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HARTEBEESPOORT, 15 May 2019 – Mike Browne slept on the lead for two nights and on Wednesday, the Englishman finished the job – winning the 21st Canon SA Disabled Golf Open in wire-to-wire style for a second successive year at Magalies Park.

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Inspiring the next generation…. Leg-amputee Mike Browne from England hopes to inspire these members and young coaches of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing Program to chase their dreams with his double success in the Double Canon SA Disabled Golf Open; credit Tyrone Winfield.

 

Browne opened the tournament with a two-under-par 70 to share the first round lead with fellow leg-amputee Geoff Nicholas, but Browne left the Australian world-beater behind on day two.

A second round 76 moved the defending champion to two-over-par 146 and he started the final round two shots clear of Nicholas and 10 ahead of South African Les Autres pair Charl Theron and two-time former champion Iglin Grobbelaar.

Browne and Nicholas were evenly matched over the first nine holes, but the 41-year-old former Royal Artillery gunner shifted into high gear on the homeward loop.

He racked up three gains and drained a final birdie putt at the closing hole for a 74 and an 11 shot victory on four-over-par 220.

“I am happy, really happy with the way I bounced back after a truly awful start,” said Browne.

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Englishman Mike Browne went wire-to-wire at Magalies Park Resort for a second year running to claim successive Canon SA Disabled Golf Open titles; credit Tyrone Winfield.

“It all went according to plan in the first round, but the second round was really tough with tucked pins and slippery greens. Then it went sideways this morning. I dropped at five and six and tripled seven and I could just see it all going the wrong way for me.

“You just have to dig in. I started with two straight pars and then I sunk a nice putt for birdie at 12 and I felt that the tide might turn. I hit two great shots into the par five (13) and made the birdie putt and got another one in the hole at 15, but gave it straight back at 16.”

Browne’s birdie putt at 17 pulled up just short, but he hit a good drive down 18 and pitched his approach 20 foot pin high left of the back flag.

“I had a similar length putt last year and it went the distance and lipped out. I’d been leaving putts short all day, so this time I gave it some good pace and it was the best feeling when the birdie putt dropped.

“Sometimes I forget that it’s only been about five years since I started playing golf. Coming back here this year reminded me how much I’ve matured as a golfer in the last year. I’m really proud to be a double winner and to claim some important world ranking points.

“I definitely hope I can come back next year to hunt for a hat-trick of titles. I just love it here. With all the different disability divisions competing in this event, Magalies Park is such a perfect venue and the hospitality is out of this world.

“The course is perfect for this championship; not too long, but a real test. It doesn’t benefit the long drivers, because the greens and the hazards is its defence, so it comes down to skill, short game and course management.”

Nicholas turned five-over and dropped another four shots in the first five holes on the back nine, but he rammed home a brilliant birdie at 17. Unfortunately he ended up in the trees with his approach into the final hole.

Showing off the skills that netted him 13 British and United States Amputee Opens, the 57-year-old got on the dance floor, lagged a 60-footer to give and tapped in to seal second with a final round 83.

Four-time World One-Arm champion Reinard Schuhknecht led the local challenge. The 28-year-old Heron Banks golfer carded rounds of 80 and 77 and closing 77 lifted him to third on 234.

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Reinard Schuhknecht led the South African challenge with a third place finish in the 21st Canon SA Disabled Golf Open at Magalies Park Resort; credit Tyrone Winfield.

Theron finished three strokes back in fourth and Grobbelaar rounded out the top five on 243.

Graeme Mazur and Ian Mortimer Jones added to the English celebrations with a one and three finish in the Overall Stableford Division.

Mazur carded rounds of 31, 34 and 28 to win on 93 points, edging out fellow Les Autres golfer Shelvin Kraemer from South African by two points. Jones took third on 89 points, while South African Visually Impaired duo Leon Strydom and Johan Kotze shared fourth 76 points.

Charles Williams made a welcome return to the winner’s circle in the Deaf Championship.

The 2017 champion triumphed on 251 with rounds of 86, 82 and 83, denying fellow First Swing Program coach Daren Hanekom back-to-back wins.

And KwaZulu-Natal junior Sandile Shange – making his second appearance in flagship event – led from start to finish in the Deaf Overall Stableford Division. Shange won by six on 88 points with rounds of 31, 32 and 25.

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

DG Apr2019AI played with Morne Els in the Simola Pro Am and was really happy with the way his golf is coming along. He made a lot of points and we won the team competition. He did battle a bit with the sloppy lies and our lesson at Kingswood covered just that. So I helped him with his setup and aiming on the different lies. Ball above feet and ball below feet. He is looking forward to his SA Disabled Open this month at Magalies Park close to the hartebeespoort dam.

I will see him for a range session and do a last on course 9 holes with him next week to prepare him for his big tournament.

 

With Carpe Diem I did two on course sessions. One at Kingswood working on putting as well as chipping. And we played at Glenwood mashie course. I want to report that there has been some improvement in the kid’s short game and they can see if they focus a bit more when doing the short shots.

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From Left : Alexander Afrika ; Julian Janzen ; Dillion Van Hansen ; Reeano Lammerts

At the school we did long game and I had a theme this month where we not trying to overpower the ball but to rather make better contact.

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Thank you for the continued support from the union. And keep an eye out for Morne in the upcoming SA Open.

Kind Regards

Carlo Kok

Just a short descriptive report on the month of February regarding the disabled golf.

I did one swing lesson with Morne Els and also did a 9 hole playing lesson to prepare him for the Interprovincial challenge that’s taking place early March 2019.

I happy to report that Morne has improved a lot in his consistency with his irons and also his driver.

I encouraged him to stay more behind his shots during the swing not forcing to come across or over the ball causing hooks or fade shape shots to his driver.

As far as the nine hole playing lesson goes I’m very impressed with the way he chip and putted and I can see he has been giving attention to this department.

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Morne Els During our 9 hole Playing Lesson.

With the Carpe Diem School we had the Privilege to attend the Di data at Fancourt on the First round. The kids enjoyed the environment and was really impressed with how far the guys can hit the ball. I also made them aware of how good their shortgame and putting is . They really could see the touch of the players around the green.

 

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Look at the good position Olotando Songqnegqe get the club in!! He hits it well
over 80 metres .

Talk Soon and thank you for the Unions Continued Support

Kind Regards

Carlo Kok

January was a short month and the schools only started the 9th so I did a playing lesson with Morne at Kingswood to assess his game and make notes what to improve on before the interprovincial challenge and Sa Open .

I’m glad to report give positive feedback since I last played with him he has improved his pitching and short game. We will be working on aim (he aims left of target and if it does not come back he is in trouble. Another shot will be he’s driving as he smothers the ball or doesn’t get any height on it.

With the Juniors Ive gone to Kingswood for an on course session  covering chipping and long putts controlling the distance and also the pace. The kids had to differentiate between a shorter putt and a longer putt.

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Shortgame Session at the Kingswood : From right to left :, NThando Mrawuli ,Alexander Afrika, Ricadu De wet.

 

We had a game at the Glenwood mashie and also making the kids more aware of what shot is required to be played in certain situations.

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At Glenwood Washie From left to Right : Dillion van Hanzen , Julian Janzen , Ntandu Mrawuli,Alexander Afrika.

 

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Alexander Afrika : Focusing on his good shot following his ball at the Glenwood mashie

 

Carlo Kok did two on course sessions with the kids at Glenwood Short course and also Kingswood Golf estate.

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Julien Jansen Working on his Putting technique

We played on course at Glenwood and we did short game coaching with the kids at Kingswood where I focuses on both techniques for Short and long putting.  Chipping and Pitching was also worked on.

Then I did one swing lesson with Morne Els and main focus in this lesson was  squaring the club up at impact and also making the angle of attack less shallow.  ( He hits down very steep causing an outside in swinpath making him it a fade )


At school Carlo Kok had 3 sessions two with the B group and one with the A –group . They mainly did Full swing.

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Alexander Africa making sure his balls is well displayed and ready to be hit ….

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B group of Golfers.

From left: Elzane Gerdzen, Lucreatia Abrahams, Keanu Harmse,
Dante October, Sue Ellen Solomons, Alexander Africa and Sipho Counter.

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B Group hitting at the School field: From front Sipho Counter, Elzane Gertzen, Sue Ellen Solomons and Lucreatia Abrahams.

We will be doing an end of year Camp for the kids in Early December before the School close .

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