12 year old Kaiyuree Moodley of Bryanston Country Club has won the B Division of the Boland Junior Championships held over the the 8th and 9th January 2014 at Kuils River Golf Club. Kaiyuree, playing off a 13 handicap, carded two rounds of 82 to win by 5 shots from fellow Gauteng golfer Cara Ford. Cara is a member at Ruimsig Country Club and she had rounds of 84 and 85. Well done to both of you.
Kaleigh Telfer of Bryanston Country Club, playing off a 1 handicap was leading the tournament after a great first round of 70 but finished in 5th place on 226 (70,78,78). Ivanna Samu of Ruimsig was one shot behind Kaleigh on 227 (77,77,73). Shawnelle de Lange of GOldfields West was 7th on 229 (77,80,72). Chiara Contomathios of Modderfontein Golf Club was in 13th place on 237 (80,83,74)
SELBORNE (3 December) – Bryanston’s Kaleigh Telfer showed a lot of guts, grit and determination to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship at Selborne Golf Club at the weekend.
The 15-year-old carded rounds of 75-74-75 to beat local favourite Michaela Fletcher by nine shots for the title, barely two weeks after she defeated SA number one Kim Williams for the Mpumalanga Championship. But the fact that Telfer popped in the final putt wearing only her socks, underlines the determined teenager’s competitive spirit.
Just two days before the 54-hole stroke play tournament, Telfer ripped the nail off her big toe when she spilled off her motor bike, but pulling out of the event was just not an option.
“I really wanted to compete in the KZN Junior Champs, because we had already made all the arrangements to travel to Selborne, it was the last event of the season and I was coming into some really good form,” said the brave youngster.
“I felt I could deal with the injury, but I have to admit it was an agonising ordeal. But so worth it.”
Telfer had to have her foot redressed after every nine holes and even had to play the last two holes of the final round in socks.
“The pain was really bad down the stretch and I just couldn’t keep my shoes on once we got past the 16th. It’s fantastic to finish the season on such a high note, though, and it was definitely worth the pain.”
Telfer rose to prominence when she claimed a rare double at her home course.
She won the prestigious Ladies Club Championship in May and claimed the Junior Club Championship in June to become the first player to win both titles in the same calendar year. At 15, Telfer was also one of the youngest Ladies Club Championship winners since 1958 at Bryanston.
Named the Most Improved Junior Ladies Golfer 2012/2013 by Womens Golf South Africa, Telfer currently ranks sixth on the National Junior and 10th on the National Senior Rankings. She also represented Ladies Golf Gauteng at the Pick n Pay SA Womens Inter-Provincial in 2012 and 2013 and received Federation colours for representing South African at the Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championships.
Maritzburg’s Fletcher, meanwhile, ended her junior career with a runner-up finish after carding round of 77-75-81.
Fletcher finished six shots ahead of Shawnelle de Lange, who took third on 239 with rounds of 79-79-81. The Goldfields golfer finished two shots clear of Mount Edgecombe’s Brittney-Fay Berger (78-85-78).
MIDDELBURG (19 November 2013) – Bryanston golfer Kaleigh Telfer won the Mpumalanga Championship after two brilliant shots propelled the teenager to a runaway victory at Middelburg Golf Club on Sunday.
The 15-year-old Gauteng player shared the first round lead with SA number two Kim Williams after both players posted an opening even-par 72. However, the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion finished a distant second after Kelfer romped home with an eagle-birdie-par finish for a four-under-par 68 to seal her first provincial title with a six shot victory on four under 140.
Williams, always gracious in defeat, was very impressed by her opponent.
“I was so impressed by Kaleigh’s demeanour and composure throughout the round,” said Williams. “She is a great little golfer and a great fighter. Even my father, who always supports me to the final hole, was so impressed that he told me after Kaleigh’s eagle at the 16th, that I “couldn’t compete with that.”
“I think she is going to impress a lot of people in the next few years.”
The young champion was understandably ecstatic with the result.
“I knew, after seeing the course in the practice round, that it would require a low round to win this tournament, but I never expected it to be me,” she said. “I had five birdies and five bogeys in the first round and felt that I left a couple of birdies out there. I never expected to win by such a big margin, though, and I’m just thrilled to have my first provincial title under the belt.”
Telfer dropped a couple over the first nine in round two, but turned in one under and cancelled bogeys at the 10th and 14th with a pair of birdies at the 12th and 13th to take a five shot lead to the par-five 16th.
“I felt I might have a chance, especially after Kim’s triple at the 12th,” Telfer said. “You can’t take anything for granted with Kim, though, so I went for the green in two and holed the eagle putt.
“Kim made birdie, and although I knew I had to really mess to lose, I went for the green at 17th. I flew the pin, but I had a good lie on the fringe at the back of the green. I lagged it close and sunk the birdie putt and Kim responded with a birdie, again. I only relaxed once I sunk the par putt at 18 for the win.”
Meanwhile defending champion and local favourite Monja Richards claimed the Closed Champion title with a 153 gross total.
Megan Dickson beat Chante Boonstra by four shots to clinch the Silver Division (handicaps 10-18) on 171, while Trienie van den Berg clinched the Bronze Division (handicaps 19-24) on a winning total of 182.
Although Telfer and Williams dominated the final round proceedings, a couple of top juniors also impressed.
Ackerman Championship winner Carrie Park from Irene Country Club finished two shots behind Williams in third, 15-year-old Ivanna Samu from Roodepoort Golf Club claimed fourth with rounds of 74 and 77 and current number two, Magda Kruger from Centurion Country Club, shared fifth with Richards.
The juniors will have another shot at glory at the season-ending KZN Junior Championship, which will be played at Selborne Country Club from 29 November to 1 December.
CAPTION: Mpumalanga Championship winner Kaleigh Telfer from Bryanston Country Club; credit WGSA.
Poetic justice for Park at Ackerman Champs
Just days after she was denied the Boland Championship title in a play-off for, Gauteng North’s Carrie Park exacted her revenge with a runaway victory in the 33rd Ackerman Championship on Sunday.
The 16-year-old from Pretoria was still smarting from her defeat when she teed it up at Rondebosch Golf Club, but rounds of 74 and 72 saw her to a two-stroke lead at the 36-hole mark and this time Park was determined to finally go the full course.
While the rest of the field struggled in winds gusting up to 50km per hour, Park bravely romped to a nine stroke victory with a final round 75.
Her winning total of five-over-par 215 saw Park finish well clear of Vanessa Smith and Cara Gorlei from the Western Province, who shared second alongside newly-crowned Boland Championship match play champion Mae Cornforth on 230. First round leaders Magda Kruger and Nicole Garcia finished a further shot back in joint fifth with Lara Weinstein.
Report by Lol Jones, President Boland Ladies Golf - Somerset West Club was presented in a wonderful condition for the time of year and the extremely wet winter the Cape has experienced this year. The first round of the A Division Stroke play was played on Sunday 13th and all proceeded smoothly. The second 36 holes were played on Monday with the B and C Divisions playing their 36 holes. For the second year the C Division format was stable ford scoring.
Weather conditions were very benign, with light breezes and sun, which led to some good scores.
Match play commenced on Tuesday 15th and was completed on Wednesday 16th. There were some extremely tight and good games.
We were extremely pleased that the majority of players and their parents stayed for both prize giving evenings and the feedback for the Boland Championships was extremely positive.
Boland Executive hosted three girls: Magda Kruger, Mae Cornforth & Carrie Park
Report by Vice President - Jacqui MacKenzie.The weather was fantastic with sunshine all day and a very gentle breeze. We had a fair amount of entries but would have liked to have had more as the clubs become a little hesitant to close the course for a small field. We hosted three players, two from Western Province, Cara Gorlei and Bianca Lohbauer and one from Boland, Crystal Beukes. All three were hosted by Annalie Goodburn, Lady Captain of ERPM. We had the following entries from the various provinces; 3 Boland, 11 Gauteng, 5 Gauteng North, 1 Free State and Northern Province, 1 Limpopo, 2 Mpumalanga and 4 North West. There was a sudden death playoff in the A division to end the day between Cara Gorlei and Michelle Swanepoel which took place on the 18th hole, as per our tournament conditions. Even though, parents and players were hot and tired, the playoff drew a large crowd of spectators. Cara Gorlei won on the first playoff hole. Michelle Swanepoel played an outstanding second round, carding a new course record of 69. She was presented with a gift from Annalie Goodburn. Everything ran well and on time and the prizegiving was underway by just after 17H00.
Please find attached the results from Ekurhuleni WGU 54 hole strokeplay championships which concluded this afternoon. Bertine Strauss won the Championships on a brilliant 221 (73,73,75) from Lara Weinstein on 224 (76,72,76). Kaleigh Telfer was the best placed junior in 4th place on 232 with rounds of 80,71,81.
Full results attached
(13 August 2013) – Former SA number one Bertine Strauss proved she is still a force to be reckoned with when she came from behind to steal victory in the Ekurhuleni 54-Hole Stroke Play Championship on Monday.
The 21-year-old from Koster in the North West Province dominated the local amateur scene for many years until she took up a golf scholarship at the University of Texas in August 2011. The psychology student just couldn’t resist the temptation to test herself against South Africa’s top ranked amateurs during her summer break home.
Strauss signalled her intentions with an opening 73 at the Ebotse Links in Benoni to trail pacesetter Kim Williams by one shot and stayed within one of the South African number two with another 73 in the second round.
However, while Williams battled to an 80 in the frosty conditions and high winds that greeted the field in Monday’s final round, Strauss closed with a three-over-par 75 to win by three shots on five-over-par 221. Lara Weinstein, fresh from a sixth place finish at the RB German Junior, snuck past Williams to finish in second with rounds of 76-72-76.
Strauss has kept her spot on the Womens Golf South Africa Elite Squad by playing in events when home from college in the last two years and once again enjoyed the experience, despite the tough scoring conditions.
“I like to stay competitive, even when I’m on a break and this tournament just really got the juices flowing again before I fly back to the United States to start my third year,” Strauss said.
“I played the Ebotse Links once before and remembered it as a challenging course, but the cold weather really made it tough on us, especially into the wind on Monday. It was easily a two to three club wind.”
Strauss said that during both rounds on Sunday she hit a driver at the par-four 16th and had 65 meters left to the pin. “On Monday, I hit driver, three-wood and just reached the front edge. When the ground is hard already and the wind blows, control and patience are key to this course.”
The petite North West golfer was thrilled to see how much her mental game has improved, too.
“I was three down after a bogey at the second and double-bogey at the third and two years ago, that would have been the tournament for me,” she said. “Playing the college circuit, I have learned to tough it out. Now I don’t give up. I grind my way around the course and try to pick up a few birdies to give myself a fighting chance. And that’s what I did on Monday.”
Strauss remedied the situation with three birdies before the turn and dropped two shots coming home.
“I was really not playing to my potential, but it was good to see that even when I’m rusty, I can still be competitive,” she said.
“That’s why I want to encourage the juniors to think about college golf before they turn pro. The experience you gain from playing the college circuit is invaluable.”
Adele Beytell carded rounds of 93-83-86 to win the B-Division for handicaps 10-18 with a total of 262, while Teagan Lubbe beat Naledi Qubu in a count-out on 62 points to win the C-Division for handicaps 19-36.
PHOTO CAPTION – Ekurhuleni 54-Hole Stroke Play winner Bertine Strauss receives her trophy from Warren Brits, junior vice-president of Eastern’s Nomads, sponsors of the tournament; credit Jax Mackenzie.
Nobuhle Dlamini has won the Nomads Silver Strokeplay at The Country Club Johannesburg today. She was the overnight leader on 3 under par 69 and carded another 69 today to take the Silver Salver on 6 under par. Monja Richards was the runner up on 1 under par.
The B Division was won by Heather Kruger of CCJ and the C Division was won by Wendy Wende of Modderfontein Golf Club. Full prizelist attached to download along with the final gross results.
Shawnelle de Lange won the Gauteng Champion of Champions and Lara Weinstein was the runner up.
A great tournament held in perfect conditions.