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Weather trips up SA trio at Troon

14 Sep 2012

South Africa's Haydn Porteous carded a final round 81 to tie for 30th at the 2012 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in Scotland

Gusting winds took its toll on South Africa’s top juniors, Haydn Porteous and Tristen Strydom, in the final round of the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in Scotland.

Though the first two days of the 54-hole tournament at the historic Ayrshire links had proved trying, the conditions were mild compared to the fearsome weather the heavens unleashed on Thursday.

A renowned Open venue, the 6,909-yard par-72 track at Royal Troon is a tough proposition at the best of times but with the cold winds gusting winds up to 40km an hour, the course lived up to its formidable reputation.

After an opening 85 on Tuesday, Porteous made up good ground with a second round 76, but the SA Stroke Play champion struggled to a share of 30th on the final day, carding a nine-over-par 81 to take his 54-hole score to 26-over-par 242.

Compatriot Strydom, whose previous efforts of  84 and 78 saw him tied for 35th and just a shot behind Porteous, also battled the weather to a closing 86. The reigning SA Boys Stroke Play champion tied for 36th on 246.

The weather took its toll on Michaela Fletcher over the first two rounds, leaving her hovering near the lower echelons after rounds of 85 and 90. But the SA Girls Stroke Play champion took advantage of an early tee time and the produced a seven-over-par 79, which lifted her to a tie for 47th.

And for a second successive year, the tournament was decided in a play-off.

While the majority of the field struggled to stay the course, Ragnar Gardarsson fired an even-par 72 for the low round of the day that gave the Icelander a share of the lead on nine-over-par 225 with first round pacesetter, Max Orrin of England and Katja Pogacar of Slovenia.

Pogacar held a two shot lead at the start of the day and had the chance to win the tournament with a two-putt at the 18th in regulations play and a birdie putt at the first play-off hole, but her putter let her down. It came down to Gardarsson, who took the trophy after winning the third extra hole with an excellent up-and-down from the bunker for par.

The 12th Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, considered to be the breeding ground for stars of the future, drew a field of 53 junior champions (boys & girls) from 30 countries.



(Par – 72):

225 Rognar Gardarsson (ICE) 76-77-72 (won play-off)

225 Max Orrin (ENG) 71-77-77; Katja Pogacar (SLO) 72-74-79

242 Haydn Porteous 86-76-81

248 Tristen Strydom 84-78-86

254 Michaela Fletcher 85-90-79

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