Their wins at the AON South African Amateur Championships recorded Caitlyn Macnab and Casey Jarvis’ names in the history books on Friday.
The pair both achieved the South African Amateur double in the process by adding the Championships to their AON Women’s and Men’s South African Stroke Play Championship victories in the same calendar year.
The last time this feat was achieved was back in 2007 when Ashley Simon and Louis de Jager did the unthinkable.
Following his emphatic win at the Randpark Golf Club last week, Jarvis beat Scotland’s James Wilson 7&6 on Friday at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s East Course.
‘I’m a bit lost for words at the moment. I was mentally tired after last week, so to come here and manage to get the win is something that I’m extremely proud of.
‘I made some good putts coming down the stretch that gave me a 4-up lead at the turn. It allowed me to play freely on the second round and after I won the 19th and 20th to go 6-up, I felt I could play a bit safer. I knew I couldn’t relax because James is a very good player, so I stuck to my gameplan, I just didn’t attack the pins,’ said the 16-year-old Jarvis.
Macnab used her victory of Tuesday as extra motivation when she beat 14-year-old Kyra van Kan 4&3 on Friday in the 36-hole matchplay final.
‘It feels awesome. To win one of these events is really special, so to win both in the same year is just amazing. This is two big items ticked off the bucket list, so I guess I’ll need to reset a few goals this year,’ said Macnab.
She had words of praise for the young Kyra, however, and is excited about what the future holds for her.
‘I am so impressed by how Kyra carried herself and how she played the entire week. She’s done incredibly well and she’s really announced herself as someone to look out for in the future.’