Former Team Europe captain Ian Woosnam has paired up with sports bookmaker Betway.com to select his all-time Ultimate European team. The line-up features legends including Colin Montgomerie and Seve Ballesteros as well as current team members Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. Between them, Woosie’s dream team have made 52 tournament appearances and won 201.5 points!
Betway Ambassador and former Europe captain Ian Woosnam runs the rule over the Europe and USA teams ahead of the tournament which takes place at Gleneagles between 26 and 28 September 2014.
Speaking at Wentworth Golf Course, Surrey, Woosie discusses Europe captain Paul McGinley's picks, the pressure of playing in golf's only team tournament and why he is backing Team Europe to retain the trophy.
General Views available include Woosnam on the putting green-including holing a 25 foot putt - and teeing off on the driving range.
Golfers always feel pressure going into a national team championship, but there is even more at stake for Saint Dunstans College Preparatory School with a title defense on the table.
However, the Ekurhuleni institution has managed to double their chances for the fourth Ernie Els Primary Schools Championship in August. With two teams lining up at Middleburg Country Club, the defending champions will bring twice the firing power to the battle when the prestigious team event tees off from 9 – 10 August.
‘As the defending champions, we received automatic entry into this year’s event but we decided to enter both our A and B teams in the provincial regional qualifiers in June. I wanted all 8 players to experience the competition and have the chance to play together,’ explained Saint Dunstans Director of Sport, Chris Tucker.
It will a learning curve for South Africa’s upcoming golfers as they try to make their presence felt on the grand stage.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Zander Lombard, Paul Boschoff and Tristen Strydom will fly the country’s flag on both sides of the Atlantic this week. The South African Golf Associations top ranked pair will compete in the 112th Western Amateur in Chicago, while Boshoff and Strydom will hunt success in Belgium.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Lombard will compete their warm up for next month’s US Amateur at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago this week.
Ivanna Samu is just 18 holes away from realizing one of her major goals for 2014 after she took control in the second round of the prestigious Nomads SA girls Championship in Oakney Golf Club on Monday.
The recent Gauteng championship winner carded an even par 72 to pull two strokes clear of defending champion, Ji Sun Kang.
Samu knocked in a birdie putt at the par-five ninth to take the sting off bogeys second, fifth, seventh and eighth holes and turn in three over. She rallied with birdies at the 13th, 15th and 18th to top the leader board at three over par 147.
By: Farai Diza
Stuart Krogg and Jack Allard dealt South Africa a crushing blow when they ended South Africa’s unbeaten run at the Africa Zone V1 Golf Championships on Wednesday.
After a clean sweep in the foursomes, South Africa looked on track to score full points in the fourballs, but Krogg and Allard had the measure of the greens at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate and handed the SA pair a 3 and 2 drubbing.
South Africa kept ahead in the log with 15 points, but the local favourites may have to pull out all the stops in the final round singles to secure the country’s 19th title in Africa’s most prestigious team championship.
Looking to go one better than their runner up spot last year, Zimbabwe pulled within three points of South Africa and sits comfortably in second place.
But Zimbabwe is not the only threat.
Namibia also made a major move with three foursomes victories and a clean sweep in the fourballs to finish just a half point behind Zimbabwe.
Swaziland slipped into fourth on the log with 9.5 points alongside Mauritius, while Kenya and Malawi lurk just a half point back in sixth.
By: Farai Diza
National pride takes precedence this week as South Africa takes up its title defense in the 2014 Africa Zone VI Golf Tournament at the Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate this week.
Over three days, the national team will line up against 11 other African nations to chase down the country’s 19th victory since 1995 in Africa’s flagship team event.
There was a lot of cheerful banter and playful teasing between the teams on the weekend, but once the SA squad took to the Ken Alkin designed layout for the official practice round on Monday, the players were all business.
Last year, the victorious SA team lost just one point over two rounds of singles, a round of foursomes at Windhoek Country Club in Namibia.
The country’s hoping to head off South Africa’s title defense include Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Zimbabwe finished four points behind South Africa in second on 19 points and Namibia took third on 15 points.