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CAPE TOWN, 17 August 2019 – GolfRSA is pleased to announce the addition of three new caps to the GolfRSA National Squad for the 2019/2020 season.

“We are excited to welcome Kyle de Beer from Eastern Province, Tyran Snyders from Western Province and Gauteng North’s Christiaan Maas into the fold,” said GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn.

Christiaan Maas (Pretoria Country Club, Gauteng North)

Kyle de Beer (Port Elizabeth Golf Club, Eastern Province)

Tyran Snyders (Durbanville Golf Club, Western Province)


“We work closely with the South African Golf Association Talent Development and Management Committee and these three players have been on our radar for a considerable time.

“Given the departure of Deon Germishuys, Garrick Higgo, Wilco Nienaber and Matt Saulez to join the paid ranks this season, we are delighted to be in a position to recognise their performances by including them in the GolfRSA National Squad. We trust that this announcement will serve to encourage the other up-and-coming talent in South Africa.”

Twenty-one-year old De Beer, a Human Movements Science student at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, has maintained a steady rise in the rankings over the last eight months.

“Despite being a full-time third year student, Kyle plays a full schedule, and with two victories and a runner-up finish among his highlights this season, he has risen to fourth in the Open Amateur rankings. His performances abroad in team events, and individually, bodes well for his future. Furthermore, his continued commitment to the amateur game in South Africa is commendable and we consider Kyle a fantastic ambassador for GolfRSA and South Africa,” Hepburn said.

Snyders is sitting his matric year at Paarl Boys High and will be transitioning into Open Amateur at the end of the season.

“Tyran has been building a strong reputation on the junior circuits at Western Province Golf, the national circuit and the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series in the last two years,” Hepburn said.

“His comprehensive victory in the high-profile Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst in July spoke volumes of the way he is starting to package his game to compete for wins. We believe he will be a valuable addition to the squad.”

Fifteen-year-old Maas is fast becoming another one of the exceptionally talented young golfers to break onto the national junior and Open Amateur stage, and showing the ability to compete on both levels.

“In his last five starts on the national junior circuit, Christiaan posted four top five finishes and won the Dimension Data Junior Open at Fancourt. He also enjoyed four top 15 finishes at Open Amateur level and broke into the top 20 in July with his runner-up finish in the Limpopo Open Stroke Play Championship,” said Hepburn.

“These performances earned Christiaan a spot in the South African Under-16 group that will compete in the Reply Italian Under-16 Championship at the end of August. We believe that with the guidance from within the squad and the continued coaching and mentorship of his coach Nico van Rensburg, Christiaan will fulfil continue to blossom.”

The GolfRSA National Squad, now in its fourth year, was set up with funding from businessman and GolfRSA chairman of the board Johann Rupert. The squad provides funding, support, advice, training camps and playing opportunities for the best of South Africa’s young golfing talent.

“The ultimate aim with the squad is to produce stronger national teams and provide individuals with the best preparation to be competitive golfers,” remarked Hepburn.

“We have enjoyed great since the squad’s inception in 2016. Our members achieved an unprecedented five international wins, highlighted by Jovan Rebula’s triumph in The Amateur Championship, in 2018. This year, Martin Vorster won the country’s second successive title in the East of Ireland Open Amateur before he captained the GolfRSA Junior Proteas to victory in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan.

“We are blessed to have wonderful structures in place, starting at club level and continued by the unions and our vast pool of talented teaching professionals. Thanks to the excellent groundwork put in by the provincial unions and the clubs, we are able to identify players early and get them into the squad system as soon as we can. Mr Rupert’s generosity enables us to enrich the amateur experiences of some of our most talented players to help them perform at the highest level in amateur golf and beyond.”


GolfRSA National Squad 2019/2020

Amilkar Bhana (Central Gauteng)

Carl Mwale (Central Gauteng)

Casey Jarvis (Ekurhuleni)

Christiaan Burke (North West)

Christiaan Maas (Gauteng North)

Christo Lamprecht (Southern Cape)

Cole Stevens (Central Gauteng)

Jayden Schaper (Ekurhuleni)

Jordan Duminy (Southern Cape)

Jovan Rebula (Southern Cape)

Kian Rose (Central Gauteng)

Kieron van Wyk (Central Gauteng)

Kyle de Beer (Eastern Province)

Luca Filippi (Western Province)

Martin Vorster (Southern Cape)

Nash de Klerk (Ekurhuleni)

Sam Simpson (Western Province)

Therion Nel (Free State)

Tyran Snyders (Western Province)

Yurav Premlall (Ekurhuleni)


Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.

PINEHURST, North Carolina (12 August 2019) – A trio of South Africans made the 312-strong player field that takes to the No 2 and No 4 courses today for the 36-hole stroke play qualifier of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

Jovan Rebula from George Golf Club and Durban Country Club’s Chris Woollam made the 312-strong player field for the 36-hole stroke play qualifier of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

GolfRSA National Squad member and 2018 Amateur champion Jovan Rebula leads the local charge, flanked by Chris Woollam from KwaZulu-Natal and Florida resident Devon Hopkins.

Rebula was among 67 players exempt for the 119th playing of one of amateur golf’s most prestigious tournaments, courtesy of his 28th place standing in the world amateur golf rankings.

The Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation player has enjoyed a strong season, with victory in the 22nd annual Georgia Cup in March and winning the individual title at the Southeastern Conference a month later among his highlights. In June, the Auburn University senior was named a PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Rebula, a member of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, qualified for the U.S. Amateur last year, but missed the match play field by two shots.

Woollam and Hopkins had to do it the hard way, though, joining more than 7 000 hopefuls at 96 qualifying sites across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Woollam secured his berth with a third place tie at the Chenal Country Club in Arkansas.

The Hilton graduate is currently in his first season on a golf scholarship at Louisiana State University, where he impressed with a runner-up finish in his debut for the LSU Tigers. Woollam fired rounds of 68, 72 and 70 to finish second on six-under in the David Toms Intercollegiate.

In 2018, Woollam won the stroke play qualifier in the 2017 Sanlam SA Amateur Championship and champion Deon Germishuys needed 39 holes to dispatch the Durban Country Club golfer at his home course to win the 36-hole final.

Hopkins, meanwhile, took the medallist honours on 137 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Florida.

Hopkins graduated Northern Illinois University in 2011. An account executive at Aetna, an American managed health care company, Hopkins regularly competes on the Florida State Golf Association circuit. He recently finished 14th in the Florida Open and the top eight in the match play stage at Old March Golf Club.

He also reached the quarter-finals with playing partner Matt Kleinrock in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Only the top 64 players will advance to the match play stage, with ties on 64 settled with a sudden-death playoff.

The match play field will be cut to 32 in the first round on Wednesday, 14 August. On Thursday morning, the field will be reduced to 16 and in the afternoon, the top eight will be decided. The quarter-finals are played on Friday and the semi-finals on Saturday, with the champion decided in a 36-hole final on Sunday.

In addition to lifting the coveted Havemeyer Trophy, the U.S. Amateur champion receives an invitation to the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship.


Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.

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