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SA Seniors perform well in Ireland

11 Aug 2011

Walton Heath Golf Course (Top 100 in the World)

South Africa’s top two Senior Amateur Golfers gave a good account of themselves at the 2011 British Senior Amateur Championships at Royal Portrush, which was played from 3rd to 5th August.

Kyalami’s Jock Wellington finished in a tie for 16th place, with a 9 over par total of 225, with rounds of 71, 79 and 75. Royal Johannesburg’s David Stratton ended the Tournament in a tie for 24th place on 13 over par, with rounds of 74,78 and 77. Jock’s 16th place, is the highest by any South African Senior Amateur to date in this event, where a number of South Africans compete every year.

Only two players finished under par for the Tournament, and competitors had to deal with their fair share of wind and rain, on what many pundits believe is the finest test of links golf in the world. Royal Portrush is the home course of Darren Clarke, who won The Open at Royal St Georges in July, and there is a distinct possibility that The British Open itself will be played there in the near future.

Pennsylvania’s Chip Lutz, who was runner up last year at Walton Heath, came from behind with a second successive 71, to win by one shot on 214 (2 under) from Ireland’s Arthur Pierce, who had won the event in 2009.

South Africa’s mid amateur champion, East London’s Denis Jones made the 36 hole cut, and finished in a tie for 51st place, with rounds of 81, 76 and 79. Pretoria’s Louis Norval missed out with two rounds of 82 and 84.

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