A cold, wet and blustery day greeted the junior players at Plettenberg Bay – one of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations. The Southern and Eastern Cape has had its fair share of wet weather this winter and Plettenberg Bay Golf Course played to its full length as there was no run on the fairways making it fairly difficult for the shorter hitters in the field.  Balls were plugging and some were even getting lost!

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Roger Wessels with Cameron Moralee

Junior golf in the Southern Cape is really junior in that many of the most competitive golfers are between 14 and 16 years old and they are excelling in the National tournaments. Javon Rebula is 15 years old and is without doubt the player to beat in the Southern Cape.  He has had a number of wins this year including the SA Boys U15 Nationals.  He again showed his class at Plettenberg Bay by winning with a very good 72.  Cameron Moralee – another 15 year old – finished as the runner up on 74.  Cameron is a KeNako student and has had a wonderful run in tournaments over the past month.  He was the highest placed Southern Cape player in the SA U17 Boys Championship and then the highest placed Southern Cape player at the National Order of Merit tournament (U19) played in Durban.  Cameron finished 10th at the U17 Nationals and then 23rd at the NOOM in Durban.  They were both tough golf courses and Cameron should be very proud of his results.

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Roger Wessels with Lydon Charnley

Another KeNako student Lydon Charnley followed his excellent win at Oubaai in June with a 3rd place finish on Sunday, despite finishing with a double bogey on the last hole.  Lydon’s two good results in a row have seen his confidence grow and there is no reason why his form should not continue.  From a coaching perspective it is good to see the KeNako program has had a positive impact on Lydon’s game and it has highlighted once again that patience can often be the key ingredient to progress – easy to say but requires great discipline to implement.

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Roger Wessels with Johan Oosthuizen

Yet another KeNako student Johan Oosthuizen won the Best Nett prize in the A Division with a nett score of 73.  Johan only just missed winning one of the medal prizes.  Johan’s game has been improving steadily and he is playing consistently well.

Congratulations to all of the boys on their recent results – keep up the constructive effort and stay focused!