Boland Championships 13th - 16th October 2013

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Wed 16th Oct 2013
Somerset West Golf Club

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

Ekurhuleni Junior Championships Results 6th October 2013

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Sun 6th Oct 2013
ERPM Golf Club

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.

Ekurhuleni Strokeplay Championships 11th and 12th August 2013 Final Results

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Tue 13th Aug 2013
Ebotse Golf Links, Benoni

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

Strauss snatches Ekurhuleni Stroke play

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Mon 12th Aug 2013
Ebotse Golf Links, Benoni

(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 wins Gauteng Nomads Strokeplay Championships today

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Wed 17th Jul 2013
The Country Club Johannesburg Woodmead Course

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.

Weinstein wins Gauteng North Matchplay

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Wed 3rd Jul 2013
Centurion Country Club

TSHWANE (3 July 2013) – Lara Weinstein accomplished what she set out to do when the defeated Kim Williams in a thrilling final to clinch the Gauteng North Womens Open title at Centurion Country Club on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Royal Johannesburg and Kensington golfer won the closely fought contest with a regulation par after Williams paid the price of a wayward tee shot at the last hole.

Weinstein has enjoyed a solid season with a slew of top 10 finishes, including a second place finish in the Sanlam SA Stroke Play Championship in April. She also won the Border Ladies Golf Championship in February and the KeNako World Junior Championship at Kingswood a month later.

The victory bodes well for Weinstein ahead of the Sanlam SA Amateur Match Play Championship, which tees off at Milnerton Golf Club in the Western Cape from 7-10 July.

“I haven’t played much match play this season due to school commitments, so I was really looking for a positive result this week to give me a little confidence for next week,” the delighted winner said.

Weinstein navigated her way past Mae Cornforth, Carrie Park and Ekurhuleni’s Nicole Garcia, who claimed the Stroke Play qualifier with a seven shot victory on Monday, on her way to the final.

She defeated Cornforth 1-up, eliminated Park 3&1 and dispatched Garcia 1-up.

In turn, Williams had an easy 4&2 win against Francesca Cuturi, downed Crystal Cooper 2&1 and knocked out local favourite Magda Kruger 2&1 to set up the match against Weinstein.

All square through nine holes, Weinstein went 2-up with birdies at the 10th and 12th holes, but Williams levelled the score when she won the 13th and 14th holes.

Weinstein took the 15th with a birdie but the former SA number one responded with one of her own at the 16th to level the score again. The pair halved the 17th hole, but Weinstein clinched the victory with a regulation par at the final hole after Williams pulled her tee shot, put her second in a bunker and failed to up-and-down for par.

“It certainly feels good to win again, but you can’t afford to get complacent,” Weinstein warned. “Match play is such an unpredictable game that you have to stay on your toes all the time. You have to be really sharp, so I’m taking this week as a good omen because I really had to fight for my victories.”

Adele Beytell on the B-Division title after defeating Mercedes Kreissel 2-up.

PHOTO CAPTION – Gauteng North Womens Open winner, Lara Weinstein; credit WGSA. 

Released on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa by Lali Stander.

Nicole wins Gauteng North Championships by 7 shots from Kim Williams

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Mon 1st Jul 2013

Centurion Country Club, 1 July 2013 - Ekurhuleni’s Nicole Garcia underlined her growing stature when she claimed an emphatic seven stroke victory in the Gauteng North Golf Union’s Womens Open Championship Stroke Play qualifier at Centurion Country Club on Monday.
 The victory was her third this season, following triumph at the Gauteng 54-Hole Championship at Randpark Golf Club in May and the Free State & Northern Cape Championship title at Clarens Golf Estate in April.
 The 22-year-old Ebotse Golf and Country Club golfer will hope to make it four-in-a-row when she starts the elusive ‘double’ chase in the match play, which tees off at Centurion on Tuesday.
 This year’s GNGU Womens Open Championship drew its largest field ever and the mercury barely broke freezing point on Sunday morning when 64 of the country’s top amateurs began the title hunt.
 Garcia and Carrie Park from Irene topped the leaderboard on four-under-par 68, with the country’s top two amateurs, Nobuhle Dlamini and Kim Williams, within striking distance at even-par.
 Garcia put some distance between herself and her challengers with a second round 72 to move to four under 140, while Williams moved into second on her own on 144 with another 72. Dlamini finished three strokes further back after a second round 75.
 Garcia said the gusting wind made conditions very tricky in the afternoon.
 “The weather warmed up nicely, but it was pretty windy out there,” she explained. “It was like playing a completely different course, because the greens dried out, so you had to adapt your approach shots quite a bit.”
 In Monday’s final round, the Ekurhuleni golfer completed the front nine in two under and came home in even-par for a closing 70 for a winning total of six-under-par 210.
 This left her seven shots clear of Williams, who carded a 73 to finish on one over 217. Gauteng North’s Magda Kruger shot a 72 to leapfrog Dlamini for third place on 221 after the world number three closed with an expensive 76.
 The B-Division was won by first round leader, Simone Henriques from Glenvista, who also recently lifted the SA Girls B-Division title at the Nomads SA Girls Championship at Orkney last week, The Limpop B Division the week before that and the Free State and Northern Cape title at the end of April.
 Henriques carded rounds of 84-84-79 for a winning total of 247 to edge out Caitlyn MacNab from State Mines by three strokes.

 210 - Nicole Garcia (Ebotse) 68 72 70
 217 - Kim Williams (The Els Club) 72 72 73
 221 - Magda Kruger (Centurion) 76 73 72
 223 - Nobuhle Dlamini (Centurion) 72 75 76
 224 Lejan Lethwaite (Benoni Lake) 73-74-77; Carrie Park (Irene) 68-79-77
 225 Izel Pieters (Sabie River Bungalows) 76 76 73
 229 Lara Weinstein (Royal Johannesburg & Kensington) 78 74 77
 232 Ivanna Samu (Ruimsig) 75 80 77; Ruzanne van der Walt (Woodhill) 83 72 77
 PHOTO – Nicole Garcia receives the GNGU Womens Open Stroke Play Championship trophy from Gauteng North Ladies President Dot van Ryneveld.


Gauteng North Championships 2013 Results after round two

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Sun 30th Jun 2013
Centurion Country Club

The GNGU Champonships started today at Centurion Country Club. The first two rounds were played today with the final round being played tomorrow morning. The matchplay will follow.

Nicole Garcia is currently leading by 4 shots on 140 (68,72) from Kim Williams and Nobuhle Dlamini.

Lara Weinstein (78,74) is lying in T8 place, Jacqui Akers (75,79) T10th and Ivanna Samu (75,80) T12

In the B Division, Symone Henriques continues her great golf and is currently lying second after round two with two 84's. Kaiyuree Moodley had a tough day out there today with a 90 and 100.

The draw for tomorrow is attached as well as today's results.

Gauteng Golfers excel in Limpopo Championships played this weekend at Hans Merensky

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Mon 17th Jun 2013
Hans Merensky Golf Course

The Limpopo Championships were played this weekend at Hans Merensky Golf Club. The A Division (9 and under) was won by Monja Richards of Nelspruit on 216 (72,73,71) and Gauteng's Kaleigh Telfer was runner up on 231 (82,74,75). Shawnelle de Lange finished in 6th place on 239 (80,84,75), Talia Nel in 9th place on 244 (82,84,78) and Chiara Contomathios in 10th place on 246 (79,79,88). Well done to our players for finishing in the Top Ten.

Young up and coming, Symone Henriques of Glenvista Golf Club (pictured with Desi Earle, President Limpopo) has won the B Division (10-18) in a very exciting climax. Quote from Rui Henriques, Symone's father. "Symone shot an 80 on first day and the second day was a disappointing 95 but managed to get into a play off with Valda Ford which went on for four holes and finally Symone managed an unbelievable chip on to the green which landed two feet from the cup, Valda needed to sink a  12 footer  in order to force another hole playoff , but did not and therefore Symone sank her 2 footer and won the B division to the delight of the Limpopo spectators and players who attended".  The full results for A Division are attached. None received as yet for B Division.

Gauteng Match Play finals concluded

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Wed 8th May 2013
Randpark Golf Club Firethorn Course
The finals have just finished and they were were both very exciting matches. The A Division final was contested between Nobuhle Dlamini and Kaleigh Telfer. There were 8 birdies between the two of them with them halving three holes with birdies. Kaleigh lost the first three holes and then managed to hold Nobuhle off for the next 5 holes, she then birdied the 9th hole to get one back. Going into the back nine, two down, Kaleigh lost the 10th hole to go three down. She once again managed to halve holes and then lost the 14th hole to go four down with four holes to play, they then halved the 15th with birdies to conclude the match.

The B Division was a very closely contested match between Kim de Klerk and Lynette Pretorius. Lynette won the first two holes with a par and birdie, Kim managed to come back at her and by the fifth hole they were all square again. Lynette came back strong on the back nine to lead by three holes with three to play. Kim then won the next three holes to take the match to extra holes. Only one extra hole was required after Lynette put her second shot in the bunker, had a brilliant bunker shot and sunk the putt. Both Lynette and Kim played the most amazing golf and we will be seeing much more of them both in the future and will soon be A Division players.