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Gous holds on for SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play win

03 Apr 2013

Ken Walker from Nomads presents the 2013 SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play champion Zander Gous with the trophy; credit Dale Boyce

Mpumalanga junior Zander Gous overcame a weather delay, a stiff breeze, tough pins and four bogeys to lift the SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play Championship title at Benoni Country Club on Wednesday.

Although his final round 73 was a full 10 shots more than his flawless second round effort, his final total of 11-under-par 205 was enough to secure the 17-year-old Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation golfer a two shot victory over first round leader Kyle McClatchie.

Ekurhuleni’s McClatchie signed for a 74 to finish four shots clear of Limpopo’s Hennie du Plessis.

The Polokwane  golfer carded a closing 73 to finish alone in third on four under 212, one shot ahead of Parkview’s Rupert Kaminski and Paul Boshoff from Pretoria Country Club, who both carded 68s.

The championship was reduced to 54 holes after a lightning storm delayed the start of the third round by an hour and 40 minutes.

Gous kept clear of the chasing park with birdies at the first three holes, but he dropped two shots in succession when he missed return putts at the fourth and fifth holes.

“I managed to get one back with a birdie at the ninth, but I have to admit, I was a little nervous after the turn,” the Piet Retief Golf Club player said. “The course was playing a lot tougher, because the wind was blowing pretty strong. Some of the pins were in tough spots and I had a few lip-outs, too.”

Gous admitted that his nerves got the better of him on the back nine.

“I three-putted the 11th and the 14th, but once I got to through the 16th, I calmed down,” he said.

Gous held his nerve to set up a birdie-birdie finish with two great tee shots and approaches.

He chipped in at the 17th and knocked in a 25-meter putt for birdie at the 18th to clinch the victory.

“They actually timed it really well, because they had a play-off for the last three spots and the rain came down again just as they decided the play-off,” said Gous.

“I’m delighted that I held on to win because this is a title I really wanted to win. Now I’ve got my sights set on the double, so the hard work starts again tomorrow. It’s going to be tough to win the Match Play, too, but I’m going to give it my best shot.”

The final three spots in the 32 spot field for the Match Play Championship from 4-6 April were claimed by East London’s Jade Buitendag, Dylan Mostert from State Mines and Kingswood’s Cameron Moralee, who will face the Stroke Play champion in the first round on Thursday.

TOP 32 FOR SA BOYS U-19 MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

205 - Zander Gous (69, 63, 73)

 

208 - Kyle McClatchie (68, 66, 74)

212 - Hennie Du Plessis (71, 68, 73)

213 - Rupert Kaminski (73, 72, 68), Paul Boshoff (73, 72, 68)

214 - David Meyers (76, 71, 67), Thriston Lawrence (73, 69, 72), Tristen Strydom (71, 72, 71), Ross Sinclair (71, 67, 76)

215 - Meyer Pauw (76, 69, 70), Angus Ellis-Cole (76, 68, 71)

217 - Robert Bougas (74, 70, 73), Nicholas Frade (73, 75, 69), Malcolm Mitchell (72, 71, 74), Jason Froneman (71, 72, 74)

218 - Keegan De Lange (76, 73, 69), Darin De Smidt (71, 73, 74), James Du Preez (69, 73, 76)

219 - Luke Trocado (75, 73, 71), Dylan Naidoo (75, 71, 73), Aheurin Gourden (71, 78, 70)

220 - Ruan Conradie (76, 70, 74), Cameron Nesmith (73, 74, 73), Dylon Jacobs (70, 77, 73)

221 - Keelan Africa (77, 70, 74), Andre Van Heerden Jnr (76, 71, 74), Stephen Allen (70, 74, 77)

222 - Albert Venter (77, 72, 73), Fritz Orren (73, 75, 74)

223 - Cameron Moralee (76, 77, 70), Dylan Mostert (75, 71, 77), Jade Buitendag (70, 76, 77) - play-off

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