Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Gallery - Leon Be­van, North West Golf Union

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.

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