George Coetzee steals the show!
(from last week)
Multiple Sunshine Tour and European Tour Champion, George Coetzee, accepted our personal invitation to play in this week’s PGA Championship. He certainly qualified on merit but we asked nicely!
George Coetzee came, he played, and he won! We couldn’t have scripted it better. He also helped bring the people to St Francis Links, the viewers to television and added his name to the great PGA Championship trophy for the second time.
From me to George–
Pards, you are a true Champion. On and off the course. Thank you soooooo much for shining at St Francis Links this week. Your patience and poise on the course were amazing. I walked with Dave U on Sat and Sun and gave my bit. It also gave me a chance to watch you – meticulous and precise. I’ll see you on Sunday at SC. Hoist the Nedbank Trophy, my friend. Because you can. 🎅🏻🙏🏻❤️
From George to me in response-
Jeff, it was an honour and a privilege to play in this tournament. Thanks so much for sorting me out and getting me to play. Loved it! Very happy I could be a good example and play some decent golf at the same time. You’re a champ and I look forward to the next one 😉
See you Sunday! 👊
from Casey Jarvis (19-year-old Sunshine Tour rookie and top SA junior player)
I would just like to say thank you for an excellent tournament you and your team put on for the PGA Championship.
I’m delighted to have had my best performance so far as a pro at St Francis Links, a course you allowed us to play as juniors. I believe my knowledge and experience gained then definitely helped me over the entire week. For this Im really grateful.
All the best and see you soon.
From Robin Tiger Williams ( Sunshine Tour invitee)
Dear Mr Clause,
RE: THANK YOU
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity, that I was once again given to me, to play at last weekend’s PGA Championship.
I have played on many golf courses, however, am still blown away by the beauty of the surroundings and condition of the course at St Francis Links.
I am hoping to secure an invitation to the co-sanction events ie. Johannesburg Open, South African Open and Alfred Dunhill, which will allow me playing rights for 2023.
Again, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the PGA Championship, at your remarkable golf course.
I am determined to persevere and commit to keep working hard and perform well at any upcoming events, that would follow.
Thank you so much for the opportunity, and I hope to see you again next year.
Robin Tiger Williams
The Compleat Golfer write-up…
George Coetzee had the experience, composure and skill to get the job done on Sunday as he clinched his second PGA Championship title at St Francis Links. Coetzee had just a one-stroke lead going into the final round, but a polished four-under-par 68 on Sunday, which included two eagles and almost a third, carried him to 15-under-par and a three-stroke victory in the prestigious R1.2-million tournament. “I was pretty much under pressure all day and I didn’t really feel comfortable and my swing wasn’t 100%,” Coetzee said after claiming his 14th Sunshine Tour title.
“But golf is one of those games, it’s not like cycling where the more you cycle the better you get. You can have one swing on one day and then another the next day another swing. “So I was putting pressure on myself, but I stuck to the game plan, made good choices and hit good shots, and luckily it was enough in the end,” Coetzee said.
Some of those shots were better than good as an eagle on the par-five 3rd hole brought some early pleasure, and he holed out with a sand-wedge for an eagle-two on the par-four 10th hole. In between those highlights, he could also have eagled the 350-yard par-four 5th hole after driving the green, but his putt was narrowly wide.
“We were put on the clock on the 5th and I didn’t have time to read my putt properly,” Coetzee said with a laugh. Unusually, Coetzee made a bogey on the following hole on both occasions he registered an eagle.
“I was really happy with my two eagles after I saw a lot of chances in the third round. But then it was a bit hard to calm down and get back into my rhythm, get my head back into a good space,” he admitted. But back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes put him firmly in control of the tournament and he parred his way in from the 14th for a comfortable victory in the end.
Rookie Casey Jarvis produced his best Sunshine Tour result as he finished second after a final-round 69, and the experienced duo of Hennie Otto and Jake Redman were tied in third place, one stroke behind on 11-under-par, both shooting two-under-par 70s on Sunday.
Coetzee will now head to Sun City and this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is like the AGM of South African professional golf, assured that he has the game in place to contend for that massive title.
“The confidence I take from beating the field here is a big boost and I’m generally pretty happy with the swing that has shown up for the last couple of weeks,” Coetzee said.
Stephen Ferreira’s championship also ended on a winning note as he aced the par-three 17th hole to win himself a new Volkswagen T-Roc courtesy of Dirk Ellis VW. We want to extend a very special thank you to Nick Keary and Bay Union Insurers and their partners, SHA, who provided the Hole-in-One insurance.
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7 November – The PGA Championship Challenge – Nic Van Rensburg (Gold – 33 players); Neil Mulder (White 17 players), Roger Smith (Blue – 15 players); Lynn Slogrove (Red – 10 players)
9 November – Colony – Gillian Hammond
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