TuksSport High School take SA High School Champs
By Academy Office
Posted on 19 August 2011
The TuksSport High School golf team won the SA High School Championships on August 9.
Tuks Sports take SA High School Champs
PRETORIA (16 August 2011) - The Tuks Sport High School golf team have a simple credo: a match is never won or lost until the last putt drops. It was this conviction and a wonderful team effort that carried them to podium at the South African High School Championships on August 9.
Teagan Moore, Mike Scott, Grant Hudson and Jason Smith saved their best for last to clinch the South African Golf Association’s flagship high school tournament from early leaders King Edward VII School at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. The Tuks Sport High team combined for a winning score of 435 to beat King Edward by five shots; this after the quartet trailed the early pacesetters by five shots after the morning round of the prestigious 36-hole stroke play championship.
“We are obviously thrilled with the win,” said team captain Moore. “We qualified for this year’s championship by winning the Gauteng North High Schools Championships. With 19 of the best high school teams in the country playing this year, the standard of the competition was incredibly high.
“To win a tournament of this calibre is an honour for all of us.”
In the morning, Moore carded a 72, Scott and Smith returned 76s and Hudson posted a 77 for a 224 total that left them in third place behind King Edward and St Stithians Boys College.
“We knew it would be a tall order for us to make up a five shot deficit, especially when the wind picked up in the afternoon,” explained Jacques Nel, TuksGolf Elite Coach and the team’s manager. “But the format of the championship meant we at least had a chance.”
Although all four team members played in the 36-hole team championships, only the top three scores in each round counted.
“This time round Teagan shot a 75, but Mike, Jason and Grant produced the fireworks. Mike holed some of the most incredible putts for a 68 and Jason and Grant backed him with solid rounds.”
Scott’s 68, combined with Hudson’s 72 and a 71 from Smith gave the Tuks Sport High team an afternoon total of 211, which vaulted them to the top of the leaderboard. King Edward VII School managed to hold on for silver on 440, while Pietersburg High School beat St Stithians Boys College on a count out for the bronze medal.
The victory was without a doubt their most significant.
“The team faced a large deficit after the morning round,” said Nel. “To come from behind and pull off a 10-shot turnaround victory speaks volumes of their attitude, resilience and commitment.”
In the individual competition, Gideon van der Vyfer from Paarl Gymnasium took first place with rounds of 71 and 68. His three-under-par 139 total was four shots better than second placed Angus-Ellis Cole from St Stithians Boys College, who carded 70-73. Scott took third place overall with his 76-68.
This was the first year the championship was held under the auspices of the SAGA.
“We permitted each union to enter two teams and the schools could either enter their league winners or qualify through the union qualifiers,” explained the SAGA’s junior golf coordinator, Johan Scholtz. “We were amazed by the immense interest in the championship once qualifying started earlier this year. A total of 13 unions participated in this year’s championship, with at least one team entered from each union.
“With the type of support the event drew this year, we are certain the 2012 championship will draw even more interest.”
435 Tuks Sport HS (224; 211)
440 King Edward VII School (219; 221)
450 Pietersburg High School (227;223)
450 St Stithians Boys College (223;227)
455 Paarl Gymnasium High School (228; 227)
456 Paarl Boys High (225;231)
457 Grey College (226; 232)
459 Westville Boys High (231; 228)
460 Glenwood High School (232; 228)
460 Delmas High School (236; 240)
464 St Thomas Aquinas High School (230; 234)
464 Strand High School (232; 232)
466 Punt High School (236; 230)
469 Middelburg High School (233; 236)
469 Potchefstroom Gymnasium (235; 236)
471 Die Brandwag High School (238; 233)
475 Rustenburg High School (239; 236)
475 Woodhill College (239; 238)
494 Selborne College (254; 240)
PHOTO: Tuks Sport High School Team
From left to right - Grant Hudson, Mike Scott, Jacques Nel (manager), Teagan Moore, Jason Smith (Credit Stella Nova Studio).
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