Stone wins the Southern Cape Open

Brandon Stone who playes golf out of Gardener Ross, Gauteng North, won for the second time this year as he held on to win the Southern Cape Open at Mossel Bay Golf Club by two shots from a charging Riekus Nortje.

Brandon who won his first open amateur event earlier in the year, at the Boland Open, put together two solid final day’s rounds of 73 and 70 in windy conditions to finish on a total of 279 (9 under) and lift his second Amateur Open tournament of the year. Added to these Stone won the SA Boys Stroke Championship at Nelspruit Golf Club earlier in the year which shows that he is, in the years to come, going to be a player to be reckoned with.

Riekus Nortje, a local Southern Cape boy, closed with a 68, to add to his rounds of 71, 70 and 72 to finish in a tie for second place with fellow Southern Cape player Erik van Rooyen. Nortje, who represented South Africa twice during the year, has yet to win an Amateur tournament but has come close on many occassions and it all just a matter of time. Erik van Rooyen, who was moving up on the SAGA rankings last year until he went over the play college golf in Minnesota. It seems to have done his golf no harm as he put also played solid golf for rounds of 70, 70, 71 and 70.

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