amateur golf
amateur golf


David Dixon struck another decisive blow for English amateur golf when he won the South African Amateur Championship on Saturday.

The England international from Somerset edged out home favourite Dean Lambert by one hole in the 36-hole final at the Oppenheimer Park Golf Club in Welkom, near Johannesburg.

Coming fast in the wake of Nick Dougherty's triumph in Australia, Tom
Whitehouse's victory last week in the Spanish Amateur, England's recent
international win over Spain, and Dougherty and Gary Wolstenholme's success
in Argentina, it offers further proof of the English Golf Union's highly-productive coaching set-up.

In becoming one of a select band of foreigners who have won South Africa's
premier amateur title, Dixon always looked to be in control and he turned two up after the morning 18 holes.

Lambert, easily South Africa's leading amateur after a superb year in which
he has won several titles, injured his back during his semi-final win.

Despite having to receive an injection during his round, battled back and went one up after 31 holes. However, Dixon squared the match on the next hole, went one up on the 15th and managed to hang on to the end.

"We were expecting a tough battle against the South African players," said
Dixon, "and it was great to come out from England and win.

"It was tiring to play 12 rounds in one week in sweltering conditions, but is certainly special to take the South African title. I took a wager with my boss back home that should I win the title he would give me his Porsche Carrera sports car for a weekend and I'm looking forward to collecting."

This was easily Dixon's biggest victory and, like Whitehouse, could help earn him a place in the Walker Cup squad for the match against the Americans
in Georgia in August. The West Country golfer, who will be 24 later this month, made his England senior debut in last September's Home Internationals.

Dixon, one of an official team of four sent by the EGU, finished fourth in the pre-tournament South African Strokeplay Championship on nine-under-par 279 to qualify for the matchplay event and on the way to the final put out team-mate Gary Wolstenholme.

Dixon and the rest of the English team had to cut short their celebrations as they prepared to face South Africa in an international at the Riviera Country Club in Vereeniging on Monday and Tuesday.


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