Nel defeats Gauche for WP Amateur glory

2-15WPAmateur_AndreNel_GNGUCAPE TOWN, 25 April 2015 – Unheralded Andre Nel capped his giant-killing run with victory in the Western Province Amateur Championship at Rondebosch Golf Club on Saturday when he defeated South Africa’s number two ranked Teaghan Gauche from Gauteng North 3 & 2 for victory.

The 19-year-old KeNako Academy student was 2-down after a bogey-bogey start, but tamed his nerves with a birdie at third hole and squared the match with another gain at the seventh. He assumed control of the match with a third birdie at the eighth and kept a firm grip on the lead to turn 1-up going down the last 18 holes.

However, after starting the second trip par-birdie-birdie, Nel surprised with back-to-back bogeys.

“I think the nerves got me a little again,” he stated. “I hit two very poor tee shots at the fourth (22nd) and fifth (23rd) holes. It took me a few holes just to settle down again. At the seventh (25th), I travelled from the trees on the right to the trees on the left, but I chipped it close and boxed the putt for birdie.

“I stayed super calm after that. Teaghan came back with three birdies on the trot from the third (21st) to square the match and we halved the seventh, but I birdied the ninth (27th) to go 1-up again.”

Gauche battled valiantly, but there was no shaking Nel and the Gonubie Golf Club native closed with three successive birdies from the 32nd to seal his victory.

PHOTO – Andre Nel from Southern Cape; credit WPGU.