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Adrian Ford

Located in a picturesque setting overlooking the Sonstraal neighbourhood and with the Hottentots Holland Mountains serving as a backdrop, The Jewel of the North has once again exceeded expectations.

The course maintenance contractors, STM, have done an outstanding job maintaining the course in impeccable condition. As it was on Sunday, a lush and tightly woven fairway and a perfectly rolled green provided the most ideal conditions for players to maximize scoring opportunities.

The final tournament of the PAT season turned into a blockbuster. As expected, the players did not disappoint in displaying their true talent in battling it out against one another to gain final ranking points. This will enable them to qualify for the PAT Finals on Sunday, 4 December 2022.

The first round featured a jam-packed leader board, with 10 players recording rounds under par.

Jack Buchanan (Milnerton) continued where he left off as he laid the foundation for his campaign with an impressive opening round of 67. His round included six birdies on holes 5, 6, 8, 10, 13 and 15 and one blemish on hole 17.

The tournament started on a positive note for Wesley du Plessis (Durbanville), as he recorded 15 pars and three birdies during his opening round.

Top of the birdies chart was Travis Procter (Durbanville), who accounted for seven birdies on holes 2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, and 18. In contrast, he was plagued with unforced errors and four bogeys prevented him from recording the lowest round of the day.

In a cool, calm and collective manner, Adrian Ford (Durbanville), posted an unblemished round of 69.

In addition, there were several notable players who were under par after round one;

  • Sean Howell (Durbanville) 70 (-2)
  • Shaun le Roux (Westlake) 70 (-2)
  • Elmo Barnard (Strand) 71 (-1)
  • Philip Taberer (Erinvale) 71 (-1)

The second round is described as the moving hour, in which players are either finding their gear and advancing, or have fallen into a state of slumber.

The move was made by Mitch Phigeland (Atlantic Beach Links), an emerging star who took full advantage of the conditions by shooting an impressive 67. The round featured seven birdies on holes 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 17, and two bogeys on holes 3 and 8.

Over the past few months, Sean Howell (Durbanville) has made significant progress and has outlined his goals to become a force on the golf course. After a 32 (-4) on his front nine, he was in the lead at one point, but an unforeseeable double bogey on hole 10 put an end to his chances of winning the Durbanville Open.

Phigeland and Howell finished T3 at 5 under par.

A late charge was made by Buchanan, who is known for his persistence, making two birdies over his last four holes, but it was insufficient to capture the victory. There was only one stroke that stood between him and a playoff. Buchanan finished in sole second place on 138, despite his heroic efforts.

In a thrilling finish, Adrian Ford recorded a score of 7 under par to win the tournament. In round 2, he shot a 68 with six birdies and two bogeys. A huge smile adorned his face as he lifted the trophy, adding another title to his growing resume.

In the women’s section, Isabella Crafford (Strand) showed an exemplary performance from the onset. Crawford has been in good form over the past few weeks, and she carried that form into the Jewel of the North. In total, she carded rounds of 78 and 75 for a gross score of 153 (+9). At a distance, the other competitors could be seen.

In the runner-up position, Ashley Huysamen (Durbanville), a promising talent, was unable to gain momentum, but nevertheless displayed consistency by posting rounds of 83 and 82 for a gross score of 165 (+21).

To view the full results, please clickย here

In no particular order, we would like to thank all our sponsors, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, The Pro Shop and Subtropico, who helped make the PAT Series a success.

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