PGA of SA close to naming team for Turkey

The PGA of South Africa is close to finalising its team that will represent the country at the PGAs of Europe International Teams Championship in Turkey this December.

The team will be announced at the end of this month, and will include the top three players on the Order of Merit after the Diners Club PGA National Championship and the five PGA of SA Turkish Airlines Regional Championships played around the country.

The National Championship and four of the five Regional Championships have already been played. Only the Gauteng Central Regional Championship remains, and will be played at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club at the end of September.

The National Championship at Houghton Golf Club in May saw Kevin Stone defend his title with rounds of 68, 68 and 69 for an eight-shot victory and his ninth PGA national title.

The Turkish Airlines Regional Championships also teed off in May, opening with the Western Cape tournament at Rondebosch Golf Club which was won by Michael Michell after a three-hole playoff with Ben Fouchee.

The Els Club at Copperleaf hosted the Gauteng North Championship in June, where Emile Steinmann won by six shots over former touring professional David Riddle.

Fancourt hosted the Southern/Eastern Cape Regional Championships in July, where former European Tour professional Roger Wessels was locked in a three-way tie for the lead after the first round. But he eventually finished one shot behind winner Carlo Kok.

And the KwaZulu-Natal/Free State Regional Championships, played at Kloof Country Club in August, was won by the PGA of South Africa Professional of the Year Derek James.

In 2013 the PGA of South Africa team finished 14th in the PGAs of Europe International Teams Championship.

The team will travel to the tournament on Turkish Airlines, the official international airline of the PGA of South Africa.

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