Jono Broomhead shines at Prince's Grant

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Jono Broomhead with Ilembe trophy

Jono Broomhead with the IGF trophy.

Matt Saulez

Matt Saulez has been selected to to represent South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship in Maynooth, Ireland in September.

JONO Broomhead (17) may only be in Grade 12 (at Westville Boys' High) but he's already won twice this year on the KwaZulu-Natal circuit.

Earlier in the year the Durban Country Club player won the KZN Invitational at Victoria CC in a playoff over Graham Dickinson.

And then last Sunday he won the Ilembe Golf Federation Open at Prince's Grant, beating another up-and-coming youngster in local hope Kyle Kistensamy on the second extra hole.

Broomhead shot 71 and 70, with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 18th to get into the playoff.

Kistensamy had shot 70 and 71.

Broomhead had two chip-ins on the day, these coming at the 10th in the morning and 2nd in the afternoon.

“The wind picked up a bit in the afternoon and the course was playing pretty tough, so it was especially important for me to be in a good position off the tee,” he said.

His only potentially costly blemishes were a missed putt on the 13th hole in the afternoon when he had just learnt that he had the lead and a three-putt on the 17th.

“It was a really short putt for par that horse-shoed out on 13,” he said.

Jono's brother Jason placed third on scores of 72 and 75.

Mark Hopf, a former North Coaster visiting from Australia for a wedding, couldn't resist getting in a game and finished fourth on 76 and 73. 

“He heard the tournament was being played and being a two-time winner he asked to enter,” said Dane Vosloo, the golf director at Prince's Grant.

Jason Gilliver (Selborne Park) was fifth on 81 and 70, with Phil Barnes (KwaMbonambi) next on 79 and 71.

Next were Byron Coetzee (Cotswold Downs) on 79 and 74, Dylan Underwood (Kloof) on 73 and 82, Graham Fabricius (Port Shepstone) on 79 and 77.

Rounding out the top 10 was Siyanda Mwandla (Mount Edgecombe CC) 75 and 81.

Darren Gerrard (Drak Gardens), a former KZN player, has made a reappearance in tournaments, but wasn't as his best last Sunday.

* Matt Saulez (Durban CC) has been selected alongside his GolfRSA national squad teammates Jovan Rebula and Wilco Nienaber to represent South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship in Maynooth, Ireland in September.

Malcolm Mitchell (Kloof CC) is the non-travelling reserve.

A tie for seventh in the Irish Amateur Open was among one of Saulez's highlights during the recent GolfRSA squad tour to the UK.

He has had a run of top 10 finishes this season, including a runner-up finish in the SA Stroke Play.

In addition to joint seventh in the Irish Amateur, he also made cuts in the Lytham Trophy, St Andrews Links and The Amateur qualifier.

He's had some disappointments in the past, but has not stopped grinding, so to get the nod has been particularly satisfying for him.

The Eisenhower Trophy format is 72 holes of stroke play with 18 holes a day over four days. 

In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by the three players from each team constitutes the team score for that round. 

The four-day total is the team’s score for the championship.

David Rush

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