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Altin van der Merwe - Winner

Erinvale Golf & Country Club is a picturesque golf course situated in the heart of the Erinvale Estate, offering breath taking views of the Helderberg and Hottentots Mountains.

This Gary Player-designed golf course has established itself as one of the premier golfing experiences in the Western Cape since it was opened in 1995, and it is a favourite among golfers. The 1996 World Cup was held here with household names, including Ernie Els and Wayne Westner, capturing the championship.

Over the last 26 years, a new generation of South African golfers has emerged to follow in the footsteps of the legends who once graced these fairways.

This year’s Erinvale Open attracted 57 golfers to compete for the title on Sunday, 9 October 2022

The players took advantage of the near flawless weather conditions in the morning and capitalized on the scoring opportunities that were presented to them.

A total of 32 birdies were recorded among the six players who shot subpar rounds in the morning session.

The morning session was led by Gideon van der Vyver (Strand) with a 69, followed by Chris Pretorius (Metropolitan) with a 70. In addition, Phil Taberer (Erinvale), Alee Solomon (Royal Cape), Michael Knotze (Rondebosch) and Elmo Barnard (Strand) recorded 71s.

A completely different weather pattern prevailed in the afternoon from that of the morning, with prevailing winds sweeping across the valley, changing the tone altogether.

Having trailed by four shots when the afternoon session began, Altin van der Merwe (Bellville) quietly edged his way back with three birdies and two eagles in round two to post the lowest round of the day at 68. In spite of his opening round 73, Van der Merwe finished on three under par, which was sufficient to secure victory.

The second place finish was awarded to Andrew Georgiou (Metropolitan), who shot an opening round of 73 followed by an impressive 69, one stroke shy of forcing a play-off.

With victory in his sights, van der Vyver controlled the pace for most of the day. It was, however, a free ride on the bogey train that contributed to an unforced four-bogey run in the middle of the round. A second round score of 75 and a final score of level par earned Van der Vyver a podium position in third place.

The women’s section was won by Jaden Visagie (KD Mowbray) who posted rounds of 84 and 82 for a total score of 166 points.

Final results, click here.

A big thank you to our sponsors for their continued support throughout the Premier Amateur season: Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages & Subtropico Market Agents.

 

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