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Ferreira on fire in Sun City SA Challenge

20 Jul 2017

2017 Sun City SA Under-13 Challenge champion Challenge winner Michael Ferreira with GolfRSA Assistant Manager - Golf Operations David Younge; credit GolfRSA.

Michael Ferreira from Gauteng North broke through for his first national title when he marched to a three shot victory in Sun City SA Under-13 Challenge at Sun City on Thursday.

An opening two under 70 saw Ferreira carry a five shot lead over 2017 Gowrie U-15 Challenge champion Amilkar Bhana into the final round.

The 12-year-old two-time from Woodhill Country Club Junior club champion kept the chasing pack at bay with a final round 74 to win on even-par 144.

“I won a SA Kids tournament at Zwartkop recently and that gave me some confidence for City. It’s a challenging course. If you stay in the fairways and putt well, you can score, but anything off the fairways is punished.

“I drove the ball well, but I got a real scare at the eighth on day one. I hit my tee shot right and I didn’t think we would find the ball. When we did find it, all I could do was punch out to the fairway .I got it on the green with my third, but just missed the putt to save par.”

Ferreira only had the one bogey in round one, but his final round scorecard had a few more.

“I had soft bogeys at one and seven, but I must be honest, I was quite tired near the end and I lost some focus. At the eighth, I hit it in the hazard and my par-putt lipped out. I hit my tee shot into the thick stuff on nine and when I tried to punch out, my club got stuck. I took a pitching wedge and got the ball in the fairway, but made bogey from there.

“I’m really, really happy with this result and overall how I played the Gary Player course. I struck the ball well and didn’t miss many fairways and I putted really well.”

Bhana closed with a 72 to finish in second and Matthew Lotz from Western Province took third on 152 with rounds of 78 and 74. Ockert Brits edged out fellow North West junior Rorisang Nkosi for fourth.

U-13 Challenge Result (top 10)
144 Michael Ferreira 70 74
147 Amilkar Bhana 75 72
152 Matthew Lotz 78 74
155 Ockert Brits 78 77
156 Rorisang Nkosi 82 74
158 Hunter Walker 80 78
159 Phil Snyman 81 78
163 Caden Chuang 83 80
164 Jordan Wessels 84 80; Nicholas Lewis 79 85

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

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