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Varsity College off to fast start at USSA Golf Champs

03 Jul 2017

Varsity College A leads the 36-hole seeding qualifier at the 2017 USSA Golf Championship; credit Kevin Wylie

Varsity College A edged out the University of Pretoria’s B-team for the lead on the opening day of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Golf Championship.

Tuks B-team golfer Gregg Gilson led the first round of the 36-hole stroke play seeding qualifier at Centurion Country Club on Monday alongside Philip Swanepoel from the University of Stellenbosch on even-par 72.

However, Patric Broughill-Downing from Varsity Collage A clocked in with a 73 to give his team a welcome boost. Jason Broomhead contributed a 74 and Devon Murray added a 78 to lift the side to the top of the team standings on 225.

Gilson’s fine effort, plus a 75 from Brandon Lane and 77 from Adriaan Hamman will see Tuks B start the final round of the qualifier just a shot off the pace.

North West University – denied in 2015 by the University of Pretoria, who racked in their 10th title in the prestigious team championship at Port Shepstone Golf Club – also made a solid start to this year’s event.

SJ Boshoff shot 74, Eben-Paul Zietsmann returned a 75 and SJ Allen contributed a 78 to put the team within striking distance at 227.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University A got their title defence off underway with a 229 and finished just four shots behind the leaders alongside Tuks A.

Former Western Province standout Altin van der Merwe returned a 75, while Kyle de Beer and Jacques Smith carded a pair of 77s.

Calvin Ferreira led the way for Tuks A with a 73, David Nortje posted 77 and Ian Jacobs supplemented the team’s total with a 79.

Team Standings – Round 1
225 Varsity College A (VCOL A)
226 University of Pretoria B (UP B)
227 North West University A (NWU A)
229 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University A (NMMU A); 229 University of Pretoria A (UP A)
231 University of Stellenbosch A (US A)
238 North West University B (NWU B)
239 Rhodes University A (RU A);239 University of Johannesburg A (UJ A)
243 Varsity College B (VCOL B)
245 Central University of Technology Free State A (CUT A)
249 University of Stellenbosch B (US B)
252 University of the Witwatersrand A (WITS A)
261 Rhodes University B (RU B)
262 University of Johannesburg B (UJ B)
298 University of Zululand A (UZUL A)
315 Tshwane University of Technology (TUT A)

Individual Standings – Round 1 (top 20)
72 Gregg Gilson (UP2); Philip Swanepoel (US A)
73 Patric Broughill-Downing (VCOL A); Calvin Ferreira (UP A)
74 SJ Boshoff (NWU A); Jason Broomhead (VCOL A)
75 Shannon Naidoo (VCOL B); E Zietsman (NWU A); Brandon Lane (UP B); Altin van der Merwe (NMMU A)76 Matthew Holland (RU A)
77 Wian de Wet (UJ A); Kyle de Beer (NMMU A); Jacques Smith (NMMU A); David Nortje (UP A)
78 Ross Wortley (RU B); Francois Marx (CUT A); SJ Allen (NWU A); Johannes Vlok (US A); Johan Oosthuizen (US B); Devon Murray (VCOL A)

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

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