Golf

OVERVIEW

Golf at King Edward VII School got momentum during the 2005 season when a more structured league system was introduced. During this year the 1st team won the Madalas Golf Challenge that was hosted by St Alban’s College, came second in the Johannesburg School League and finished 9th in the inaugural St John’s College International Schools Sun City Tournament.

During 2006 our 1st team finished 3rd in the Johannesburg school league and managed to win the league in 2007. This win was only the start of great things to come.
In 2008 our 1st team, lead by the twins Matthew and Allen Versveld, won the Johannesburg School League, Gauteng Top School Competition, the SA Top School Competition and topped it all by winning the St John’s College International Schools Sun City Tournament.
The team continued their good run of form in 2009 by winning the Johannesburg School League as well as the Gauteng Top School Competition. They also finished third in the SA Top School Competition and were runners-up at Sun City.
During 2010 an exodus of senior boys left the 1st team struggling to hold their own and the managed an eighth place at Sun City. 2011 showed more promise with a second place finish in the Johannesburg School League. This effort ensured an invitation to the SA Top School Tournament held at Mt Edgecombe and our 1st team stunned friend and foe to win the silver medal.

The 2012 golf season was always going to be tough due to the extremely successful season the first team experienced in 2011. With D Murray matriculating in 2011, three of the successful 2011 first team were still available for the school. However, the old saying that it is often easier to reach the top than it is to stay there, proved unfortunately to be true for the 2012 season. In the last competition of the year our first team competed at the 9th St John’s College International Schools’ Golf Tournament that was hosted at Sun City. Thirty-two schools took part in this golf tournament that was played over four days and our 1st team managed a tenth place over-all.

The 2013 golf season produced many hi-lights, surpassing the excellent season that the first golf team enjoyed in 2011. Having taken their medicine in 2012 by learning the hard way, our first team worked hard and played extremely well when it counted most, to deliver the excellent results they achieved during the season. The golf club grew steadily in numbers through the year, the only obstacle being the availability of players who were also doing other sports during the league season. Good co-operation from the other sports coaches, however, assured that the right players got to play the league matches. The league format was played with four players in a team contributing individual stableford points. The second and third teams competed gamely throughout the season but found the competition tough. The second team ended seventh and the third team ended eight in their respective leagues.

After a testing season with rain and weather interruptions, our first team qualified for the league final which was to be played at Country Club Johannesburg, format: stroke play over eighteen holes, all four players’ scores to count. The first team played well, with Mc Clatchie shooting 1 over, Kiewitz 2 over and Raad eight over, leaving Kaminski to come on with a level round, securing a draw against Trinityhouse. However, after a count-out, King Edward was declared winners by two strokes, securing the League Title and automatic entry into the Top Schools Tournament.

Earlier in the season, the qualifying tournament for the annual Retief Goosen Top Schools Tournament took place at Rand Park Country Club, format: stroke play over eighteen holes, all four players’ scores to count. Our first team played exceptionally well, beating Trinityhouse into second place by two strokes, securing automatic entry into the Top Schools Tournament.

King Edward VII School first golf team took part in the Retief Goosen National High Schools Tournament at the Fish River Sun from the 15-17 June 2013.

After the first day’s play, King Edward was trailing by 4 shots from Southdowns College. On Day 2, however, the KES golfers dug deep, showed their skill and determination to fight back and beat the completion to claim first prize, making them the 2013 National High School Champions! The King Edward Team won by 2 shots, followed by Southdowns College in second place and and Reddam House Cape Town in third place.

Rupert Kaminski finished tied second on even par and Kyle Mc Clatchie finished fourth on +1.
Another hi-light of the golf season was KJ Mc Clatchie who represented both the SA u/17 and SA u/16 Amateur Golf Teams during the year, first playing against Scotland and secondly taking part in Italy. Well done Kyle, you are an inspiration to the golfers at King Edward and we wish you all the best for a bright golf future.

The 2014 golf season produced good solid golf from the King Edward golfers with two of our three teams winning their respective leagues. A number of golfers who did not qualify for the league teams enjoyed many an enjoyable afternoon on the lush fairways of our home club, Killarney Country Club.

The second and third teams competed gamely throughout the season with our golfers producing the goods when it mattered most. The second team played in six fixtures, winning three times and ending second on the other three occasions – a remarkable effort considering the they competed against some A-teams from other schools. They narrowly ended second in their league behind Beaulieu College. The third team enjoyed as a successful win percentage by winning four of their seven fixtures, ensuring that they won their league comfortably from Rand Park High in second position. Well done to those players who punched well above their weight.

After seven fixtures, our first team had done enough to qualify for the finals that were played at Houghton Golf Club. King Edward VII School won the Gauteng Schools Golf League for the second year running by 12 shots on a very cold and windy day on a testing course and even trickier greens. The team consisting of Kyle McClatchie, Rupert Kaminski, Robert Raad and Keegyn Rosslee scored 131 points, beating St Stithians (119) into second place, with Curro Aurora third on 117 points and Trinityhouse fourth on 96 points. This feat ensured that King Edward VII School qualified for the Retief Goosen National High Schools Tournament where they would defend the title they won in 2013. Unfortunately the dates clashed with examinations and with two matrics committed to their studies and McClatchie representing the South African u/17 Team overseas, it was decided that King Edward would not defend their title in a year where they may have clinched another national title.

Another hi-light of the golf season was Kyle McClatchie who represented the SA Junior Golf Team playing in the Junior Golf World Cup in Aichi Prefecture Japan during the year. He also became South Africa’s first golfing Olympian when he represented South Africa at the World Youth Games in China. Rupert Kaminski ended second in the Glazier Series, being beaten into second place by only one shot. Best of luck to these two talented golfers who have a bright future ahead of them.

Golf has grown over the last 6 years and during 2014 King Edward had three teams playing in the local Johannesburg school league, with more players playing social golf at Killarney Country Club on Wednesdays afternoons.

History:
SA players: Matthew Versveld (SA u/19)
Allen Versveld (SA senior; SA u/19)
Shayne Allen (SA u/16)
Kyle McClatchie (SA u/17; SA u/19; Youth Olympics)

The 2015 golf season produced good solid golf from the King Edward golfers. Ironically the first team played their best golf in seasons during the league matches, winning six of their seven fixtures. Unfortunately the final was played six weeks later and we lost by one point to Curro Aurora in the final that was played at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Country Club.

Leagues

The golf club grew steadily in numbers through the year, the only obstacle being the availability of players who were also doing other sports during the league season. Good co-operation from the other sports coaches, however, assured that the right players got to play the league matches. The league format was played with four players in a team contributing individual stableford points.

The 1st team produced excellent performances. The season started with a good performance at Irene Country Club where our team beat Cornwall Hill, St Stithians A and Trinityhouse.

The second week saw the only defeat during the league at Rand Park Golf Club, where King Edward came last against Curro Aurora, St Benedict’s A, and St Stithians B.

The following week our first team enjoyed another win at Killarney Country Club, beating Cornwall A, St John’s A and Curro Aurora A.

In the fourth fixture of the year our first team won again at Killarney Country Club, beating St Benedict’s A, Dainfern A and Beaulieu College A.

In the first fixture of the new year, the first team played well at Rand Park Golf Club and finished tops against St Stithians A, St Stithians B and King Edward B.

Following their win, the first team played exceptionally well at Kyalami Golf Club and defeated Beauliew College A, Trinityhouse A and King Edward B.

The last fixture of the league took place at Dainfern Golf Estate and our first team played excellent golf, accumulating 59 points in beating Dainfern A, St John’s A and Southdowns College.

After these seven fixtures, our first team had done enough to qualify for the finals that were played at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Country Club. King Edward VII School played well, finishing second on 315 shots, 1 shot behind Curro Aurora. St Benedict’s A with 316 points finished third and St Stithians came in fourth on the day.

In March four players took part in the Dainfern College Team Championship, Kyle Mc Clatchie finishing tied fourth in the individual event and our best two-ball coming home in seventh position over-all.

For the first time since golf was started at King Edward, the first team toured with the school on our Winter Fixture to Pietermaritzburg. In a joint fixture against Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse, the first team played well and finished tops. This was a new experience for the players being hosted away from home and playing a totally unknown course.

The following boys played: JT Botha, KJ McClatchie, JS Gerber, BM Hurly, MJ Muirhead, and CP Shaw


ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

Results for the St. John’s College International Schools’ Golf Tournament held annually at Sun City:

2004   : 13th Place
2005   : 9th Place
2006   : 11th Place
2007   : 14th Place

2008: 1st Place

Golf 2008 Sun City Champs

Shayne Allan, Callum Mowat, Allan Versfeld and Matthew Versfeld receiving winning trophy at Sun City for the St John’s International School’s Tournament.

2009: 2nd Place

Golf 2009 Team

2nd Place:Shayne Allan, Callum Mowat, Allan Versfeld © and Matthew Versfeld

2010: 8th Place

2011: 3rd Place


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