Two Southern Cape teenagers will be hoping to halt the run of foreign winners at the Sanlam SA Amateur, as George GC hosts the 113th championship.
George hosts the SA Amateur.
British players have won five of the last 10 SA Amateurs, including three in the last five years by Scots, and our local amateurs need to stop this run and reclaim the prestige trophy. Step forward two 18-year-olds, Jovan Rebula and Cameron Moralee, who will have the benefit of “home course” advantage when George Golf Club hosts the Amateur for a second time from February 28 to March 4.
Rebula, who lost in the Amateur final last year at Silver Lakes, is a member at George, while Moralee was a student at the KeNako Academy (on the adjacent Kingswood Estate) for nearly four years before returning to Johannesburg last year. In 2015 the pair were part of Southern Cape teams that won the Junior Interprovincial at Worcester (a historic first for the union), plus the B section of the Under-23 IPT, and finished third in the Premier IPT.
Rebula, a nephew of Ernie Els, has compiled a solid record in the SA Amateur. He reached the last 16 of the matchplay in both 2013 and 2014, and won the Proudfoot Trophy as leading qualifier in 2014 at Herma- nus. He regards his 8/6 loss to Scot Daniel Young last year in the 36-hole final as a huge learning experience. Since matriculating from Outeniqua High School in December he has focused all his energy on golf. “It’s a huge bonus to play the SA Amateur at your home club and I am hoping to take full advantage,” says Rebula. The last player to win the trophy at his home club was Bradley Davison at Royal Durban in 1992.
Moralee climbed from No 97 to No 23 on Golf Digest’s 2015 Amateur Rankings with three second-place finishes in provincial opens, including the Cape Province Open at George and Kingswood. His breakthrough came at the SA Open in January at Glendower when he won the Freddie Tait Cup as low amateur after pre-qualifying.
Moralee came through a six-man playoff in the Kempton Park qualifier, and had rounds of 69-71-76-74 to finish T-55, the only amateur to make the cut. Moralee left KeNako in May last year, matriculated through the Cambridge international college examinations system, and now plays out of Dainfern.
The 18th hole and clubhouse at George Golf Club.