The youngsters certainly outshone their senior competitors this year at the Langebaan Country Estate Golf Club Championship, scooping both the women’s and men’s titles for 2019. Thirteen-year-old Eric Venter became Gentlemen’s Champion for the first time and twenty-one-year-old Adel van Dyk achieved Ladies’ Champion status for the third time.
The 36-hole competition got off to a misty start on 22 February with Venter under immediate pressure landing his first shot under the trees in the rough. Runner-up, Jaco Visagie, kept a close eye on the Venter. Commenting after the final round Visagie said: ‘I have played this game for 45 years and never has a round of golf given me such joy as Sunday’s with this young man, 13 years old, standing up to the old toppies and playing such solid golf. His Dad’s chest just grew bigger and bigger as the day progressed. What a moment when Eric sank another great putt and his first reaction was a glimpse to see where his Dad was. What a moment for his Mom and Dad after all the effort from their side. What a moment in LCE ‘s history!”
Adel van Dyk took home the women’s divison trophy for a third time – a fantastic achievement from this young lady.
The tournament, in its 27th year, was contested by a total of 108 members competing in 5 divisions. With a total score of 10 over par, Venter concluded the 36 holes, with a 3-stroke victory over Visagie, who finished 13 over par. The total value of all the prizes competed for was R40 000 worth of food and wine hampers and golfing merchandise from leading manufacturers.
Commenting on the championship, De Wet Basson who is a member of the club with European Tour experience and spent this tournament caddying for his son said; “It was the first time in a very long time that I have been on the course and participating in club champs. I must congratulate Langebaan Counry Estate on the organising and hosting of the event. I have played in many club champs and opens in my days and this one will stand out in my memory. To give everybody the value that you and your team provided this weekend is exceptional. Well done.”