Nelson Mandela University star Kyle de Beer won the PE Open for the first time when the tournament at Port Elizabeth Golf Club ended in a closely contested play-off last week.
The 19-year-old KPMG Madibaz club member, who is competing in the World University Golf Championship in the Philippines this week, had to share the trophy with Hando Brophy when the play-off was halted due to poor light.
After shooting 70 and 68, De Beer became involved in a play-off with Brophy and Naldo Claassen.
“In the second round I had reached eight under par before finishing disappointingly with a double on 17 [par-three] and a par down 18 [par five] to join the play-off,” he said.
“Hando and I progressed after the first play-off hole and halved with birdies in the dark on the second hole to share the trophy.”
The second-year Madibaz human movement science student said he felt his game had improved in the last year.
“I feel that a change I made to my putting at the beginning of the year has helped me become a more solid putter.”
His focus this week, though, is on the World University Golf Championship in the Philippines.
“I am very excited about attending the championships and honoured to have been selected to represent South Africa,” said De Beer.
“On paper, we have a pretty strong side so I think we are capable of competing for the top spots.”
Madibaz golf manager Melissa Awu said they were delighted with De Beer’s performances.
“We are sure his success will rub off on the rest of the club and trust that our players will continue to show their ability in the various tournaments,” she said.