KZN boys placed seventh in golf

2012-07-03 00:00

THE Nomads South African Boy’s U17 Stroke Play championships were completed at the Pretoria Country Club at the weekend. KZN had a team, one of 11 represented, but they found parts of the course quite difficult.

The local lads were placed seventh overall, with Gauteng North A winning the competition. Each side had a team of six with the five best scores to count for the team championship.

The final and fourth day ended in dramatic fashion in the individual competition as David Meyers of Central Gauteng started four strokes ahead. Xander Basson of the Mpumalanga team was second. A brilliant first nine by Basson saw him take a three-stroke lead, which he increased to five strokes with five holes to play. On the par three 16th hole there was a dramatic change. Basson made a double bogey and Meyers birdied to tie up the scores. It ended in a tie and as the light was failing no playoff was possible, so the individual championship was shared.

The best of the KZN contingent was their youngest player Keaton Bottriell (14), of Hilton College. He finished with a creditable score of 314 behind the winners who were on 297. He was placed tie 23rd in the field of 136 players. Two Michaelhouse boys, Matt Saulez and Jacques Swarts, were second in the KZN team with a score of 317.

Mpumalanga were placed second in the team competition with Gauteng North B in third place.

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