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Venter clinches KZN Stroke Play title

25 Aug 2017

Albert Venter; credit Ernest Blignault

Albert Venter made a welcome return to the winner’s circle with a two stroke victory in the KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Championship Stroke Play Championship on Thursday.

Coming off an undefeated performance at the recent Fellowship Cup against India, the GolfRSA National Squad player went wire-to-wire at Southbroom Golf Club to claim the top spot in the 32-strong field for the Match Play stage.

Venter offset a bogey start and a further drop at the third with six birdies for an opening four-under-par 68. In the final round, the Gauteng North player dipped seven under par with birdies at two, four and six, but suffered a double bogey at the par-three eighth.

A birdie at the ninth and nine straight pars down the back stretch saw him sign for a two under 70.

Venter edged out local favourite Malcolm Mitchell, Theunie Bezuidenhout from North West and Ekurhuleni’s Ryan van Velzen for the win and will face Matthew Hands from Simbithi Country Club in the first round of the knock out stages.

Mitchell from Kloof, who made his national debut against India at Leopard Creek, shot successive round of 70 and he goes up against Thabiso Magwaza from Umhlali Country Club.

Result (top 20)
138 Albert Venter 68 70
140 Malcolm Mitchell 70 70; Theunie Bezuidenhout 72 68; Ryan van Velzen 71 6
142 Gavin Sole 70 72
143 Dawid Opperman 71 72; Aneurin Gounden 69 74; Therion Nel 73 70
144 Jason Rossiter 70 74
145 Karabo Mokoena 70 75
146 Dylan Kok 73 73; Benjamin Follet - Smith ZIM 72 74
147 Matt Saulez 74 73; Siyanda Mwandla 71 76; Rigardt Albertse 76 71
148 Gregory Mckay 74 74; Alan Lones 74 74; Dan Copeman 74 74
149 Luan Boshoff 74 75; James du Preez 74 75; Samual Mckenzie 73 76

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

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