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African Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Posted on 7 February 2020
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Congratulations to Martin Vorster on winning the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship in a play off, at Leopard Creek. Very proud of yet another special achievement. Photo Credit : GolfRSA

African Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Posted on 7 February 2020
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Congratulations to Jordan Duminy on finishing T4 th at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek. Another wonderful performance !

African Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Posted on 31 January 2020
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Congratulations to Jordan Duminy on representing SA, at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek, from 3-6 February 2020. We wish you and the rest of the GolfRSA Team, only the best !

All Africa Junior Golf Teams Championship
Posted on 28 January 2020
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Many congratulations to Jordan Duminy on your selection as part of the GolfRSA Team, to represent SA, during March in Egypt, in the All Africa Junior Golf Teams Championship.

2020 SA Open
Posted on 10 January 2020
Video will be public from 11/01/20
George Open
Posted on 19 November 2019

Congratulations to Christo Lamprecht on winning the George Open, on a total of 140 ( 69 / 71) Proud of you !

Mossel Bay Junior Open
Posted on 03 November 2019

​Many congratulations to Ulrich Steinhobel on winning the Mossel Bay Junior Open, played on 3 November 2019, on a score of 3 under. Well done, proud of you!

Simola Open
Posted on 29 October 2019

Congratulations to Jordan Duminy on your Runner-up performance at the Simola Open. Jordan carded a 5 under score after 36 holes.

Hole In One
Posted on 19 October 2019

Well Done Jordan with your Hole In One at Irene Country Club, during the first round of the Silver Salver Tournament. Make some more!

Knysna Junior Open
Posted on 14 October 2019

Well done to Christo Lamprecht on winning the Knysna Junior Open on a score of 69. JP vd Watt and Ivan Verster (also Academy57) were second and tied third! You make us proud.

Jordan Duminy receives National Colours
Posted on 10 October 2019

Many congratulations to Jordan Duminy on receiving his National colours, you make us very proud. Photo GolfRSA

2019 CAPE TOWN JUNIOR OPEN
Posted on 30 September 2019

Congratulations to Jordan Duminy on winning the Cape Town Junior Open, at Clovelly. Jordan won on -4 after the 36 hole Tournament. Well done on yet another fantastic performance.

2019 Bridge Fund Junior Series WP
Posted on 30 September 2019

Well done to Jordan Duminy on winning the Bridge Fund Junior Series WP. Jordan won the Tournament on a play off at Clovelly. We are very proud !

2019 International Junior Presidents Cup
Posted on 14 September 2019

Academy57 is blessed, proud and privileged to have 3 Juniors in the 2019 International Junior Presidents Cup Team, to compete against the USA Team during December at Royal Melbourne Australia. Our Founding Member Louis Oosthuizen is also part of the Senior International Presidents Cup Team. Martin Vorster is an Academy57 member since 2010, Jordan Duminy since 2012 and Christo Lamprecht since 2015. A huge thank you to our coach Val Holland, Louis Oosthuizen, PING, Titleist, FootJoy, R&A, ATKV, SwitchGrips and Pinnacle Point. It is a very special time in the history of Academy57, founded in 2009 in Mossel Bay.

National Colours
Posted on 9 September 2019

Congratulations to Jordan Duminy for receiving National Colours and Martin Vorster Senior National Colours. You make us very proud, it is well deserved!

GolfRSA Protea Team
Posted on 9 September 2019

Jordan Duminy and Martin Vorster ( Academy57) have been selected for the GolfRSA Protea Team to compete in the All Africa Golf Team Championship, during October in Mauritius. Martin will also represent SA in the biennial Spirit International at Whispering Pines. Well done on all your fantastic achievements.

Junior Players at TPC Sawgrass
Posted on 2 September 2019

Well done to Martin Vorster for finishing T7 at the Junior Players at TPC Sawgrass. The Tournament was won by Jayden Schaper (Benoni – GolfRSA) Jordan Duminy was T48. Thank you to Eden Thompson ( Manager GolfRSA) for looking after the boys). You make us and SA proud. Photo : Eden Thompson.

Junior Players at TPC Sawgrass
Posted on 27 August 2019

We wish Jordan and Martin as well as the rest of the GolfRSA Squad and Team Manager Eden Thompson well for the Junior Players at TPC Sawgrass. Enjoy the States and play well.

Mossel Bay Open
Posted on 19 August 2019
Congratulations to Ivan Verster on winning the 36 hole Mossel Bay Open. We are very proud of your achievement. CJ v Wyk was 4th and Ian Pautz, 7th. Well done to all.
Southern Cape Open
Posted on 19 August 2019
Congratulations to Jordan Duminy on winning the 72 hole SC Open on -18, at the Knysna Golf Club. Jordan won the Tournament and gigantic battle against fellow Academy57 member, Christo Lamprecht in a play-off. Well done to both, we are very proud of you !!!
Patsy Parsons George Junior Open
Posted on 13 August 2019

Congratulations to Christo Lamprecht, on winning the Patsy Parsons George Junior Open, on a gross score of 70. Ivan Verster was third and CJ v Wyk tied 5th. Michal Nortje of Academy57’s Performance Development Tier, was also T5 th . Well done to all the Juniors.

Pezula Junior Open 2019
Posted on 29 July 2019
Many congratulations to Christo Lamprecht on winning the Pezula Junior Open, on a brilliant score of 64. CJ v Wyk, also Academy57 member, was third on 70. Credit not only goes to the Juniors and parents, but also to Val Holland, our Head Coach and main sponsors : R&A, PING, Titleist, FootJoy, ATKV and SwitchGrips.

Kingswood Junior Open 2019

Posted on 21 July 2019
Congratulations to former Academy57 member, Ben van Wyk on winning the Kingswood Junior Open. He defeated Christo Lamprecht in a play off. Both played gross scores of 68. JP vd Watt, finished 4th and CJ van Wyk T8 th, both are also Academy57 members.

Oubaai Open 2019

Posted on 17 July 2019
Congratulations to Christo Lamprecht on winning the Oubaai Open 2019, on a score of –9 (66 / 69). He shared the title with Barend Botha (Oubaai) after it became to dark for the play off to be completed. Ben Van Wyk (former Academy57 member) was 4th and JP vd Watt finished in 9th postion.
Back to back wins for Martin Vorster.
Posted on 15 July 2019
Back to back wins for Martin Vorster. He won the Limpopo Stroke Play Championship in a play off. Last week Martin won the Tswane Open.
Proudly Louis Academy57 !
Posted on 09 July 2019

Martin Vorster (current East Of Ireland and Tshwane Junior Champion) and Jordan Duminy (current SA Boys U/17 Champion) joined Louis Oosthuizen’s Academy57 when they were still very young. We believe in investing in young golf talent in the Southern Cape. Thank you to Vall Holland (Head Coach) and our main sponsors : R&A, PING, Titleist, FootJoy, ATKV and SwitchGrips for your continuous support.

TSHWANE JUNIOR OPEN
Posted on 08 July 2019

Well Done Martin Vorster on winning the Tshwane Junior Open on -8 (play off) at Irene Country Club. Jordan Duminy finished in 4th position. So proud of your achievements.

Nomads SA Boys U/17
Posted on 05 July 2019
Many congratulations to Jordan Duminy on winning the Nomads SA Boys U/17, at St Francis Links, on a score of – 9. We are so proud of your performance. You are a great Ambassador for Louis and his Academy57. CJ Van Wyk, also Academy57, finished 3rd.
Nomads SA Boys U/17
Posted on 05 July 2019
Congratulations to CJ Van Wyk on finishing third in the Nomads SA Boys U/17 played at St Francis Links. The Tournament was won by his fellow Academy57 member, Jordan Duminy.
Big Easy IGT Pro Challenge
Posted on 04 July 2019
Well done to Christo Lamprecht on finishing as the Top Amateur in the Big Easy IGT Pro Challenge at Akasia Golf Club (Pretoria). Cristo finished overall T 23rd.
Nomads National OOM
Posted on 28 June 2019
Many congratulations to former Academy57 member, Ben Van Wyk, on winning the 36 hole Nomads National OoM at St Francis Links on – 8. Jordan Duminy, finished 4th on –4 and JP vd Watt, achieved a 12Tth position. Keep up the great golf, Louis is very proud of your performances !
Toyota Junior World Cup
Posted on 21 June 2019

Many congratulations to Martin Vorster and Christo Lamprecht, on winning the Toyota Junior World Cup, in Japan, as part of the GolfRSA Team. They are following in the footsteps of Louis Oosthuizen which was part of the SA Team in 2001, the first time that this prestigious tournament was won by South Africa. Well Done to the rest of the GolfRSA Team and Management. You make us proud!!!

St Andrews Links Trophy
Posted on 10 June 2019
Martin Vorster finished T7 in the St Andrews Links Trophy, on -11 ( 68/69/69/71). Well Done, proud of your continuous great performances!
 
GolfRSA’s Vorster conquers County Louth for Irish win
Posted on 04 June 2019
Many congratulation to Martin Vorster on winning the East Of Ireland Amateur Open, ( County Louth Golf Club) with scores of 72 / 73 / 67 / 67 to win the Championship with 4 shots. So proud of you, well done !!!
 
Pinnacle Point Junior Open
Posted on 03 June 2019
Congratulations to Ian Pautz on winning the Pinnacle Point Junior Open. Well deserved !
Enterprise Development Programme
Posted on 28 May 2019
Academy57’s Enterprise Development Programme is in full swing at Pinnacle Point. Young boys and girls with golf potential are identified at a  young age and receive free coaching lessons. The Programme also entails the mentorship of a Development Coach. a Huge thank you to the R&A ,  Westvaal Motor Group, for the sponsored vehicle and Philren Stepp Mossel Bay, for  the insurance of the vehicle. Together we invest in the future of our  children!
East of Ireland Trophy
Posted on 27 May 2019
We wish Jordan and Martin well, for their journey to Scotland, as part of the GolfRSA Team. They will compete in the East of Ireland Trophy ( which was won last year by Christo Lamprecht) and The Links Trophy at St Andrews. You make us proud.
Plettenberg Bay Junior Open
Posted on 27 May 2019
Well done to Ivan Verster on winning the Plettenberg Bay Junior Open, on a play off after 36 holes, against his fellow Academy57 member, Franco Gericke.
Oudtshoorn Open
Posted on 20 May 2019
Many congratulations to Ivan Verster on winning the Oudtshoorn Open on a score of -4. Proud of your achievement !
Big Easy IGT Tournament
Posted on 16 May 2019
Well done to Martin Vorster, tied 2nd on -7 and Jordan Duminy tied 4th on -6, during the Big Easy IGT Tournament played at Modderfontein Golf Club, from 13 – 15 May. So proud of your achievements.

RISE UP FOR ETHAN

Posted on 24 October 2019

Amongst his peers, Ethan is known for his excellent sportsmanship. He excels in hockey, cricket and rugby and always strives to do his best.

In December 2018, we noticed Ethan was uncharacteristically tired and pale with a few aches and pains. We believed it was just harmless whining rather than something that required our attention. By January 2019, however, we realised his condition had worsened and I decided to take him to the doctor.

The pediatrician was very concerned and told us to prepare for a trip to George Hospital. That same night, Ethan received two units of blood and the next morning the doctors instructed us to get him to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital without delay.

On 16 January 2019 Ethan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Our lives changed in the blink of an eye. We left everything to support him in Cape Town. They started him on treatment for standard risk ALL. A month later, another lumbar puncture was performed after which they informed us that the treatment had no effect. He then started receiving treatment for high-risk ALL. It was much more intense and took a few months longer than the treatment for standard risk ALL.

On top of the shock and sudden changes, Ethan also has an incredible fear of needles. Unfortunately, there is no way around it and it’s something he has to face almost every day. Each time, it takes a few people to hold him down and the emotional damage is devastating. Then there’s all the medication; so much of it and Ethan outright refuses to drink it. It makes the process so much harder. Two to three times, every day, we spend hours on end begging, bribing, getting angry, crying… But there is good news too. The treatment is working.

In August 2019 we headed home. Ethan still takes medication every day and needs to receive chemotherapy once a month until he’s in remission. The medication side has become easier, but the fear of needles… I don’t think he’ll ever overcome it; it’s as if it’s just getting worse.

Even though we’re past the initial shock and treatment, we’re left with many other ‘scars’ such as Ethan’s drastically altered temperament. However, I believe with enough help and support he will be the bubbly and energetic boy he was before. He’s also returned to school. The interaction is good for him and he really enjoys it. He’s really looking forward to playing sports again, but he still lacks the stamina to keep up. We’re staying positive. It’s the only thing we can do now…

2021
Two years down the road with cancer and the obstacles are still huge. Ethan is still on a 3 year Chemo programme. He is now in his 3rd year of treatment, which entails daily medication and monthly visits to hospital.  Physically, its goes well with Ethan, but unfortunately the cancer left many “emotional wounds” Ethan could not attend school the past two years, because of his illness. The isolation and lack of school attendance, resulted in a backlog and progress, regarding school work. When school re-opened in February 2021, I, as a single mom, looked so much forward that Ethan’s life could return to “normal”. Unfortunately, Ethan got so used to the isolation and hospitals, that attending school and facing his school friends, became too much of an emotional obstacle for him, to overcome. He has a fear that he will be labelled as someone that is not “normal”. We trust that the psychological support that he currently receives, from professionals, will put him back on track and that his self-belief and dignity, will return soon. 

Please reach out to as many as you can to help this family 🙏🏻

It is with very sad hearts that we learned of Nicole’s passing. Our prayers
are with her family that God may comfort them during this difficult time. 

Louis, Nel-Maré and Foundation57 Team

A year for the rest of your life…

Posted on 19 February 2018

And so the battle with the beast ended in August 2017. It has been a long ride and feelings are overwhelming. Gratefulness, hope, relief, joy but also fear. It’s a complex set of emotions.

And so the new chapter begins…

Nicole van Rooyen

Posted on 22 March 2017

Nicole van Rooyen is a sparkling 15-year-old high school girl from Point High School in Mossel Bay. She is a top 10 academic achiever and sportswoman with sporting highlights that included regional athletics in high jump as well as hockey.

 

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Championing Golf Development in SA
Posted on 19 March 2019

Events57 recently held a Foundation57 Charity Golf Day, at the spectacular Pinnacle Point. Thank you to our main sponsors Global Golf Gloves and Pernod Ricard. Congratulations to our winners Gerrie Earle, Leon Campher, Morne Strauss and Gawie Van Heerden. We also had the privilege of Louis Oosthuizen, founding member of Foundation57, being present and playing in the day. The day was in aid of Foundation57’ beneficiaries, Leolan Academy (Autism, Down-Syndrome), Kids With Cancer, iPapa57 Feeding Programme and Academy57’ Golf Development Programme.

Championing Golf Development in SA
Posted on 19 March 2019

The R&A travelled to South Africa to produce a short film about Louis Oosthuizen’ and Ernie Els’ Foundations and The R&A’s support of golf development in the country.
Click on the image above to view the film.

2019 Golf development tier
Posted on 10 July 2019
Academy57′ Golf Development Programme offers free coaching at Pinnacle Point to our future stars in the making. Proudly sponsored by the R&A and ATKV.