A 10 SHOT VICTORY BY VAN DER MERWE AT THE 2023 BELLVILLE OPEN

Altin van der Merwe – 2023 Bellville Open Champion

Welgemoed is home to Bellville Golf Club. The club features 18 holes in a sheltered valley of rolling hills with panoramic views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

With 38 millimeters of rain falling over night, Bellville’s Course Management crew restored the course to playable conditions.

Van der Merwe is synonymous with dominance. A record of four victories in seven starts merits a novel in its own right.

His first nine holes of his campaign were marked by four birdies, demonstrating his status as the top amateur player in South Africa. There was only one blemish on his opening round, which occurred on hole 12. A 69 (-3) gave him a 4-shot lead over Jonathan Williams (Bellville) and Jack Buchanan (Milnerton). The two players both posted rounds of 73.

Sean Howell (Durbanville) suffered an early setback with a score of 78 (+6); however, he recovered his composure in round two to shoot 68 (-4). This was the second-best round of the day.

There were two other players who finished under par in round two; Andrew Georgiou (Metropolitan) and Francois Wasserman (Bellville) both posted 71(-1).

In round two, Altin van der Merwe made seven birdies on holes 2,3,5,8,9,11, and 14, a notable feat given the conditions. His 66 in the final round gave him a 10-shot advantage over Georgiou, resulting in the largest margin of victory in 2023.

Shane Howe: Mid-Amateur Champion

In the Mid-Amateur section, Shane Howe (Rondebosch) prevailed over Gerlou Roux (Bellville) through a count-out procedure. Both players recorded rounds of 74.

Odette Booysen – Women section winner

In her first victory of the season, Odette Booysen (Royal Cape) defeated Jaden Visagie by four shots. She shot 82 and 85.

Please click here to view the final results. Golf Tournaments & Results | Western Province Golf Union

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