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.
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.
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.
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.