PAT on the back for golfer Chris Wicks, who leads WP series
CHRIS WICKS deserves his lead in the Western Province Premier Amateur Tour (PAT) rankings because the Durbanville Golf Club member is one of six players to have teed up in all 14 events to date.
The 24-year-old won the Clovelly Open and has finished runner-up twice to go with seven top-10 placings.
He sits on 792 points, 183 more than nearest rival Stefan Blommarie of Strand, who has competed in 12 events, while Sean Howel (Durbanville) completes the podium having netted 595 points from 14 appearances. Dean Robert Pilkington (Bellville) and Weyers Janse van Rensburg (Milnerton) complete the top five.
The final PAT event takes place today at King David-Mowbray. Then it’s the finals at Bellville on December 3, which the late Michael Sherriff won last year.
The Rondebosch Open played and won two weeks back by former professional Cameron Johnston produced a significant milestone in that it was the 100th Open (46 different winners) since the inception of the PAT in 2011.
PAT came about as a result of the lack of competition for the province’s local leading golfers, and they’ve responded by turning up in big numbers to play – like 200 this season and there have been eight first-time winners.
Sean Bradley, who joined the pro ranks last year, heads the list of most wins with seven, four (a record) of which were registered in 2015 on his way to the overall title.
Altin van der Merwe, Gerlou Roux, JP Strydom and Le Riche Ehlers follow with six apiece.
With two victories from his last four starts, Johnston could once again be the man to beat today. The fact that he’s playing on his home course improves his chances 10-fold. Johnston is a working man which is why he has only made eight starts this season.
To win his last start by six shots (rounds of 71 and 69) at Rondebosch spells danger for those hoping to deny him.
Ayden Senger, 16, who won the Durbanville Open on his home course for a maiden PAT title, will represent WP at the U19 IPT next month.