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  Keeping up with our winners
 BSI Team Challenge
 Tournament Results

Results from the last week's BSI Team Challenge

The future looks bright as the BSI Junior Academy team takes top honours for the first time in BSI history by winning the annual Team Challenge last week.

Congratulations goes out to the winning team of Tawriq Abrahams, Dean Herbert, Vuyisani Makama, Bernard Meyer (c), Eric Ncube, Josh Pretorius, Pieter-Andre van der Merwe, Michael Wallace and coach Tyrone Gibb for an excellent three days of intense and focussed golf as they overcame the more experienced 1st, 2nd and 3rd year PGA Diploma student teams. Like the USA Ryder Cup team, who’s average age was 26.4 years old compared to their European opponents who ‘weighed-in’ at nearly a decade more at 34.6 years of age, the young guns in the BSI Junior Academy came through with some excellent performances and maintained consistent form over the three days to outplay their challengers.

Here are the scores they posted over the three days:
Day 1 vs 3rd Years: 7 to 5
Day 2 vs 1st Years: 12 to 0
Day 3 vs 2nd Years: 9.5 to 2.5

BSI Team Challenge Winners – BSI Junior Academy

These Juniors truly look like they are loving their golf, and we see this every day in what they do and bring to the classroom and it shows through on the course with their results as individuals and as team players. And we cannot mention enough times what a great bunch of gentlemen this group is producing.

Some notable individual results from last week’s team challenge:

Most Valuable Players – unbeaten in team & singles
•    Tawriq Abrahams
•    Heinrich Prinsloo
•    Bernard Meyer

Foursomes – unbeaten over 3 days
•    Heinrich Prinsloo & Michelle Steyn
•    Mark Fairley & Harry Llewellyn
•    Bernard Meyer & Michael Wallace
•    Tawriq Abrahams & Dean Herbert

Singles – unbeaten over 3 days
•    Bernard Meyer
•    Tawriq Abrahams
•    Eric Ncube
•    Heinrich Prinsloo

MVPs: Tawriq Abrahams       Heinrich Prinsloo           Bernard Meyer

  Exciting golf coming at the end of this week
 Upcoming events

We turn our attention back to the singles format of golf at the end of this week as our PGA Diploma students return back for Cycle 4 of the year and Friday 01 October sees the resumption of the weekly medal and more exciting, it is the last few months to determine our Order of Merit for 2021.

But first, our Juniors will step up to the tee on Thursday 30 September as they begin their 36-hole medal competition on the championship Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course, before they take a well-deserved rest for a few weeks.

We wish all our golfers good luck.

  International recognition for Michael Wallace
 Michael to fly the flag at
 Orange Bowl

Congratulations to Junior Academy student Michael Wallace who has been selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Competition from 02 to 06 January 2022 at the Biltmore Golf Course in Miami Florida, USA. This tournament is one of the world’s most prestigious junior golf events and sees the top juniors from around the world competing for the trophy. The Orange Bowl has been a stepping stone for many of today’s golfing professionals, including Tiger Woods, who won it in 1991. Other notable players to compete in the event include Bubba Watson, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Lexi Thompson, and 1999 winner Camillo Villegas.

We would like to wish Michael all the best of luck and hope to see him bring home the trophy to our African continent.

Michael Wallace

  Celebrating our heritage
 Student Spotlight

As this is our last edition for September we would like to once again highlight Heritage Month and in this issue we would like to wish a Happy Heritage month to all of the BSI students, staff, family and friends who were born in South Africa and to those who now call South Africa home.

We have a short spotlight on one individual student whose roots are buried deep in the soil of Limpopo, South Africa, but has followed her family to Gauteng to also start her career prospects in the golfing world like her siblings.

Julia Jacobs followed her brothers to Egoli and even further in their footsteps to BSI. She is presently enrolled in her final year in our PGA Diploma Academy, from which both her brothers have already graduated. Julia says she does miss Lephalale and time spent with her family and partaking in preparing and eating her favourite African home-cooked meals. Julia says she has made friends through her years at BSI and she has found the staff to be very friendly and has created a close bond with them.

Julia will be graduating at the end of this year, so watch out for a more in-depth piece on Julia and her family and their time at BSI.

Julia Jacobs

  Catching up with Jeandre and Stuart
 Alumni Spotlight

This week's alumni spotlight is on Jeandre Badenhorst – BSI PGA Diploma graduate 2017

"BSI has helped me learn more about the industry and how each part of the industry functions and what is required of you to be successful. I have learned many life lessons at BSI that I still carry with me and use daily. The staff is excellent and friendly. The quality of education is great and so is the coaching and training in the gym. The staff is ready to help at any time. The programmes at BSI open doors for you in the industry across the globe. I got the opportunity to work in America and Thailand as well. I would recommend any person to join the academy."

Jeandre Badenhorst, PGA Diploma Graduate (2017)
Duty Manager, The World of Golf

Also making his mark is Stuart Smith – Bushveld Tour winner.

Well done to BSI graduate Stuart Smith (PGA Diploma class of 2010) on winning his first Bushveld Tour event on Thursday 23 September 2021 on the championship Serengeti Signature Golf Course. Stuart shot a 4-under par 68 to seal a great inaugural win and take the winner's cheque home.

  Chris lends a hand with putting
 Performance Tip

The Performance Tip of the Week is brought to you by Chris Wright – BSI Coach. Click on the video below for Chris’ tip on putting set-up and grip.

  Your dream career in golf starts here
 BSI Open Day

A reminder of our upcoming open day on Saturday 9th October. We will be showcasing all of our high performance golf programmes and the pathways that we provide for our students and graduates.  You’ll have the opportunity to chat to staff and students and see the academy in action.  See specific times below for the programme of your choice.  RSVP to info@bsisports.com to secure your place.This is your first step to an amazing experience and a world of opportunity.

  BSI Football
 Not Just Golf

International Soccer Camp – 02 to 04 December 2021

Balderstone Sports Institute (BSI) Football Academy and Sporting Club Farense, Portugal, are excited to announce the first international soccer camp hosted at the exclusive BSI Football Campus in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The international partnership between the BSI Football Academy and SC Farense will offer aspiring players a unique training and scouting opportunity with Portuguese coaches.

"The soccer camp with the technical team from SC Farense offers our youngsters an authentic and unique European football experience that will have a definite impact on their football development."
- Zeca Marques, Technical Director

Along with an experience of a lifetime with European coaches, each player will receive a training kit, goodie bag, and daily meal.
The BSI Football Academy is bringing football back to the Modderfontein community. The 3-day, non-residential camp is a positive step towards building unity in the Modderfontein Sports Complex community.

The fee for the camp is R3,000 per person.  To sign up, players must send an email to football@bsisports.com.  Limited places are available.

To read the press release about this event, please click here.

  In case you missed it
 Let's Recap

Catch up on our previous newsletters and re-familiarise with our performance tips.

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