WIRE TO WIRE WIN FOR SWART!
Riaan Swart of Potchefstroom Country Club kept his cool to achieve a wire-to-wire win in the North West Golf Union Open Strokeplay Championships held from 13 to 15 April 2018.
Swart started the toernament with an impressive round of 65 on Friday. That wasn't good enough for the young man, he followed that up with a course record equaling score of 63 on Saterday to lead by six after the second round. On Sunday the other players gave chase and Stals Swart of Pretoria Country Club also recorded a course record equaling score of 63. This place some pressure on Riaan Swart who, after playing the 15th hole, was 21 under par for the tournament. He however made a double drop on the 16th and another drop on the 17th. He kept his cool to make a par on the 18th which was good enough for a win by two shots. His total for the tournament was 198, 18 under par for the three rounds. Stals Swart of Pretoria Country Club came in second on a score of 200, 16 under par.
In the other places were:
Tied 3rd - Warrick Purchase of Benoni Country Club and Yurav Premlall from Glendower Golf Club on 204 (-12)
5th - Keelan van Wyk on 206 (-10)
For the full results go to nwgu.co.za, Tournaments, Results and NWGU Open results.
On the photo, Riaan Swart receives the trophy from the President of the NWGU, Petrus van Schalkwyk and the Director of Golf, Coenie Schoonhoven
Nkosi roars into contention at Gowrie Farm
GOWRIE FARM, 4 April 2018 – Rorisang Nkosi from North West soared into contention on the wings of an eagle finish as second round action in the Gowrie SA Under-15 Challenge wrapped up on Wednesday.
Overnight leader Jaden Deltel carded an even-par 71 to retain the lead on three-under, but fellow Central Gauteng junior Herman du Plessis and Nkosi are within one stroke of the Bryanston junior.
Both players were three off the pace at the start of the second round at Gowrie Farm Golf Estate.
Du Plessis moved within a shot of the first round pacesetter with a birdie-birdie start. The Eagle Canyon junior kept up the pressure with a string of pars and grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the par five 13th however, an untimely bogey at the par three 15th cost Du Plessis a share of the lead. A trio of pars to close saw him sign for a two-under 69.
Nkosi has been on the rise since he claimed a top six finish in the Individual Competition of the Nomads SA Under-13 Championship at Port Elizabeth Golf Club last October. Just over two months ago, the 13-year-old rammed burst to a third place finish in the Nomads SA Boys Under-15 Championship when he fired a final round 69 at Kingswood Golf Estate in George.
He dipped below par with a birdie at the second, but lost the advantage with a bogey at seven.
Nkosi reversed another bogey at 10 at the next hole and made six straight pars on the bounce, but two superb shots at the closing hole and a holed eagle putt will see him start the final round in a tie for second at two-under.
Central Gauteng pair Kayle Wykes and Hannes Strooh closed out the top five. Wykes from CMR Golf Club carded a two-under 70, while Randfontein’s Strooh posted 73.
The record field of 52 juniors were treated to a talk and a golf exhibition by GolfRSA National Squad member Matt Saulez. The KwaZulu-Natal, who ranks third in the country, represented South Africa with great success on three occasions last year and recently clinched a runner-up finish in the SA Stroke Play Championship.
“I would like to thank Matt for giving up his time and driving out all the way to Gowrie Farm to host the clinic,” said tournament director David Younge. “It was fantastic to have a player of his calibre here, chatting to the future generation and sharing insights about his career, his exercise and practice regime. The kids also enjoyed watching his skills at the driving range, especially when he drove it onto the first green, a distance of some 350-plus metres.
“Just a huge thank you to the greenkeeper, who worked really hard to present us with an immaculate course once again. Conditions were cool and the wind was just over one-club strength. I’m really excited to see the cream rise to the top, with six of the top 12 junior on the Under-15 Junior Ranking in contention.”
NEWBIES WINS NWGU SENIOR SCRATCH LEAGUE!!
The senior scratch league team of Pecanwood Golf and Country Club were victorious in the NWGU Senior Scratch League of 2018.
On Saturday 17 March 2018 the final matches in the North West Golf Union (NWGU) Senior Scratch League was played at Klerksdorp Golf Club. Five teams participated in the league on a round robin basis. Pecanwood Golf and Country Club, who entered the league for the first time this year, won the league. They were victorious in all their games but one, which they halved. The Executive of the NWGU congratulates Pecanwood Golf and Country Club on winning the league.