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.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Barry Havenga

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.

Jo­van Re­bula.

Cameron Mo­ralee.

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