JUNIOR GOLFERS SHINE AT ERINVALE
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.