Dawie van der Walt will grab his passport and cross the Atlantic for the European Tour’s flagship event, going up against the likes of Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia.
South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt fired a final round of 67 to post a 21-under total of 267 and clinch his maiden Sunshine and European victory by two strokes from compatriot Darren Fichardt in the inaugural Tshwane Open at the Els Club Copperleaf on Sunday.
Dawie Van Der Walt was born 2/11/83 in South Africa. When he was in high school, he ranked as the number 2 amateur golfer in South Africa. During that time, he also played in the South Africa Amateur, British Amateur, St. Andrews Trophy Links, and the South Africa Open.
Van Der Walt studied and played golf at Lamar University. He was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, in addition to many other medalist honors during his collegiate career. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 105th US Amateur at historic Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. He finished in the top 20 at many amateur tournaments during this time, as well.