Records broken at SANLAM Cancer Challenge

Overall Women and Men's Winners Wilna Bredenhann and Johnny Roussouw
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200 National Winners, VIP’s and Media descended on the Sun City Resort to enjoy three days of competitive golf, fun and meeting new friends at the 23rd Sanlam Cancer Challenge Final. On the Sunday evening the group had dinner in the “amazing Maze” where a 50 metre swing bridge has to be negotiated the reach the fine food, fine Ernie Els wines and to be entertained by Bokkie Louw.

Monday and after a round of golf in 35 degree heat the players enjoyed a relaxing braai at the Valley of the Waves.  More food, more wine and more entertainment and 200 tired but happy golfers dreamed of 40+ points on the final day.  Tuesday and another scorcher and wonderful entertainment with prize giving. And so it came down to the 100 players who made it through to the National Finals at Sun City, over the Gary Player Country Club and Lost City courses.

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And in the women’s A Division Wilna Bredenhann, who plays out of Hentie’s Bay in Namibia, took full advantage of having a professional golfer for a daughter and played her way to an emotional victory.

Bredenhann’s daughter, Bonita, campaigns on the Ladies European Tour and was instrumental in coaching her mother to a victory in Southern Africa’s largest charity golf series.

“I am so proud of her,” said Bonita, who joined her mother at the 36-hole National Finals, and then ended up coaching the entire contingent of Namibian golfers who had qualified.

“My mom phoned me when they arrived at Sun City and said, ‘Listen, you better get up here because all of us need your help’,” said Bonita.

Bonita’s advice to her mother was quite simple. “I just told her not to chase points, play it shot for shot, make clever decisions and don’t take any chances.”

Wilna Bredenhann took her daughter’s advice and the 13 handicap won the Women’s Overall and Women’s A Division with a 36-hole haul of 74 points.

It was an emotional victory for Bredenhann, who was playing in her fourth Sanlam Cancer Challenge National Final.

“I had to get over plenty of obstacles to get here and it’s just an unbelievable feeling to have won,” she said. “But it’s such a privilege to be here. When you see how many people are suffering from cancer, to be able to say you do not have cancer but can still contribute to such a worthy cause is a privilege.”

The Women’s B Division was won by Johannesburg’s Cheng Primes, with a 16 handicap scoring 63 points.

Primes, who plays out of Randpark, said, “I’m so happy. I’ve tried for a number of years to crack the finals only to come short time and again. Now that I’ve finally made it, to go and win my division is really special.”

And the Women’s C Division went to West Coast golfer Marett Nieuwoudt with a total of 64 points off her 32 handicap.

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The Men’s A Division title went to KwaZulu-Natal’s Greg Park with his 71 points. Park, of Umhlali Country Club, does not have a close friend or family member who has had cancer or has succumbed to it.

“So I guess I’m fortunate in that regard,” he said.

“The course was in fantastic condition and what an experience to play in a tournament like this where there’s so much camaraderie. I drove the ball really well in round two and our fourball had a lot of fun out on the course. I’m a real serious golfer though, and so I enjoyed the competitive side too.

“This is my first time in the Cancer Challenge and I won my club event at Umhlali on a count out, and then the KZN regional finals at Prince’s Grant also after a count out. So I’ve been lucky with the count-outs.

The Overall Men’s and Men’s B Division titles went to Central Gauteng’s Johnny Rossouw, who won on a count-out on 76 points over Jurie Jerling.

“I’m so happy. In 2011 my wife was diagnosed with cancer, and a day before the finals, the oncologist gave her the all clear. So this is such a special victory,” said a tearful Rossouw.

And the Men’s C Division was won by the West Coast’s HJ Goosen on 66 points.

At the prize giving dinner, Elize Joubert, CEO of CANSA, spoke both passionately and inspirationally – as did Sanlam Group Board chief executive Yegs Rahiah – about how the funds raised by the annual Sanlam Cancer Challenge not only help to fight the disease but are instrumental in bringing about early detection. And, above all, hope and assurance that cancer can be beaten and is not the killer it once was.

This year over 35 000 golfers took part in 780 club competitions in South Africa and several other countries on the continent which raised in excess of R3,5-million – a record – for CANSA (The Cancer Association of South Africa). R3,5-million.


Men Overall
76 Johnny Rossouw 39 37(won on count out); Jurie Jerling 42 34
71 Greg Park 34 37
67 J P Burger 37 30
66 Jacobus Johannes van Zyl 30 36; HJ Goosen 35 31

Men A Division
71 Greg Park 34 37
67 J P Burger 37 30
66 Jacobus Johannes van Zyl 30 36
65 Cedric Kunene 28 37; Thinus Labuschagne 31 34

Men B Division
76 Johnny Rossouw 39 37; Jurie Jerling 42 34
62 Jaco Cloete 30 32
59 Roy Singh 30 29; Deon Kotze 31 28

Men C Division
66 H.J Goosen 35 31
64 Sakkie Saayman 34 30
54 Eugene Le Roux 31 23
53 Rajen Naidoo 30 23
52 Andre Bester 26 26; Mannie Merckel 28 24

Women Overall
74 Wilna Bredenhann 39 35
68 Gwen Ortlepp 33 35; Geraldine Treherne 35 33
64 Marett Nieuwoudt 34 30
63 Elize Visser 32 31; Cheng Primes 36 27

Women A Division
74 Wilna Bredenhann 39 35
68 Gwen Ortlepp 33 35; Geraldine Treherne 35 33
63 Elize Visser 32 31
60 Lenanda Van der Watt 35 25

Women B Division
63 Cheng Primes 36 27
59 Tracy Thesen 29 30
58 June Harrison 31 27
56 Anette Bezuidenhout 29 27
55 Anke Steyn 27 28; Helga Wepener 29 26

Women C Division
64 Marett Nieuwoudt 34 30
59 Nicky Flanegan 31 28
56 Rita Kinghorn 32 24
54 Pat Thompson 27 27
50 Mary-Ann Boltmann 27 23