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GolfRSA juniors hang tough in Italy

GolfRSA juniors Amilkar Bhana, Malan Potgieter, Nash de Klerk, Yurav Premlall and Malan Potgieter are flying the flag for South Africa in the 13th Reply Italian International Under-16 Championship at Golf Club Biella Le Betulle; credit GolfRSA.

BIELLA, Italy (4 September 2018) – Amilkar Bhana and Yurav Premlall will lead the GolfRSA challenge on the final day of the 13th Reply Italian International Under-16 Championship after a day of mixed results at the Golf Club Biella le Betulle.

Bhana and Premlall finished the day in a tie for fifth on one-over and six shots off the pace from Scotsman Ruben Lindsay, who set the 36-hole target on five-under.

Fourteen-year-old Bhana stuck to a well-laid game plan to navigate the par-73 championship layout in level par, while Premlall steadied the ship with birdies at the 18th and first after dropping four shots in his outward loop. A further bogey at the par four sixth saw him sign for 76.

Fellow GolfRSA National Squad member Christiaan Maas enjoyed a pretty solid day.

The 2019 Dimension Data Junior Open winner had two bogeys on the front nine, and dropped a further two shots on the par four 12th. He birdied the par five 16th for a round of 76 that earned the Pretoria Golf Club junior a share of 16th on four-over 150.

GolfRSA juniors Amilkar Bhana, Malan Potgieter, Nash de Klerk, Yurav Premlall and Malan Potgieter are flying the flag for South Africa in the 13th Reply Italian International Under-16 Championship at Golf Club Biella Le Betulle; credit GolfRSA.

Pecanwood junior Nash de Klerk improved on his opening 77 by one shot and grabbed a share of 38th on seven-over with his 76, while Malan Potgieter from Kirkwood Golf Club finished in joint 75th with rounds of 78 and 80.

Bhana was one-under through the turn after he overturned a bogey at the second with a birdie at the tough sixth, and rallied with successive birdies on the eighth and ninth holes after letting another shot slip at the par five seventh

“I hit a 3-wood down the middle on the sixth and had about 140 metres flag,” said the reigning Nomads SA Boys U-17 champions.

“I hit a good 9-iron with a bit of a draw. I started it about one metre right of the flag and ended about 15 feet below the pin. I felt good about the line and I hit the uphill putt with the perfect pace and watched it drop for birdie. I felt really good about that one.

“Seven is a birdie hole, so I was really disappointed to drop a shot on the par five. I drove it down the middle and tried to go for the green in two, but I ended up in the bunker short left. I couldn’t get it on the green from the bunker and had to chip from 30 metres. It ran past and I missed the par putt.

“On the eighth, I drove it down the middle again and had another 9-iron in. The shot drew in from the right and finished 10 feet from the hole and I boxed the putt for birdie. The ninth is also a par five and this time I laid up. I hit a pitching wedge from 140 metres just past the pin. The putt was a downhill slider from the left and I knew once it passed the hole it would gain speed fast, so I was cautious with the pace. I put just the right pace on it and it dropped for another birdie.

“I had a great run of pars from the 10th but I spoiled it with a bogey finish (par five 18th). I felt good about the round, though. It was definitely a more solid effort. I felt that I executed my game plan much better than on day one.”

SA Leaderboard (par 73)
141 Ruben Lindsay SCO 72 69 (leader)
147 Yurav Premlall 71 76; Amilkar Bhana 74 73 (T5)
150 Christian Maas 74 76 (T16)
153 Nash de Klerk 77 76 (T38)
158 Malan Potgieter 78 80 (T75)

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Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA.

 

 

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