Fouchee gets into Cape Town Open

It’s been a while since he came third in the 1993 South African Open Championship, but Ben Fouchee will be playing in this week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open which gets underway at the Royal Cape Golf Club on Thursday.


Fouchee, 47, was one of 10 players who came through the Monday pre-qualifier to get into the main draw of the R1.5-million tournament when he finished on two-over-par 74 behind the leader, Sergio Dias.


The man who won 1,000 cases of whisky when he made a hole-in-one during the 1991 Bell’s Players’ Championship at Mowbray Golf Club now runs the Ben Fouchee Golf Academy based at Boschenmeer Estate at the Paarl Golf Club.


Fouchee’s 74 was topped by Stuart Clark of Wales and Gergg Upton, while it was matched by the Southern African trio of Botswana’s Stuart Smith, Raymond Mathonsi of Lesotho and Namibian Ruan Huysamen.


The other qualifiers were James Wade, Thomas Lovett and Blanche Lamprecht.


They will join a full field of Sunshine Tour players including two South African Open champions in James Kingston and Hennie Otto.


Also in the field is defending champion Jake Roos, who won last year’s inaugural tournament in an exciting four-way play-off with Jaco van Zyl, Tyrone van Aswegen and Mark Williams.


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