Mogol Open Championship

F.l.t.r.: Gert Pepler, Shane Pienaar, Phodius Machaba, Paul Mawasha, Barend Gerber, Gerhard Pepler, Riaan de Lange, Malebane Pataki and Wayne Derksen
F.l.t.r.: Gert Pepler, Shane Pienaar, Phodius Machaba, Paul Mawasha, Barend Gerber, Gerhard Pepler, Riaan de Lange, Malebane Pataki and Wayne Derksen

LEPHALALE — 45 of the top players in the Limpopo Province entered the Mogol Open Championship this year – trying to walk away with the Baratta Accommodation Trophy. Predecessors of this championship Stephan de Beer and Hilton Hughes have moved on to the professional ranks and so a big word of thank needs to go out to Martin Nel and Wayne Derksen for their continuous support of the Mogol Open Championship and giving future players the chance to measure themselves against the top in the province.
It was a tight affair at the top of the leader board as local favourite Gerhard Pepler took the lead together with Roan Hefer after 9 on 3 over par. Gerhard made his move and came in with a great 1 under par 35 to card a 2 over par 74 and take a 2 shot lead over Barend “Boetie” Gerber from Thabazimbi Golf Club who carded a 76 after the first 18.
Gerhard came in with a 37 as Barend carded a 40 on their third 9 and it looked like Gerhard was cruising home with a 5 shot lead into the last 9 of the championship. But Peter Masehela from Polokwane Golf Club who came in with a 80 (+8) on his morning 18 holes carded brilliant 34 on his third nine to move into sole second position going into the last 9 on a total of +6 only 3 behind Gerhard. This looked like the championship might just go into a very interesting finish.
And it sure did! Gerhard who stuck to his aggressive attaching game paid the price on the very last hole of the championship with a “lost ball”. He eventually finished with +5 (77) to finish on a total of +7 for the championship. Now Peter Masehela had the lead on +6 and Barend Gerber was only 1 behind on +8. But luckily for Gerhard, Barend couldn’t improve his score and Peter could not keep his score together and Gerhard walked away with the honours of Mogol Open Champion 2016.
Gerhard thanked his playing partners, Thabo Shingange and Adam Milanzi and everyone for traveling so far.

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