Altin van der Merwe continues his winning streak at the KDM Open!

The windy and cold conditions on Sunday did not deter the competitors from vying for the KDM Open trophy.

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, King David Mowbray dates back to 1910 and is a multiple host of the South African Open, making it an ideal test for the most skilled golfers.

The golf course conditions were exceptional, with tight, well-woven fairways and sublime greens that make artificial grass wish it had been put into dormancy.

It was an extremely competitive line-up in the Open Section, with many of the top players competing for ranking points and attempting to make up ground on the current leader, Altin van der Merwe.

It was a slow start for Altin van der Merwe (Bellville), who accumulated seven pars and one bogey after eight holes. As the round progressed, van der Merwe found rhythm and tallied five birdies on holes 9, 10, 11, 14 & 16. He finished with a steady 70 (-2).

The presence of new talent across the border was a welcome sight as Meyer Pauw (Stellenbosch) matched van der Merwe’s score of 70 (-2) with four birdies, one eagle, and four bogeys. This young talent’s maiden victory was marred by bogey, par, double bogey, and bogey finishes in Round 2, which left him six shots astray for the lead.

Veterans demonstrated dominance, putting on a performance worth noting with Geno Belfiore (Milnerton) and Riaan Lewis (KD Mowbray) both finishing with 145 (one over par).

The afternoon was a grind out, but Van der Merwe emerged with his second PAT trophy after a level round of 72. Van der Merwe was the only player to finish under par, at 142, to win the tournament.

A six-shot victory by Adrian Ford (KD Mowbray) topped the Mid-Amateur Section, as he posted the best round of the day, a 68 (-4). In spite of the challenging conditions, Fordie was able to birdie holes 5, 9, 10, 11 and 16. One bogey appeared on the scorecard at hole 13.

Despite a closely contested matchup in the Ladies Section, Zayaan Hendricks (Atlantic Beach Links) narrowly defeated Odette Boosyen (Royal Cape) with a three-shot victory. Patience and endurance were the keys to her success on the day.

Our sincere thanks go to our sponsors, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and Subtropico, for making these events a huge success.

 

 

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