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Congratulations Jovan Rebula and Kaleigh Telfer
The final round of the Curro SA Juniors International Series got underway after a three hour weather delay from overnight fog.
With two of the country’s top players, Jovan Rebula 73-66-73 (212) and Altin van der Merwe 67-72-74 (213), paired together it was always going to be a close contest from the start.
Yet, it was only going into the last three holes that the game got tense. Altin was one shot behind going into the par 3, 16th. Both players hit their tee shots out of bounds and picked up double bogeys. Rebula then birdied the par 4, 17th to take a two shot lead into the final hole.
Van der Merwe birdied the 18th, but it was a little too late, as a par from Rebula was enough to win by one shot and lift the winner’s trophy.
USA’s Brad Dalke 71-70-73 (214) was third on 3-under-par, with Luke Trocado, Luca Filippi and Tristan Strydom a further shot behind.
After her opening round 79, Kaleigh Telfer had to dig deep to put herself into contention in the girls championship. A solid three-under-par 69 gave her a three shot into the final round. Bianca Theron, Carrie Park and Cara Gorlei were in the chasing pack but couldn’t match Telfer’s game, and she won by two shots from Bianca Theron 75-74-74 (223). Park 74-77-73 (224) and Gorlei 75-75-74 (224) finished tied third with Austria’s Lea Zeitler fourth 77-76-74 (227).
Congratulations to Bianca Theron (SA) to a hole in one on hole 16!
Rebula’s cards six under to share the lead
Jovan Rebula returned a great six under 66 to share the lead with Altin van der Merwe on 139 in round two of the Curro SA Juniors International.
Jovan, nephew of Ernie Els, scored birdies at holes 3,4,6 and 7 to turn four under. Another four birdies on the back nine 10, 12, 13 and 15 were countered by drops at 11 and 15 to give the young player his 66.
Overnight leader Altin van der Merwe must have been disappointed to only manage a par 72 in almost windless conditions , while world junior champion Brad Dalke from the USA is in third position on 141 after a one under 71 today. Tristan Strydom is on 142 (71, 71) and Luca Fillipi another two back on 144 (71, 73).
In the girls’ championship, Kaleigh Telfer improved on her first round of 79 by 10 shots to card a great three under 69 today and lead the field. South Korean Carrie Park is three strokes back on 151 (74, 77), with Australian Jeccica Lasky on 152 (79, 73). Cara Gorlei is fourth on 150 (75, 75).
The highlight in the girls’ competition was a hole-in-one by Bianca Theron at the 140 metre par three 16th hole.
Altin van der Merwe leads the Curro SA by five strokes.
Despite gale force winds of 35km per hour, gusting up to 45k, South African Altin van der Merwe returned a five under par 67 to lead the first round of the inaugural Curro SA Juniors International being played at Langebaan Country Estate this week.
With Altin playing in the same flight at world number on junior Brad Dalke, spectators enjoyed a real feast of golf. Coming off a very hot streak of golf at the South African Amateur, he continued this form, and it look like he would finish the first nine seven under had all his putts dropped.
Four players, Dane Peter Bohlbro, Brad Dalke (USA), and South Africans Luca Filippi and Tristan Strydom finished four strokes back on one under 71, and Sweden’s August Lindvall and German Patrice Schumacher carded level par 72s.
In the girls championship, Curro pupil Ivanna Samu leads the field on a level par 72, two strokes ahead of Shawnelle de Lange (South Africa) and South Korean Carrie Park on 74. In third position are Austrian Katharina Baratta-Dragono and South Africans Cara Gorlei and Bianca Theron one stroke back on 75.
The second round is being played in calm, comfortable conditions today with a light breeze blowing so some good scores are expected.
CURRO SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIORS INTERNATIONAL 2014
Francois Schippers, Mayor of the picturesque coastal town of Langebaan on the west coast of South Africa, opened the inaugural Curro South African Juniors International at Langebaan Estate last night.
Attended by 180 players, officials and guests, the opening function signified the start of three days of great golf in a field that includes top ranked world junior Brad Dalke from the USA, as well as players from Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Mexico, Venezuela, Namibia, Netherlands, Canada, Zimbabwe, Sweden, USA and South Africa.
Also present at the function were Dr Joachim Rosswag and Dr Susanna Rosswag, directors of the World Junior Golf Tournament Series. Representatives of the sponsors, Curro Holdings and Langebaan Golf Estate wished the players well and thanked them all for travelling to the tip of Africa to compete in this inaugural championship.
An orchestra from the Langebaan Curro School opened the evening with great music including South African National Anthem. The master of ceremonies, was Ken Walker from Nomads South Africa an organization that supports all aspects of junior golf in South Africa. Nomads enabled 10 juniors from disadvantaged communities to compete in the tournament and gain valuable experience against the world’s top juniors.
The first round is being played today, Tuesday 4 March and concludes on Thursday 6 March when players and guests will be treated to a South African ‘Braai” (barbeque) after prize-giving.