Cape Town – South
African former number one amateur and 2019 SA Amateur champion Wilco Nienaber was
presented with the inaugural Seve Scholarship award in Amsterdam.
received the scholarship during The Champions Dinner of the 100th Dutch
Open, hosted in the impressive Masters Hall in the Rijksmuseum, on Monday.
19-year-old from Bloemfontein was presented with the scholarship
by Javier Ballesteros, son of the Spanish legend Seve, after whom the award is
Ballesteros won 50 European Tour events, including five Majors, but it
was at the Dutch Open, in 1976, where he won his first pro tournament. He went
on to win the Dutch Open three times.
scholarship provides full support for Nienaber during his week under invitation
as a professional at the Dutch Open, which celebrates 100 years this year
and begins on Thursday.
former GolfRSA National Squad member last year became the first South African
to win the seeding round for the Amateur Championship since a 36-hole
qualifying round was established in 1983.
joined the pro ranks in July and enjoyed a tie for 11th pay-day in his debut in
the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge on the European Challenge Tour.
Images: Jan-Kees Steenman