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We are going next level in the fitting studio

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 10:12

Good afternoon,

It was a rather emotional weekend as we enjoyed the last major of the year - with great anticipation. Louis Oosthuizen led going into the final round and Stellenbosch GC member Justin Harding started the final round on 6 under par. At the end it was once again not meant to be as Collin Morikawa made history with his bogey-free final round. What makes Collin’s win even more special is that he became the first golfer to win both his majors in his maiden appearance. A very worthy Champion Golfer of the Year indeed!

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Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of trivia? This is from the final major of the year and a player by the name of Jonathan Thompson, a rather big fella, 6ft 9 inches and 300 pounds.

The 25-year-old from Sheffield, made his ace on the 162-yard par three 16th, the ball rolling in after pitching on the greenside bank.

It was at this very spot in 1967 that Tony Jacklin made the first hole-in-one ever televised, at the Dunlop Masters event. The short hole is also well-remembered from the 2003 Open, as it is where Thomas Bjorn famously blew his lead by taking three to get out of the bunker.

Jonathan recreated history with a magnificent hole-in-one at The Open on Friday. The 25-year-old made his ace on the 16th hole to guarantee making the cut for the weekend.

Thomson had just bogeyed the 15th to be on the margin of the cut mark, but the two strokes gained made sure he will be playing at the weekend.

Usually plying his trade on the Challenge Tour, Thompson rarely gets the limelight. He is however, easily spotted as the tallest man ever to gain a card for the European Tour, which he managed to do for 2018. This is his Open debut after he finished second in the qualifying event at Hollinwell, where he is the attached professional.

He is not someone who finds golf difficult to put into perspective, after being diagnosed with leukemia as a child. From the age of 7 to 12, he missed plenty of school while having treatment before being given the all-clear. Already hooked on golf, he would spend a lot of time at Rotherham Golf Club, where his father worked. What a great story!

Golf is the greatest sport ever, accommodating all shapes and sizes, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful game...

Spot the giant

Who won the special edition golf bag?

You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

Titleist University now on your doorstep at Stellenbosch GC

We are going next level in the fitting studio to create an even better experience for our members and visitors. Three staff members have enrolled into Titleist University. They will be doing the custom fitting course and golf ball course, making them the leaders in the area... From August the Stellenbosch Studio will have the full range of Titleist products including – putters, wedges, irons, hybrids / utility clubs, fairway woods and drivers. You’ll even be able to do a ball fitting – now that’s next level!

Our friendly staff is waiting for your appointment as we move all custom fitting in-house – making for a more memorable experience.
Click here to make your appointment .

Staff in training, as learning is the name of the game

It's competition time!

No dimples...What?

Do we need dimples on a golf ball? Good question and the quick answer, yes you do – dimples give the ball the aerodynamics to fly.

So that brings us to a little competition – I love a competition! How far do you think Cameron hit this ball? I’ll give you a “little” tip too, he used a Titleist TSi1 9-Degree Driver – click here and let me know. Closest guess (to the correct distance) will win a Titleist Cap and will be announced in my next tale.

Important notice form HNA – please read in case you missed it!

Registering / Opening a round before play
It is a condition of the World Handicap System that for a handicap score to be entered into the system, the round must be registered (opened) on the HNA system before play begins.

Scores where the round is opened after play are flagged and reported to your club's Handicap Committee for further investigation. Every golfer's percentage of rounds opened before play is reflected in the player's scoring records and on the App.

A round can be opened before play on the club terminal (there is one at every club), on the free HNA mobile App, on the HNA website or through the club's system.

Score entry and late score entry penalty

Golfers are requested to please enter their scores as soon as possible after the completion of the round, and before 11pm, on the day of play. This is important for the Playing Conditions Calculation, which is calculated for each tee, at each course, overnight – provided there were sufficient players to meet the algorithm's minimum requirement.

The HNA system automatically applies a late score entry penalty of the lowest differential in the player's last 20 scores for any score entered more than 24 hours after 11pm on the day of play, and a “p” will be displayed next to the differential in the system.

Players who are playing two days in a row and have failed to enter the previous day's score before 11pm will not have a valid Handicap Index the following day and should therefore be excluded from playing in any competition.

Symbols used in golfers' scoring records

Stellenbosch Junior Open 2021

Timothy, Sergio and Alessia did it again!

After winning their divisions two days ago at Devonvale GC, this trio of players continued their great form and won the Stellenbosch Junior Championships in their respective division.

Timothy Daniels made 7 birdies to card a 4-under 68 to claim the U19 boys title. Hennie de Villiers was our runner-up on a score of 71. Dylan Kayne made up the top 3 with a 73.

We needed a play-off to determine the U19 girls champion. Alessia Goussard and Ineke Brynard were tied after regulation play. A solid two-putt par on the 1st playoff hole was enough for Alessia to claim victory.

Sergio Japhets went 3 in a row in the U13 boys division. Sergio's score of 75 was enough to claim a 1-stroke victory over Wilan vd Berg.

Congratulations to all the boys and girls!

Congratulations Justin and Oliver

Two Stellenbosch GC members are applying their trade in Europe at the moment...So, ending on a nice positive note, well done to Justin Harding finishing 19th in the 2021 Open Championship on Sunday. A great ambassador to our club indeed. Not easy to spot in the photo but under his name he proudly carries the Stellenbosch GC logo – what a champion!

Look closely at the bag – you go boy! #proudlystellenboschgc

That brings us to our next star performer Oliver Bekker, who has also been in Europe for the last couple of months and is doing exceptionally well on the Challenge Tour. He’s had a great run and is only €15 000 from securing his European Tour card for next season. Ollie, we’ll be following closely over the next couple of weeks – keep the great form going.

Winter is playing tricks on our eyes

Looking out on the driving range it looks like it's snowing, but it's not, the range is covered in golf balls...

Keep warm,