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Bezuidenhout vaults to top 25 in Germany

08 Aug 2013

SA number three Christiaan Bezuidenhout; credit Dale Boyce.

Ekurhuleni golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Southern Cape player Cameron Moralee both climbed the leaderboard on the final day of the RB German Junior in Gut Neuzenhof, Germany.

Bezuidenhout saved his best for last and followed rounds of 74 and 75 at the Heddesheim Golf Club with a four-under-par 70 to vault from 38th to joint 23rd on three-over-par 223

Moralee from George added a 77 to his earlier rounds of 82 and 78 to tie for 52nd on 21 over 237.

Germany’s Christopher Dammert closed with a five-under-par 67 to win the Boys Division by one shot from countryman Philipp Bogel on a winning total of 17-under-par 199.

Bezuidenhout’s scorecards in the first two rounds was a tale of travesty, spattered with birdies, bogeys, double bogeys and even a triple and quadruple bogey.

But the Nigel golfer and his balky putter finally came to terms and Bezuidenhout cruised home with three birdies and 13 pars, with just a lone bogey at the par-four third ruining his final card.

The South African number three ranked amateur said the experience was tough, but rewarding.

“It is always great when you can play against a top international field, and although I was struggling this week, I never gave up,” the 18-year-old said.

“You also have to learn to tough it out when things are not going your way and you have to take the bad with the good in this game. It was a great event and I really enjoyed the experience.”

In the Girls Division, KwaZulu-Natal’s Michaela Fletcher shared third on one-under-par 215 after signing for a closing 74. Fletcher was eight shots off the pace from Csilla Rozsa from Hungary, who also won by a single shot.

Like Bezuidenhout, Lara Weinstein from Gauteng also had to overcome a poor start.

The Gauteng golfer carded an opening 80, but improved by nine shots with a second round 71 and ended her upward climb with a final round 68 to finish on three over 219.

Fellow juniors Cara Gorlei and Ji Sun Kang from the Western Province also joined the South African ascendancy. Gorlei claimed a share of 10th on six over 222 with a 71 while Korean-born Kang also produced a 71 to vault to joint 14th on eight-over-par 224.

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