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Enoch looking to apply experience at ParysAfter a good showing on the European Challenge Tour, Cape Town Open champion Rhys Enoch is happy to be back to play in the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Parys Golf and Country Estate this week. “It is good to be back, absolutely,” he said. “It has been a while. I have been up and down since April, so, I’m very excited to be here.” Enoch finished 13th at the Zanaco Masters in Zambia in April, and returned to Europe to start his season on the Challenge Tour, where he finished in a share of ninth at the Monaghan Irish Challenge and in a share of sixth in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge. He had two other top 20 finishes with his share of 13th in the Galgorm Resort and Spa Northern Ireland Open, and in the Swedish Challenge. “I played nicely in Ireland. I have been playing nicely all summer to be honest,” said Enoch, who also qualified to play in The Open for the second time in his career. “Ever since The Open, I feel I’ve got some really good experience and some really good play under some pressure. I haven’t done quite as I hoped since then, results wise, but my game is pretty good. “I am just more consistent. Each week, I think I am playing a bit better. My putting, I think, is probably held me back a fraction, but I putted nicely last week and I am looking forward to this week.” Enoch is a little disappointed with his showing on the Challenge Tour. “To be honest, I probably missed three or four events on Challenge Tour because of playing The Open, so I finished just outside of top 70. That means I miss the post-season and I don’t get the 100 percent full card for next year which is slightly annoying because I played some good golf. It is fine, I will still play 20 events next year. The focus now is to play this event now, then Q-School in Europe and then the co-sanctioned events in South Africa in summer,” he said. Although he hadn’t played the Parys Golf and Country Estate course before, he managed to get nine holes in ahead of his opening round on Thursday – and would be hoping for a return to the form which won him the Cape Town Open last year.  
Els to play in AfrAsia Bank Mauritius OpenErnie Els has confirmed that he will play in the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita from 29 November to 2 December, and as one of the game’s biggest stars to ever tee it up in this tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour. The four-time Major winner, former world number one and World Golf Hall of Famer will make his debut in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, which this year will be played on an Anahita golf course that he designed. The tournament was also staged here in 2016. “I’m really looking forward to playing in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open,” said Els, who is an International Ambassador for the Asian Tour. “It was a privilege to design this golf course and we’re thrilled with how it has matured in the past 10 years. One of its strengths is that we were able to maximise the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline’s natural beauty. The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean. It’s going to be a lot of fun playing it in tournament conditions.” Els’s presence in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open continues the tournament’s phenomenal growth in its four years as a tri-sanctioned event, and during which it has already featured some of the biggest names in golf such as 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Open champion and former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, and victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn. Els is preparing for a big year in 2019 where he will captain the International Team in the Presidents Cup in Australia against his American rival Tiger Woods. “It’s obviously going to be a very busy and exciting 2019,” said Els. “But The Presidents Cup is a little way off yet, so for now I’m very much focused on competing and trying to get the most out of my game. Hopefully a little ‘insider’ knowledge will work in my favour at Anahita. Let’s see. As I said, I’m really looking forward to the week.”  
Henning back on Sunshine Tour, but with a new goalBy Michael Vlismas Nic Henning is back on the Sunshine Tour this week and chasing a new goal as he tees it up in the Vodacom Origins of Golf at the Parys Golf and Country Estate. After several years in which he drifted away from the professional game into other businesses and has only occasionally played in tournaments, the 49-year-old Henning is now considering a second career on the senior tour. “I’m 49 now and I can’t compete with the 20-year-olds anymore. I’ve been doing a few other things outside of playing golf. I’m in business with a few friends, and I’m also working as a golf promoter at Steyn City Golf Club. So I have a few things on my plate. “But I’m trying to keep myself fit and healthy, and hopefully in about eight months time I’ll be out on the seniors tour.” During the peak of his career Henning beat future Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke in a playoff to win the 1999 Vodacom Players Championship at Royal Cape Golf Club, and in 2000 he finished tied 17th in the World Golf Championship American Express Championship. In 2015, even the Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom reported on how Henning, then ranked 1 555th in the world, opened with a 62 on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to lead the first round of the Joburg Open. In 2008 Henning was involved in a car accident after taking his mother for lunch on Mother’s Day. “Apparently I blacked out and veered across the road. I had a head-on collision with an oncoming car and then careened through a boundary wall,” he said at the time. He escaped with nothing more than a few bruises and a sore left leg. “I kept thinking about what could have happened. About all the things I still wanted to achieve.” With a senior career now ahead of him, Henning may well still get that opportunity.  
Roos positive his solid game will bear fruit Roos positive his solid game will bear fruit Jake Roos is seeing positives out of the fact that he has been a runner-up three times this season alone and he believes that a win can come anytime starting from this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Parys Golf and Country Estate. “The fact that I am playing well is a big positive,” Roos, who is patient with his game, said. “If I can find myself amongst the leaders quite frequently, the win will come eventually. It’s been a good year for me. I have been playing quite nicely. The fact that I have not won yet, I feel like it does not really bother me too much. For me, it’s more about being able to get into contention. I have won in the past and I know I can do it again. I just want to be more in contention this year,” he said. Roos has three runner-up finishes at the Lombard Insurance Classic, Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula and Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis. He finished in the top 10 at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open, KCB Karen Masters, Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and the Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella this season. Even though he last played at Parys Golf and Country Estate all the way back in 2013, Roos still has vivid memories of the panoramic course. “I have played the course a couple of years ago. I like the golf course, it has beautiful settings. I remember you have to be quite accurate. It is a course that rewards accuracy if I remember correctly. But, I haven’t played it of recent times, so I am not sure all the rain on weekend will make a big difference. All in all, I am looking forward to it. I remember it being a very nice golf course,” he said. Roos is busy polishing his game and particularly putting, to meet the demands of course. “I have been working hard on my ball striking and my putting, specifically. They are both not quite right. There are a couple of little things I have been ironing out. So, I have done some good work with my coach this morning. I feel like I am on the right track. I just need to keep going,” he said.  
Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys: What’s what

Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys: What’s what

The fifth of six Vodacom Origins of Golf events is happening at Parys Golf and Country Estate from Thursday to Saturday this week.  Andrew Curlewis registered his third win on the Sunshine Tour there as he defeated Lyle Rowe in a play-off after they finished tied at seven-under-par 209 in September 2013 when the tour first visited the course. Curlewis is also in the field this week. The format: 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes there will be a cut to the leading 40 professionals and ties. The field: 132 professionals Defending champion Curlewis overcame Rowe there in 2013. The course: This championship golf course was designed by the Cobie Legrange team and DDV Design, offering a challenge with each hole. It plays at 6,860 metres off the championship tees. Having originally been opened in 1876, the Parys Golf Club is infused with plenty of history and heritage, lending it a tangible charm. However, it was revamped in 2007, and so couples this historical elegance with modern facilities and championship golfing on its brand-new course. The course is designed in such a way that each of the holes presents a welcome challenge to avid golfers. It is situated on the Vaal River, promising spectacular views along the way. Form player: With two wins at Sun City Challenge and Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella already under his belt this season alone and two runner-ups in his last three events – Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne and Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis – Neil Schietekat is definitely in undisputed form. In fact, Schietekat has done well in all four events of the Vodacom Origins of Golf series that have been played this season. He also finished eighth at Zebula at seven-under-par 209. In a golden season, after two straight missed cuts in the first two tournaments of 2018-19, he turned things around at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open where he finished seventh on nine-under 279 and never looked back, except for a missed cut at the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge. Sentimental pick: PH McIntyre got his first Sunshine Tour victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event in the Free State in 2014 when the tournament was held at Vaal de Grace on the other side of Parys. It was an emotional victory for the Heidelberg Golf Club player, with family and friends having made the trip from Heidelberg to see him lift the trophy. He’s not played much this season, with a missed cut in the Invested Royal Swazi Open the only tournament on his resume so far. Wouldn’t it be something if he was able to repeat his 2014 heroics so close to home? The bolter: CJ du Plessis enjoyed three top-20 finishes in his last three events, of which one was the share of seventh on seven-under-par 209 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis. The good results came after three missed cuts, failing to qualify once, a share of 25th at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and the share of 27th at Sun Carnival City Challenge. He also finished third at the Big Easy Challenge 2 in May and eighth on the Big Easy Challenge 10 last month. The Irene Country Club player, who is yet to register his first win on tour, was a runner-up three times in 2016 and that shows he is capable of pulling off a win.  
Walters a man with a mission in SpainAll of the eight South Africans playing in this week’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters on the European Tour have important work to do, but Justin Walters will be the man who feels he has the most to gain from a good performance. The Spanish tournament hosted by 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia is the last of the season ahead of the lucrative final three European Tour events – the Turkish Airline Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship. Those events are limited field events, so players outside the top 70 on the 2018 Race to Dubai are looking closely at their positions on the Race to Dubai with a view to making sure they retain their eligibility for the 2019 season. And, with the top 116 on that list at the end of the season sure of playing privileges for next year, Walters at 113 will be experiencing a certain level of anxiety. While he has finished in the money with some consistency – he has missed only five cuts in 22 starts – he will be keen to regain the kind of form he exhibited in June when he had a pair of top-10 finishes in the Shot Clock Masters, where he shared third, and in the BMW International Open where he had a share of ninth. A good showing at Valderrama will take him safely inside the top 100. Below him on the Race to Dubai rankings, and in the field this week, is Zander Lombard. The man who won his first Sunshine Tour title in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Zebula in his only tournament of the season so far locally is currently at 131st on the Race to Dubai from 28 starts. Lombard, unlike Walters, has not been making money. He has made just six cuts, with a best showing of a share of sixth in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He made the cut in tough conditions last week in the Sky Sports British Masters, so he will need to build substantially on that share of 67th if he is to make a big enough leap up the list to safety. Christiaan Bezuidenhout is currently 106th on the Race to Dubai. His most lucrative performance of the season also came in Ireland, where he finished in a share of 19th. Another showing like that – certainly at least inside the top 30 – will certainly help him be assured of 2019 eligibility. Haydn Porteous is just one above Bezuidenhout, and has been showing glimpses of the form that gave him the Joburg Open in 2016 and the D+D REAL Czech Masters title last year. A closing 67 in the Nordea Masters gave him a share of sixth for his best finish of the season. More of that kind of form will come in handy if he is to stay on the European Tour for 2019. Jacques Kruyswijk and Thomas Aiken at 99th and 92nd respectively will probably feel secure, but will still like to have a solid week to be absolutely sure of their 2019 cards. Richard Sterne and Darren Fichardt have an entirely different agenda. At 77th and 72nd respectively, they are on the edge of eligibility for the Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank Golf Challenge, they will want to take recent form into Spain and climb inside the top 65 to make absolutely certain of playing those two events – and both would love to get into Sun City, which remains a ‘holy grail’ for South African professionals. So, it’s game on for the eight South Africans in Spain this week.  
Norris vaults into world's top 100Shaun Norris jumped into the world’s top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the weekend after his second-place finish in the 83rd playing of the Japan Golf Open at Yokohama Country Club. He finished on 12-under-par, two shots behind winner Yuki Inamori, and four clear of Terumichi Kakazu and Hiroshi Iwata who shared third. That took him to a career-high 93rd on the world rankings, making him the sixth South African currently inside the top 100 in the world. The other South Africans are Louis Oosthuizen (37), Branden Grace (47), Charl Schwartzel (67), Dylan Frittelli (73) and Justin Harding (91). Harding was the only one of those who climbed in the rankings last week, after his share of 43rd in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. It was Norris’ fifth top-10 finish of the season on the Japan Golf Tour, and the 22-million yen cheque that came with it was his biggest of the season. It also vaulted him to fourth on the Japan Golf Tour money list. Norris, who won the 2008 Africa Open and the 2011 Nashua Masters on the Sunshine Tour, has carved out a lucrative career for himself in Japan since he started playing on that tour in 2016. He finished 43rd on the money list in 2016 after winning the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, and seventh last year when he won the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup. He has played just three tournaments on the 2018-19 Sunshine Tour, finishing in a share of eighth in the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge, missing the cut in the Sun Carnival City Challenge and in a share of 13th at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Zebula.  
Sunshine Tour's Musiwalo Nethunzwi still hopeful of strong Order of Merit despite recent drop 1Nethunzwi still hopeful of strong Order of Merit despite recent drop Musiwalo Nethunzwi says he is not concerned about his game despite four straight missed cuts which have pushed him out of the top 50 on the Order of Merit, a position in which he found himself in July. “I did not play badly in those missed cuts,” he said about his last four tournaments which saw him plummet from 47th in July to 68th on the money standings. “I missed a few cuts and I have a few tournaments where I did well. I was playing okay. I just missed by one shot. I missed two tournaments by one shot. I said I must just skip a few tournaments and just go and work on my game and my approach. I have been doing that. It is just a few tournaments and they are in the past for me now. I do not want to think too much about them. I am just focusing on the next tournament,” the Modderfontein Golf Club player said. He failed to make cuts at the Sun Carnival City Challenge, Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula, Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne. Nethunzwi’s ambition for a strong finish on the Order of Merit at the end of the season which he declared in July, still stands. “The goal is still the same. I want to finish in the top 30 on the Order of Merit,” The 29-year-old hopes to do well next week in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys in the course designed by Cobie Legrange and his team, as he had done before. “I played Parys before I turned professional,” he recalled. “I turned pro in 2013. I played the golf course as a pro as well. It is a nice golf course. I have played well on that course. I am just going there to do my best and let the results speak for themselves. I am just going there to do the things that I have been doing for the last few months, which was working on my game and the approach as well. I have been playing so well recently. I am looking forward to the tournament,” Nethunzwi said. He still has a good number of events to play which include the co-sanctioned events of the summer, but Nethunzwi knows he will have to start picking up positive results if he is to make the ascent.  
Goosen joins elite World Golf Hall of FameRetief Goosen is one of five new inductees to the World Golf Hall of Fame. He will be enshrined with Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson, Dennis Walters and the late Peggy Kirk Bell as the Class of 2019, and he joins Gary Player, Bobby Locke and Ernie Els amongst the distinguished ranks of golfers thus honoured. These five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach during the week of the men’s US Open Championship. Goosen, who won 10 times on the Sunshine Tour – including the South African Open Championship in 1993 and 1995 – was honoured for a career which has been exemplary all over the world. According to the World Golf Hall of Fame release, “Goosen sat within the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 for more than 250 weeks from 2001 through 2007. His 33 worldwide wins include two US Open Championships in 2001 – the same year he was named European Tour Player of the Year – and 2004. Goosen led the European Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2002. He also played in six consecutive Presidents Cups from 2000 to 2011 as part of the International Team.” Billy Payne, during his 11 years as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 2006 to 2017, oversaw a number of significant achievements including the introduction of female members into the club’s membership. In Jan Stephenson’s first season on the LPGA Tour in 1974, she was named LPGA’s Rookie of the Year. She went on to lead an impressive career with 20 professional victories, including 16 on the LPGA Tour. She is a three-time major champion with wins at the 1981 du Maurier, 1982 LPGA Championship and the 1983 US Women’s Open. Dennis Walters is an elite golfer who was paralyzed from the waist-down at the age of 24 following a golf cart accident. He has since dedicated his career to sharing life lessons and inspiring fans and disabled golfers of all ages through golf clinics and special performances at more than 3,000 worldwide appearances. Margaret Anne ‘Peggy’ Kirk Bell took up the game as a teenager, making a name for herself as an amateur star. She went on to become a charter member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950 after winning the 1949 Titleholders Championship and participating on the winning 1950 Curtis Cup team. Goosen’s last win on the Sunshine Tour came in the Africa Open of 2009. He turns 50 on February 3 nest year, and he will be a feared competitor in the senior ranks.  
How Vincent punched his ticket to CIMB ClassicHow Vincent punched his ticket to CIMB Classic Thanks to a consistent wave of good form in the current season of the Asian Tour which included three runner-up results and six top-10 finishes, Sunshine Tour player, Scott Vincent will be among the debutants who will be battling it out with some of the game’s finest players at this week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour, the US$7 million CIMB Classic which starts on Thursday, is the second event on the PGA Tour 2018/19 season and it offers Vincent his second start in a PGA Tour tournament, his first being the RBC Heritage in 2015. Two-time champion, Justin Thomas, is back, along with the PGA Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the year Xander Schauffele, Ryder Cupper Paul Casey, Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama and Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III. The Zimbabwean Vincent should not be too concerned about the sheer quality of this week’s field, however, because he has had a stellar season in Asia so far. And, while he has not started a single tournament on the Sunshine Tour this season, his solid 2018 foundation was laid at the second oldest golf open in the world, the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni. Having entered that tournament via a pre-qualifying round where he came second, Vincent finished fourth there and picked up 13th place finish at Tshwane Open in March. Both the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni are tournaments co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour. His first five results on the Asian Tour this year consisted of a T10 finish at Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, a share of 39th at the Maybank Championship, a share of 26th at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth before missing the cut at the Hero Indian Open. That missed cut preceded a share of fourth at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship. Those results underlined what is already a good season for the Zimbabwean. It is his last six results, though, which best deliver the point that he is in the same mould of great players who make up the field in Malaysia this week. A runner-up finish to Justin Harding at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open plus two more at the Take Solutions Masters and the 34th Shinhan Donghae Open are no fluke. Add the share of 13th from the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup and the share of seventh he got in Taiwan, then it becomes clear that Vincent is just as competent a competitor as the best of them in that field. Lying fourth on the Habitat for Humanity standings currently and on a good run in Asia, Vincent’s Sunshine Tour playing card could be at risk unless he returns for the summer events where, hopefully, he can make enough earnings to retain his playing privileges for the next season.  
Sunshine Tour'sFrittelli settling in well on the PGA TourFrittelli settling in well on the PGA Tour He has a had a solid, albeit still young, career on the European Tour where he boasts a couple of wins in his first three full seasons and now Dylan Frittelli will look to emulate such success in the United States as he enters his first full season as a PGA Tour member. Having proven his worth as a skilled professional golfer with victories on the Challenge Tour’s 2013 Karnten Golf Open and the 2016 Rolex Trophy, Frittelli wasted little time announcing his arrival on the main European Tour after graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2016. His one-stroke victory at the Lyoness Open in June of last year got him some attention and six months later at the AfrAsia Mauritius Open co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the Asian Tour and the European Tour, he underpinned his status with a playoff victory over India’s Arjun Atwal after finishing the tournament on 16-under-par 268. With an unmatched ambition to achieve great things and an unrivaled hunger for the strongest competition possible, Frittelli would not stop there. At the end of August, he, along with 49 others, secured his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour Finals. In his first appearance as a full member of that Tour at the Safeway Open last week, Frittelli held his own to tie for 25th with seven others. An opening five-under 67 was followed by back-to-back 71s before he carded an even-par final round to finish the week on seven-under while trailing the winner, Kevin Tway, by seven. While his final results might not be what he would have wanted, it is clear, however, even from his bogey-free opening round, that Frittelli is ready to compete in the US. A graduate from Texas University and something of a cult hero there where he won the decisive match to lead his team to victory at the 2012 NCAA Championship, Frittelli’s excitement for getting his card was captured in his Instagram post after receiving his card. “PGA Tour-bound,” he posted. “It’s been a long and difficult six years since graduating from Texas University. But the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it. It’s time to live and work in the US again. I can’t wait to get to work and fly another South African flag on the PGA Tour.” While many will always struggle to adjust to new environment, Frittelli is a resident of Texas and having played a lot of golf in that country, plus his European travel with the European Tour, he should do pretty well, and if his start to life on the PGA Tour is any indicator, golf audiences and PGA Tour followers the world over will get a front-seat view of the Frittelli vision this season.  

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