KeNako student Alan Lones travelled home from the KeNako Academy for his December vacation on Friday 30th November and on his first day back home in East London he played in the Kei Mouth Open, the first tournament of the 2014 Border Golf Union (BGU) Order of Merit (OOM).  The tournament was played over 36 holes on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2013. The weather conditions on Saturday were shocking, with winds were gusting from the west at speeds of up to 70km per hour, accompanied by intermittent rain.  Sunday’s weather conditions were more benign and this reflected in the scoring.  The tournament is a highlight on the BGU calendar and is known as the Hi-Q Kei Mouth Open.  The scores in this tournament count towards the 2014 BGU Men’s IPT selection.  Earlier this year Alan had made his debut for the Border Senior Men’s Team and this was his first opportunity to compete in his home province since prior to the IPT.

The majority of the 2013 Border Men’s and Mid-amateur golfers competed in this very popular tournament.  Alan was playing against 72 of Border’s top golfers of all ages. On Saturday he was 4 behind the leaders with an opening 77 in the atrocious weather conditions. He did not let this deter him and on Sunday Alan got his score to 5 under par with 2 holes to play before dropping shots at each of the last 2 holes to finish with a fine 69 to win by 2 shots.  This is a massive milestone in Alan’s fledgling golf career and it is the first time that Alan has broken 70 in a tournament. He finished 2 over for the tournament on 146 (77/69), 2 shots clear of Johan Du Plessis.  In the recent November/December Issue of Complete Golfer Johan was noted as a MVP for his outstanding results at the recent IPT Mid Am tournament played at Durban Country Club in KZN where he had won 9 out of his 12 matches playing at number 2 for the Border team.  As it happens Johan has also won the Kei Mouth Open 6 times in the past. Johan Du Plessis finished on 148 with scores of 76/72 and was one of Alan’s playing partners on both days.

Alan has made excellent progress at the KeNako Academy in 2013 and it is really pleasing to see that proudly Alan competed at the Kei Mouth Open in his KeNako clothing!  Well done and thank you Alan!!  Apparently some of the BGU administrators were suitably impressed with Alan’s overall play, his continued improvement and his general demeanour.  It seems as if some of the speech making that the students have recently had to do at both KeNako Academy and Rundle College’s end of year functions also came in handy for Alan as he made his winning speech!  Alan’s proud father Bryan caddied for him on both days and enjoyed the win as much as Alan did!