Juniors ready to tee off for global event
Competition will be stiff when a field of 148 talented young golfers from 18 countries take part in the Curro South African Juniors International.
The tournament, featuring boys and girls, tees off at Durbanville Golf Club in Cape Town on Tuesday and runs until Thursday.
This marks the seventh successive year that South Africa will be hosting the showdown.
According to Lana Orgovanyi, a Ladies European Tour and SA Women’s PGA member and former number one amateur in Belgium, the field will host 79 of South Africa’s most talented juniors, while 69 players representing 17 countries will make up the balance of the players.
The foreign countries include Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Namibia, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Zambia and Australia.
Orgovanyi said players would have to bring their A-game to deal with the dry turf.
“With current water restrictions in the Western Cape, we have faced a tough challenge to keep the course in good nick for the tournament.”
In the girls’ division, Woo-Ju Son (16) of Johannesburg Country Club will defend her title.
“The course will be difficult to play because of tricky pin positions, but my game will be great,” said Son.
The boys’ division will see Garrick Higgo of De Zalze Golf Club in Stellenbosch make his return to show that he did not win last year’s event by fluke.
“I know that competition will be stiff ... I have been working on my short game and will win again this year,” said the 17-year-old Higgo.
Mokhine – Pule