VEREENIGING (18 November 2014) – Luke Trocado led the birdie barrage at Maccauvlei Golf Club to take the lead in the Harry Oppenheimer Trophy on Tuesday, but Gauteng North’s Hendrikus Stoop and Philip Kruse are within striking distance of the first round leader.
A six-under-par 66 left the Western Province junior in pole position on the jam-packed leaderboard after a low scoring day served up a sea of 23 sub-par rounds.
Trocado racked up seven birdies, including three over the last four holes, to finish two strokes clear of Stoop, Kruse, fellow Province player Gerlou Roux, Meyer Pauw from Boland and Tristen Strydom from Ekurhuleni.
While Trocado gave a shot back par-four 13th, both Gauteng North players navigated the championship layout with flawless rounds.
Stoop enjoyed a pair of birdies at the second and third holes and reeled in two more at the 15th and 18th for loops of 34, while Kruse birdied the seventh, 11th, 12th and par-five 18th.
The pair finished one stroke clear of reigning Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play champion Paul Boshoff and fellow Ekurhuleni amateurs Dylan Mostert and Stefan Cronje and two ahead of former Sanlam SA Amateur champion Ryan Dreyer, who leads the nine-man bus at two under.
With more than 20 years’ experience, former professional Roux always poses a threat, but Stoop is still riding the confidence of his second provincial victory at the EP Stroke Play Championship earlier this month, while Kruse has racked up seven top 10 finishes this season, including a tie for second at the KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
Teaghan Gauche, who arrived in Vereeniging on the back of a top 10 finishes in the Central Gauteng Open at the tough East Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington on Sunday, also joined the chase with an opening 71.
FIRST ROUND SCORES (Top 20)
66 Luke Trocado
68 Gerlou Roux; Meyer Pauw; Tristen Strydom; Hendrikus Stoop; Philip Kruse
69 Paul Boshoff; Dylan Mostert; Stefan Cronje
70 Ryan Dreyer; Fritz Orren; Jason Froneman; Garth Wolter; Quintin Crause; Jade Buitendag; Aubrey Beckley; Kyle Barker; Divan Marais
71 Armandt Scholtz; Teaghan Gauche; Michael Dixon; Herman Loubser; Tjaart van Wyk
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the Gauteng North Golf Union.
TSHWANE (17 November 2014) – Pretoria amateur William Skinner is ready for another fast finish on the South African senior circuit after he romped to his first provincial victory at the second Otway Hayes Senior Classic at Zwartkop Country Club on Sunday.
The 54-year-old Gauteng North player fired a superb four-under-par 67 at his home course to win by four strokes on two-under-par 140.
Randpark’s Schalk Naude, who lifted the Ekurhuleni Senior Open title last week, finished second with rounds of 76 and 58, while Christo Reynecke from Lichtenburg Golf Club edged out local player Christie Le Roux for third on 146 with rounds of 71 and 75.
After coming close a few times this season, Skinner hoped the home course advantage would finally pay off, but thought he trailed by two strokes from Akasia’s Christie le Roux and Koro Creek’s Giel van Wyk after an opening two over 73.
“I didn’t play badly in the first round, but I just didn’t make any birdies,” Skinner said. “I had two bogeys and 16 pars. I knew I had to make some birdies in the final round if I wanted to challenge.”
The final round turned into a tightly contested affair with nearly 20 players within four shots of the lead contesting for glory.
Skinner threw his name in the hat with birdies at the first, third and fourth holes and improved his chances with birdie number four at the seventh.
He turned in four under and stumbled with bogeys at the 11th and 14th, but rallied down the home straight with birdies at the 16th and 18th to claim a breakthrough victory.
“We had a lot of rain overnight and the course was playing very long,” the GFG Academy player said. “I was striking the ball really well in the final round and I missed just one fairway. That made the difference.
“This is my first win since I started playing provincial golf four years ago. I’ve had a number of second place finishes, so I’m absolutely thrilled get the monkey off my back.”
Skinner represented Gauteng North at two Indwe SA Senior Inter-Provincials since he joined the senior amateur circuit in 2000.
“I was selected to the team this year, but I was unable to compete and I was really disappointed to miss the SA IPT,” he said. “This makes up for the SA IPT and hopefully I can carry this form into the weekend and finish the season on a really high note.”
Reigning Indwe Risk Services South African Senior Amateur Stroke Play champion, Mellette Hendrikse, will lead a field packed with 2014 champions in the season-finale Limpopo Senior Open at the Koro Creek Golf Estate from 22-23 November.
TOP 10 RESULTS
140 William Skinner 73 68
144 Schalk Naude: 76 68
145 Christo Reynecke 73 72
146 Christie le Roux: 71 75
147 Leon Scheepers: 79 68; Ben Kleynhans 74 73
148 Bruno van Eck 75 73; Etienne Groenewald 74 74; Jannie Schutte 74 74
149 Robin Ashby 75 74; Alex Anderson 75 74
Compiled by Lali Stander
11 November 2014 – Gauteng North Golf Union secretary Paul Davel is a man who goes about his business efficiently, quietly and with the minimum of fuss.
Not surprisingly, the electrical engineer employed the same approach when he joined 17 other delegates at Pretoria Country Club on Saturday to participate in the sixth R&A Level One Rules Course, presented by the South African Golf Association (SAGA).
The Irene Country Club captain was delighted that all the delegates passed the exam and pleasantly surprised to learn that he was the first participant to pass the course with full marks.
“When I heard that Gauteng North Golf Union would be hosting the Level One course, I decided it was time to get something official behind my name,” Davel said.
“I have served on the Gauteng North Golf Union executive for seven years and as tournament director for the Silver Salver and other tournaments. I figured that I picked up quite a lot about the rules during this time, but it’s a very nice confirmation that I really do know what I’m doing.
“The course was very well presented and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I think all golf administrators should complete the course, but even more so, any young golfer who wants to make golf his or her career, will definitely benefit from the course.
“To know the rules is to know what to do in any situation and it can not only save you shots, but protect you from disqualification or from unnecessary penalties.”
Susan Deysel was one of four ladies that attended the one-day entry level course, which forms part of the global R&A Working for Golf campaign and is the first phase of the R&A’s Three-tiered Rules Education Program.
“I am really just a social golfer, but as the chairperson for Junior Golf at the Gauteng North Golf Union, I felt compelled to attend the course,” Deysel said.
“I didn’t expect to enjoy myself so much, or to learn so much. The course was incredibly informative and very well presented. It was really unfortunate that the juniors were writing exams, because they would definitely benefit the most from understanding the basic rules and applications.”
The courses are being conducted by SAGA Assistant Executive Director, Neil Homann, who was extremely pleased with a 100% pass rate at Gauteng North Golf Union.
“To date, Boland, Border, Eastern Province, Ekurhuleni, Central Gauteng and Gauteng North Golf Unions have hosted courses and we plan to cover all 13 unions,” Homann said.
“Almost all of the nearly 200 attendees has passed the course and that is a very positive result. However, whether the delegates pass or fail, every attendee leaves us with a really good understanding of the basic rules and etiquette and can impart that knowledge at their clubs.
“The course offers us a wonderful opportunity to draw more people to the game and it is very encouraging that nearly all the Level One course attendees have indicated that they want to do the Level Two course, as well.”
Compiled by Lali Stander and edited by R de Beer
Please tell us a little about how and where you began playing golf, and clubs you have been a member of.
I was given an old set of Slazenger clubs by my late father-in-law and I started playing at Nigel Golf Club, which I joined in 1978. I moved to Rustenburg in 1985 and later joined Mooinooi Golf Club, followed by Sandy Lane Golf Club. I am currently a member of Akasia Country Club.
Where did your journey into the administration of the game begin, and how did you end up holding the most important post at Gauteng North Golf Union?
The “committee” bug bit me early on and I have been on various committees since 1979. I first got involved managing the scratch league side in Rustenburg and was elected onto the Western Transvaal Golf Association in 1989. Eddie Luckhoff was the president and I remained a member of the executive until 1998. During my tenure, I was also fortunate enough to be elected to serve on the Transvaal Golf Union. In 2004, I was co-opted to the Gauteng North Golf Union after the passing of Mike Cheyne.
Following the resignation of Paul Jenkinson, I was elected president at 05h45 on the morning of 30th January 2010 at the start of the GNGU Open Stroke Play Championship at Wingate Park and it has been an amazing journey since then.
What goals do you hope to achieve during your tenure as President?
The goals that I set for myself are quite simple. First and foremost, I would like to serve and foster the game of golf to the best of my abilities and to serve the members of GNGU in the best possible way. I hope to grow the game at all levels and take it to those that are less privileged than us.
Looking back at when you started, what does the Union’s ‘report card’ look like?
I believe that we have succeed in achieving many of the goals that we set for the Union and my own personal targets. We started a Caddie league that is run very successfully by our Golf Ops Manager Mellette Hendrikse.
The incorporation of Junior Golf into the Union was achieved with the minimum of hassle and is being run very professionally by our Junior Sub Committee. I believe that we are attending to all the needs of our members and we have good relationships with our member clubs.
The Union is in a sound financial situation. I am very blessed to have a great working and participating Executive Committee and I am very positive about our way forward.
What do you see as the most important goals for golf in South Africa going forward?
I would think that the national goals would be much the same as those that we set for GNGU. To foster and grow the game among all South Africans, to be honest and transparent in what we do and above all not to put the administrators in the forefront, but to work for the benefit of each and every golfer out there.
What is the status in the merger between the women’s and men’s governing bodies?
Our Men and Women amalgamated as one union in 2005 under the leadership of Nolan Karp and we have been operating as such ever since then. Our Executive consists of 11 members, of which one is a Junior Representative and at least three have to be of the same gender. We are represented by Thea Nel at Womans Golf SA and by Mellette Hendrikse on the SAGA.
Go to club in your golf bag and why?
Seven-wood, because it gets you out of any bad lie
Best golfing memory?
The fondest memory of my career was winning the Premier SA Inter-Provincial in Rustenburg with a young and untested team
If you could change any rule of golf, what would it be and why?
The tapping down of spike marks on the green – it’s just a ridiculous rule
Which three people would you most like to play a round of golf with?
Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy en Matt Kutchar
Favourite golf courses in South Africa?
Umdoni Golf Club, Koro Creek Golf Estate, Zimbali Country Estate, Legends, which was designed by the world’s top golfers and Sandy Lane, where I live.
Compiled by Lali Stander