WP Strokeplay, Rondebosch GC
SCORES: 71-7171-69 (282)
RUNNER-UP: Teaghan Gauche 75-72-67-73 (287)
HOW HE DID IT: Only two players broke par in the final round, played in a strong southeaster on a tough setup, with Strydom’s three-under 69 the highlight of the tournament. It was the 17-yearold’s first victory of the year.
NOTABLE: It’s the second straight year that the country’s top-ranked amateur has won the WP Strokeplay, with Christiaan Bezuidenhout winning in 2014 at Milnerton.
Boland Open, Hermanus GC SCORES: 71-68-68 (207) RUNNER UP: Clayton Mansfield 69-70-69 (208)
HOW HE DID IT: Strydom completed a Western Cape strokeplay double with a birdie at the 54th hole to edge Mansfield (Durban CC) by one.
NOTABLE: Strydom credited new swing coach Grant Hepburn for his wins. “It’s taken me years to find a coach who works for me, and Grant has a more philosophical approach to the game that suits my needs.”
WP Amateur, Rondebosch GC
RUNNER-UP: Teaghan Gauche (3/2) HOW HE DID
IT: The biggest surprise of 2015 came with Nel’s victory in one of the major events on the amateur calendar. The 19-year-old Kingswood member finished T-20 in the WP Strokeplay and then started his giant-killing spree with victories over Carlo O’Reilly (3/2), Ian Snyman (20th), Darin de Smidt (6/5) and Rupert Kaminski (3/2) to reach the 36-hole final against Gauche. Nel led 1up after 18 and 27 before three consecutive birdies saw him close out the Wingate Park player.
NOTABLE: Nel, who started his golf at the 9-hole Gonubie GC in East London, joined the KeNako Academy in George in 2014, and is the first Southern Cape player to win the WP Amateur.