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Duncan Baxter Cup – 2024 WP Amateur Championship Matchplay Champion

The Duncan Baxter Cup Matchplay Championship, following the Strokeplay Championship, witnessed a thrilling display of golf prowess as the top 32 players battled it out on the greens. Notable upsets and remarkable performances characterized this prestigious event, showcasing the depth of talent within South African golf.

Jere Brits, the Strokeplay Champion, faced an unexpected early exit in the first round, succumbing to Idrees Saban’s formidable challenge. Similarly, Fabrizio de Abreu’s journey was halted by the emerging talent, Taahir Mallick from Rondebosch Golf Club. Ivan Verster also faced defeat, falling to the promising Tristan Leonard in a closely contested match.

Among the standout performers was Jungwi Lee, whose dominance on the course was evident throughout the championship. Lee displayed exceptional skill and composure, securing commanding victories in each round leading up to the semi-finals. Despite a valiant effort from Liam Ross, Lee’s steady performance propelled him to the final stage.

On the other side of the bracket, Astin emerged as a favorite, showcasing remarkable consistency and resilience. His path to the final included hard-fought victories over Jano Stone, Pranay Kapur, and a thrilling showdown against Pearce Lewin, where Astin clinched victory with a birdie on the 19th hole.

The Finals, contested over 36 holes, showcased an intense battle between Astin and Lee. Astin set the pace early on with a stunning display of precision, securing a significant lead after the opening holes. Despite Jungwi’s determined comeback, Astin maintained his composure, ultimately sealing the championship on the 32nd hole with a remarkable approach shot and a conceded putt from Jungwi.

Astin’s victory underscored not only his exceptional skill but also his unwavering composure and confidence under pressure. The Duncan Baxter Cup Matchplay Championship served as a testament to the health and competitiveness of South African golf, with thrilling matches and remarkable performances captivating audiences throughout the tournament.

Report by: Robert Scott