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First Swingers savour SA Open start

VinceRaylenChadCharles_GNGUTSHWANE, 1 May 2016 – The arrival of well-known American pair Chad Pfeifer and Vince Biser at Zwartkop Country Club on Sunday morning sent a ripple of excitement through this year’s participants of the Nedbank SA Disabled Open.

Raylen de Wee from Lavender Hill and Carnavon’s Charles Williams caught a quick photo with the Yanks before setting off at a brisk pace to catch up with the rest of the First Swing Programmers for a practice round ahead of Monday’s first round. Continue reading

Wheelchair gladiators primed for SA Open

2016_GNGU_MathysRoets_JamesHouriganTSHWANE, 30 April 2016 – Popular Afrikaans musician Mathys Roets and highly-rated former Border left-hand batsman Ralph Cullinan come from very diverse backgrounds, lead vastly different lives and don’t even speak the same language.

Yet, on the eve of their debut in the 2016 Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open, the pair discovered that they share more common ground than either imagined.

“Ralph and I were both paralysed in road accidents in 2009,” said Roets, who plays off a 28 handicap.

“At first you ask yourself ‘why me’, but soon enough you say what am I going to do with the rest of my life. There is no time to waste on negativity. We both set ourselves goals. Some we achieved with ease and others took a lot of blood sweat and tears. Continue reading

Title-hungry Slabbert amped up for international onslaught

Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open 2014: Day 2TSHWANE, 28 April 2016 – South Africa’s Daniël Slabbert is primed to face a power-packed line-up of international stars as he takes a fifth stab at success in the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club from 2-4 May.

The defending champion will need to bring his A-game to stave off Americans Vince Biser and Chad Pfeiffer, Spanish stand-out Juan Postigo, Manuel de los Santos from the Dominican Republic and 2014 Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open champion Josh Williams from Canada, among others.

“Vince won the North American One-Armed Golfer Association Championship a record five times,” he said. “Chad is a two-time US National Amputee Championship winner and has been impressive on the Web.Com Tour. Continue reading

Mdudu counting days to SA Open

Crop_ 2016SimuMdudu1_GNGUCAPE TOWN, 27 April 2016 – In three days, teen golfer Simu Mdudu will board the first flight of his life and travel to Pretoria to debut in his first national golf tournament. The flight is exciting. Playing in the 18th Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open is a massive deal, but the prospect of lining up alongside the legendary Manuel de los Santos from the Dominican Republic at Zwartkop Country Club from 2-4 May has the 18-year-old leg amputee from the Western Cape bouncing in anticipation. Continue reading

Schuhknecht wants to shake SA Open bridesmaid tag

Reinard Schuhknecht FSP_GNGUTSHWANE, 27 April 2016 – The only thing to do when victory keeps eluding you is to ‘try and try again’, says double World One-Arm champion Reinard Schuhknecht.

The towering Vanderbijlpark golfer is targeting the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open as one of the most important titles on his schedule this season and will spearhead the home challenge in the 18th edition of SA disabled golf’s flagship event alongside four-time winner Daniel Slabbert at Zwartkop Country Club from 2-4 May. Continue reading

Du Toit takes top 7 as Telfer wins Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play

Kaleigh Telfer_GNGUCAPE TOWN (26 April 2016) – Johannesburg’s Kaleigh Telfer claimed her maiden Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship title when she won by six strokes at Westlake Golf Club on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Telfer closed with a tournament low of three-under-par 69 to win on one over par. Eleonora Galletti and Switzerland’s Azelia Meichtry shared second place on seven over par.

Gauteng North’s Danielle du Toit closed with a 77 to finish alone in seventh on 228.

“I’m a little bit speechless. I’ve been working towards this for a very long time so I’m just glad it came when it did,” said Telfer. Continue reading

Du Toit stays in touch at Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play

DanielleCAPE TOWN (25 April 2016) – Danielle du Toit from Gauteng North stayed in touch with 36-hole leader Kaleigh Telfer in the Sanlam SA Women’s Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday. Du Toit carded a 76 to finish three off the pace from 17-year-old  Telfer is round two at  Westlake Golf Club.

“I am feeling a bit more comfortable on the course,” said Telfer after signing for a second successive 74 to lead at four over 148. “If I just hit greens on the final day it will be much better because it’s tough to chip around the greens.

Brittney-Fay Berger and Switzerland’s Azelia Meichtry are her nearest challengers on six over par following respective rounds of 72 and 75, while Du Toit shares fourth with Woo-Ju Son and Zethu Myeki. Continue reading