This weekend saw the 3rd edition of the Hans Merensky Open after its absence for numerous years, and the players were treated to a lovely event.
Celebrating their 50th birthday this year Hans Merensky went all out.
Firstly the first 50 visiting entrants each received a room for free at the Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa and this got everyone interested. The Estate together with the Golf Club committee did wonderful effort to make sure the players was treated to a special affair.
Round 1 saw some old faces making a charge. Niko Koster shot a 75 to lead in the clubhouse most of the day but it was Franco Putter who kicked him off with a well played 74 after an eagle at the par 5 16th. He unfortunately gave a shot back on the 18th.
Neil Rathman who started his round with a 42 (+6) came back with a brilliant 34 (-2) to be just 2 back.
Saturday night with the rugby there was a braai and everyone had way to much to eat. The braai obviously tasted better after the springboks win.
Round 2 started early and Malebana Pataki, local junior Janus van Rooyen together with Jannie Bronkhorst came in with lowest rounds of 36. The race was one with Franco Putter turning in 38. One by one the players came in but when Franco made birdie on 16 again to put him -3 on that hole for the weekend it was basically all over.
Franco won the Hans Merensky Open on +3 on a very tough track with the whole Limpopo Mid-Am team almost chasing him. Franco showed his strength and his composure.
“This is something we are very proud of and Franco has proved himself as a “terrier” on numerous occasions for Limpopo at IPT and Country Districts. We are happy Franco is in-form going into Limpopo Open” says Jan Nel
This Open was run professionally and organised to the tee. Well done and good luck.
To Franco we hope there is many more to come
Wallie Coetzee with learners from the SAGDB Limpopo Chapter; credit Heinrich Helmbold.
The South African Golf Development Board’s (SAGDB) Limpopo chapter was given the chance for eight of its elite squad golfers to receive coaching from a few of the professionals competing in this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Euphoria Golf Estate.
The children – drawn from Polokwane, Phalaborwa and Mokopane – were each given hands-on coaching during a clinic on the driving range.
And the enjoyment they showed was exactly what SAGDB Manager Jean Sadie wanted to see.
“I always say that talent we can find, because there is a lot of talent out there. But a passion for the game is what we really want, and these kids have that,” he said.
Sunshine Tour professional Wallie Coetsee was just as delighted to share some of his knowledge with the young golfers.
“We always give back, because we need to. It’s what we’re about as professional golfers, especially when it comes to young children who are always so willing to listen and learn. It’s a great feeling to see that and be a part of it.”
Photo: Sunshine Tour professional Wallie Coetsee with two of the children from the South African Golf Development Board’s Limopo chapter who attended the golf clinic at the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Euphoria Golf Estate this week. Credit: Heinrich Helmbold