TOUR­NA­MENT WIN­NERS

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TRIS­TEN STRY­DOM

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.”

AN­DRE NEL

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.

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