JU­NIOR GOLFERS SHINE AT ERINVALE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Gallery - LUKE PIEN­AAR. JAMIE BOUSTEAD. Dean Mil­bank, cap­tain, Erinvale Golf Club

Ju­nior golf is flour­ish­ing at Erinvale golf es­tate in Som­er­set West. Our club cham­pion this year was a 14-year-old, Luke Pien­aar, al­ready a scratch golfer who won the ti­tle by four shots, while the win­ner of our Masters Green Jacket was 12-year-old Jamie Boustead. And 15-year-old Michael Raggett shot 78 in the club champs off an 11 to fin­ish sec­ond in the B divi­sion. Michael also won the A divi­sion of the San­lam Cancer Chal­lenge event at the club. A grow­ing num­ber of young fam­i­lies are liv­ing at the es­tate, and it is no longer just a re­treat for re­tirees. Many South African clubs have Green Jacket events to co­in­cide with the an­nual play­ing of the Masters at Au­gusta, and our in­au­gu­ral event was played back in 2004. It was the brain­child of then golf di­rec­tor Jo­han Piek, who spon­sored the jacket. En­try is for all club mem­bers, and over the years it has been won by both men and women, mak­ing it a truly in­clu­sive club com­pe­ti­tion. It is an in­di­vid­ual Sta­ble­ford, and Jamie Boustead had the best round of his life to win it this year, shoot­ing 78 off a 15-hand­i­cap for 45 points. His pre­vi­ous best score had been an 86, so he was cer­tainly in­spired by the oc­ca­sion! Dur­ing the school hol­i­days he had taken some coach­ing to im­prove his game, and clearly it worked. This year, for the first time, Erinvale had a 9-hole Par 3 chal­lenge on the Fri­day af­ter­noon be­fore the Masters Green Jacket com­pe­ti­tion, and it was a huge suc­cess.

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