DCC JUNIORS SHINE IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS
It has been a good few days for juniors associated with the Club with two of our Premier players whom are both scholars winning major Provincial and National tournaments on Sunday. Congratulations to Jason Broomhead, our Club champion and matric learner at Westville Boys High School and Matt Saulez, a current Premier KZN player and learner at Michaelhouse.
Included hereunder are slightly edited versions of articles that were published in the Mercury concerning Jason’s victory and an article that was published on the SAGA website concerning Matt’s victory.
On Monday the aptly named Judith Paterson Trophy, a junior tournament run under the auspices of the KZNGU and played at the Country Club course, was won by “Jonno” [Don’t call me Jon] Broomhead.
He is a Grade 9 learner, [Std 7 or 3rd Form to us oldies] 15 years of age and the younger brother of Jason. He shot a very good 75 in tough conditions in the first round.
This recent emergence of top talent at DCC is not a coincidence but is a vindication of policy followed by the last three captains and League convenors to actively encourage scholars to participate in the league structures of DCC. Identified talent was selected in top teams with the understanding that even if they were not necessarily completely ready for the challenge that they had the talent and that the experience of playing top opponents and being surrounded by good players would see their progress accelerated.
This policy that was first instituted by Murray Leyden and carried on under the leadership of Laghlan Gourley and Glen Passmore, meant that a number of good, young talent was exposed to top quality golf in the pressurised world of league golf and as a consequence their golf has improved. It is not only important that talent be identified but it needs to be nurtured.
To this end to my predecessors, a big thanks for the processes that you put in place and I am pleased that the focus continues today with not only the “mopfoots” doing well but we expect the talented scholars already in the system, Samuel Mckenzie, Lasanthan Moodley and Liam King to develop into good players.
None of this is possible without the efforts of a number of individuals who devote their time supporting junior golf but it would be wrong not to acknowledge the effort of Ian King in the recent past and Val Mckenzie who currently does a sterling job with our juniors.
Broomhead could be the real deal after run of wins
30 Jun 2015
There’s officially a ‘new kid on the block’ in KwaZulu-Natal golf circles. He’s got a number of nicknames already, including ‘Mop Foot’, coined by his Durban Country Club league teammates.
Murray Gilson gave him that name but there are others.
Jason Broomhead with the Club Champion Trophy
But perhaps ‘Jordan’ would be more appropriate at the moment. You see, in 17-year-old Jason Broomhead, the province has a young talent who appears to be the real deal and is achieving success faster than most expected. (Except maybe for coach Pam Hayward who has seen his development at Westville Boys High).
By winning the eLAN KZN Invitational at Mount Edgecombe last Sunday, Broomhead showed that he has some serious game. It also showed that his winning the Durban CC match-play recently, considered very difficult to win, was no fluke.
At Mount Edgecombe he shot 71 and 70 to win by one from Greg McKay of Mount Edgecombe.
His day wasn’t without blemish though. At the first hole in the afternoon round he made a messy double bogey, flying the green with a wedge, frogging a bunker shot and then three-putting. “I just lost concentration… it woke me up and helped get me back into the game,” said Broomhead.
During the day he focused on course management and keeping the ball in play He resisted the urge to take on risky shots and it paid off.
A back nine charge in the afternoon saw him leap up the leaderboard. He made birdies at the 12th, 13th, 14th (all playing fairly easy) and another at the 16th (which never plays easy!). “I hit a driver and then a 7-iron from 155m to about two-and-a-half metres from the pin and managed to make the putt,” he said. Two more pars and the deal was done.
Aneurin Gounden had to settle for a tie for third on +2 with fellow Mount Edgecombe club mate Graeme Inggs.[Who is also a member of DCC]
Clayton Mansfield of Durban Country Club was seventh.
The Tour now moves to Durban Country Club for the David Suddards Trophy on July 5.
2015 Nomads National Order of Merit winner Matt Saulez from KwaZulu-Natal with St Francis Links CEO Jeff Clause.
Matt Saulez is a scholar at Michaelhouse and is already an established golfer in KZN having represented the Premier KZN team and at age group level. He has dual membership with us and Gowrie Farm and has played in our Premier team for two years and already has an impressive record not only in KZN but nationally. Those of us that have seen him play are not surprised at his victory at the St Francis links and he has a bright future in golf.
On the 29th of June 2015 this article by Lali Stander was published on the SAGA website reporting on Matt Saulez’s victory in the Nomads National Order of Merit tournament:-
Matt Saulez was convinced that he blew his chances in the Nomads National Order of Merit Coastal after a bit of bushwhacking on the back nine at St Francis Links, but the KwaZulu-Natal player hung tough and produced the goods to seal a maiden victory on the South African Golf Association’s national junior circuit on Monday. Tied for the lead heading down the 18th hole, Saulez boxed a decisive four-footer for birdie to sign for a one-under-par 71 and a one stroke victory on one-over-par 145 over reigning Nomads SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play champion Dylan Naidoo.
Saulez trailed overnight leader Herman Loubser by two strokes after an opening 74.
The 18-year-old Gowrie Farm golfer birdied one, five and eight and reached the turn in one under, but nearly ruined his chances with back-to-back visits to the penal rough that guards the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout.
After bogeying 16 after 3 putting from fairly close Saulez learned that Naidoo had set the clubhouse target at 146 when he reached the 18th tee. “I knew I had to birdie the last hole to avoid a play-off,” Saulez said.
“I hit a solid two-iron down the fairway and had 155 meters to the pin. I took a seven-iron into the green because the win was off the left, hit it to four feet and made the putt”
Congratulations to Jason and Matt, not only are their results good for DCC and KZN golf but also are a vindication of past captains, Leyden, Gourley and Passmore’s vision that more had to be done to push and progress juniors within the league structures of DCC.
Yours in golf
Garth Davis – Golf Captain DCC