WILCO NIEN­ABER

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

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.

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