Curro SA Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and Women’s Golf SA, and spon­sored by Curro Hold­ings, a JSElisted pri­vate school oper­a­tor.

Higgo made 12 birdies and an ea­gle in the first two rounds (67-66) to lead by six from fel­low lefty Hrinda, with Zim­babwe’s Justin Ker­sten and Wilco Nien­aber three shots fur­ther back. Higgo opened with con­sec­u­tive birdies in the fi­nal round but Hrinda re­mained within strik­ing dis­tance with four birdies on the front nine. The Slo­vakian closed to within one of Higgo’s lead be­fore a dou­ble bo­gey at 17 al­lowed the Paul Roos learner a com­fort­able walk up the last to even­tu­ally win by three.

“I’m just so stoked to have won such a pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment,” said Higgo. “Jakub made me work hard in the fi­nal round, but I’m re­ally proud of how I han­dled the pres­sure.”

In the girls’ com­pe­ti­tion 15-year-old Woo-Ju Son from Coun­try Club Jo­han­nes­burg also stormed to a six-shot lead through 36 holes (72-69), but she un­rav­elled in the fi­nal round be­fore res­cu­ing her chances. Son went out in 40, and a triple-bo­gey seven at 10 and a bo­gey at 11 wiped out her lead.

How­ever, the No 4-ranked player on the WGSA Rank­ings stead­ied her­self with three con­sec­u­tive pars and then birdied 15 and 17 to shoot 79 and win by one from Brit­tney- Fay Berger ( Kloof CC), who had closed with a 72, the best score of the day.

“Ev­ery­thing was go­ing wrong and I had to re­boot my­self for the last seven holes,” said the re­lieved teenager. “I hung tough when it mat­tered most and I’m proud of how I turned it around to make it my day.”

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