CLUB CHAM­PION AT AGE 12

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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.

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