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Dennis drives to U-15 Challenge lead in Dimension Data Junior Open

05 Jul 2017

Matthew Dennis; credit David Younge / GolfRSA

Gauteng North’s Matthew Dennis carded a four under 68 at the Outeniqua Course to lead the Under-15 Challenge in the Dimension Data Junior Open as day one action wrapped up in the first Sunshine Tour Junior Series event at Fancourt Country Club in George on Wednesday.

The lead changed hands several times with Rorisang Nkosi from Pecanwood, Kirkwood’s Malan Potgieter, Hannes Strooh from Randfontein, Ruimsig’s Brandon Weir and Herman du Plessis from Eagle Canyon all took a turn at the top.

But it was Dennis who had the last say.

Making the most of the sunny conditions and fast greens, he dipped two under par with birdies at five and nine. He gave back a shot at the 10th, but finished with a trio of birdies to lead at four under.

The 13-year-old from Centurion Country Club was nine when he took up golf and he is coached by former Sunshine Tour winner Nico van Rensburg. The Cornwall Hill College scholar won the Atlantic Beach Junior Club Championships in 2015 and repeated the feat at the Centurion Country Club Junior Championship this year. In 2016, he claimed a runner-up finish in the Malaysia Junior Championship at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort.

Dennis leads by two from Ekurhuleni’s Nash de Klerk, who also birdied two of the last three holes to move to second with a two-under-par 70.

Nkosi carded a one under 71 to finish alone in third.

Central Gauteng’s Amilkar Bhana – the 2017 Gowrie SA U-15 Challenge title holder – moved within four of the first round pacesetter with a birdie-birdie finish and joined Jordan Duminy from Southern Cape and Gauteng North’s Christaan Maas in a tie for fourth at even par.

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 20)
68 Matthew Dennis 68
70 Nash de Klerk 70
71 Rorisang Nkosi 71
72 Amilkar Bhana 72; Jordan Duminy 72; Christiaan Maas 72
73 Malan Potgieter 73; Hannes Strooh 73
74 Herman du Plessis 74
76 Dylan Melville 76; Murray Boast 76; Brandon Weir 76
77 Hezron Frieslaar 77; Ulrich Steinhobel 77
79 Zander Lombard 79; Jaden Joubert 79; Du Toit Fourie 79; Awethu Mkhwanazi 79
80 Franco Gericke 80; Zamokuhle Nxasana 80; Janus Roberts 80; Kayle Wykes 80; John-William Blomerus 80; Jaco Anderson 80

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

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