113TH SA AMATEUR
George GC, Par 72, Feb 28Mar 4 PROUDFOOT TROPHY QUALIFYING 132 – Rory Franssen (Scot) 64-68 133 – Craig Ross (Scot) 67-66 135 – Franklin Manchest 68-67 136 – Aubrey Beckley 67-69 137 – Darin de Smidt 73-64, Altin vd Merwe 69-68, Luke Mayo 68-69 138 – Matt Saulez 71-67, Dylan Naidoo 70-68, Sentanio Minnie 68-70, Luca Filippi 68-70 SA AMATEUR MATCHPLAY QUARTERFINALS: Naidoo bt Kieran Vincent (Zim) 3/2, Loris Schuepbach (Swiss) bt Jamie Bower (Eng) 4/3, Ross bt Matt Saulez 5/3, Marco Steyn bt David McIntyre (Scot) at 19th. SEMIFINALS: Naidoo beat Schuepbach 1up, Ross bt Steyn 2/1. FINAL: Ross bt Naidoo 3/1. SCORES: 72-71-72-71 (286) RUNNER-UP: Jason Smith 68-72-77-71 (288) HOW HE DID IT: The 27-year-old from Bloemfontein GC was the only player in the 70-man field who managed to shoot par or better in all four rounds, holding off Irene’s Jason Smith to win by two. NOTABLE: Sishen Golf Club in the remote Northern Cape town of Kathu, ranked No 18 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses, showed its championship pedigree with only Van Zyl breaking par, and yielded only one score under 70 (Jason Smith’s 68 in the first round). JAMES DU PREEZ North West Open, Lost City CC SCORES: 64-71-68 (203) RUNNER-UP: Tristen Strydom 71-65-69 (205) HOW HE DID IT: The 20-year-old from Pretoria CC scored his first victory of the year, making 19 birdies and an eagle over the three rounds, two ahead of Tristen Strydom. NOTABLE: Du Preez regained the No 1 position on the Golf Digest Amateur Rankings with this victory and his duel with No 2 Albert Venter could be a highlight of the amateur year ahead.