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