Northern Cape Open, Kimberley GC Scores: 69-68-68-70 (275) Runner-up: Therion Nel 71-70-71-70 (282)
How he did it: It was a maiden victory at senior level for the 16-year-old from Grey College in Bloemfontein, who has won twice on the junior circuit. He led wire-to-wire, making 17 birdies and four eagles.
Notable: Nienaber was a junior star at 14, but a sudden growth spurt (he is now 1.9 metres tall) caused him to lose his swing for a while. When Nienaber was fitted for new clubs last year, Ping put him through a series of tests that determined he ranks second in driving distance to major champion Bubba Watson. He carries his driver 315 metres, but with the added distance came problems with distance control on his wedges.