A close finish in the Premier Amateur Finals (PAT) played yesterday at Bellville Golf Club. It took a four-hole play-off to eventually decide the winner.
Durbanville’s Adam Botha and Westlake’s Elton James were heading to the play-off after carding 4-under-par 68s.
A birdie putt on the par 4, 18th for Michael Sherriff also secured him a spot in the play-off. Michael now had the opportunity to win both the Finals and take the overall PAT winners trophy.
Nothing separated the players after 9 holes as all three players turned tied on 3-under-par.
Elton James held on after the 1st play-off hole with a 15 foot putt, but missed his birdie putt on the 11th for an outright win.
All three players made par, on the short par 3, 12th.
Three holes couldn’t separate the players – it was not until Sherriff stuck is second shot to six feet from the flag and hole his birdie putt for the win and take the double.
It was, however, Sherriff’s consistent play throughout the season that sealed the 2016 Premier Amateur Tour victory.
After finishing 2nd on the 2015 PAT Order of Merit, Michael Sherriff, almost doubled last year’s points and amassed 1205.75 points to seal this year’s win, the most points by a PAT Winner in the tour’s six-year history.
Sherriff played in all 16 tournaments this year; he broke par in 9 events; he won 4 events – Westlake, Kuils River, Rondebosch and the PAT Finals; he was runner-up twice, and only twice finished outside the top 10 on the final leaderboard – and had a stroke average of 71.7 per round.
Another highlight of this year’s Tour, was the record-breaking achievement of Sean Bradley, who successful defended his Royal Cape Open title to became the first player to win 4 tournaments in a row. Sean has now moved on to the professional ranks and will head off to Thailand in December to qualify for the Asian Tour.
The generous sponsorship from The Foschini Group (TFG) allows this Tour to continue in growing from strength to strength each year, and is clearly responsible for producing elite golfers within the Western Cape region.