The Season 5 Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Final was played at Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate on 3-4 June 2021. This was the longest WLIPSA season in the history of the event, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, delaying the regionals and SA finals.
The tournament was played over 2 days on a pristine Devonvale Golf Course and saw the lowest average handicap field at a SA Finals with an average of 6.6! We had some exceptional under par scores from the plus handicappers in the field and it was great to see that low, mid, and high handicappers can compete at the same level of competitiveness. This all contributed for a nail biting and entertaining two rounds.
The headline sponsor Windhoek Lager ensured that through their sponsorship, the 2020 season could be completed and no golfer who qualified was left behind, thus keeping it real. Additional support from The Pro Shop, Legacy Hotels and Resorts, Kulula, Callaway and Riviera On Vaal Resort made this final a great event.
Players arrived on the Wednesday and received their welcome hamper, which was made extra special by Namaqua Garage (Jaco Louw), the franchise dealer for Mercedes-Benz, adding a few extra items to the welcome hampers and also sponsored some energy bars and drinks to push the golfers on their last day.
Devonvale Golf Course Staff made sure the course was in tip-top shape for our SA Finalists with fast and challenging greens on their first round. David van der Sandt and his TV crew from TV Sport & News Productions cc followed players around the course and captured some magnificent golf shots over the two days.
Day one came to a close and resulted with the leading Pair of Alex Moonsamy + Yogan Chetty from Maidstone Golf Club on 41 points closely followed by Goolam Vahed + NSM Maharaj from Mount Edgecombe CC and pairs from Paarl, Kuilsrivier and Kimberley. The ladies also played some fantastic golf and there were 2 pairings that stood out for a possible win, Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Mente - Somerset West GC leading with 36 points followed by Sue Smith + Tanya Adams - Mount Edgecombe CC on 35 points.
See results after day 1:
41 Points - Alex Moonsamy + Yogan Chetty - Maidstone GC
40 Points - Goolam Vahed + NSM Maharaj -Mount Edgecombe CC
39 Points - Dick Coetzee + Hennie Hamer - Paarl GC
38 Points - Davel Le Roux + Rhys Human - Kuilsrivier GC
38 Points - Kobus Coetser + Lukie Harmse - Kranspoort GC
38 Points - Conor McNamara + Phillip Maritz - Kimberley GC
36 Points - Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Mente - Somerset West GC
35 Points - Sue Smith + Tanya Adams - Mount Edgecombe CC
Golfers were entertained the evening after round 1 by one of the ‘BROERS’ brothers Nic Stevens and made for a fun and a relaxing evening before heading into the final round.
The final day started off as a seeded draw with leading pairs playing together and made for a great battle for the championship titles. All eyes were on the leading pairs and players had a taste of the professional tournament environment with the TV crew following them around the course. As scores came in on the final day it became apparent that pressure was mounting, and teams started jockeying for the top spot. The pair from Maidstone golf club had a challenging last round and only came up with 33 points, which would not be sufficient to take the win. The Mount Edgecombe pair kept things together and came in with 39 points and a chance of making it to the World finals. The pairs from Kranspoort, Paarl and Kuilsrivier fought hard, but it was the Pairing from Kuilsrivier GC that took the top spot with a brilliant 43 points on the final day to secure the win with 2 points. This led to a 3-way playoff for 2nd spot and a chance of making it to the World Finals. At the end it was Hennie and Dick from Paarl GC who birdied the first playoff hole and secure their place at the World Finals in Portugal.
The ladies seemed excited but nervous on the final day as 6 pairs fought hard on the day, but it was the team from Somerset West, Suzanne, and Sonja, who kept their composure on the last day to secure a 2-shot victory over the Mount Edgecombe ladies’ team and a place in the World Finals, as our South African Ladies pairing.
Men’s/Mixed Pairs Champions - Davel Le Roux + Rhys Human - Kuilsrivier Golf Club
Ladies Champions - Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Christian - Somerset West Golf Club
Men’s/Mixed Pairs 2nd (in a playoff) - Dick Coetzee + Hennie Hamer - Boschenmeer Golf Estate / Paarl Golf Club
See full results here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7241039526909475783
A big thanks to our sponsors and players that donated the extra prizes and lucky draws on the final day.
Some kind words from one of our participants:
“The Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa Golf Tournament was ‘an experience of a lifetime!’
Thank you to Africa Sports Management, and all the sponsors.
Even the ‘plus’ golfers we spoke to have agreed with this.
We arrived as strangers, competed seriously, and left as friends.”
John Price – Sharkriver Golf Club - Port Elizabeth
Thanks to all the clubs and players for their support through Season 5 and a big congratulations to all winners and World Final finalists, See you in Portugal!