Simpson holds on to first win at Somerset West
It was really only a matter of time before Bellville junior, Sam Simpson took top spot on the Premier Amateur Tour. He chose the Premier Amateur Tour (PAT) Somerset West Open to achieve this feat, and this time youth prevailed.
Simpson opened his rounds with a one-over-par 71, on the new Somerset West course, to share the morning lead with Dandre Spies.
The cold and windy conditions played havoc with Simpson’s afternoon round as he carded a seven-over-par 77 – he just managed to hold onto to win the trophy with a total 148, and one ahead of Weyers Janse van Rensburg.
Simpson finished in the runner-up spot at last week’s Westlake Open; and lost in a three-way play-off at the Steenberg Open. With this win under his belt, Simpson has moved up to fourth on the PAT Order of Merit.
For many golfers it was a game of two halves as the weather took its hold on the field.
Somerset West’s Isaac Bezuidenhoud bounced back from a morning round 79, to finish with a 71 (150).
Weyers Janse van Rensburg rebounded with a 72 after opening his tournament with a 77 to finish tied second with Durbanville’s ‘lefty’, Sean Howell on nine-over-par.
Dandre Spies dropped out of contention after his morning round of 71 – he carded an 85 in the afternoon; and Carlo O’Reilly found some normality after posting a morning round 82 to finish with a 72 total 152.