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◀ 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).

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