Jarvis takes GNGU Open title

The 2020 GNGU Open was held at Centurion Country Club from 24 – 26 January.  Even with some rain and very wet conditions on the first 2 days, the players seemed to enjoy the course and after 36 holes, 67 players made the cut, with Casey Jarvis leading by 2 shots.
Round 3 saw Jarvis have a second bogey free round and extend his lead by another shot going into the final 18.  But in between the excitement of 2 hole in one’s during the tournament (Andrew Inggs and Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation’s Letsoso Letsai), as well as an albatross by Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation member, Siyanda Mwandla, Casey Jarvis kept his stride and ended up winning the tournament on 259 (-25) a fantastic 8 shots ahead of nearest fellow competitor Ryan van Velzen.

A huge thank you needs to go to Centurion Country Club management and staff for all their hard work on ensuring the course was in great condition, considering the flooding a month ago.  Thank you also to the Committee and members for giving up the course and allowing us to host this tournament here.

For full results CLICK HERE

Gleeson wins the GNGU Senior Open

Waterkloof Golf Club played host to the GNGU Senior Open on Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January. Saturday saw 96 players teeing it up on a wet course with rain falling for most of the day. Greg Gleeson from Kyalami Country Club took the first-round lead with a magnificent score of 67, 5 under par.

On Sunday the sun came out with a light breeze blowing. Greg Gleeson played a wonder full round of 71 to add to his score of 67 to claim the GNGU Senior Open on a total score of 138, 6 under par.

Schalk Naude won the Super Senior title with scores of 70 and 78 for a total of 148.

Full Results – CLICK HERE

Thank you to our partners for this event, Air Austral, Réunitours Voyages, HELILAGON , Hôtel le Grand Bleu, Ligue Régionale de Golf de La Réunion. Gordon Wessels was selected to represent GNGU at the World Amateur in Reunion Island in April.

A big thank you to Waterkloof Golf Club’s Management, Staff and Members for hosting a wonderful tournament and for giving up your course for the weekend!

GNGU would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Coenie Schoonhoven.  Coenie was director of golf at North West Golf Union and will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

Cullinan claim 2019 Inter Club

Blue Valley Golf & Country Club played host to the 2019
GNGU Inter Club on Sunday 3 November. The aim of the
day is to provide networking opportunities to clubs that
are affiliated to GNGU.  There were 13 teams competing
in a fourball alliance format.

Results:
1st   Cullinan Golf Club           86 pts
2nd  Akasia Golf Club              84 pts
3rd   Pebble Rock Golf Club   83 pts

We would like to thank Blue Valley Golf & Country Club and their members for affording
us the opportunity to host the tournament at their facility and being great hosts.

GNGU Coronation Cup

Steeped in history, the GNGU Coronation Cup dates back to 1937.  This mixed betterball competition,   took place on 27 October at Woodhill Country Club.
We would like to thank all the players that entered and congratulate all the prize winners.  This year Stefani and Jacob de Villiers from Waterkloof GC won the event on 47 BB Stableford points.
We would like to thank Woodhill CC for hosting the event and for their hospitality.
For full results CLICK HERE

 

GNGU 2019 Silver Salver

Starting the 72 hole tournament tournament with an eagle, State Mines’ Casey Jarvis was always going to be one of the favourites to take the 2019 title.  However after being bogey free after the first 2 rounds, and obviously comfortable at Irene CC after winning the Tshwane Junior Open 2 years ago, Bellville’s Samuel Simpson went into the final day with a 6 shot lead over Jarvis.  Round 3 saw a total swing in the leader board with Jarvis shooting an unblemished 63 and going into the final round 3 shots ahead of Simpson and 5 shots ahead of Pretoria Country Club’s Christiaan Maas.  With the 63 under his belt, Jarvis was eager to seal the win and started round 4 with a birdie.  Finishing the tournament with 2 more birdies, a final round of 69 saw him win the event on 270 (-18) 6 shots ahead of Christiaan Maas and Samuel Simpson.

On behalf of the GNGU Executive and Staff, we would like to thank Irene Country Club for their fantastic hospitality.  The course was in superb condition considering the lack of rain and the staff went out of their way to assist.  We would also like to thank the members for giving up the course for the weekend.  A final thank you to all participants in the event.  This event has grown in the last few years and it is fantastic to see a great turn out!

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Mid Amateur IPT Glory

11 October 2019 – Gauteng North routed Central Gauteng in a pressure packed final round on Friday to claim their first victory in the 14th South African Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial Tournament at King David Mowbray Golf Club.

The Daisies powered their way past Southern Cape (9 – 3), Western Province (6.5 – 5.5), KwaZulu-Natal (9 – 3), Ekurhuleni (7 – 5) and Free State (8.5 – 3.5) to lead the A-Section log with 10 points.

“We knew victory was within our grasp, but even with one hand on the trophy, we were taking no chances,” said Gauteng North captain Gustav Verster.

“We had a 2 point lead over Western Province and Central Gauteng and every guy on the team knew what was at stake. We knew a draw wouldn’t cut it, because we could still lost to Western Province on game points. We had to beat the Lions and every player was committed to the cause.”

Central Gauteng felt the full force of Gauteng North’s determination and banked just half a point in the in morning foursomes.

“It was a good start, but it was not in the bag yet. Central Gauteng has won the SA Mid-Amateur IPT more times than any other team since 2006, because they rule in the singles,” Verster said. “After Western Province beat Ekurhuleni 3 – 1, we knew we needed the win.”

Seasoned campaigner Louis Jonck knocked out rookie Travis Fraser 5 & 4 and Armand van Graan made it 5.5 points for the Daisies when he downed Craig Kamps 3 & 1. Wendell Bossenger defeated Gauteng North number two Lean Boezaart 3 & 2, but the skipper nailed down victory when he beat Rory Garton 2-up.

“Victory was in the bag, but true to the team spirit they had shown all week, the rest of the boys carried on fighting,” said Gauteng North manager Gerry Few.

Danie Viljoen and Louis Moolman both won 2 & 1. Alex van Heerden was 2 down, but won 16 and 17 before he lost 1-down with a bogey on 18th. Jacques van Tonder was dormie 3-down, but also won 16 and 17 to take Central Gauteng number one Ryan Dreyer to the final hole. Van Tonder went first and his putt pulled up three inches short of the hole. Dreyer drained the clutch putt to win 1-up.

“The way our boys fought till the last putt dropped in the final round was a proper show of their commitment to the team,” Few said.

“I am bursting with pride. We started building this team in 2017 and their commitment has been phenomenal. They jumped at the chance to play the course earlier this year and they played four rounds over the weekend to really come to grips with the layout and the wind. The guys practiced like demons to prepare for this tournament and the Most Valuable Player ranking speaks volumes about our team.

“Cameron Johnston and Greg Sheard from Western Province shared the top spot on 11 points, but we had seven players in the top 16, including Alex in third place on 10.5 and Louis and Jacques tied fourth on 9.5.“

Verster said the team’s pairings was a big key to our success.

“We worked really hard to perfect our line-up for the foursomes and it paid off. We scored clean sweeps against KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, we beat Central Gauteng 3.5 – 0.5 and we led 3 – 1 against Western Province, Southern Cape and Ekurhuleni.

“Building that cushion in the morning session takes the pressure off in the singles. This victory was a total team effort. It was amazing to see that as soon as a guy finished his game, he was out there supporting rest of the team.

Gauteng North team manager Gerry Few; credit GolfRSA

“We had a lot of special moments this week, but seeing our manager hugging the trophy was probably the best one of them all. Gerry has been managing IPT teams at every level for more than three decades and he gave us 110 percent.

“He planned on retiring after this year, but we made him promise to stay if we won and he will definitely be there when we take up our title defence next year. We had incredible support as we prepared for this tournament, so this win is a shout-out to the executive at Gauteng North Golf Union, and all our families.”

Western Province beat Ekurhuleni 9 – 3 to seal the runner-up spot.

Central Gauteng settled for third and KwaZulu-Natal narrowly beat Southern Cape 6.5 – 5.5 to edge Ekurhuleni for fourth place. Free State – promoted last year – held on for sixth place and Southern Cape was sent down to the B-Division after failing to score a single point.

A-SECTION RESULTS – FINAL ROUND
Central Gauteng 3.5 vs Gauteng North 8.5
Ekurhuleni 3 vs Western Province 9
KwaZulu-Natal 6.5 vs Southern Cape 5.5

A-SECTION FINAL LOG
(Pos-Union-Played-Won-Drawn-Lost-Points-Matches won)
1 Gauteng North (6, 6, 0, 0, 12, 48.5)
2 Western Province (6, 5, 0, 1, 10, 48.5)
3 Central Gauteng (6, 4, 0, 2, 8, 38.5)
4 KwaZulu-Natal (6, 3, 0, 3, 6, 33)
5 Ekurhuleni (6, 2, 0, 4, 4, 33)
6 Free State (6, 1, 0, 5, 2, 23)
7 Southern Cape (6, 0, 0, 6, 0, 27.5)

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.