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South African win historical Test Match

08 Jun 2011

South Africa's winning team from the left Gerry Coetzee, Lyall McNeil, Colin Burger (manager), Josef Fourie (captain with the trophy), Neil Homann, Rowan du Preez and Hugo Delport

The first Mid Amateur Test Match between South Africa and Namibia ended in a comprehensive win for South Africa by 14 points to 4 on Tuesday. It was an historical occasion not so much for the win but for the fact that this was the start of exciting times for Mid Amateur golfers in South Africa.

“By providing players of 35 years of age or more the chance to play for their country should encourage our top amateurs to extend their competitive life, so to say, in the sport,” said Colin Burger, President of the South African Golf Association and also team manager for the winning test team.

According to Burger this is the start of what the South African Golf Association hope will be an annual event on its calendar.

The final day of the inaugural test match, over the Windhoek Country Club layout, was played in bitterly cold conditions created largely by the strong wind that prevailed.

South Africa won all their games barring one betterball match in the morning and one singles match in the afternoon. Lyall McNeil and Gerry Coetzee went one down to Thomas Shitaleni and Gerhard van der Merwe and Hugo Delport was comprehensively beaten by Douw van Wyk, 6 and 5.

Test Match: South Africa vs Namibia (Mid Amateurs)

Final Round Results

Windhoek Country Club


Morning Scores:


(The South African players’ names are listed first)

Lyall McNeil & Gerry Coetzee lost to Thomas Shitaleni & Gerhard van der Merwe 1down;

Rowan du Preez & Hugo Delport beat Douw van Wyk & Christi de Wet 4 and 3;

Neil Homann & Josef Fourie beat to Phillip Barnard & Schalk van der Merwe 2 and 1.


Betterball Results:

South Africa 2 points; Namibia 1 point.


Cumulative Points Position:

South Africa 9 points; Nambia 3 points


Afternoon Results:


(The South African players’ names are listed first)


Rowan du Preez beat Gerhard van der Merwe 6 and 5:

Hugo Delport lost to Douw van Wyk 6 and 5;

Lyall McNeil beat Thomas Shitaleni 5 and 4;

Neil Homann beat Christi de Wet 5 and 4;

Gerry Coetzee beat Phillip Barnard 5 and 4;

Josef Fourie beat Schalk van der Merwe 3 and 2.


Singles Results:

South Africa 5 points; Namibia 1 point


Final Cumulative Points Position:

South Africa 14 points; Namibia 4 points.

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