A NEW STAR AMONGST THE SENIORS!
The North West Senior Open Championships was held on 20 September and 1 October 2017 at Potchefstroom Country Club.
Eighty seven players from all over the country participarted in the event over 36 holes. In weather not common to Potchefstroom for this time of the year, the players tee-ed up in windy, cold conditions. The leader after round one was Christo Reyneke from Lichtenburg who mae 71 (-1). Come Sunday, the players started at seven in the morning. The race was on and in the end, Douglas McCabe (also the captain of the Premier IPT side of the NWGU), was victorius. He shot a round of 69 (-3) following the 75 (+3) of the previous day for a total of 144 (level par). Second was another NWGU palyer, Christo Reyneke, on a total of 145.
Dougie was also the North West Winner.
(Photo: Douglas McCabe receives his prize and trophy from Coenie Schoonhoven)
Saamtrek triumphs at Ernie Els SA Primary School Champs
JOHANNESBURG, 4 August 2017 – The Laerskool Saamtrek golf team celebrated its first national victory with runaway success in the seventh Ernie Els SA Primary School Championship at Randpark Golf Club on Friday.
The Klerksdorp quartet opened up a seven stroke lead with an opening total of 237 at the Bushwillow Course. Divan Mostert led the team for a second successive day with a one-under-par 71 and Heinrich Janse van Vuuren and Zander Nel added a pair of 83s for a final round 236.
Laerskool Saamtrek triumphed on 473 with a 14 stroke over Laerskool Wierda Park.
“I am blown away by what these boys achieved this week,” said Laerskool Saamtrek teacher and proud team manager Christo Wiggett.
“We only played in this prestigious event for the first time last year in Port Shepstone and we tied for 12th, but knowing what to expect, we prepared very well for this year’s championship .The effort of the players has astounded me, though.
“They all had one or two practice rounds on their own time before the championship to familiarise themselves with the Bushwillow Course. After our practice round on Wednesday, they spent two hours comparing notes and constructing course guides for themselves around the slopes on the greens and the best spots to hit.
“It’s a tough layout and the greens are particularly testing, so I really believe that their course management was key to their success. Although we won the North West Primary Schools League, this marks the first time a golf team from Laerskool Saamtrek has won the national title and I couldn’t be more proud.
“We have a great golf academy at the school, which is run by PGA teaching professional Jakes Minnie. This achievement will be a huge inspiration for all the youngsters at the academy, especially for the beginners and I am hopeful their success will draw more scholars to the golf academy.”
Jean-Pierre Jordaan (78), Raymond van Niekerk (82) and Reinhardt Uys (83) produced 243 in the final round to move Laerskool Wierdapark into second on 487.
A final round 252 from Franco Gericke (76), Michael Nortje (82) and Jacques Vermaak (94) earned Laerskool George Suid third spot at 496.
Mostert also clinched the Individual Competition on even-par 144.
The 13-year-old Laerschool Saamtrek scholar was seven shots clear of Gericke from George, while Jordaan from Wierdapark finished in third on 157. Zamokuhle Nxasana from St Dunstan’s College and Kael Strydom from Curro Aurora carded respective rounds of 76 and 79 to tie for fourth on 158.
(Best 3 scores of 4 to count)
473 Laerskool Saamtrek 237 Divan Mostert 71 Heinrich Janse van Vuuren 83 Zander Nel 83; 236 Divan Mostert 73 Zander Nel 80 Heinrich Janse van Vuuren 83
487 Laerskool Wierdapark 244 Raymond van Niekerk 79 Jean-Pierre Jordaan 79 Reinhardt Uys 86; 243 Jean-Pierre Jordaan 78 Raymond van Niekerk 82 Reinhardt Uys 83
496 Laerskool George Suid 244 Franco Gericke 75 Michael Nortje 82 Jacques Vermaak 87; 252 Franco Gericke 76 Michael Nortje 82 Jacques Vermaak 94
507 Laerskool Goedehoop 257 Ruan de Villiers 80 Kobus van Heerden 86 Diederik van der Walt 91; 250 Ruan de Villiers 79 Diederik van der Walt 83 Kobus van Heerden 88
511 Clifton 249 Jake Carstens 76 James Jarvis 84 Ross Montgomery 89; 262 James Jarvis 85 Jake Carstens 88 Ross Montgomery 89
517 Kruinsig 264 Marno Lange 86 Corne Jansen 88 Ian van Rhyn 90; 253 Marno Lange 82 Corne Jansen 85 Ian van Rhyn 86
518 St Dunstan’s College 264 Zamokuhle Nxasana 82 Mathew Smit 88 Justin Smith 94; 254 Zamokuhle Nxasana 76 Justin Smith 87 Mathew Smit 91
522 Laerskool de Villiers Graaff 259 Eric Martin Venter 79 Conrad Loubser 84 Lizzy Thomson 96; 263 Eric Martin Venter 83 Conrad Loubser 86 Lizzy Thomson 94
540 Curro Aurora 274 Kael Strydom 79 Arnoux van der Merwe 92 Tyran Nadar 103; 266 Kael Strydom 79 Arnoux van der Merwe 89 Tyran Nadar 98
543 Laerskool Constantiapark 278 Christan le Roux 89 Jeandré de Bruyn 91 Evert Greyling 98; 265 Etienne-Pierre Bedeker 84 Jeandré de Bruyn 90 Christan le Roux 91
553 Laerskool Buhrmannsdrif 280 Leonard Bevan 79 Hanno Jansen van Rensburg 93 Bernelee Rousseau 108; 273 Leonard Bevan 80 Hanno Jansen van Rensburg 90 Bernelee Rousseau 103
556 Westville Snr Primary 264 Keagan Horner 82 Andrew Woodley 84 Callum Lingley 98; 292 Callum Lingley 94 Keagan Horner 97 Nashveer Naidoo 101
580 St Stithians 287 Giorgio Amory 94 Peter Watt 94 Luke Dakers 99; 293 Luke Dakers 93 Peter Watt 96 Giorgio Amory 104
682 Hoer en Laerskool Balfour 358 Bea Breedt 112 Blake Commins 123 Henru Diedericks 123; 324 Bea Breedt 99 Blake Commins 110 Junior Breedt 115
INDIVIDUAL RESULT (top 10)
144 Divan Mostert 71 73
151 Franco Gericke 75 76
157 Jean-Pierre Jordaan 79 78
158 Zamokuhle Nxasana 82 76; Kael Strydom 79 79
159 Ruan de Villiers 80 79; Leonard Bevan 79 80
161 Raymond van Niekerk 79 82
162 Eric Venter 79 83
163 Zander Nel 83 80
2017 Ernie Els SA Primary School Championship winners Laerskool Saamtrek from Klerksdorp in the North West Province; credit Ernest Blignault.
(From left to right: Team manager Christo Wiggett, Zander Nel, Divan Mostert, Blake Botes, Heinrich Janse van Vuuren and GolfRSA Assistant Manager Golf Operations, David Younge).
RUSTENBURG VICTORIUS IN NWGU SCRATCH LEAGUE
The A team of Rustenburg Golf Club won the NWGU Scratch League op 11 June 2017 at Rustenburg Golf Club
The league was played over four legs at different clubs. It is played in a round robin style where all clubs play against the other clubs. The draw was done according to the positions the clubs finished the previous year, ie 2016.
This year the league was highly contested with a number of clubs still in the running at the last game. Rustenburg A, Klerksdorp A, Piotchefstroom B and Potchefstroom A still had a chance to win the league. Rustenburg A won both their games which clinched the winning spot for the team. Klerksdorp A finished in the second place and Potchefstroom A in the third position.
Rustenburg A will represnt the Union at the Northern Provinces Gross League finals to be held at Walker park Golf Club in Mpumalanga on 29 and 30 July 2017. The Executive wishes them all of the best.