113TH SA AM­A­TEUR

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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