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The Georgia Cup – 2019 Preview (23/03/19)
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Euan Walker And Tom Plumb Win In South Africa (07/03/19)
The 2019 GB&I Men’s National Squads (16/02/19)


1. Italian International Men’s Amateur
Germany’s Brandon Dietzel (-4) won the Italian Amateur at Acaya G&C.C. shooting rounds of 71, 68, 72 and 69. James CASS (ENG) +3 finished 3rd, Harry GODDARD (ENG) +8 9th, James BIGGS (ENG) +9 11th, Laurie OWEN (ENG) +9 13th and Charlie THORNTON (ENG) +10 18th.  Results (23/03/19)

2. Major Champions Invitational (USA)
Conor GOUGH (ENG) and Annabell FULLER (ENG) won the Boys’ and Girls’ Individual titles at the Nick Faldo run Major Champions Invitational event.

This was Conor’s fourth win in the last 12 months as he continues to prove himself one of the best juniors in the world. His competitiveness and ability to seemingly always find a way to win is really encouraging. Rounds of 68, 65 and 68 for a 201 (-15) total gave him a 3-shot victory over USA’s Andrew Goodman who eventually buckled in the home straight, bogeying 16 and triple bogeying the 17th. Defending champion Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) finished 3rd on -11.

Annabell shot consistent rounds of 68, 69 and 68 (-11) to finish tied 3rd in the overall Individual competition. She won the Girls’ by 1-shot from a fast finishing Jung-Min Hong (KOR) who followed a first round 74 with two 66’s. It’s also worth noting that Fuller birdied the last whilst Hong bogeyed it too.

Given that both Conor and Annabell were in Georgia Hall’s team it was something of a surprise to see Annika Sorenstam’s team come out on top in the main competition.  Results (6-8/3/19)


Conor Gough and Annabell Fuller (Photos: Golf Central Magazine)

3. SANLAM Cape Province Open Championship (RSA)
Tom PLUMB (ENG) produced a superb performance to win the Cape Province Open played at Kingswood Golf Estates and George Golf Club in South Africa. His score of -18 was made up of rounds of 70 (G), 66 (K), 69 (K) and 65 (K) and led to a 2-shot victory; the final -7 round being bogey free.

Joe HARVEY (ENG) -10 was tied 4th and David LANGLEY (ENG) -4 was 14th. Joe LONG (ENG) -9 finished in the top 10 but disqualified himself after his final afternoon round when he realised he had earlier signed for an incorrect score on his third round card. Results (4-6/3/19)


Tom Plumb (Photo: Pieter Els)

4. Spanish International Amateur Championship
Koen Kouwenaar (NED) beat Callum FARR (ENG) 2&1 in the Final of the Spanish International Amateur Championship. Kouwenaar was 5Up after 6 holes and 6Up after 22 holes so Farr did well to keep the 36 hole match alive as long as he did.

Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) reached the Quarter finals while medalist Ben JONES (ENG), Robert MORAN (IRE) and Bailey GILL (ENG) all reached the Last 16.  MP Results (1-3/3/19)


Callum Farr and Koen Kouwenaar (Photo: Adolfo Luna) 

Ben JONES (ENG) earned medalist honours in the 36 hole stroke play qualifying. His Day 2 66 (-5), the best of the competition, was good enough for him to secure the No. 1 seeding with a total score of 137 (-5). Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) was 2nd on -4 with Robert MORAN (ENG), Matty LAMB (ENG) and Bailey GILL (ENG) all finishing tied 7th on Even par. The Top 32 Match Play cut came at +5 cut, albeit only two of the thirteen players on this mark progressed after an 18 hole count back.  SP Qualifying Results (27-28/2/19)

5. South African Stroke Play Championship
17 year old Jayden Schaper won the South African Stroke Play championship at the par 72 De Zalze Golf Club in Stellenbosch. Rounds of 67, 63 (CR), 70 and 69 game him a 269 (-19) total and a 1-shot victory over compatriot Deon Germishuys.

Mark POWER (IRE) was the leading GB&I finisher in tied 3rd. After a steady -2 start over the first 36 holes he finished strongly with two 67’s to post a 276 (-12) total. Conor PURCELL (IRE) finished tied 5th on -11, Euan WALKER (SCO) tied 7th on -10, James SUGRUE (IRE) ninth on -9 and Joseph LONG (ENG), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) and Kieran CANTLEY (SCO) tied 11th on -7 in what proved to be a positive event for our touring players.  Results (26/2-1/3/19)


Jayden Schaper (Photo: Golf RSA / Withers and Son Photography)

6. South African Amateur Championship
18 year old Wilco Nienaber (RSA) beat 16 year old Jordan Duminy (RSA) by 1 hole in the 36 hole final of the South African Amateur Championship. Nienaber surprisingly trailed for much of the day against his inexperienced opponent but won the last two holes to memorably turn around a match he had look like losing. He rose to 8th in the updated SPWAR following his fifteenth win in the last two years and continues to move serenely up the pecking order. I don’t believe he is going to College in the US so one assumes he is planning to turn pro later this year.


Wilco Nienaber (Photo: Lali Stander / Golf RSA)

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) was the final GB&I player to fall, losing by 1 hole to Duminy in the Semi-Finals. Joe LONG (ENG), Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) and David LANGLEY (ENG) did well too making the Quarter Finals. Gaelen TREW (WAL) and Conor PURCELL (IRE) also deserve a mention, both reached the Round of 16 having negotiated the first two rounds.  MP Results (19-22/02/19)

After a 63 in Round 1 Luca Filippi (RSA) won medalist honours and the superb Proudfoot Trophy with a 134 (-10) total. Coalan RAFFERTY (IRE) was tied 2nd on -9, with inform Euan WALKER (SCO) -8 4th and Joe LONG (ENG) and Gaelen TREW (WAL) tied 8th. After Tiarnan MCLARNAN (N.I.) came through a 5-from-8 play-off GB&I had 23 players through to the Match Play Stage of proceedings.  SP Qualifying Results (17-18/02/19)


Luca Filippi (Photo: Lali Stander / Golf RSA)

7. Portuguese International Amateur Championship
Daniel da Costa Rodrigues was a home winner of the Portuguese International Amateur at Montado Golf Resort. He shot rounds of 69, 67, 69 and 70 for an impressive 275 (-13) total. Laurie OWEN (ENG) finished tied 2nd on -10, Bailey GILL (ENG) -8 tied 5th, Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) and Matty LAMB (ENG) -7 tied 7th and Charlie THORNTON (ENG) and Dan BROWN (ENG) -6 came in tied 10th.  Results – open in new window (16/02/19)


Daniel da Costa Rodrigues (Photo: Miguel F. Sousa FPG)

8. African Amateur Stroke Play Championship (RSA)
Scotland’s Euan WALKER recorded rounds of 72, 67, 67 and 71 (-11) at the famous Leopard Creek course to complete a 3-shot victory at the African Amateur. Billy MCKENZIE (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG) and Gaelen TREW (WAL) all finished tied 11th with an Even par total score of 288 for the 72 holes. Jim JOHNSTON (SCO) and Tom PLUMB (ENG) also enjoyed solid week’s finishing one shot further back in tied 14th.  Results (14/02/19)


Euan Walker (Photo: Ian Rae @ianrae59)

9. Jones Cup Invitational (USA)
The final round of the Jones Cup Invitational, played at Ocean Forest G.C. in Georgia, was cancelled due to heavy rain. Akshay Bhatia (USA) beat Davis Thompson (USA) on the first hole of a play-off to decide the title after both recorded -2 for the opening 36 holes. Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) -1 finished tied 3rd, Rory FRANSSEN (SCO) +4 tied 12th and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) +5 tied 15th.  Results (03/02/19)


Akshay Bhatia (Photo: Jones Cup Invitational)

10. Avondale Amateur (USA)
Blake Windred shot rounds of 70, 67, 70 and 68 (-9) for a one shot victory at the Men’s Avondale Amateur in Sydney, Australia. In the final event of the Australian amateur series Tom SLOMAN (ENG) finished tied 8th on -8 and Callan BARROW (ENG) tied 16th on +1.  Results (01/02/19)


KK Park and Blake Windred (Photo: Golf NSW)



A separate Golf Bible Walker Cup website covers the biennial men’s amateur team match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States of America.



The @GolfBible Twitter account, which now has over 8,350 followers, provides daily updates on both men’s and women’s amateur competitions. The twitter feed can be accessed by clicking either the above link or Menu tab.


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Mark Eley.

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