James Vorster kept a level head against some formidable competition to win the men’s A-division of the Tzaneen Country Club championship. With this feat, Vorster clinched the overall club championship. The club championship was held on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of March. A total of 72 players competed in this tournament.
After having to settle for second place twice in past club championships, this year Vorster held his nerve to finally add his name to the coveted list of club champions with a gross score of 146. The competition, especially from last year’s winner and defending champion Luan Steenkamp, along with Gerhard Smit and HJ van Jaarsveld kept Vorster on his toes throughout the tournament. Smit eventually finished second, a mere shot behind with a gross score of 147.
“In the first round on Saturday, I had an exceptionally good round which put me in a good position for the second round. I am very happy to finally win the championship, after having to settle for second place on previous occasions”, said Vorster afterward.
“But it was not an easy feat to achieve with so many quality players on the course. The healthy competition certainly kept me on my toes. I will be competing at the North West Open this coming weekend in Rustenburg and I certainly hope to do well there.”
“I know the course quite well, but I will arrive a day before to play a bit of a practice round before the actual competition begins. There will be some formidable competition because some of the country’s best players are expected to enter.”
With hardly any contenders in the ladies division, it was again plain sailing for the current ladies champ, Megan Bisset, to clinch the club championship crown for the fourth year running. Bisset completed her final round with a gross score of 173.
André Fourie, with a gross score of 171, claimed the victory in the men’s B-division category. Fourie was elated with his second shot for the ninth hole in the final round on Sunday afternoon with the ball bouncing right in the hole for an eagle.
This magnificent ninth-hole shot set Fourie up for a win. Garth Stevens, with a gross score of 169 was the runner-up. The C-division championship was won by Nick Human with a score of 77 points with Frank Warne taking the second spot on 72 points.
Jansie le Roux was second in the ladies division with a nett score of 152. In third place with the second-best nett score of 158 for the female players, was Biebie Warren. The men’s overall best nett score of 143 for the tournament went to Leon Pieterse. The best nett score of 67 over the rst round’s 18 holes was accom-plished by HJ van Jaarsveld. This feat for the next 18 holes in the second round belonged to Louis Erasmus with his nett score of 69.