19 APRIL 2021 | ISSUE 30

On the Course | Off the Course

Dear Member,

Graduate & Junior Club Championships

The first Club Championships of 2021 took place on Sunday. We had a total of 70 entries for the Graduate and Junior Club Champs and we could not have asked for better playing conditions. The first round was played on Firethorn and even though the greens are a bit slower than Bushwillow at the moment, players still had their work cut out for them on the course and they knew that every shot would count.

Junior Divisions:

In the Junior A-Division, young Grant Labuschagne opened with a great two under par 70, securing a seven-shot lead going into the second round. In the Junior B-Division, Casey Twidale (The only girl in the Championships) and James van Gool were tied for the lead after the first round with opening rounds of 82 for both players. In the C-Division, playing Stableford points, Taeyn Plaatjies started off with a solid 29 points, but was closely followed by Joshua Berman (28) and Jean Taljaard (27) and it was all to play for going into the second round.

In the C-Division, Tyrone van Schelt finished very strong, after a slow start on Firethorn with only 24 points, he followed up with a great round of 32 points to finish on a total of 56 points. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and young Tyler Dorey came back after an opening round of 21 points with a great 37 points on Bushwillow and secured a two-point margin to win the Junior C-Division.

In the B-Division it was very close. Casey Twidale had a very slow start to her second round, but played beautiful golf on her last nine to finish on 83 and a total of 165 for the Championships. James van Gool kept his composure and won the Junior B-Division with a great round of 80 and a total of 162.
 Derek McGowen and Junior B-Division winner: James van Gool
Grant Labuschagne finished off where he started. After an opening round of 70, he followed up with a very good 76 on Bushwillow and secured the title of Junior Club Champion for 2021. Johan Bredenkamp finished second with scores of 77 and 75 and a total of 152, six shots behind Grant.
Junior Club Champion for 2021: Grant Labuschagne and Derek McGowan
Well done to all our winners and all our players that participated in the Junior Divisions.
Graduate Divisions:

We had a great Graduate Club Champs field and perhaps the strongest A-Division we’ve had in a few years, even with some players not being able to participate.

The C-Division’s Brandon Leitch started off with a great opening round of 41 points on Firethorn. He was closely followed by Ryan Bulger (38 pts), Tashlin Hamid (36 pts) and Bennie Bronn (36 pts). We were in for a treat going into the second round in the afternoon.

James Dunbar finished very strong and closed off with level par 36 points and a total of 68, finishing in third position, losing on a count-out. Brandon followed up his first-round with only 27 points and also finished on 68 points for the Championships and finished as the runner-up. Tashlin kept his cool on Bushwillow and had a great closing round, three better than his handicap on Bushwillow to finish on 39 points and a great total of 75 points for the Championships. Well played Tashlin Hamid and congratulations on winning the Graduate C-Division.
Graduate C-Division winner: Tashlin Hamid and Derek McGowen
The B-Division competition was very tight and after the first round only 5 shots separated the top 8 on the leader board. Luca Garcez opened his Club Champs account with a great round of 78, he was followed by Jamie Rood, Matthew Elliott and Trent Livingstone. The second round proofed a bit tougher for the B-Division players and with only one player playing better than his handicap the scoring average for the second round was 86.2.

Jamie Rood finished strong, carding a 78 for his second round and finished on a total of 159 for the Championships. His 159 was closely followed by Luca Garcez (161) the runner up and in third position was Matthew Elliott on 163. Izak Lamprecht won the best over net on a total of 142 (73 & 69). Well done to all our winners and congratulations to Jamie Rood for winning the Graduate B-Division.
Graduate B-Division winner: Jamie Rood and Derek McGowen
We could not have asked for a closer finish in the A-Division, and as with last year’s Club Championships, it came down to the last hole. After the first round, there were only 2 shots between the top 5 players and we knew we were in for a treat going into the second round. Round one leader and 2020 Champion, Chris Scheppel started with a very good 72 and was tied at the top of the leaderboard with Darren Quirk. They were closely followed by Richard Tsai (73), Conner MacKenzie (73) and Byron Anley (74). As with the B-Division, the second round proofed to be tougher than the first, playing 1.4 strokes more difficult than the morning round.

Jared Botha, who started his second round 4 strokes behind the leaders, followed up his first round, 76, with a great 73 to finish in third position. Byron Anley recorded two 74’s and finished on a total of 148 for the Championships, only one shot behind the winner.

Conner MacKenzie had a 4-shot lead going onto the 18th tee box and as we all know golf can be a really funny and frustrating game. Conner lost his first drive and had to go back to the tee box to play his third shot. Not knowing what’s happening in front of him, Conner carded a 7 on the last hole, and it was just enough to secure the 2021 Graduate Club Championships. Well done, Conner, after being so close last year you got that little monkey off your back.
 Graduate Club Champion for 2021: Conner MacKenzie and Derek McGowan
We would like to thank all the players for a great Championship. Click here to view the final results.
NewBee Golf Day

Due to bad weather, our previous NewBee Golf Day was cancelled and had to be re-scheduled.  The golf day finally took place on Friday and as always gave all our new members the opportunity to get to know the Randpark team and meet other new members. A big thank you to all our NewBees for making time to join this fun day!

Well done to all our winners:

Desan Pillay
Voucher: Sunday Lunch at Fairway Hotel
Score: 39
2nd Ian Perumal
Voucher: Sky Hotel Voucher
Score: 39
1st Mike Karam
Voucher: Newbee Trophy & Gary Player Leather Bag
Score: 40

Longest Day - 4-Ball
Andre Van Der Walt, Rylee Van Der Walt, Kuben Moodliar & Marc Leaf
Voucher: Toi Moi Bag, Cap & RP Bag Tag

 3rd Bongani Zulu, Jaco Calitz, Jared Venter & Francois Swart
Voucher: Thunder Gun Vouchers & Sleeve of Balls
 Score: 87
 2nd  Shillan Kisten, Desan Pillay, Tendai Matore & Jacobus Oosthuizen (Ghost)
Voucher: Toi Moi Hampers
Score: 89
 1st Malcolm Davitt Jnr, Ukesh Reewith, Jacques Stevenson & Ruan Vermeulen
R450 RP Voucher & Inrange Voucher
 Score: 90

Jayson Serrao
Desan Pillay

MItsubishi Gary Player Erinvale Duffel & Thunder Gun

Discount Golf Voucher - Sun City & Spa Voucher
Sindy-Ann Quaker
Martin Mackal

Mitsubishi Gary Player Erinvale Duffel & Amstel 6 Pack, Glass & Cap

Irene Fourball

Bring your team down to the Driving Range and have a bit of a golf party. Inrange+ is an experience for every person, not just golfers. Come play!

The pro golfer, the newbie, the “I’ve only ever tried golf once” person and everyone in between can now have fun with  Inrange+, a unique golf experience that merges the real driving range with entertaining golf games. There are four different games and you can get up to 4 people per bay. In the end, a winner will be crowned.

For more info on our fun packages call Leanne on 011 215 8600 or clubevents@randpark.co.za.
Have a great week
Stay Safe, Healthy & Happy!
The Randpark Team

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