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Sinclair, Cooper face off in all-Gauteng North final

10 Apr 2015

JP Cooper and Rosswell Sinclair; credit SAGA

JP Cooper and Rosswell Sinclair will line up for Gauteng North in the South African Under-23 Inter-Provincial Championship on Monday, but not before the pair put their friendship aside to battle each other in the final round of the Nomads SA Boys U-19 Match Play Championship.

The two 17-year-olds will go head-to-head in the 36-hole final at Polokwane Golf Club on Saturday.

Cooper from Wingate Park Golf Club defeated fellow Gauteng North golfer Keegan de Lange 5 & 4 in the first round and claimed a 1-up victory against Attie van Wyk from the Free State in round two.

The 17-year thumped Slade Pickering from the North West 3 & 2 in the quarter-finals.

He took early control of his semi-final match against Kyle Barker from Central Gauteng with an eagle at the par-five second.

Cooper reeled in birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth hammer home his lead and followed with seven successive pars to seal a 3 & 2 victory.

Centurion’s Sinclair caused the first upset in the prestigious junior championship when he knocked out the country’s current number one ranked amateur Tristen Strydom 5 & 4 in the first round.

He downed Sentanio Minnie from Ekurhuleni 3 & 2 in the second round and toppled Sanlam SA Amateur finalist Jovan Rebula 2 & 1 in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash against Luca Filippi from the Western Province.

The match remained all-square until Filippi went 1-up with a birdie at the par-four sixth, but the Milnerton golfer immediately lost the advantage with a bogey at the seventh.

Filippi took the lead again after a birdie-bogey-birdie combination at eight, nine and 10 from Sinclair, but the Gauteng North junior hit back to level the match with a birdie the par-five 12th where the Province golfer dropped a shot.

Sinclair went 2-up with back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 and eagled the par-five 17th to win the match 2 & 1.

The players will tee off at 07h00 and live scoring will be available at

Juan-Pierre Cooper beat Kyle Barker 3 & 2
Rosswell Sinclair beat Luca Filippi 2 & 1

Juan-Pierre Cooper beat Slade Pickering 3 & 2
Kyle Barker beat Matt Saulez 2 & 1
Rosswell Sinclair beat Jovan Rebula 2 & 1
Luca Filippi beat Estiaan Conradie 2 & 1

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.


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