Young, talented: Jacques Blaauw (No. 7)

2016 Joburg Open: Day 4At 29, Jacques Blaauw is the oldest man in our line-up. However, Blaauw still has many more years of golf ahead of him, and in the last few years he has shown just how good he can be. In 2013 Blaauw captured wins at two Vodacom Origins of Golf events, one at Simola and the other at Selborne, and another win at the Nedbank Affinity Cup.

Jacques began learning his trade as a 10 year old boy out of Boschenmeer Golf Club in Paarl, and took to golf immediately. Making his way steadily through the junior ranks, he received a scholarship in 2007 to attend the USA’s Oklahoma City University, from which point his game flourished. He won the 2007 Texas Intercollegiate Championship, before returning to his native South Africa the following year to conquer the local amateur ranks.

In 2008, he won both the SA Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play, along with the Free State/Northern Cape Open. In the same year, Jacques represented South Africa at the Eisenhower Trophy in Australia and captained the SA four-man team for a once off test match against France. Jacques was later named Golf Digest and Compleat Golfer amateur of the year for 2008, and decided it was time to turn pro.

He started his 2016 season off with a T7 finish at the Joburg Open, after his brilliant final-round 61 in the Tshwane Open the previous year had helped him finish third on the 2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.

 

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