SA’s top juniors will have a shot at glory in Japan

2013-05-28 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Four of South Africa’s top juniors recently combined for the country’s 15th consecutive victory in the 2013 All- Africa Junior Golf Challenge at Le Touessrok, in Mauritius. In a few weeks, Thriston Lawrence, James du Preez, Jason Froneman and Tristen Strydom will have another shot at glory when they fly South Africa’s flag at the 21st World Junior Golf Team Championship at the Inshino Course at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club.

The World Junior Golf Team Championship is the world’s only junior golf championship in which national team winners from regional qualifiers held across six continents compete for a world championship trophy.

The Mauritius triumph qualified South Africa for the prestigious international team championship and the All-Africa Junior champions are now hoping to emulate South Africa’s Major champions, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, members of the SA team who claimed the country’s only victory in 2001.

South Africa finished second in 2000, but the best finish recorded since that lone victory was fifth in 2008.

Tuksgolf Club and Academies head coach and technical director Llewellyn van Leeuwen, who has been travelling with the South African teams this year and accompanied the team to Mauritius, will also escort the team to Japan in his capacity as coach and manager.

Lawrence currently leads the South African Golf Association’s Junior Order of Merit. The 16-year-old Mpumalanga golfer also vaulted inside the top 10 of the current Open Amateur rankings after his Sanlam SA Amateur Championship triumph in April.

Froneman won the Free State and Northern Cape Open earlier this year, and is ranked fourth, with Strydom in ninth place, after a clutch of top 10 finishes.

Du Preez, who missed a large part of the season due to injury, has been making a strong comeback since his tie for sixth at the SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play and has risen to 30th in the rankings.


Thriston Lawrence Age: 16; Nelspruit Golf Club, Mpumalanga).

James du Preez (Age: 17; Pretoria Country Club, Gauteng North).

Jason Froneman (Age: 17; Kempton Park Golf Club, Ekurhuleni).

Tristen Strydom (Age: 16; Pretoria Country Club, Gauteng North).

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