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SA top mid-amateurs poised for repeat success

14 Sep 2012

Josef Fourie will captain a six-man Protea side against Namibia in the second Friendship Cup at Roodepoort Golf Club from 22-23 October 2012

Six of South Africa’s top mid-amateurs are ready to renew their competitive rivalry with their Namibian equals in a return match at Roodepoort Golf Club from 22-23 October.

The Protea team includes the country’s leading mid-amateur Graeme Watson, as well as Tyrol Auret, Kevin Sharp, Steven Williams, Neil Homann and Josef Fourie, ranked second to sixth respectively on the current South African Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur rankings.

Fourie, who also captained the Protea side that beat Namibia 14-4 in the inaugural Friendship Cup at Windhoek Country Club last year, who will once again lead the squad into battle.

The Free State and Northern Cape golfer is confident that his team has the skills and experience to win again.

“We are relishing the chance to go up against Namibia in our own back yard,” said Fourie.

“Everyone on this team played in the paid ranks at some point in their careers, so the experience is there and I don’t think pressure will be a problem.

“It’s just a question of getting our combinations right, so we can dominate from the start, like we did last year and make it two in a row. The guys are all in good form at the moment.”

Already a three-time winner this season with victories at the Limpopo, Gauteng North and Highveld Mid-Amateur Opens, Ekurhuleni’s Watson recently tied for sixth at the North West Mid-Amateur, which was won by Williams.

Ebotse’s Auret, who won the Ekurhuleni Mid-Amateur at Benoni Country Club in February, tied for third at the Central Gauteng Mid-Amateur with Homann and claimed top-10s in the Highveld and North West Mid-Amateurs.

In addition to three top 20 finishes, Central Gauteng’s Homann held off final round charges from Watson, Fourie, Auret and Jan Delport to win the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship by three shots.

Sharp from Glendower has also been very consistent, with three top fives and a top 10, including  a fifth place finish in the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play.

The skipper, too, has been achieving consistent results, too, with two top 20s, a third at the Free State & Northern Cape Mid-Amateur, joint second at the Southern Cape Mid-Amateur and ninth at the SA Mid-Amateur Stroke Play.

Both sides will have a chance to size each other up at the Central Gauteng Mid-Amateur on 21 October before they go head-to-head in the two day Test that will be played in a foursomes and singles format on both days.

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