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GN hunting comeback at SA U-19 IPT

KRUGERSDORP, 18 December 2014 – Gauteng North and Limpopo are still winless after three days of competition at the 2014 South African Under-19 Inter-Provincial, however, Gauteng North does have a slight advantage in games points with 11.5 – 6.

The team desperate wants to win at least once, though, but after going down 1 – 3 against Western Province, the side will have to pull out all the stops to gain the upperhand against the current log leaders.

Noel Anderson and Alistair Snowdon defeated Ofenste Nukeri and Nicholaus Frade 3 & 2 to take the first scalp, while Hayden Garcia combined with Cole Cruickshank to down Clifford Thompson and JP Cooper by the same margin.

Estiaan Conradie and Stefan Wears-Taylor combined to tie their game against Michael Sherriff and Luca Filippi, while Albert Venter and Rosswell Sinclair also forced their game against opposite numbers, Luke Trocado and Altin van der Merwe, to a stale mate.

“The mood in the camp was a lot brighter, though, after Estiaan, Stefan, Albert and Rosswell squared their games to gain one point for us,” said manager Andre Louw.

“The other two games were a lot tighter than the scores reflect, and we take a lot of confidence out of the points we scored against Province.

“We need to boost our games points count, in the very least, so the guys will go out fighting in the Singles.”

 

Meanwhile Southern Cape notched a clean sweep against Limpopo in the fourth round A-Division Foursomes at the 2014 South African U-19 Inter-Provincial, while Central Gauteng and Ekurhuleni drew 2-all and Western Province drummed Gauteng North 3 -1 at Krugersdorp Golf Club on Thursday.

A-DIVISION ROUND FOUR RESULTS

Central Gauteng 5.5 vs Ekurhuleni 6.5
Limpopo 1.0 vs Southern Cape 11.0
Western Province 8.5 vs Gauteng North 3.5

A-DIVISION LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Western Province (4, 4, 0, 0, 8, 33.5)
2 Ekurhuleni (4, 3, 0, 1, 6, 30.0)

 

Compiled by Lali Stander

Big test for Gauteng North Juniors

Junior Player of the Year Rosswell Sinclair and Albert Venter will lead the Gauteng North into battle against Ekurhuleni in the first round of the South African Junior Inter-Provincial at Krugersdorp on Monday.

It might be their toughest match of the week, as the duo will face reigning Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play and Match champions, Tristen Strydom and Paul Boshoff in the opening battle.

Sinclair comes into the championship on the back of a tie for fourth at the Joburg Junior Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington on Friday, while Venter showed some good form to tie for 14th at the tough East Course.

This could be to their advantage, as the Ekurhuleni duo elected not to play the final stroke play event of the junior season.

Stefan Wears-Taylor and Estiaan Conradie will go up against Kyle McClatchie and Jason Froneman, while JP Cooper and Nicholaus Frade will combine against Dylan Mostert and Sentanio Minnie.

In the final pairing, Cliffie Thompson – a four-time winner this season, will partner with Kifenste Nukeri against Ruhan van Dijk and Chris van Tonder.

In the other A-Division matches, Western Province faces Limpopo and Central Gauteng go up against Southern Cape.

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SA U19 Boys Golf Championship

Rosswell Sinclair

Du Toit primed for Albatross challenge in India

JOHANNESBURG, 25 November 2014 – Gauteng North’s Danielle du Toit will make her debut alongside Shawnelle de Lange, Crystal Beukes and Brittney-Fay Berger at the sixth Albatross International Junior Golf Championship in India this December.

Du Toit and De Lange from Gauteng will line up in the 15-17 age division, while Beukes from Boland and Berger from KwaZulu-Natal will compete in the 13-14 age group at the prestigious international event.

The team depart for India on 29 November and the tournament will be contested from 2-5th December at the Ridge Valley and Canyon courses at the ITC Classic Golf Resort.

Du Toit rose to prominence with a third place finish in the 2013 Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play and was selected for the Gauteng North B team for the Pick n Pay SA Women’s Inter-Provincialin Port Elizabeth last year.

She graduated to the Gauteng North A team for this year’s SA Women’s IPT in October, where she went on to win the qualifying round at Royal Cape Golf Club.

Following a third place finish at the Boland Junior Championship and a top 10 at the Nomads WPGU Junior in early January, Du Toit hit her stride and reeled in top four finishes at the Gauteng 54-Hole, Ekurhuleni Women’s Junior, the Nomads Gauteng Stroke Play and Gauteng Junior Championships.

She also tied for eighth in the Nomads SA Rose Bowl Girls Championship.

The selection came as a complete surprise to Du Toit, who ranks sixth in the WGSA Junior standings and caps a superb season for the 15-year-old Waterkloof amateur.

“I think surprise is the understatement of the year,” said the Gauteng North golfer.

“I didn’t even know about the tournament or that I was being considered. There are so many really talented South African juniors and the honour to be selected is a huge privilege!

“Unfortunately I am sitting my grade nine exams at the moment, so the time frame to prepare is fairly short, but I am following a slightly adjusted off-season training programme. I feel confident about my game, though, and I am sure I will be ready when the time comes to perform.”

De Lange was the only local amateur to make the cut in the 2014 Cell C SA Women’s Open and shared the Jackie Mercer Trophy for the leading amateur with Mathilda Cappeliez from France.

The 2011 Sanlam Cancer Challenge winner also made her debut for South Africa at the Africa Youth Games in Botswana earlier this year.

Thirteen-year-old Beukes from Stellenbosch climbed to the 18th in the WGSA Junior Ranking after a tie for eighth at the Ackerman Championship in September, while Mount Edgecombe’s Berger finished 11th in the same event. Beukes also emerged undefeated at the SA Women’s IPT.

WGSA president Karen Olivant will accompany the team and is certain the international experience will further aid the development of their games.

“All four players made a valuable contribution during the 72-Hole Teams Championship and SA Women’s IPT for their respective provinces, but I believe any opportunity to compete internationally is invaluable and we are excited to give these four juniors this chance to grow,” Olivant said.

“The tournament carries world ranking points and draws the top juniors from around the world. We are definitely going to compete, but we also encourage our players to learn a little about the local culture and to forge friendships at all our international events.”

Compiled by Lali Stander

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Danielle du Toit; credit Dale Boyce

Chips Shots with Jason Smith

Gauteng North’s Mens Player of the Year Jason Smith made international headlines when he held off 2014 British Amateur champion Bradley Neil from Scotland, 2013 North of Ireland Stroke Play champion Dermot McElroy and local favourite Stefan Cronje at Benoni Country Club to claim a one stroke victory in the prestigious South African Stroke Play in February.

Three months later, Smith made his debut in theAfrica Zone VI Golf Tournament, where he helped chase down the country’s 19th consecutive victory in the championship since 1995.

In June, Smith was part of six-man South African Golf Association team that travelled to Scotland and competed in the St Andrews Links Trophy, the British Amateur Championship in a two-day Test against a Scottish Golf Union side.

The Irene golfer received a late call-up to replace Christiaan Bezuidenhout in the three-man team heading for the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships. He contributed in three out of four rounds and partnered fellow Gauteng North golfer Zander Lombard and Gerlou Roux from Western Province to a tie for 43rd in Japan.

In October, Smith held off Central Gauteng’s Matthew Spacey at Germiston Golf Club to win the Ekurhuleni Open Stroke Play Championship by one stroke and joined Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo and Ekurhuleni’s NJ Arnoldi at the MCB Indian Ocean Amateur Golf Open in Mauritius.

After a runner-up finish in the prestigious international event, the TuksSport Golf Academy player and Arnoldi set off for Argentina in early November.

The pair combined for a ninth place finish in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup and the Gauteng North golfer also reached the top 16 in the Argentine Amateur Championship.

We sat down with South Africa’s current number three and learned more about Smith’s dreams and goals, fears and aspirations.

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?

JS: My strengths would definitely be my driver off the tee and putting. I’m really aggressive off the tee and it helps when you hit it closer to the green, when other guys are hitting irons and leaving themselves much further back. My weakness at the moment would be my distance control with my irons into the greens. I hit the ball really well, but many times in a round I a great approach and it flies straight over the flag or the green and I walk off with a bogey.

Q: What are your most treasured memories in your career?

JS: Winning the SA Amateur Stroke Play is the greatest highlight of my career. It had a bit of sweet and better – the sweet part was that it was my first national victory and the bitter part was that my dad had to miss it for work.

Q: What is the most pressure you’ve ever felt in tournament golf?

JS: The two-footer I had to hole to win the SA Stroke Play. It’s hard not to feel the pressure no matter what you tell yourself…

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

JS: Generally everything my dad tells me, is right and on point because he knows me so well. I read a lot and I found a quote that I will never forget: “Never a failure, Always a lesson”. You should never be afraid to fail, because you learn something out of every experience!

Q: Tell us a little about the start of your golfing career.

JS:  I started playing junior foundation when I was 14. I used to walk the course with my dad when he played but I never really played a proper round until I was about 13. To this day my dad wishes that he started me earlier, because we know this game is all about experience.

Q: What advice would you give youngsters just starting in the game?

JS: No matter how bad things may seem, don’t get angry on the golf course. Laugh at yourself when you hit a bad shot, but never get angry – the moment you get angry, you won’t be able to focus clearly on your next shot. That will just make you even angrier and you will not play well. My dad has tried to teach me this my whole life, but I only started listening recently.

Q: Do you think the future of South African golf is in good hands?

JS: Without a doubt! Especially having Mr Conradie as president now, I know he will help South African amateurs become the best golfers they possibly can be. He has our best interests at heart and he only wants to see us succeed as golfers!

Q: In your opinion, what player has had the most influence on men’s professional golf?

JS: Tiger Woods definitely! He changed the way people see golfers from being fat and unfit to well-built lean machines!

Q: Do you set yourself goals?

JS: Yes, I do. I think setting goals is the only way to progress in this game because you always have something higher to strive for no matter how good you get!

Q: As a youngster, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

JS: Ha-ha! My parents still laugh when they think back to what I said I wanted to become. The first thing I can remember wanting to be was a traffic points-man… I know right, what a dream!

Q: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

JS: I have a marshmallow heart when it comes to animals, actually anything that lives! My conscience is way too big to kill anything. I once saw a bird get hit by a truck on the highway and I must have cried the whole way home.

Q: Is there anything you are addicted to or can’t live without?

JS: Golf is an addiction, but I couldn’t live without spending time my family and my girlfriend. It might sound strange, but I am who I am because of them and I love that! They tell me when I’m being a fool and when I’m changing and I love that they keep my head at a decent size.

Q: Biggest fear?

JS: There are not enough words in the English language to describe how scared I am of moths!!! But I still won’t kill one. Sometimes, in the early morning, I won’t go to the bathroom because I’m too scared to walk in the dark, so I will hold it in until the sun rises!!!

Q: If a song was played at the first tee, what song would be played for you?

JS: This is a tough one… Something that will pump me up, but not too much. Maybe Do or Die by Afrojack & Thirty Seconds to Mars

Q: If the made a movie about your life, which actress would you choose to play you?

JS: Maybe Channing Tatum… it doesn’t matter who plays me, as long as Katy Perry is in the movie!!!

Q: If golf was no longer an option, what other professional would you choose?

JS: I would probably give Formula 1 racing a go! I think, besides golfers, those guys live an awesome life!

Q: Tell us something you hate doing.

JS: Making food when I’m really hungry! It just seems like it takes double the time to cook and you eat most of it before it’s done, which is pointless in the end!

Q: What movie do you watch again and again and why?

JS: Never back down! Absolutely love this movie!

Q: If you were stranded on an island with just three things…what are they?

JS: Katy Perry, My phone and Wifi… really fast Wifi!!!

Q: Which three people would you pick for your Fantasy Fourball and why?

JS: Tiger Woods, Rory McILroy and Katy Perry. Tiger and Rory are the best players that our generation will see and it will be awesome to see how they play, and Katy Perry is just so hot, might have to hide her from Tiger… hahaha.

Q: What is still on the bucket list for Jason Smith?

JS:  Of course every golfer wants to win a major, especially the Masters, but I would love to have a gym session with the Rock and Arnold! 

Q: You have been competing in some IGT Tour events between the SAGA national and provincial tournaments. What to do find to be the biggest difference between the two circuits and what are most difficult obstacles to overcome?

JS: I think the main two difference are that you are playing against some tour pros who have their sunshine tour cards and playing for money! They both add a different pressure to what we feel on the amateur scene. In my opinion The IGT tour is awesome but you need to play amateur golf to set yourself a platform to play overseas and test yourself against the best amateurs in the world!

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