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SA Juniors falter at Junior Golf World Cup

20 Jun 2013

Mpumalanga’s Thriston Lawrence carded a 69 to help South Africa to a third round 218 at the 21st Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship in Japan. Credit WJGTC.

Venezuela made the most of moving day to take control of the 21st TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013, supported by JAL, while the South African team slipped to a share of sixth after a tough third round at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club in Japan on Thursday.

Mpumalanga’s Thriston Lawrence shot a two-under-par 69, Jason Froneman from Ekurhuleni carded a 74 and James du Preez returned a 75 at the par-71 Inshino Course to give the team a third round score of five-over-par 218.

Venezuela went 10 shots better than the local heroes to finish on five-under-par 208 and take pole position at 14-under-par 625.

South Africa are tied for sixth with the United States on five-under-par 634 and trail by six but SA coach Llewellyn van Leeuwen said it’s definitely not all doom and gloom for the team, chasing the country’s second title in this prestigious team competition.

“It rained all day and the course was very, very wet,” Van Leeuwen said.

“We had a disastrous start with Thriston, Jason and James – the three counting scores – 10 over after 10 holes. I am extremely proud of the boys for fighting back and finishing the last four holes in six under par.

“Australia won this last year coming from seven shots back and I believe our players have the ability to do the same. It will be tough and we will need to come out guns blazing, but we are still in with a shout. The guys are in high spirits and are showing champion attitudes.”

Reigning Sanlam SA Amateur champion Lawrence bogeyed the second, third, eighth and 12th holes, but hit back with birdies at the sixth, seventh, ninth, 15th, 16th and 18th for his 69. The16-year-old is six under for the tournament after earlier rounds of 70 and 68 and tied for fourth in the Individual Competition. He trails leader Jorge Garcia from Venezuela by four shots.

Kempton Park’s Froneman suffered through a triple bogey at the fourth and dropped two shots at the next hole, but the gritty competitor stayed patient and cut two shots from his deficit with birdies at the 16th and 18th for a 74.

Du Preez had a promising start with a birdie at the third, but six bogeys between the fourth saw him go down homeward stretch at five over par. The Pretoria Country Club player sandwiched birdies at 15 and 17 around a bogey at the 16th for his 75.

The fourth member of the team, Gauteng North’s Triston Strydom, carded a non-counting 79.

“Triston did play poorly on the first day, but the last two rounds have actually not been bad and he is playing much better than his scores suggests, but it has just been a case of him being penalized to the maximum every time he has made the slightest of mistakes,” Van Leeuwen said.

“I know he will come good tomorrow, because he is not scared of going really low, which is something we desperately need from him.”

Defending champions and joint overnight leaders Australia slipped to second and will start the final round one shot off the pace on 626 and two shots clear of fellow second round leaders, Mexico. Chinese Taipei, in fourth place, are five shots off the pace on 630, while the host nation moved to fifth on their own on 633 after a third round 208.

THIRD ROUND TEAM STANDINGS

625 Venezuela 207-210-208

626 Australia 209-205-212

628 Mexico 208-206-214

630 Chinese Taipei 212-210-208

633 Japan 212-210-211

634 South Africa 211-205-218; United States 212-208-214

642 Sweden 216-213-213

643 Germany 211-214-218

645 Chile 212-219-214

646 Korea 218-217-211

666 Costa Rica 223-223-220

THIRD ROUND INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

203 Jorge Garcia VEN 69-67-67

205 Lucas Herbert AUS 71-66-68

206 Aaron Terrazas  68-68-70

207 Thriston Lawrence RSA 70-68-69; Chieh-Po Lee TPE 70-68-69

209 Ryan Ruffels AUS 67-70-72 = 209; Scott Scheffler USA 70-72-67

210 Kazuki Higa JAP 73-68-69; Marcus Kinhult SWE 71-67-72; Gustavo Leon VEN 71-69-70; Adam Wood USA 71-65-74

213 James du Preez RSA 68-70-75

214 Jason Froneman RSA 73-67-74

233 Triston Strydom RSA 77-77-79

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