November 2018

Central Gauteng junior Carl Mwale cemented his repution as a player to watch.

Carl secures thrilling win

Carl Mwale of Eagle Canyon Golf Estate in Honeydew scored one of the biggest wins of his young career when the teen shot a 67 to lift his first Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series title on a day of exceptional scoring at Waterkloof Golf Club, Pretoria last month.

By securing his first #BridgeJuniorSeries title the SAGDB junior qualifies for the regional finals of the 18-event junior golf development initiative sanctioned by GolfRSA. The regional finals will take place in April 2019 and the ultimate prize is an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the prestigious Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst, USA.

16-year-old Mwale birdied the final hole for a five under par score and a thrilling one shot victory over Samuel McKenzie of Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. Kiera Floyd of Ebotse Golf and Country Estate was the leading girl and shot 69 to tie third with Nikhil Rama of Bryanston Country Club.

Mwale, who is 14th on the official SAGA U17 rankings, is part of the GolfRSA National Squad for 2018/19 – a programme aimed at giving youngsters the best opportunities and resources to fully develop their potential. He was also part of the Curro Aurora (Randburg) team which won the eighth South African High School Championship at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate in August 2018.

The Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series, which is geared at golf development, launched in July 2017 with 18 tournaments countrywide featuring Under-19 and Under-13 divisions for boys and girls. Endorsed by GolfRSA, the series is managed by Peter Little of the SAGDB.

“The Bridge Junior Series is all about developing our country’s enormous wealth of young talent, so it is especially rewarding to see a member of the SAGDB get a win and we look forward to hosting Carl at the regional finals in April 2019,” said Paul Stewart, Executive Director at Bridge Fund Managers.

“Carl played superbly to shoot 67 and his birdie to win on the final hole shows he has the temperament to match his undoubted talent.”