Jordan Rothman wins play-off in tournament
Teenager Jordan Rothman won an exciting play-off in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series Tournament at Durbanville Golf Club recently.
Jordan, the reigning SA women’s amateur champion, had to overcome a strong field of boys including + handicappers Ayden Senger, Louis Loubser Jnr, Francois Cilliers, Justin Behrens, Calin Sanderson and Matthew McCarthy, as well as the very windy and oppressively hot playing conditions.
“It was my first play-off so I was very nervous. To stay calm I always tell myself to stick to my original game plan and not try anything different. Another thing I tell myself before each shot is that I have played this shot well before, so I can do it again. That keeps me positive,” says Jordan, who is a member of Durbanville Golf Club.
The play-off victory over Keanan Keffers and Ayden Senger, who matched her 18-hole score of 71, secures 16-year-old Jordan a spot in the #BridgeJuniorSeries regional finals to be played in April.
The regional finals will see an elite field battle for the ultimate prize – an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the glittering Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst, USA.
“Winning the finals is definitely a goal. You gain so much experience by not only playing against the best in South Africa, but at Pinehurst you will compete against some very good junior golfers from across the world,” says Jordan, whose other goals for 2019 are to gain national colours and win two national events.
The turning point of her round was on the 10th where she drove into the hazard, but then hit a remarkable shot onto the green and holed a 17-footer for birdie.
“Jordan came very close to winning in Durbanville last year, tying for third. So it was wonderful to see her come back and secure the title in 2019,” says Paul Stewart, chief executive officer at Bridge Fund Managers.
“Hopefully Jordan can carry her terrific form to the regional finals and become the first South African girl to win a spot in the Junior North and South Championship at Pinehurst.”