3 August 2018 – Laerskool Kruinsig celebrated national breakthrough with a winning performance in the eighth Ernie Els SA Primary School Championship at Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The Kempton Park-based team opened up a three shot lead with an opening round of 240 and clinched a two shot victory on a winning total of 477 with a final round 237.
Curro Hazeldean Primary finished second and Midstream College third on 496.
“La-Velle Clark-Halket carded 77 and Corne Jansen and Marno Lange both posted rounds of 80 to secured the victory for us,” said Laerskool Kruinsig team manager Jurian Pienaar.
“We finished sixth in last year’s event at Randpark and it was very good experience for Corne, Marno and Ian van Rhyn, who led the team in the first round. La-Velle joined us this year and really punched well above his weight for the team.
“I am blown away by this team’s performance. Links golf is never easy, especially given the wet conditions on day one and the wind in the final round. But the boys got a great feel for the course during the practice round when the wind was really howling and it definitely helped their game plans.
“I was hoping for a top three finish this year, but these lads had their own agenda. They never backed down from the challenge and they really played for each other. We took a three shot lead in round one, but with this format things can change quickly. I asked them to bring their A-game and to try to limit the mistakes and they delivered.
“We wore pink ribbons this week for Amone Steyn, a learner at Laerskool Kruinsig who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and we would like to dedicate this victory to her. We are also really happy to take this trophy home as a belated birthday present for our headmaster Johan Kruger, who gives us such incredible support.
“On behalf of the team, I would like to congratulate Curro Hazeldean on a fantastic final round battle. They gave us a run for our money and it was a very exciting tussle right to the last putt. Well done to all the primary schools who participated this year and their contribution to the success of the eighth Ernie Els SA Primary School Championships.
“Competition is the only way for these young juniors to grow and develop and we thank GolfRSA and David Younge for a fantastic event.”
Jordan Wessels also went wire-to-wire to score a runaway victory in the Individual Competition.
The Curro Hazeldean Primary scholar carded rounds of 69 and 70 to win by 16 shots from Leonard Bevan from Laerskool Buhrmannsdrif and Laerskool Saamtrek’s Heinrich Janse van Vuuren. Lange and Clark-Halket from Laerskool Kruinsig shared fourth on 159.
(Best 3 scores of 4 to count)
477 Laerskool Kruinsig 240 – 237
479 Curro Hazeldean Primary 243 – 236
496 Midstream College 253 – 243
504 Glenwood House Prep 251 – 253
508 Laerskool George-Suid 257 – 251
518 Highbury Preparatory A 265 – 253
518 ST Dunstan’s Preparatory 263 – 255
525 Laerskool Saamtrek 273 – 252
525 Durbanville Primary 268 – 257
538 Dainfern College 276 – 262
539 Highbury Preparatory B 264 – 275
543 Curro Aurora 281 – 262
545 Wolmaranstad Primary 268 – 277
550 Grey Junior 279 – 271
550 Laerskool Buhrmannsdrif 278 – 272
650 Hoer en Laerskool Balfour 336 – 314
660 Laerskool Goedehoop 324 – 336
Individual Result (Top 20)
139 Jordan Wessels 69 70
155 Heinrich Janse van Vuuren 82 73; Leonard Bevan 76 79
159 L A Clark-Halket 82 77; Marno Lange 79 80
162 Luan Coetzee 82 80; Tiaan Hugo 82 80
163 Ruben Jansen van Rensburg 87 76; William Reyneke 85 78; Heinrich Haasbroek 79 84
165 Corne Jansen 85 80; Juan Barnard 82 83
166 Ryan Melville 80 86
167 Arnoux van der Merwe 87 80; Guy Harcourt 85 82; Nathan Jacobs 84 83
168 Jason Pengelley 84 84; Ian van Rhyn 79 89
171 Calvin Brooks 88 83; Reece Brown 86 85; Benjamin van Wyk 86 85
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.
He wants to compete against the world’s best
01 November 2012 | Annalie Anticevich
LA-VELLE Clark-Halket (7) is training hard for the world golf qualifier after failing to qualify for the European qualifier.
Clark-Halket recently started training with a new coach, Eben Uys, who is based at Living Waters Driving Range in Glen Marais.
La-Velle competed at the European qualifier on October 27 and 28 at Bronkhorstspruit Country Club. Although not qualifying, he still had among the best scores which qualified him to go to Scotland for three days to compete with the best in his age group in Scotland.
To qualify, the minimum required score over the two days was 92.
Dad Leslie said the weather on the first day did not really allow for a good round of golf, but La-Velle shot a 52.
“It was definitely also one of the most difficult courses we have played this year. Given the 52 on the first day, he had to shoot a 40 the next day to get his score of 92.
“With Eben’s expertise he lead La-Velle to a magnificent 42, which did not qualify him for the European tour, but he came in at fourth place with a score of 94, missing the requirement with two strokes.”
There are four tournaments left for the year, as the last one will be the world qualifier in December, for which Clark-Halket is training hard.
“He will not let a two-stroke shortfall in the European qualifier dampen his focus and concentration going forward,” his dad said.
La-Velle Clark-Halket – Sa Kids Golf – He strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters
10 September 2012 | Annalie Anticevich
A seven-year-old golf player strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters.
La-Velle Clark-Halket, who started his school career this year, developed an interest in golf at the age of five while playing in the backyard of his parent’s home.
Dad Leslie said La-Velle found a 9-iron in the yard and decided to take a few swings.
”He had no previous interest or knowledge of the game but as time went by he became intrigued by it. Once we have noticed he was becoming more and more interested, we took him to a veld to hit a few balls around. Before we knew it, he had developed his own ‘swing’ and we saw he definitely had a talent.”
They took La-Velle to Kempton Park Golf Club where he got his first set of junior golf clubs. He was very excited and spent almost every minute outside with his new clubs.
In May La-Velle took part in his first tournament at Kempton Park Golf Club. “He made an amazing putt on the fifth hole which made him the talk of the tournament, as it actually was a tournament for 10-13 year olds.”
In July La-Velle played in the the SA Kids Golf Tournament at Kyalami Golf Club where he scored 55, which put him at at ninth place in his age group out of 112 participants.
In August La-Velle took part in his next tournament through SA Kids Golf at Southdowns Golf Club. His play had radically improved. He scored 45 to come fifth.
Clark-Halket said La-Velle drives well and exceeds 200m to 220m. The thing he practices mostly is his bunker shots.
Dad and son also play nine holes on Saturdays and Sundays and they never seem to miss this commitment.
Clark-Halket said La-Valle’s dream is to become the youngest winner of the The Masters Tournament. His idols are Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.
He recently started with golf lessons with Craig Lavita, a coach at Kempton Park Country Club. “We believe this will only lead to a more disciplined approach to the game, on and off the field,” Clark-Halket said.