Van Aswegen geared for Indwe SA Stroke Play defence
Gavin van Aswegen is primed for his title defence at the Indwe Risk Services South African Senior Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club from 22-24 October 2014.
The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golfer lifted the title at Fancourt last year, however, a torn calf muscle derailed his season this year.
Putting the final touches to his preparation for the senior circuit’s flagship event, Van Aswegen is confident that his game will hold up next week.
“The status and prestige of this event is such that everyone tries to peak during the week of the Indwe Risk Services South African Senior Amateur Stroke Play Championship,” said Van Aswegen.
“The road to recovery was frustrating and long. The injury affected my swing and it took a lot longer to heal than I anticipated. I’m happy that I’ve reached a level of consistency that I can take to Pecanwood.”
The defending champion believes the Jack Nicklaus layout at Pecanwood will serve up a very exciting tournament.
“It’s the kind of layout that will suit almost everyone in the field,” he said. “The fairways are wide and the greens undulating, so the long and shorter hitters will all have a chance.”
Senior Golf chairman Chris Delport said the players welcomed the new format of the 2014 Indwe Risk Services SA Senior Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
“The new format means that the two sections will no longer alternate between two courses,” Delport explained.
“The A-Division will compete over 54 holes of Stroke Play at Pecanwood, while the B-Division will play three rounds of Stableford at Magalies Park Golf Club.”
The players are delighted with the new format, because it is far less disruptive and offers them the opportunity to really come to grips with the layout and to get more competitive as the tournament progresses.
“We are greatly indebted to Indwe Risk Services, not only for their ongoing commitment as our title sponsor, but also for their overwhelming support in changing the format.” says Delport.
Peter Olyott, Managing Director at Indwe, welcomed the change, saying it is bound to inspire lively competition.
“Our aim to provide a competitive environment for our country’s leading senior players and we are extremely proud of our endorsement of senior golf in South Africa,” Olyott said.
“We believe the new format will add to the anticipation and excitement at the championship as the top senior golfers go head-to-head over three rounds at two spectacular and challenging courses.
“We enjoy the opportunity to share in the success of the seniors and we look forward to week of fantastic competition, rivalries and sportsmanship at Pecanwood and Magaliesburg.”
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.