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JOHANNESBURG, 19 March 2018 – Ekurhuleni amateur Kyle McClatchie scooped three trophies at the GolfRSA and Sunshine Tour Awards Ceremony held at the Maslow Hotel on Sunday night.

The former number one-ranked amateur took home GolfRSA’s Open Amateur of the Year Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award for his triumph in the 2017 English Amateur Stroke Play Championship, as well as the Sunshine Tour’s Newcomer of the Year.

The 20-year-old finished as the low amateur in the BMW South African Open in January and turned professional shortly afterwards, achieving notable early success, including a runner-up finish in his last event, the Steyn City Team Championship.

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2017 GolfRSA Awards winners Derek Scullard, Jayden Schaper, Kajal Mistry, Danielle du Toit and Steve Williams during the Sunshine Tour / GolfRSA Awards at the Maslow Hotel on Sunday, 18 March 2018; credit Johan Rynners / GolfRSA.

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Former number one ranked amateur Kyle McClatchie was honoured by GolfRSA and the Sunshine Tour during the Sunshine Tour / GolfRSA Awards at the Maslow Hotel on Sunday, 18 March 2018. He received the Open Amateur of the Year and Outstanding Achievement Awards from GolfRSA and the Newcomer of the Year from the Sunshine Tour; credit Ernest Blignault / GolfRSA.

 

McClatchie’s standout performance in 2017 came at the Woodhall Spa Golf Club, where he shot rounds of 70, 66, 75 and 71 to follow in the footsteps of Neville Sundelson (1974), Richard Kaplan (1986), Craig Rivett (1989) and Charl Schwartzel (2002) in lifting the Brabazon Trophy as the English Amateur Stroke Play champion.

Another player to receive an Achievement Award was Danielle du Toit, who capped off her season with a magnificent performance in the All India Ladies Amateur Championship in Bangalore, India. The Pretoria amateur became the 101st champion of event when she edged Malaysian star Ashley Lau Jen Wen 2 & 1 in a nail-biting 36-hole final at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore.

South Africa’s number one ranked junior, Jayden Schaper, collected the Junior Amateur of the Year award, having completed an unprecedented sweep of the SA Boys titles.

The 17-year-old from Ekurhuleni claimed the ‘Grand Slam’ when he added the Nomads SA Boys Under-19 Stroke Play Championship to the Nomads SA Boys Under-13, SA Boys Under-15 and SA Boys Under-17 titles that he had previously won. Schaper then sealed the double when he beat Christo Lamprecht for the Match Play title.

Schaper also qualified by virtue of his amateur golf world ranking for the International Team in last year’s inaugural Junior Presidents Cup.

Kajal Mistry was awarded the Womens Golf South Africa Order of Merit Award.

She retained her position as the top-ranked golfer for the whole of 2017 with a series of victories and top five finishes, including victory in the Sanlam South African Women’s Stroke Play Championship last April.

The 17-year-old Randpark golfer has been the leading golfer in the Girls Competitions at the All-Africa Junior Golf Challenge for two successive years and she underlined her tremendous potential earlier this year when she claimed a top six finish in the prestigious Annika Invitational USA that featured a field packed with top golfers from around the globe.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Derek Scullard was awarded the Mid-Amateur of the Year title, after enjoying his best season yet in 2017. He racked up trophies in the Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Province and Limpopo Mid-Amateur Opens and cemented his upward trajectory in the rankings with a tie for fourth in the South African Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship and a top 10 finish in the North West Mid-Amateur Open.

Derek also won the Most Valuable Player accolade in the SA Country Districts with an unbeaten record that helped KwaZulu-Natal to victory in the A-Division.

Steve Williams was an obvious choice for the Senior Amateur of the Year award.

He rose to the number one spot in the Senior Rankings after his victory in the SA Senior Stroke Play in 2016 and he protected his spot at the top with five victories, two runner-up finishes and a top five in 2017. Early into 2018, Williams has already visited the winner’s circle three times.

In 2015, Steve upstaged some of South Africa’s leading senior professionals to lift the prestigious South African Senior Open trophy and in February this year, he made history again as the first golfer to claim the Senior Double when he won the Senior Players Championship at Sun City.

Oliver Bekker, who won three times during the 2017-18 Sunshine Tour season, was recognised for his overall contribution to golf on the Tour in the citation for the Commissioner’s Award.

He was also honoured by his fellow professionals in winning the Players’ Player of the Year award, and by the golfing media when he took the Media Player of the Year award.

He also won the Gary Player Trophy for the best stroke average of players who played in 60 percent or more of the Sunshine Tour tournaments during the season. He averaged 70.21 over 71 rounds of tournament golf. His fifth award was for his feats on the par-fives during the season, where he averaged 1.97 under par throughout his 24-tournament campaign.

 

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

RANDPARK, 16 March 2018 – Andrew Carlsson made sure that his 25th birthday will be one for the books after he edged out Chris Woollam to lift the Pro Shop Northern Amateur Championship title on Friday. The Bryanston golfer went toe-to-toe with Woollam from KwaZulu-Natal at Randpark Golf Club and clinched victory at the 37th hole.

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2018 Pro Shop Northern Amateur Match Play champion Andrew Carlsson with Central Gauteng Golf Union president Corrie Verburg (left) and Warren Boucher from the Pro Shop (left); credit CGGU.

Carlsson mowed down Otto van Buynder 5&4 in the first round and beat former SA Mid-Amateur champion Ryan Dreyer 2&1 in round two.

He handed Swiss golfer Neal Woenhard his walking papers with a 5&4 victory in the quarter-finals and earned his spot in the final when he dispatched Casey Jarvis 1-up in the semi-finals.

Woollam defeated Erhard Lambrechts 1-up in round one, edged out Keegan McLachlan 4 & 2 in round two and knocked out Luke Mayo at the 19th hole in the quarters. He booked a date with Carlsson in the 36-hole final when he eliminated Gideon van der Vyfer 1-up in the semis.

The Durban Country Club golfer led Carlsson 2-up after the first loop around the Bushwillow Course, but the Central Gauteng amateur squared the match with a trio of birdies in the first five holes after the turn.

“After a good drive down the middle at the second (20th), I hit my approach long left, but I holed a 15 foot right-to-left downhill slider for birdie to go 1-down,” said Carlsson.

“I hit another good drive down the next hole, and a low cut three-wood just short left. I hit a good bump-and-run to two feet and holed the putt, but Chris also holed his birdie putt. At the fifth (23rd), I chipped it to 10 feet and boxed the birdie putt to square the match.”

Carlsson birdied the two par threes (24 and 26) to go 2-up, but bogeyed the 10th (28th). Both players birdied the next hole, but Carlsson was back to 2-up after a birdie at the 30th hole.

The pair halved 31 and Woollam closed the gap with a birdie at the 32nd hole. Carlsson matched him with pars at 33, 34 and 35 to stay 1-up playing the 36th hole.

“Once again I short-sided myself,” Carlsson said. “I hit a great drive and landed just off the fairway on the right. I had 150 metres into the wind to the flag and went with an 8-iron but I put it in the bunker. I hit the trap-shot to 10 foot but missed the par putt, and we set off for the first tee for a third time.

“My drive finished left and his tee shot ended right. I hit a 3-wood 20 metres short of the green and Chris went with an iron and finished about 18 metres short and left. I chipped to five foot and his chipped rolled out a little, leaving him with a seven-footer for birdie.

“He missed his putt and I holed mine. I was incredibly chuffed with the victory, but I almost felt sorry when it was over. Playing Casey (Jarvis) in the semi-final was really tough. He was four under and just didn’t make any mistakes. I had to hit some great shots to beat him 1-up. Now, after playing Chris, I can see how he reached the Sanlam SA Amateur final. He is a phenomenal player and shot-maker and it was one of the most incredible matches of my career.

“I have to say that I’ve learned an incredibly amount about course management competing in the Race to Q-School on the IGT Challenge Tour this season. I used play too conservatively, but I’ve learned to hit more aggressive shots without taking unnecessary risks and this victory is definitely down to how I managed my game over the five matches.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday. I am really grateful to Central Gauteng Golf Union and Bryanston Country Club for their support and I would like to applaud The Pro Shop for their continued sponsorship of the Northern Amateur. This is such a highly regarded tournament and I’m really proud to be the 2018 champion.”

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

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