TSHWANE, 7 May 2015 – The rising stars of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing Programme excelled in the recent Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open, played at Zwartkop Country Club in May.
Seventeen-year-old Charl Theron from Western Province lived up to his star billing with a fifth place finish in the Overall Stroke Play Championship for 0-18 handicaps, second in the Les Autres Division and first in the Under-23 Division.
Fellow Province player, 16-year-old Ignation Douries took 14th overall, and the 13-handicaper finished fourth in the Les Autres and second in the Under-23 Divisions.
Free State player Enrique van Wyk from Free State took the podium in the 54-hole Overall Stableford Championship (19-36 handicaps), while Raylen de Wee won the Arm-Division in the 19-36 handicap division and claimed the runner-up spot overall.
Charles Williams from Boland also impressed in the Deaf Championship for 0-18 handicaps. The Boland golfer, who plays off an 18, took seventh overall.
“We are very excited by the results our FSP players produced this year and extremely thankful to Nedbank for making their participation a possibility,” said SADGA CEO, Eugene Vorster.
“It is critically important to the development of these players that they are afforded the opportunity to test themselves at this level.
“Thanks to Nedbank backing our flagship event for the last 10 years, we are able to bring our top FSP players to the championship and afford them the chance to play on the big stage.”
Physically Disabled Overall Gross 0-18 Handicaps – 54-hole Stroke Play)
Charl Theron (Handicap 2)
Rounds of 81-77-76
2nd Les Autres
Ignation Douries (Handicap 13)
Rounds of 85-88-86
4th Les Autres
Physically Disabled Overall Gross 19-36 Handicaps – 54-hole Stableford
Enrique van Wyk (Handicap 29)
Rounds of 42-33-40
1st Les Autres 19-36
Ryalen de Wee (Handicap 30)
Rounds of 41-32-41
1st Arm-Amputee Overall Stableford Handicaps 19-36
Charles Williams (Handicap 18)
Rounds of 95-85-86
7th Deaf Overall
Daren Hanekom (Handicap 20)
Rounds of 36-24-21
T5 Deaf Overall Stableford Handicaps 10-36
1st Under-23 Deaf Division
Shane le Roux (Handicap 22)
Rounds of 22-19-18
7th Deaf Overall Stableford Handicaps 10-36
2nd Under-23 Deaf Division
Godfrey Baloyi (Handicap 14)
Rounds of 14-25-21
8th Deaf Overall Stableford Handicaps 10-36
Jaco Lumley (Handicap 26)
Rounds of 26-13-15
9th Deaf Overall Stableford Handicaps 10-36
3rd Under-23 Deaf Division
GROUP PHOTO – 2015 Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open champion Daniel Slabbert with the First Swing Programme learners; credit Carl Fourie
INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS: Charl Theron, Ignation Doeries, Enrique van Wyk, Raylen de Wee, Charles Williams, Darren Hanekom, Shane le Roux, Godfrey Baloyi and Jaco Lumley; credit Carl Fourie Photography.
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