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Champion of Champions

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Rona Erasmus (Ladies Captain of PCC) and Nicole Hannah

The Champion of Champions is an invitation only tournament. If during the course of the year a player was able to win his or her Club Championship this person receives an automatic invitation to the tournament. This event features all the winners of the respective clubs in the GNGU at one venue trading blows.

The men and women play at different venues on the same day. Past Winners of the women’s trophy include, Connie Chen, Henriette Frylinck, Kim Williams, Marinda Pretorius, Crystal Cooper and Gina Switala. This year Nicole Hannah took home ground advantage at Pretoria Country Club and added her name to this illustrious list. Andrew van der Knaap seized the opportunity at Blue Valley Country Club to record his name in the history books, trophy and tree next to names like, Fichard, Lambert, Sterne, Ahlers, Coetzee, Timba, Frittelli and Zietsman.

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Paul Davel and Andrew van der Knaap

The Champion of the Senior’s, B and C divisions of all the clubs is also invited. This year Mellette Hendrikse won the senior division with a stunning 6 under par. Christo Smit from Akasia CC won the B-Division whilst Blue Valley member Warwick Lombard took the honours in the C-Division. The ladies saw ML Grobler a Silver Lakes CC member as the senior division winner, whilst Naomi vom Hagen of Akasia CC and Susan Venter also from Silver Lakes CC were crowned as B and C division winners respectively.

Another noteworthy aspect of this tournament is the winner’s tree planted at Blue Valley CC. Four years ago, the GNGU Executive and Blue Valley CC decided that the men’s tournament would return to the club every year. Each year the GNGU donates a tree to the club with the winners name added to that specific tree. The Champion of Champions tree of commemoration can be found next to the 10th tee box.

Junior quartet primed for international action

LADIES GOLF27 July 2015 – An exciting fortnight awaits Gauteng North’s Danielle du Toit and three other leading South African juniors Ivanna Samu, Kaleigh Telfer and Woo-Ju Son, who will make their debut in prestigious international championships in Europe this August.

Samu, the country’s leading junior, and number two ranked Telfer will compete in the annual Annika Invitational Europe in Sweden and the Girls’ British Amateur Open Championship in Scotland.

Son and Du Toit, respectively ranked third and seventh in the Womens Golf South Africa’s Junior Rankings, will line up in the Global Junior Golf Tour’s RB German Junior in Germany. Continue reading

Van Buynder clinches Tshwane Junior Open

Otto_GNGUTSHWANE, 17 July 2015 – Otto van Buynder defeated fellow Gauteng North player Keegan McLachlan at the first play-off hole to lift the inaugural Tshwane Junior Open title on Friday.

The pair ended regulation play tied at four-over-par 148 after Van Buynder signed for a 78 and McLachlan carded a 77 at Pretoria Country Club.

Van Buynder produced a superb four at the par-four 10th to seal his first national junior victory in extra time.

“I am absolutely thrilled that I got the job done,” said the elated TuksSport Golf Academy player.

McLachlan reached 18with a two shot lead over Van Buynder in regulation play, but squandered the advantage with a double-bogey.

Van Buynder responded with a well-timed six-iron into the green at the par-five and two-putted for birdie to force the play-off. Continue reading

GNGU Juniors shine

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Tiaan Richter, Match-Play Champion

The annual GNGU Match-play championship has been won by Tiaan Richter. In the B-division Cleo Jordaan has been crowned winner.

The championship is started off by a thirty six hole Stroke-play championship. The top 8 eight finishers contest the in the A division, whilst the B division consists of the remaining best placed B division participants.

This year Duan Denner and Ruben Bakker entered the Championship in the B division, but played so well in the Stroke-play leg that they found themselves competing in the A division Match-play section. A phenomenal achievement in its own right. The Juniors contested on an Akasia CC track that was in a foul mood. With hard and fast greens and strong winds on the day only four scores under 80 were recorded. Two of these scores belong to Hawk Wolf who comfortably won the Stroke-play event.

After Tuesday’s Stroke-play event the top eight of each division congregated on Akasia CC’s 1st and 10th T’s at 06h57 on Wednesday. In the A division the results followed the form of the players, with the top 4 ranked players all beating the bottom 4 ranked players. In the B division Divan de Beer was responsible for the only upset by narrowly beating the top ranked Stephan Geyser 1up.

In the A division, Hawk Wolf after an easy 1st round 7 and 6 win walked into an inspired Koketso Mokumo. Hawk eventually lost to the SAGDB member, but was particularly gracious in defeat and was full of praise for the Klipgat settlement resident. Tiaan Richter beat Braam Roux, who some believe may have been sporting a little school holiday “rust”.

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Cleo Jordaan, B Div Match-Play winner

The B division was fiercely contested with the “friendly assassin” Cleo Jordaan beating Divan de Beer and Janco Breedt beating Jean Bodenstein.

The final of the Match-play would be contested over 36 holes on Thursday and by 07h02 the four finalists were on the 1st putting green. Tiaan Richter kept his composure and his methodical approach to his game to eventually triumph over Koketso. He enlisted the help of his sister Jo-Lindie to do duty on the bag and it proved to be an inspired move.

Janco Breedt in the B division (who had an epic battle with Hannah Venter over 21 holes) squared up against Cleo who is sporting a rich vein of form. Janco’s birthday some two months ago forced him to move from the forward T’s to the normal men’s T’s. This distance difference was overcome by sheer willpower to make it into the final. Cleo would however not be deterred. Placing second in the recent NOMADS Girls tournament held at Orkney in her division and sporting a win in the GNGU Women’s Open Match-play B division, the Akasia CC member made it two from two.

An honourable mention has to go to Ivan Verster. This 11 year old made it to the final sixteen. He had to give away 5 strokes, did it with a spring in his step and conducted himself as a true gentleman. A great addition to our junior ranks. To all the parents who assisted, supported and encouraged, thank you. To Akasia CC for being such gracious hosts, its management and members, congratulations on a great event.

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Tiaan, Koketso, Janco and Cleo

Opperman leads Tshwane Junior Open

Dawid Opperman_GNGUTSHWANE, 16 July 2015 – Dawid Opperman took a leaf out of Tshwane Open champion George Coetzee’s book and employed his home course knowledge to take control in the first round of the Tshwane Junior Open at Pretoria Country Club on Thursday.

This was Opperman’s first event since a tie for fourth in the Dimension Data Junior Open at Fancourt in early July and the 17-year-old Gauteng North golfer didn’t have the most auspicious start with a bogey at the par-four first.

However, Opperman reeled in seven birdies with exceptional ball striking at the heavily bunkered championship layout and a hot putter on the firm greens to wipe out his mistakes and signed for a three-under-par 69. Continue reading

Park wins Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur title

CarrieParkGNGUKLOOF, KwaZulu-Natal (15 July 2015) – Gauteng North’s Carrie Park claimed her first Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur title in a thrilling final with Ivanna Samu at Kloof Country Club on Wednesday.

Park, who in 2014 won the Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play title but had never made it to the match play final before this, beat Samu with a birdie on the 23rd hole.

“I am thrilled. I never expected to beat Ivanna on a par five because she hits it so much further than me,” said Park.

Park made it into the final with a 5&4 victory over Mae Cornforth in the morning, while Samu went through with a 4&3 win over Kloof’s Brittney-Fay Berger.

It was an incredible final in which both golfers had chances to win. Continue reading

Deyzel and Thompson in touch at Bryanston

SA U19 Boys Golf ChampionshipJOHANNESBURG, 13 July 2015 – Aneurin Gounden tops a jam-packed leaderboard in the first round of the Nomads National Order of Merit at Bryanston Country Club on Monday, but Gauteng North’s Werner Deyzel and Cliffie Thompson are within striking distance of the lead.

Just three weeks after Matt Saulez lifted the Nomads National Order of Merit Coastal title at St Francis Links, Gounden has a chance to emulate his 2014 SA Under-19 Inter-Provincial team-mate and claim his first national title. Continue reading