Star golfer sets the green alight

Lous Loubser has his sights set on a national title after his two stroke win at the Bridge Fund Manager Junior Series last month.

Louis Loubser Jnr, a 17-year-old member of Durbanville Golf Club, secured the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series title at Strand Golf Club last month.

He now qualifies for the South Final of the Bridge Junior Series.

The final will be played at King David Mowbray Golf Club in April 2020, where he will compete against an elite field for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Junior North and South Championship in Pinehurst, USA, in July 2020.

The Grade 11 pupil at The Golf School of Excellence in Tygervalley where he is coached by Paul McKenzie, birdied the 15th and 16th holes to end the day 2 under par and a single shot ahead of runner up, Luke Pienaar, with Jere Brits and Travis Procter a further shot back.

The opportunity to play at Pinehurst is a big motivator for entering the Bridge Junior Series tournaments, and Louis hopes to emulate Tyran Snyders, who in July 2019 became the first South African to win the championship at Pinehurst.

“Junior golfers in the Western Cape have competed against Tyran many times, so his win at Pinehurst is inspiring because it tells us we are capable of performing at international tournaments,” said Louis, who is also looking to earn a spot in the junior inter-provincial team.

His long-term aim is to earn a scholarship to play college golf in the USA.

The Bridge Fund Managers Series launched in July 2017 and is endorsed by GolfRSA and managed by the SA Golf Development Board. It is open to boys and girls in the under-13 and under-19 divisions.