BIRDIE FEST AT RANDPARK
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.