KeNako SA Boys u.12s

 

SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS – The SA Boys u.12 event is a relatively new golfing event on the South African golfing calendar, played for the first time in 2006.

It was the brainchild of Peter Little and the WPGU and has been hosted at Clovelly Golf Club in Cape Town since its launch.
A decision was taken in 2010 to move the tournament to a different venue and the KeNako Academy in George came forward as a sponsor to host the event, making the choice of the Southern Cape as host province for 2011 an easy one.

In the past five years the SA Boys u.12s has seen most of South Africa’s current top junior players competing. The participants from previous years have gone on to the senior age groups and have become household names in junior golf in South Africa.
At an u.12 level the junior players are very young and enthusiastic and gain a great deal of enjoyment and experience from competing in their first ever major national tournament. They meet for the first time with competitors from other provinces. Many of the youngsters make friends that will last right through junior golf. Those that graduate to senior golf, often become friendships that last a lifetime.

Whilst the tournament is known as the SA Boys u.12s it is quite acceptable for a girl to make a provincial team. At this young age many girls competes favourably with the boys and since they all play from the Ladies Tee Markers it makes no difference.

The best six young players, boys and girls, are selected to represent their province. The tournament is a team event with all the Provincial Unions sending at least one team consisting of six players and a manager.
As in the past, and in line with the vision to grow the game, SA Kids Golf also enters a team. Some of the bigger provinces may be represented by more than one team so ultimately there are 15 or 16 teams participating, representing all eleven provinces.

The tournament comprises two parts. The boys and girls are firstly representing their provinces in the team competition. In the team competition the best five strokeplay scores of each team for each nine holes played count towards the team score for those nine holes. The nine hole rule was introduced because the children are young and some of them may struggle for the full 18 holes.

At the end of the tournament the team with the lowest combined strokeplay score are the winners. The scores achieved are often quite impressive, with some teams ma-naging to average scores under 200 for the five counting scores per nine holes, which is fewer than 40 shots per player per nine holes!

The second part of the tournament relates to individual performance. The player with the lowest total score over the 54 holes wins a trophy.

The host club for the 2011 tournament is Kingswood Golf Estate in George. There can be little doubt that Kingswood will seriously challenge these young players. The defending team is Central Gauteng.
People interested in golf are encouraged to come and watch these young players displaying their talents from 2 to 5 October at Kingswood Golf Estate.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS – The SA Boys u.12 event is a relatively new golfing event on the South African golfing calendar, played for the first time in 2006.

It was the brainchild of Peter Little and the WPGU and has been hosted at Clovelly Golf Club in Cape Town since its launch.
A decision was taken in 2010 to move the tournament to a different venue and the KeNako Academy in George came forward as a sponsor to host the event, making the choice of the Southern Cape as host province for 2011 an easy one.

In the past five years the SA Boys u.12s has seen most of South Africa’s current top junior players competing. The participants from previous years have gone on to the senior age groups and have become household names in junior golf in South Africa.
At an u.12 level the junior players are very young and enthusiastic and gain a great deal of enjoyment and experience from competing in their first ever major national tournament. They meet for the first time with competitors from other provinces. Many of the youngsters make friends that will last right through junior golf. Those that graduate to senior golf, often become friendships that last a lifetime.

Whilst the tournament is known as the SA Boys u.12s it is quite acceptable for a girl to make a provincial team. At this young age many girls competes favourably with the boys and since they all play from the Ladies Tee Markers it makes no difference.

The best six young players, boys and girls, are selected to represent their province. The tournament is a team event with all the Provincial Unions sending at least one team consisting of six players and a manager.
As in the past, and in line with the vision to grow the game, SA Kids Golf also enters a team. Some of the bigger provinces may be represented by more than one team so ultimately there are 15 or 16 teams participating, representing all eleven provinces.

The tournament comprises two parts. The boys and girls are firstly representing their provinces in the team competition. In the team competition the best five strokeplay scores of each team for each nine holes played count towards the team score for those nine holes. The nine hole rule was introduced because the children are young and some of them may struggle for the full 18 holes.

At the end of the tournament the team with the lowest combined strokeplay score are the winners. The scores achieved are often quite impressive, with some teams ma-naging to average scores under 200 for the five counting scores per nine holes, which is fewer than 40 shots per player per nine holes!

The second part of the tournament relates to individual performance. The player with the lowest total score over the 54 holes wins a trophy.

The host club for the 2011 tournament is Kingswood Golf Estate in George. There can be little doubt that Kingswood will seriously challenge these young players. The defending team is Central Gauteng.
People interested in golf are encouraged to come and watch these young players displaying their talents from 2 to 5 October at Kingswood Golf Estate.