Glory up for grabs for country’s top 10 amateur golfers

2013-09-19 00:00

GOLFING glory lies ahead for 10 amateur golfers who fly the flag for South Africa at the World Final of the 19th Amateur World Golfers’ Championship at Durban Country Club from October 26 to November 2.

Up to 400 golfers from 50 countries are set to descend on Durban and South Africa’s 10 players are backed for a home victory on home soil.

For selection to represent South Africa, 76 golfers, who had qualified at the regional eliminations across the country during the past six months, converged in Durban to play for the top positions of their flighting in order to get a Team SA placement.

This time around to even things somewhat on the greens and fairways, the national final was played over two different courses — Cotswold Downs in Hillcrest hosting day one and Durban Country Club day two.

Renowned as a tough course, Cotswold had many participants wiping the sweat from their brows as they saw selection possibly slipping away.

However, their passion to represent their country drove them to greater heights and a better performance in Durban on the second day.

Overcast conditions with a light breeze greeted players in Durban and many nerves were calmed as a more constructive round was played by many participants.

In the end though, only 10 spots were available to be filled by the top two players from each flighting to represent Team South Africa 1 and 2.

“The two days of play-off went well and both courses were in mint cindition, offering a great experience for the giolfers,” said Craig Clay-Smith, spokesperson for World Golf Events SA.

“Searching the country for the best in amateur golf has resulted in unbelievable talent coming to the fore, seen in Team South Africa finishing second and third in the past two years.”

Clay-Smith added that having watched players emerge through the elimination rounds, he was confident of another great showing, with the possibility of a home win.

South Africa secured a three-year hosting of the event, from 2011 to this year and tourism in and around Durban is expected to receive a major boost from the event.

“We are happy to be associated with the 19th Amateur World Golf Championships and again welcome national and international visitiors to the province,” said Economic Development and Tourism MEC Michael Mabuyakhulu.


0-5 Flighting: 1. Grant Olivier 143 nett, 2. Pierre Smith 147 nett

6-10 Flighting: 1. Nundhkumar Maharaj 147 nett, 2. Kiran Kissoon 149 nett

11-15 Flighting: 1. Obie Oberholzer 141 nett, 2. Mark Roux 141 nett

16-20 Flighting: 1. Andries Claassens 138 nett, 2. Ganas Naicker 143 nett

21-25 Flighting: 1. Leon van der Walt 151 nett; 2. Ajith Ghareeb 152 nett.

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