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Junior golf tournament gets under way this weekend

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The 54-hole tournament at the Kimberley Golf Club will feature a round of 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on the second leg scheduled for Sunday.

THE NUMBER of entrants is ramping up for the Northern Cape Golf Union’s (NCGU) annual 54-hole Junior’s Open tournament which will take place this weekend at the Kimberley Golf Club.

NGCU junior golf manager Henry Maritz said registration had been slow over the course of the week since the union put out a public invitation to juniors, clubs, parents and “guppies” interested in taking part in the tournament.

The tournament is open to all age groups. It includes a section for much younger participants with ages ranging from six to nine. the more seasoned golf players have affectionately named the younger, pre-teen players starting out on the fairways “guppies”.

“It is slow at this stage,” said Maritz. “Thus far we have between 15 to 20 entrants. It usually takes off on a Wednesday and Thursday before the tournament.”

He further explained that they generally send out the tournament invitation to individual members including parents and golf clubs registered with the union to respond to.

“We usually give trophies to the guppies while we give the juniors aged 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 trophies and certificates. The Open champion gets the tournament trophy,” Maritz said.

He anticipated that the number of entrants would likely settle around the usual mark of about 30 players which normally happens a day ahead of the tournament.

The 54-hole tournament itself will feature a round of 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on the second leg scheduled for Sunday.

The tournament rates are as follows:

(Under-15 – Under-19) 54-hole stroke play: R365

(Under-11 – Under-13) 36-hole stroke play: R265

(Under-7 – Under-9, Guppies) 18-hole stroke play: R165

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