October 2, 2015

Back Nine News – The Best Golf Stories & Videos of the Week!

Ernie’s Epic Miss
Sometimes you just walk to the next tee.


Who is the best Springbok Golfer? It looks like Fourie Du Preez playing off a 2 handicap is the best of the bunch. He even got to caddy for Branden Grace at the Masters Par3 Tournament! Some other notable handicaps: Schalk Burger (5), Victor Matfield (10), Willie Le Roux (13)  150409Fourie-du-Preez-jpg  

      GolfDigest SA celebrates 20th year Launched in October 1995, Golf Digest South Africa has been a great resource for golfers locally. The local magazine benefits from the global brand and content, whether insightful interviews with the best golfers in the world or instruction features that help you break 80-90-100. The anniversary issue features in-depth content with Ernie Els and it’s available on digital download now for R25 – HERE    Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 1.42.48 PM

  Big field of SA Pros at Dunhill Links Championship Thanks to the Rupert family influence, many Sunshine Tour regulars are offered an opportunity to play in the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship held over St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. South Africans competing: (in order of leaderboard position when last checked) Garth Mulroy, Danie van Tonder, Darren Fichardt, Hennie Otto, Merrick Bremner, Charl Schwartzel, Jaco Ahlers, Branden Grace, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Jake Roos, Ernie Els, Justin Walters, Keith Horne, Jbe Kruger, Jared Harvey, Tjaart van der Walt, Jacques Blaauw, Justin Harding. grace_2362470b

  Central Gauteng Defend Interprovincial Title, Northern Gauteng Promoted to A Section In a commanding unbeaten performance, Central Gauteng defended their title at ‘home’ at Glendower GC. Northern Gauteng won the B Division and gains promotion, while Eastern Province will move down. The Central Gauteng team consisted of Matthew Spacey, Jaco Du Plessis (Team Manager), Jason Viljoen, Darin De Smidt, Andy Truluck (Asst. Manager), Ryan Dreyer, Marco Steyn, David Meyers, Andi Dill (Captain), Basil Wright. View results at Central Gauteng Golf Union Website. Central-Gauteng-trophy-150925-Ernest-Blignault-300

  Web.com Finals, more SA players on the PGA Tour With Q-School falling away, the Web.com Finals are the closest you’re going to get to a make or break career on the PGA Tour. The Top50 players on the Finals order of merit at the end of this weekend will receive their PGA Tour Cards. At the moment Dawie van der Walt has already gained his card for next year. South Africans competing (in order of leaderboard position when last checked): Tyrone van Aswegen, Thomas Aiken, Dawie van der Walt. View Leaderboard here.

  Jason Day’s Emotional ‘Never Say Die’ Life Story Video In this video we get a glimpse into his roller-coaster life story. From losing his dad, resorting to drinking as a 12yr old, all the way through to a life defining partnership with his coach and caddie Col Swatton. It has to be one of the most beautifully produced and personal films ever done on a golfer. It’s been a great year for Jason Day, 5 PGA Tour wins including his dominating win at the PGA Championship has only reaffirmed that his style of power and short game touch is here to stay. There’s inevitably going to an ongoing battle between him, Spieth and McIlroy for the Number 1 title. Watch the video here. Jason-Day-Documentary-Screen

  Jordan Spieth Money, Swing & Coaches   As great as Day has been, Spieth has been better. He almost won 3 majors in a row. He won the FedEx Cup and added over $22 Million in on-course earnings to his bank balance. Tough job. But the most interesting article on him is this one on his 3 coaches; Cameron McCormick, Damon Goddard, John Fields. Read it HERE SHEBOYGAN, WI - AUGUST 11:  Jordan Spieth of the United States and his coach Cameron McCormick practice on the putting green during a practice round prior to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on August 11, 2015 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

  Course of the Week: Metropolitan Since its redevelopment following the Stadium construction Metropolitan has emerged as a golf gem in the city. One of the best places to sneak off to for a quick nine holes, the fairways are generous and the city views remarkable. With 14 large greens and interesting tee positions this course doesn’t feel like a standard 9-hole course and enjoys some protection from the wind thanks to Signal Hill. It’s also blessed with some of the best greens in the Western Cape. Brad, Matthew, Arno, Paul and Dean can be found running the Pro-Shop and offering golf lessons. Visit their website here. Panoramic Cape Town , Greenpoint.

  IGT Race To Q-School starts The IGT Pro Tour has grown steadily over the last few years as more and more young golfers chase their pro golf dreams. The first “Mini Tour” to run consistently in South Africa has tournaments of different sizes in Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. While the purses could have a deeper pay-out structure, at least golfers (amateur or professional) who are willing to invest the money on 3 days of competitive golf have an opportunity to hone their game before trying to graduate to the Sunshine Tour. Next week sees the kick-off of the IGT Race To Q-School Series which will see multiple events leading up to the Sunshine Tour Q-School in December. Visit the IGT Pro Tour Website.

  Your Golf Weather for the Week Johannesburg: Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 11.35.33 AM Cape TownScreen Shot 2015-10-02 at 11.35.06 AMDurban:Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 11.35.53 AM

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