• Links home
  • Pezula home
  • PinnaclePoint home
  • Fancourt home
  • Oubaai home2
  • Plett home2
  • Plett home
  • Kingswood home
  • MB home
  • George home

HERMANUS, 20 October 2017 – Unheralded Ferdie van der Merwe sealed a sensational maiden victory when he clinched the SA Senior Amateur Championship title in dramatic fashion at Hermanus Golf Club on Friday.

2017SASAC FerdieVanDerMerwe

2017 SA Senior Amateur Championship winner Ferdie van der Merwe from Wellington; credit Roger Sedres / Image SA

The 51-year-old from Wellington stunned the field when he shot into contention with successive rounds of 72 in his debut on the senior amateur national circuit. Not surprisingly, the ‘rookie’ earned overwhelming applause after he defeated reigning Players champion Andre van Dyk at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off.

Van der Merwe started the final day three shots off the pace from former SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play champion Graeme Watson, another SA Senior Amateur Championship debutant.

He trailed by five strokes after a double bogey at nine, but just when it looked as though Watson would set an imposing clubhouse target, his title bid abruptly collapsed. The Ekurhuleni golfer gave eight shots back to the field over the first six holes of the back nine and the chasing pack pounced.

A birdie at 12 helped Van der Merwe to shoot to the top of the pile, with Stephen Johnston from Gauteng and fellow Boland golfers Van Dyk and Francois le Roux also in pursuit.

Van Dyk, who stayed within two shots of his lead, bogeyed the last hole and set the target at six-over-par 222 with a round of 75. Van der Merwe – playing in the final group – had a two lead coming down the 18th hole.

“I hit two good shots, but I duffed my chip and three putted for a double-bogey,” said Van Der Merwe after closing with a 78 to join Van Dyk at six-over-par 222. “I should have won it in regulation play, but once again my putter let me down. I struck the ball extremely well over all three rounds, but I couldn’t sink a putt under eight foot to save my life.”

The pair headed back to the 10th tee, where Van der Merwe mailed his tee shot straight down the middle. Van Dyk hit a huge drive that drifted down the left and finished just short of the fairway bunker. His approach to a pin, tucked back right, flew the green, while Van der Merwe hit his second pin high right.

Van Dyk chipped, but his effort raced past the hole and Van der Merwe also put too much pace on his birdie putt. However, when Van Dyk missed the return putt for par, Van der Merwe drained the “putt of his life” and his ball dropped to the bottom of the cup.

“I feel 10 feet tall,” said the beaming Van der Merwe. “I’ve won more than 50 titles in club opens or Boland Golf Union events, but this is such a special moment.

“I’ve hit the ball so well all week, but the putts refused to drop. It was frustrating, but I had my partner Cornel (de Jager) on the bag and she kept me calm and confident that the putter would warm up. I holed a short one for birdie at 12, but it took another seven holes before it warmed up again.

“That last putt wasn’t very long – maybe six feet – but it rolled on the perfect line all the way and when it dropped, I almost couldn’t believe it. You know, I nearly didn’t even enter. They told me I had to enter online and I couldn’t figure it out, so if it wasn’t for Mariette at Boland Golf Union, I wouldn’t even have been here this week.

“I’ve played Hermanus just twice in the last 18 years. We had to endure three club winds in all three rounds and this week was a real test of patience, but what a fantastic test of golf. To beat some of the legends of the game and to win on the senior circuit has been a dream, but now it’s a reality. I am sure this is how David felt when he knocked down Goliath.”

Le Roux closed with a 75 to finish third on 223 in a tie with Watson, who signed for 82.

Final Result (Top 30)
222 Ferdi van der Merwe 72 72 78 (play-off / first extra hole)
222 Andre van Dyk 71 76 75
223 Francois le Roux 74 74 75; Graeme Watson 72 69 82
224 Stephen Johnston 74 73 77
225 Craig Poulton 77 73 75; Rurik Gobel 75 75 75; Morgan Phillips 75 72 78
226 Jock Wellington 73 73 80
227 Brian Mampies 80 75 72; Stanley de Beer 75 76 76; Richard Bruyns 74 72 81
228 Archie Steyn 77 75 76; Colin Mavuso 75 71 82
229 Adrian Kriel 79 73 77; Japie Koopman 76 78 75; Pieter Cooper 74 75 80
230 Mzuyanda Zingela 81 74 75; Schalk Naude 80 75 75; Ramon Rahme 74 72 84
231 Conrad Rauch 72 79 80
232 William Skinner 76 75 81; Ivan Palframan 75 77 80; Derik Piek 75 77 80; Phillip Bierman 74 79 79; Attie Burger 74 77 81
233 Christian Pienaar 84 72 77; Fanus van Niekerk 79 75 79                                                              
234 Mark Hair 83 75 76; Mitchell Steel GBR 81 75 78; Steve Smit 80 74 80; Manie Daniels 79 76 79

 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

CAPE TOWN, 2 October 2017 – The South African Golf Association (SAGA) and GolfRSA is delighted to announce a new and exciting collaboration with multinational professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers as the main sponsor and leading South African automotive retail company Super Group Dealerships as a supporting sponsor of the prestigious Senior Players Championship in 2018.

AndreVanDyk

PHOTO – Players Championship defending champion Andre van Dyk; credit GolfRSA.

“Golf and business go hand in hand and PricewaterhouseCoopers and Super Group are highly reputable partners,” said SAGA president Geoff Taylor. “Both companies are a perfect fit for this very prestigious, limited field championship and we could not have asked for better partners to help us grow the senior game in South Africa.”

“The Senior Players Championship launched in 2012. Business entrepreneur Philip Viljoen approached SAGA with the vision of hosting a unique tournament that would reward the top 50 ranked senior amateur golfers at the end of each season. He sourced the funding himself and the first edition was played at Pecanwood Country Club in 2012. In 2013, the event moved to its permanent home at Sun City.

“With its limited field format, the Senior Players Championship has become one of the most sought-after ticket in senior amateur golf. We believe the support of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Super Group will further elevate the status of this championship.”

The first edition was won by Philip Bierman, while the champions over the past five years include Peter van Coller, Lynton Beckett, Morgan Phillips, Ben Kleynhans and 2017 winner Andre van Dyk.

Van Dyk’s success at the Gary Player Country Club came with a healthy boost in the senior amateur rankings and, having maintained his top five standing through the season, he was selected to the SA Seniors Team. The Boland senior made his international debut for South Africa in the Fellowship Cup Test against India at Leopard Creek last month.

GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn, who hosted the Indian Golf Union at Leopard Creek, welcomed the commitment from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Super Group.

“Participation in the Senior Players Championship is by qualification only, hence this event promotes and encourages a strong, highly competitive senior amateur circuit,” Hepburn said.

“It is fantastic that James du Preez from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Graeme Watson from Super Group – both competitors on the senior amateur circuit – recognized the value of this event and campaigned to sponsor the Senior Players Championship. The support of these two influential partners will most certainly elevate the status of this event even further.”

Du Preez, Client and Market Development leader Africa at PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa, said the senior amateur circuit is a good fit for the company.

“We are excited to extend our global golf sponsorship to include the Senior Players Championship,” Du Preez said. “Sport sponsorship plays a huge role in our overall marketing strategy. Through our sponsorships we connect with our stakeholders.

“The core values that underpin the game of golf are aligned with our own, most notably that of respect, integrity and excellence. This partnership gives us the opportunity to engage with the seniors and create leverage in this market segment, while we actively contribute by promoting a stronger, more competitive senior amateur circuit.”

Super Group CEO Automotive Graeme Watson said the Senior Players Championship represents a first national golf sponsorship for the Super Group.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said the former SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play champion and former national player.

“We have enjoyed strong support for our business from senior golfers in general over the past few years and this is a nice opportunity to give something back in return. We like the Senior Players Championship concept and the venue is superb.”

“Our partnership with this prestigious event not only provides us with an opportunity to promote our business among the senior competitors, but also across the entire amateur golf spectrum.”

The cut-off date for the 2018 Players Championship at the Gary Player Country Club from 10-11 February is 30 November 2017.

 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

Lali Stander

PORT ELIZABETH, 3 May 2017 - The South African golfing fraternity mourns the passing of former number one ranked senior David Konzani, who passed away this morning at the age of 55 after a year-long battle with cancer.

2017DavidKonzaniSASSP

David Konzani after his 2015 SA Senior Stroke Play Championship victory; credit Michael Sheehan.

“I extend our heartfelt condolences to David’s wife, family and friends and Eastern Province Golf Union on behalf the South African Golf Association and GolfRSA,” said South African Golf Association president Geoff Taylor.

2017DavidKonzani EPIPT

David Konzani during the 2014 SA Inter-Provincial Championship; credit GolfRSA 

“Golf has lost one of its favourite sons and the Eastern Province amateur golf fraternity one of its finest senior amateur golfers. We will miss David’s signature smile and his positive attitude to life, to people and to the game he loved so much.

“David was quintessential proof that golf has no age limit. In 2014 at the age of 52, he lined up alongside players less than half his age and scored eight points to help Eastern Province seal B-Division promotion in the 54th South African Inter-Provincial at Westlake Golf Club.

“In 2015, he staved off a field stacked with the top senior amateur golfers in the country to lift the South African Senior Stroke Play Championship title by a staggering 12 shots at his home course at Humewood.

“David finally realised a life-long dream to tee it up abroad when he qualified for the British Senior Amateur as the number one ranked senior amateur in South Africa, but sadly illness prevented him from making the trip. He was held in high regard by everyone in the golfing fraternity, but especially by his peers on the senior circuit. He was a highly liked and respected golfer, a force to be reckoned with, but a faithful team-mate and loyal friend.”

Eastern Province Golf Union Director of Golf Greg de Doncker said Kozani’s passing will leave a void that will be hard to fill for years to come.

“We are shaken and saddened by David’s passing,” De Doncker said.

“David’s perpetual smile disguised a fiercely competitive nature and a fire to win that made him a fierce and formidable competitor. He represented Eastern Province at many levels over the course of his career, including the premier, mid-amateur and senior inter-provincials.

In 2015, David was named the Eastern Province Senior Player of the Year and he was the overall winner of the SportElizabeth Homegrown Hero of the Year Award.

“We will deeply miss this man who shared and supported the vision to grow the game and to take it from being good to being great. David greatly inspired a great many young golfers to reach for greater heights. The young players looked up to him for guidance and they admired his demeanour on and off the golf course and his respect for the game. Eastern Province amateur golf has lost a great servant.

Konzani is survived by his wife Mellia and four children. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

 

KNYSNA, 29 April 2017 – Western Province and Gauteng North did everything possible to spoil Central Gauteng’s party, but they could not stop the Lions from roaring to a successful title defence in the 30th South African Senior Inter-Provincial in Knysna on Friday.

2017SASIPT ADIV CentralGauteng3

PHOTO – The 2017 SA Senior Inter-Provincial champions Central Gauteng; credit Pieter Els.

Back, left to right – Greg Gleeson, Richard Bruyns, Jaco du Plessis (manager), Richard Bruyns and Derek Reyneke.

Front, left to right – Steve Williams, Schalk Naude (captain), Jock Wellington and Stephen Johnston.

The 2016 champions put an exclamation mark on an unbeaten run in this year’s A-Division contest when they drew 6-all in two tightly contested skirmishes against both teams.

Central Gauteng finished the week at the top of the pile with 12 points.

“We started the final round with a healthy cushion and a lot of guys already came to congratulate us after the third round, but the victory is never in the bag for us until the final putt drops,” said Central Gauteng manager Jaco du Plessis.

The defending champions began the final charge to victory with a three point advantage over Western Province and they were four points up on Gauteng North.

“It didn’t shock me when we were 1.5 – 2.5 down against Province after the foursomes,” Du Plessis said. “The senior circuit is highly competitive and you can never get complacent in this format, but I had a lot of faith in our players.

“Every guy on the team had a job to do and they are the kind of players any manager would kill for. They never, ever give up. They fight until the last drop of blood to get us a win. When one player is struggling, three more step it up.”

“Throughout the week the two Steves in the top order (Steve Williams and Stephen Johnston) was absolutely sublime. Our middle order – stalwart Jock Wellington, skipper Schalk Naude and the ever-green Greg Gleeson – kept the momentum going and our rookies Derek Reyneke and Rurik Gobel were so impressive. Richard Bruyns, the first man out in the singles on the final day, got us the most important halve of the week. There was always someone putting their hand up.”

Central’s number one Steve Williams won both his matches and number two Johnston defeated Herman September from Province 1-up, but went 2-down to Gordon Wessels from Gauteng North.

Wellington and Gleeson had a tough day at the office with losses both ways, but Naude picked up the slack with a proper captain’s innings. He railroaded Conrad Rauch from Gauteng North 6 & 5 and beat Tony Bailey 2 & 1 to keep the side going against Western Province.

Reyneke lost 5 & 3 to Henry Trevena from Province, but he beat Christie le Roux from Gauteng North 4 & 2 and Gobel won his games 3 & 2 and 2-up.

“Richard was narrowly beaten by Adrian Kriel from Gauteng North, but he squared against Dave Johnston from Province,” said Du Plessis. “Stephen’s win and Richard’s halve got us to 6-all with Western Province and Rurik and Steve’s put us all-square with the Daisies.

“I am incredibly proud of this team’s achievement. Like I said, it’s a team effort. That is the philosophy Andy (Truluck) and I drill into all our players. There is a time when you play for yourself, but this is the week where everything you do is for your team-mate. Their commitment to each other was the key to their success here in Knysna. There were no heroes here this week; just eight guys who batted for each other.”

Not surprisingly, five players from the victorious team featured in the top 10 on the Most Valuable Player’s (MWP) list.

Top spot went to former SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play champion Graeme Watson from Ekurhuleni, who amassed 13 points and helped his team to beat Southern Cape 7.5 – 4.5 and KwaZulu-Natal 6.5 – 5.5 in the final round to take third spot in the final log.

Williams and Johnston tied for second with 12 points, Bertus Smit from Southern Cape finished fourth with 11.5 points and Reyneke and Naude shared seventh on 10 points with Kevin Monk from Ekurhuleni. Gobel tied for 10th with Western Province pair Dave Johnston and Craig Polton.

Western Province sealed the runner-up spot for a second successive year with 10 points after defeating Gauteng North 7 – 5, while Southern Cape downed KwaZulu-Natal 8 – 4 to take fourth in the standings ahead of Gauteng North, who lost 7 – 5 to Western Province.

KwaZulu-Natal finished in sixth spot and North West edged out Mpumalanga for the wooden spoon, sending last year’s winners back to the B-Division.

Senior A-Division Final Round Results
North West 6.5 vs Mpumalanga 5.5
Central Gauteng 6 vs Western Province 6
Central Gauteng 6 vs Gauteng North 6
Western Province 7 vs Gauteng North 5
Ekurhuleni 6.5 vs KwaZulu-Natal 5.5
Ekurhuleni 7.5 vs Southern Cape 4.5
KwaZulu-Natal 4 vs Southern Cape 8

Seniors A-Division Final Log
(Position, Union, Played, Win, Draw, Loss, Points, Games)
1 Central Gauteng (7, 5, 2, 0, 12, 56.5)
2 Western Province (7, 4, 2, 1, 10, 48.0)
3 Ekurhuleni (7, 4, 1, 2, 9, 46.5)
4 Southern Cape (7, 4, 0, 3, 8, 47.0)
5 Gauteng North (7, 3, 1, 3, 7, 43.0)
6 North West (7, 2, 0, 5, 4, 34.0); Kwazulu-Natal (7, 2, 0, 5, 4, 34.0)
8 Mpumalanga (7, 1, 0, 6, 2, 27.0)

 

Back to Top