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SA Juniors two off the pace at Junior Golf World Cup

19 Jun 2013

Jason Froneman fired a second round four-under-par 67 to help push South Africa two within two shots of the lead at the 21st Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship in Japan. Credit Dale Boyce.

South Africa’s junior team closed the gap on joint leaders Mexico and Australia with a solid second round performance at the 21st TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2013, supported by JAL in Aichi-Prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday.

Jason Froneman, Thriston Lawrence and James du Preez, who combined for the team’s first round two-under-par 211, coped well with the wet conditions at the par-71 Inshino Course at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club to produce a second round eight under 205.

Ekurhuleni’s Froneman fired a four-under-par 67, Lawrence from Mpumalanga carded a 68 and Gauteng North’s Du Preez closed with a 70. Thristen Strydom carded a non-counting 77.

The South Africans are chasing the country’s second victory in this prestigious team event since Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen contributed to South Africa’s first success in 2001. With their 36-hole team total at 10-under-par 416, the South Africans are just two shots behind the joint leaders.

Mexico hit the front after three of their players shot in the sixties for a 206, while a 66 from Lucas Herbert helped the Aussies to a 205 and a share of the lead on 12 under 414.

SA coach and manager Llewellyn van Leeuwen said the team dealt well with the wet conditions and he was delighted that they could get within striking distance of the leaders.

“Although there was hardly any wind, the conditions were quite wet and it rained for most of the round,” the Tuksgolf Club and Academies head coach and technical director said.

“Jason played nearly flawless golf and reeled in birdies at the fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth and 16th. He missed a three-footer for par at the third for the lone bogey in his round.

“Thriston dropped some shots early in his round at the second and third and had a late mistake at the 16th, but also collected a string of birdies. He picked up shots at the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, ninth, 10th and 13th. He had a very solid long game, but uncharacteristically poor on and around the greens.

“James was two under through 10 holes after a bogey at the second and birdies at the fourth, sixth and seventh, but another bogey at the 14th saw him finish at one under.

“Overall, we are happy with our position. There are heavy storms and hard rain forecast for Thursday, but hopefully the weather will cooperate, because we just want to keep on improving.”

Venezuela set the first round target with an opening six-under-par 207, but slipped to fourth on 417 after a 210. They are three shots ahead of the United States (420), while the host nation and Chinese Taipei both signed for 210 to tie for sixth on 422.

Germany shared fourth with South Africa after the first round, but dropped to sole eighth on 425 after a second round 214. Sweden is ninth on the 36-hole leaderboard on 429 after carding a 213, while Chile moved to 10th on 431 after a costly second round 219.

Korea (217) on 435 and Costa Rica (223) on 20-over-par 446 close out the leaderboard.

In the Individual Competition, American Adam Wood fired a low six-under-par 65 to grab a share of the lead alongside Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia (67) and Mexico’s Aaron Terrazas (68).

The leading trio at six under 136 are one shot clear of Australians Lucas Herbert (66) and Ryan Ruffles (70) and two ahead of South Africa’s Du Preez and Lawrence, Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult (67) and Chieh-Po Lee from Chinese Taipei, who carded a 68.


414 Australia 209-205; Mexico 208-206

416 South Africa 211-205

417 Venezuela 207-210

420 United States 212-208

422 Chinese Taipei 212-210; Japan 212-210

425 Germany 211-214

429 Sweden 216-213

431 Chile 212-219

435 Korea 218-217

446 Costa Rica 223-223


136 Jorge Garcia VEN 69-67; Aaron Terrazas MEX 68-68; Adam Wood USA 71-65

137 Lucas Herbert AUS 71-66; Ryan Ruffels AUS 67-70

138 James du Preez RSA 68-70; Thriston Lawrence RSA 70-68; Marcus Kinhult SWE 71-67; Chieh-Po Lee TPE 70-68

139 Maximilian Mehles GER 68-71; Naoya Kaneko JAP 71-68; Emilio Maurer MEX 70-69

140 Jason Froneman RSA 73-67; Antonio Murdaca AUS 71-69; Gustavo Leon VEN 71-69; Gustavo Morantes VEN 67-74

141 Chang-Heng Lin TPE 69-72; 141 Kazuki Higa JAP 73-68

142 Guillermo Pereira CHL 69-73; Alvaro Ortiz MEX 73-69; Scott Scheffler USA 70-72; Cameron Champ USA 71-71

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