Deadly Deysel on form in Nomads SA Boys U-17
Gauteng North junior Werner Deysel fired a sublime seven-under-par 65 at Bushwillow course to open up a yawning gap his challengers in the first round of the Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship at Randpark Golf Club on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old Woodhill golfer finished three strokes clear of Western Province junior Luca Filippi and leads by four from reigning Nomads SA Boys Under-15 champion Wilco Nienaber from Free State and KwaZulu-Natal’s Luke Mayo.
Herman Loubser from Boland finished a further stroke adrift after signing for a 70.
Despite the icy conditions, Deysel was hot from the get-go and got the early jump on the field with four birdies in a row.
He stretched his advantage with another pair of birdies at six and seven and rallied with more gains at 14 and 18 after dropping his only shot at the par-four 11th.
Filippi, who blew an eight stroke lead in the Dimension Data Junior Open at Fancourt on Friday, showed incredible resilience as he pursued Deysel.
The 16-year-old Milnerton golfer turned two under after birdies at three and four, and a hat-trick of gains from the 10th put Filippi within striking distance of the leader. He lost the advantage with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14, but put himself back in contention with a birdie 16 and pars at 17 and 18.
Nienaber, who also claimed the Nomads National Order of Merit in a three-way play-off at Durban Country Club in February, offset three bogeys with four birdies and an eagle at the par-five 12th.
Mayo notched five birdies early in his round, but gave two shots back with bogeys at 15 and 18, while Loubser answered three bogeys with five birdies.
FIRST ROUND SCORES – top 20
65 Werner Deyzel
68 Luca Filippi
69 Wilco Nienaber; Luke Mayo
70 Herman Loubser
71 Reece Els; Dylan Mostert; Keelan van Wyk; Haydn Driver
72 Christiaan Burke; Eric Wowor; Weston Potgieter; Ray Janse van Rensuburg; Clifford Thompson; Vaughn van Deventer; Slade Pickering; Martin Vorster; Guy Waterhouse; Chris Woollam; Justin Kersten ZIM
73 Emilio Pera; Morne van Wyk; Tristan Galant; Cole Stevens; Willie Olivier; Keegan Mclachlan; James Vorster Jnr
Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association.