NAIDOO AND SINCLAIR ARE JUNIOR CHAMPS
TWO 17-YEAR-OLDS TRIUMPH IN THE SA BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP AT POLOKWANE GOLF CLUB.
Three straight scores in the 60s saw 17-year-old Modderfontein GC member Dylan Naidoo romp to a seven-shot victory with a 15-under-par score of 273 in the Nomads SA Boys Strokeplay at Polokwane. The SA Under-17 champion opened with 73, and then made 20 birdies in the next three rounds of 66-65-69.
Naidoo led defending champion Tristen Strydom by one through 54 holes, and began nervously with a bogey at the first and a double at the third. But Strydom started with a quadruple bogey 8 to derail his chances. He shot 75 to finish second. Naidoo made six birdies between the seventh and 15th. Wingate Park’s Estiaan Conradie was third on 281 with Serengeti’s Kyle McClatchie next on 282.
“It was fantastic playing with Tristen in the last round and the result was a little flattering as it was much closer than the scores show,” said Naidoo, a mem- ber of the TuksSport Golf Academy.
Ross Sinclair (Centurion) faced Gauteng North teammate Juan-Pierre Cooper ( Wingate Park) – they were foursomes partners in the U-23 IPT – in a thrilling 36hole final of the Boys Matchplay. Sinclair had earlier defeated some big names, Strydom 5/4, Sentanio Minnie 3/2, Jovan Rebula 2/1 and Luca Filippi 2/1. In the first 18 holes of the final, Sinclair made three birdies and an eagle to lead 1up. Cooper eagled the 20th and birdied the 24th to square the match, but Sinclair responded with four consecutive birdies to go 3up. Cooper fought back, but a bogey at the last handed Sinclair a 2up victory. The pair combined to make 19 birdies and two eagles.
“I’m over the moon,” said Sinclair. “I’ve never contended in these events before, but competing against the pros on the IGT Tour the last nine months has given me a lot of self-confidence.”