The 102 players that participated in the GRINDROD WP Boys & Girls Championship at Somerset West Golf Club on Sunday 1st May were fortunate to play in ideal windless conditions and on a golf course that was in superb condition.
The four divisions, namely A, B, C and under 13 were all keenly contested.
The under 13 division was won by Cameron Gray (Westlake) with a gross score of 79 (47 points) closely followed by Jack Lee (Westlake) on 81. The B division saw Jaden Philander (KD Mowbray) streaking away from the rest of the field with a gross 76 followed by Mikail Munga (KD Mowbray) on 81. The C division saw a tie on 31 points – Charl Morkel (Strand) and Cameron Seboa (KD Mowbray).
Luca Filippi (Milnerton) showed the value of experience. After the first 18 holes in the A division he trailed by 3 shots after a morning 73. Luke Pienaar (Somerset West) led with a 70. An eagle, birdie start to the last 9 of the afternoon second round spread-eagled the field with Luca completing the final 18 with a 70 and a two round total of 143. 14 year old Luke Pienaar finishing 2nd on 145 and 13 year old Sam Simpson (Bellville) 3rd on 146.
The matchplay phase started the following day (Monday 2nd May) with the match-up of the day being the first round encounter between Luca Filippi and Deon Germishuys, the SA Boys U19 Strokeplay champion. Luca was quickest out of the blocks with 4 birdies in the 1st 5 holes to beat Deon comfortably by a margin of 7&5. Luca was even more devastating the next round – beating Jason Hale 6&5 – being 7 under par at the completion of the match.
The C division final was finalized with Cameron Seboa accounting for Charl Morkel by 7&6. The A division final sees Luca Filippi play against Luke Pienaar, The A division Plate sees Brendan Els play Hilmi Malick, B division Justin Behrens plays Mikail Munga and the U13s Christopher Gutuza (Westlake) vs Jack Lee (Westlake).
The event was well supported and thanks to the generous sponsor, GRINDROD Asset Management.
Report by Peter Little