Meyer Pauw proved his growing reputation as one of Western Province’s rising golf stars is no fluke as he claimed his second Glacier Series title in two years in the Glacier Junior Series Compleat Golfer Tournament at Steenburg.
The 16-year-old golfer from Stellenbosch shot to finish three shots clear of Bianca Lohbauer from Paarl and Durbanville’s Ian Snyman, who both signed for 70s but Snyman was awarded the runner up spot after a count out.
The 1.9m tall Pauw thrived in windy conditions that caused a lot of problems for his competitors.
Pauw didn’t mince any words when he admitted that this win was much easier than his hard-fought one-shot win in the Richard Sterne Tournament at Erinvale last year.
“Just call me Take Two,” said an elated Pauw. “The first time I wasted my chances, but this time they better be ready for me at the final.
“When I won last year, there was eight or nine guys in contention and I had to come back from two over after nine holes to get back into contention. I was praying for birdies to cancel bogeys all the way to the finish. This year, I didn’t drop a shot.”
The lanky golfer believes it is his increased self-belief and consistency that is allowing him to play so well at the moment.
“I think it’s all down to confidence and a better all-round game,” said Pauw, who works with professional William Guy at Somerset West Golf Club.
“I won five of my six matches in Riversdale and I’m a lot more confident when I play in tournaments now than a year ago. William and I have done a lot of work on my game, but I also fare a lot better now under competitive pressure. That’s where tournaments like these Glacier Junior Series tournaments are so important, because they help you get used to that kind of pressure.”
He admits that he wasn’t properly prepared for the National Final last year and is excited to have another crack at it.
“Last year I thought I had a great chance to win that all-expenses trip to compete in the Orange Bowl Junior Invitational in Florida,” he said. “But I didn’t know the course, I wasn’t prepared for the pressure and I pack my A-game. That’s why it was a priority for me to qualify for the Final again.
“To challenge for the Orange Bowl again was on my bucket list, so at least that is ticked off now. I think I’m a better golfer now, but I’ll play a lot more golf before the final. And I’ve heard a rumour that they are moving the final from Pecanwood to Stellenbosch this year, so at least we will play a course where I won’t go in as the underdog again.
COMPLEAT GOLFER TOURNAMENT RESULTS (Steenburg Golf Estate, 13 May 2012)
A-Division (1-6 Handicap)
- Meyer Pauw 67 gross
- Ian Snyman 70 gross (on count out)
- Bianca Lohbauer 70 gross
Best Nett – Luke Woods 68
B-Division (7-18 Handicap)
- Cobus Cuyler 77 gross
- Cole Cruickshank 80 gross (on count out)
- Tristan Hamilton 80 (on count out)
Best Nett – Gherran Hattingh 68
C-Division (19-36 Handicap)
- Hanro Loots 40 pts
- Richard Scone 38 pts
- Mike Copeman 37 (on count out)