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May 2009

Inter-provincial success for SAGDB players

As confirmation of the excellent work being done by the SA Golf Development Board (SAGDB) across the country, eleven of the board's players were selected to represent their respective provinces during April. The players competed at u/12 and u/14 level at the Fish River Challenge

The Challenge is contested annually between teams from Western Province, Boland, Southern Cape, Eastern Province, Free State and the hosts, Border.

In the u/12 competition, Keelan Africa and Dylan Jacobs represented Boland, Franklin Manchest played for Southern Cape, Chuma Adonis was part of the Border team, Rushane Peters, Siyamthanda Mncanca and Jamie-Lee Daniels all played for EP, and Riaan Beukes represented Western Province.

Keelan was the top performer amongst the SAGDB players, finishing third in the individual competition. He ended 15-over par after 36 holes. He was tied for first after the first nine, but was unfortunately unable to sustain this form.

Although Jamie-Lee finished tied for last place, her selection was nevertheless extraordinary. Not only was she the only girl in the squad, but she is only nine years old.

At u/14 level, Trevor Thomas turned out for Boland, while Nqaba Mata and Granwell Gelderbloem played for EP. Trevor and Granwell have both been part of their respective provincial teams for a while, but Nqaba was making his first appearance. His selection was secured when former SAGDB star Kim Daniels elected to rather play in the SA Ladies tournament taking place at the same time.

Nqaba took his opportunity well and was the best performer amongst the SAGDB players in the u/14 tournament. He finished tied for 34th in the 56-player field, carding 37-over par in the 54-hole event.

Former SAGDB player, Devon Thomas, who is now part of the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, was part of the victorious Western Province u/14 team at the tournament.