BIRDIE FEST AT RAND­PARK

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

There was re­mark­ably low scor­ing on the cham­pi­onship Firethorn course at Rand­park dur­ing the North­ern Open, high­lighted by a re­mark­able streak of eight suc­ces­sive birdies in the third round by 19-year-old Dy­lan Kok (Wood­hill, right), who had won the ti­tle in 2016.Af­ter mak­ing two bo­geys on the front nine to turn in 38, he birdied ev­ery hole from 10 to 17, and then parred 18 for a back nine of 28 and score of 66.

New cham­pion Jeremy Freiburghaus and play­off loser Al­bertVen­ter (Cen­tu­rion) had 44 birdies and three ea­gles be­tween them over the four rounds. Marco Steyn (Mod­der­fontein) had eight birdies in a tour­na­ment best 64 in the third round. There were 50 rounds in the 60s.

“We had an ex­cit­ing event and the stan­dard was high,” said Cen­tral Gaut­eng Golf Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Jaco du Plessis. “What impressed us was to see Her­man Loub­ser and Aubrey Beck­ley come out to cad­die. Both play­ers had en­tered for the tour­na­ment, but then earned their Sun­shine Tour cards at Qual­i­fy­ing School. Her­man cad­died for Chris­ti­aan Bas­son and Aubrey for The­u­nis Bezuiden­hout. It’s fan­tas­tic to see that kind of sup­port from for­mer Na­tional Squad play­ers.”

Loub­ser and Beck­ley were among nine am­a­teurs prom­i­nent on the Golf Di­gest rank­ings who earned their Sun­shine Tour cards at Q School, the oth­ers be­ing An­dre Nel, Luke Jer­ling, Quin­ton Wil­snach, Ja­son Smith, Com­brinck Smit, An­drew van der Knaap and Danie van Niek­erk.

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