8 Things You Didn't Know About Aldrich Potgieter

We get to know the 2022 Amateur Championship winner a little better with these eight facts.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Aldrich Potgieter
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8 Things You Didn't Know About Aldrich Potgieter

1. Potgieter's home town is Mossel Bay which is a place closely associated with fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen. We believe Oosthuizen's local course is Mossel Bay and he once shot a 57 there, a course record.

2. In 2019, he was ranked 6,000th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking

3. Potgieter became the second youngest winner in the 127-year history of the Amateur Championship on June 18 when he beat England’s Sam Bairstow 3&2 in the 36-hole final at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

4. It was Potgieter’s fourth win of the year – three in his home country and one in Australia. As well as The Open there will be places waiting for him in next year’s US Open and, by tradition, The Masters at Augusta National.

5. Potgieter became only the third South African to triumph after Jovan Rebula at Royal Aberdeen in 2018 and Bobby Cole at Carnoustie in 1966.

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6. The South African was born in 2005 in Mossel Bay and he would eventually attend the Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy in South Africa.

7. Even before his Amateur Championship success, Potgieter had a very fast start to his career as a golfer. He won the 2020 South Australian Junior Masters by a commanding 9 strokes, and then in 2021, he won the Western Australian Amateur and finished second in the Australian Boys’ Amateur. But wait there is more. He won Nomads South African Juniors International and NOMADS SA Boys U19 Championship in 2022 as well.

8. We believe he is around six feet tall.

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6