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Nel defeats Gauche for WP Amateur glory

2-15WPAmateur_AndreNel_GNGUCAPE TOWN, 25 April 2015 – Unheralded Andre Nel capped his giant-killing run with victory in the Western Province Amateur Championship at Rondebosch Golf Club on Saturday when he defeated South Africa’s number two ranked Teaghan Gauche from Gauteng North 3 & 2 for victory.

The 19-year-old KeNako Academy student was 2-down after a bogey-bogey start, but tamed his nerves with a birdie at third hole and squared the match with another gain at the seventh. He assumed control of the match with a third birdie at the eighth and kept a firm grip on the lead to turn 1-up going down the last 18 holes.

However, after starting the second trip par-birdie-birdie, Nel surprised with back-to-back bogeys.

“I think the nerves got me a little again,” he stated. “I hit two very poor tee shots at the fourth (22nd) and fifth (23rd) holes. It took me a few holes just to settle down again. At the seventh (25th), I travelled from the trees on the right to the trees on the left, but I chipped it close and boxed the putt for birdie.

“I stayed super calm after that. Teaghan came back with three birdies on the trot from the third (21st) to square the match and we halved the seventh, but I birdied the ninth (27th) to go 1-up again.”

Gauche battled valiantly, but there was no shaking Nel and the Gonubie Golf Club native closed with three successive birdies from the 32nd to seal his victory.

PHOTO – Andre Nel from Southern Cape; credit WPGU.

WP Amateur down the home straight

171TeaghanGauche1_GNGUGauteng North’s Teaghan Gauche and Andre Nel from Southern Cape will go head-to-head in the 36-hole final round of the Western Province Amateur at Rondebosch Golf Club on Saturday.

 

GAUCHE’S ROAD TO THE FINAL

Round 1 – defeated Divan Marais 5 & 4

Round 2 – defeated Chris Wicks 2-up

Quarter-Final – defeated Marco Steyn 4 & 2

Semi-Final – defeated Louis Taylor 5 & 3

 

 

 

 

SANLAM AMATURE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPSNEL’S ROAD TO THE FINAL

Round 1 – defeated Carlo O’Reilly 3 & 2

Round 2 – defeated Ian Snyman 20th hole

Quarter-Final – defeated Darin de Smidt 6 & 5

Semi-Final – defeated Rupert Kaminski 3 & 2

 

To view hole-by-hole scoring is available on the Western Province Golf Union website, click HERE

 

PHOTOS – Gauteng North’s Teaghan Gauche and Andre Nel from Southern Cape; credit Catherine Kotze / SASPA.

GN players gun for Western Province Amateur glory

SANLAM AMATURE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPSCAPE TOWN, 23 April 2015 – Wingate Park’s Teaghan Gauche will lead a trio of Gauteng North golfers into battle in the first round of the Western Province Amateur Championship at Rondebosch Golf Club on Thursday.

The country’s number two ranked amateur fired rounds of 75-72-67 and 73 to take sole second behind Stroke Play champion Tristen Strydom, while Philip Kruse from Woodhill and Centurion duo  Nicholas Frade and Divan Marais also made the 32-man field for the Match Play Division.

Gauteng North is guaranteed at least one Gauteng North golfer in the second round draw as Gauche and Marais will face off in round one after the Centurion golfer survived the play-off on 13-over-par 301.

Frade carded rounds of 71-76-74 and 77 to tie for 20th on 10 over 298 and Kruse finished a further stroke adrift after reeling in three successive rounds of 74 and a final round 77.

While Frade faces off with Louis Taylor from Central Gauteng, Kruse will have his job cut out when he goes head-to-head with defending champion Gerlou Roux from Western Province.

PHOTO – Teaghan Gauche; credit Catherine Kotze / SASPA

 

Hole-by-hole scoring is available on the Western Province Golf Union website – Click HERE

Double Delight for Province at Indwe Senior IPT

2015ISASIPT_A-SectionSeniors_SS_GNGUBENONI, 17 April 2015 – The Western Province Seniors and Super Seniors celebrated a superb double victory as both teams successfully defended their A-Section titles for a second successive year in the INDWE SA Senior Amateur Inter-Provincial in Benoni.

Peter van Coller, Japie Koopman, Andrew Cleophas, Tony Bailey, Brian Mampies, Francois le Roux, Dirk van der Merwe and Craig Poulton combined for a superb final round at Ebotse Links Golf Club on Friday to seal the Senior team’s fourth victory in five years.

Super Senior stalwarts Ivan Palframan and Herman September partnered Mark Hair and rookie Tim Hewan to claim an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory in the 27th edition of the country’s largest senior team championship. Continue reading

SA off to solid start at Africa Zone VI

SATeamGNGUKAMPALA, Uganda (17 April 2015) – South Africa’s eight man team enjoyed a solid start to their title defence in the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship in Kampala, Uganda on Thursday.

Following a delayed start due to heavy rain, Tristen Strydom, Teaghan Gauche, Jade Buitendag, Jason Smith, Hendrikus Stoop and Jovan Rebula stormed out of the blocks at Kampala Golf Club to reel in six victories for South Africa.

Rookie Aubrey Beckley lost to Zimbabwe number one Stuart Krog, who came into the event on the back of a 67th place finish in the Sunshine Tour’s Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open, but Matthew Spacey halved against Uganda’s captain Adolf Muhumuza. Continue reading

SA U-23 IPT battle in home straight

IPT GOLF CHALLENGEJOHANNESBURG, 16 April 2014 – Ekurhuleni and Central Gauteng will take centre stage in today’s final round as the two teams pursue glory in the South African U-23 Inter-Provincial at Country Club Johannesburg.

Central Gauteng beat Western Province 7 – 5 to protect their lead in the standings, but the side came under huge pressure from Ekurhuleni, who beat Gauteng North 6.5 – 5.5 to match their score.

Both teams head into their final matches with seven points, with Central Gauteng marginally ahead with 32 games points against Ekurhuleni’s 31. Continue reading

Final round showdowns looming at Indwe Senior IPT

SA Amateur Stroke Play ChampionshipsBENONI, 16 April 2015 – Gauteng North and North West enjoyed outstanding success in the third round of the 27th INDWE SA Senior Amateur Inter-Provincial, but Western Province need just one more solid delivery to complete a successful A-Section title defence in Benoni.

The defending champions took control of the country’s largest senior team championship with two comprehensive second round victories, and drove their advantage home by beating Ekurhuleni at Ebotse Links Golf Club on Thursday. Continue reading