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SA Juniors claim fifth place at Junior Golf World Cup

21 Jun 2013

South Africa put in a great final round effort to claim fifth at the 21st TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013, supported by JAL, while Venezuela denied Australia the chance to make it two-in-row at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club in Japan on Friday.

After the team scored a disappointing five-over-par 218 in the third round, the South Africans came back strong with two under 211 to climb to fifth on seven-under-par 845.

Mpumalanga’s Thriston Lawrence, who once again anchored the team with a two under 69, was supported by a 70 from Ekurhuleni’s Jason Froneman and a 72 from Gauteng North’s James du Preez. Although Triston Strydom from Gauteng North carded the non-counting score, he nevertheless signed for a 74, his best round of the championship.

Meanwhile Australia, who trailed by just one shot at the start of the final round, also combined for a final round two-under-par 211. However, the overnight leaders came home with the same tally and managed to sneak a one stroke victory on 16-under-par 836.

This was the first time Venezuela lifted the Junior World Cup trophy and only the second time a South American country tasted victory, with Argentina winning in 2009.

Mexico and Japan also closed with two under 211s, with Mexico claiming third place on 10 under 842 and the host nation finishing fourth on 844. The United States finished in sixth spot on 847, one shot ahead of Chinese Taipei.

Korea enjoyed the low round of the day and closed with a 204 that moved them to eighth on 850. Sweden finished in ninth on 853, Chile in 10th on 855 while Germany and Costa Rica completed the leaderboard on 862 and 879 respectively.

“We had some rain again and the wet conditions underfoot made scoring tough, but our team did really well to finish the tournament in fifth place.” said SA coach Llewellyn van Leeuwen.

“Thriston was solid once again, making five birdies and three bogeys for his 69 while Jason bogeyed the 10th and 17th and the fourth after turn, but he retaliated with birdies at the 13th, 18th, first and third to finish one under.

“James fought very well the whole week and again in the final round. Tristen got off to a flier with four birdies and a lone bogey before he made eight on the 16th and seven at the tough par-four fourth to shoot 74. Once again, two bad holes costing him dearly.

“Overall, I’m really proud of how the guys performed on the national stage and against top competitors. They really did the nation proud.”

Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia broke 70 for the fourth consecutive day and his final round two-under-par 69 helped him the claim the Individual Competition on 12-under-par 272. The South American finished three strokes clear of Australian Lucas Herbert and four ahead of South Africa’s Lawrence.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS 

(Par=71; best three scores to count)

836 Venezuela 207-210-208-211

837 Australia 209-205-212-211

842 Mexico 208-206-214-214

844 Japan 212-210-211-211

845 South Africa 211-205-218-211

847 United States 212-208-214-213

848 Chinese Taipei 212-210-208-218

850 Korea 218-217-211-204 = 850

853 Sweden 216-213-213-211

855 Chile 212-219-214-210

862 Germany 211-214-218-219

879 Costa Rica 223-223-220-213

FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

272 Jorge Garcia VEN 69-67-67-69

275 Lucas Herbert AUS 71-66-68-70

276 Thriston Lawrence RSA 70-68-69-69

277 Kazuki Higa JAP 73-68-69-67; Marcus Kinhult SWE 71-67-72-67; Chieh-Po Lee TPE 70-68-69-70

278 Ryan Ruffels AUS 67-70-72-69

279 Aaron Terrazas MEX 68-68-70-73

281 Scott Scheffler USA 70-72-67-72; Gustavo Leon VEN 71-69-70-71; Guillermo Pereira CHL 69-73-72-67; Adam Wood USA 71-65-74-71

284 Jason Froneman RSA 73-67-74-70

285 James du Preez RSA 68-70-75-72

307 Tristen Strydom RSA 77-77-79-74

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