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