On Monday 5 September, the Secondary Kingsway Golf Academy students arrived at the Lakelands Country Club to battle it out for the prestigious honour of being named the Kingsway Golf Open Champion for 2016. We were blessed with the most amazing weather with a beautiful, sunny and warm spring day, a little different to the usual Academy Open weather of the past.
We had 22 competitors battling it out in the 18 Hole Championship and 11 competitors in the 8 Hole Championship.
The battle in the 9 hole competition was tight all day with a tie for first between Anton Schaafsma (Year 10) and Vian de Lange (Year 8) who each finished on 20 Stableford points, as well as a tie for third with Matthew Denisoff (Year 10) and Andre van der Merwe (Year 10) who both finished with 18 Stableford points, narrowing beating Andre Enojas (Year 7) who finished with 17 points.
In the 18 hole championship there was some amazing Golf on display. The two boys who were pushing each other all day for the overall Gross champion were equal with only one shot over par coming out of the front nine. Both boys started the day with a 4-5 stroke handicap so had to play some pretty good golf to earn the sought after Stableford points. They finished with an amazing 75 and 76 off the stick for the day. It was the young gun Gareth Steyn (Year 8) who came out on top after keeping his nerve and winning the day by the narrowest one-point margin shooting 33 points to defeat 2015 winner Matt Caulfield (Year 12) who shot 32 points with an incredible Eagle on the 18th to push Gareth to the limit. Well done boys. James Parker (Year 12) rounded out the top three of the Gross winners list shooting an impressive 25 points.
In the Nett championship it was another fiercely contested affair with Tian Botha (Year 10) shooting an incredible 45 Stableford points taking out first place with Gareth Steyn (Year 8) taking second with 38 points and Calvin Azar (Year 9) and Matt Caulfield (Year 12) tying for third after shooting 36 points narrowly defeating James Parker (Year 12) who shot a 35. In the Nett championship the results were so tight with only 8 points separating the top 10 players.
Well done to all competitors on the day. It was a great day of competition and we look forward to the young “up and comers” who are pushing each day, working hard and getting better to improve their golf pushing our older members to the limit.
That evening all of the Academy members and their families were invited to Lakelands Country Club for the Annual Gala Dinner and awards ceremony of the Open. It was a great evening of fellowship and fun continuing to develop our golfing community over a meal.
The awards of the day were handed out along with the prestigious “Golfer” and “Junior Golfer of the Year” awards. These awards go to the junior and senior academy member who has displayed excellence in the field of Golf not only at Kingsway but also in their respective clubs and pennant teams. Congratulations to Matt Caulfield who won the Golfer of the Year Award and Gareth Steyn who won the Junior Golfer of the Year Award.