• SA juniors fly the flag in Harare

    SA juniors fly the flag in Harare
    Team SA in Harare

    Tough pin positions and gusting winds led to considerably higher scoring, and the two South African squads had to dig deep to stay ahead in round two of the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship at Royal Harare Golf Club.

    Gauteng junior Symone Henriques helped the SA Girls Team retain control, while Luca Filippi from Western Province set the pace for the SA Boys team for a second day running.


    Henriques was two-over at the turn and slipped to four over with a double bogey at the par-5 12th, but the 16-year-old Glenvista junior racked up four sublime birdies over the closing holes for an even-par 72.

    Fellow GolfRSA Elite Squad player Kajal Mistry added a 77, while Kaleigh Telfer posted a non-counting 79.

    ‘The course undoubtedly played tougher today and the wind made it almost impossible to attack any flags,’ said Womens Golf South Africa president Karen Olivant.

    The South African team has a 36-hole total of five over 293 and lead Zimbabwe by 29 shots.

    Danielle Bekker and Emily Jones posted respective rounds of 82 and 81 for a second round 163, while Margaret Nyamukondiwa carded a non-counting 86.


    Filippi followed an opening 70 with a 71, Jayden Schaper from Ekurhuleni added a 73 and Christo Lamprecht from Southern Cape contributed a 76 for a second round total of 220, while reigning SA No 1 Garrick Higgo carded a non-counting 78.

    The SA team has the lead at one-under-par 431, but the quartet will want to stretch a two-shot advantage over Zimbabwe if they hope to land South Africa’s 19th consecutive victory. And with the title, the coveted winner’s spot in the field for Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

    David Amm produced successive rounds of 73, while top ranked Justin Kersten and Thompson Masiya carded a pair of 77s for a second round 221 to keep the host nation within striking distance.

    Girls Team Leaderboard
    293 South Africa 144 149
    322 Zimbabwe 159 163
    348 Kenya 170 178
    415 Zambia 196 219

    Girls Individual Leaderboard
    290 Kajal Mistry RSA 69 77
    291 Simone Henriques RSA 75 72
    298 Kaleigh Telfer RSA 75 79
    303 Danielle Bekker ZIM 77 82
    307 Emily Jones ZIM 82 81
    311 Kellie Gachanga KEN 78 89
    317 Margaret Nyamukondiwa ZIM 87 86
    325 Ashley Ouma KEN 92 89

    Boys Team Leaderboard
    431 South Africa 211 220
    433 Zimbabwe 212 221
    458 Uganda 229 229
    460 Reunion Island 222 232
    470 Morocco 229 241
    488 Kenya 240 248


    Boys Individual Leaderboard
    141 Luca Filippi RSA 70 71
    143 Jayden Schaper RSA 70 73
    144 Justin Kersten ZIM 67 77
    146 David Amm ZIM 73 73
    147 David Kamulinda UGA 69 78; Christo Lamprecht RSA 71 76
    149 Thompson Masiya ZIM 72 77; Garrick Higgo RSA 71 78
    150 Antoine Sale REU 76 74; Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa ZIM 79 71

    Words courtesy: Lali Stander
    Image courtesy: Golf SA. Team members, from left: Jayden Schaper (Ekurhuleni), Garrick Higgo (Boland), Luca Filippi (WP), Christo Lamprecht (Southern Cape).

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