Jovan Rebula wins The 123rd Amateur Championship
Jovan Rebula completed the perfect week to claim The 123rd Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen on Saturday.
The 20-year-old was never behind in the 36-hole final and becomes the first South African to lift the historic trophy since Bobby Cole at Carnoustie in 1966 after defeating Ireland’s Robin Dawson 3&2.
“It’s unreal. It’s really something that is hard to describe" said Rebula afterwards. "I feel like many have been in this position before but its an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."
Rebula, who is the nephew of two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Ernie Els, secured a place in The 147th Open at Carnoustie, next year’s US Open at Pebble Beach and, by tradition, an invitation to the Masters Tournament in 2019.
Rebula spoke about playing in The 147th Open at Carnoustie - “Growing up in South Africa The Open Championship is the major that you want to win. To go out and win The Open Championship – well I’ll definitely give it my best shot! I’m so looking forward to that and everything that comes with this victory."
“I’ve never played Carnoustie. I’ve just heard about how brutal it is! I am looking forward to it. I am just going to go out and enjoy the experience"
“I’m shattered. It’s been a long week and especially today" he added. I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."
“Winning golf tournaments is what all of us dream of and being able to stand here having a trophy on the side – it’s just what we play and work for. I am thankful to be standing here right now. I have got to thank all my mates that came. Kyle McClatchie one of my very good friends that turned pro a month ago, played a tournament in Scotland about two hours away (SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge) and he drove through this morning. To see him on the first tee box was unbelievable. I appreciate that and it means a lot to me."
“I had my friend Matt on the bag and he has been unbelievable for me this week. He’s been the foundation to me, keeping me calm, and we just have an awesome time out there. It’s just so much fun."
“Royal Aberdeen has been awesome. I just want to convey all my thanks on behalf of all the players for everything they have done for us this week. They gave us an awesome tournament vibe. The moment you walk into the front door you just feel welcome.
The 124th Amateur Championship will be played at Portmarnock and The Island from 17 to 22 June, 2019.