2011 keeps on being a happy and very successful year for Oakhill’s talented young 15 year old golfer, Jack Duthie. He has just added another great win to a string of excellent performances over the first six months of this year.
On Sunday June 12, Jack won a playoff in a tense final at Oubaai, George, to be crowned the winner of the Ernie Els Glacier Junior event sponsored by Sanlam .The event, hosted by Ernie Els, is the first of a series of 10 Glacier Junior events to be played at various venues across the country with the finalists of all these tournaments playing off at the Pecanwood golf estate in October, to decide a national U18 winner. The tournaments are sponsored by Glacier, Sanlam, but hosted by a South African golfing legend, either a current professional or an individual in the golfing industry, all whom have a passion for Junior golf in SA. Current tour professionals Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Hennie Otto , James Kingston, and legends Gary Player and Dale Hayes are all hosting similar events in the coming months leading up to the final in Gauteng.
The eventual winner at Pecanwood will be competing in the USA in the Junior Orange Bowl International tournament for u18 golfers from all over the world later this year. The Junior Orange Bowl has become one of the worlds’ most prestigious junior golf events. Past winners include Tiger Woods (1991).
This victory confirms the undoubted talent that this young man has and follows on some equally impressive performances earlier this year when Jack won two Southern Cape Order Of Merit’s, the Knysna Open Club Championships, The Oakhill Open, and a 8th place in the SA U19 Strokeplay Championships in March.
Unfortunately Ernie Els could not be at the event personally as he was busy preparing to play in the US Open Championship last week, never the less, his father Mr Neels Els stood in on behalf of Ernie.
Oakhill School is extremely proud of Jack’s achievements and wish him well in all the upcoming events he has planned to play in.We look forward to more silver ware in the trophy cabinet!