PORT ELIZABETH (29 September 2013) – While South Africa’s 2010 Open champion makes a welcome return to competitive golf at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, 72 of South Africa’s top junior golfers will be challenging in the Louis Oosthuizen Junior Club Teams Championship at Clarens Golf Club from 29-30 September.
Eighteen teams from 12 unions across South Africa will go head-to-head in the second edition of this premier junior team event.
Although the defending champions Strand did not qualify this year, the Western Province will be represented by Bellville Golf Club.
The Devonvale team will fly the flag for Boland, Modderfontein and Wanderers Golf Clubs, will represent Central Gauteng while Ekurhuleni will be fielding teams from Kempton Park Golf Club and the Lake Club Benoni.
Centurion Country Club and Silver Lakes will represent Gauteng North, Sishen and Bloemfontein Golf Clubs the Free State & Northern Cape and Gowrie Farm and Mount Edgecombe Country Club will represent KwaZulu-Natal.
Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West will be represented by Witbank, Polokwane and Klerksdorp respectively, while East London and Middelburg will do their best for the Eastern Province.
The Southern Cape will be in full force with Mentz Germishuis, Arno Muller, Markus Smal and Cyril Botha from the Louis Oosthuizen Academy based at Pinnacle Point doing duty this year.
Oosthuizen dispatched brand manager Bertu Nel to Clarens with a message for the players.
“All great champions began their careers at junior level. I played a lot of amateur and junior golf and I know how important competition is to your development as a player. This is where champions are made and it is an honour for me to work with the South African Golf Association in growing and nurturing this country’s future Major champions.
“Play your matches in the true spirit of the game, with skill and sportsmanship. I hope you will renew old acquaintances, make new friends and leave with wonderful memories of great tournament.”
The four-man teams will compete over three rounds with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. The best three scores in each team will count towards their total in in each round.