Durbanville teen a step closer to competing in the USA

Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) – 17-year-old Sean Cronje took a giant step towards realizing a dream of competing in the USA after excelling in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series tournament at a windy Strand Golf Club on Sunday 16 September 2018.

Cronje lost a thrilling play-off against reigning WP Junior Matchplay Champion Francois Cilliers, but his runner-up finish ensures he will compete in the regional final of the Bridge Junior Series in 2019 where the ultimate prize is an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the prestigious Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst, USA next year.

“I have entered a number of the Bridge Junior Series events because I wanted a shot at playing at Pinehurst, so qualifying for the regional final is a big opportunity for me,” said Cronje, who is home schooled and gets to practice golf every day at Durbanville Golf Club.

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.

“Hats off to Francois and Sean for producing an exciting battle,” said Paul Stewart, Executive Director at Bridge Fund Managers. “These talented teens showed some steel out there in testing conditions and we look forward to hosting them at the regional final next year.”

The next two events in the #BridgeJuniorSeries are at Rondebosch GC on Tuesday 2 October 2018 and at Clovelly Country Club on Friday 5 October 2018, followed by up-country events at ERPM GC, Waterkloof GC and the Wanderers GC. Visit for the full schedule and entry mechanism, or contact Peter Little of the SAGDB on

Media Contacts:

Paul Stewart, Head: Fund Management – 021 4920210.


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