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March 2012

Promising returns in Border

Players from the SAGDB's programme in Border put in good showings at recent junior golf events in the region. Their performances confirmed the strength of the SAGDB's coaching efforts in the province.

At the Mitchum Scott West Bank Open Masibulele Vamsinya took third place in the A division after rounds of 84, 80 and 82. Sbabalwa Mbengu won the C division at the same event, with scores of 98, 90 and 96. Thobani Bilitane was the best u/12 player, shooting 92 and 90 in the 36 hole event.

The following week at the East London Junior Open Mangaliso Mnoto carded rounds of 86 and 78 to finish third in the B division. Siyanda Dania finished third in the C division with scores of 97 and 88.

There was even better to come at the Stutterheim Junior Championships, with Chuma Adonis taking first place in the B division after a round of 78. His nett score of 71 was also the best over the entire field. SAGDB players also claimed the top two places in the C division, with Thembani Mdibaniso finishing first and Aphiwe Mbewu second.

At the Kei Mouth Junior Open, Mangaliso Mnoto was in the prizes again, claiming third place in the B division on the back of a round of 80. Thembani Mdibaniso was once again the best player in the C division, shooting 81.

"The standard of these junior tournaments is very high, but our players are doing well," says the SAGDB's development manager for Border, Millie Zim. "It's also encouraging to see that our kids are improving their stroke averages from month to month."