Free State Open: Louis Moolman wins in a playoff
14 Jan 2024
by Amit Pandey of

see also: View results for Free State Open, Maccauvlei Golf Club, Louis Moolman Rankings

Louis Moolman (Golf RSA Photo)
Louis Moolman (Golf RSA Photo)

Louis Moolman of Pretoria Country Club shot 13-under and defeated Altin van der Merwe in a playoff against Altin van der Merwe, securing the title at the Free State Alec Levin Open held at Maccauvlei Golf Club in Vereeniging, South Africa.

Moolman’s 13-under par score, following rounds of 70-67-71-67, was on par with the scores of Merwe. Merwe carded rounds of 68-68-71-68 to join Moolman in the playoff.

Altin van der Merwe was the AGC Mid-Amateur Player of the Year. 


Moolman entered the final round trailing Merwe, who maintained the 54-hole lead at 9-under par. Moolman's final-round score of 67, compared to Merwe's 68, resulted in a playoff.

In the tournament's last edition, Merwe also secured a runner-up position when Jonathan Broomhead claimed the title in 2023.

Moolman, a former professional on the European Tour, secured his last victory at the 2023 GNGU Mid-Amateur held at Centurion Country Club. On the other hand, Merwe, also an accomplished amateur, most recently competed in the All India Amateur Championship, where he achieved a notable third-place finish.

Jaden Deltel from Bryanston Country Club concluded the tournament in third place, shooting an impressive 12-under par with rounds of 68-70-70-68.

A total of 152 amateurs participated in the tournament, of whom 67 made the 36-hole cut.

Results: Free State Open
1South AfricaLouis MoolmanSouth Africa40070-67-71-67=275
2South AfricaAltin Van Der MerweSouth Africa30068-68-71-68=275
3South AfricaJaden DeltelSouth Africa20068-70-70-68=276
4South AfricaVian Jansen van VuurenSouth Africa20069-71-71-66=277
5South AfricaMatthew MortimerSouth Africa20070-68-68-73=279

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The first big event on the South African amateur schedule, this is a 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes.

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