Nienaber is a glimpse into golf’s future

Well before thunder and lightning rolled through the Lowcountry and suspended play for a bit late in Friday’s second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, Wilco Nienaber was delivering his own violent turbulence. The 21-year-old GolfRSA National Squad graduate has turned plenty of heads this week in his PGA Tour debut with eye-shocking power.…

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Nienaber nails first pro win in Dimension Data Pro-Am

9 May 2021 – Wilco Nienaber made it a hat-trick of victories for South Africa in three consecutive weeks on the European Challenge Tour when he won the Dimension Data Pro-Am in a playoff at Fancourt on Sunday. After finishing tied for the lead with Swede Henric Sturehed on 19 under par on the Montagu…

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Breaking through in 2020

18 December 2020 – The masses may not remember this year the fondest terms, but for a trio of GolfRSA National Squad graduates, 2020 will go down as the year that they announced themselves on the international stage. Garrick Higgo Age: 21 World Ranking: 90th Professional wins: 4 Season earnings: €324,740.61 (R6.2 million) Having started…

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Graduating, with honours

31 August 2020 – When Luca Filippi launched his pro career in the recent Betway Championship, the Western Province golfer became the 23rd Sunshine Tour professional to graduate via GolfRSA’s National Squad system. A tie for 39th hardly set the golfing world alight, but it is a first step towards Filippi’s goal of emulating fellow…

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Nienaber making hay on UK mini tours

29 July 2020 – As the European Tour emerges from its Covid-19-enforced hibernation, former South African No 1-ranked amateur Wilco Nienaber has kept himself occupied with some eye-catching performances on the UK’s mini golf tours. <UPDATE> Nienaber seized his chance by claiming a fourth-place finish in the recent English Championship on the European Tour. The…

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SA Amateur champion Nienaber joins pro ranks

France, 11 July 2019 – GolfRSA would like to wish reigning South African Amateur champion Wilco Nienaber all the best on his professional debut on the European Challenge Tour today. The 19-year-old former SA number one is moving on from a glittering amateur career after signing a multi-year agreement with PING equipment and PING apparel,…

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De Beer drives to top five in Brabazon Trophy

LEEDS, England (2 June 2019) – Eastern Province golfer Kyle de Beer sealed a top five finish in the Brabazon Trophy, while GolfRSA National Squad member Wilco Nienaber closed out a top 30 finish in the English Men’s Open Amateur Championship on Sunday. After earlier rounds of 75 and 71, De Beer surged into the…

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Filippi flying at Brabazon Trophy

LEEDS, England (1 June 2019) – Luca Filippi made huge strides on moving day in the English Men’s Open Amateur Championship to join the chase for the Brabazon Trophy with one round left at the Alwoodley Golf Club. The GolfRSA National Squad member fired a five-under-par 66 to surge upwards and finish seventh on his own on…

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Team SA seals 23rd Africa Region 5 title in Namibia

11 April 2019 – South Africa’s leading amateurs Wilco Nienaber, Luca Filippi, Jayden Schaper and Therion Nel completed a successful title defence in the 25th Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Namibia on Thursday. The GolfRSA National Squad quartet signed off with a clean sweep in the Match Play final round at Rossmund Desert Golf…

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Team SA in pound seats at Africa Region 5

10 April 2019 – The four-man South African team has kept the country’s title defence on track in the Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament with another dominant performance at the Rossmund Desert Golf Course in Namibia on Wednesday. Ekurhuleni junior Jayden Schaper stretched a two-shot overnight lead in the 54-hole Stroke Play Seeding stage to…

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Schaper leads Team SA with strong start in Africa Region 5

9 April 2019 – South Africa’s number one ranked junior Jayden Schaper – flanked by fellow GolfRSA National Squad players Luca Filippi, Wilco Nienaber and Therion Nel – boosted South Africa’s title defence bid with a strong start in the Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Namibia. Schaper opened with a one-under-par 71 and fired a sizzling…

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SA quartet ready for unique desert challenge

8 April 2019 – Four of South Africa’s top ranked amateurs will take up the country’s title defence in the Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament at one of only five registered all-grass desert golf courses in the world on Tuesday. Wilco Nienaber, Luca Filippi, Jayden Schaper and Therion Nel will aim to hunt down a 25th title…

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National Squad to build on recent success in UK tour

8 April 2019 – South Africa’s top amateur male golfers will once again test their mettle on a demanding tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland as the GolfRSA National Squad seeks to emulate its successful 2018 trip. Last year’s squad bettered all expectations when they returned with three big international wins, a handful of…

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Four new caps in GolfRSA National Squad

GolfRSA has announced a group of 19 of the country’s most promising amateur male players, including four new caps, who will make up its 2019/20 Golf National Squad. The National Squad, now in its fourth year, has had tremendous success since its inception in 2016. Set up from a R10-million donation by businessman and GolfRSA…

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SA Quartet named for Africa Region 5

CAPE TOWN, 12 March 2019 – GolfRSA National Squad members Wilco Nienaber and Therion Nel from Free State, Ekurhuleni’s Jayden Schaper and Luca Filippi from Western Province have been tasked to continue the country’s proud record in the Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Namibia this April. The Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament, formerly known…

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Cool-head Schaper takes control at De Zalze

27 February 2019 – A flawless nine-under-par joint course record 63 at De Zalze Golf Club boosted South Africa’s top ranked junior Jayden Schaper to the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the South African Stroke Play Championship. The Ebotse golfer got off to an eagle-birdie start and racked up five birdies…

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SA challenge to stave off foreign attack at De Zalze

25 February 2019 – It has only happened half a dozen times since Dale Hayes won the first South African Stroke Play Championship in 1969, but Wilco Nienaber is determined to land the coveted double after his South African Amateur victory last Friday. The country’s leading amateur, who claimed the flagship event on the 36th…

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Memorable 112th SA Amateur victory for Nienaber

22 February 2019 – For the third successive year, the South African flag was raised at the South African Amateur Championship after South Africa’s top ranked Wilco Nienaber won the country’s most coveted amateur title on Friday. In a gripping final round that went the distance at King David Mowbray Golf Club, the world number…

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Duminy boosts local challenge in SA Amateur

20 February 2019 – Southern Cape teenager Jordan Duminy showed maturity well beyond his 16 years to ensure three South Africans will challenge in the quarter-finals of the South African Amateur Championship at King David Mowbray Golf Club on Thursday. The Louis Oosthuizen Junior Academy booked his spot in the match play field with rounds…

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Els pushes, Rebula tightens grip in SA Open

JOHANNESBURG, 8 December 2018 – Spurred on by his famous playing partner, George amateur Jovan Rebula tightened his grip on the Freddie Tait Cup challenge in Saturday’s third round of the South African Open Championship, hosted by the City of Johannesburg, at Randpark Golf Club. Teeing off in the same group as his four-time Major…

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