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Inggs wins Volvo/Boland Mid-Amateur Open

03 Sep 2011

Servaas de Kok (President of Boland Golf Union) and Graeme Inggs with trophy in hand

Graeme Inggs (KZN) won the 2011 Volvo / Boland Mid Amateur Championship at the Langebaan Golf Club on the Sunday the 4th September.

In a field which included players from Natal, Southern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng North, Central Gauteng, Western Province and Boland, scoring on the day was assisted by what could be described as the perfect day for golf on the West Coast.

Graeme got off to a great start in the morning with a 2 under par 70 to take a one shot lead into the afternoon round. Following closely were Boland team mates, Dirk vd Merwe and Paul Baatjies as well as Gauteng North's, Clifton Stanley. Defending Champion, Andre van Dyk was well positioned at one over par, 3 shots off the lead.

As the wind for which the West Coast is so famous started to blow in the afternoon, no lead was safe and Graeme had a tough time defending his lead. Local player and Langebaan Club Captain, Jaco Visagie used his early start and full local knowledge to post a best of the afternoon 72 (level par) to close in on the leaders. He then had a 1 hour wait to see iof his 2 over par 146 would be enough.

Despite the lead being held for the entire afternoon by Graeme, he was never safe as the gusty conditions resulted in as many drop shots as birdies amongst the leaders. Over the closing holes, the title seemed to be up for grabs between Graeme Inggs and Clifton Stanley but with Graeme managing to score birdie on the last hole to offset two earlier bogeys, he managed to get in to the club house safely ahead of Clifton who closed with 3 bogeys in the last 4 holes.

Graeme's two round score of one under par, 143 was eventually 3 shots better then Boland and host club player Jaco Visagie and fellow Boland Mid Am team mate Dirk vd Merwe who finished on 146.

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Mark Springer from Vredenburg scored a fortuitous hole in one at the 11th hole in the second round when his tee shot floated right into the trees behind and right of the green. After a search for the ball it was agreed that his ball had entered the hazard which was alongside the green and Mark dropped a ball and played onto the green. On getting to the hole, Mark found his original ball in the hole!

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