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Albertse gunning for hat-trick in Mauritius

22 Sep 2017

KwaZulu-Natal’s Louis Albertse; GolfRSA

Louis Albertse will start his quest for a third victory this season with an international debut in the MCB Indian Ocean Amateur Golf Open in Mauritius on Friday.

The Dundee golfer arrived at the Heritage Golf Club in Domaine De Bel-Ombre on Thursday and immediately went out to play the magnificent Heritage Course, which will play host to the Sunshine, European and Asian Tours’ tri-sanctioned AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the end of November.

“I couldn’t wait to test-drive the course,” said the 21-year-old.

“I’ve watched the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on television and never in a million years could I imagine I would be playing this golf course in my first trip abroad.

“I am so grateful that the South African Golf Association nominated me to represented South Africa this week and I want to thank the Mauritius Golf Federation and MCB for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

The 20-year-old from KwaZulu-Natal relocated to Pretoria on the back of a successful campaign for KwaZulu-Natal in the SA Inter-Provincial last year. Not only did he help the side to win the coveted promotion at the Fish River Sun Resort, but Albertse was named the Most Valuable Player in the B-Section.

He joined the HPC Golf Academy stable at the University of Pretoria and began working with 2017 PGA coach of the year Llewellyn van Leeuwen. In June, Albertse took his improved swing on the road.

In just his second start on the IGT Challenge Tour, he racked up nine birdies in the final round of the Wingate Challenge for a six-under-par 66 to bank a two shot victory on the country’s premier golf development circuit.

Ten weeks later, Albertse shot to 14th on the South African Golf Association Open Amateur Rankings when he lifted the Mpumalanga Open title with rounds of 69, 68, 72 and 69 at Mbombela Golf Club.

In 2014, a first international victory in Mauritius sparked a successful run for Hennie du Plessis, which culminated in the Limpopo amateur taking first prize at the 2015 Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School.

A year later, compatriot Albert Venter finished at the top of the podium.

Buoyed by the international breakthrough, Venter went on to win the African Amateur Championship at Leopard Creek and the Western Province Stroke Play Championship. With nine more top 10 finishes in 2016, the GolfRSA National Squad player broke into the top five of the Open Amateur rankings and earned national colours.

Albertse hopes to follow suit on Sunday.

“It would be awesome to win here, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” he said. “This is a championship course with a lot of challenges and the local guys will have the home course advantage. I liked what I saw in the practice round, though, and of course playing at the coast is always first prize. Hopefully I start well and I can build from there.” 

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

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