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The Oakhill Open Golf Championship

The Oakhill Open Golf Championship

Oakhill School held its annual Golf Championship on 1 June 2011, to crown its top golfers in both the boys and girls section of the College as well as the Prep school.

The event was held on the beautiful Pezula Golf Club course in brilliant winter sunshine with a field of 50 students, teachers and parents taking part, and it was the highlight of the school golf calendar, which has taken a conscious decision to grow the sport at all levels and ages. Part of the school’s vision is to establish a golf academy and allocate golf scholarships to identified students to ensure that a healthy golf culture is established.

Oakhill has entered into a partnership with Swingfit, whose PGA professionals are engaged in a coaching programme to promote and develop the sport at the school. Not only are they involved in the technical aspects of coaching, but also encourage the younger students, both boys and girls, to take up the sport. Part of the field included young students from the Oakhill Prep who took part in a pitch and putt tournament.

Oakhill golfers currently play in both the SWD schools’ golf leagues for High Schools and Primary schools, and have plans for golf tours and fixtures against likeminded schools from Cape Town and other cities in SA. Both our top golfers, Jack Duthie and Stephanie Perkins, were recently crowned as the winners in their sections at the u19 SWD Schools Golf Championships and have a string of other great achievements at provincial and international tournaments. They have been excellent golfing ambassadors for Oakhill and have set a standard of golf that we are very proud of.

The boys section was not surprisingly won by the current 1st team Captain, Jack Duthie, a Grade 10 student who plays off a +1 handicap. Jack has had a wonderful golfing year to date, having recently won the Knysna Club Championship in the men’s division, placed 8th in the u19 SA Boys, won 2 Southern Cape u19 Foundation events, made 2 out of 3 Top 72 cuts, played in the World Kanako Junior Masters, and is busy preparing for the SA Boys u16 and WP National Order of Merit tournaments to be held in Cape Town soon.

Stephanie Perkins playing off a 3 handicap was crowned the Girls Champion, and she too, has been experiencing a successful run at various tournaments this year. Stephanie participated in the US Junior Masters in Florida, at TPC Sawgrass, in Dec 2010. In January 2011 she played in the WP Champs and finished 6th. She was then selected to play in the SA Kanako Junior Masters held in George in March this year, where she finished 11th overall amongst the international juniors, and 3rd best SA Junior. Stephanie followed that up again with a superb finish in April at the SA Girls Champs Rosebowl, where she was placed 4th in a very strong field. Stephanie has qualified to play at the SA Girls u18 tournament this month (25-29 June at Orkney) which is the biggest event for her this year, when all the top u18 golfers in SA compete for the title. We are confident that she will do Oakhill proud.

The results for all the divisions where:

C Division (beginners prep)
Runner up: Tessa Miccic
Winner (in playoff): Jeremy Belet

B division (intermediate level prep)
3rd place: Josh van der Merwe
Runner up: Sebastian Gent
Winner: Kyle Solomon

A division (handicapped college level) Medal
3rd place: Stephanie Perkins (81)
Runner up: Josh Pama (78)
Winner: Jack Duthie (77)

Nearest to pin was won by a parent Mrs Pieters and the longest drive by Stephanie Perkins. Well done ladies, you showed up the boys and the men!

Oakhill School would like to thank, in particular, Pezula Golf Club and its management for making their facilities available throughout the year, and for the catering at the Championship Prize-giving; Swingfit for their involvement and sponsorship of prizes; and all the Oakhill parents who either played, sponsored or support golf at the school. The school also welcomes any prospective parents considering a school with a dedicated golf programme for their children, to get in touch with Barbie Leibbrandt in our Marketing department or find more info on www.oakhillschool.com.

Jannie Biddulph

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