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SA team on back foot in Tigre

JasonGNGUTIGRE; Argentina (27 March 2015) – Ireland edged ahead of France in the first round of the prestigious Southern Cross Invitational, while South Africa and host nation Argentina battled in the opening round at the Nordelta Golf Club in Tigre.

Jack Hume, Gary Hurley and Gavin Moynihan put Ireland in pole position on five-under-par 211 with respective rounds of 69, 70 and 72.

Reigning SA Stroke Play champion Ugo Coussaud led the way for the French with a three under 69 and the team lag just two strokes behind the Irish.

Australia took third on 219, followed by Canada on 222. Chile placed fifth on 224, while Portugal finished in sixth on 225.

Argentina’s Andres Gallegos carded a 75, while compatriots Nicolas Lezcano and Matias Simaski contributed rounds of 76 to team’s total of 11 over 227.

Tristen Strydom opened with a 75, and Jason Smith and Gerlou Roux added 77s to give South Africa an opening score of 229. Hendrikus Stoop scored a non-counting 81.

“This was not the ideal start for us and we are all disappointed,” said national coach, Llewellyn van Leeuwen.

“The players were off to a solid start and the team was two under through five holes, but disaster struck at the sixth hole.”

“Jason’s tee shot plugged against the bunker’s lip and from there, everything that could go wrong, went wrong and he walked off with a hefty nine.”

Smith managed to shave a stroke off a six shot deficit with a birdie at the ninth to and navigated the back nine in even-par as the windy conditions worsened.

Strydom birdied the sixth, but Roux and Stoop also ran into trouble at the tough par four.

“Tristen turned in even-par, but dropped four shots against a lone birdie at the par-three 16th on the back,” Van Leeuwen said.

“Gerlou and Hendrikus both had their momentum broken with double bogeys at the tough sixth.”

HendrikusGNGURoux turned two over and shot three over 39 on the back nine, while Stoop had loops of 40 and 41.

“This was obviously not how we wanted to get our campaign underway, but excuses are for losers,” “Unfortunately Tristen and Gerlou are still battling back problems, but they are fighting with everything they have,” Van Leeuwen said

“We are on the back-foot and we will have to pull together on Friday to improve our standing.”


First Round Leaderboard
211 Ireland
213 France
219 Australia
222 Canada
224 Chile
225 Portugal
227 Argentina
229 South Africa

PHOTOS – Gauteng North pair Jason Smith & Hendrikus Stoop in action during round one of the Southern Cross Invitational; credit AAG

To view scoring from the Southern Cross Invitational, click HERE



Gauteng pair ready for action at Southern Cross

2015 Leopard TrophyBUENOS AIRES; Argentina (24 March 2015) – Jason Smit and Hendrikus Stoop are gunning for solid performances at par-72 Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Nordelta Golf Club when they line up in the Southern Cross Invitational in Tigre on Thursday.

The Gauteng pair will contest the prestigious 54-hole international teams event alongside Ekurhuleni’s Tristen Strydom and Gerlou Roux from the Western Province.

South Africa will face off against teams from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Ireland and Portugal at the par-72 Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Nordelta Golf Club. Continue reading

De Lange named to All-Africa Junior Golf Champs team

SANLAM AMATURE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPSGauteng North’s Keegan de Lange will lead the four-man team in South Africa’s title defence at the prestigious All-Africa Junior Golf Championships in Zambia this May.

The South African Golf Association (SAGA) selected De Lange, Boland’s Herman Loubser and Central Gauteng pair Marco Steyn and Dylan Naidoo to represent the country in Africa’s most prestigious junior team championship.

De Lange is currently ranked third in the SAGA Junior Rankings, while Loubser, Steyn and Naidoo are respectively ranked fourth to sixth.

SAGA Golf Integration Manager, Eden Thompson, believes the team is definitely up for the challenge at Lusaka Golf Club from 4-8 May. Continue reading

SA primed for Argentinean challenge

2015 Leopard TrophyTristen Strydom, Jason Smith, Gerlou Roux and Hendrikus Stoop are primed to fly the flag for South Africa in the Southern Cross Invitational in Argentina next week.

The country’s leading amateurs will line up against top international teams from the host nation, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Ireland and Portugal at the Nordelta Golf Club in Tigre from 26-29 March.

South African Golf Association (SAGA) president Gerhard Conradie and national coach Llewellyn van Leeuwen accompanied the team to South America. Continue reading

Gauche celebrate comeback at Northern Amateur

Teaghan Gauche GNGUWingate Park’s Teaghan Gauche underlined his growing status as one of the country’s top amateurs when he got past two Scotsmen, the country’s number one ranked player, a rising Italian amateur and a former Sanlam SA Amateur champion to claim the ProShop Northern Amateur Match Play title at Randpark Golf Club on Friday.

Two years after he battled for bronze in the same tournament, Gauche put an exclamation mark on his return to form when he defeated Ryan Dreyer in a superb rally to triumph 6 & 4 victory at the Bushwillow Course. Continue reading

Flower of Scotland blooms at Sanlam SA Amateur

SANLAM AMATURE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPSTSHWANE, 6 March 2015 – Daniel Young from Scotland hailed his victory in the Sanlam South African Amateur Championship on Friday as the pinnacle of his career.

Young defeated Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula 8 & 6 in the 36-hole final at Silver Lakes Golf Estate to celebrate Scotland’s third victory in five years in South Africa’s premier amateur championship.

The last Scot standing was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Michael Stewart and Brian Soutar, who triumphed in 2011 and 2012 respectively, Continue reading