School 268 261
539 Saamtrek Primary 264 275
543 Leeuwenhof Akademie 266 277
575 Gekombineerde Skool Balfour 285 290

Schalk van Ettinger from Laerskool Muldersdrif took the Individual Honours in the 2022 Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship at Oubaai

137 Schalk van Ettinger 68 69
138 Minjun Heo 69 69
139 Benjamin Weber 68 71
141 Kyle van der Bergh 72 69
147 Ross Els 72 75
148 Liam Thompson 77 71; Harry Clayton 72 76; Arron Louw 70 78
149 Benjamin Wilson 76 73
150 Jordan Botha 74 76
151 Blake Horsley 77 74
157 Waldo Nienaber 76 81
158 Rocco Janse van Rensburg 79 79
162 Wynand Roeloffze 82 80
163 Kayle Turner 85 78
164 Jake Weber 81 83
165 Luca Viljoen 87 78; Keagan Eveleigh 78 87
166 Dandre Allers 84 82
167 Thomas Lyon 82 85