Jack Brugman crowned Junior Match Play Champion for 2021
The WP Junior Championship Qualification at Strand Golf Club was completed on Thursday, the 15th July, and the match play component followed thereafter for the next two days. The same brilliant winter weather, that prevailed during the stroke play, continued for the duration of the match play.
Compliments to Strand Golf Club for presenting the players with a course that was in great condition, considering the amount of rain recently in the Cape, with the greens in particular of high quality championship standard.
In the B division, C division and U13s the same players that won the stroke play all did the double – that is winning both the stroke play and match play. Quewen Botha (B division) beat Athi Mgodeli 4&3, Jude Samuels (C division) beat Ruah Payle 3&2, whilst Henru Walters (U13 division) beat Vincent Venter 7&6.
The top 16 qualifiers from the A division stroke play played in the match play stages – the top 8 for the Championship Final whilst the next 8 played for the Plate Final.
The A division Plate Final saw Travis Procter (Durbanville) take on Nicolas van der Vyver (Strand). Along the way Travis defeated Craig Jacobs 1up and Pearce Lewin 5&3. Nicolas beat Mitch Phigeland 6&5 and Justin Behrens 2&1. The never-say-die attitude of Nicolas (WP Junior Golf ranking of 37th) saw the match go to the final hole with Travis (ranking of 2nd) winning 2up. During the final Travis had 4 birdies and an eagle, finishing the match at 3 under par.
In the A division Finals, golf of a high standard was played by Jack Brugman (Strand). During the matchplay stages Jack had 13 birdies in his 3 matches – the highlight being the semi final where he beat Jack Buchanan (Milnerton) 2&1, with both players a combined 9 under par! Along the way Jack Brugman also beat Bobbi Brown 3&1. The other finalist was the in-form Matthew Lotz (Milnerton). Matthew beat Christopher Gutuza 5&4 and then Taimur Haider Malik on the 19th hole.
The championship final saw Jack Brugman take a 2up lead after the first 9 holes – winning the 2nd, 4th and 8th with birdies. Jack started the 2nd nine impressively by winning the next 3 holes to go 5 up with only 6 holes left. Although Matthew bounced back by winning the next two holes it was a bridge too far. A good 4&3 win by Jack Brugman to be crowned WP Junior Golf match play champion for 2021.
To view the full Match Play results click here