LAMPRECHT IS TOP RANKED JU­NIOR

Two Western Cape young­sters, Christo Lamprecht (Pin­na­cle Point) and Luca Filippi (Mil­ner­ton) were the out­stand­ing ju­nior golfers of 2016.

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Lamprecht, 16, fin­ished No 1 on the fi­nal SAGA rank­ings, but Filippi, 17, ranked No 2, might have taken the top spot but for the fact that the Glacier Ju­nior Se­ries was not recog­nised by the SAGA for rank­ing pur­poses. Filippi won the 54hole National Fi­nal at San Lameer.

High­lights of the year for Lamprecht, a mem­ber of the Louis57 Academy at Mos­sel Bay, in­cluded win­ning the 54hole Di­men­sion Data Ju­nior Open at Fan­court, be­ing in the Louis57 Academy team which won the Louis Oosthuizen Ju­nior Team Cham­pi­onship, reach­ing the semi­fi­nals of the SA Boys Match­play at Bloem­fontein, and rep­re­sent­ing South Africa in the bi­en­nial Ju­nior Open Cham­pi­onship in Scot­land. He had an ad­di­tional five top-3 fin­ishes in a to­tal of eight ju­nior events.

Filippi only took part in four rank­ing ju­nior tour­na­ments. He was T-3 in the SA Boys Stroke­play, won by Strand’s Deon Ger­mishuys, and run­ner-up in the Africa Ju­nior Open at Fish River to Kyle de Beer (PEGC). A good wind player, Filippi won a No­mads Order of Merit event at St Fran­cis Links.

Slade Pick­er­ing (Pe­can­wood) claimed the sea­son-end­ing Joburg Ju­nior Open with the low­est scor­ing of the year. He had a first round 64 on the East Course at Royal J&K, with an ea­gle and seven birdies, and fol­lowed that with a 70 to beat­Vaughan van Deven­ter (State Mines 67-71) by four shots.

Jay­den Schaper (Ebotse), 15, had three wins dur­ing the year, the SA U-15 ti­tle, Tsh­wane Ju­nior Open, and No­mads In­land. Wilco Nien­aber (Bloem­fontein) won the SA U-17 tro­phy, and Bradley de Beer (Fan­court) the 54-hole No­mads North & South Ju­nior at Kim­ber­ley. Ross Sinclair (Cen­tu­rion) was SA Boys Match­play cham­pion for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, and Gar­rick Higgo (De Zalze) won the 54-hole Curro Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional tro­phy at Dur­banville.

Lamprecht. Filippi. Pick­er­ing.

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