The KPMG Madibaz team will be out to capitalise on home-ground advantage when the University Sport South Africa golf tournament is played at Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth from June 30 to July 5.
Led by captain Jacques Smith, the team will be chasing their third title in four years after winning in PE in 2016 and last year in Port Shepstone.
Team manager Karl du Preez said playing at the Humewood links would possibly assist their goals.
“As always, the weather plays a vital role when competing at Humewood,” Du Preez said.
“I think we have a distinct advantage as five of the eight Madibaz players are members of Humewood Golf Club and play and practise there on a weekly basis.
“Even the students who are not members play and practise in the links conditions, which students from other varsities seldom get the chance to experience.”
He added that they had good continuity in their team with Smith, Altin van der Merwe and Kyle de Beer back in the A side.
“Kyle and Altin will be key players, while Jacques will also play a vital role in providing consistency in the team. They will be joined by Pieter Zietsman.”
Du Preez said their preparations had been focused on competing for all the trophies on offer.
“We will be looking to take the individual strokeplay championship, the team strokeplay championship as well as the team matchplay title.
“This is a major event on our calendar. The Madibaz Golf Club, with the support of KPMG, have put a lot of effort into attracting top Eastern Province golfers to study at the university and this is a platform for them to justify their selection.”
The teams are:
Madibaz A: Kyle de Beer, Altin van der Merwe, Jacques Smith (captain), Pieter Zietsman
Madibaz B: Drew Mathews (captain), Wian van Aswegen, Tristan Naude, Gareth Larkin