Daisies lift the Swiss Team Trophy

23 May 2018 – Danielle du Toit tapped in for birdie on 18, took off her shoes and jumped into the pond at the closing hole with her Gauteng North team-mates to end the SA Women’s 72-Hole Team Championship with a victory splash at Waterkloof Golf Club on Wednesday.

Du Toit, Lenanda van der Walt and Larissa du Preez went wire-to-wire with rounds of 138, 147, 148 and 146 to lift the Swiss Team Trophy with a thundering seven-shot victory on three-over-par 579, ending a four year winning drought for the Daisies, who dominated the team event with four successive victories from 2010.

“We are absolutely ecstatic; just over the moon…and very wet,” gushed Du Toit.

“After the third round, we made a pact that we would jump in the pond like the ANA Inspiration winner jumps into Poppy’s Pond. It felt great to tap in that last putt for the win, but making that jump with Lenanda and Larissa was the best feeling ever. I hope Waterkloof names that pond after the Daisies.”

Gauteng North opened up a six shot lead in the first round and still led Ekurhuleni by seven shots after 54 holes.

Lenanda van der Watt, Danielle du Toit and Larissa du Preez ended a five-year winning drought for Gauteng North with a wire-to-wire victory in the Swiss Team Trophy of the SA Women’s 72-Hole Teams Championship at Waterkloof Golf Club. Pictured with WGSA vice-president Sarah Braude; credit Ernest Blignault.

Van der Watt went off first and erased a trio of bogeys with three birdies for an even-par 72 to keep her the team in the driver’s seat. “It was another tough day on the greens but I limited my mistakes and bounced back after every bogey,” she said. “The greens are so tricky and it’s easy to get sucker-punched by one bad shot. The moment you lose your focus, this course punishes you. The key to our success was patience and playing the course, not our opponents.”

Du Preez, who returned a non-counting 76, added that the team’s credo for the week was to fight until the last putt dropped.

“Take Danielle, who was two down to Caitlyn with four holes to play in the final round,” Du Preez said. “Caitlyn bogeyed 17 and Danielle made a great up-and-down to save par. She laid up on 18 and hit a brilliant wedge to an inch. Caitlyn missed her birdie putt and Danielle tapped in to tie her for the lead. It’s never over till it’s over and we fought for every shot.”

Reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play champion Casandra Hall backed up Macnab with a one-under 71 for a final round 146 that sealed second for Ekurhuleni A.

Kajal Mistry, Woo-Ju Son and Zethu Myeki secured a third place finish for Gauteng A on 591, while Kaylah Williams, Kelly Erasmus and Jordan Rothman sealed fourth for Western Province A on 609.

Ekurhuleni also featured prominently the Individual competition. Macnab shared the first prize with Du Toit, Du Preez finished in third and Kajal Mistry from Gauteng was fourth on 296, while Floyd and Hall shared fifth on 297. Sarah Bouch, also from Ekurhuleni A, tied for eighth on 300.

Click HERE to view the final results of the Swiss Team Trophy.

Written by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.

2018 Womens 72 Hole Teams Championship

This year we have the privilege of hosting the 72 Hole Teams Champs which will be held at Waterkloof Golf Club from 20 – 23 May 2018.

We are proud to announce the following players have been selected to represent us for this event.

A Team:
Larissa du Preez               Akasia Golf Club
Danielle du Toit                Pretoria Country Club
Lenanda van der Watt     Akasia Golf Club

B Team:
Adele Beytell                     Woodhill Country Club
Catherine Lau                    Woodhill Country Club
Holly Lau                           Woodhill Country Club

C Team:
Shanice de Gee                Woodhill Country Club
Cleo Jordaan                     Akasia Golf Club
Karin Watts                       Services Golf Club

Adele Beytell will Captain the teams, with Joey Prinsloo and Madeleine de Wet managing the teams,

We congratulate all players on their selection and wish them luck for the tournament ahead!

GNGU Closed 2018

The 2018 GNGU Closed was held at Akasia Country Club on 15 April.  Unfortunately due to dangerous weather the 36 hole tournament had to be reduced to 18 holes.
Thanks must be extended to Akasia Country Club, their Committee, management, staff and members for giving up the course for the day.  Many compliments were received regarding the course and hospitality at the Club.  Also thank you to Spar and Spur for sponsoring the refreshments on arrival.

Congratulations and thanks to all players for participating in this event.  CLICK HERE for the final results.  Pictured above 2018 Champion Jacques van Tonder with President, Johan Struwig.

Challenge Cup Team Selection

The following players have been selected to represent GNGU at the upcoming Challenge Cup tournament taking place at Irene Country Club from 14 – 18 May 2018.

Kelso Hannay                       Irene CC
Anthony Usmar                   Irene CC
Gianni Pera                          Pretoria CC
Stals Swart                           Pretoria CC
Kifentse Nukeri                   Silver Lakes
Wessel Duvenhage             Waterkloof GC
Armand van Graan             WaterKloof GC
Antoine Sale                         Waterkloof GC

The team will be managed by Paul Davel.
We congratulate all players on their selection and wish them the best of luck for the tournament ahead.

A Club Champion

A Club Champion – 50 consecutive years playing Club Champs

At age 78 and playing off a 12 handicap, Brian Sander from Cullinan Golf Club will be playing in his 50th consecutive Club Championships this year.

‘I have over the past 50 years had the best and most memorable games that one could have, I have now made my 50th consecutive club champs this year and would like to finish off my golfing experience with that’ says Mr. Sander.
He has played in the A Division for 44 years and won 6 times, with his best result of 143.

Having joined Cullinan in 1967, he still plays golf once a week and his best handicap has been a 2.  He has also had an incredible 11 hole-in-one’s – 9 of which were on Cullinan’s hole number 8 – understandably his favourite hole.  His best memory also came during a round when he was playing on a Saturday in a four ball with three youngsters.  One of them asked if he had ever seen someone have a hole in one.  He, showed them that day, hitting the perfect shot on the 8th hole at Cullinan to add to his tally of hole-in-one’s.  He said the group were great fun, chanting and carrying him around the golf course – his best and nicest experience over the years.

Cullinan Golf Club wish him luck and thank him for all the hard work and effort that he has put into the Club.  Gauteng North Golf Union wish him all the best for the upcoming Club Champs and congratulate him on his achievements.  It is a privilege for any Club to have such a loyal, dedicated and passionate golf member.

To all members playing Club Champs this weekend, or whichever weekend your Club may be hosting their event, all the best!

GNGU Closed – 15 April 2018

The annual GNGU Closed tournament is taking place on 15 April 2018 at Akasia Country Club.
This event is now open to both male and female golfers, who are affiliated members at a Club within Gauteng North and have a valid handicap of 36 or less.
There will be 3 different divisions: –
A = handicaps <9 : Stroke Play
B = handicaps 0 – 18: Stroke Play
C = handicaps 19 – 36: Individual Stableford
This event will take place over 36 holes.
CLICK HERE for more information and to enter

GNGU Senior & Super Senior IPT Teams announced

It gives us great pleasure in announcing our Senior and Super Senior IPT Teams that will be participating in the A Section IPT’s at St Francis Links from 23 – 26 April 2018.
In no particular order:

Senior Team:
Chris Delport                           Zwartkop CC
Gordon Wessels                      Wingate Park CC
Derik Piek                                 Centurion CC
William Skinner                       Zwartkop CC
Pieter Cooper                          Wingate Park CC
Henry Roodt                            Silver Lakes CC
Phillip Bierman                       Akasia CC
Conrad Rauch                         Pretoria CC

Super Senior Team:
Etienne Groenewald               Centurion CC
Adrian Kriel                            Wingate Park CC
Rinus van Niekerk                 Wingate Park CC
Philip Viljoen                          Pretoria CC

Denis Dreyer will be the team manager.
We congratulate all players on their selection and wish them the very best of luck for the tournament ahead!