Here we bring you all the latest tournament news, accolades and awards from our current crop of EE&FF members and some of our former members who have gone on to achieve great things.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters hosted by the Sergio Foundation at Valderama with six shots. This is his first European Tour title. He shot rounds of 66, 68, 69, 71 to win on 10-under 274. Christiaan was a member of the EE&FF from 2011-2014.
Toto Thimba won the KCB Karen Masters at the Karen CC in Nairobi by three shots. He shot a final round 7-under 65 to win at 26-under 262. Toto was a member of the EE&FF from 2003-2005.
Jovan Rebula, who is studying at Auburn University, won the British Amateur in 2018 and therefore receive an invite to play at the US Masters and US Open in April and June 2019 respectively. Unfortunately, he missed the cut in both Grand Slam tournaments. Jovan was a member of the EE&FF from 2013-2016.
Kaleigh Telfer, who is also studying at Auburn University, played in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April. She finished tied for 12th on 2-over 218. Kaleigh was a member of the EE&FF from 2014-2017.
- Thamara Sandys – Welkom GC
- Kaijuree Moodley – Bryanston CC
- Crystal Beukes – Stellenbosch GC
- Cara Ford – Randpark GC
- Cole Stevens – Parkview GC
FINAL-YEAR MEMBERS – CERTIFICATE
- Zethu Myeki (2015-2019)
- Kajal Mistry (2019)
- Shanice de Gee (2019)
- Karabo Mokoena (2012-2019)
- Steven le Roux (2017-2019)
Demi Flanagan is from East London GC and represented Border in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Riviera on Vaal in September. Demi is in her 2nd year studying to become a teacher at the University of Fort Hare in East London.
Siyanda Mwandla is from Mount Edgecombe and represented KwaZulu Natal in the IPT played at Mombela GC in September. Siyanda will go to the Tour School next year March.
Karabo Mokoena is from Modderfontein GC and represented Central Gauteng in the IPT. Karabo will also go to the Tour School next year. He finished his PGA Diploma in 2018 at Tuks and he did an Sport Science Higher Certificate this year.
Steven le Roux is from Killarney GC and represented Central Gauteng in the IPT. Steven finished his Greenkeeping Qualification at Silver Lakes last year. He did an internship at Silver Lakes this year and he will do his PGA Diploma next year.
Aneurin Gounden is from Glendower GC and represented Ekurhuleni in the IPT. Ekurhuleni had their first win in the prestigious IPT tournament. Aneurin will finish his Greenkeeping Qualification at Silver Lakes at the end of the year.
Letsoso Letsai is from Maccauvlei GC and represented Free State in the IPT. Letsoso is in his 1st year of the Club managers course.
Zethu Myeki won the Free State Open at Schoeman Park Golf Club in April. She shot rounds of 67-69-73 to tie with Caitlyn Macnab at 7-under 209. Zethu won on the second hole of the sudden-death playoff.
Zethu represented Central Gauteng in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Riviera on Vaal CC in September.
Zethu was part of Team South Africa who won the Regional All-Africa Challenge Trophy for the 7th time in a row at the Nkonyeni Lodge and Golf Estate at Eswatini in Swaziland in April. She received Protea colours.
Zethu represented South Africa in the Spirit International at Whispering Pines in Texas in November. Zethu finished tied 11th in the Women’s Individual Championship. Zethu and Symone Henriques tied for 16th in the team event. The SA men’s team tied for second. Zethu received Protea colours.
Zethu did the club managers course.
Kajal Mistry played in seven amateur tournaments from February to July in which she finished twice first and three times top 5. This included the South African Women’s double crown, the SA Stroke Play and the Match Play titles.
Kajal competed in seven of the nine tournaments on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.
- She finished T4 in the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am at Fancourt.
- She came second in the South African Women’s Masters at San Lameer CC, where she was tied for the lead after the 3rd round and eventually lost on the first playoff hole.
- She finished 8th in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Wild Coast CC.
- She came second in the Cape Town Ladies Open at Royal Cape.
- She came T30 in the Investec SA Women’s Open at Westlake. She was the only amateur to make the cut and therefore also finished as the leading amateur in the Open.
She came 9th in the Jabra Ladies Classic at Glendower. She won the leading amateur prize in 5 tournaments on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.
Larissa du Preez represented Gauteng-North in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Riviera on Vaal CC in September.
Larissa was part of Team South Africa who won the Regional All-Africa Challenge Trophy for the seventh time in a row at the Nkonyeni Lodge and Golf Estate at Eswatini in Swaziland in April. She received Protea colours.
Larissa is in her first year of the Club managers course.
Kyle de Beer represented Eastern Province in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Mombela GC in September. He won 9.5-10 points. He was the Most Valuable Player in the B-section.
Kyle won the EP/Border Stroke Play at West Bank GC in April. He shot rounds of 68, 62, 70 for 16-under 200. He won the tournament by 6 shots. The 62 included 10 birdies and no dropped shots. He had eight birdies in a row from 3 to 10.
Kyle sealed a top five finish in the Brabazon Trophy at the Alwoodley GC in England in May. He played a final round 68 for 3-under 281. Kyle was the best placed South African in the tournament.
Kyle won the Border Stroke Play at East London GC in July. He shot rounds of 65-69-64 to win by seven shots on 21-under 198. By many accounts, it was one of the best last rounds of amateur golf in some 30 years.
Kyle was part of the GolfRSA team who successfully defended the title in the All Africa Golf Team Championship in Mauritius in October. Kyle stole the limelight in the second round thanks to a new course record of 5-under-par 67. His teammate, Jayden Schaper, set a new course record on the final day with a brilliant 64. Kyle received Protea colours.
Kyle represented South Africa in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup and the Argentine Amateur Championship in November. Kyle and Luca Filippi finished T4 in the team event for the Tailhade Cup. Kyle finished T19 in the Amateur. He received Protea colours.
Luca Filippi represented Western Province in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Mombela GC in September.
Luca was part of the South African team who won the 25th Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Swakopmund in April. This was the 23rd victory for South Africa in this prestigious tournament. Luca also finished second in the individual section. Luca received Protea colours.
Luca represented South Africa in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup and the Argentine Amateur Championship in November. He and Kyle de Beer finished tied 4 in the team event for the Tailhade Cup. Luca finished 18th in the Amateur. He received Protea colours.
Luca did a National Certificate in Fitness this year.
Therion Nel represented Free State in the Inter-Provincial tournament played at Mombela GC in September.
Therion was part of the South African team who won the 25th Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Swakopmund in April. This was the 23rd victory for South Africa in this prestigious tournament. Therion received Protea colours.
Therion is doing a Brand Management course at the University of Cape Town.
Dr. Hasso Plattner Award
He has throughout the two years of study at the African Turf Academy distinguished himself as one of the leading students.
He has dedicated himself to excelling in all aspects of the programme be it golfing, academic or practical greenkeeping.
His friendly manner and enthusiasm on the programme had made him very popular with both the staff and fellow students and based on his results it is clear that he has the potential to forge a successful career in greenkeeping if he so chooses.
He completed the follow modules: Golf Course Management, Turf Maintenance Machinery, Sportsturf Nutrition, Turfgrass Identification & Production, Plant Husbandry, Sportsturf Soils & Rootzones, Golf Course Design & Construction, Golf Course Drainage & Irrigation and Tournament Preparation.
Ernie Els Award
She and former EE&FF member Kaleigh Telfer played in the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland in June. She made it through to the Match Play stages where she lost in the first round.
She claimed a historic South African Amateur Women’s double crown at Woodhill CC in May when she won the SA Stroke Play and the SA Amateur titles. She is the first player to win both titles in the same year since 2010.
She won her second SA Stroke Play title with 5 shots after rounds of 70, 67, 71 for 208. Caitlyn Macnab finished second on 213.
She won the SA Amateur title three days later when she beat Kaylah Williams on the 20th hole.
Her incredible achievement put her on a short and very exclusive list of women who have claimed the calendar double in the two premier events. In the 50 years since the SA Women’s Stroke Play Championship was introduced, just seven women have accomplished this rare feat. She was elated to join Mandy Adamson (1992), Sanet Marais (1994), former EE&FF member, Tanica van As (2003), former EE&FF member Cas Bridge (2001), Welch player Breanne Loucks (2008), Kim Williams (2010) and Ashleigh Buhai, who had a hat-trick of doubles in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
She left for America in August where she is studying at Arkansas University.