SENIORS & MID-AMS
Kevin Sharp (Modderfontein) celebrated his first Mid-Amateur victory in three years when the 45-year-old claimed the Central Gauteng title at Kyalami CC with 69-70. He had an eagle two at 15 in his opening round. Sharp edged Gerlou Roux (Bellville 72-68), who went to No 1 on the Mid-Am rankings ahead of Ryan Dreyer. Roux played his last 27 holes in 8-under, after taking 40 shots for his first nine of the day. Tied third on 143 were Elton James (Westlake) and Cliff Howes (Wanderers) on 143, ahead of Logan Lofstedt (Glendower) and Dino de Abreu (Kempton Park) on 144. Sishen’s Ludwig Albutt shot 72-75 at the new Heron Banks course in the Vaal Triangle to win the Free State Senior Open, after a playoff with Rurik Gobel (Randpark 75-72). Gordon Wessels (Wingate Park 78-72) and Derik Piek (Centurion 73-77) tied for third ahead of Naude and Wellington on 151.
Greg Gleeson (Kyalami) triumphed in a three-way playoff to win the Gauteng North Senior Open, his second victory on the circuit following the Northern Cape Open last year. He moved to No 8 on the Senior rankings. Gleeson shot 69-75 with 11 birdies at Woodhill, to edge Richard Bruyns (River Club 73-71) and Gerhard Strydom (Waterkloof 72-72) in sudden-death. Jock Wellington (Kyalami 71-75) was fourth ahead of Francois le Roux (De Zalze), Stephen Johnston (Ruimsig) and Schalk Naude (Randpark) on 148.