TOUR­NA­MENT WIN­NERS

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CHRIS WOOLLAM

Proud­foot Tro­phy (SA Am­a­teur), Hume­wood GC Scores: 65-64 (129) Run­ner-up: Dan Brown 66-63 (129) How he did it: The 17-year-old Hil­ton Col­lege scholar had a re­mark­able 17 birdies in two rounds at the Port El­iz­a­beth links to be­come the sur­prise vic­tor of one of SA golf’s old­est tro­phies. Hav­ing shot 129 for 36 holes, Woollam, a mem­ber at Gowrie Farm, then had to en­dure four sud­den-death holes to beat English Am­a­teur cham­pion Dan Brown, 22, in a play­off. In the match­play, Woollam lost in the first round to the 64th qual­i­fier, fel­low Natal­ian Luke Mayo, while Brown lost in the sec­ond round.

Notable: Brown be­gan the front nine at Hume­wood 3-2-3-2-3-3 (six-un­der) in his sec­ond round 63, hav­ing ea­gled two par 4s. There were two other 63s, by Slade Pick­er­ing and Scot Craig Ross, each hav­ing nine birdies and no bo­geys.

EDGAR CATHER­INE

SA Stroke­play, Kingswood Scores: 66-68-65-70 (269) Run­ner-up: Robin Daw­son 68-65-65-73 (271) How he did it: The tro­phy re­mained in for­eign hands for a third suc­ces­sive year af­ter this win by the 18-year-old French­man, who had 17 birdies and an ea­gle, plus eight bo­geys, to win by two from Ir­ish­man Daw­son. Notable: Bran­don Cloete (Pezula), 25, was the best South African, T-5 on 274. Cloete opened 67-66 to share sec­ond at half­way.

GARRICK HIGGO

Cape Prov­ince Open, George GC & Kingswood Scores: 74-67-69-68 (278) Run­ners-up: Bran­don Cloete 66-71-69-72 (278), Robin Daw­son 66-72-69-71 How he did it: A two-time win­ner in 2016 (both in Gaut­eng), Higgo won at the coast in a play­off over in-form Cloete, and Ir­ish­man Daw­son. Cloete, the 54-hole leader, bo­geyed the par-3 18th at Kingswood to fall into a play­off. Notable: Higgo, af­ter an open­ing 74, had 18 birdies in the next three rounds.

LIAM JOHN­STON

African Am­a­teur, Leop­ard Creek Scores: 72-67-70-71 (280) Run­ner-up: Con­nor Syme 67-70-72-72 (281) How he did it: It was a Scot­tish 1-2-3, and Scot­land won the team event. John­ston, 24, tri­umphed af­ter a dra­matic fi­nal nine. He was four be­hind Christo Lam­precht with six holes to play, af­ter a triple­bo­gey 7 at 11, but birdies at 14 and 15 saw him tri­umph as Lam­precht suf­fered three dou­bles, at 13, 14 and 18, to fin­ish fourth. Notable: Lam­precht, 16, led through each of the first three rounds af­ter open­ing with a tour­na­ment best 66, and made 18 birdies, to John­ston’s 19. In a strong in­ter­na­tional field, there were 10 South Africans in the top 20, and 24 in the top 50.

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