John Bang Wins B Division Junior Champs with Career Best Round

John Bang played his best ever golf to win the B Division of the Southern Cape Junior Championships played at Riversdale Golf Club this past weekend.  John, a young boy from Korea who had never played golf before coming to South Africa at the beginning of 2012, won with an excellent score of gross 82.  John was boarding at the KeNako Academy in 2012, specifically to learn how to speak English and also to embrace western culturalisation, when he decided that he too wanted to try to play golf, so he joined the golf training program.  In the last 2 months John has recorded consecutive career best scores so it seems that the golf bug has now really bitten him and he cannot wait to play his next game!  His improvement in the last couple of months has been amazing!  He is also a young boy with a tremendous sense of humour and always willing to laugh, no matter how stressed the situation may be.

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John Bang, winner B Division Southern Cape Junior Championships.

John Bang, winner B Division Southern Cape Junior Championships.

Riversdale proved to be a challenge for the junior golfers, with most of the provinces top players struggling, especially on the greens, which are quite different when compared to what these boys and girls have become used to putting on.  It is good for them to experience and play on some more rural courses and this experience will surely stand them in good stead in the coming years.  Riversdale has always been very accommodating to junior golf in the Southern Cape and it is a pleasure for the young players to be hosted at this venue.  It is also the host for the annual Riversdale Triangular Tournament which involves U17 and U19 provincial teams from each of Southern Cape, Western Province and Boland.  This tournament is set to be played in 2 weeks time so it was an excellent warm up for that event for the Southern Cape boys.

Charnay Williams continued her excellent progress and won the Girls Trophy.  Like her peers, Charnay also struggled a little but she still came out on top!  Other good results were achieved by Garen Niemand and Johan Oosthuizen, who finished in a Tie for 3rd place in the Boy’s Gross.  Garen won the count back.

This week sees KeNako Academy hosting their annual KeNako Schools Golf Festival so it is set to be a busy week, with 22 school teams from all regions of South Africa travelling to George to play in the tournament.