AM­A­TEUR SCENE

Ger­lou Roux wins first na­tional ti­tle wire-to-wire in SA Mid-Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship at Vic­to­ria Coun­try Club.

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Re­views: SA Women’s Champs, Mid-Am­a­teur, U-23 and Se­nior IPTs.

The way in which Ger­lou Roux dom­i­nated the eighth SA Mid-Am­a­teur un­der­lined his as­cen­dancy over the rest of the over-35s this year. The SA in­ter­na­tional is hav­ing an all-con­quer­ing year, win­ning for the fifth straight time at Vic­to­ria CC in Mar­itzburg. The 38-year-old from Bel­lville GC, a for­mer Sun­shine Tour pro, had won the Cen­tral Gaut­eng, Ekurhu­leni, South­ern Cape and High­veld mid-am ti­tles go­ing into the cham­pi­onship.

At Vic­to­ria CC he com­piled rounds of 66-67-72-72 to win by four. His mid-am scor­ing av­er­age this year is an im­pres­sive 68.58. His two open­ing rounds in­cluded 11 birdies and two bo­geys which put him five shots clear of for­mer KZN player El­ton James, now res­i­dent in Cape Town. James made seven birdies in a third round 68 to close the gap to one through 54 holes. In the fi­nal round James seized con­trol with five birdies to lead by four through 10 holes, but then dropped eight shots in five holes be­tween 11 and 15. When Roux birdied 17 and 18 his four-shot mar­gin ap­peared more com­fort­able than it ac­tu­ally was.

“I had to sleep on the lead for three nights which comes with a lot of pres­sure, so I’m pleased with the pa­tience and fo­cus I dis­played,” said Roux. “It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing to know I have ex­celled on both the open am­a­teur and mid-am­a­teur cir­cuits. One of my goals this year is to be­come the first player to rep­re­sent South Africa at open and mid-am­a­teur level in the same year.” Hav­ing rep­re­sented SA against Scot­land in Fe­bru­ary and at the South­ern Cross In­vi­ta­tional in Ar­gentina in March, Roux is all but cer­tain to be se­lected for the SA Mid-Am­a­teur team to tour France in July.

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