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SA Players on Namibian Mid Amateur Mission

03 Jun 2011

Hugo Delport, playing in the SA Amateur in 2008

Six of South Africa’s leading mid amateur (over 35 years of age) golfers are on a Namibian mission starting on Saturday. They first play in the 36 hole Namibian Mid Amateur Stroke Play Championship at the Windhoek Country Club, over two days. Following this will be the inaugural test match between the South Africans and their Namibian counter parts, also to be played over two days at the same venue.

The six South Africans are Josef Fourie (Free State & Northern Cape), Hugo Delport (Ekurhuleni), Rowan du Preez (Ekurhuleni), Neil Homan (Central Gauteng), Lyall McNeil (Kwazulu Natal) and Gerry Coetzee (Kwazulu Natal). The team manager is Colin Burger, who is also the South African Golf Association President.

“All but one player enjoyed a successful practice round today,” said Colin Burger, speaking from Windhoek. “Gerry Coetzee was the one player who could not play due to an injured finger. It looks like we will withdraw him from tomorrow’s Stroke Play event and hope he is ready for the test match on Monday.”

The interesting aspect about the tournament that starts tomorrow is the number of former Sunshine Tour professionals, who have been reinstated as amateurs, who have entered the 36 hole Namibia Mid Amateur Stroke Play Championship. They are Josef Fourie, who is also the South African Test Team captain, Neil Homann, Lyall McNeil and Namibia’s Schalk van der Merwe. All of whom participated in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It will not be surprising to see these players contesting for the title come the final  round on Sunday.

All players play the first round on Saturday and the second and final round on Sunday. The first ever test match between the two countries will be played on Monday and Tuesday. The first day the teams of six players each will play foursomes in the morning followed by singles. The final day will be betterball followed by singles in the afternoon.   

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