Won the Collegiate Players Tour Rose Creek Open in Edmond, Okla. with a score of 206, winning by 6 shots.
Third team All-Southland Conference selection...appeared in all 11 tournaments and posted a career best 73.69 stroke average in 32 rounds...stroke average was 3rd on the team...won the UTA/Waterchase Invitational in the fall with an 11-under score of 205...shot a season-low 67 3 times including each of the last 2 rounds of that tournament...posted 5 rounds in the 60s...had 4 top 20 finishes...tied for 25th at the Southland Conference Tournament.
Named to the Southland Conference All-Academic Team...finished 3rd on the team with a 73.74 stroke average...turned in his highest finish with a 2nd place tie at the UT Arlington Fall Classic, firing a 68-70-74=212...shot 15 rounds of 71 or better...his 19th-place finish at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Invitational was a team-best...finished in a tie for 9th at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic with a score of 71-71-74=216.
Claimed second place at the Lowvbeld Open (71-68=139) and seventh place at the Limpopo Open (74-72-70-76=292)... competed at the Scratch Players Am (77-68-70=215).
AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07)
Named honorable mention All-Southland Conference... improved play dramatically during the season... played in seven tournaments, including all five spring events... led the team with a 73.33 stroke average during the spring with two top-20 finishes... averaged 77.30 in two events in the fall season... competed in his very first collegiate tournament the first tournament of the year with a 56th-place finish at the Scenic City Invitational... ended year with tie for sixth-place at the Diet Pepsi/Shocker Classic (72-72-78=222) and tie for 11th at the SLC Championship (74-74-70=218).
PRIOR TO UTA
Attended Affies High School... ranked seventh on the South African Golf Amateur Association with a 71.69 stroke average... won the Kwa-Zulu Natal Open (70-71-69-69=279) and the Lowveld Open (72-68=140)... finished in the top-10 nine times in 13 tournaments during the 05-06 amateur season... is the number one ranked player in his home state of Gauteng North... was the runner-up in the 2003 South African Junior Championship... played for the Gauteng North U16, U18, U23 Team and was captain of each.
Born August 5, 1987, in Pretoria, South Africa... son of Rudolph van de Venter...father, Rudolph, played professional rugby for the South African Blue Bulls...majoring in business management.
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