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Adrian Ford - Winner 2022

The Steenberg Golf Club is located in the foothills of the Constantiaberg Mountain Range, surrounded by 59.5 hectares of vines, some of the most notable being Sauvignon Blanc (64% of total plantings).

In this year’s WPG Mid-Amateur Championship, 64 mid-amateur players competed for the prestigious trophy.

Despite adverse weather conditions, the players’ spirits were high and they competed fiercely with all guns blazing.

There is no doubt that the Cape Town winters have a reputation for presenting players with four seasons in one day. As a result, players are obliged to maintain concentration at all times. As the course teeth were evident, especially on the greens, there was no room for error. The lush fairways and the glassy greens were the most prominent features, revealing the beauty of the course.

Only eight shots separate the winner from the player finishing in 10th place. The quality of the golf was extremely competitive and in a very healthy state.

The 10th place finisher Michael Knoetze (Rondebosch) posted a steady 73 in the first round, but a shaky start in the second round, which included three bogeys and one double bogey on the front nine, severely hindered his fortunes.

Three players tied for seventh place with a gross total of 148 (+4). A few notable names (in no particular order): Philip Taberer (Erinvale) 72 and 76, Geno Belfiore (Milnerton) 74 and 74, and Chris Helmbold (Westlake) 72 and 76.

Dirk van der Merwe (Bellville), tied for fifth, and a regular in the Senior Series, posted the low round of the afternoon round with a score of 70 (-2). A different script would have played out if it had not been for the semi meltdown in the morning round, when three bogeys and one double bogey were made from holes 14-17. In tied fifth place was WP Botha (Stellenbosch), who carded rounds of 74 and 73.

Wayne Melle (Rondebosch), tied for third, displayed his class and will be one to keep an eye on in the months to come after carding rounds of 72 and 73. It is evident that after posting 5 birdies, 6 bogeys, and 25 pars, it is apparent that the player possesses an exceptional level of skill.

During an up and down round, Anton Pieters (Hermanus) made nine bogeys and eight birdies, preventing him from gaining a foothold in the race. A score of 72 and 73 earned him a tie for third place.

Riaan Lewis (KD Mowbray) accomplished everything every golfer dreams of, and that is to entertain his playing partners by acing the 14th hole. His consistent performance throughout his career is one of the reasons why he is recognized as a WPG Top Mid-Amateur player. His performance on the day was evidence of this when he carded rounds of 71 and 72 and finished in runner-up position.

Adrian Ford (Durbanville) emerged victorious with a professional performance that surpassed his competitors to win the 2022 WP Mid-Amateur Open. In the morning, Ford shot an impressive low round of 68 that left him three shots ahead of the field. In spite of opening his campaign with a bogey, he birdied holes 7,8,10,11, 13 and 18. Despite holding a four-shot lead with four holes remaining, Ford lost two strokes to the course as a result of an unforced error on hole 15. As he regained his composure, he switched into cruise control, finishing with three pars to post a final round of 73, securing the win by two strokes.

Sponsors acknowledgements:

Title Sponsor, Citadel Wealth Management

Other Sponsors, Stellenbosch Vineyards, The Pro Shop, Coca Cola PenBev and Subtropico

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