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Lawrence continues winning run at Dr Bam

22 Mar 2013

Thriston Lawrence won the Dr Bam Nomads National of Order (NOoM) tournament at Pollak Park Golf Club by six shots. The winner with Derek Lindsay from Nomads, sponsors of all four SA Junior events; credit Dale Boyce

Mpumalanga teenager Thriston Lawrence was in a league of his own at Pollak Park Golf Club on Friday, where he claimed the first of four SA Junior Nomads National of Order (NOoM) with a six-shot winning margin.

Lawrence, who won the season’s first NOoM event at Mowbray and lifted the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship title two weeks ago, continued is winning ways in the Dr Bam NOoM event with rounds of 70-66-69 for a total of 11-under-par 205.

The 16-year-old finished half-a-dozen shots clear of Howick golfer Malcolm Mitchell and seven clear of five players who shared third place.

Lawrence trailed pacesetter Jason Froneman by two shots after a lukewarm two-under-par 70 in Thursday’s opening round, but he caught fire in the second round to leapfrog the field for the lead.

He holed out for seven birdies, offset by one drop, to sign off on a sizzling 66 and push his 36-hole total to eight-under-par 136.

The Mpumalanga golfer took a four shot lead into the third round from Mpumlanga’s Zander Gouws and Mitchell and, who carded successive 70s, and Stephen Allen from Potchefstroom, who returned rounds of 69 and 71.

In the final round, the country’s number one ranked junior widened the gap briefly with a birdie at the third, but dropped back to seven under with bogeys at the fifth and ninth.

After the turn, Lawrence launched another birdie rampage, reeling off three in a row from 10 to 12. He dropped a shot at 13, but immediately got back on track with birdies at the 14th and 16th on his way to a third round 69.

Meanwhile Mitchell overcame a double-bogey at the par-five third with birdies at the eighth and 11th and stayed in touch with Lawrence with another birdie at the 13th.

Mitchell’s 71 saw him finish one stroke clear of the bus on four under, including Gouws, Limpopo’s Hennie du Plessis, Luke Tracodo from the Western Province, Pretoria’s Ross Sinclair and Andre van Heerden from Walker Golf Club.

Although Lawrence ranks first in the SA Junior Rankings and has won a number of junior events, the Nelspruit golfer really underlined his growing stature when he broke a 26-year-old record when he became the youngest champion of the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship in the 106 year history of the event at Country Club Johannesburg in early March.

The young gun will be teeing it up in the next three events, including the NOoM Inland 2 tournament at Kempton Park from 23-24 March, the Nomads-sponsored North and South Junior Stroke Play at Lake Club Benoni from 26-27 March and the SA Boys U-19 Championship at Benoni Country Club, where he will defend his Match Play title.

The next two events are also 54-hole stroke play tournaments, but the format for the SA U-19 Boys will be stroke play, followed by the match play.

The 72-holes stroke play section will consist of two 18-hole rounds, followed by a cut to the top 65 and a 36-hole final day. Only the top 32 players from the stroke play will qualify for the match play from 4-6 April.

TOP 20 Results 

205 - Thriston Lawrence (70, 66, 69)

211 - Malcolm Mitchell (70, 70, 71)

212 - Hennie Du Plessis (74, 72, 66), Luke Trocado (72, 72, 68), Ross Sinclair (71, 70, 71), Andre Van Heerden Jnr (70, 72, 70), Zander Gous (70, 70, 72)

214 - Darin De Smidt (73, 73, 68), Stephen Allen (69, 72, 73), Neswill Croy (69, 72, 73)

215 - Jaco Linde (73, 73, 69), Jason Froneman (68, 75, 72)

216 - Dylan Naidoo (74, 69, 73), Paul Boshoff (70, 73, 73)

217 - Jovan Rebula (76, 68, 73), Dean Martin (75, 72, 70), Keegan De Lange (75, 70, 72), Marco Steyn (74, 71, 72), Ruan Conradie (72, 73, 72), Cameron Moralee (72, 73, 72)

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