Curro SA Junior International
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.”