MALCOLM MITCHELL Ekurhuleni Open, ERPM GC SCORES: 64-70-69-65 (268) RUNNER-UP: Kyle McClatchie 64-70-70-69 (273) HOW HE DID IT: The 21-year old from Howick in KZN, now playing out of Kloof CC, repeated his 2015 victory, this time equalling the second lowest 72-hole score in the history of the tournament, 20-under-par. Mitchell had three eagles and 19 birdies. The last player to shoot 268 in the EK Open was Tyrone Ryan in 2010. The tournament record, though, belongs to Albert Kruger, who shot 258 at ERPM in 2002. NOTABLE: There were eagles galore at ERPM during the four rounds, and they were made on 10 of the 18 holes, including a hole-in-one by Brendan Flynn at the 14th. Lowest rounds were 64 by Mitchell and McClatchie. outh Africa’s top-ranked junior, Luca Filippi, 17, claimed victory in this year’s Glacier Junior Series National Final, and is rewarded with a trip to the Junior Orange Bowl in Florida in December. Filippi, from Milnerton Golf Club in Cape Town, knows how to play in windy weather, and he used that experience in the final round of the Glacier at a windblown San Lameer on the KZN South Coast.
Having started the third and final round
Sone shot behind leaders Keegan McLachlan (Silver Lakes) and Eric Wowor (Kyalami), Filippi found himself even further back after a front nine of 41. But he came home in 29 for a 70, and a one-overpar total of 217, to win by three from McLachlan, the defending champion, who had closed with a 74.Wowor and Sebastian Terblanche (Royal Durban) were tied third on 227.
“The wind was strong so it was tough. It was a case of getting around the course with the right strategy,” said Filippi.