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Mayo leads the way at St Francis Links

02 Jul 2017

Luke Mayo; credit Pieter Els

Luke Mayo heads into the final round of the Nomads National Order of Merit Coastal with a three shot advantage over Wilco Nienaber from Free State and Southern Cape duo Ben van Wyk and Hanco Rudolph.

Mayo showed some great skills in a strong wind that toughened up the St Francis Links layout on Sunday.

The Mount Edgecombe junior was the only player in the 79-strong field to break par and, despite a double bogey at the par-five 13th and a bogey finish at the ninth, Mayo’s one-under-par 71 never came under threat.

Reigning Curro SA Juniors International champion Nienaber dipped three below par over the first eight holes, but a costly eight at the par four ninth and a double bogey at the par five 16th was his undoing.

Van Wyk cancelled four bogeys, but surrendered two shots at the ninth, while a double bogey at 13 and a bogey finish left Rudolph in the tie for second at two over.

Calvin Maia from Southern Cape and Ekurhuleni’s Ryan van Velzen posted a pair of 75s to finish a further shot back.

First Round Scores (top 10)
71 Luke Mayo
74 Ben van Wyk; Wilco Nienaber; Hanco Rudolph
75 Calvin Maia; Ryan van Velzen
76 Martin Vorster; NJ Botha
77 Casey Jarvis; Christo Lamprecht; Reece Haikney
78 Samuel Simpson
79 Daniel Cronje; Ge-Rico Muller; Alex van Wyk
80 Kieron van Wyk; Kian Rose; Andre van Dyk; Ayden Senger; Yurav Premlall

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