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Rebula fired up for more success at Fancourt

01 Jul 2013

PHOTO CAPTION – Links Trophy winner Jovan Rebula with Southern Cape Golf Union Director of Golf, Billy Valentyn (credit Pieter Els)

George teenager Jovan Rebula barely had time to celebrate his Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship before he headed the fairways at Fancourt to prepare for the next big challenge.

Rebula will be hunting back-to-back victories this week’s Nomads National Order of Merit event, hosted by the Garden Route’s most favourite golf stop, and Sunday’s Links Trophy at Fancourt presented the perfect preparation.

He warmed up in the best way he knew how - by winning The Links Trophy - but unlike his wire-to-wire success at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on Thursday, Rebula was made to work for the silverware.

The youngster fired a two-under-par 71 at the Gary Player designed layout, but was forced into extra time when Arno Muller and Breyten Meyer matched his target.

Rebula triumphed at the second extra play-off hole, but his thoughts already raced ahead to this week’s challenge.

The 15-year-old local golfer is undoubtedly a firm favourite going into this week’s 54-hole event at Fancourt’s three celebrated courses – the Montague, the Outeniqua and The Links - and there is a definite air of expectation, however the youngster is determined to take things one shot at a time.

“We are playing at all three courses this week and that is pretty challenging,” Rebula explained.

“I have seen it at the Sunshine Tour’s Dimension Data Pro-Am. Guys have a great round at one of the courses, but then they bomb out the next day when they change courses. These courses all have their own challenges, so this could be anybody’s win this week.

“You really can’t afford to get ahead of yourself in this game. You have to take things one step at a time. You might have a great round today and it can all chance tomorrow, so there is no point talking about winning when we haven’t even teed off yet.”

Rebula also knows that the NoOM Fancourt event will feature a strong field of 74 players, including Mpumalanga’s bright stars - Zander Gous and Thriston Lawrence.

Gous achieved a rare “double triumph” earlier this year when he lifted the SA Boys U-19 Championship Stroke and Match Play titles at Benoni Country Club, while Lawrence, at 16, became the youngest winner of the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship.

“Zander and Thriston are great competitors and I am sure they will do well,” Rebula said. “But there are a lot of other great players in the field who could win this week; all it is going to take is three good rounds, a hot putter and coming to terms with the coastal wind.”

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