ANOTHER 12-YEAR-OLD CLUB CHAMPION
Hannes Stroh (Gallery, July) is not the first 12-yearold to have won a men’s club championship title in South Africa. The first to do so in 2013 was Andre van Dyk at Orkney GC in the North West Golf Union (pictured). He was a few weeks shy of his 13th birthday when he won with rounds of 72 and 73. Hannes (Randfontein) has thus become the youngest club champion, beating Andre’s record.
Andre, now 16, has moved to nearby Klerksdorp GC – all the kids his age play there, and it was closer to home for him – and is currently ranked fourth on the SAGA Under-17 national rankings. Andre follows a very hard work ethic and it shows. He has won several junior opens, and represented the North West Country Districts team which recently finished second to KZN at San Lameer, and has been selected in the North West team for the Premier IPT at Bryanston in September, along with another 16-year-old, Christiaan Burke (Potchefstroom CC), who is sixth on the SAGA U-17 rankings. North West continues to produce talented young golfers.