RORISANG NKOSI REPRESENTING SOUTH AFRICA
Four of South Africa’s rising junior talents have left for Indonesia to fly the flag for the country in the Himbara World Junior Golf Championships, presented by Ciputra.
Western Province’s Jordan Rothman and Kiera Floyd from Ekurhuleni will compete in the Girls Division, while Rorisang Nkosi from North West and Western Province’s Keyan Loubser will line up in the Boys Division at the Pantal Indah Kapuk Course of the Damai Indah Golf Club in Jakarta from 5 – 8 June 2018.
Womens Golf South Africa (WGSA) Vice President Sarah Braude accompanied the quartet to the 24th edition of the world amateur golf ranking event that celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the nation’s capital.
Floyd, who plays off a plus-1 handicap, will compete in the Class B Division for 13 to 14-year-olds with handicaps of 15 or lower.
The 13-year-old Ebotse golfer recently sealed a top five finish in the SA Women’s 72-Hole Teams Championship last month, while guiding Ekurhuleni B to victory in the Challenge Trophy at Waterkloof Country Club. A runner-up finish in the Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl Championship and two more top five finishes has propelled Floyd to seventh in the WGSA Junior Rankings.
Rothman lit up the golfing radar last year when she dispatched former number one Kajal Mistry in the first round of the 2017 Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship.
The 15-year-old from Durbanville Golf Club rose to prominence again when she won the seeding round for the 2017 SA Women’s Inter-Provincial and helped Western Province to victory at Mossel Bay Golf Club.
Rothman, who plays off one, has steadily climbed the WGSA Junior Rankings to eighth this season and will start in the Class A Division in the 15-17 age group for handicaps 11 and lower.
Floyd and Rothman also made a huge statement when they upstaged the country’s top junior boys on the 2018 Bridge Fund Manager Junior Series. Floyd qualified for North Final of the popular junior golf development series when she fired a five-under-par 67 at the East Course to win the RJK event, while Rothman took third at her home course to book a berth for the South Final.
South African Golf Development Board (SADGB) duo Nkosi and Loubser will compete in the 13-14 age group and 15-17 age group respectively.
Nkosi anchored North West in the final round of the Nomads SA Under-13 Championship at Port Elizabeth Golf Club last year. He closed with an even-par 72 to help North West to a runner-up finish and sealed a tie for sixth in the overall individual standings.
Earlier this season, the plus-1 handicapper from Pecanwood Golf and Country Club tied for third in the Nomads SA Boys Under-15 Championship at Kingswood.
Seventeen-year-old Loubser from Bellville, who plays off a 2-handicap, enjoyed top 20 finishes in the WP Parow and King David Mowbray Junior Opens in recent months and took sixth overall in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series South Final, having qualified in Port Elizabeth in January.
“WGSA have been invited to send four juniors to compete in this championship for a number of years and we usually pick two juniors and offer the other two spots to the SAGDB,” said Braude. “We are very grateful to the tournament organisers and sponsors for the opportunity to bring our juniors to this world-class event again.
“The greatest value of the trip is taking the juniors out of their comfort zone with the culture, the weather and food and exposing them to a highly competitive international field and a magnificent championship golf course. You can’t put a price tag on this experience and it will definitely serve them well in the future.”
South Africa has good track record in Jakarta.
Last year, reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play champion Casandra Hall and Carl Mwale both tied for 10th in the 15-17 age group.
Cole Stevens and Caitlyn Macnab both had top five finishes in the 13-14 age group in 2016. Two years ago, our reigning number one senior Woo-Ju Son claimed a runner-up finish 13-14 age group, Chiara Contomathios tied for seventh in the 15-17 age group, and Steven le Roux and Franklin Manchest finished eighth and 10th respectively in the 15-17 age group.
In addition to the Individual Championship, the championship also features a team event. Team are comprised one player each from Class A and Class B in the Boys and Girls Competitions.
(Photo: Jordan Rothman, Kiera Floyd, Rorisang Nkosi, Keyan Loubser and Womens Golf SA Vice President, Sarah Braude)
HANDICAP LEAGUE WON BY RUSTENBURG GOLF CLUB
On Saturday 27 May 2018 the Handicap League finals for the North West Golf Union was played between the teams of Rustenburg Golf Club and Landbou Kollege Golf Club. The match was played at Mooinooi Golf Club who graciously hosted the event.
Rustenburg managed to secure the titlle after beating the team from Landbou Kollege. Congratulations to the team and Rustenburg Golf Club.
NORTH WEST CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINALISED
The North West Champion of Champions event was held over the weekend with the following winners progressing to the National Finals to be held at Glendower:
Mens A Div : Gareth Petler (Orkney)
Mens B Div “: Merafe Phakedi (Leopard Park)
Mens C Div : Juan le Roux (Leopard Park)
Ladies A Div : Elru Botha (Zeerust)
Ladies B Div : M Steyn (Lichtenburg)
Ladies C Div : J Calcott (Rustenburg)
Winners of the other sections included:
Primary School: Wian van Rensburg (Sannieshof)
High Schools: Thapelo Maichotlo (Klerksdorp)
Mid Amateurs: Robbie Visser (MooiNooi)
Seniors: Alfred Pule (Leopard Park)
COUNTRY DISTRICT TOURNAMENT HOSTED AT POTCHEFSTROOM COUNTRY CLUB
The S A Country Districts Inter Provincial Tournament 2018 is being hosted by the North West Golf Union at Potchefstroom from 13 to 18 May 2018.
Ten (10) teams of eight players will be competing in two sections to be crowned the Country Districts champion for 2018.
The teams in the sections are:
A Section: Kwazulu-Natal, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo
B Section: Border, Northern Cape, Eastern Province, Southern Cape and Border
For live scoring of the A Section, click here https://tournament.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=175777844&ps=175777367
For live scoring of the B Section, click here https://tournament.handicaps.co.za/albport/golfclubtv.jsp?pg=175778014&ps=175777372
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