Bezuidenhout & Jarvis bank big wins in 2020 SA Open

6 December 2020 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Casey Jarvis scored a clean sweep for Ekurhuleni in the South African Open Championship on Sunday when Bezuidenhout added his name to the greats of South African golf with a five-shot victory  and Jarvis lifted the Freddie Tait Cup as the leading amateur at the Gary Player Country…

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SA Open Fast Facts – Most Prolific Champions

December 2020 – The South African Open is one of the oldest golf championships, dating to 1903. Not surprisingly, Grand Slam champion Gary Player has the most victories, with Bobby Locke – the youngest champion at age 17 – second with nine. Gary Player: 1956, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981…

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SA Open Memories – Levenson’s Longevity

December 2020 – “The thrill of lifting the national title was immense. Once your name is on that trophy, among those of some of the greatest players in the world, the thrill never goes away.” – Gavan Levenson, the champion in 1985 at Royal Durban Country Club. Two-time European Tour champion Gavan Levenson made it 40…

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SA Open Memories – Johnstone’s Double Glory

December 2020 – “Ernie and I were neck-and-neck all through the final round and it was one of the best rounds of match play I can remember playing. Even if the records say I won by seven shots, it never felt like that.” – Tony Johnstone, 1993 at Durban Country Club. A young, freckled-faced Tony Johnstone…

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SA Open Memories – Hayes’ Revenge

December 2020 – “I was absolutely seething that they wouldn’t give me a free drop and Brian Henning told me the best way to show them, was to go out there and win it. And so I did.” – Dale Hayes, 1976 winner at Houghton Golf Club. In 1953, Dale Hayes watched his father Otway lose…

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SA Open Memories – Allan makes it a Henning Treble

December 2020 – “It took me until the next SA Open to see my name on the trophy and finally believe that I’d done it. That’s the measure of the prestige of winning the SA Open.” – Allan Henning, champion in 1963 at Bloemfontein Golf Club. Allan Henning teed it up in 33 consecutive South…

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Bezuidenhout chasing SA Open glory

December 2020 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout has the chance to join South African golf royalty as he takes a five-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the South African Open at the Gary Player Country Club. Bezuidenhout signed for his third consecutive 67 to top the leaderboard on 15 under par, with Dylan Frittelli and Jamie…

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Another historic milestone for Jarvis at SA Open

4 December 2020 – South Africa’s No 1 ranked Casey Jarvis demonstrated once again why he is considered one of the future stars of the game when he etched his name in the annals of South African golf history at the South African Open Championship on Friday. In a tension-fraught second round, Jarvis joined the…

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Jarvis, Maas lead amateur challenge in SA Open

3 December 2020 – Reigning SA Amateur champion Casey Jarvis and in-form Christiaan Maas laid down early markers in the hunt for the prestigious Freddie Tait Cup on day one of the South African Open Championship at Sun City. Both GolfRSA National Squad players opened with rounds of one-over-par 73 on Thursday to tie for…

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Amateur glory beckons at 110th SA Open

2 December 2020 – Eight amateurs will peg the ball up on day one of the 110th South African Open Championship at the Gary Player Country Club this week. For most South African amateurs, competing in the SA Open alongside top professionals from across the world, the SA Open is the Holy Grail; the pinnacle…

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SA OPEN MEMORIES: Hutchie’s Horseshoe

2 December 2020 – No-one knows where or how the statuesque South African Open Championship trophy was acquired, but one thing is certain – since the first edition in 1903, South Africa’s golfers have clamoured to etch their names on this coveted piece of silverware. Some of this tournament’s greatest champions still regard their SA…

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Golfers dreaming of a place in SA Open history

2 December 2020 – The 110th playing of the South African Open at the Gary Player Country Club this week represents an incredible opportunity for the entire field, and none more so than for some of the Sunshine Tour’s golfers who see a victory this week as a career dream for them. “This ranks very highly…

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The SA Open – Freddie Tait Cup Story

December 2020 – The Freddie Tait Cup is awarded to the leading amateur at the South African Open Championship, providing he survives the 36-hole cut. The prestigious trophy commemorates Lieutenant Freddie Guthrie Tait, a St Andrews young man who won the Amateur Championship in 1896 and 1897 and finished leading amateur in the Open six times.…

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Maas, Duminy and Mbetse heading for SA Open at Sun City

1 December 2020 – The Covid-19 nationwide lockdown may have put the brakes on their 2020 season, but if you thought top ranked amateurs Christiaan Maas and Jordan Duminy were done for the year, think again. The GolfRSA National Squad pair came through today’s pressure-packed qualifiers alongside South African US-based Massimo Mbetse to join the…

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Frittelli excited for SA Open challenge

December 2020 – Dylan Frittelli believes so much in the history and tradition of the South African Open that he goes as far as to say he wouldn’t feel his career would be complete without adding his name to the trophy of the second oldest national Open in golf. “I’ve won on the European Tour…

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Cream of amateur crop named for SA Open

October 2020 – Five of South Africa’s most promising amateur talents will join the star-studded field in the South African Open Championship at the Gary Player Country Club from 3-6 December. The South African Golf Association (SAGA) announced on Tuesday the amateur quintet exempt for qualifying in the R19.5 million tournament, supported by Nedbank and…

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Sun City the home of the 2020 South African Open

OCTOBER 2020 – The South African Open Championship will add the iconic Gary Player Country Club to its roster of celebrated golf courses that have hosted this championship as it moves to Sun City this year where it will be played from 3-6 December, with support from Nedbank and Sun International. The 110th playing of…

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Freddie Tait winner Schaper ready to chase more records

11 January 2020 – Not since Ernie Els in 1989 has an amateur finished in the top six of the world’s second oldest championship, but 18-year-old Jayden Schaper did just that on Sunday in the South African Open, hosted by the City of Joburg, at Randpark Golf Club. Paired with defending champion Louis Oosthuizen over…

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Grace shifts gears and guns to SA Open glory

12 January 2019 – South Africa’s Branden Grace carded an incredible final round nine-under 62 to win the South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg at Randpark Golf Club on Sunday. Not only was it an amazing way to win his national Open, it was the lowest closing round to win an SA…

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Schaper uses crowd support as he chases SA Open history

JOHANNESBURG, 11 January 2020 – Amateur Jayden Schaper is relishing the crowd support at the SA Open hosted by City of Joburg, and with a solid third-round two-under 69 to move to 12-under in the third round, he will be using that atmosphere as he chases a unique piece of history at Randpark Golf Club…

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