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MAL­COLM MITCHELL Ekurhu­leni Open, ERPM GC SCORES: 64-70-69-65 (268) RUN­NER-UP: Kyle McClatchie 64-70-70-69 (273) HOW HE DID IT: The 21-year old from How­ick in KZN, now play­ing out of Kloof CC, re­peated his 2015 vic­tory, this time equalling the sec­ond low­est 72-hole score in the his­tory of the tour­na­ment, 20-un­der-par. Mitchell had three ea­gles and 19 birdies. The last player to shoot 268 in the EK Open was Ty­rone Ryan in 2010. The tour­na­ment record, though, be­longs to Al­bert Kruger, who shot 258 at ERPM in 2002. NO­TABLE: There were ea­gles ga­lore at ERPM dur­ing the four rounds, and they were made on 10 of the 18 holes, in­clud­ing a hole-in-one by Bren­dan Flynn at the 14th. Low­est rounds were 64 by Mitchell and McClatchie. outh Africa’s top-ranked ju­nior, Luca Filippi, 17, claimed vic­tory in this year’s Glacier Ju­nior Se­ries Na­tional Fi­nal, and is re­warded with a trip to the Ju­nior Or­ange Bowl in Florida in De­cem­ber. Filippi, from Mil­ner­ton Golf Club in Cape Town, knows how to play in windy weather, and he used that ex­pe­ri­ence in the fi­nal round of the Glacier at a wind­blown San Lameer on the KZN South Coast.

Hav­ing started the third and fi­nal round

Sone shot be­hind lead­ers Kee­gan McLach­lan (Sil­ver Lakes) and Eric Wowor (Kyalami), Filippi found him­self even fur­ther back af­ter a front nine of 41. But he came home in 29 for a 70, and a one-over­par to­tal of 217, to win by three from McLach­lan, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, who had closed with a 74.Wowor and Se­bas­tian Terblanche (Royal Dur­ban) were tied third on 227.

“The wind was strong so it was tough. It was a case of get­ting around the course with the right strat­egy,” said Filippi.

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