◀ KZN Amateur / Margate CC HOW HE DID IT: McClatchie is about to overtake Albert Venter at the top of the Golf Digest rankings after this match play victory on the KZN South Coast, where the Serengeti member beat Durban CC’s Matt Saulez 3/2 in the final to disappoint the locals. He had earlier beaten promising Milnerton junior Luca Filippi at the 20th in the semifinals. McClatchie has been in good form all year on the amateur circuit, and more lately playing against the professionals in August, winning on the IGT Tour and finishing second on the Big Easy Tour. NOTABLE: Mount Edgecombe’s Siyanda Mwandla played superbly in the qualifying rounds, shooting 66-67 at Margate to finish top qualifier ahead of Filippi’s 68-66. But Mwandla lost in the first round of the match play to Centurion’s Richard Joubert. Jason Broomhead (Durban CC) was another KZN player to excel, reaching the semifinals of the match play after beating No 1-ranked amateur Albert Venter in the quarters.
Leona Maguire of Ireland won the 2016 Mark McCormack Medal for a second consecutive year, as the leading women’s player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Maguire, who played college golf at Duke University in North Carolina, represented Ireland in the Rio Olympics, and will try for an LPGA card later this year. She was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team which beat the US in the Curtis Cup in June. The men’s Medal winner is American Maverick McNealy 20, a first-team All-American, who won four collegiate events in 2016 for Stanford University. In four career PGA Tour starts, McNealy has made the cut three times. He was a member of the 2015 US Walker Cup Team. Duncan Neill (Germiston), a two-time winner in 2015, captured his first senior amateur title of the year (in his first outing of 2016) when he retained the Mpumalanga Senior Open trophy at Witbank GC with rounds of 70-75, by a shot from William Skinner (Zwartkop 70-76), who led for most of the tournament. Birdies were scarce in tougher conditions the second day. Neill had five on day one, and just one in the second round, while Skinner had nine in total. He was leading on day two until finishing with four bogeys in the last six holes. No 1-ranked Mellette Hendrikse (Akasia 72-75), who had eight birdies but more bogeys, was third ahead of Schalk Naude (Randpark 76-74) and Greg Gleeson (Wanderers 76-74). Tied on 151 were Ramon Rahme, Gerhard Strydom and Gavin van Aswegen. Derek Scullard (Cathedral Peak), 38, is the new KZN Mid-Amateur champion, after shooting 70-73 at Durban CC in his first Mid-Am outing of the year, to beat former tennis pro Kevin Ulyett (Umhlali 72-73). Donovan Pearse (Germiston 74-74) and Gerlou Roux (Bellville 74-74) were T-3 ahead of Ryan Dreyer and Regan Teaman on 150. Kyalami’s Greg Gleeson, 53, triumphed in the Northern Cape Senior Open at Kimberley, his maiden victory on the senior amateur circuit, with 67-76, to beat No 2-ranked senior Francois le Roux (Somerset West 74-71) by two. Home club member Keith Brown (76-71) was third ahead of Frik van Deventer (Wanderers 74-75).