Germiston Golf IPT Nears

by | Sep 13, 2006

The Pick ‘n Pay Women’s Inter Provincial Golf Championship starts at Germiston Golf Club on Sunday 17 September, when Jonathan Ackerman hosts the flag raising ceremony, followed by the Welcome Dinner.

South Africa’s top amateur golfers compete for their Province in a week of hotly contested foursome and single matches.

Caroline Kettlewell, President of Women’s Golf South Africa said Pick ‘n Pay’s nine years of generous sponsorship, and the Ackerman family’s keen interest, have been instrumental in the growing excellence of women’s golf.

On Monday Pick ‘n Pay suppliers and guests play with the team-members in a fun golf day that raises money for charity and golf development, an annual event that does much to showcase the high standard of women’s golf.

Tuesday is the qualifying stroke-play tournament, foursomes and singles, which divides the teams into four divisions.

This is followed by three days of foursomes and singles, with the round robin match play finishing on Friday. 

A hard week of competitive golf, each player will have played ten rounds of golf by Friday, giving real meaning to fitness, focus and golfing ability!

Gauteng Lions won the event in Bloemfontein in 2005. This year Stacy Bregman, Ashleigh Simon, Tandi von Ruben, Tsebo Betty Mokoena, Lizelle Muller and Kim Brookes will be keen for a Gauteng win again.

Snapping at their heels will be seven other teams of 6 players, including Gauteng North A (winners of the 2005 qualifying event), Southern Cape Flyers (including Sandra Winter, Fabienne Haremza and Monique Smit) and the North West (14 year old Bertine Strauss is their young star).

Western Province A (Kelli Shean with vastly experienced Gilly Tebbutt, Wendy Warrington, Joanne Lefson and Carol Charnock) will be looking to lead Gauteng Cats (promising juniors Mercia Pretorius and Nadia Esterhuyse are included), Boland 1 (including Vicki Mostert, long driving champion Nicole Loesch, the experienced Joanne Norton and Jenny Germs) and KwaZulu Natal (a team that will miss Tiffany Avern-Taplin, who is writing matric) in the challenge.

Teams of four players each from Border (which include Millie Zim and the Duma sisters), Boland 2, Eastern Cape (Iliska Verwey absent for matric), Free State, Northern Cape (Lumien Lausberg unavailable as she has turned professional), Gauteng North B (including 13 year old Larissa Ras, and Lameez Boughan), Limpopo (sees the return of Desi Earle), Mpumalanga (Monja Richards their anchor), Western Province B (including juniors Aneeqah Mallick, Dominique Jacobs and Landi Venter) will play the same number of matches.

The format allows for surprises, and there is plenty of excitement is in store. Golf fanatics are in for a great week of golf, predicting the result on Friday would be impossible.

This tournament will be the final outing of South Africa’s team at the World Amateur Teams Championship at De Zalze and Stellenbosch, where Stacy Bregman, Ashleigh Simon and Kelli Shean will carry South Africa’s hopes.  

Sandra Winter, the team Captain (representing Southern Cape), and Val Holland, the South African coach, will also both be at Germiston.

We welcome anyone wanting to watch good women’s golf to join us at Germiston Golf Club (opposite Rand Airport) 19 – 22 September from 7h30 – 17h30.

Results will be posted on the website www.womensgolfsa.co.za

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