CLUB CHAMPION AT AGE 12
A12-year-old boy, Hannes Strooh, has won the men’s club championship at Randfontein Golf Club in Central Gauteng. Hannes, a pupil at Laerskool Rapportryer in Randgate, 12 on March 3, had rounds of 74 and 75 to win the title by three strokes. His scores included a 6 and a 5 at the par-3 seventh. This is an amazing achievement for one so young, and he must be the youngest winner of a men’s club championship in South Africa!
Hannes excels at sport at school, particularly athletics, and has been playing golf since the age of five. His father, also Hannes, owns the Ten Acre Driving Range in Finsbury, south of Randfontein, so he spent his spare time there practising every aspect of the game. At the age of 10 he first represented the Central Gauteng U-13 team. Young Hannes learned to play without any formal coaching, and still uses a hammer grip. He moved to the Randfontein men’s tees at the age of 10, having shot a 65 from the ladies tees. Last year he won the club’s B Division title, and he now plays off a one-handicap. Dave Horak, Randfontein Golf Club We believe Hannes to be the youngest winner of a men’s club championship A division title in South Africa. Our records show that Matthew Kent was recognised as the previous youngest winner, aged 13 and 9 months, when he won the Clovelly Club Champs in 2001. Philip Jonas was 13 and 11 months when he claimed the Kyalami title for the first time in 1976. Tim Clark was 12 when he won the B Division title at Umkomaas in 1988, and it took him another three years to win the A Division.