Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

Coun­try Club Jo­han­nes­burg’s Woo-Ju Son, at 16 one of the top fe­male am­a­teurs in South Africa, claimed another ma­jor ti­tle when she suc­cess­fully de­fended the sixth Curro SA Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional crown at Dur­banville Golf Club.

Son (near right), who won the Jackie Mercer tro­phy as lead­ing am­a­teur at the SA Women’s Open, tied with 15-year-old Cait­lyn Macnab (Serengeti) on oneover-par 217 in the 54-hole event, then won the play­off. Macnab had opened with a seven-birdie 68 to lead a tour­na­ment for the first time.

Wilco Nien­aber (Bloem­fontein, far right), 16, won the 54-hole boys ti­tle, also in a play­off over de­fend­ing cham­pion Gar­rick Higgo (De Zalze), and moved to No 5 in the na­tional ju­nior rank­ings.The two of them had 33 birdies and three ea­gles be­tween them. In the play­off, long-hit­ting Nien­aber drove just short of the green on the 368-me­tre up­hill 18th at Dur­banville, and twop­utted for a birdie.

Nien­aber was rou­tinely hit­ting his tee shots 50 me­tres past Higgo, the No 1-ranked ju­nior, in the fi­nal round.At a test­ing with Ping, his boom­ing drives were sec­ond to Amer­i­can pro Bubba Wat­son in terms of dis­tance. He had 16 birdies and two ea­gles in scores of 69-67-69 for an 11-un­der 205. Higgo (17 birdies and an ea­gle) closed with a 66 to tie. Six shots back, in third place, was Luca Filippi (Mil­ner­ton), ahead of Jay­den Schaper (Ebotse) and Sam Simp­son (Bel­lville) on 214.

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