Southern Cape Individual Matchplay Championships

After the Kingswood tournament, the top 16 players from the Junior Championships that were played in July commenced with the Individual Matchplay Knock-out event.  The first two rounds were played at Oubaai and the semi-finals and finals were played at Mossel Bay.  Thanks are due to both Oubaai and Mossel Bay for their continued support of and contribution to junior golf in the Southern Cape.

 

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Garen Niemand

Garen Niemand, overall winner, received his prize from Roger Wessels, his Head Coach at the KeNako Academy.

In the semi-finals Garen Niemand played Xillan Nel in the morning in perfect conditions. Garen managed to beat Xillan 3/2, his score for the round being around level par.  The other semi final was contested between Christo Carstens and Mentz Germishuys with Christo managing to win his match and going through to meet Garen in the finals in the afternoon.

The afternoon round started in great conditions and both played terrific golf with Garen getting to 4 under par after 14 holes before an incredibly strong wind storm – a 6 club wind – hit them!  Garen managed to get two up on Christo with 2 to play.  Christo showed great resilience and won hole 17, so taking the match to the 18th hole where they halved the hole, with Garen winning the title 1 up.  After his first win at Kingswood this was double cause for celebration for Garen, making it two tournament wins in two weekends.  Garen has shown steady progress during his time at the KeNako Academy and these results will only help to boost his self belief and confidence and make him realise that he has the talent to win tournaments.

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