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Porteous falls away while Kelly wins Orange Bowl

02 Jan 2013

Patrick Kelly (England), JR Steinbauer (Tournament Committee) and Girls 2012 Champion Maria Torres (Puerto Rico)

England’s Patrick Kelly is the new Junior Orange Bowl champion going wire-to-wire for a stunning thirteen-stroke victory while Haydn Porteous, one of the pre-tournament favourites, fell away in the last round.

Patrick Kelly began the day with a seven-stroke advantage and was never in trouble. Even when USA’s Cory Pereira holed out from greenside sand at the 6th to get within five, Kelly responded with a birdie of his own at the 7th, one of his many fine long irons of the tournament, hurled through a 25mile-per hour crosswind to within six feet of the hole.

Just to emphasize his triumphant week, one where he overcame severe conjunctivitis and recurring nosebleeds, the 18-year old Englishman concluded his final round with a birdie on the 17th and a chip- in eagle-3 at the final hole. “It’s a thrill and an honor to win this famous event, Kelly said. “I’m delighted.”

Argentina’s Jaime Lopez-Riverola claimed outright second place at 6-under par for the week, while worth noting Kelly’s 19-under par total of 263 is the second lowest winning score in the 49 years of this championship.

Haydn Porteous who started the day in 5th position, on a score of 3 under par (213), for the tournament had a terrible day on the course and posted a score of 83 in the final round to fall into a tie for 29th position.

The only other South African in the field, Jason Froneman of Kempton Park, finished on a total of 10 over par (294) and in a tie for 31st position.

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