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Last four decided at SA Boys U-19 Championship

05 Apr 2013

Pretoria golfer Paul Boshoff booked his spot in the semi-final of the SA Boys U-19 Championship at Benoni Country Club with a 1-up victory over Centurion’s Albert Venter; credit Pieter Els.

Pretoria’s Paul Boshoff knocked out Centurion’s Albert Venter in the quarterfinals of the SA Boys U-19 Championship on Friday morning to join Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie, Aheurin Gounden from KwaZulu-Natal and newly crowned SA Boys U-19 Stroke Play champion Zander Gous from Mpumalanga in this afternoon’s semi-finals.

It was a tight contest between Boshoff and Venter, who traded the lead throughout the match, but Boshoff sealed a 1-up victory with a birdie at the par-five 18th.

In the other matches, McClatchie from Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate dispatched top SA junior Tristen Strydom 1-up, Gounden from Mount Edgecombe knocked out Dylon Jacobs from Kuilsriver 1-up and Gous beat Riverside’s Keelan Africa 1-up.

McClatchie birdied the first hole and held a one shot lead until he dropped a shot at the seventh squared the match. The pair stayed level for the next seven holes, but the 15-year-old KES scholar took charge of the match with a birdie at the 15th and moved two clear of his opponent when the Pretoria golfer dropped his third shot in a row at the par-three 15th. Strydom got a reprieve when McClatchie bogeyed the 17th, but pars from both players at the final hole handed McClatchie victory.

Meanwhile Africa faced a tough adversary in Gous.

The SAGDB golfer birdied the opening hole, but dropped a shot at the second and the pair both parred the third. Africa birdied the fourth against a drop from Gous, but sacrificed his lead again with a bogey at the sixth. Both players bogeyed the seventh and the match remained all square through eight holes until Gous assumed control with back-to-back birdies around the turn. The lead changed hands a few times on the back nine until Gous birdied the 18th to win 1-Up.

In the final match, Gounden was 3-up through four holes, but gave back two shots with successive bogeys at the eighth and ninth. Jacobs responded with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th but the landscaped changed slightly when Jacobs birdied the 14th and Gounden dropped a shot at the 16th. The KZN golfer held a one shot lead playing the last and sealed the win when both players parred the 18th.

Gous will face Boshoff in the semi-final while McClatchie takes on Gounden.

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