Ju­niors ready to tee off for global event

CityPress - - Sport -

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

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