Canon Open Series Champion of Champions Round One Wrap
Magatye Holds one-point Advantage over Strydom
Yolande Magatye made a superb start to her Champion of Champions event with a round-one haul of 39 points. The leg-amputee notched a two-pointer at the first hole before back-to-back three-pointers at the 2nd and 3rd.
A terrific par at the 5th yielded four points which Magatye backed up with a three-pointer at the 7th. A birdie at the 8th earned the leg-amputee four furter points.
With 22 points to her name after nine holes, Magatye kept the tally ticking on the inward nine.
A four-pointer at the 12th sandwiched between a pair of two-pointers was indicative of Magatye’s intention to make the most of her fast start.
Three-pointers at the 14th abd 17th punctuated a very successful day for Magatye.
Credit must also go to blind golfer Leon Strydom. The Zwartkop member followed up his victory in the Canon Gauteng Disabled Open with 38 round one points.
Three three-pointers and a four-pointer at the 7th lifted Strydom to 15 first-nine points.
He caught fire on the second-nine amassing an eye-popping 23 points. Four-pointers at the 14th and 17th along with three three-pointers and as many two-pointers saw Strydom sign for 38 points.
The stage is set for a gripping final round contest between Magatye and Strydom.
Touzard, Williams in Titanic Tussle
Cedric Touzard leads Charles Williams by one-shot in the Deaf Strokeplay division after carding a 5-over par 76.
Williams made a brilliant start to his Champion of Champions campaign, carding a one-over 36 on Zwartkop’s opening nine. Williams offset an opening-hole bogey with a birdie at the par-3 third. Three successive pars followed before a bogey-6 at the par-5 7th.
Williams capped the nine with back-to-back pars which saw him open up a three-shot lead over Touzard and a six-shot advantage over Jay-Jay Botha.
Touzard’s start was steady if not spectacular. His first-nine featured six pars al and three bogeys which came at the 3rd, 5th and 7th.
The second-nine saw something of a role-reversal occur. Williams suffered a tough start to his inward ninr after finding water with his tee-shot at the par-4 11th which resulted in a double-bogey. Bogeys at the 14th, 16th and 18th followed and Williams ultimately signed for a second-nine of 41.
While Williams had his problems 11, Touzard made a par which allowed him to eat into the deficit he faced.
A red-number at the par-4 15th was the highlight of an inward-nine of 37. Despite a dropped shot at his final hole of the day, Touzard ensured that he and Williams will have a head-to-head battle for Champion of Champions honours.
Van Der Berg leads, again…
Different tournament, and a familiar position for Shannon Van der Berg – atop the Deaf Stableford leaderboard.
Having already won the Canon Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng Disabled Opens respectively, Van der Berg stamped his authority on round one of the Canon Open Series Champion of Champions.
Three-pointers at his first and third holes of the day was just the start the Deaf golfer was after.
He maintained his momentum with a one-pointer at the 4th before yet another two-pointer at the tough par-4 5th, Zwartkop’s stroke-2,
Van der Berg kept kept up his appetite for three-pointers – carding three in a row beginning at the 6th.
After turning with 20 points to his credit, the Huddle Park member shrugged off the disappointment of a zero-pointer at the 10th with a run of four consecutive three-pointers.
Van der Berg cooled off somewhat with four points over his last four holes. Nevertheless he is in pole position on 35 points and will take a four-point advantage over First Swing Program golfer Sisa Nkomo into the second and final round.