The 2018 Club Championship held at Langebaan Country Estate was another great success, which saw the Gentlemen’s Champion Trophy being awarded to Samee Allie (19) and the Ladies’ Championship to Andrea van Dyk (17).
The tournament, in its 26th year, is open to all members and follows a stroke-play format for Gentlemen – A division up to 9 handicap, and B division a 10 to 15 handicap. The Ladies’ A Division up to 18 handicap is also stroke-play. A stableford format has been adopted recently for gentlemen with handicaps of 16 and above. The Ladies’ B Division for handicaps of 19 and above is also stableford. The total value of all the prizes competed for was an astounding R50 000 worth of golfing requisites from leading manufacturers and a little wine and (good) spirit to boot!
Samee started playing golf at 7 and hasn’t looked back – he currently plays off a 2 handicap, at only 19 years old, but is working hard to scratch and below, for which he now has the time to practise during his gap year before studying a BA in Sports Business Management at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Commenting on his win, Samee says, “There was tough competition out there and the field really made me work hard for the victory, but it feels great to win – hopefully one of many wins this season.”
Andrea van Dyk is only in her final year of high school – so this is also a fantastic achievement from this young lady. Andrea’s father, who received his Green & Gold (Springbok) Jacket for golf in 2017, took his children to the golf course with him when they were very young and thus her passion for the sport was sparked. Andrea started playing competitive golf from the age of 12 and plays off a 9 handicap.
Bob Parry, resident golf pro and Club Liaison Manager at Langebaan Country Estate, says, “It is wonderful to see youngsters coming through the ranks – their dedication and talent is inspiring and a pleasure to see unfold.”