Watts, Reich Show Improvement At G4D Open

Watts, Reich Show Improvement At G4D Open

 
Watts, Reich show improvement at G4D Open 
 
Thursday, 11 May 2022: David Watts fired an impressive round of 75 while leg-amputee Trevor Reich carded 85 as both bettered their opening day efforts in round two of the inaugural G4D Open at Woburn Golf Club on Thursday. 
 
David Watts played a far steadier second round, improving upon his first round score by a whopping 10 shots.
 
He began his day with a run of three straight pars. Despite following a double-bogey 7 at the 4th with bogeys at the 5th and 7th holes, he made the turn in 40, bettering his opening day effort by four shots. 
 
But it was on the back-nine that Watts hit his straps. The Les Autres recorded his first birdie of the day at the par-5 10th. Two pars followed before a second red-number at the par-3 13th. Despite dropping a shot at the next, Watts bounced back immediately with yet another birdie at the 15th.  Back-to-back pars followed and despite closing with a bogey, Watts played his second-nine in one-under 35 to sign for a round of 75.
 
Watts attributed his marked improvement to a better ball-striking performance.
 
“I hit a few more greens and it makes scoring a lot easier than trying to get it up at down,” said Watts.
 
As for his plan for the final round, the Les Autres golfer is eager to soak up the experience. 
 
“What will be will be, just trying to hit one shot at a time and enjoy the experience.”
 
Leg-amputee Reich had a tough time of it to begin with as he managed just three opening-nine pars, at the 5th, 6th and 7th. Double-bogeys at the 2nd and 8th meanwhile and four further dropped shots saw him make the turn in 44.
 
He began the inward-nine brightly with three pars in a four-hole stretch but he saw his solid play undermined by a bogey at the 12th and a double-bogey at the 14th. Two closing bogeys saw Reich sign for a round of 85, improving upon his first round score by one stroke. 
 
With one round remaining of this momentous tournament both Watts and Reich will be eager to finish their respective campaigns on a high!
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Reich, Watts struggle at Weather-hit G4D Open

Reich, Watts struggle at Weather-hit G4D Open

 
Reich, Watts struggle at weather-hit G4D Open
 
Wednesday, 10 May 2022: South Africans David Watts and Trevor Reich fought the elements en route to rounds of 85 and 86 respectively in the first round of the inaugural G4D Open at Woburn Golf Club on Wednesday.
 
Not even inclement weather and a suspension in play midway through the afternoon could dampen the spirits of the 80-player field which assembled on a banner day for golf for the disabled. The establishment of the G4D Open in 2023 is testament to just how far golf for the disabled has come in recent years and is certainly a feather in the cap of the governing bodies of the 18 participating countries as well as The Royal & Ancient.  
 
Reich, a seasoned campaigner on the international disabled golf stage, endured a difficult start to his day as he carded three bogeys and a double-bogey in his first five holes. A second double-bogey at the par-3 7th and a bogey at the 8th saw the leg-amputee make the turn in 44. 
 
Reich’s inward half was far steadier with pars at the 10th before three in a row from the 15th. Bogeys at the 12th and 13th meanwhile were sandwiched between double-bogeys at the 11th and 14th. A closing bogey saw Reich sign for a round of 86 but an improved back-nine will no doubt leave him hopeful of a better showing on day 2. 
 
Like Reich, Watts too went out in 44 characterised by double-bogeys at the 5th and 7th along with bogeys at the 1st, 3rd and 9th. 
 
Welcome pars at the 10th and 12th followed before two more at the 15th and 17th. Bogeys at the 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th undermined Watts’ reparation efforts while a closing bogey meant he ultimately signed for a round of 85 to occupy 28th-place. 
 
Brendon Lawlor and England’s Kipp Popert lead the way after the pair carded opening rounds of 2-under par 70.
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Van Baalen breaks through at KZN Disabled Open

Van Baalen breaks through at KZN Disabled Open

Van Baalen breaks through at KZN Disabled Open 
 
Thursday, 4 May 2023: After knocking on the door time and again over the past 15 months, Kelvin Van Baalen clinched his maiden SADGA Open victory after a final round of 70 to emerge victorious by three shots over Iglin Grobbelaar in the Nomads Kwa-Zulu Natal Disabled Open at Mount Edgecombe Country Club’s The Woods on Thursday.
 
It was always a case of when rather than if Van Baalen was going to earn his first victory and he did so in some style. Trailing overnight leader Grobbelaar by three heading into the final round, Van Baalen made the ideal start to his round with a birdie-4 at the 3rd. Though he bogeyed the two holes which followed, the Les Autres golfer notched a second red number at the 6th. A third birdie at the 9th offset a bogey at the 7th as Van Baalen made the turn in even-par 35. Grobbelaar meanwhile carded a front-nine 38 which set the stage for an exciting final nine holes.
 
Van Baalen made a steady start to his inward-half with four consecutive pars. While playing partner Grobbelaar’s challenge faltered with dropped shots at the 13th, 15th and 16th, Van Baalen enjoyed timely back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th respectively. This afforded him something of a cushion and despite bogeying the 16th and 18th, Van Baalen completed a round of even par and a victory that’ll live long in the memory.
 
“I played well in round one but just couldn’t hole a putt so I knew going into the final round that if I made some putts I could definitely be in with a shot,” said Van Baalen.
 
“I felt confident going into the back-nine even though I didn’t play it well in the first round but I’d been hitting the ball well the whole week so there was no reason I couldn’t play well.
 
“There was a momentum shift on the par-5 14th where I made birdie while Iglin made par and before I knew it there was a four-shot swing in my favour within three holes.
 
“I made a few more putts in the final round and I’m very happy to have taken my first SADGA Open title.”
 
Crawford Clinches Physically-Disabled Stableford title
 
Sebastian Crawford capped off two rounds of solid golf with a second successive round of 33 points and a nine-point victory over Luke Mckenzie.
 
Crawford’s front-nine was highlighted by three-pointers at the 2nd, 3rd and 7th as he made the turn with 16 points to his name.
 
Despite carding three one-pointers on the inward half, Crawford carded two three-pointers and three two-pointers over the back-nine. With the other players unable to make any significant inroads into the deficit, the Les Autres golfer ultimately prevailed comfortably. 

 
Williams outduels Botha for Deaf Medal Victory
 
Seemingly whenever Deaflympic teammates Jay-Jay Botha and Charles Williams find themselves in the same field an almost head-to-head battle for the title ensues and this event was no different with Williams emerging victorious in a sudden-death playoff.
 
Botha was in the driver’s seat by four over Williams with 18 holes to play having carded an opening round of 10-over par 80. But behind Williams’ ever-present smile lies a gritty competitor so the result was anything but a foregone conclusion.
 
The pair engaged in a fascinating nip and tuck battle for much of the front-nine with two-shot swings in favour of each player at the 6th and 7th. A birdie-3 by Botha at the 6th was followed by a Williams red number at the 7th. With Williams ultimately turning in 35 to Botha’s 38, there was just one shot in it with nine holes to play.
 
The pair traded blows in the initial stages of the inward nine but the defining moment came when Botha dropped a shot at the 17th, falling back into a tie with Williams.
 
Pars apiece at the 18th meant extra holes were required to separate the two. The first hole of sudden-death was halved before Williams prevailed at the next, earning the Deaf Medal title and with it bragging rights over his friend!
 

Grobbelaar grabs KZN Disabled Open Lead

Grobbelaar grabs KZN Disabled Open Lead

Grobbelaar grabs KZN Disabled Open lead 
 
Wednesday, 3 May 2023: Iglin Grobbelaar holds a two-stroke lead over Trevor Reich after carding a three-over par 73 in round one of the Nomads Kwa-Zulu Natal Disabled Open at Mount Edgecombe Country Club’s The Lakes on Wednesday.
 
Grobbelaar’s opening-nine featured bogeys at the 3rd, 6th and 9th holes respectively as he made the turn in 38.
 
A steadier second-nine followed in which the Les Autres golfer offset a bogey-5 at the 13th with a birdie-2 at the 15th. The remaining holes of the inward half consisted of seven pars. 
 
“I think the big highlight of my round was probably the 15th hole – a beautiful hole with an island-style green. I hit a 7-iron to about a foot, it literally rolled over the right side of the cup!, Grobbelaar said. 
 
“I breathed a sigh of relief after being three-over and then bringing it back in level on the second-nine.”
 
Two-strokes adrift of two-time SA Disabled Open champion Grobbelaar is leg-amputee Trevor Reich who carded a round of 75, the highlight of which was a birdie-3 at the 11th hole. Kelvin Van Baalen is a further shot behind after signing for a round of 76. 
 
Despite being in pole position, Grobbelaar acknowledged that anything can happen in the final round.
 
“I may be the leader but there are some quality golfers that all have a chance tomorrow, it’s not over till the fat lady sings!”

 
Crawford in command of Physically-Disabled Stableford
 
Les Autres golfer Sebastian Crawford holds a six-point advantage over Eugene jansen van Vuuren thanks to a first round tally of 33 points.
 
Crawford’s round was highlighted by five three-pointers, two of which came over his closing three holes. 
 
Timely two-pointers throughout the round ensured Crawford’s score kept ticking over. Despite closing with a one-pointer, he’lll fancy his chances heading into the final round.

 
Botha leads Deaf medal
 
Jay-Jay Botha made a steady start to his bid for another KZN Disabled Open crown, carding a 10-over par 80 to open up a four-stroke lead over Charles Williams in the Deaf Medal division.
 
Botha’s first-nine of 40 consisted of three bogeys and a double-bogey to go along with five pars. 
 
Double-bogeys at the 16th and 18th undermined what was otherwise a solid inward-half. Despite the untimely blemishes, Botha is handily placed though one shouldn’t bet against Williams making a final round run at the trophy!
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Nomads Joburg Disabled Open Final Round Wrap

Nomads Joburg Disabled Open Final Round Wrap

 
Killarney Country Club, 3 April 2023: We wrap all the final round action from the Nomads Joburg Disabled Open which took place at Killarney Country Club on Monday.
 
Slabbert makes winning return in Physically-Disabled Medal
 
He may have been light on competitive rounds in the lead-up to the event but that didn’t prevent leg-amputee Daniel Slabbert from demonstrating his quality with a three-stroke triumph over Kelvin van Baalen in the Physically-Disabled medal.
 
Level with Van Baalen after a first-round six-over par 76, the four-time SA Disabled Open champion made a solid start to his round, mixing a bogey at the 3rd-hole with a birdie–4 at the 5th. A second red-number three holes later saw Slabbert make the turn in one-under par 34.
 
Dropped shots at the 11th and 12th holes were the only blemishes on Slabbert’s card coming home as he signed for a one-over par 71. 
 
Van Baalen meanwhile shot a commendable 74 and was in the hunt for much of the day but two missed fairways on the 16th and 18th resulted in bogeys which put paid to his hopes of victory.
 
But the day and tournament belonged to Slabbert who remarked that he played with more confidence than in the opening round.
 
“It’s quite a nice feeling to get it done to be honest. I went in with a little bit more confidence today, I was a bit more aggressive off the tee on the first-nine which was quite nice,” Slabbert said.
 
“I had a lot of birdie opportunities that I didn’t really convert but then again I didn’t hit it that close, many of my chances were kind of 50/50.”
 
Slabbert admitted to feeling some nerves down the stretch.
 
“Being two ahead with a few holes to play there were some nerves so I just tried to focus on good course management, hitting it in the right places, trying to eliminate three-putts and get the job done. I’m very happy with the way I played,” he said. 

 
Schultz seals Physically-Disabled Stableford title
 
Jodi Schultz notched 32 final round points and 69 points for the tournament on his way to a resounding 15-point triumph over Eugene Janse van Vuuren.
 
Schultz made a flying start to his round with three three-pointers in the opening four holes and a two-pointer at the 2nd. Despite a one-pointer at the par-5 5th, Schultz managed to turn with 21 points to his name after a fourth three-pointer at the 6th followed by three consecutive two-pointers from the 7th.
 
He cooled off on the inward nine however, carding a solitary three-pointer at the par-4 13th and 11 points on his second-nine.
 
Eugene Janse van Vuuren – in second-spot after 18 holes failed to gain any significant momentum during his round to truly threaten Schultz’s lead. Three three-pointers were the highlight of a 21-point round in which Janse van Vuuren pipped Deon Van Niekerk for the runner-up spot by two points.

 
Dos Santos wins Deaf Medal title
 
Deaf golfer Albano Dos Santos completed a comprehensive victory in the Deaf Medal, shooting rounds of 93 and 95 to beat Mark Maconochie by 17 strokes.
 
Dos Santos’ round of 95 featured three pars – one on the front-nine and two on the back-nine – but as Maconochie struggled to a round of 104 it mattered little.
 
Final Thoughts
 
The Nomads Joburg Disabled Open was a resounding success and once again illustrated the fine talent that lies within South African Disabled Golf, particularly among the Physically-Disabled Medal players. 

 
 
Photo: South African Disabled Golf Association