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Kfc Lunch on our way to Cape town from right …. Carlo kok (Coach) , Ruwaan Stroebel , Dillian van Hansen , Julian Jansen , John Lee de Boer , Jearome ( Carpe diem Driver ) At Mowbray King David Golf club , Morning of the Interschools . From Front left Jearome (Driver) Julian Jansen . Lily Reich (SADGA), Dillian Van Hansen ,John Lee De Boer , Ruwaan Stroebel , back Angela Nielson (Carpe Diem Teacher ) Carlo Kok (Coach )
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At Prize Giving at the Interschool’s :

From Left : Charles (SADGA Coach ) Raylin (SADGA Coach ) Dillian van Hansen ;Darren (SADGA Coach )  Julian Janzen; John Lee De boer ; Danna ( Canon main Sponsor ) Ruwaan Stroebel ; Carlo Kok ( Coach)

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Signal Hill Outing with Table Mountain in the back  :

From left Dillian Van Hansen ; Jerome (Driver ) Ruwaan Stroebel ;Carlo Kok (coach ) Julian Janzen ; John Lee De boer

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 Julian Jansen having a chill moment before we leave for Home  Various People During the Warm up at King David& Mowbray  .
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At the AQUARIUM : from left  Carlo Kok ( coach )  Julian Hidding in the back ; Jerome ( Driver ) John Lee de Boer ; Dillian Van Hansen and Front Ruwaan Stroebel .  

The FSP members from the Southern Cape have been working hard over the past month to lay the foundation for a sound short-game.

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Under the guidance of FSP coach Carlo Kok, the kids were taught the fundamentals of chipping and pitching. A vital component of this is to teach the golfers how to gauge the distance of the shots they need to hit. To this end, a bucket was placed on the green into which the golfers had to fly their balls. This is a fantastic drill to help develop the golfers feel around the greens.

“I want the kids to get a good understanding that they don’t need a lot of power for the shots around the green as they want to hit the ball as hard and far as possible”, Kok says.

Chipping the ball well is only half the battle won though ── to get up and down successfully, one needs to hole putts. Kok thus spent time teaching the golfers how to setup correctly and stroke the ball well. As is the case with chipping, feel is of the utmost importance. The golfers were thus tasked with hitting lag putts which needed to finish within a block of 4 tees.

As always, one of the big focuses of the FSP coaching is to inject an aspect of fun into the practices. Kok therefore gave the children the chance to pit their putting skills against one another in a game of putt-putt.

“At the school we also made use of the putt putt course which the kids Love as I always make a little competition. It’s always nice to help the kids and give them information and speak to them about golf. Even if they are disabled they still love to compete and learn new skills through golf.”

Thank you to Carlo for giving his time to help develop the skills of our FSP members and to the Southern Cape Golf Union for their continued support of the FSP and the SADGA.

MAGALIESPARK, 16 May 2018 – Former British soldier Mike Browne showed the nerves and composure of a true champion when he claimed a breakthrough victory in wire-to-wire style at the Canon South African Disabled Golf Open on Wednesday.

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PHOTOS – English leg-amputee Mike Browne lifted the 20th Canon South African Disabled Golf Open title in wire-to-wire style with rounds of 78, 78 and 76 at Magalies Park Golf Club; credit Abri Kriegler.

Competing in first disabled championship, the 38-year-old leg-amputee from England carded successive rounds of 78 to head into the final round at the Magalies Park Golf Club with a 10 shot lead over former two-time champion Iglin Grobberlaar.

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Browne let a few shots slip during the round, but his magic touch around the greens netted him a birdie at 17 and he parred the final hole for a four-over-par 76 to close out a 12 shot victory on 232.

“This is fantastic,” said the elated winner. “It’s pretty cool to be one-for-one in victories. I was apprehensive when I came out to South Africa, because I’ve never played in a disabled tournament before but I had an absolutely amazing time.

“I gained so much more from this experience than just the trophy. I’ve played against other amputees before, but here I met people with disabilities I’ve never seen before. They competed just as hard as I did and it was heart-warming to see their enthusiasm and spirit.

“I was especially impressed with the kids I met from the First Swing Programme. To hear their stories and to watch see them compete was a very humbling experience. I feel incredibly honoured to be the champion of this tournament. I’ve said it before this week; any disabled person who loves golf should try to play in this championship.”

Browne didn’t have the greatest starts, but playing the pro circuit for the last 18 months has taught the scratch golfer to never give up.

“I hit a 4-iron off the tee and 8-iron in, but it flew the green and hit the road at the back,” said Browne. “I got the two shots back with birdies at three and five. Then I made another double when I put it in the bunker at six. My trap shot hit a tree, I finished dead behind another tree and had to chip out. I turned two over, and had bogeys at 12 15 and 16, but I nearly eagled 17. I hit 5-wood and the ball pitched on the green and rolled off the back. I had about 35 foot to the pin and nearly holed it.”

Browne hit it close again on 18, but the birdie putt shaved the hole, leaving him a tap pin for par and victory.

Grobberlaar and Daniel Slabbert both posted final rounds of 78, but the Clovelly golfer edged out four-time champion Slabbert by one stroke for second on 244. Grobberlaar also won the Les Autrés Medal Competition, edging out 19-year-old Iglin Douries for the victory.

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Hernan Garcia from Chile finished fourth overall on 248 and lifted the Arm-Amputee Medal title with rounds of 89, 82 and 77.

Double leg-amputee James Hourigan from Ireland closed with a 79 to round out the top five on 251.

First Swing Programme coaches, Daren Hanekom and Charles Williams had to put their friendship on ice as they challenged for the Deaf Medal Competition title. Williams won the race with a final round 87 to triumph on 258.

Garreth Slattery successfully defended his title in the Visually Impaired Medal Competition on 285 and arm-amputee Chris Wood from Namibia won the Senior Medal Competition on 254.

The various Stableford winners included Albano dos Santos (Deaf), Manel Usher (Rookies Deaf Nine-Holes), Charlene Pienaar (Ladies), Raylen de Wee (Physically Disabled U-23), Kwazi Mahlangu (Deaf U-23), Simu Mdudu (Leg-Amputee) and former Sunshine Tour professional Brandon Shaw, who won the Physically Disabled Overall Competition and the Les Autrés Division.

CAPE TOWN, 19 May 2017 – American Chad Pfeifer will have to buy an extra suitcase to take his trophy haul home to Boise, Idaho after he and partner Kenny Bontz marched to a colossal 42 stroke victory in the World Cup of Disabled Golf at King David Mowbray Golf Club on Friday.

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2017 Canon SA Disabled Golf Open champion Chad Pfeifer from the United States and partner Kenny Bontz celebrate a 42-stroke victory in the 2017 World Cup of Disabled Golf at King David Mowbray Golf Club; credit Dana Eitzen Canon South Africa.

The US pair opened up a yawning gap on Bob MacDermott and former SA Disabled Golf Open champion Josh Williams from Canada with rounds of 144, 145 and 149 during the three stroke play rounds of the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open.

In the final round, Pfeifer and Bontz fired a three-under-par 69 in the Fourballs and posted 74 in the Foursomes to triumph on a winning total of 581.

Bontz – who lost his left leg to cancer above the knee –plays off scratch like Pfeifer and regularly competes in state opens back home for able-bodied golfers.

“I love it,” he chuckles. “There are always a few guys who look at me in my golf cart with my prosthetic leg and roll their eyes. You know they’re thinking ‘what is this guy doing here?’ and I’m like, what do want to play for dude? Because I’m going to kick your butt. And I always take their cash.”

Bontz cuts a flamboyant figure with his signature Mohawk and flowery tattoos, but at 47, the man is a fighter second-to none and a genuinely talented golfer. So is Pfeifer, who lost his left leg on military service in Iraq when the vehicle he was driving set off a land mine.

They’re tougher now that they’ve seen adversity and overcome it, and boy, can they turn it on.

Pfeifer won the SA Open with a fabulous 54-hole return of four-under-par return of 212 at a course where many a normal pro has battled to break par.

His accuracy of the tee, the pin-point approaches and a magnificent putting stroke handed the team a huge advantage and the combination of Pfeifer and Bontz, who finished third in the SA Open, proved too lethal to match in the final round.

“We both hit good tee-balls to set up the birdie chances,” said Bontz.  “Chad and I have played a lot of golf together and against each other, so we know each other’s games well. We feed off each other and Chad’s putting been phenomenal all week.

“He only took up golf six years ago after his accident and he's got so good so quickly. He is a two-time Canon SA Disabled Golf Open winner, a three-time US National Amputee champion and the reigning World Disabled Golf champion, but his greatest worth is that he is an inspiration to so many people and he has touched the lives of a ton of people as he's played around the world.”

Pfeifer responded: “Kenny talks a lot; I mean a lot. What he’s not telling you is that his shoulders got very sore carrying me in the Fourballs and Foursomes. He is a great partner to have any day because he never stops fighting and he won’t let you give up, either.

“For all the tattoos and big talk, he is a guy you always want on your team. The Canon SA Disabled Golf Open is the best organised and run national championship in the world and the World Cup of Golf was absolutely fantastic. If we are privileged enough to be invited back next year, we will be back in South Africa with bells on.”

Williams and MacDermott combined for 149 in the final round to finish in second on 623, while the International Team of Juan Postigo from Spain and Welshman Martin Williams finished in third on 639.

Irish double leg amputee James Hourigan and his partner Cian Arthurs shot 68 in the Foursomes and 78 in the Fourballs to take fourth on 641 ahead of South African pair Herman van Wyk and Rupert Fortmann, who combined for 647.

South Africa’s second team – Byron Calvert and seven-time SA Open champion Ben van Zyl – finished ninth overall on 667.

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Chad Pfeifer / Kenny Bontz 144 145 149 143
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Josh Williams / Bob MacDermott 154 161 160 149
Juan Postigo ESP / Martin Williams WAL 158 162 165 154
James Hourigan / Cian Arthurs 164 167 164 146
Rupert Fortmann / Herman van Wyk 168 159 168 152
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Johannes Grames / Matt Hallat 169 196 159 155
Mick Horsley / Shaun Bakker 160 170 167 158
Reinard Friske GER / Chris Wood RSA 164 164 171 165
Ben van Zyl / Byron Calvert 172 165 172 158
David Schutsander / Lars Lindenberg 178 162 170 165
Keld Schmager / Flemming Rasmussen 184 186 169 165

Written and released by Lali Stander and Grant Winter on behalf of the South African Disabled Golf Association.

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