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Strand dominate inaugural Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Club Championship

15 Oct 2012

Winning Strand Golf Club Team

The inaugural Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Club Championship ended today (14th October) at the spectacular Jack Nicklaus designed St Francis Links course in the Eastern Cape. The course was presented in immaculate condition and the players were also rewarded with great golfing weather.

The format of the event was 54 holes medal with teams of 4 players, having 3 scores counting for each 18 holes completed. A total of 18 clubs from all around the country participated. Qualification events at union level were held to decide which clubs represented their union.

From the outset Strand Golf Club took control of the event and were eventually crowned as the winners by the large margin of 26 shots. The final day saw three of the Strand players record the best individual tournament rounds, namely Robert Bougas 70, Dylan Raubenheimer 71 and Elmo Barnard 72. The 4th member of the side was Johann Germishuys.

A titanic struggle ensued for the runner-up spot with Polokwane GC (710) eventually edging out Krugersdorp GC (711) by a single shot. In 4th place was Benoni Lake A (723) and East London GC (724) 5th.

The individual title saw a dominant performance by 17 year old Dylan Raubenheimer (Strand). After rounds of 74, 78 & 71 he won by a margin of 5 shots from Port Elizabeth GC member Hando Brophy (74, 79 & 75). This follows on Dylan’s great performance in winning the Ekurhuleni Open at ERPM the previous weekend. In 3rd position was Robert Bougas, a shot behind Hando, on 229 (79, 80 & 70).

Another highlight of the final day was the hole-in-one recorded by Humewood’s Granwell Gelderbloem on the par 3 137 metre 4th. He used a 9 iron.

This tournament was played on one of South Africa’s great courses and will without doubt grow in stature as one of the sought after junior events in South Africa. 

Team results:

  1. Strand                  684
  2. Polowane             710
  3. Krugersdorp         711
  4. Benoni Lake A      723
  5. East London         724
  6. Port Elizabeth       734
  7. Humewood           752
  8. Witbank                753
  9. Middelburg            755
  10. Bloemfontein         759

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