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Schaper hits the front in at Fancourt

05 Jul 2017

Jayden Schaper; credit Ernest Blignault / GolfRSA.

South Africa’s top ranked junior Jayden Schaper took the pole position in the first Sunshine Tour Junior Series event as day one action wrapped up at Fancourt Country Club in George on Wednesday.

Schaper became just the fourth player in South African amateur golf history to bag the elusive double in the Nomads SA Boys U-19 Championship in April.

The 16-year-old GolfRSA National Squad player was in blistering form once again as he produced a masterclass at the demanding Gary Player-designed Links Course on Wednesday as he set the first round pace in the Dimension Data Junior Open with a sublime six-under-par 67.

Off to the perfect start with back-to-back birdies, the Ekurhuleni golfer edged clear of the field with further gains at the fifth and eight holes. He stumbled briefly at the short 11th but made the most of his length off the tee to get back to four under with a birdie the par-five 16th.

The Ebotse golfer finished in style with an eagle three at the closing hole to open up a two shot lead on 15-year-old Ayden Senger from Durbanville and he finished four shots clear of Reece Haikney and Deon Germishuys, coming off a Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series win on Monday.

Senger birdied the second and the sixth holes and shared the top spot with Schaper after a birdie at 11. Another gain at 16 for a flawless 69 ensured that he stayed within striking distance.

FIRST ROUND SCORES (top 20)
67 Jayden Schaper
69 Ayden Senger
71 Deon Germishuys; Reece Haikney
72 Christo (Jnr) Lamprecht; Martin Vorster; Andre van Dyk
73 Chris Woollam; Barend Botha; Keegan Mclachlan; NJ Botha; Dino Capazario; Armand van Dyk; Kieron van Wyk
74 Oliver Goldhill; Alex van Wyk; Reece Coleman; Wilco Nienaber; Tyron Davidowitz; Devon Whitaker
75 Nikhil Gopal; Samuel Simpson; Casey Jarvis

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

 

 

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