NAIDOO AND SIN­CLAIR ARE JU­NIOR CHAMPS

TWO 17-YEAR-OLDS TRI­UMPH IN THE SA BOYS CHAM­PI­ONSHIP AT POLOK­WANE GOLF CLUB.

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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.”

Sin­clair.

Naidoo.

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