The event pits the country’s club champions, across all divisions, in all 14 unions, against each other to determine the ultimate club champion golfer of the year. The winners are crowned Champion of Champions. The tournament is open to golfers of all abilities and focuses on the ordinary club golfer, who makes such a valuable contribution to amateur golf.

The 2023 GolfRSA Champion of Champions, delivered by The Courier Guy, came to an exciting conclusion in October as Bryanston’s Thabiso Dijo celebrated back-to-back success in the Caddie Division and six first-time champions were crowned. The 36-hole National Final of the popular series was hosted by Pecanwood Golf and Country Estate for the first time, and the magnificent Jack Nicklaus signature championship course proved a superb test.

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Relive the action from the 2023 2023 Champion of Champions National Final, delivered by The Courier Guy, where 93 club champions vied for the title of ULTIMATE champion at Pecanwood Golf & Country Estate.

Thabiso Dijo earned the bragging rights with a runaway nine-stroke victory when the Caddie Division was introduced at the National Final in the 2022 edition at Kyalami Country Club, but he had to work hard to seal a successive win at Pecanwood.

Tied for first with Thomas Masetle from Benoni Lake after opening rounds of 75, Bryanston’s Dijo produced a string of crucial pars coming home on the final day to pull clear of Masetle to win by three shots with a final-round 78. “The competition this year was definitely a lot tougher, and I had a great time going toe-to-toe with Thomas. He made me work for this win, I think that is why this one feels even more special,” said Dijo.

“I hope the great golf from all the caddies who played this year will inspire even more caddies to enter next year. A big thank you to the management, staff and the members at The Bryanston Country Club for all your support – I am bringing this one home for you.”


The Men’s A-Division went down to the wire in a battle between first-round leaders Tokkie van den Berg from Pretoria Country Club and Durbanville’s Sean Howell.

Tied coming down the final hole, Van den Berg’s second shot finished short and Howell was on the green for two. The Gauteng North golfer gave himself a chance to force a playoff with a superb chip to six feet, but when his par putt ringed the hole, Howell nailed the clutch five-footer for birdie and clinched victory with a final-round 75.

“I was actually shaking a little over that putt; I had to calm my nerves. I feel for Tokkie because he played superb golf and just wouldn’t go away,” a delighted Howell said. “It’s a fantastic tournament and it is just as competitive as any national event on the GolfRSA circuit. I felt privileged to tee it up in the final, because I came second in the regional final, and when the winner had to withdraw for medical reasons, I was offered his spot. I wanted to make the most of this opportunity. As a club golfer, this is the ultimate prize.”

Gauteng North’s Gina da Silva went wire-to-wire with rounds of 70 and 71 to win by six strokes from up-and-coming GolfRSA National Squad member Ellandri van Heerden.

“Third time’s a charm, and I am really happy I pulled it through because my son told me I had better not come home without a trophy this time,” joked Centurion’s Da Silva. “On a serious note, I am so proud of this achievement. I have made the National Final twice before and I have been in contention, so it feels great to finally lift the trophy. This is such a fantastic tournament. I enjoy the fun and camaraderie off the course, and the competitive side when we play. It’s a huge honour to walk away from this as the champion for my club and for my golf union.”

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Gersh Titus from Northern Cape had driven eight hours to play at his first B-Division final, and it was nearly over before it begun. “I injured my wrist with my opening tee shot. It was tough to compete because I couldn’t hit a full swing,” said the Upington player. “I thought I might have to pull out, but the organisers came out on the course and taped me up, and somehow I shot 80 in the first round to lead.”

Titus closed with an 81 to edge Johan Botha by five shots for the win. “I wanted to show all the Northern Cape children that you can do anything if you work hard. I hope they will take inspiration from me and continue to chase their dreams.”

“I am so excited about this that if I could still do cartwheels, I’d do some right now,” said Women’s B-Division winner Russo Roberts-Gouws, who won her first title with rounds of 76 and 85. “What an amazing experience. It was impeccably organised and we were treated like professionals throughout. Hats off to GolfRSA, Paul and Brit Adams and The Courier Guy on recognising the club golfers and for hosting us with such grace and style. I am really proud to win my first title.”


Another competitor who had a whale of a time on debut was Southern Cape’s Jaco de Lange, who won the Men’s C-Division with rounds of 35 and 33. “I’ve been playing golf for over 40 years and it’s the first time I’ve experienced something of this standard,” said the George golfer. “It has been three unbelievable days. We have struck up a lot of new friendships and the rivalry has been incredible. This course is a proper test, and to win this is the ultimate achievement in my career.”

Herine van der Merwe from Standerton Golf Club in Mpumalanga took the honours in the Women’s C-Division with a four-point victory after posting rounds of 37 and 30. “It’s the second time I made it to the National Final and it was even better this time,” she said. “The course was tricky because you have these big, generous fairways littered with bunkers, and the greens were slick and fast. I’m super proud to be this year’s champion and I want to tell every club golfer who didn’t try out this year that you don’t know what you are missing. Everyone should experience this amazing tournament at least once.”

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