Covid-19 brings abrupt end to Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series

Golf RSA’s decision to cancel all tournaments in response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic
brought a premature end to a thrilling season 3 of the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series, with the
regional finals due to be played in April 2020.
The unprecedented pandemic denied season 3 tournament winners the opportunity to play in the
regional finals and compete for the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to the USA to take on the world’s
best juniors at the prestigious North and South Junior Championship at Pinehurst.
The juniorseries.bridgefm.co.za launched in 2017, is managed by the SA Golf Development Board
and endorsed by GolfRSA. Open to boys and girls in the U13 and U19 divisions, the series is hosted
by leading courses countrywide and attracts bumper fields.
“In season 1 Deon Germishuys came close to winning at Pinehurst and then last year Tyran Snyders
became the first South African to win the title and get his name up on the roll of honour at Pinehurst,”
said Paul Stewart, Chief Executive at Bridge Fund Managers. “Given the terrific line-up of golfers who
qualified for this season’s regional finals I am confident whichever two golfers made it through to
Pinehurst would have the ability to match the exceptional performances of Deon and Tryan.”
Highlights of season 3 include Stephanie Barbaglia becoming the first girl winner when she prevailed
in a playoff against Liam van Deventer at Germiston in January.
Travis Procter of Durbanville became the first two-time winner of season 3, when he added the event
at King David Mowbray in January to his title in Paarl in September 2019. Clovelly winner Jordan
Duminy also added a second title for the season when he shot 66 at his home course Mossel Bay in
March. Casey Jarvis, the country’s top ranked amateur, won at State Mines.
“Casey and Jordan, who represented the International team at the Junior Presidents Cup in Australia
in December 2019, would have been among the favourites at their respective regional final,” said
Stewart. “I am sure they are disappointed at not having the opportunity win the trip to compete at
Pinehurst but with their talent I am sure we will see both of them striking drives down the fairways of
the world’s great courses in the near future.”
The series attracted quality players and bumper fields of up to 115 players. Waterkloof winner Ernest
Ludick summed it up best: “The opportunity to win a spot at Pinehurst is a big reason for entering the
series. But it is also a big attraction because it draws juniors from all unions, which provides that ‘big
tournament’ feel.”
NORTH FINAL qualifiers
Ethan Gough, Ryan van Velzen, Ernest Ludick, Nash de Klerk, Stephanie Barbaglia, Christiaan Maas, Fabrizio de Abreu and Casey Jarvis.
SOUTH FINAL qualifiers
Louis Loubser Jnr, Travis Procter, Nikhil Rama, Jordan Duminy, Ayden Senger, Lyle Pedro and Jan
Stals van Rooyen, Jere Brits and Barend Botha.
“The joy of the series is experiencing everything from little 9-year-olds falling in love with the game, to
marvelling at the power of teens who can reduce a monster par 5 to a drive and a gentle gap wedge!”
said Stewart. “Season 3 produced unforgettable highlights and we thank all the junior golfers and their
families for their support.”