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A M AT E U R N E W S

All-Africa champions elated and humbled

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waZulu-Natal trio Malcolm Mitchell, Clayton Mansfield and Matt Saulez and Garrick Higgo from Boland successfully defended South Africa’s title in the All Africa Golf Team Championship last month, but the quartet left in Zimbabwe with much more than a trophy. The team headed into the final round at Elephant Hills GC with a 22 shot lead and posted a team total of 209 to win the title for an eighth successive time by 30 strokes on 845. Mitchell also won the Individual Competition on 12-under-par 276 with rounds of 67, 68, 73 and 68, while Higgo, Mansfield and Saulez finished fourth, fifth and eighth respectively. Mitchell described the event a real eye-opener. “It was the first time Matt and I wore the green and gold outside South Africa’s borders and the first time Garrick and Clayton played for South Africa as seniors,” Mitchell said. “We were obviously keen to continue South Africa’s proud record and we were elated with the result, but on the trip home this past weekend we reflected on just how privileged we are as South Africans. Saulez, who will be travelling with Mitchell to Argentina in November to represent South Africa in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup and the Argentine Amateur Open, added that the competing against

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the other African nations put things into a different perspective for the team. “Like Malcolm said, I don’t think any of us realised just how privileged we are until it stared us right in the face,” he said. “I think that is why we all enjoyed hosting a golf development clinic for little juniors from a nearby school. It was an hour out of our lives, and a small thing really when you think about it, but to see the excitement on their faces was humbling. It was incredibly gratifying to teach them and to give back, even just a little, to the game that gives us so much.”

Teams Leaderboard – Final (Top 5) 845

South Africa

211 209 216 209

875

Zimbabwe

225 215 218 217

890

Reunion

222 221 221 226

895

Egypt

219 220 227 229

902

Zambia

226 229 221 226

Individual Leaderboard – Final (Top 5) 276 Malcolm Mitchell

RSA

67 68 73 71

285 David Amm

ZIM

76 67 70 72

286 Issa Abu Al Ela

EGY

71 72 70 73

287 Garrick Higgo

RSA

68 77 72 40

290 Clayton Mansfield

RSA

78 70 71 71

ZIM

73 74 72 71

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