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McClatchie, Du Plessis move in at Nomads SA Boys U-17

26 Jun 2013

Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie carded a 71 to close the gap on overnight leader Jovan Rebula in the third round of the SA Boys U-17 Championship at Mount Edgecombe; credit Deon Smit / Immanuel Photography.

Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie and Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo closed the gap on overnight leader Jovan Rebula, but the Southern Cape golfer still commands the Nomads SA Boys U-17 Championship in KwaZulu-Natal for a third successive day.

The 15-year-old George golfer began his winning march with back-to-back rounds of 68, but a third round 74 at par-71 layout at Mount Edgecombe Country Club allowed Du Plessis and McClatchie to move into striking distance on Wednesday.

Rebula leads the prestigious championship at three-under-par 210 with 18 holes to play, but Du Plessis and McClatchie lurk just three shots behind after matching 71s.

Meanwhile Gauteng North’s Tristen Strydom, David Meyers from Central Gauteng and Mount Edgecombe’s own Aneurin Gounden also moved in for the kill.

Strydom, who represented South Africa at the Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship in Japan last week, carded a 72 to finish in fourth on four over 217.

Gounden matched his fellow Ernie Els and Founcourt Foundation member’s third round 74 to tie for fifth on 218 with Meyers, who fired the low round of the day, a two-under-par 69.

Rebula is chasing his second Nomads SA Boys title after winning the Under-15 Championship last year. But, unlike the first two rounds where he dropped just one shot each day, the George golfer suffered his fair share of bogeys on moving day.

Rebula bogeyed the second and squeezed a double bogey between dropped shots at the fourth and sixth holes and picked up his first birdie at the ninth to turn in four over. He stemmed the bleeding briefly with a birdie at the 12th but lost the advantage with a bogey at the very next hole. The teenager managed to pick up a birdie at the 17th, though, to finish his back nine in 35 strokes.

Polokwane’s Du Plessis had a double bogey at the 10th, offset by birdies at 12 and 17, while erased three bogeys with three birdies.

Meyers birdied the second, fourth, seventh and ninth to turn in three under, and picked up three more birdies to eliminate a bogey and double bogey on the homeward stretch.

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