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Monday, September 21, 2020

Congratulations to both Wilco and Therion
Bobby Cole is the one and only South African winner in the 123-year history of the Amateur Championship, but South Africa’s leading amateur Wilco Nienaber wrote his own bit of history when he won the strokeplay qualifier in Scotland this week.

The 18-year-old GolfRSA National Squad player became the first South African medallist since qualifying was introduced in 1983 when he beat world No 5 Victor Hovland from Norway by two strokes in the 123rd edition at Royal Aberdeen.

A 12-time winner in 2017, Nienaber vaulted to No 1 after his third-place finish in the South African Stroke Play Championship.

Nienaber led the 288-strong field with a first-round four-under 66 at the Murcar Links and went wire-to-wire with a four-under 67 at Royal Aberdeen to triumph on eight-under 133.

And the Bloemfontein golfer will not be the lone South African to start the match play stage on Wednesday. Nienaber will be joined by Matt Saulez (fourth), Malcolm Mitchell (tied for ninth) with trio Jovan Rebula, Therion Nel and Luca Filippi all progressing as part of the 64.

The plus-5 handicapper has been warming up for amateur golf’s showpiece since he teed it up in the Lytham Trophy in early May with fellow teammates Saulez and Mitchell.

"After Lytham, we joined some more GolfRSA National Squad players, including Therion, at the Irish Amateur," said Nienaber. "Over the last six weeks, we played a lot of courses and championships in Ireland, England and Scotland. Jovan and Luca joined us at the St Andrews Links Trophy, which was our final preparation. There have been some tough weeks, but it has been a fantastic learning curve."

"We have links courses back home, but it’s not links golf like this. I’ve learned it’s a different game over here. Back home, if it’s 180 metres, you fly it straight there. Here, if it’s 180 metres, you to hit it 20 metres shorter and let it bounce in."

His growing understanding of links golf was reflected in his performance this week.

"When I heard that the GolfRSA National Squad was going to play The Amateur Championship this year, I was really excited,"
said Nienaber.

"To finish at the top in the qualifying is great."

"I made good decisions from the tee, stuck to my game plan and hit the greens on both days. I hit the ball really nicely. I wasn’t really in trouble off the tee and didn’t miss a lot of greens on both days. When I missed greens, I got up-and-down 90% of the time.‘I kept the momentum going and didn’t really make a lot of bogeys. The matchplay stage is a different game, but winning this or finishing at the top makes me feel like I can beat the other guys, which is really nice. Bobby Cole was 18 when he won in 1966, so hopefully it’s a lucky number."

Father's Day 2018
The dads and their families had a blast at the club on Father's Day! We look forward to next year's event!

Saturday, the 23rd is a Multiplier.

Wednesday, the 27th is a Combined Stableford.

Saturday, the 30th is a B.B.S sponsored by Distell.

Friday, the 6th of July is the Club 100 Golf Day. A shotgun start at 11h00, B.B.S. format. Please call Janke to book your 4-ball.

The first round of League takes place on Sat 7th and Sun 8th of July. Those players interested, please put your names on the list provided on the noticeboard, at your earliest.

If you are interested in playing in the Captains Cup... Click here for official invitation.



To order tops with Bloemfontein Golf Club logo, Contact Barry, Dan or David. Contact Barry Kitching on 082 495 4955.

Brought to you by BQ Golf.

Call us on 051 447 0571 to book your round.

The beers were won by Shorty Hartman.

Juandre Meyer missed out on the Jackpot of R5 300.00

Through these tough economical times, we at the Bloemfontein Golf Club have started implementing affordable ways of paying your annual membership fees. We have a monthly debit order facility that has been very successful.

Please give either Lodia or Carla a call, who will assist you in renewing your membership, or to become a new member.

It has been decided that any motorized cart that is not part of the BFN Golf Club fleet, or privately stored, will be subject to a path fee of R100.00, payable at the Pro Shop, prior to starting the round.

Should all hired carts be booked out, the PATH fee will be R50.00.

Happy birthday to all our members who are celebrating their birthdays this week!

22 June Alfred Do Rego 27 June Malcolm Carson
26 June Sharon Holt 28 June Tiaan Wessels
  Stoney Steenkamp    

Saturday the 16th June was a B.B.S sponsored by the club and Stella Artois

1st with 49 pts were K. Maclachlan & R. Maclachlan
2nd with 44 pts were Ken Kahts & Jan Lubbe
3rd with 44 pts were Theo van Tonder & Johan Terblanche

Wednesday the 20th June was an I.P.S sponsored by the club

1st with 41 pts was Theo Robbertse
2nd with 40 pts was Barry Kitching
3rd with 40 pts was Andries Schlebusch
4th with 39 pts was Gert Henning
5th with 38 pts was Chad Coburn

A mid-Iron second, over a nasty hazard, with more trouble right of the green,
tests your technique, your equipment, your fitting, and your confidence.


A Hybrid has the forgiveness,
and deeper centre of gravity this shot needs.
But some golfers struggle mentally with the
need to strike the ball a descending blow
with a Hybrid.
That’s why some manufacturers have
created Crossovers or Hybrid-Irons.
Mentally it is easier to think about,
and execute, a slightly descending
blow with this club.

If there’s an area of your approach shot game from the Fairway that punishes you too often,
there’s potential for scorecard improvement. Use the right fitted equipment with the right technique,
and you’ll be able to take the challenge on with a greater chance of success.
Spend 45 minutes with us. Let’s make a difference.

Got some friends who have just started to learn the game?
Give them a chance to have some fun out on the golf course.

You don’t have to tee off from the tee box – a hugely daunting and intimidating experience
for someone still struggling to get a full shot airborne consistently.
It will lead to a much longer round and not a lot of joy.
Why not play 9-holes with each hole starting at the 40 metre mark?
You don’t have to wait for us to create fun golf experiences.
You can create them yourselves as a four-ball, or a small group.
Respect everyone else, but enjoy your golf.


Try this with friends, if you’re a regular or even highly competitive golfer.
Come down after work, before work, whenever you have 2 hours.
Play a 9 hole 40 metre Championship. It’s a great game.

Anyone not shooting under 36?
Then it’s time to pay a visit and improve your short game.



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