Cape Town - The SA Final of the 21st World Amateur Golfers
Championship showcased an impressive display of amateur golf when the winners
of the regional qualifying rounds battled it out for TEAM SA honours and the
trip of a lifetime to the World Final in Turkey from November 28 to December 5.
In a step to boost golf tourism on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, the SA
Final was supported by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and hosted at Selborne Hotel, Spa & Golf
Estate, who opened their doors early to host the SA Finals following recent
major renovations under the new owners, First Resorts Management.
The first round teed off to wet conditions, following much needed
rainfall the night before. However, this did little to dampen the high spirits
of the golfers who ended the day on a tightly contested finish in 3 out of the
5 handicap groups. The competition was fierce going into the second round, with
a nail biting final 18 holes to be played. Prevailing winds brought about an
unexpected swing in events as the leaders fell back in the field and were
overtaken by a strong contingent of golfers from the Western Cape.
In the 0-5 handicap group, Christian Cloete made a charge up the
field to claim his team spot on a 144 Nett finish. Dudley Rosier secured the
6-10 team place with his 145 Nett finish. Also securing their trips
to Turkey was Brian Felix in the 11-15 handicap group on 140 Nett and Kani
Pillay in the 16-20 flight on 151 Nett.
The only lady in the final field and the only team member not from
the Western Cape is Jeshika Ramsunder from KwaZulu-Natal. She played a consistent game from
tee-off to her final putt that secured a victorious finish of 139 Nett and her
TEAM SA spot in the 21-25 handicap group.
As the twice-defending champions, TEAM SA will be tasked with
bringing the trophy home when they put their skills to the test against more
than 40 countries for the team title and individual handicap group trophies.
In his address at the TEAM SA announcement, KZN Deputy
Director at Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Nurdesh
Maharaj, said that Tourism KZN’s long standing relationship with the World
Amateur Golfers Championship had played a major role in boosting golf tourism
for the province and country. He went on to congratulate TEAM SA and added that
as representatives of South Africa they, like any other sports team, had the
full support of the province and country at the World Final.
SA: (Front row, left to right): Dudley Rosier, Christian Cloete, Jeshika Ramsunder, Kani Pillay, Brian
(Back row, left to right): Beverley
Theron (Event Director, World Golf Events SA), Tim Spencer (First Resorts
Management), Arthur Mzimela (TEAM SA Captain), Nurdesh Maharaj (KZN DEDT),
Craig Clay-Smith (World Golf Events SA)