Bellville teen secures his biggest victory with playoff win

Cape Town, South Africa (October 2018) – 14-year-old Jeré Brits scored the biggest victory of his young career when he defeated Western Province Interprovincial player Tyran Snyders in a playoff at Rondebosch GC to lift his first Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series title on Tuesday 2 October 2018.

“I don’t usually play as well as I did today,” Brits said after the win. “During the play-off my heart was beating quite hard!”

Brits, a member of Bellville GC, battled the cold, wind and rain to shoot 71 in very challenging playing conditions. By securing his first #BridgeJuniorSeries title he qualifies for the regional finals in April 2019 where the ultimate prize is an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the prestigious Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst, USA.

Having played in the Junior World Championships at Pinehurst last year, Brits is eager for the opportunity to compete there again if he wins the regional finals of the Bridge Junior Series next April. “I already have a passport and a 10 year visa to the US, so I am all set,” he quipped. “It would be honour to play there again.”

Schooled and coached at The Golf School of Excellence run by the Paul Mackenzie Golf Academy in Bellville, Brits took up the game aged 5 when his grandpa gave him a set of clubs. “I love golf because it keeps you humble,” he said.

The Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series, which is geared at golf development, launched in July 2017 with 16 tournaments countrywide featuring Under-19 and Under-13 divisions for boys and girls. Endorsed by GolfRSA, the series is managed by Peter Little of the South African Golf Development Board.

“Tyran was undone by some bad luck in the play-off, but well done to Jeré for his excellent play under very trying weather conditions, we look forward to hosting him at the regional finals in April 2019,” said Paul Stewart, Executive Director at Bridge Fund Managers.

Visit juniorseries.bridgefm.co.za for the full schedule and entry mechanism, or contact Peter Little of the SAGDB on littlegolfers2@gmail.com.

Media Contacts:

Paul Stewart, Head: Fund Management – 021 4920210. paul.stewart@bridgefm.co.za

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