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De Klerk lifts Sun City SA-15 Challenge title

20 Jul 2017

2017 Sun City SA Under-15 Challenge champion Nash de Klerk with GolfRSA Assistant Manager - Golf Operations David Younge; credit GolfRSA.

Nash de Klerk from Ekurhuleni claimed an emphatic 10 stroke victory in the Sun City SA Under-15 Challenge at the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Thursday.

Just two weeks ago, De Klerk celebrated a breakthrough on the national circuit when he won the Dimension Data Junior Open Under-15 Challenge on the Sunshine Tour Junior Series.

Buoyed by his winning performance at Fancourt, the 13-year-old opened with a blistering five-under-par 67 at the Gary Player Country Club to open up a yawning seven shot lead over Herman du Plessis from Central Gauteng and Southern Cape’s CJ van Wyk.

He started the final round par-birdie and negated a lone bogey at third with a birdie at the fourth and added another at the eighth to move to seven under. He mixed a birdie the par five 14th with eight pars for a final round 69 and seal victory on 10 under 206.

“It was awesome to play the Gary Player Country Club, although we didn’t play off the back tees and the rough wasn’t as tough as during the Nedbank Golf Challenge,” said De Klerk.

“The course was in fantastic condition. I putted well in the first round and most of my birdies were inside 10 feet. The greens roll so true, you can put a confident stroke on the ball and trust that the putts will drop.

“In the first round, I three-putted on 10. I was quite far from the hole for my first putt and put too much pace on the putt. It ran seven feet past the hole and I missed the return. The other bogey came after I leaked my tee shot into the bush and had to declare a lost ball.

“You can’t help but think about shots you’ve seen the pros play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. My second shot at the ninth landed exactly where Martin Kaymer was one year and he splashed it in the water, but I hit my third 10 feet from the hole.

“The course was in fantastic condition and it was a huge privilege to play here, even if we played off a mix of ladies and club tees. It’s a great challenge and I am stoked to be a winner here at Sun City.”

Free State junior Remon Rabie followed a first round 77 with a 69 to vault to second on 146, while Du Plessis and Van Wyk shared third on 151 after posting rounds of 77.

U-15 Challenge Result (top 10)
136 Nash de Klerk 67 69
146 Remon Rabie 77 69
151 Herman du Plessis 74 77; C.J van Wyk 74 77
152 Christiaan Maas 76 76
153 Malan Potgieter 77 76; John-William Blomerus 75 78
154 Lyle Roche Pedro 80 74; Christopher Bagnall 75 79
155 Joshua Koekemoer 78 77; Ruan De Villiers 75 80

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.


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