WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Rossouw Loubser – 2002 SA Amateur champion
George Golf Club hosted the SA Amateur for the first time in 2002, and it produced an emotional victory for Lieutenant-Colonel Rossouw Loubser, who at 39 became the fifth oldest Amateur champion. A lecturer in firepower with the SA Air Force in Pretoria, Loubser’s surprise victory kick-started a five-year period that saw him earn national colours, turn professional at age 44, and win twice in his rookie season on the Sunshine Tour in 2006.
Loubser (picturedbelow), then playing out of Services GC, finished T-9 that week in the SA Strokeplay (the Strokeplay and Amateur were held together until 2008), won by Englishman Gary Wolstenholme. In the match play he despatched two national players (Ryan Tipping and Roux Burger) en route to the final where he beat Western Province’s Grant Veenstra 1up, holing a two-metre par putt at the 36th hole in front of his family.
After his breakout rookie season on the Sunshine Tour – earning R236 911 to finish 39th on the 2006 Order of Merit, Loubser struggled before losing his card in 2011. His final professional appearance, at age 50, was in the 2012 Senior British Open at Turnberry where he finished T-59.
Renowned as a great putter during his amateur career, the flatstick deserted Loubser as he approached 50, and forced him to quit the pro circuit.
Loubser today works at a property management firm in Pretoria. He had spent 25 years in the Air Force, where his wife Denise has worked for 30 years. Loubser plays golf “once every couple of months,” but still manages a scratch handicap at Zwartkop. The 2002 SA Amateur week was a lifechanger for Loubser, which he lists along with being selected for South Africa as one of his proudest moments in golf. “I go on holiday to Hartenbos in the Southern Cape every year and always play a round at George,” he said. “I am so heartened by the welcome I always receive from the club. They still remember me!”