On the European Tour golf is South African domain. After the exploits of Garrick Higgo in the Canaries it is the turn of Dean Burmester who, with a total of 259 (63 68 66 62, -25), wins the Tenerife Open. Last round to be framed for the 31-year-old (born however in Zimbabwe) who, with a partial bogey free final closed in 62 (-9) – nine birdies achieved -, dominated the scene by five strokes off the German Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, second with 264 (-20). Third place (265, -19) for the Polish Adrian Meronk and the Finnish Kalle Samooja.
Dean Burmester, Tenerife Open
Among the Azzurri the best is Nino Bertasio, 22 / o (271, -13) ahead of Edoardo Molinari, 28 / o (272, -12). Thirty-third position (273, -11) for Guido Migliozzi and Francesco Laporta. In 2021 on the European Tour there are already 4 South African successes. After those of Justin Harding and Daniel Van Tonder in Kenya came the exploits in the Canaries of Higgo and Burmester who, in Tenerife, celebrated their second career title on the European Tour.
Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey, one of the most renowned in the United States and reserved exclusively for men since its founding in 1913, has voted in favor of the inclusion of women among its members.
The news is certainly not insignificant: Pine Valley, as mentioned, is not just any field. Golf Digest magazine has for years called it the best course in the United States and among the best in the world.
Until now, the presence of women at the club twenty miles southeast of Philadelphia was not allowed except “guests” and on Sunday afternoons. “At the annual membership meeting, we made a historic change to the Pine Valley charter. The future of golf must look to inclusion, “club president Jim Davis announced in an email addressed to members. The club’s number one announced the unanimous vote, as well as the decision to “eliminate all male or female language from our statute”.
This is not an “in all” in the New Jersey club. Applications will be screened by the local commission. “Socially compatible players, with a deep passion for golf and able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skill to play on our course” will be admitted.
The Pine Valley thus follows a path already traced by famous clubs in the United States. It happened at Augusta National, the field where the Augusta Masters is held, the most anticipated tournament of the year. In addition to the moral boost, there is also a more concrete motivation: clubs where restrictions of this type resist are not often considered when choosing the assignment of a Major.