CAPE TOWN, March 12 – Both South African teams qualified for the 2018 Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan with victories in the boys and girls competitions at the All-Africa Junior Golf Challenge in Morocco.
The SA boys team claimed a 20th consecutive victory for the country in the prestigious junior championship with a winning score of 866, while the girl’s team defended their title with an overall score of 622.
Morocco also booked their spot in the event at the Chukyo Golf Club in Toyota City with a second-place finish on 919 in the boy’s competition.
Zimbabwe edged out the hosts to take second in the girl’s competition, combining for 686 to deny the host union by four shots. South Africa also enjoyed one-two-three finishes in the individual competitions.
Reigning SA Women’s Amateur Kajal Mistry defended her title with a winning score of 307, while Sanlam SA Amateur champion Deon Germishuys topping the table in the boy’s competition on three-under-par 285.
New cap Caitlyn Macnab took second place in the scoring department in the girl’s competition on 318 and Symone Henriques tied for third on 311 with Intissar Rich from Morocco.
Reigning Italian Under-16 champion Martin Vorster finished second on 288, two shots ahead of new cap Werner Deyzel.
Ayden Senger, also making his debut for South Africa, finished in sixth place on 307.
Eden Thompson, who managed the boys’ team, was proud.
“This is a young team in terms of experience, but the dynamic of the team worked really well for this tournament format,” Thompson said.
“Martin debuted for South Africa in the African Amateur, but it was the first time Deon, Werner and Ayden had represented the country on the international stage.”